Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Snake River Monarch Pilsner

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1399) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2015
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 fresher.

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.

Score: 7/10

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