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Judge's Review: 91 Rating - Loon Call by Batson River Brewing & Distilling

May, 2023

Loon Call

Loon Call

United States
Loon Call, Batson River Brewing

A German style Pilsner which utilizes a balanced and layered variety of pilsner malts complemented noble hops. Light in body with slight bready notes and restrained bitterness.

Beverage Profile
Pilsner Malt, Barke Pilsner Malt, Low Color Pilsner Malt
Magnum, Mittelfruh, Pearle, Saaz



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Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
36 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Loon Call by Batson River Brewing & Distilling is a pilsner and is being evaluated as a German Pils (category 5D in the 2021 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). German Pils are noted for their light color, high attenuation, clean lager fermentation, German hops and a dry, crisp finish. 

Loon Call pours golden in color with excellent clarity and a small white head. The aroma is light pils malt with a hint of toasted malt; light herbal hops contrast the malt. The flavor is moderately light pils malt with a lighter bready malt note and light herbal hops. The beer finishes moderately bitter with moderately light grainy pils and light herbal hops.

Loon Call is a very good pilsner with a crisp, clean finish. The beer has a surprising depth of malt flavor for a style that one would typically a light, simple malt flavor for. While a little graininess in that blend of malts detracts a bit, this is still an enjoyable Pils.