Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Orange Blossom Honey Pilsner (2016 original review)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20Chad9976 (1590) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2016.

2015 BJCP Category: 31B Alternative Sugar Beer

AROMA: Mild nose of light grain and some honey. Slightly sweet, but otherwise odorless. 5/12

APPEARANCE: Beautiful orange color with crystal clarity. Effervescent when first poured, but goes flat quickly. Head fizzles away like a soda. No lacing. 1/3

FLAVOR: Does not seem like a pilsner at all. More of an amber ale. Missing the body of a lager. Honey flavor is evident, but tastes like cough syrup. No hop character. Palette is barely tolerable. 7/20

MOUTHFEEL: Not at all crisp as a pilsner should be. Completely tepid, slightly thick. Texture is at least smooth and finish is mostly clean. 2/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Tastes and drinks like an old can, but it’s actually quite fresh. This is nowhere close to a pilsner and completely lacking in character. Seems like failed homebrew, not a commercial product. 3/10


DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.

NOTE: See my 2017 re-review here: