Hog Lager Pilsner
Black Hog Brewing Co.

Hog Lager PilsnerHog Lager Pilsner
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
Bohemian Pilsener
Ranked #246
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
81
Ranked #35,915
Avg:
3.62 | pDev: 7.18%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
18
From:
Black Hog Brewing Co.
 
Connecticut, United States
Avail:
Rotating
Wants
  0
Gots
  1
SCORE
81
Good
Hog Lager PilsnerHog Lager Pilsner
Notes: Traditional Czech-style Pilsner with an addition of Hallertau Blanc hops to add a touch of citrus.
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 18 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In addition to my trying to close out Untappd's "Better Together" collaboration badge, I also have the "Crisp as Day" badge for Pilsners in my sights. I long ago closed out the one for Lagers, but there is CANother one specifically for Pilsners. My count? 416/500 with this one as 417. This one seems more elusive for The CANQuest (tm) & other serving styles than others.

From the CAN: "America's Sexiest Pilsner since 2016"; "We get our name from the heritage breed Berkshire Black Hog, who are black in appearance and always delicious."; "Black Hog Brewing Co. works with local farmers who grow some of our ingredients and feed their pigs with our spent grains. At the completion of another year full of beer, the famers donate a hog for roasting. which is why our rally cry is #DRINKTOTHEHOG"; "Cheers! Tyler, Tom and Jason"; "You best 'cycle"; "Made in CT".

Once aCAN, following the Crack! of the vent, I found myself CANpelled to go with the Barista Glug! I have a nice, tall Pilsner glass & I like the visual of a C-Line Glug from on high. For one thing, it led to the formation of a massive three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with phenomenal retention. For CANother, I just dig the way that it looks once the glass fills & the head sits there like something out of a 1950s sports CANmercial. Color was a gorgeous Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, prompting an impromptu visit from The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Mammon & Midas, all clamoring for a taste! Nose was kind of odd for the style with a vinous quality as opposed to the usual grassy-hay. Hmm. Mouthfeel was solidly medium, on the big side for a Lager of any stripe. The taste followed the nose in that in addition to the usual biscuit/freshly-mown grass/drying hay flavors, there was also a bit of a grape-y vinousness. Hmm. All of this led to a veddy dry finish. Frankly, I was all for it! I will take bone-dry, as this was, over sweet or semi-sweet every day of the week. I CAN see having this again, especially out of my cooler at the beach this Summer. YMMV.

 2,068 characters

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black Hog Brewing Co. "Lager"
12 fl. oz. can without production codes or freshness dating
$2 @ Wegmans Cherry Hill Wine, Liquor & Beer, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Ahhh, a nice hazy Pilsner, just what I like. NOT! Pilsner should always be clear. There's a such thing as Kellerpils, but this is simply labeled Pilsner. The inch-plus of white foam has alread dropped atop its hazy golden body at this point but at least there's some lacing left behind where it once stood. The aroma is not surprisingly a little yeasty. Again, that's never OK. There's some nice grainy malt in there as well, but not a lot of hops. What's there seems a bit floral so I'll assume they were going more for a Czech Pilsener, but there's also some grassiness and gooseberry (which I unfortunately don't personally like very much). It's weird. Whatever, I can live with the gooseberry but not the yeast, although maybe they're just doing their own thing. On to the flavor, well not much has changed. The yeast remains, along with the grainy & bready malt, the weird white wine note, and a dusting of floral hops. It's not that bitter at all, and this "Pilsner" just falls apart at that point. The wheels have fallen off and the jalopy is on fire. If this was intended as a representation of a European Pilsner-style beer it's a dismal failure. If they're just doing their own thing and decided to go beyond the term lager, and add the term Pilsner to the smaller text of the label that's kind of OK too. Let me read that because I haven't yet... no, it's just says "America's sexiest Pilsner". Bad marketing but nothing more. Alright, let me wrap this up. It's medium bodied and gently crisp in the mouth, and now back to the beer in general. I've often found beers that didn't represent a style, and maybe even grossly misrepresented a style, but in which I found some redeeming quality. Whole Hog's "Cuppa Espresso Stout", for example, doesn't have enough coffee character in my opinion to be called a coffee beer but it's got a great yeasty fruitiness to it, and is overall quite pleasant and enjoyable. This beer, however, is just a sloppy mess. The yeast doesn't help it, it hinders it, at least for me although I'll admit to being more sensitive to yeast than most people. The lack of bitterness leaves it unbalanced, and the weird Sauvignon Blanc / gooseberry note is very odd. When I put those things together it's just a disaster. I could drink the rest of this but I won't, although that doesn't say much for it. For some reason I thought Black Hog produced better beers but I may have to rethink that after this one. Not recommended.
Review # 6,715

 2,659 characters

Photo of CTHomer
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a: slight haze; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: grass and grain; a bit of spice;

T: follows the nose, although the grainy sweetness is more pronounced in the flavor; long moderately bitter aftertaste;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate tingly carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: enjoyable, but not something I would seek out;

 381 characters

Photo of RozzieBoy
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Cloudy golden with a 1 finger, puffy white head. Minimal carbonation. Fair retention but nice lacing.
S - Seemed a little off to me. Can’t put my finger on it.
T - A muted lager taste.
F - Not crisp at all. Thin mouthfeel.
O - Not what I would expect from a pils. Left me wondering if they were trying to go in different creative direction with this, I’m not sure. However, not bad after shoveling lots of snow today.

 431 characters

Hog Lager Pilsner from Black Hog Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 18 ratings