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Tooth & Claw | Off Color Brewing

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3.89/5
Very Good
117 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States
offcolorbrewing.com

Style: Bohemian Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
John likes bees. John’s like of bees led him to hanging out with other people who like bees. Some of the other people who like bees work at The Field Museum. The Field Museum was opening a bistro and bar. John was opening a brewery. And that is pretty much the story of how Off Color and The Field Museum collaborated to make this crisp, clean pilsner with a dry-hopped bite far inferior to Sue’s.


BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,237
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
117
pDev:
10.54%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
15
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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by DamienArk:
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4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of FBarber
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear effervescent gold color. Thin frothy white head dissipates quickly leaving no residual head. However bubbles continue to course upwards. Looks good for style outside of the head. Needs a bigger head, bit more retention for the style.

Smell is crisp, with a nice grain malt, some corn notes, and some grassy floral hops. Pretty simple but in line with the style.

Taste is slightly grainy with some corn notes. Floral grassy hops come through on the back end. Hops are rather strong and bitter. Lingering bitter grain flavor. touch sweet Seems overly hopped/bitter for the style and the cracker pilsner malt is rather subdued. Much more of a grain/corn malt. Still in spite of that, its a good tasting beer, and is not a huge aberration for the style.

Feel is light, crisp, drinkable. Medium carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall a nice american take on the style. Certainly American, but reminiscent enough of the style. In terms of a good go-to cheap american made pilsner, this might be my favorite.

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Photo of joe1510
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$9.99
Binny's Willowbrook

Tooth & Claw, a dry hopped lager brewed for the Field Museum. Giddyup! A crystal clear glowing golden libation this beer is. A creamy yet silky crown is produced on an easy pour that eventually settles to a chunky crown. Streams of carbonation pop to the surface from here and there, all over the bottom of the glass. This is a good looking beer.

Freshly cracked grain leaps from the glass. Cereal like and a little damp. A soft cereal like sweetness accompanies that graininess. A welcoming buzzsaw grassiness rips through the middle along with a soft herbal hoppiness. What's there is clean and supremely crisp. Very nicely done.

The flavor pops, even more so than the nose. It's bright and vibrant with that ultra clean graininess at the forefront. That cereal graininess is minimal in the flavor profile. Is that a faint squeeze of lemon? Why yes, I believe it is. A grassy hoppiness runs over the back of the throat bringing with it some of that earlier mentioned herbal quality. This is a damn fine beer.

The feel sits right where it should. While the feel is light there is some body, the carbonation is active and helps move it through at a rather quick pace. The bitterness is moderate+ for the style and lingers all along the tongue. The finish is dry, which is a must in my book.

This is another fine beer from the folks at Off Color. A supremely clean, bright lager with that added rip of hoppiness. I could drink this all day long, summer or winter. Very good indeed.

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Photo of kevanb
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, brewed and bottled for The Field Museum in Chicago, poured into an Off Color cervoise.

The beer pours a lightly hazy golden straw color, lots of bubbles rising to the top of the glass. There is about two fingers of foamy white head that dissipates quickly leaving a few spots of lace. The aroma is great, noble hops, crisp grass, a touch of citrus, biscuit and pilsener malt. Nothing too complex or crazy, but really inviting with a nice amount of hops. The flavors echo the nose well, loads of grassy hops, noble hops, a touch of citrus, but nice earthiness and sturdiness to the beer and the malt bill is almost what feels delicate, soft, chewy and pale with a lingering mineral water flavor. The mouthfeel is nice, super crisp, lighter body, coats well, plenty of zippy carbonation that has a bit of a dry bite at the finish.


Verdict: A really great Pilsener from Off Color, definitely a highlight in their lineup. Crisp, refreshing and while it's hoppy, it's not AGGRESSIVELY hopped like many American brewed hoppy lagers. Perfect beer to finish out the dog days of summer.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjd722
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dannycohen62
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a crystal clear straw color with a creamy, white head. Lots of carbonation. Spotty lacing.
Aroma is biscuit, spice, lemon, and grass.
Taste starts with the sweet malt followed by a nearly-tart middle of lemon with a spicy and refreshingly bitter close.
Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated yet smooth.
A crisp and refreshing beer.

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Photo of DrKarl
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of psoriasaurus
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tylerstravis
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Vinithing
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light yellow with a decent white head that recedes rapidly leaving marginal lacing. Aroma is grassy and slight corn with a touch of biscuit. Flavor is sweet corn and grass. Not as much hop bite as I was expecting from a dry hopped beer. Feel is nice enough, crisp and well carbonated. Nice beer.

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Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ordybill
3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at Beer Head Pub in Schaumburg, IL. The appearance is a clear gold color with a small white head. The aroma is malt, hops and corn. The taste is floral hops, grass and grain.

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Photo of Eman17
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Namtracxtra
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nurt20
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerhemoth
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pnelting
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tim007007
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Tooth & Claw from Off Color Brewing
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 117 ratings