I poured a 12oz can into a pilsner glass. The freshness date was illegible and it cost $3.40 ($0.28 per ounce).
Appearance: Pale white gold hue; very cloudy body though carbonation is
still visible. Pours to a large, white, soapy head which laces and
retains pretty well.
Smell: Standard fare for the style, though milder than most. Light hop and malt presence but no evident flaws.
Taste: I’m inclined to believe this can is expired for many reasons,
though I don’t think it’s ancient by any means. The palette has held up
quite nicely as it still has all the makings of a traditional pilsner –
it’s just that all the features are rather mild. A light lemony flavor
is present up front along with pure pilsner malt. Moderate bitterness
through the middle with a quick spicy hop sensation on the finish plus
lemonpeel and zest. This is a pilsner alright; I just wish it were
Drinkability: Though it may have a little age on it, Snake River Monarch
Pilsner is still highly drinkable. At 5% ABV it’s not the paper thin
light brew many others of the style tend to be. There’s still plenty of
carbonation to the mouthfeel with genuine weight and presence as well.
Refreshing on the tongue with a fairly clean finish. The only thing
keeping this from being a session beer in my book is the price.