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Review of Schlafly Pilsner

20 May
Tonight’s review is going to be another beer from the St. Louis Brewery in St. Louis, Missouri.  I reviewed the Schlafly Dry Hopped APA last time, so I think I will uphold the “Spring” theme and sample the Schlafly Pilsner this time around.

A statement from the website, schlafly.com, about the Pilsner. 

Our Pilsner is golden and crystal clear.  The hops add a pleasant bitterness and a lemony, peppery taste.  Hops are added at the beginning of the brew for bitterness, and at the end for flavor.  While the Saaz (CZ) and Strisselspalt (DE) are style-appropriated hops, we use Lublin (PO) in our Bohemian-style Pilsner.  

I have enjoyed what Schlafly products that I’ve had thus far, so I would expect this one to be pretty good as well.

Let’s get it in the glass and have a taste!!!

This Pilsner stands in at 4.8% ABV and is trapped in a 12 oz. bottle.

This beer poured a golden, straw color with a slight “chill” haze, but it cleared up nicely once it warmed a bit.  A very soapy, fluffy looking, bright white head caressed the top of the drink.  It had worthwhile retention, however I found the lacing to be spotty and mostly average.  Several carbonation bubbles were streaming from the bottom to the top creating an appealing look.

With the aroma, I first detected some spices similar to what I might find in a “Wit” beer.  Smells like coriander or maybe some pepper.  I found nice, fruity stabs of lemon citrus combined with some grain hints, wheat bread and faint biscuit malts.  Some floral hops please the nose to give it a suitable and alluring freshness.  Seems pretty well balanced and fairly complex.

The taste provided a splash of lemon mixed with the dry, malty grain of the wheat and biscuit.  Some subtle spices were found in the taste also, but they were held back a bit so as not to interfere or distract.  Small amounts of bitterness entertain the tongue and give a little “kick” for delight.  The flavor profile was not overly robust, however it was balanced well and mostly gratifying.

The mouthfeel was medium to medium/thin, smooth, crisp and fairly dry.  I found this Pilsner to be very refreshing and thirst quenching.  Only faint amounts of flavor were left on the palate though.  They seem to vanish quickly after the swallow.  Still, not bad at all.

The Schlafly Pilsner is flat out a good, solid, well made, enjoyable drink.  It’s not overly complex or complicated.  It can be contemplated and savored or just “slugged” down with ease.  It fits the style very well.  This would be a beer I would go to after mowing the lawn and drink it straight from the bottle.  Is it the best Pilsner I have ever had?  No, but it’s worth a try for sure.  This brew was, honestly, just fun to drink!!!

What is another good Pilsner that I could try while the weather is nice?  Please leave a comment if you have a suggestion.

Thanks for reading and enjoy a good “craft” beer tonight.

Score:  3.6 out of 5
Grade:  B 

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Posted by on May 20, 2011 in Country: USA, Schlafly

 

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