Highland Pilsner

North Carolina
United States
Highland Pilsner, Highland Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
96
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Crisp and dry with herbal and floral aromas from all German hops and German malt.

Profile

ABV: 
5.5%
IBUs: 
30
Served at: 
38 - 45º
Hops: 
Perle, Saphir, Hersbrucker, Hallertau Blanc
Malts: 
Pilsner
Judges Review 
Rick Franckhauser's picture
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Highland Pilsner by Highland Brewing Co. was judged as a German Pils, BJCP category 5D.

Medium grainy malt evenly balanced by floral hops. Additional spicy hops and just a trace of sulfur join in. The aroma leans slightly toward the hops as you drink through but the malt is always present. Clean lager fermentation. The beer pours a brilliant golden color with a creamy white foam cap that remains atop to the very last drink. Millions of tiny bubbles streaming up give a hint of the carbonation levels.

Moderately high levels of floral and spicy hops are the first to arrive on the palate. Grainy malt is joined by some cracker and a note of light toast. Firmly bitter but not at all harsh. The balance is toward the bitterness but the ever-present hop and malt flavors are never far away. Crisp with a lingering dry finish. Somewhat of an herbal hop component is accompanied by a long grainy malt aftertaste. Each aspect of the flavor is clean, distinct and bright. The body is medium-light with high levels of carbonation. The carbonation provides a little tingle. There is a mouth-drying sensation perhaps via water chemistry, grainy malt, tannins or alcohol (or some combination thereof).

If you are seeking a world-class German Pils that is brewed in America, look no further. Refreshing and subtly complex, every aspect of this beer is identifiable, clean and fresh. There is a real synergy as each element of the beer works to complement the other. I suppose if you prefer a more Bavarian interpretation of the style you would want some additional depth to the malt character but that would be purely a matter of personal preference. As for me, pour me a Maß please!

Brewery Introduction

Highland Brewing was founded in 1994 by retired engineer and entrepreneur Oscar Wong, establishing it as the pioneer of Asheville, NC’s now booming craft beer industry. With a portfolio that is equal parts established and inventive, Highland is known for consistently excellent beer. Proudly... Read More

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