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Calhoun Claw | Lake Monster Brewing

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Brewed by:
Lake Monster Brewing
Minnesota, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews by bsp77:
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3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Bright gold with decent white head and light lacing.

Smell: Straw, apple, pepper and citrus.

Taste: Typical Pilsner backbone of straw, hay and apple. More Czech than German. Lots of pepper on the spicy, bitter finish, and some light citrus as well.

Feel: Hefty body for a Pilsner. Moderate carbonation. Nice dry finish, but not quite as crisp or clean as some Pilsners.

Overall: Good Minnesota-made Pilsner.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tator320
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of MrUse
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Ice House.
L: Pours brilliant gold with a 1” bone white foam cap.
S: Light grains, faint biscuit, spicy hops.
T: Served ice cold which masks the flavors somewhat. Clean palate with biscuit, light grain and a mild hop accent on the finish.
F: Crisp, refreshing, light, above average carbonation.
O: a good example of a classic German Pilsener.

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Photo of rossracing
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrew8626
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of morimech
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear straw color with just over a finger of head that held on for a long time for a pilsner. The head eventually settles to a thick cap with plenty of lacing left down the glass during consumption.

The brewer states that they use a combination of Czech and American hops. I can tell. Light citrus with lemon as well as spicy and floral. Light cracker aroma from the malt.

This beer fits right into my wheelhouse when it comes to pilsners. Dry, crisp, moderately bitter with some nice hop flavor. Dry crackers lay the foundation for hop flavor that consists of citrus, lemons, and pepper. Extremely clean flavors that tell me this has been brewed and lagered competently. Bitterness is getting on the high end for this type of beer however.

Light, brisk, crisp, are all adjectives that could be used to describe the mouthfeel. I would of liked even more carbonation but well done.

First beer I have had from Lake Monster. I am impressed. A pilsner aimed more to the beer geek than the unsuspecting macro drinker.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color with about a 2-finger head. Sweet citrusy taste, not too bitter. Modest carbonation. Drank it along with some hot pepper cheese and crackers. Will have it again.

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Photo of ddavison
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of CraigP83
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Floral pilsner, sharp and crisp, lingering hop profile. Decent beer when trying to get away from the heavy stuff

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Photo of TheLuckiestMan
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gatornation
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

from a 12 oz bottle
A- pours a clear sunshine yellow color with a thin brilliant white head just a touch of lacing
S-spicy floral noble/ameican hops with grassy light biscuit smells
T-classic noble hops crisp and bitter with a floral punch of hops wet lemon and grassy tastes with sweet cracker malts whiegh in a nicely lagered pils
M-crisp and pure as the style should be a touch more hops and bitterness on the finish with medium/low carbonation
O-a great pils dry crisp floral and hoppy

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Photo of Dms844
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Katey212
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Demi
2.48/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of berns7
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a can. Very carbonated. Bubbly head that started big but dissipated quickly. The hops overwhelm the aftertaste. In my opinion, it's a little too hoppy for a pilsner.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.46/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a lighter golden color. The head is a half inch in height, bright white, and recedes somewhat quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is spicy, bready and toasty--everything the aroma of a German Pilsener should have. The taste is a nice balance of spicy and bready with the beard poking through a bit more than it does in the aroma. There is also a pronounced bitterness that is a tad more than a traditional pilsener would have, but nothing too distracting. The mouthfeel is appropriately medium-light bodied with lively almost vigorous carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a very fine American made German style pilsener. The only thing I think would improve it would be a mild hint of metallic twang that can be sound in all great pilseners, but that is just nit picking. I can still see myself drinking this beer on a regular basis.

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Photo of MattMorin
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SunglassesJoe
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It was AIGHTTTT. Not bad but not great.
Good hot weather Pils. On the hoppier side.

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Photo of mattmarka1
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of jsprain1
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jeglenn
2.08/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of jimmah120
3.75/5  rDev +5%

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Calhoun Claw from Lake Monster Brewing
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