Profiled by Maria Devan for PGA
If I ever have a next life my first words are going to be “Pils bitte”
Pours clear and sweet yellow with a faint head that fell immediately to a few big bubbles and a film on top. Nice lace.
Delicious pilsner nose. First a little yeasty bite with a hint of sour, then lemon and grass. Earthy and herbal. Bready, cracker malt brings it home.
Taste is so well done. Thin malt sweetness and juicy lemon with light lemon peel wash over the palate effortlessly. Earthy, round and floral. The malt has perfect balance alongside the delicate hops. The pale grain takes over on the back palate for a thirst quenching dryness and the hops come up for a shy bitter that lingers just until your next sip. Fantastic and floral as it fills up your senses in the aftertaste. Ample carbonation and a thin body.
Troegs never fails to delight. This is a substantial summer beer that made the most of the minimal and simple aspects of a pils and came up with a beer that was feather light on the palate. It has plenty of character and is delicate yet firm. Simple and easy to drink. Before you know it you will have had 2 or 3 of these.
Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”
Maria Devan lives in Ithaca, NY and is frequent reviewer of beer and a beer lover deluxe.