Bowline Pilsner | Lighthouse Brewing Company

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Bowline PilsnerBowline Pilsner

Brewed by:
Lighthouse Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A German style Pilsner brewed with whole-leaf German hops , local and imported Pilsner malts and a traditional bottom fermenting lager yeast for a crisp , clean flavour.

Added by LampertLand on 11-10-2014

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of Copix
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2.58/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Korzenoski
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sathanas
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZachT
4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really well balanced pilsner, distinct german-hop character, with a mild bitterness that lasts into the finish, which is also pleasantly dry. A very good interpretation of the style, holds up the best german pilsners out there

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pictured here poured into a mug. Single from a mixed pack. A bright golden amber hue with two fingers of loose, foamy white head. Aroma recalls crackers and breakfast cereal, with slight lemon rind and grass notes. Nothing too wild and crazy but pleasant enough I suppose.

Taste-wise, this is a rather robust and malt-forward take on the style, appropriately crisp but with a lingering cereal sweetness. Nice thick body (for a pilsner) with a chalky texture. Grassy, slightly grainy. Some fruity notes that recall fresh grapes. Moderate carbonation, on the gentle side for the style. Finishes semi-dry with a decent noble hop grass/spice effect, perhaps a whiff of musty vanilla, and the malt sweetness does not totally dissipate.

A German pils with rather more heft than usual. You enjoy myself.

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Photo of BcCraft710
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eric_Standard
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle, a single from the current Lighthouse mixed pack.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow hue, with one skinny finger of weakly puffy, loosely foamy, and generally bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some low-lying cloudy lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of crisp, crackery, and bready cereal malts, mildly tart lemon, and leafy, floral, and grassy hops. The taste is more of the same - bready, biscuity, and crackery pale malt, all very fresh and cereal-like, a slight hard water flintiness, ethereal dry citrus notes, a hint of gasohol, and earthy, leafy, and grassy hops.

The carbonation is fairly active in its testy fizzy and frothy nature, the body a solid medium weight for the style, and actually more or less smooth, the hops minding their own business, it would seem. It finishes off-dry, the same fetching malt finishing off its balancing duties alongside the sassy lingering noble hops.

Yum - I've been having my fill of German lagers from the Costco Advent calendar as of late, and I gotta say, this one kicks the sauerkraut out of anything that I've tried yet this month from das Vaterland. Engagingly malty and hoppy, with a few of those extraneous old-world essences tossed in for good measure. Good, good stuff.

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

Lighthouse Brewing 'Bowline Pilsner' @ 5.0% , served from 3 x 355 ml bottles

A-pour is pale yellow from the bottle to a clear yellow/gold in the glass with a small off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-distinct certain german hops , fresh

T-the certain hop & malt combination give it a almost medicinal taste to it

MF-lots of carbonation , medium body

Ov-ok tasting local German pilsner , weak replacement for Fisgard 150

prost LampertLand

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Bowline Pilsner from Lighthouse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 11 ratings