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Summer Pilsner Fusion | Element Brewing Company

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Summer Pilsner FusionSummer Pilsner Fusion

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Element Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Summer

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Added by rudzud on 05-13-2011

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

2014 bottle. Mahogany in color. Fairly clear in appearance. There has a weird medicinal taste. Something akin to fernet branca with mint or star aniss.

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Photo of Bounty628
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The SPF is a sturdy 8.8 ABV and just about every percentage of that ABV can be noticed in the offering.

The SPF pours a bright straw color with a bright white head rising to the top of the glass. There is the same white lacing noticeable throughout the pour and the SPF when poured into the glass cannot help but to invoke images of summer. There is a rich amount of carbonation in the pour that dances throughout the glass the entire time.

In the nose is a lemon matched to bready complexity that jumps out of the pilsner glass immediately. The nose brings up a very sweet nature that pairs itself to the grain notes brought about from the oatmeal in the brew.

The taste is good, but strikes me as being a bit too complex and not focused enough. There is a bit of an oaky element to beer which seems a tad off for a summer pilsner style offering. The hopes and pale malts certainly are present the taste and there is a sharp citrus taste that is a bit too much and throws off the balance. The high ABV can definitely be picked up in the taste and though I enjoy imperial style brews I prefer them when the alcohol is not so in your face as it is here. Though I enjoy several of the aspects of this beer, the taste to me is trying too hard to pack too much into the taste and the flavors don’t align with one another in a symbiotic way.

The mouthfeel is what you would expect from an imperial pilsner style and the crisp, smooth mouthfeel makes the taste a bit more enjoyable. There is a light and airy mouthfeel within the SPF and the beer works its way across the mouth quite easily.

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Photo of Nashvillain
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared by Thegordianknot, same bottle stats. Thank you sir.

Pours a ruddy, dark gold into the glass. I guess the color is borderline brown. 1/4" head sits on top like it owns the place.

Smell is pilsner and dark malts, a pretty unusual combination. I guess almost like a black lager. It's like a pilsner ale. There's some fruit on the nose, crisp but dark.

Taste is odd. Don't really know what's going on here. It's pils-like but at the same time creamy (oatmeal) and dark-ish. Finish is metallic, like licking a penny. Not a fan. Mouthfeel is decent but doesn't seem to fit. One of the more confusing beers I've had in my day.

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3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

SPF pours golden brown with a fairly large foamy head.
On the nose I get a sort of lemon and sweet smelling mix. A hint of banana also.

The taste is bitter but also sweet. There is almost a banana bread taste to it, with a bit of honey.

Overall this is an interesting beer, and quite tasty!

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cask pour at ACBF

A-Pours a cloudy golden color. Head from the pour fills the rest of my sample cup.

S- Upon first sniff, I am disappointed. It's very, very tame. I get hints of grass, honey and crackers.

T-Flavor brings more to the table. The grassiness of the hops is turned up. Sweet honey with some sweet cracker and grains.

M-Medium bodied. Flat and perhaps a bit too warm. Soft bitterness.

O-Wasn't bad but it failed to stand out against all the other beers I tried during my stay at ACBF.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

SPF pours an opaque honey yellow, with a thick, frothy head on top. The foam dissolves very slowly and leaves behind a coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma is light with notes of lemon citrus and pale malt. A touch of flowers is also detected.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft, creamy with mild carbonation. The flavor is nicely balanced between sweet pale malt and citrus hops. It begins with bread and pale malt before lemon citrus and flower notes (rose or lavender I'd guess) move in. The hop/flower flavors are not very strong. It finishes mildly bitter and dry. Once gone the bread and citrus notes linger on the palate.

This is a well balanced beer with a great mouthfeel. Easy to drink for nearly 9% abv.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fresh 2014 batch, just released. Bottle 872.

A: Pours a lightly hazy amber. Lots of very fine carbonation. Tall and frothy/fizzy tan head. Good head retention with a nice slow fade. Almost no lacing at all.

S: Lots of grass and light apple cider. Light fruity alcohol.

