Beer Details: PILS from Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma California. (Czech-style pilsner, 5.3% ABV)
Appearance: This pilsner is crystal clear with a bright golden-straw color. It looks as fizzy as soda, with big bubbles crawling up the sides of the glass. A nice off-white head of foam leaves decent lacing.
Aroma: Toasty biscuit malts float to the top with an undertone of something slightly metallic, like new copper pennies. Hops flower and some citrus add some zest.
Flavor: A quick bite of bitterness leads right into toasted biscuit malts with a touch of honey. There’s a lemongrass hops presence that’s more citrusy than bitter. The finish is soft and herbal.
It’s fairly light-bodied with a refreshing prickle of carbonation over the tongue. It finishes pretty clean, leaving you ready for another sip.
Overall: This is a straightforward and uncomplicated beer. It’s not one of those that’s going to challenge your taste buds with amped up flavors or woo you with a stunning list of ingredients. It’s just going to be fresh and tasty - exactly what you want while hanging out on the back porch after a long day.
Food Pairings: Try this with spicy foods, especially Thai and Vietnamese. Barring that, this beer will certainly go with anything coming off the grill.
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