don’t think Abita Seersucker Summer Pils is supposed to be a hardcore
traditional German pilsner, though it’s not especially American, either.
It’s got all the makings of a good pilsner as far as taste and
I poured a 12oz can into a pilsner glass. It had a best by date of 9/30/15 and cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).
Appearance: Banana skin yellow color; slightly hazy body but carbonation
is visible. Pours to an average sized, white, foamy head which laces
and retains fairly well.
Smell: Rather muted nose with only faint notes of pilsner malt and a little bit of citrusy hops.
Taste: Pilsners aren’t typically sweet, though there’s nothing
inherently wrong with one that is. I found the palette here to be less
spicy than your average German-style pils. It seems to opt for
lemon-smelling and tasting hops even though they’re from Germany. The
base malt is pretty much standard, with a bit of a bready or biscuity
character not found in beers of the style. It’s fairly bitter even
though it’s only 35 IBUs. It opts for dry lemon zest instead of spicy
peppercorn. I notice a remarkable sweetness on the backend reminiscent
of caramel, which is interesting for sure.
Drinkability: While Abita Seersucker Summer Pils isn’t the best-tasting
beer in the world, I found myself going downing my glass rather quickly.
A fairly light body that’s consistently crisp and refreshing with a
clean aftertaste. At only 4.8% ABV I could easily make the case for this
being a session beer. This will (and does) work well as a summer