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Judge's Review: 86 Rating - Richter’s Pilsner by Goat Island Brewing

October, 2020
Judges Rating: 
20 / 24
5 / 6
36 / 40
7 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Richter’s Pilsner by Goat Island Brewing is a Pre-Prohibition Lager and was judged as such (BJCP sub-style 27, Historical Beer -- Pre-Prohibition Lager). It poured mostly clear and pale golden into the glass, forming a modest white head with sustained retention. Its aroma featured light hop bitterness up front, along with mildly grainy malt notes and what seemed to be a few corn ones (DMS). The flavor profile included the same combination of hop bitterness (more pronounced than the aroma suggests) and grainy maltiness, resulting in a crisp and pleasantly bitter brew. The overall effect emphasized fresh, simple, and mostly balanced ingredients including lager yeast and a dissipating touch of sulfur in the finish, which is not uncommon in traditional lager brewing. This produced a highly drinkable beer that might strike some drinkers as a bit old-fashioned, or even a throwback to older simpler times, as historical style renditions often are.