Summer Pilsner Fusion | Element Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
52 Ratings
Summer Pilsner FusionSummer Pilsner Fusion
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Element Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
elementbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rudzud on 05-13-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
52
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
17.83%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
0
For Trade:
0
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3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Davepoolesque
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
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 SadMachine
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nkelley77
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

A - Wonderful packaging presentation by the Element team. Suggesting serving temps are in F, C and Kelvins. Pours a dark orange, slightly hazy, massive white/off-white head. Tight head that reduces quickly but never leaves entirely. Low level of lacing on the sides.

S - Light malt sweetness, spicy noble hops. Crisp clean aroma.

T - Complex. Clean, crisp, Pilsner around the edges surrounding a sweet meal middle. The oatmeal adds adds this all together. I would consider this to be the fusion. A little bit of the hops lingers.

M - Most notable is the smooth, slick character. Medium dryness, high carbonation.

O - An excellent, unique beer. Perfect as a summer alternative when you want a sipper, but don't want anything too heavy.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Shawnspl
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a white, bubbly, and frothy head that takes a while to dissipate and leaves quite a bit of very nice lacing on the walls of the glass. The beer itself is a clear brown with orange notes. The beer is also a little bit hazy but that's most likely due to the temperature difference between the beer and the glass. The smell has strong honey and graham cracker notes mixed with a bit of light oatmeal. The hops are a little bit buried beneath the other notes but provide a nice base with its bitter and grassy notes. The taste is a bit stronger with the hop notes and the oatmeal as well as the sweeter honey and oat notes are weaker. However, the mix is much better than in the smell because it's no longer so sweet. Additionally, there is a slight alcohol taste that is very faint and barely noticeable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but on the thicker side and very light on the carbonation despite the good head retention. Overall, a very good beer that is worth getting if you haven't done so. Despite the odd pairing, the combination actually works very well in how one note offsets the other and prevents it from becoming too overwhelming.

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
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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1/5  rDev -74.2%

Photo of Dope
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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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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Summer Pilsner Fusion from Element Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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