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Watzkes Pils | Ball- und Brauhaus Watzke

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Ball- und Brauhaus Watzke

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Watzkes Pils
,3L vom fass €2,20 at Watzke Brauereiausschank am Ring, 30.12.2013

I entered this beer here as a German Pils because, well, it is a "German Pils" (brewed in Dresden), but honestly it's nothing like the stiff, dryly bitter Northern cousins that the term applies to. No, this is a much more of a southern German pils. It relates more to Czech Pils with their balanced softness than it does the gruff, stoney bitterness of, say, a Beck's or Warsteiner. On top of that, this is a hausbier, and it's unfiltered. It's more malty, and it displays more hop flavor as the grainy sweetness helps to bring it out.

That said, it's somewhat hazy. It's golden, but without the yeast it might be more of a straw-gold. The head, as expected, is a frothy cap of bright white that holds well and leaves near-perfect sheets of solid lace inside the glass as it goes.

The aroma expresses malty, grainy, and hay-like characteristics. It's pilsner malt for sure; and it's well-infused with grassy and floral hop notes. I find it "noble" in character, with just a little of the spiciness that you might expect in a good Czech Pils.

The flavor follows suit, and it's a "thick" pils, full of flavor. Some yeasty sulfur is present, and is welcome, adding just a hint of additional character behind the solid hit of well-combined malt and hop. I can't help but think that leaving this beer unfiltered leaves so much flavor intact, whereas filtering it would seriously strip it down. It offers rich flavor without adding a lot of malt and hop to the recipe, what's there is enough if you present it like this. I can almost see plump, white-yellowed kernels of barley and whole, vivid green hops before my eyes (although I'm guessing they do use pellets). A firm, median bitterness keeps it in check, and it's really remarkably balanced. You'd think that with such a full malt flavor it might become sweetish, but it doesn't.

Medium-light in body and crisp-smooth - I could drink this beer all day long. Really quite nice. Perfectly balanced but satisfyingly "rich" of character. Worth trying, to be sure!

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Watzkes Pils from Ball- und Brauhaus Watzke
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 1 ratings
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