a pilsner is made with American hops but still has Old World pilsner
character, is it really a pilsner? I guess that depends on how much of a
style purist you are. Me, I like beers that taste good styles be damned
and Peak Organic Fresh Cut Pilsner is good example of what I mean. It
has an overt modern American taste and aroma due to its use of – dare I
say trendy – hops. It tastes and drinks like a pilsner to me.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. It was bottled on 2/9/15 and cost $2.60 ($0.22 per ounce).
Appearance: Pale maize hue with a cloudy body though carbonation is
still visible. Pours to an average-sized, white foamy head which retains
and laces pretty well.
Smell: A clean, bright citrusy aroma with a floral background as well. Pilsner malt is still prominent.
Taste: Right off the rip, there’s a familiar spicy sensation to the
palette akin to that of European pilsners made with Noble hops. Though I
suppose the flavor is better described as grassy than spicy (hence the
name). Lemonpeel is also quite prominent, though that seems to be a
combination of hops and the raw pilsner malt. It has a bit of a cracker
flavor as well. Mild bitterness through the middle, though the finish is
equally as good with a delicious taste of citrus and melon fruit. These
flavor combinations are rare for a pilsner, though this does drink like
a true lager and not simple a “lagerized” pale ale or IPA.
Drinkability: I was a bit surprised to found out Peak Organic Fresh Cut
Pilsner is only 4.6% ABV as it has the body of something stronger. The
mouthfeel is not paper thin or watery in any way. Crisp to be sure, but
it still has a sense of weight and viscosity. Refreshing across the
palate and leaves a flowery hop aftertaste that’s dry and stoic. Now if
only this were available in cans as it’d make a great session beer in