Spica Pilsner | Ecliptic Brewing

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Brewed by:
Ecliptic Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Spica Hefepils

SPICA HEFEPILS Spica is the brightest star in the constellation Virgo. This Lager is brewed in the Un-filtered Keller bier style. Pale malt is used exclusively to give the beer a nice malt body and light golden color. Sterling hops add a rich herbal character. The yeast left in the beer works with the hops to add a nice spicy flavor. ABV 5.5% IBU 38 GRAVITY 13.0° p

Added by RHVC59 on 03-26-2014

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by DerAtomsmasher:
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3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Silly you have to call something "Hefepils" to get people to try a Zwickel but whatever.

Not as yeasty as a German version & certainly happier. A nice beer & a great alternative to ales upon boring ales.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of hreb
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle appears to be dated 08/14. Served in pilsner glass. Peer pours yellow, like hazy Mountain Dew, with a massive white head. Monster head, really. Sweet aroma, like german hefeweiss. Flavor has the unmistakable dry and crisp mouthfeel of a pilsen. This is an unfiltered Pils with a kick of West coast hops. A really interesting take on Pils and a tasty warm-weather brew.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a one finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt, wheat, pilsner hops, hint of sulfur and toffee, unusual, but good. Flavor is biscuit malt, mild citrus, grassy, haylike hops, finishing with grassy hops bitterness and biscuit. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A nice little hybrid between wheat and pilsner beers, and not a bad representative of a kellerbier, which is not a common style. The flavor seems a bit understated at first, but the long lingering finish is a nice balance of dry haylike and biscuit flavors with just the right amount of bitterness. Nicely balanced. I like this quite a bit more than I expected to. I would consider this for a hot summer day session ale with good, offbeat flavors.

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Photo of kylemckinnis
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of ninaturner
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of blastoderm55
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrMindbender
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of BMESSER88
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of blurredline
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Andrew24
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Ohiovania
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was easily my favorite beer at the brewery the other day. The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive as well, as I pick some underlying grassiness, light honey, black pepper and light cookie dough. The flavor profile replicated the nose pretty closely, and I was impressed by how well balanced this beer was, and how much flavor it differently. The was fairly light on the palate, but with a clean, refreshingly bitter finish. Alcohol is not noticeable at all in this beer.

Very impressive effort. Liked this one quite a bit.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.14/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mactrail
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark golden color with a nice froth in the Affligem chalice. Light Hefeweizen taste of sweet malt. Resiny deep hop flavor for the finish.

This seems really lightweight at first, but it grows into an aromatic pleasant taste. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at New Seasons Market in Portland.

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Photo of John_Squires
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Parmesan
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: yellow hue with a little touch of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam with decent retention. Not too bad.

Smell: lightly sweet, lightly grainy malt aroma with a fair bit of lemony, citrusy hops. This is way hoppier than a traditional kellerbier, but it has its qualities.

Taste: a malt character that is a little sweet and maybe a little grainy, but overall very smooth. Bitterness is high for the style, so it's not so balanced, but it does have that alluring smoothness.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a very nice creaminess. I like it quite a lot.

Overall: it's a little bit piquant for the style, but overall this is a very tasty and drinkable beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Spica Pilsner from Ecliptic Brewing
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 50 ratings
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