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Judge's Review: 79 Rating - No Frills Pils by Wallenpaupack Brewing Co.

April, 2020
Judges Rating: 
18 / 24
4 / 6
32 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
15 / 20

No Frills Pils by Wallenpaupack Brewing Co.​ is being evaluated as a German Pils according to the BJCP 2015 guidelines (Category 5D).

The aroma is all malt with a somewhat oxidized character. The papery malt profile is also a bit heavy for the style – lacking the lightness and bread dough characteristics from a good continental European pilsner malt. There is no hop presence – unfortunate, as hops would help to brighten the aroma a bit. The fermentation profile is clean without any notes of sulfur. The clarity lacks the brilliance you expect in the style – this beer is blonde with slight haze and a medium sized dense white head that persists well.     

The flavor has much more hop character, arguably too much in the balance. There is a lot of herbal/grassy hop flavor that dominates the malt and is supported by moderately high bitterness. Any delicate bread, bread dough, cracker, etc. flavors from the malt are overwhelmed. The beer is appropriately dry which aids in the accentuation of bitterness and in the perception of a crisp mouthfeel. This beer has potential but is possible that it was packaged with high levels of oxygen which have dulled it considerably. The aroma leaves much to be desired from both a malt and hop perspective.  The best examples of this style have a wonderful interplay of delicate light bread-like malt with spicy and herbal hops that contribute a great deal without overwhelming.