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Judge's Review: 92 Rating - pFriem Export Lager by pFriem Family Brewers

November, 2019
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
37 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

pFriem Export Lager by pFriem Family Brewers was judged as a German Helles Exportbier, BJCP category 5C.

White grape aromatics are first to meet you and remind me of many fine Kölsch beers. Moderate levels of floral hops begin to take over but are joined by some sweet yet grainy malt. Very clean fermentation that balances ever so slightly toward the malt. Low hints of sulfur that are not unexpected or too high to be out of place for the style. Brilliantly clear, light golden beer topped with a big white meringue foam stand, supported by lots of tiny bubbles rising up. The white grape note shows up in the flavor as well, joined by a refined toasty and subtly sweet malt. Moderate levels of spicy hops are accompanied by a touch of geranium. The bitterness provides a near even balance with the malt lingering slightly further into the finish. The aftertaste leaves a hint of spicy hops on the palate. Medium body with moderate carbonation and a smooth, soft and crisp mouthfeel.

Very fine example of the style and pure drinking pleasure. I suppose the white grape aspect of the beer could seem slightly elevated for some, perhaps perceived as an ester or some may identify it as elevated sulfur compound. Personally, I loved what it brought to the overall experience. The beer could have been crisper but the nearly even balance is a hallmark of the style. Very tasty, pleasing and super clean.