HonusWagner (1432) - Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite a delicious lightly citrusy ipa with a good nose on it and a clean body. Easy to drink in quantity.
rumproasts (3101) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. golden with one finger head. very mild pilsner with crisp cascade hops. light pine and citrus. finishes very clean. very solid pils.
hunter112 (53) - Nanuet, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I liked this, the first thing I noticed about the taste was the slightly sweet finish, but the next sip reinforced the hop blend. Another winner from a great brewery, glad they’re selling it in the Northeast!
smith4498 (3043) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear golden color with white head. Aromas of cereal malts and grass. Grassy flavor with bread and malt with a touch of sweetness. Light to medium body with lively carbonation.
RABinCO (1373) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber into a fluted glass. Clean golden hay pour. Persistent white head. Aroma is mostly sweet cereal with light floral notes. Taste is grass, light citrus, hints of pear and pine.Floral, aromatic finish. Not bad. Gets better as it warms.
dmac (4093) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from Xroads. Pourd a crystal clear rusty gold body with a smaller foamy white head. Aroma of dry pine needles, grains, dry cereal and bread crusts. Big full body with aggressive carbonation that is sort of harsh all around. Flavor of dry bread, dough touch of super old dried out citrus rind. This is nothing special.
Beerandhockey8 (232) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From 12oz bottle to Pilsner glass. Pour is a light golden color, very active carbonation with a lot of lacing and a thin white head. Nose is a lot hoppier than most pilsners I’m used to, dry herbal grassy aroma. Taste is light bodied, bitter and dry. Finishes crisp and clean with a little fizzy feel. Not a bad beer, very different take on the traditional pilsner.
Chad9976 (1207) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m all for experimentation in brewing, but sometimes all the eccentric recipes in the world can’t surpass a classic, traditional recipe. Case in point: Full Sail Pilsner, which is either a German or Czech pilsner at the core, but hopped with Cascade, which gives the beer a unique flavor (which I appreciate), but not necessarily a better taste than a to-spec recipe. Oh, it’s a good beer to be sure, but it doesn’t re-invent the style.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a footed pilsner glass. It had an expiration date of 12/23/14 and cost $2.60 ($0.22 per ounce).
Appearance: Pure golden hue over a clear body. Slow carbonation is easily seen. Pours to a two-finger, white, frothy head which retains and laces very well.
Smell: Strong grassy/herbal hop aroma with a hint of lemon. Not a traditional pilsner aroma.
Taste: All-malt pilsners have a distinct flavor to them, and that je na sais quois factor is definitely present in Full Sail Pilsner. Light malty character immediately, with a cracker-like taste, but not quite bready. The Cascade hops are the star of the show, though I would not consider this a particularly bitter beer. Not unlike the Noble Hop varieties, this one creates for a light spicy/zesty character, but in the form of grass and onion/garlic seasoning. A hint of mineral water is also noticeable and it complements the palette nicely. I enjoyed it, but I can’t help but think more could be done.
Drinkability: I was surprised to see the 6% ABV on the label, since pilsners tend to be light, sessionable brews by design. A stronger beer would likely be more complex and bold, but Full Sail Pilsner has the same intensity as any other beer of its ilk. The mouthfeel is thin and crisp with a refreshing quality while crossing the tongue, though it does leave a slightly bitter/starchy/spicy aftertaste. It’s tempting to throw back several of these, but considering the relatively high potency, I wouldn’t recommend it.
KlickitatJim (7) - Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Aroma is like a dry hopped Session red lable. Low intensity citrus/pine hop, with light sulfury lager esters and light bready cracker malt. Very faint acetaldehyde as it warmed. No alcohol or diacetyle. Appearance is brilliant clear straw with pin point bubbles. Head was bright white and dissipated quickly. No lacing or legs. Flavor is very similar to Session red but double hopped. Hop flavor forward of grapefruit zest and pine resin. Supported by bready malts and a pleasant peppery match head ester. Very drinkable beer. Great intro to craft beer for Bud Coors folk. It wouldnt score well in a competition as a Pilsner, but maybe better in a specialty or experimental catagory.
fiulijn (15000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Haggen’s Grocery, Burlington
Deep blond color. Quite regular Pilsner, a bit crispy, with above the average bitterness, mild hop resins.
I expected more Cascade, it’s fairly simple.
mcberko (6737) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz. bottle, courtesy of fiulijn (thanks Alex), pours a clear pale golden with a small white head. Aroma brings out sweet cereal malts, some grass, and subtle floral notes. Flavour brings out grassy hops, some sweet cereal notes, and a little biscuity malt. Some sparkling water on the finish. Quite hoppy and dry. Decent pils, but I don’t understand the high ratings for this.