If ever there was a beer meant for the dog days of summer, is this pilsner from Lagunitas Brewing Company out in California. When we're hot and sweaty and not wanting to move an inch, this beer tastes better than lemonade. Better maybe even than water. Almost as good as dunking your head in a pool of water. Almost.
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.
What are your favorite beers for a hot summer day?
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