St. Hildegard Pils | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Kegatron on 07-08-2011

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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Iron Hill Lancaster on 7/7/11. Served in an oversized mug.

Pours a clear copper, with a thin covering of bright-white head. This retains with a rich fizziness, leaving back a foamy cascade of lacing which quickly slides down the sides of the mug. The aroma smells bright and grassy, with a smack of lemon tartness and earthy bitterness giving this some zip in the nose. Malts mingle with the citrus elements here to provide a solid supportive twang.

The taste is crisp in the mouth, with an even mix of bitter fruit and tarter citrus flavors. Those Pils malts here have a well done supportive bready sweetness to them, yet still keep the overall profile focused on those assertive German hops. The finish on this is mostly dry lingering grittiness but some lingering tartness hangs in there to. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp yet easy feeling creaminess to this that couples with the lower alcohol here to keep this quite drinkable.

Another well Pils here from the Lancaster location, this time with an extra focus on the fresh tartness that some of these German hop varietals can provide. This is some crisp, refreshing, and overall quaffable stuff. I killed this 20oz fast.

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Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A German pilsener, served on tap at Iron Hill Lancaster. Advertised as well-hopped.

A: The pils is a delicate straw golden color, clear as day (the haze coming from condensation on the outside of the glass). A white head is supported for most of the sip, leaving legs of lace behind.

S: Pungent and hoppy, earthen florals driving the strength. As promised, well-hopped. The flowers have lemons in addition to the earthy terroir. Biscuity malts, light and bready, are underneath the hops. Balance isn't a focus of this beer.

T: Crisp doesn't seem to do the pils justice. The hops have such a sharp edge that you might end up with a paper cut. The hops are clearly noble, a dirty, earth flavor that opens into a bouquet of flowers. Their bite is immense, overpowering the light biscuity flavors. Only late in the sip, as the hops slowly back off, do the biscuity flavors come through. By that point, my tastebuds have been lulled into a hop coma. A refreshing and biting pilsener, the type that I've been yearning for for quite a while. This is sated.

M: Truth in advertising here. The hops are intense, a bitter blast that doesn't let up. I really like it though, packing the perfect punch.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Tucquan
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-07-27 at the brew pub in Lancaster, PA.

A - Clear straw with a 1-finger white head and good lacing.

S - Fruity yeast, floral, mild hops. Light and very pleasant.

T- Bread, fruity yeast and surprisingly bitter for the style. Crisp and dries nicely.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

O - I like it quite a bit. Perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of DIM
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: Clear coppery golden color, served with a small, wisp of a white head.

s: Lots of floral, lightly lemony hops barely balanced by sweet breadiness. I might have noticed a little vanilla as well.

t: More tart than crisp I think. Plenty of flowery hops with hints of citrus. The finish was kind of grainy and a bit unclean.

m: Crisp carbonation and a slick body.

o: I've tried and loved a few different pilseners at my local IH. This was good but it doesn't quite measure up.

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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Iron Hill Lancaster on 7/31/11.

A - Golden straw-colored liquid with two fingers of foamy off-white head that reduced to a fine film and produced swatches of sticky lace.

S - Fresh baked biscuits, grassy hops and a hint of citrus rind.

T - First sip offers a grassy hop bite with some citrus rind bitterness around the edges and a bready, biscuity malt backbone.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and hint of oily slickness. Moderate carbonation provides a hint of prickle on the tongue. Finishes with a dry, crisp hop bite and some sweetness on the palate.

D - Easy drinkin' pils with a pleasant hoppy bite... the way it should be. St. Hildegard is a great summer quaffer, and I got through my mug in no time.

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St. Hildegard Pils from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 7 ratings