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Judge's Review: 93 Rating - Zoigl-Pils by Zoiglhaus Brewing Co.

May, 2018
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Zoigl-Pils by Zoiglhaus Brewing Co. is a North German-Style Pilsner and is being evaluated as a German Pilsner (2015 BJCP Category 5D) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect a golden, clean fermented lager based on high-quality German malt and hops. It should be refreshing and crisp with light body and fairly dry while providing a complex malt character and balanced hops.

Warm, rich bready malt rises from the glass alongside a quick waft of mineral, sulfur notes. Following closely is bright, fresh spicy, floral and herbal Noble hops of moderate intensity. Pours lightly chill hazed pale gold with a large, frothy and tight-bubbled eggshell white head, long retention and eventually leaving a film on top and light lacing. Balanced, yet tilted to the hops, flavor has a bready malt structure that supports spicy, herbal and lightly floral hops. Medium-high hop bitterness and a clean fermentation character. Medium-light body and moderate, nearly mouth-filling carbonation.

Faint corny DMS presents as a secondary aroma in concert with slight malt huskiness. The flavor is complex and hop-balanced with a lingering hop spiciness. Alcohol is present, but definitely underneath as a mild warming agent. Crisp and refreshing, I could drink this all day.