Sunday, May 10, 2015

Butte Creek Organic Pilsner

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1344) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2015
Pilsner is a style I never had much affinity for until the last few years. So many breweries make generic pale lagers than they call “pilsner” but really only few put out traditional, to-spec pilsners and Butte Creek’s “Organic Pilsner” is an example of one done right. This is a clean-tasting, yet fairly complex palette that’s gorgeous-looking and amazingly drinkable. I’m scoring it high because of those latter two factors.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a footed pilsner glass. There was no freshness date. It cost $3 ($0.25 per ounce).

Appearance: Perfectly golden hue; nearly crystal clear with plenty of effervescence always visible. Pours to a medium-sized, white, frothy head which retains laces very well.

Smell: Light spicy Noble hops and plenty of pils malt. No DMS.

Taste: There’s a difference between true pilsner and pale lager. Anyone that doesn’t understand the difference would do well to try this beer as a good example. Light spicy hop sensation right away. Not especially bitter at only 26 IBUs, though it is a little tingly from the Noble hops. Slight cracker-like maltiness through the middle with a zesty lemony sensation as it goes down. Well-balanced to be sure, but still quite delectable. It may not be amazingly delicious, but it is much much more than just satisfying. It’s a pilsner drinker’s pilsner.

Drinkability: It’s rare to find a commercial pilsner under 5% ABV. At 4.5% ABV, Butte Creek Organic Pilsner is one of the lightest versions you’ll find by a mainstream brewery. It doesn’t sacrifice body, though. Yes it’s thin and crisp in the mouth, but it’s by no means watery or boring. There’s constant flavor delivery from beginning to end and quite refreshing while in the mouth. This would be a perfect brew to utilize the convenience of cans rather than bottles. Sessionable for drinkers of all skill levels.

Score: 9/10

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