Hoyner Pilsner | Hoyne Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
47 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Hoyner PilsnerHoyner Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hoyne Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada
hoynebrewing.ca

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
On the third night, I handed my sweetie a tall slender Pilsner. Perfectly poured. While holding it up and gazing either at it, or through it at me, she said softly, “you are so fine to me.” It was hard to tell if she meant to be heard. “Ambiguity, thy Name is Woman”, I nearly uttered. Whether she was speaking to me, or to the beer, it was merely semantics. The deal was sealed. I would make it my life”s work to make fine beer.

Added by LampertLand on 01-30-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
47
Reviews:
7
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
13.27%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of ILOVEHAM
2.87/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Bunman3
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle, finally nice to see this brewery's wares available in Alberta! Oh, and their marketing description above, here - fucking sublime!

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, somewhat loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some random island chain lace around the glass as it very lazily recedes.

It smells of biscuity and cereal-forward pale malt, clover honey, faint estery yeast notes, and some proper leafy, grassy, and floral noble green hoppiness. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a now lesser wan graininess, some mixed domestic orange and lemon citrus fruitiness, an extant earthy yeastiness, and some still heady leafy, floral and piquant grassy hops. Prost, or Na Zdravi, or what have you!

The carbonation is rather active in its palate-taunting frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, with a subtle airy creaminess arising as things warm up a bit out of that relic basement refrigerator, yeah? It finishes barely off-dry, the grainy maltiness and still impressive Bohemian hoppiness keeping this camper more than happy.

Overall, wow - I know that I've made allusions to both German and Czech influences here, and why the hell not - no restrictive cultural or governmental controls exist in our country for this kind of stuff, right? Right - and good on Hoyne for making a stellar Pils, in their own way, with the best of all worlds as their muse.

 1,478 characters

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Seangrdn
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HipCzech
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 650 mL bottle poured into a 0.3L Pilsener glass.

Appearance: Pale, clear gold with a lush, billowing head of white foam. Leaves nice patches of lace. Visible carbonation.

Smell: Pale malts, bread and big floral hops.

Taste: Gentle but solidly malty body, cereal notes, slight honey sweetness and plenty of grassy hops towards a crisp, herbal bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy smooth with moderate carbonation

Overall: Subtle, well balanced and drinkable.

 480 characters

Photo of OsoRojo
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarcX
2.24/5  rDev -45%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jotora
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biegaman
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hoyner Pilsner is light and bright but not all that easy to see through; despite the sunny colour it has a very icy complexion. Its head looks like literal lace, a decorative cotton-white draping that's thick enough to pass for upholstery cover. It definitely looks like a proper, well-made pilsner.

A true pilsner is where two become one - sweetish, graham cracker-like maltiness and zesty, grassy hoppiness act here as a singular, delicious entity. Complexity is not just for imperial stouts or barleywines - just because pilsners are more familiar doesn't make them any less intricate.

And this particular example also has a distinct fruitiness to go along with its more herbal side. My guess is those hints of pineapple and lemon peel relate to that little green cone that acts as the brewery's mascot. (Indeed this is made with a generous blend of Saaz, Hallertau, Hersbrucker, and Spalter.)

The other side of the equation warrants attention as well. Vienna and Carapils malts result in a crunchy, chewy cereal-like graininess with a subtly sweet edge. It's perfectly attenuated and marries beautifully with the zesty florals of the hops. It's a pilsner I wouldn't bore of after one.

Even in an era of barrel-aged stouts and wildly inoculated sours, I'd argue that a properly made lager is the most impressive part of a craft brewer's portfolio. Balancing character with quaffability is a challenging task, especially when you only have low-moderate alcohol and light colour to play with as well as hundreds of years of tradition to live up to. Hoyner Pilsner, however, does exactly that.

 1,604 characters

Photo of iamstevetay
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of goalie35
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ghrymm
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very nice Pilsner, crisp and clean.
I feel that the Longwood Pilsner from Nanaimo on Vancouver Isl. beats the Hoyne
by a few points though

140 characters

Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beervana
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ericbeech_87
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BcCraft710
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of greenchicken
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brahdz_Von_Steiner
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

An excellent example of a nice, crisp, flavorful Pilsner. Everything you want in a pil.

87 characters

Photo of Gruntle
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of GregBeer
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Lived in Germany for four years, and outside of Germany this is the best German Pilsner I've ever had.

102 characters

Photo of Chazz_Chetly
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Hoyner Pilsner from Hoyne Brewing Co.
4.07 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe