Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Rochester Mills Pine Knob Pilsner

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20Chad9976 (1510) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2015
I try not to review old beer, but four months usually isn’t that “old,” especially for canned beer. So perhaps this review of Rochester Mills Pine Knob Pilsner is not ideal since it has the indications of old beer; but on the other hand a truly well-brewed beer should still hold up after just a few months. This is labeled as a pilsner, but drinks like a sweet blonde ale of some kind. 

I poured a 16oz can into a tumbler glass. It was canned on 8/11/15 and cost $2.99 ($0.19 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark golden/light orange hue. Body is plenty bubbly, but also hazy. Pours to a fairly large, white, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Lemon candy (lollipop) with slight floral component. Usual signs of oxidation. Though it’s not an unpleasant aroma.

Taste: If I were drinking this beer blind, I might peg it as a blonde ale, since there’s not distinct malt or hops character to it. I do get a general sweetness, though; especially lemon and a bit of a candy-like taste. There is a faint trace of hop spiciness right on the finish, but it’s not the flavor I usually associate with a Czech-style pilsner. Perhaps the palette is more true to style when it’s fresh, but this serving bears little resemblance to a pilsner. Not that it tastes bad, though; just that it’s not what I expect and want from the style.

Drinkability: When I poured this into the glass and saw the effervescence I was really hoping it would drink like a pilsner. But those bubble diminished rather quickly, and the mouthfeel was much thicker and more tepid than I expected. Rochester Mills Pine Knob Pilsner is only 5.3% ABV which is about average for the style, but it has the flavor intensity of something lighter. It finishes clean and goes down smooth, but I would not call it refreshing or sessionable.

RATING: 5/10

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