Shadowclock Pilsner | Burial Beer Co.

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Shadowclock PilsnerShadowclock Pilsner

Brewed by:
Burial Beer Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Time. Its story is often lost in the depiction of its result. Basking in the rays of the sun, the clock casts a new shadow and ushers in refreshing new life. What was once here has cured, transformed and grown fuller. And the story of its emergence is paved with untold patience. The Pilsner is the almighty gift of time. Never filtered, the presence of hops provide an aroma suggestive of wildflower, honey and lemon. Keep your palate clean, revel in your beverage.

Added by Jamato14 on 07-19-2015

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Photo of MephistosCafe
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gajo74
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale and clear golden straw color with a modest head that quickly dissipates. A wispy thin lacing throughout.
Aroma opens up earthy with notes of hay, grass and toasted malts. Bready sweetness develops, as does tones of citrusy lemon and floral hops.
Toasted malt taste with a dry palate. There is a bright lightly lemony hops quality throughout that adds a light tartness that slightly predominates. The bitterness is low, however, there are flavors of grassy hops and a peppery spice in the middle palate.
Medium bodied, rather full for a Pils. Crisp and clean with strong carbonation and mineral water quality. The finish is dry and lightly chalky.
Decent Pilsner overall.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alexsergio
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ltdsaint
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ichorNet
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bearing the best can art I've seen in quite a while, this pilsner from Burial stands poised to impress me with the beer contained within said can as well! The label says it is brewed with German barley as well as American corn, then dry-hopped with Saphir and Tettnanger hops. Sounds delicious!

Pours a straw yellow color that seems to take on a light-medium amber hue when held up to light. Frothy head and some lace splotches show up after a few minutes sitting in my glass. This beer is completely unfiltered, lending to the body an indomitable haze, though there is some visible carbonation streaming upward if I really look for it.

The nose here is honeyed malt, light herbal qualities, crackery graininess and some floral and spicy elements, all marrying together in a very balanced and well-blended way. I really like how surprisingly hoppy this smells, even though it's a few months old now. Seems to really hold up through time; probably the fact that it's a lager and very cleanly fermented, I assume, but it's still nice to experience. Almost has a kellerbier-like yeasty/doughy aspect going on, too. Very nice nose!

The flavor profile is similarly well-balanced with the grains coming to the forefront, lending snappiness and crackery depth to the proceedings. Dense hoppy flavors ranging from earthy and floral notes to light citrusy, rind-like character bring out some unique interest as well. I can, however, tell this would probably be a little better fresher, as the hops are definitely on track to really fade away if I had waited any longer to crack this bad boy. Definite yeast presence on the tongue, as the mid-palate feels rather heavy bodied, though the beer retains a high refreshment factor due to the use of corn in the grist. Without that, this likely would feel a bit too heady, but the finish has a drier aspect that rounds everything out. The carbonation here is not super expressive, but it also doesn't have to be, as the taste carries the entire beer pretty far on its own merits without the need for intense effervescence.

As with most pilsners, there is a delicate dance going on here where any aspect that is not in equilibrium with the rest will be felt pretty apparently. Burial clearly knows this, luckily, and this comes across as a very refined and flavorful drinking experience! It definitely feels more like an Americanized "keller pilsner" at times, with the dry-hop and unfiltered nature taken into account, but I'm happy to say I wouldn't have it any other way! I would gladly drink more of these, and would love to try it a bit fresher somewhere down the line to see if the hops pop more.

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

Photo of redfox405
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Large, lumpy three-finger eggshell white head. It recedes slowly leaving a fine lattice of minute bubbles. The liquid is dirty gold, darker than expected, with a mild chill haze.

Pale pilsner graininess to the nose. Light to no hop aroma. I get the slightest of sourness in the background.

