La Divine Comédie Wit Pils du Purgatoire – Le Trou du Diable (Shawinigan, QC, Canada)

La Divine Comédie Wit Pils du Purgatoire – Le Trou du Diable & Dieu du Ciel! collaboration, 5.4% ABV, 600ml., (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“Cette Wit-pis <nouveau mondes> est la seconde collaboration de la série Purgatoire entre les brasseries Le trou du diable et Dieu du Ciel! Il s’agit du’une bière voilée qui offre un nez malté aux accents de fruits de la passion et de mangues. La bouche offre une belle fraîcheur de blé suivi d’une finale exotique et mordante.”

(google translate):

This Wit-pis <new worlds> is the second collaboration of the series Purgatory between breweries Le trou du diable and Dieu du Ciel! It is a veiled beer that offers a malty nose with accents of passion fruit and mango. The mouth offers a nice freshness of wheat followed by an exotic and biting finale.

Ingredients: water, malted barley, rye malt, malted wheat, hops, yeast.

(back)


  • Style: (wheat malt, rye malt) Pilsener
  • Taste: Biting bitter hopped slight tropical fruity rye-wheat-barley malt lingering dry hops
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $8.70 (after 10% off) – 600ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50

Visual: (Their own bottle for their brewery, raised lettering and devil on the bottom, odd size 600ml). (Cellared for 2 years). Pours cloudy orange-yellow with a smallish dissipating 1cm head, thin ringed retention with a spotty island, sporadic singular streams.

Nose: peachy wheat malt, hints of banana (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, dry hoppy fruity malt impression

Mid-palate: biting bitter hops, (lvl-2-sweetness), peach-mango notes, fruity barley-wheat malt blend

Finish: prickly rye malt, lingering prominent dry hopped bitterness

Summary: Overall quite quenching straight out of the bottle, but the hopped bitterness becomes a bit harsh as it warms. All around good quality texture, flavour, and composition.

Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #2 – Red Racer Pilsner

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Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #2

Red Racer Pilsner – Central City Brewing, 9.0% ABV – 341ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“Red Racer Pilsner is brewed in the classic Bavarian tradition, using only the finest two-row barley, and hops from the Hallertau region of Germany. This light and golden Pilsner has a distinct hop aroma and flavour, with a dry, crisp finish.”

  • Style: Pilsener
  • Taste: Very crisp light barley malt bready grassy ninja hops
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no WOW factor

Visual: Pours frosty golden yellow-amber with a dissipating small head, a thin layer of micro retention, many slowish steady streams.

Nose: straw, grassy, yeast, very light malt. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: super crisp, incoming subdued hops

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness mixed with medium bitter hops, (MAIN) light barley malts, grainy bread, grassy-hay, yeast

Finish: ninja (under-the-radar) lingering soft hopped liquid malt finish.

Summary: Good, clean, simple flavours. I would enjoy this for its texture and simplicity, not for intense depth nor aroma.

Saaz Republic Pilz – Big Rock Brewing (Calgary, AB, Canada)

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  • My Rating: [D-],  I gave it a (1.6 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Saaz Republic Pilz – Big Rock Brewing, 4.9% ABV – 355ml., (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

printed on the front right-side of the can:

“Tiny motorcycles shoot by as you sit under an umbrella on a quaint cobbled street in the midday sun. This is the beer you quaff as you struggle with how you got to Europe and how any drink can be quite this refreshing, with its mild bitterness, slight hop middle and clean finish. The answer lies in genuine Czech hops combined with Alberta malts, dedication and pride. Like any fine European-style Pilsner, its golden yellow body sports a dense white head.”

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  • Style: Pilsener
  • Taste: Plain barley malt numbness soft hopped bitterness
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $23/12-pack – 12x355ml., July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: why bother?

Visual: Part of a variety 12-pack, aluminum cans. Pours clear golden apple juice yellow, smallish bubbly quickly dissipating head, a super thin layer of retention, lots of singular steady streams.

Nose: musky barley malt, hints of shellfish. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: palate numbness, crisp-fizzy

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) malt liquor, barley malt, yeasty, hints of red apple,

Finish: clean soft bitter hops, fading body, fizzy-tingly hopped bitter finish.

Summary: Extremely non-enticing with a shellfish nose. Way better brews out there, why bother?

Methode Pilsener – Moa Brewing (Marlborough, New Zealand)

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  • My Rating: B

Methode Pilsener – Moa Brewing, 5% ABV – 750ml, (Marlborough, New Zealand)

On the front-side label:

“Moa Methode is bottle fermented and conditioned to give a natural, more consistent carbonation and flavour. Due to the natural brewing process of Methode Moa, a light, beneficial sediment will remain. This sediment protects the beer from premature aging and leaves full, slightly spicy characters on the palate.”

