John Riggins 4th & 1 Pilsner
Escutcheon Brewing

John Riggins 4th & 1 PilsnerJohn Riggins 4th & 1 Pilsner
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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #611
ABV:
4.4%
Score:
79
Ranked #44,411
Avg:
3.38 | pDev: 12.72%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
39
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Escutcheon Brewing
 
Virginia, United States
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Photo of woodychandler
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I CAN't remember - did local, in-person trader tone77 get this CAN for me in support of The CANQuest (tm) or did I procure it on my own? CAN you help me?

From the CAN: "Loosen Up [undersigned] John Riggins".

I Crack!ed this 16-fl. oz. pounder open & CANsidered the effects of an inverted Glug, but settled on a gentle one, instead. I still got two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with decent retention for my efforts. Color was a gorgeous Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5) with NE-quality clarity, prompting a visit from The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus, all clamoring for a taste. Nose had the malty sweetness that is the hallmark of a GER Pils. Sehr gut! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not far beyond it, either. The taste was not up to par, evincing a sharpness that bespoke some flaw that I could not pin down. It was not any sort of adjunct, but more as though either it had fermented at too high a temperature or they skimped on the malts. Either way, it was not quite right. Finish was semi-sweet, but it just had an odd mustiness that seemed to linger. On this 4th & 1, I am going to "Loosen Up" & punt.

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Photo of avalon07
2.89/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pilsner glass. Had a bright, golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a good amount of time. Average lacing.

S: An underwhelming aroma of hops, malt, grass, and a grainy quality.

T: Tasted of light malt notes, a whole lot of grassy hops (too much of this, by far), some hops, light honey notes, some grain, and a floral quality. Not surprisingly, the grassy hops dominate the flavor, and do not help. Aside from this, it's a watery, unremarkable taste.

F: A nicely carbonated beer with a somewhat thin, watery finish. Light-bodied.

O: I bought this beer because I'm a Washington fan, but it just didn't appeal to me. Not very interesting or drinkable.

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Photo of hdf561
2.09/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a can into a pilsner glass. Pours pale yellow with actually an impressive head but goes away quickly minimal lacing.

Smells like malt, and water

Tastes the same malt and water, slight honey.

Initially smooth but has a kinda sour aftertaste.

Better than a Miller light but not by much, drank this cause I am a redskins fan and that's it...kept 1 can for nostalgia and I'll drink the rest then never again

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Photo of Dirtyhands
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great appearance. Don't pour your pilsner into a wine glass people. Tastes great and clean, little too heavy on the honey flavor. Soft and round flavor profile, heavy honey flavor. Reminds me of a "craft" rendition of St. Paulie girl beer.

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Photo of Buck89
3.96/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass. A clear medium-gold color with a generous bright white head. Great retention of the foam which eventually settled into a nice cap. Nice aromas of Pilsener malt, bread, dough, and some floral hops. Big clean malt taste balanced with a moderately bitter noble hop presence. A clean, crisp beer that represents the style nicely.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.74/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

So, full disclosure, I'm a Jets fan, Riggo's original team. Pours pale yellow with tons of carbonation. No head. Nose is vaguely sweet. No real hop note to speak of. Much more like an adjunct than a pils. For the record, I paid like fourteen bucks for a four pack of tall boys. Ouch.

This is serviceable for tailgating but only a die hard Riggo fan would drink this a second time on purpose. My condolences.

"Can't get mean, till I see more green."

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Photo of gopens44
3.94/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks nice with it's big, puffy, billowing white head. Beer itself is darn pale but still well within the gold family. No lacing to speak of.

Soft, bready aroma with just a nibble of noble hop spice leads the way for an identical taste. Soft, biscuity and followed by a slightly floral hop spiciness that has a bitter linger.

It may be gimmicky, but it's actually a pretty good beer. Pretty spot on for the style, refreshing and certainly a low enough ABV to make this thing a pounder during Redskin games. Good work, folks!

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts, a touch of sweetness. Taste is malty, grains, hops are present, light sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, even though I hate the Redskins, this is a decent beer. Fly Eagles Fly.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the can, it pours a golden amber with a nice head, dissipating over time to a thin layer. Grainy and a bit of hops in the nose, followed by a light bitterness. Enjoyable.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tallboy into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, bright, golden yellow coloring with a slow flow of carbonation bubbling throughout the body, and a low profile, filmy, clingy, white head. Aromas of toasted grains, hints of dried grass, a touch of honey sweetness, and some subtle hops bitterness. Flavors are very roasted and richly sweet forward, heavy in honey and toasted grains, with some subtle bitterness throughout. Mostly smooth and bold, with a very sweet, roasted aftertaste. The finish is smooth, slow, and slightly chewy for a Pils. I like it. Full bodied, light ABV...very drinkable.

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Photo of Beejay
3.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Light yellow in color with a slight haze, head is white, and starts to dissipate almost immediately.

S: Light grain, and maybe a touch of corn, perhaps a touch of straw. Slightly herbal hop aroma.

T: Grainy with some slight corn flavor, sweet, with slightly herbal hop finish.

M: Medium in body, with moderately active carbonation.

O: Overall this seems like a bit of a miss, there is something funky in the malt profile, like it's too cloying or something.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aside from this being a nice looking beer in the glass, this beer is missing all the good qualities of a German Pilsener while picking up many of the bad qualities of a cheap adjunct lager. IMO, this beer should be moved to AAL style regardless of the small craft brewer designation.

PS: The picture on the can and the name of the beer is awesome though. One of the greatest moments in Superbowl History captured in the label art. I give it 2 thumbs up for that, but have no interest in this beer ever again.

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Photo of thebeers
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up from the lovely people at The Better Beer Store in Winchester, VA. I asked for local beer, and they recommended this German pils and a coffee stout both from Escutcheon in town. Those are two of my favorite styles, so I asked for a crowler of each.

As they were serving me, I heard how the owner of the Washington Redskins apparently collaborated on this one (which was listed as 4th and 1 at the store -- only found the John Riggins part of the name on this site). I said, oh crap, just pour it out -- but they encouraged me to think of it as "football beer," which I guess is a good compromise.

Football beer pours a mildly hazy gold, effervescent, with a finger of white head. Bready malts and noble hops traditional to the style stand out in the aroma. It's light tasting, yet quite sweet, with none of the crispness or floral hops the nose suggested. Medium bodied for the style with a slightly slick, greasy mouthfeel. It's refreshing enough, but definitely below average.

Washington should change their team name. Even if they do though, go Eagles.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.34/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pilsner glass from a growler purchased at Growlers to Go. Clear yellowish color. The smell and taste reminds me of most pilsners that are heavily hopped. It is the kind of the beer I would drink after a hot afternoon cutting the lawn or sweating on the beach. A thirst quencher.

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John Riggins 4th & 1 Pilsner from Escutcheon Brewing
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 39 ratings