From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes their “Gin & Lime Pilsner” a tasting room favorite that is now in cans. This Pilsner is infused with Unruly Gin from Wayward Distillation House in Courtenay BC. The beer pours a mildly hazy straw colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tons of lime, some grain and a mild gin finish. The flavour is of lime, grain, mild juniper berries from the gin and basically no bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.3% with an IBU of 25. Not being a Pilsner or lager fan in general let me say this beer is very smooth and refreshing and I could crush a ton of them.
From Doan’s Craft Brewing Company in Vancouver in collaboration with Gladstone Brewing comes their “Funtimes Northern German Pilsner”. The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grain, citrus with some floral hops in the finish. The flavour is of grain, citrus, sweetness, with some mild resin, herbal notes and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% with an IBU of 32. While I do not get excited for lagers this is an exceptionally produced lager and will be very refreshing to anyone that is looking for a good clean lager!
From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Goose Four Star Pils”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grain, biscuit, citrus and floral hops. The flavour is of grain, biscuit, citrus, fruit, sweetness and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.1% with an IBU of 38. This is exactly what a Craft pilsner should be. Grainy with a good little hops bite. Goose Island Beer Co is owned by AB-Inbev and their standard lineup is brewed by Labatt in Canada.
Commercial Description: Goose Island has taken the traditional Pilsner beer style and made it uncommon with a unique blend of German and American hops. The result is an immensely drinkable and refreshing beer with a crisp hop aroma that will have you reaching for another one in no time.
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Black Pils”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee and some floral hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, coffee, earth and some pilsner malts with herbal hops and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 23. This is hardly a pilsner in the regular sense but that makes it far more interesting to me.
Commercial Description: Our dark twist on a classic Czech style Pilsner. A dark black beer with an authentic Saaz forward hop character creating a nice bite and dark malts add subtle roasty notes.
Thanks to Hearthstone Brewery for this photograph.
From Stanley Park Brewery (Turning Point Brewery) in Delta comes their “Noble Pilsner”. The beer pours a golden straw colour with a white head. The aroma consists of fruit, floral hops and some mild malts. The flavour is of biscuit and caramel malts, citrus and extremely low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.1%. While I am not a fan of the Pilsner style personally but this one is a great example of the style and well worth picking up if you want a good representation of the style.