Muskoka Pilsner Light | Muskoka Brewery

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Muskoka Pilsner LightMuskoka Pilsner Light

Brewed by:
Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Viggo on 03-24-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of bylerteck
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours 2 fingers of white soapy head. Bright with good carbonation. Really light gold colour. Slight lace and a half finger of solid retention.

S - Sweet malt, floral, grassy. Not much else.

T - Slightly floral, a little corn, sweet malt, grassy. Very inoffensive. Mild but not too bad.

M - Light body with medium carbonation and a floral finish.

O/D - Incredibly easy to drink. I could session this easily. Not overly flavourful obviously, but credit given where credit is due, this is a good example of the style IMO. Nothing I would reach for immediately, but it does what it intends to.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.41/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I'm almost done my Lakes of Muskoka mix pack. All's I have is the Lager left. Frankly given that only the Cream Ale has been a disappointment, I'm eager to try this one.

Appearance: A solid brass color that fares better then most for the style that produced a respectable amount of lacing. The pour produced a thumb of head that sadly didn't stick around.

Smell: Started with nothing but as it warmed up some citrus wheat notes with touches of apple, barely, corn and some kind of acidic tone I can't quite place.

Taste: Nice albeit a bit odd, this beer doesn't really start out with much, maybe a light corn note but it turns to a very quick blending of wheat, biscuit, apples almost to quick to pickup before it rounds out with a subtle spicy hop taste with a mainly lemon citrus zest.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is well done, although I wish the head had retained better. That lemon end sticks around for maybe 3 seconds before it's gone leaving you with a mild hop aftertaste with a bit of hard water that lingers just a bit too long.

Drinkability: Well, there is where light beers are meant to excel and this one is no exception. Smooth going down, and refreshing as all heck. It's a great lawnmower beer but the carbonation likes to play some tricks after it's down.

Final Thoughts: I really hate to use the cliche response, but "for a light beer" it's quite good. Lets be honest, there's a time and a place for drinking light beer, and usually it's at the cottage, which is the intention behind this beer. Give it a least one shot.

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Photo of DrJay
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lemon yellow with a bit of chill haze. Fairly fine, white bubbles coated the beer and left some short-lived clumps clinging to the glass. Decent head retention. Dusty malt aroma, honey, biscuit, with faint floral hops. Very similar flavour profile, but with a lemon citrus component up front. Mild bitterness, toasty and biscuity malts, quick finish with a bit of mineral character. Light bodied, average carbonation, not particularly crisp. Not bad overall, easy drinking and fairly refreshing.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This very much looks the part: A clear golden colour topped by a loose, white head. A thin film persists leaving spots of lace.

The aroma is sweet malt and light grassy/floral hops. A hint of corn and grains.

The taste is a biscuity, pale malt with a light floral hopping in the finish. Not bad but it could do with more of a hop bite for my tastes. A slight metallic tinge lingers in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation, but I can't help but wish it was a little crisper.

I guess the trouble for me is that, judged as a light beer this is damn good (at least as compared to the macro 4% crowd) but if judged as a pilsener it falls flat. That said, it's been my go-to lawnmower beer this summer and I really enjoy it. Except that I live in a condo and don't own a lawnmower. You know what I mean. It's perfect for sunny afternoons on a patio with friends.

Best before date of October 06 2010.

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Photo of biegaman
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a 'light' (not to be confused with "lite") beer, this has a substantial dose of colour; its golden shade is tanned and toned and, despite a perfectly clear complexion, is rather dense for a beer that opted unnecessarily to put 'light' in its name. The lightest thing about it, actually, is its head - or lack there of - which is not unsubstantial, but obsolete.

My favourite pilsners are the ones that are fragrant and zestful, with a fully in-bloom bouquet of spicy, floral Noble hops; the ones that smell like an excess of bready malt and the ones that smell like virtually nothing at all I find both equally un-enthralling. This one certainly doesn't have the fiery, grassy hops but it is fairly pleasing in its own right...

In part because the maltiness seems to consist of more than just simple pale malts (as is typical). The taste confirms there's an inordinate amount of biscuity sweetness (something I'm more accustomed to tasting in a pale ale). This flavour also just so happens to be accompanied by a light shower of fruity, floral hops and a subtle pinch of citrus zest.

