Ding Points: 60.00
Pour: 70.00, Nose: 50.00, Taste: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 60.00
Nice high, rocky head. Retention not great but some lace. 11.2 oz bottle as a single from Mac’s Atlanta, GA. Decent golden color with above average carbonation. Nice clarity.
Nose is pretty skunky, noticeably so in fact.
Tastes are better than the nose would initially suggest.
Vegetal notes in the taste and not a great deal of definition. Grainy sweetness for me and the lack of a noble hop note. I generally like to define the Pils experience by the depth of the Saaz-like (noble) bite in the back end, and this doesn’t really deliver. Simple cracker and plain, neutral grains are everywhere.
I wouldn’t describe this as crisp as such, more neutral. The beer drops off for me, and I think the age may have something to do with that (bottled, May 25, 2011, best before May 25th 2012 )- seems like quite a long shelf life for a relatively delicate beer to me. Anyway.
My guess is that out of the tanks, at the brewery, less than 7 months old, and devoid of a trip across the Atlantic, this would be probably be a much better experience, but in this context it really isn’t very good at all. I’m surprised at the shelf life attributed to the beer from the brewery.
Other: 4.8% ABV.