Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Rogue Good Chit Pilsner

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (949) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2013
I poured a 22oz bottle into a pilsner glass. There was no freshness date. I got this at #BBC13.

Appearance: A slightly hazy body with a pale/white gold hue. Plenty of carbonation consistently visible. Forms an average sized, bright white, fluffy head which laces and retains quite well.

Smell: Standard all-malt pilsner aroma. A hint of lemon, some hay.

Taste: Rogue recently started growing their own ingredients for a line of beers bearing the "Chatoe Rogue" or "Rogue Farms" label. While this is certainly commendable, simply providing their own ingredients doesn’t necessarily equal a better-tasting beer. The "Good Chit Pilsner" is evidence of this as it tastes and drinks like any other good, solid, all-malt pilsner - just with a higher price tag.

A lightly pale malt flavor throughout, with the classic bottom-fermenting yeast presence. I do notice a bit of spicy hops at the crest of the swig and a subtle lemon flavor on the finish, which is nice, but nothing worth raving about. These tastes actually linger on the tongue a bit, though it’s a tolerable, almost pleasurable sensation. I’d take this over an adjunct lager any day, but I’d need more taste and memorable characteristics for me to rave about it.

Drinkability: If there’s one thing to give "Good Chit Pilsner" credit for, it’s the fact it’s extremely drinker-friendly. The mild, clean palette is delivered via a thin, crisp mouthfeel that’s actually quite refreshing. At 5.2% ABV it’s got a little more weight and body than your average fizzy yellow lager, but is still light enough that it can be appreciated by drinkers of all calibers. 
Grade: 7/10