Lots of pale malt flavor. Here, the hop does come through briefly in the swallow while the aftertaste draws out the aforementioned sourness. (I think this might come from the corn in the mash.) Quite rich for a pilsner, especially with an adjunct, with below norm carbonation. Overall, it's a pleasant beer that strays ever so slightly from the style.

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Photo of CollinaTiger
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Apellonious
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a pint glass, a clear golden orange with a one finger fluffy white head. Aroma is mainly grains/bread, some herbal hop notes and a slight lemon zest. The taste is similar, very light and crisp. The mouthfeel is medium light, with a medium low amount of carbonation, making it somewhat smooth. Digging this Pilsner, will be a repeat purchase.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of Captain69
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of BB1313
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 5/3/18. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with some haze to it with lots of bubbles racing upwards; fluffy white head that slowly falls leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have hints of lemon along with some crackers and bread. Lots of grains along with some malts. It smells like your typical pilsener, more or less. The flavors basically follow the nose. The flavors are clean, crisp and refreshing. Lots of fresh grass along with some floral notes. Moderate to low bitterness. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the fuller side of light-bodied with active carbonation. It's fluffy, sturdy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a good pilsener. It's a nice, classic and traditional example of the style. It's not flashy or hopped up. Once again, it's clean, crisp and refreshing. The craftsmanship is on point. Well done.

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

Photo of TheRock7755
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

16 oz. can. A little bit hazy golden yellow body. Smells of some light cracker malt with some herbal and floral hop notes. Taste has honey and some accompanying sweetness. Bright and floral with some herbal hops in the back end. Kinda missing any depth of malt flavor. Light body. Well-made, which is more than I can say for a lot of American Pilsners, but it's so light that it borders on bland.

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Photo of Wizzle32
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hozersr
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wheels2532
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sludgegnome
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

3.09/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Burial Shadowclock Pilsner

A: Every self-respecting hyped brewery these days needs a lager, preferably a Pilsner, and Burial is no different. This one pours a pale, slightly cloudy brassy gold (not quite clear enough for the style). The snow-white head mounts to about two fingers but dissipates rather quickly. Lacing, strangely, is rather good. All told, the appearance is a mixed bag, and it fails at the most important: clarity. 2.75/5

A: Burial quickly rights this ship by providing rich bready character first and foremost. Honeyed pilsner malt is definitely the star of the show bringing crackers, bread crust, sugar cookie, and a subtle-yet-complex aroma of sweetness. Hops settle into that of a strong supporting role with bright lemon and plenty of spicy Noble aromatics to boot. This appears more Czech than German, though the addition of corn really makes it more of an American adjunct lager (though the corn does not come through in the aroma, thankfully). 4.25/5

T: To borrow a phrase (and beer name), "Nothing gold can stay." While there are really nice lemon, orange, and spicy hop notes (similar in tone to some Mandarina Bavaria hopped beers), and the honeyed bread comes across really nicely (emphasis on the honey), there is a far too prominent alcohol presence. No Pilsner should have any alcohol taste whatsoever, and at 5.5%, there is no call for it in this one. Maybe it is due to the corn adjunct, but whatever the cause, the result is very unfortunate. 3/5

M: Of course, the alcohol ruins the mouthfeel even more with a rather thin body, slight burn, and an unpleasant drying effect. Carbonation is quite low and soft in keeping with the Czech-influence, but this highlights the missteps and a serious lack of crispness, which may as well be a Pilsner cardinal sin. 2/5

O: Burial is not known for their lager game, and this beer is the answer to the question of why. This is not anywhere near the worst pilsner I have had from an American brewer, but it is definitely in the lower half. That does not mean it is unpleasant to drink, but it really is not that enjoyable either. It is not worth the high price that Burial's offerings command (admittedly this one is correctly priced cheaper), and there are just so many better Pilsners to be found from Americans and others. Pair with XXXTentacion's truly poor attempts at the darker side of rap, particularly "17." 2.5/5

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Photo of jgunther71
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Shadowclock Pilsner from Burial Beer Co.
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