Vim And Vigor
Tooth and Nail Brewing Company

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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #187
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
84
Ranked #25,037
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 6.53%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
25
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Tooth and Nail Brewing Company
 
Ontario, Canada
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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 25
Photo of rapayn01
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ventured to the brewery to buy assorted 355 ml cans, which are hard to find in Canada. Consumed this one in a pilsner glass found in my AirBnb. Vig and Vigor proved to be a very smooth pilsner. SIt smells like a regular pilsner, but had less of a tart grassy bite in the finish. I would buy it again even though it's not my preferred style of beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a clear blonde color ale with a nice pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cereal notes with light floral hops is good. Taste is a mix of cereal notes with light dry hoppy notes with some buttery notes which I wasn’t find of. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Too much buttery notes for my tats buds.

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Photo of dipso123
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant pale honey in colour. Malty grain sweet appealing aroma. Tastes much like a solid Helles - complex mix of grain, malt, a bit of bisquit, with herbal hop character. Overall, very happy with this Ontario Pilsner.

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Photo of biegaman
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Vim & Vigor has a very light daisy yellow colour and somewhat misty complexion but it still shines with confident, brilliant golden highlights. It's also quite the popular hangout spot for bubbles, though head not so much; little foam lasted in tonight's sample. Nevertheless, one can be confident about the quality and stylistic accuracy of this Pilsner just looking at it.

To many a hoppy bouquet means jamming giant grapefruits up your nose but, for me, this smell is what it's really all about: elegant, ambrosial, delicately floral and grassy notes. It's aromatherapy. And some of the credit actually belongs to the malt which provides a soft, doughy, biscuity-sweet contrast that fully highlights that spicy herbal fragrance.

Vim & Vigor is a term that relates to vitality and energy - indeed, this flavour provides plenty to be enthusiastic about! Gentle, cracker-y pale malts combine with the floral, grassy zestfulness like two perfectly fitted puzzle pieces. Neither the grain nor the hops are remotely intense - 'delicate' is actually a fair descriptor - and yet the presence of each is so strongly sensed.

Tasty grain and balmy hops, however, don't account in and of themselves for why the style is so pleasing and popular. Soft water, clean and extended fermentation, crisp finish and brisk carbonation all play a part as well. Taken as a whole it's easy to understand why pilsners like this were the ancestor of today's most ubiquitous lagers.

It's been roughly a year since Tooth & Nail opened its doors and in that short time they've offered great IPAs, stouts, Belgian ales, an incredible doppelbock and, perhaps most impressive of all, an immaculate classically styled Pilsner that's better than most you'd in Germany or the Czech Republic. In fact, Vim & Vigor may be the best overall Ontario beer I've tried this year.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Can
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A;
Pours a crystal clear, anemic straw with a finger of white pop head that fizzles out quick. Made for a can. (3)

S:
Pils malt and toasty grains. Lightly herbal hop snap with some dirty mineral water hanging out with the toasty cereals and detectable sweetness. (3.75)

T:
Pils malt and a spicy hop finish. Warm toasted malt body with a touch of DMS, grassy, peppery Euro-hop palate cleanse. (4)

M:
Crisp with slight aftertaste, medium carbonation. Fluffy prickle in mouth. (4)

O:
Decent pilsner.
Tasty, quenching, clean, good balance of flavors, drinkable, not too much DMS for my tastes (some examples are too much for me). The little sweet tang had me thinking if was a little more like an American pilsner. Enjoyable regardless, but it'd be nice a little drier (although that is just for my tastes). Good beer all around.
Would have again. Begs to be drunk ice cold from the can, in a koozie (especially since it ain't much to look at in a glass). (4)

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Photo of Derek
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Despite being a German Pilsner, it's quite heavy on the Saaz (which I'm not a huge fan).

Pours a nice head, thin ring of retention does show a little lace. Crystal clear, golden yellow.

Really big aroma, floral, steelie, lemon grass.

Steelie, grassy hops are prominent in the flavour. Crisp apple, Solid bitterness.

Light to moderate body, slight acidity gives it a very crisp finish.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear, light hay color with 2 fingers of white head with great retention and decent lacing. As for nose and taste, a bit of malt, some light citrus, that typical lager skunkiness and a nice dry finish hitting with that great Saaz bite. Light and lively on the palate. It's nice to have a nice, crushable local lager.

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Photo of ludachris
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

There's a slight haze to its bright, polished gold body. A finger's worth of paper white head forms on top but doesn't stick around long.

The nose is clean and rich with nuance. Fresh cracker and biscuit crowd around its doughy center. A grainy sweetness is present throughout. Its ripe, floral hop character blends in nicely.

It starts off grainy, and more coarse than the nose. The level of sweetness remains the same, coming in soft, rounded, and doughy. Its finish is prickly with a kiss of grassy bitterness. I'm left with a streak of fresh, dry biscuit which for me, is a trademark of an excellent Pilsner.

There's a good amount of flavor packed into its light body. It's rounded, it's clean, it's very drinkable and it's also under-carbonated. In a style that's naked and lacking in things to hide behind, its low CO2 level stuck out for me.

This is a Pilsner with plenty of potential. It's got a great sweet, rounded, and fresh malty base and a refined and satisfying hop character. A little boost of CO2 would give it some more snappiness, accentuate its prickly, dry finish and add to its look. This was a good first stab at a hard to brew style. I look forward to trying their next batch!

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Vim And Vigor from Tooth and Nail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 25 ratings