Brewed by Half Pints Brewing Co.
Style: Pilsener
Winnipeg, Canada


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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Our buddy Phil is a friend of good beer, so Philís Pils must be impressive ode to good taste. Thankfully (Phil would say) itís the polar opposite of most Pilsners available today. Brewed using two-row pale, melanoidin, and crystal malts, this lager is chock full of malty goodness on top of German Hallertau and Czech Saaz hops. This brew is also dry hopped with a blend of Mount Hood and more Saaz. Our Pils actually tastes like malt & hops Ė what a novel idea! Try it with a slow smoked rack of ribs or a wedge of Pepper Jack cheese. Serve at 6 C. in a Pilsner glass. Unfiltered. 30 IBU

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (2950) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2009
Bottle shared at KW tasting, thanks Matt7215! Medium yellow, small white head. Sweet hoppy aroma - not exactly pils like, but nice. Nice hoppy taste over some light malt - but again, this are not pils hops (or at least they do not taste like it! The brewer says they are, I will not argue!). This is pretty darn unique - hoppier than most east on BC Canadian IPAís. But there is something about this malt/hop combo (and the interesting hop profile) that does not even approach a pils in my mind, but results in a very good beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VertBaconStrips (2100) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 18, 2009
Thanks, B for the brew... Poured out a nice deep gold, barely hazy brew with ...hell yea! old skool pantera - cowboys from hell just crashed in \m/....a so-so white crown that does not last long enough and left near zreo lacing. The aroma borders on being quite refreshing and does not overpower and stays fairly mellow. A great mix of mild citrus (lemon is prominent) and floral hops, very bready malts and the weakest spice can be found - this spice is quite interesting so look for it during the entire tasting. The taste is pretty good but on some sips comes across boring. Good upfront malts especially early on in the tasting where as iíve noticed that the hops are more dominate more later on (odd). Decent ammount of biscuit malts and dry, spicy and piney malts. The Saaz hops are noticable. Mouthfeel is prety smooth with the carbonation early on being a bit to big but that mellows. Light medium bodied. Solid middle and lots of hops to finish you off dry, spicy and bitter. I just realized that Iím pretty buzzed as Iíve spelt íprettyí ípreyyí four times straight and actually had to concentrate to type it properly. Work will suck tomorrow once again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10438) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2009
A hzy golden amber pils with a thick creamy and lacing white head. Lightly bready malt with nice notes of Saaz hops, some metal notes. In mouth, a good crisp malt with lightly resinous hops, a bit of grapefruits, more British like hops. Overall, quite nice, given Iím a hophead. Medium bodied.Bottle from Piscator32, thanks Kris!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cirrhosis (1224) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 10, 2009
"Dam fine looking brew for the style this is the best Iíve seen so far. Body appears slightly hazy and is a warm honey brown color, a quarter inch thick creamy cap sits on top and is leaving behind tons of lacing and the retention is great the head lasted the entire brew. Aroma is pleasant a touch on the mild side though, mild hops that come across citrusy and are combing very nicely with some smooth lightly roasted malts. I detecting some sourness in the aroma on deep inhales but is hardly noticeable. Phenomenal flavor malty smooth bready toastedness combined with a wonderful hop presence, this is just plain old yummy. I swear Iím tasting rice crispy squares. Beer feels medium bodied and leaves behind a mild sweet after taste. I canít believe how good this beer is the malts are just so full and rich, and finally a Canadian brewer who isnít scared to make a beer that actually has a hop flavor in it. Iím blown away by how good the beer is Iíve managed to drink the entire 660ml bottle in a few minutes I want more but itís a 14 hour drive away dam it."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2009
341mL bottle thanks to matt7215 at our KW group tasting. Thanks Matt. Pours a hazy deep gold, no head. Huge hoppy aroma, almost like an IPA with some sort of (possibly) Canadian hop strain (we have our own hop strains, right? Right?). Almost zero malt backbone, and zero genuine Pilsener qualities. Flavour is almost dull, very earthy, hoppy and bitter with the most minimal malt presence possible. Very íAmericaní in Pilsener style in that it is not actually a Pilsener. Itís a homebrewed IPA with a lager yeast thrown in. Woo-hoo. As a diehard fan of real Pilsenerís I try not to be offended by these types of beers but itís so hard. This one was decent but not even close to what it advertises itself as. I get ZERO Saaz out of this so that must be a lie. "Our Pils actually tastes like malt & hops- what a novel idea!", okay, cool, but how about a Pils that actually resembles a real Pils? Thereís a better idea!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Bronze with a full head--a more colorful than usual pils. Not much aroma, subtle hoppiness and malt. Light graininess in the body--not bad. A moderately well hopped pils--were it an ale, it would be more recognizable as an English Bitter. Never much a fan of showcased Saaz hops. Eh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6251) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2009
12 oz. thanks savvy! pours crystal clear dark gold. big grass and wet leaves nose. crisp light slightly fizzy body. biscuity, slightly honeyish with a touch of resin. solid pils.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matt7215 (2225) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2009
341 ml bottle from a trade with hobbersr. pours hazy golden with a small white head. hoppy aroma, not typical pils hops and the malts feel wrong to for a pils. the flavour is more of the same. its a good beer but it aint no pils. really this drink like an IPA or APA and thers nothing wrong with that, it just aint a pils. thanks for the bottle Riley!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 29, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2009 Very classy Pilsner with incredible, well-balanced, and transparent hop character. Well done.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (8912) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2009
A serviceable lager. Light coloured with initial white foam that quickly disapears. Initially cheeesy aroma that gives away to solid malts and European hops. Medium mouthfeel, certainly drinkable with a decent mild bitterness. Thanks Piscator for theis bonus.

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