Idle Hands Craft Ales

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German Pilsner
Ranked #55
Ranked #15,816
3.93 | pDev: 9.41%
Idle Hands Craft Ales
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Notes: A nod to the venerable German Pilsner. Crafted with a blend of three pilsner malts and hopped with classic Hallertau Hersbrucker and newcomer Saphir, the end result is a beer with clean, crisp malt character, balanced bitterness and delicate noble and light citrus hop notes.
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Reviews by hopley:
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, naturally, due to the unfiltered bottling. The liquid is a blend of white and gold. Some spots for lace.

This beer smells like light pale malt freshly fermented with a bit of sour milk in the background. No hop.

This pilsner is more prickly than most. Although the hop provides some of this bite, I believe most of this comes from the very dry pale malt base. The swallow is dry and balanced. The aftertaste is relatively brief. The mouthfeel is a bit watery but this might be enhanced by the high level of effervescence.

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3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with some citrus and caramel sweetness that is quickly followed by some breadiness from the lager yeast and thin malt character. The hops presence is good for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to pound down for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/17/17

A: Medium to yellow gold - mostly clear - pours with a medium size, bright white head, retains a wispy cap and a medium collar

S: Pale and lightly toasted malts, grains - lager malts and lager yeast - some noble hops, with their herbal spice, and some hints of light citrus - overall a mild and soft aroma

T: Clean pilsner malts, light bread, lightly toasted bread, hints of dough, light grains, crackers, lightly cooked grains - soft malts at the beginning of the sip but they finish sharp and crisp - some citrus - herbal and floral hops, with a minor bite of spice - some light fruits, clean finish

M: On the light side of medium, smoother than some of the style, but also less crisp, somewhere in between

O: Bro do you even lager

Despite touting itself as a German Pilsner, I do not really think this fits the style. But that is merely my observation, not a complaint. I really like what Idle Hands has done here; Adelais takes everything great about a pils and smooths out the edges. This is supremely drinkable.

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Redstone
Pretty clear for an unfiltered lager. Light golden color with a huge frothy white head. Spicy, earthy, floral hops on the nose with faint sulfur and even fainter malt character. The flavor is sharp spicy earthy hops with an almost metallic edge in there. The malt has no character, it needs something to stand up to the hop bitterness and it just isn't there. I should have saved some of that Heide I just finished and mixed some in. Not horrible, but the recipe needs a little work imho.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a quickly rising 2+ finger bubbled head that fades back pretty quickly too, touches of spotty lacing, mostly clear slight chill hazed golden yellow color.

Nose brings a lot more doughy wheat, grassy, hay, grainy wheat, gristy grain, faint lemon in the background. Not nearly the hops I was hoping for, just a touch grassy, pretty light on the nose.

Taste brings a lot of hops thankfully, not very bitter at first, a fruity bubblegum, quite grassy floral hop character, a little noble like grassy too. Malts are more subdued or drowned, a little gristy grain and doughy malt note, hint of lemon cereal, etc. Finish dries as the bitterness ramps quite a bit, a little spicy hop note but mostly grassy floral hops lingering, lots of floral almost flowery like hops lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, soft feeling little crisp lager, decent but not great carb.

Overall OK, btu not as good as I hoped. The hops came though decently on the flavor but almost non-existant on the nose, and the malts were the opposite. Not very well balanced, and the lager base was OK but not great. Could use more work but still tasty and enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I for some reason recall this being considered a kellerbier last time it was released (2014?), but it's on here as a German style pilsner now. Looks like IH is brewing a new beer called Emelyn that they consider a keller... well, whatever. Anyway, this is an unfiltered pilsner hopped with Hallertau Hersbrucker and Saphir. I really loved this beer when I first had it (when Ben was brewing for IH), so I'm hoping it lives up to my expectations now that I'm revisiting it.

Pours a semi-hazy golden yellow color with a retentive but small and rocky head of pure white foam. Surface is extremely cloudy, and there's a little lace sticking around as I sip at this. Not bad, but not incredible either.

Nose is wonderfully balanced with grassy notes, herbal hop elements, toasted bread crust, slight rye-like spice and a bit of light floral Noble-style hop notes as well. It's very delicate and only slightly honeyed, with most of the focus on the interplay between hops and malts, like most good German pilsners tend to. Clean ethanol component that comes out a bit once the beer warms. Very slightly sulfuric, but it works really well with the herbal and grassy hops.

Flavor is great as well... super-refreshing but also really complex with, again, a big component of toasted bread, rye earthiness, saltine crackers, and that classy Hallertau floral/spiciness with mineral-like notes towards the finish. Slight citrus in here too... kind of a rind-like lemon quality with more breadiness and a fairly bitter finish. Slight dusty yeast note in the mid-palate.

Soft carbonation, rather slick/full-bodied mouthfeel for a 5.2% beer and great balance make this a superb contemplation-worthy pilsner to drink and enjoy. As expected, the slightly unfiltered nature gives this a more characterful approach. It definitely tastes keller-like to me, but I guess that means I need to seek out Emelyn to find out what the differences are!

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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