Hoppy Pilsner (collaboration W/ Girl Skateboards) | Saint Archer Brewing Co.

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Hoppy Pilsner (collaboration W/ Girl Skateboards)Hoppy Pilsner (collaboration W/ Girl Skateboards)

Brewed by:
Saint Archer Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 09-04-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of illy44
2.53/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

I like SA blonde and the white. The "hoppy" pilsner is true to its name. It's hoppy. Even advertised as a "German style pilsner" and the use of german hops I never had a Pilsner in Germany like this one ...

True to its name it is what it is. If you like IPA, this beer is for you. If you want a good Pilsner try the Weihenstephaner.


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Photo of Stillyman11
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of caplone
2.29/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Karl Struass pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.67
Purchased: Aug. 14, 2015
Consumed: Aug. 19, 2015
Misc.: Collab with Girl Skateboards

Poured a golden, yellow, clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of frothy, white head. Good amount of good-looking bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. A few spots of spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Very good retention on the top. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled honey, corn, cereal, sourdough bread, grass and wheat. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted pretty good, a lot like the nose. Got cereal, mainly Cheerios, then Kix and Corn Pops. Also bread, grass, grain, plain crackers and light honey wheat. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt, watery finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was an above average pilsner. I could have gone a lot of different ways on this one, but settled with the ratings I settled with. Did not taste the hoppy part though. (Overall - 3.75)

3.83 | 86 | B+

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Photo of SierraJosh
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beardsonbrews
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Treyliff
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 9/28/14, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a pale straw color with a dense two-finger foamy and rocky white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some sticky lace behind

S- spicy herbal and floral hop aroma with toasted pilsener malt, crackers, clean overall

T- light lemon tartness up front is quickly followed by some spicy floral hop notes and a hint of citrus. Clean toasted malt adds some balance and continues into the toasted finish

M- medium-light body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry crisp finish

O- high drinkability and plenty of flavor, enjoyable pils

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Photo of silverevo9
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty pilsner. Looking forward to this after work. This pils has a lot of quality. Nice hops, with a smell of sweet grass and lemon up front. Very clean feel and taste to this beer. Well done malt backbone. Too bad this is limited. Worth making year round. Head on beer is nice but dissipates. Lacing is great. Taste is fantastic. Kudos on the attempt of this beer. Almost has that sticky resinous quality to it. Hey man, i'm a believer, this beer is good!

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Photo of breadwinner
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super fresh grassy hops, gives you that bracing/brisk herbal rush at first whiff, tasty too, maybe could use a little more malt backing but that's picking nits -- this is a winner.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattSlem
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sd123
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%

Pours two fingers of head on a clear light straw body.
The aroma is clean grains and a little lemon.
The taste has a good lemon bitterness to it with the slightly metallic bitterness of a pils in the middle to end.
The texture is crisp.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Saint Archer is now going into lagers with.....Girl Skateboards?!? Perhaps it's fitting, because Saint Archer was founded "on a unique strain of talent: world-class brewers, artists and musicians, surfers, skateboarders, and snowboarders". Still, how does a skateboard company play a role in determining what type of malt is used, when to steep the hops, and what yeast to use. Perhaps I should worry later and drink now. From a 12 ounce can, on to the beer:

A large soapy head rests on top a washed out golden color of beer. Many visible bubbles rise from bottom to top of the liquid while the head dissipates into a patchy lace. A likeable aroma hits the nose: fresh cut grass, noble hops, honeysuckle. I'm ready to go.

This is much grassier than I would have expected. Maybe a wee on the overload, but I like it. Big hay and grass notes make a lethal one-two punch of flavors in this pilsner. A little bitter and flowery are the hops. Tiny tweeks could take this pilsner next level, but as far as staying true to style and character, Saint Archer and Girl Skateboards have done justice to the style, plus a little. Well done!

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Photo of johlac66
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of thebarkley
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of pkalix
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of MacQ32
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

This was a tasty beer. Not as tasty as a Stella, but I'd put it in the same category as a beer like that. Gave it a try being that it was a limited release collaboration with Girl Skateboards. I bought 2 six packs and enjoyed them all

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Photo of HopHead84
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Can poured into a snifter. When I was a young lad, I used to ride Girl and Chocolate skateboards exclusively. I don't recall what I liked about them, but at some point I decided I thought they were the best. The years have taken a toll on my knees, and I'm carrying quite a few more advocacy pounds these days, but I still am slightly proud that I can still land a front side flip. I might break my ankle trying, but I'm positive I could land it and ride away. I have no idea what this beer has to do with Girl Skateboards or how it's a collaboration with them, but it's kind of cool to see the logo again, and it brings back memories of healthier, more athletic days of spraining wrists and breaking bones.

The beer is transparent yellow gold with perfect clarity and a billowing white cap of froth that stays around for a long time. Lacing is extreme.

The aroma is clean and hoppy, boasting an expressive spicy noble hop bouquet and evident Pils malt. The flavor is crisp with a firm upper medium bitterness with some grassiness. There's a hint of grainy sweetness. The finish is dry with lingering bitterness. The beer is crisp, clean, and dry, with a high level of carbonation.

An enjoyable German Pils that I would like to see them turn into a consistent offering.

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Photo of vermilcj
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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Hoppy Pilsner (collaboration W/ Girl Skateboards) from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 54 ratings