Elsinore | Phillips Brewing Company

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Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Bohemian Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by biboergosum on 07-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, procured as a single from my favourite local shop that actually does such a thing hereabouts. The next step in my overtly Canadian-themed beer day, in celebration of our nation's 146th birthday. A roo coo coo coo coo coo coooo!

This beer pours a slightly hazy, very pale golden yellow colour, with one finger of bubbly, weakly puffy bone-white head, which leaves a low-lying array of elongated sandbar lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells (over the burgeoning BBQ aromas of my neighbours) of semi-sweet biscuity, somewhat pastry-like pale malt, a mild crackery dryness, a faint lemon rind essence, and leafy, lightly grassy, earthy hops. The taste is nicely integrated crisp crackery, breakfast biscuit, and cereal-heavy grainy malt, well-dried lemon peel, a hint of neutered black pepper, and heady leafy, earthy, spicy grassy hops.

The bubbles are mildly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and quite equitably smooth. It finishes off-dry, well grained-up, with a lagging grassiness that seems just a tad petered out - so tired, eh?

A tasty old-world lager, one with strong pilsener leanings (so that's what I'm classifying it as here, given absolutely no other info). Upon a viewing of Strange Brew a few years ago, it occurred to my optimistic self that the beer they were drinking back in the day, while not exactly a craft brew, was at least something better than the current swill peddled by the big boys. I'm glad to see that Phillips seems to concur, and my Canadian heritage is appropriately giddy right about now.

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3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Day 15 of the Phillips Snowcase advent calendar. 341ml bottle poured into tulip glass.

Pours a pale, summery yellow with half a finger of weak white head that leaves a ring of fine chunky lace as it recedes.

Smells of pale malt and grassy, citrusy pilsner hops. Makes me think of warm weather.

Tastes of lightly bready malt, grassy, spicy hops and mild citrus rind.

Feels smoothly carbonated with a light body. Finishes not quite dry.

Verdict: Recommended. Not the biggest fan of pilsners, but this one is easy and refreshing.

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3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $2 or so

Appearance - Yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair mount of lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, grass, herbal, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grass, floral notes, and some odd cooked vegetable taste. There is also some corn, bread and light hops.

Overall – The odd herbal/vegetable taste kind of ruin this beer for me. Interesting.. but odd. Not something I'd buy more of.

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3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle from a BC Craft Brewers Guild sampler pack, dated Aug. 21 2014 and served well-chilled. Two Czech-style pilseners in the same pack seems like an odd choice, but then again, I'm just some hoser.

Pours a clear, golden-yellow colour, topped with just over one finger's worth of fluffy, eggshell-white head. It recedes slowly over the next few minutes, eventually settling into a frothy cap and collar with a messy ring of lace. The aroma is typical of the style - grainy pale malt sweetness and lemon zest, with some grassy, floral notes to accompany.

Now THIS is an interesting flavour - something rarely uttered about this style, I'm sure. Perhaps due to the dry-hopping? The grainy pale malt backbone is all-too familiar, providing a modicum of doughy sweetness - but the tail end of the profile manages to pique my interest. It's very big on the lemon citrus, and quite zesty, with lots of leafy tea, floral and green herbal notes being the main features of the finish. The aftertaste has a bitter, juicy citrus feel to it, which fades from the palate quickly. Light-bodied, with aggressive carbonation that prickles the tongue and provides this pils with an appropriately crisp, active mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 3.83, a respectable B+. Phillips' Elsinore is a unique domestic lager that I am really enjoying. The combination of floral notes, citrusy hops and prickly carbonation used allow this pils to stand out amongst a rather large crowd. It is more intensely-hopped than most imports, which the average BA will probably have no issue with - myself included. While I wouldn't go out of my way to seek this beer out, or attempt to scam the Brewers' Retail outlet in an effort to obtain more, it's still very well-made and I'd happily drink it again some time, should the opportunity arise.

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3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found a dead mouse in my beer, which means they owe us a free case. Like, we was at a party and, uh, a friend of ours - a COP - had some, and HE PUKED. And he said, uh, come here and get free beer or, uh, he'll press charges.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled during a tour of Phillips in Victoria, BC. Light, crisp and refreshing. A bit light in both hops and malt, but balanced and easy to drink. Terrific name!

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

This Pilsner pours a very light straw colour. The nose also has some grassy notes with citrus and hops. It's a very light bodied pilsner with a nice hop and slightly bitter finish.

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3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear yellow like a macro lager, white head has a bit of retention and lace.

S: Saaz hops! Steelie grass; hints of lemon and slightly floral.

T: Nice hoping and bitterness, hint of fresh sourdough bread

M: Lighter body, like a German Pils.

O: An easy drinker.

I hope those hosers didn't put any mind control drugs in this.

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341 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. About $2.25 CDN per bottle.

Appearance - Clear, pale golden straw color. Capped by nearly a finger of white head which has some staying power.Visible bubbles on the low side, but there's some sticky lacing left behind.

Smell - Grassy and grainy like most pilsners but with a significantly more floral element than the usual suspects. There's something akin to freshly boiled tea mixed in there.

Taste - Similar to the nose but with a very green tea / tea like aspect on the conclusion that is unusual. Grassier and more floral tasting than many other pilsners. For this it is more flavorful, but not quite as crisp and as clean as other sin the style.

Mouthfeel - Reasonably well carbonated with a light feel, and on the dry side in terms of finishes. Pretty decent overall.

Overall - A solid pilsner with a pleasant but unusual tea like spin on things. Works picking up if that's your thing otherwise a solid Canadian pilsner offering.

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Elsinore from Phillips Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 52 ratings