La Pitoune (Pils) – Le Trou du Diable (Shawinigan, QC, Canada)

La Pitoune (Pils) – Le Trou du Diable, 5% ABV, 375 ml., (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“The Pitoune Pils offers and intense aroma of grain and hops, topped with a rich, thick cream. The palate is both fresh and crisp, and the bitterness comes through with each sip for a refreshing experience.”

Ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, yeast.

(back)


  • Style: (unfiltered lager) Keller Pils
  • Taste: Tangy bright off-dry citrus grainy barley
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $8.70 (after 10% off) – 375 ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure
  • What made an impression: clean grainy barley with depth

Visual: (Cellared for 2 years). Pours cloudy bright yellow-orange with a 1cm head, a thin layer of micro retention, a few microbubbles here and there.

Nose: musky apricot-pineapple malt, honey. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, smooth almost creamy CO2

Mid-palate: bright, light tangy, very grainy barley malt malt, dry (lvl-1-sweetness), hint lemon

Finish: apricot, subtle hop dry bitter, residual grainy

Summary: A fine balance of bright barley grain accented by slight citrus and subtle hops. This goes well with any meal. A fine lager, which I don’t particularly lean toward in preference.

味わい天空 (Ajiwai Tenkuu) – 湖畔の杜ビール (Kohan no Mori Beer) (Akita, Japan)

味わい天空 (Ajiwai Tenkuu) – 湖畔の杜ビール (Kohan no Mori Beer), 5.5% ABV, 330 ml., (Akita, Japan)


on the front:

“「澄み渡る爽快な宙(そら)」のようなビールを造りたいという醸造者の熱い想いの中、実現したビールです。その味わいはまるで天空を突き抜けるがごとく爽やかです。全体のコクと爽快さのバランスが、このビールの醍醐味。醸造者から「こよなくビールを愛する人たちへ」贈ります。”, which google translates as:

In the passion of the brewer that want to build a beer such as “perfectly clear refreshing the air (sky)”, it is a beer that was realized. Its taste is refreshing as if like penetrate the sky. Overall flavor and balance of freshness is, the best part of this beer. From brewer “to the people who love Koyonaku beer you gift.


  • Style: Dortmunder/Helles
  • Taste: Clean sweet drinkable smooth bready lager malt
  • Where I got it : Tokyo Subway Station
  • How much: ¥500 ($6.50 CAD) – 330 ml.,  September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: decent, but nah

Visual: Pours translucent marmalade orange with a smallish head, a thin layer of retention, scattered steady micro streams.

Nose: bread malt-forward lager malt (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-lively, incoming sweet lager malt

Mid-palate: bright clean (lvl-5-sweetness), creamy smooth bready lager barley malt, hints of honey

Finish: residual lager malt exhale, hints of apple juice, very subtle hops

Summary: A very clean and smooth easy-drinking lager. Not something I would remember, but it went well with a meal.

Longfin Lager – Ballast Point Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA, USA)

Longfin Lager- Ballast Point Brewing Company, 4.5% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (San Diego, California, USA)


  • Style: Helles Lager
  • Taste: Crystal clean sweet lager barley malt slight tang
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $3.40 (after 5% off) – 12 fl.oz., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours light golden straw yellow with a small dissipating head, a thin layer of retention, singular steady streams.

Nose: soft farty, sweet lager malt. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp, smooth tingly/light fizzy CO2

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), crystal clean sweet lagered barley malt, soft bready, background subtle citrus

Finish: lingering sweet barley, subtle hops

Summary: Clean, sweet and straightforward with a pretty good crisp mouthfeel. Okay body but I guess this as good as a lager can get. Good quality, but not really memorable. It’d be nice with a meal.

Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #15 – Elsinore (Lager)

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Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #15

Elsinore – Phillips Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

-Again, had this as part of the 2014 Snowcase Calendar, and I didn’t like it very much. It’s a lager, not my favourite style. The original review.

Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #9 – Old Pappy’s Smooth Sailin’ Amber Lager (skipped)

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Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #9

Old Pappy’s Smooth Sailin’ Amber Lager – Phillips Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

-another duplicate which I had back in December of 2014. Check out my review here.

Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #2 – Analogue 78 B Side Kolsch (re-tasting)

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Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #2

  • My Rating: [C, downgraded from C+],  I gave it a (2.7 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Analogue 78 B Side Kolsch – Phillips Brewing, 5% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

-This was featured in their 2014 Snowcase on Day #11, which I previously reviewed in April.

  • Style: (lager) Kölsch
  • Taste: Basic semi-sweet crisp lager barley malt
  • How much I got it for: $80.50 CAD, November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: don’t buy Snowcase just for this

(April 2015 Tasting):

Visual: Pours light straw yellow with a large lasting cream-foamy head, sticky lacing, lots of fast steady streams. Nose: red apple, sweet malts, very clean. (lvl-6)-pungency. Attack: crisp, half-creamy light fizzy mouthfeel,  Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) barley, light malt, red apple Finish: super soft hopped bite, clean smooth off-dry malt finish. Summary: Initial sips were very crisp and smooth, the latter last ones were pretty average. In other words, nothing to write home about.

[December 3, 2015 Re-tasting]

Nose: faint sweet lager malt. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, micro fizzy

Mid-palate: thin flavour, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) grainy lager barley malt, bready

Finish: almost citrusy/soapy, off-dry malt, palate roughness.

Summary: Less pungency than this time around and no apple. Flavour is pretty basic and dull. Still can’t write home about this one.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #14 – Elsinore (Lager)

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #14

Elsinore – Phillips Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Elsinore is authentically brewed & cold fermented using superior yeast, first-rate two-row barley and the finest hops.”

  • Style: (pale) Lager
  • Taste: sweet almost salty bready liquid barley malt
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: uncharacteristically boring

Visual: Pours cloudy golden marmalade orange without much head, very thin ringed retention, large bits of suspended sediment.

Nose: sweet liquid lager malt, sour citrus in the background. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, bready

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) liquid barley malt

Finish: malty sweet aftertaste, dull bitter hops

Summary: Very plain and very boring. No complexity whatsoever, but drinkable at least.