Steamworks Pilsner

Pilsner, Steamworks Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

The most popular beers in the world call themselves Pilsners, but they barely resemble the original from the city of Pilsner in the Czech Republic that gave its name to the style in 1842. Steamworks’ version comes close, which explains why it has won Best Beer in BC for two years running. It is a rich, malty lager with a spicy, oral hop character – crisp, complex and delicious.

Profile

ABV: 
5.0%
IBUs: 
30
Hops: 
Magnum, Tradition, Tetnang, Spalter Select, Saphir
Malts: 
Pilsner
Judges Review 
David Sapsis's picture
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Steamworks Pilsner by Steamworks Brewing Co. is being judged as BJCP style 5D, German Pils. The beer is served in a stange glass at 41oF.

The beer pours a bright gold with faint haze, holding a nice 2-inch frothy head that exhibits excellent stand. Outgassing is modest. The aroma is strongly bready/cracker-like, typical of pilsner malt, with a faint sweetness and floral/nectar like hop touch. No esters are evident; just a refreshing yet rich cracker-floral character that comes off squeaky clean. 

The flavor largely mimics the nose: light-toasted cracker front to a reserved bitterness (~20-25 IBU, estimated) and a brilliant nectar-floral angle that reminds me of elderflower. The late palate shows homage to tradition: a classic dry-herbal/lavender note (usually associated with Hallertauer hops) lends to a long dryness that lasts all the way to the dry and clean finish.  Absolutely delicious! 

The body is medium-light, somewhat fat due to relatively low conditioning for the style. Overall the beer is a delight of balance between pilsner-style malt and floral-herbal hop tones, where the yeast mostly stays out the way. This beer would be fantastic with a spicy meal like citrus-marinated prawns pan fried with red pepper flakes. If you like golden, hop-forward lagers, this example is definitely recommended.