Before the style purists get all up in arms, it bears mention that the flavour is faint and, within seconds of the swallow, completely out of commission. Like a typical pilsner, this is crisp, clean and refreshing and showcases but a quick whip of bitterness that is enhanced by a mineral-stiff water. For a "light" beer this has an impressive amount of flavour.

When I drink pilsners I don't expect the reinvention of the wheel - I just want a clean, palatable, quaffable lager that suits quick drinking and numerous rounds; Muskoka's Pilsner - nevermind that silly "light" moniker - fits the bill. Cottage Country demands a beer like this and, indeed, all this needs with it is some friends, a lake and a cool summer breeze.

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Photo of cratez
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473ml can from the LCBO. Best before date of August 2010, even though it was probably brewed a few weeks ago. Cheers to Muskoka for encouraging proper, fresh consumption of their pilsner.

A: light golden yellow, two fingers of frothy white head, rings of lace on the lager glass.
S & T: nice grassy, apple aroma, sweet and grainy malts, a bit creamy, some cereal and wheat flavours, honey, excellent Saaz spice on the back end, mild lingering bitterness.
M: soft, foamy, not quite medium, clean bite midway, crisp and bitter dryness to finish.
D: I paced this at 30+ minutes, but could easily crush it in 10. No need to call this a light beer, just an approachable, well-made pils. This brewery compensates for its severe lack of creativity by crafting tasty session beers that are difficult to slam or dislike.

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Photo of ComradeK
2.97/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Fair yellow to golden colour. Not too watery looking.
A decent amount of carbonation.. Massive head off of the pour. Took some time to settle, left moderate lacing. Good, but nor great looking.

Smell: Floral, slight honey and hops. Somewhat stronger than anticipated. Smells decent.

Taste: A bit of bitterness at first, then malt. Aftertaste is the best, with a fair bit of bitterness and a slightly sweet twist. Still not that strong or complex a flavour.

Mouthfeel: A bit heavier than typical light beers. Still watery, not feeling all that carbonation, just dead liquid. It doesn't taste particularly crisp...

Drinkability: Easily drinkable.

It was enjoyable enough, I wouldn't turn it down, but there are much better examples of this style that I would much sooner drink.

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Photo of pootz
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

473ml can. Fresh

... pours a pale gold clear lager in the flute with a billowy 4 finger puffy white cap. fair retention and lacing.

Aroma dominated by cereals, some light mustiness, sulphides from lager yeast. Clean smell.

Moderate-light mouth feel, biscuity-bready malts up front, light hop balance clean bready finish where bittering hopping appears at the very end to add a bitter snap. Clean, malty, crisp when cold, no off tastes or smells.

A fair lager but not very representative of the Pilsner hasn't the floral Saaz aroma nor the light crisp herbal Saaz finish you expect from a pilsner...All I got was a boiler plate light lager with slightly over-boiled northern gold or nugget hops in could have been called light lager and no one would notice. Light beers are not my choice anyway. I may drink this over a Bud or Coors but only if it's offered free, don't think I'd ever have occasion to buy this stuff.


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Photo of Viggo
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can, thanks B

Pours a clear straw yellow, some very light gold, medium sized fizzy white head forms and quickly settles down to a thin ring around the glass, a few lace spots stick.

Smell is interesting, lightly buttery, some corn, toast, a bit of citrus and light floral, a bit peppery, honey sweetness, lightly herbal, not bad.

Taste is similar, pretty solid malt character, some biscuit and toast, mild sweetness through the middle, a bit of honey, floral, touch of citrus, light herbal bitterness and big toast in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, pretty plain but some decent flavour for what it is, not bad.

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Photo of Sammy
2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from the brewery. A foamer, opening spritzed wide on my desk. The aroma consists of some cheese, some hops, and some sardine. Very light body with rising carbonation bubbles, and 2 inches or more of head. A tad below medium mouthfeel. Taste is sardine oil, moderate bitterness, drinkable really.Above average carbonation. A modest astringent aftertaste, but satisfying following a workout.

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Muskoka Pilsner Light from Muskoka Brewery
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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