Citra-Pils Keller Bier

Vermont
United States
Vermont Citra-Pils Keller Bier by Switchback Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
88
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Born as a classic pilsener lager, Citra-Pils gets the added bonus of a lively, citrusy aroma from Citra hops to create a fascinating blend of pilsener and IPA sensibilities. The result is a complex beer which is clean, crisp, and refreshing. Citra-Pils is our special “twist” on the classic pilsener style of lager beer. We brew this lager in the most traditional way, using only Light Pils malt and Saaz hops. After a six-week lagering process, we dry hop this beer with a blend of Citra and Saaz hops. The bright lemony citrus notes of the Citra complement the noble Saaz character perfectly, yielding a delightfully refreshing pilsener with a decidedly nontraditional twist.

Profile

ABV: 
5.1%
IBUs: 
36
Hops: 
(Early) Simcoe, (Late) Sterling, (Late) Saaz
Malts: 
Pale, Pilsner
Judges Review 
Michael Bury's picture
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Switchback’s Citra-Pils Kellerbier is being judged as a Pale Kellerbier (2015 BJCP Category 7C) despite its use of Citra hops in a German lager. 

A bright peppery, floral hop character with a hint of lemon verbena will first greet you followed by moderate crackery malt.  It’s clean from fermentation except for a bit of sulfur which isn’t off putting in the least.

This Kellerbier was poured into a perfectly clean Pilsner glass to showcase the brilliantly clear beer with a burnished gold color.  A bone white, frothy head remains for several minutes.  

The moderate crackery malt is balanced by a similar level of hop bitterness that’s ever so slightly rough around the edges due to a bit too much sulfate in the water.  The hop flavor consisting of generic floral, white pepper, and lemon supplants the malt and lingers in the aftertaste after a dry finish.

Switchback’s Kellerbier is quite the unique beer that straddles the line between a pale kellerbier and a German Pils.  None the less, the beer is a solid offering and thirst quenching even in the middle of the summer.