AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20Chad9976 (1508) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2015
concept behind Orange Blossom Pilsner Squared is that it’s the same
recipe as a standard pilsner they make – they just half the water in
order to up the ABV. Not having tried the original I can’t say how this
compares; but as a beer in and of itself it’s only okay at best. The
honey used in the brewing dominates the palette completely. The result
is a sweet, simple, and boozy brew that’s much closer to a braggot than
anything even close to an imperial pilsner.
I poured a 12oz can into a wine glass. It was canned on 8/5/15 and cost $3.79 ($0.32 per ounce).
Appearance: A clear and pretty shade of orange proper. No carbonation
visible. Pours to a small, off-white, foamy head which evaporates
quickly and completely.
Smell: Alcohol is dominant (similar to mead), though there’s a sweetness
to the aroma. A combination of yellow lollipops, honey and chamomile
tea. No hops and no distinctive malt scents.
Taste: I’ve really come to enjoy and appreciate the pilsner style, so I
was really looking forward to trying an imperial edition (assuming it
was brewed to traditional specs). This beer really has nothing about it
that indicates it’s a pilsner at all. No pilsner malt, no noble hops and
no effervescent mouthfeel, either. It’s much closer to some kind of
imperial amber ale/mead hybrid – or a “braggot.” Honey is pretty much
all I can taste here, especially on the second half. The first half is
mostly mead and alcohol with a slight chamomile tea and floral
component. Though only 4 months old, there seems to be signs of
oxidation already (hence the lollipop aroma and flavor). While there’s
nothing inherently repugnant about the taste of this brew, there’s not a
lot to truly enjoy. I’m sure mead lovers would appreciate it more than
the average beer drinker.
Drinkability: When I saw the 11% ABV on the can I was shocked since it
seems like such an ordinary offering. Though I looked forward to a big,
complex palette; but Orange Blossom Pilsner Squared was rather simple.
The mouthfeel is surprisingly tame. Carbonation dies down quickly
leaving a mouthfeel that’s like a light mead. Noticeably warm (maybe
even hot) on the throat; but it finishes remarkably clean. The lack of
effervescence makes me wonder if it’s truly a pilsner.