Project 9 Pils | Fernie Brewing Co.

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Project 9 PilsProject 9 Pils

Brewed by:
Fernie Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by biboergosum on 05-02-2014

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 25
Reviews by cfalovo97:
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

355ml can. Apparently this is an ode to Project 9, an extreme bike trail near Fernie.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, frothy, and tightly foamy eggshell white head, which leaves some sudsy splattered cloud lace around the glass as things duly drop away.

It smells of crisp biscuity, crackery, and bready pale malt, dried lemon rind, a bit of white pepper, and peppy earthy, floral, and grassy hops. The taste is more sturdy grainy malt, the biscuity edge sort of retreating, as the peppery character brings in his black and multicoloured friends to further spice things up, and the hops meet this challenge head-on, in their consistent grassy, earthy, and leafy mien.

The bubbles are pretty low-key, and for the most part innocuous in their quotidian duties, the body a steady medium weight, and actually pretty smooth, what with those pepper and hop yahoos flitting about. It finishes just a touch off-dry, the inherent malt sweetness kind of stumbling around with its head down, and those same hop and spice notes circling for the kill.

A rather tasty and enjoyable full-bodied pilsner, with the robust malt and sassy hops in spades. Add to that a pleasantly complex pepper spiciness, and we are good to go! With the hop schedule employed here, and the actual flavour, it's hard to make the call between the Czech and German styles, so I'm just gonna go with my impression of that whole part of southeastern BC: German.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Merlin68
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mlkluther
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kobold
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Diluted honey thinly poured over a bushel of wheat. Broken foam mosaic balanced between shattered tiles and dust.

Smell: Gritty wheat and grain interspersed with orange rinds, peanuts and noble hops. Airborne spice circles overhead on wafts of bubblegum.

Taste: Lightly bitter grass gently folds into velvet gloves. A grocery store’s bulk section collage of grains, nuts and assorted musty earth pearls then emerge from the back of the palate. A few flecks of metallic rust return the movement to the dry ground.

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Photo of DamageCase76
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of BcCraft710
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bumchilly25
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DarrenBrule
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of mistahmojoryan
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance - Pours a clear straw gold with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Bready, biscuity malt, Saaz hops, hints of lemon, spice and grass.

Taste - Similar to what is found in the aroma - bready/biscuity malts along with the spice and grassiness of Saaz hops with a faint hint of citrus rind.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp and dry finish.

Overall - A sessionable German pilsner with a pleasant spicy hop profile. Definitely an easy drinker for the summer months.

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Photo of Corson
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wordemupg
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml can poured into tulip 13/6/14

A bright yellow liquid, crystal clear, bubbles of all sizes and speeds feeding a short lived finger of foam that leaves a collar of lace

S lots of grassy noble notes, lemon, mineral water, cracker, floral almost to the point of perfume, some sweet grains round things out

T spicy, grassy hops, biscuit, not far from the nose really, hits the style well enough

M has some body to it, soft from the bubbles, crisp but has a grainy finish, no complaints here

O loads of noble hops work well for this one, not a bad example of the style and something I could drink a few of under a hot sun

better then I was expecting from Fernie, respectable beer and much better then most I've had from this brewery, worth a shot for sure

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Photo of jrempel
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Exeter
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ZachT
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bunman3
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very enjoyable Pilsener from one of my sentimental favourites. I love Fernie and I also love the direction they are going with their beer. I first enjoyed this at the side of a beautiful creek full of cutthroat trout, so I am having trouble being objective. Seriously, this is a great beer. It has a fresh biscuit, lemon and Saaz feeling to it that screams "summertime".

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Photo of kjyost
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of ScottWestmaas
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lemon yellow with an initially copious quantity of white frothy bubbles. Particularly interesting aroma ... Tangy, spicy noble hops abound. Fragrant sweet hay, yellow flowers, sweet dinner rolls and honey-lemon mentholated cough lozenge against a backdrop of dry popcorn and cracker-like malts. I am getting a slight apple-like fruitiness as well but nothing over the top as one might encounter in a micro-brewed light lager. Taste is sweet grains with just a small sharp edge, with the aforementioned hop notes translating nicely from nose to palate. Each sip starts sweet and ends dry and peppery. Some lemon character. Rather full-bodied, which might be fueling a biscuit-like vibe at times. Seems a hair more robust than otherwise similar brews. Nice mid-range carbonation. Fernie has a winner here, something on par with a few of its big bottle offerings. Any critique I can offer likely pertains to the sweetness up front, but hey. There's enough hops to end on a high note.

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Photo of Oidmoe
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imfinished
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Project 9 Pils from Fernie Brewing Co.
3.94 out of 5 based on 25 ratings.
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