T: Taste is a lot stronger than the aroma. Big, big grassy notes up front. Light floral notes, lavender-like at times. Grainy oatmeal and that sharp, crisp pilsner malt backing it all up in the middle and finish. A bit of sulphur from that pilsner malt in fact. Light bitterness in the finish with more grass and some of that dry apple cider flavor kicking around.

M: Medium-heavy, sharp and crisp.

O: Basically a super pilsner. Very strong pilsner malt and grassy hops plus the grainy oatmeal for complexity. Decent bitterness for a pilsner too, but of course this not an IPA or something. Bright and sharp, tasty but I think I'm more of a fan of the lighter, more sessionable pilsners.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love how Element lives outside of style guidelines. This philosophy helps produce some of the most interesting beers around. When I saw "Oatmeal Pilsner", I had to see what this was all about. 750ml bottle, bottled on April 12, 2011, bottle 455 of 653...

A: A hazy super golden color with a humongous 2+ inch off white head that fades at a decent pace but never completely disappears. Very good.

S: I get a very malty / grainy scent upfront with a mild citrus in the middle. A very mild oatmeal with a mild very light hop. Decent.

T: Wow, very VERY smooth tasting for the high ABV. You cannot even taste the alcohol. A medium bitterness upfront blended with some nice grainy malts. Some nice oatmeal in the middle with more hop bitterness on the backend. Good.

M: Medium body with a very good carbonation. A nice bitter and creamy finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a very solid beer. This is a beer that will quench your thirst like a pilsner, but give you a buzz like a barley wine without any bit of cloying. Definitely try if you a like a good light beer that still has a good kick for you. Good job to Element!

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Photo of rudzud
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been waiting for this one for a while. Just when I'd all but given up on Element's seasonal releases, this one reminds me of why I enjoy Element's staple brews. Picked up at Julio's and immediately drank, definately a few degrees warmer than Element suggests (they reccomend 45degrees). Its worth noting that this cork actually came off like a normal cork should...easily.

"Summer Pilsner Fusion. 'Oatmeal Pilsner' combines the smoothness of an oatmeal stout and the pale golden color of a German Pilsner. An enormous helping of Nobel hops impart aromas of a fresh cut field whilst English oats and our house yeast give this ale a surprisingly rish finish". Bottled on April 12, 2011; bottle number 313/653

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a wonderful almost crystal clear pour with a nice, fluffy slightly more than two finger head that receeds to a nice creamy blanket leaving hardly any side lacing.

S - Getting some nice slightly sweet malty backbone with a lil bit of spice and a nice alcohol nose, which I expect due to the ABV. I do get a little oat on the nose but, unfortunately, I only get the slightest hint of grassy fields. Its above average on the nose, but not by much.

T - Now we're talking. Some really nice sweet up front following by that light oat flavour and then you're hit with the hops. Slightly spicey, slightly grassy yet nicely bitter this is definately a pilsner. Element's house yeast adds that oh-so-element kick at the end too.

M - I can't believe I'm writing this about a limited Element but surprisingly well carbonated. Every other limited released had been so low carbonated and flat feeling this actually is nicely carbonated but smooth, having a good crisp, dry hop, refreshing finish to it.

O - This is probably the only limited release Element has done that I felt was actually worth the money I spent on the bottle. While it is still very steep ($17.99) atleast its a really good offering. I like the outside of the box combination here, the oats really works well with the pilsner qualities. While I wouldn't buy it again (due to the cost) I can actually say I'm glad I spent the money on this.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #67 (August 2012):

LOOK: Clear amber hue, high-reaching froth

SMELL: Spicy, mealy, dried grass, yeast, wildflowers, clean alcohol

TASTE: Medium bodied, creamy, peppery alcohol, warming, clean, grainy, grassy, bitter, herbal, bread, yeast, faint taffy, bitter, drying finish

A massive lager, being an “Oatmeal Pilsner” really rounds this brew out. While the malt backbone puts on quite a show, we had selfishly hoped that the hops would have been dialed up a tad more, which would have pushed this beer into a beer for the gods. We guess our palates can live with just great.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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