Canned pilsener from Germany to fill your refreshing lager needs.
German pilsener, 4.9% ABV
Hofbrauhaus Wolters GMBH, Braunschweig, Germany
One of the things I find fascinating about many European breweries is how far back they can date their existence. There’s just something both impressive and very cool about a brewery that’s been around longer than my home country, the United States. Now granted, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the actual brewery building has been around that entire length of time, and many times the brewery ownership has changed hands as well, but still. It gives one a different perspective on things, I think. Hofbrauhaus Wolters can trace their lineage back to 1627, so we’re talking nearly 400 hundred years of brewing history!
I’ve previously reviewed this brewery’s canned weizen (wheat) beer here ; a style I find particularly refreshing during the hot summer months. Pilsener is another style that typically satisfies at this time of year as well (not to say that both styles aren’t welcome year-round!) Pilsener/pilsner is typically a very sessionable style, which undoubtedly is a big factor in its overall worldwide popularity. Now I did promise a review of this particular pilsener when I posted its sibling weizen; admittedly, I hadn’t planned to take this long to do so, but I see the beer is available again (and still priced at $1 a can – can you say bargain?), and I figure if I don’t get this review up now I never will.
One quick thought regarding the can – you don’t have to worry about your beer getting “skunked” on its way from Germany to wherever you purchase it. So it’s got that going for it, which is nice. All that said, let’s on with the review, shall we?
Can dated BBF 10.09.17.
Presents a brilliantly clear bright golden hue with a short-lived thin head of near-white foam. Certainly looks the part. How about the aroma? I get crisp, crackery malt and spicy-floral noble hops. Smells like a pilsener (not teen spirit)!
The body is on the lighter side of medium with some prickly carbonation bite; almost a liquid crispness, if you will. And crisp seems to be the operative word with this beer – it opens with crackery, crisp malt, which is joined by spicy, earthy & lightly floral hops and a gradually building bitterness. Flavors round through the middle into a gently fading finish. Balanced, tasty, and quite drinkable. Should pair well with a wide range of foods – I’m enjoying mine with a selection of wursts simmered in kraut served with mashed potatoes & paprika cream gravy. Wunderbar!
Overall, I’d say this is right in the middle of what I expect for the style. Nothing fancy, just a solid pilsener. I’d buy that for a dollar!
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