  • Style: Pilsener
  • Taste: Barley malt fizzy yeasty bread
  • Where I got it : Legacy
  • How much: $10 (after 10% off) – 750ml., August 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Elegantly foil wrapped and corked, very classy. Pours clear golden pale yellow with a nice-sized foamy head, a good layer of retention, sticky lacing, a plethora of activity.

Nose: some sweet barley malt, but otherwise not much (lvl-1)-pungency

Attack: super crisp, incoming barley + bitter hops

Mid-palate: fizzy-airy mouthfeel, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) barley malts, yeasty, bready, grassy

Finish: subtle soft bitter hops, gentle pronounced bitter hopped finish.

Summary: Good body for a pilsener, nice mouthfeel and balanced flavours.

Ripstop Rye Pils – Base Camp Brewing Co. (Portland, OR, USA)

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  • My Rating: C+

Ripstop Rye Pils – Base Camp Brewing Co., 5.7% ABV – 1 pint 6 fl.oz., (Portland, OR, USA)

on the aluminum bottle:

“To triumph over mountain, wave, wind, or boulder, you need a good Base Camp. Your Base Camp helps you rally your adventurous spirit to conquer the next challenge. Relax and enjoy the moment with this Ripstop Rye Pilsner, our reinterpretation of the classic pilsner lager beer. Aromas of European malt and noble-type hops mingle with dignified, refreshing, and clean malt character that is further distinguished with a generous addition of spicy rye malt. End result: a beer that is at once malty, zesty, crisp, hoppy, and incredibly drinkable. Equally enjoyable both out on the trail and the back deck. Cheers!”

This bottle is made for adventure:

  • No metal taste, Food-grade liner prevents contact
  • More environmentally friendly than glass
  • Lighter and more versatile than glass
  • Protects from light better than glass
  • Won’t shatter in your pack or bag
  • Chills beer quicker than glass

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My notes:

  • Style: (Rye) Pilsener
  • Taste: Bready rye malt bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $7 (after 10% off) – 1 pint 6 fl.oz., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Ultra cool aluminum bottle, much lighter and easier to hold/pour. Top 10 coolest bottle for sure. Pours translucent golden yellow with a smallish lasting foamy head, a thin layer of retention, lots and lots of activity.

Nose: very faint grassy-citrus malts, not much there (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming hoppy bitterness

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) thick lager sweetness, bready rye malts

Finish: soft hoppy medium-high bitter finish

Summary: A very full-bodied feeling pils with very round edges. Not my favourite style but a good beer that I can appreciate nonetheless.

Mongozo Premium Pilsener – Brouwerij Huyghe (Melle, Belgium)

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  • My Rating: C

Mongozo Premium Pilsener – Brouwerij Huyghe, 5.0% ABV – 33cl, (Melle, Belgium)

  • Fairtrade (as is the case with their fruit beers) – Organic – Gluten Free

Ingredients: water, barley malt, rice, yeast, hops.

  • Style: (specialty grain) Pilsener
  • Taste: crisp creamy barley malt lager
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $3 (after 10% off) – 33cl., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours clear glowing golden orange-yellow, small lasting ultra foamy head, lots and lots of fast activity, a good layer of retention.

Nose: barley malts, with a touch of metallic apple. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: creamy crisp

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-barley sweetness, (MAIN) grassy off-dry barley malts, bread-grainy, metallic

Finish: residual barley sweetness, super light hopped mild bitter finish.

Summary: Crisp and creamy smooth for a lager. But as with most of the limited lagers I’ve tried, this is a straightforward barley malt beverage without much depth or complexity.

Hopfenkönig – Schloss Eggenberg (Austria)

Hopfenkönig – Schloss Eggenberg, 5.1% ABV – 330ml, (Vorchdorf, Austria)

  • Style: Pilsener
  • My Rating: C
  • Taste Profile: Dry-hopped bitter malts -> yeast/metallic -> crisp clean light hopped bitter finish.
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek/W.16th
  • How much: $4 (after 10%), Sept 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not really

Tasting notes: pours clear light golden yellow, small head, ringed retention, micro CO2, some slow streams, cool pull tab a la Japanese energy drinks. Straightforward malts on the nose. Drinks with a semi-dry medium hopped bready maltiness up front, yeast, silky carbonation, metallic, somewhat watery, finishing clean, crisp and lightly hopped bitter. Low complexity, low-med depth, good transitions, average carry, decent drinkability. Average at best, nothing exciting.