This is a very tasty pilsner. It has all the trademarks of a good German Pils, with some nice bitterness and with a malty background that is just enough to provide some extra flavor. Very refreshing and enjoyable.
12 oz bottle from NC.
Pours with a clear, pale golden body that is topped with a reasonably durable white head.
Aroma: Hop forward
Herbal-fruity, hop forward flavor.
Light body and medium+ carbonation; dry.
Pours pale golden yellow but has some foam and leaves lacing: smells of bread and mellow hops. Taste is same. No normally a German pipe fan but, much like Pullman Pils this hits a good balance that doesn't turn me off. Quite tasty and drinkable actually. I haven't been too impressed with the other beers of theirs I've tried, but this is well done.
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a snifter
Aroma – wet grain and faint hops
Head small (< two cm, slow pour), white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to irregular three to five mm ring and frothy partial layer
Lacing – poor. Few drag marks as the head recedes
Body – light yellow, clear
Flavor – distinct hop bitterness, very faint dimethylsulfide; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation
(12 oz bottle, best by rubbed off, but it was Aug 2016... left out 30 min then poured into fluted goblet)
L: polished brass-hued liquid, brilliant clarity... somewhat tight, spongy, off-white foam, sudsy grip of lace... head pours high, takes its time sinking down... keeps a thin blanket of suds atop, and it left a thick Saturn ring of lace after one larger sip
S: lightly-doughy, toasted cereal malt... underbelly quite bready, almost like fresh crumb... delicate floral notes waft up, mild dusting of lemon zest... overall, very potent scent, very inviting
T: initial hit of bread crust, followed by an explosion of green, fabulously leafy-bitter hops - the bitterness rather tannic, invigorating, and lasting long through the aftertaste - this is prime noble hop beauty (reminds me of a cracking English bitter)... essence of lemon, maybe even a touch of grapefruit... not much residual sweetness of note, the hop bitter is at high volume... dry finish, with almost a nougat note
F: again, the finish is nice and dry... not entirely crisp as the carbonation tingles a little up front then rides a soft foamy wave down the back of the palate... perhaps a light film of hop resin left behind... bit of a warm, spicy hum from the hops, plucking at the buds... could be a touch glassier in its viscosity, but otherwise disappearing-dry and moreish
O: haven't had this in a long time but, when fresh, I can't say I've come across a more delectable American version of a German pils... bready, doughy malt with biting, herbal, leafy bitterness - just fantastic!