fiulijn (12179) - Malmö, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at Sailor Hagar’s
The aroma is light, it reminds me some cider. Dry mouthfeel, malt and caramel flavor, maybe with a light trace of honey at the end; strong bitterness. Simple.
lumikuuro (26) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pint on tap at Sailor Hagar’s in North Vancouver.
Beer is brewed by Howe Sound Brewing and is Howe Sound Pilsner Plunge under a sudonym.
Appearance: Orangey gold and slightly opaque, with a vibrant bubbly white head that quickly recedes to a gentle ring, but leaves lots of lacing.
Aroma: Not overpowering, but inviting. Subtle honey, and the kind of crisp hop aroma you can only get from a good quality pilsner.
Taste: Crisp and refreshing, with subtle honey and a big hop flavour. Lots of bitterness and some tart citrus flavours from the hops. This beer shows how both a honey lager and a pilsner should be made, unlike many others in the Pacific northwest. Pilsners in the PNW tend to be a little sweet for the style, but this beer from Howe Sound only has subtle sweetness from the honey, with no other unfortunate sweetness. It is very tempered with the hops, so the overall flavour is bitter, not sweet, with the honey adding complexity and flavour rather than rich sweetness. The finish is very long and bitter, only slightly dry, with hints of honey and subtle grassiness from the Saaz hops, and is intensely rewarding. One of the nicest pilsners anywhere in the world.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and faintly silky from the honey.
Drinkability: Very moreish. Simply not possible to only have one of these exceptional pilsners.
CapFlu (4010) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2006
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
(Draught) Pours a medium, foamy white head with a amber body. Nose of mild English malts and a touch of honey sweetner. The flavour lines-up similarly with the additional Czech Pils hoppiness and bitter finish. Somewhat average at best.
JoeMcPhee (7621) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I don’t know if they’ve changed the recipe since I last had this, but it seems to be improved. Pale golden, creamy white head. Pale malt aroma with some light honey underneath but also a fairly assertive Saaz aroma. Spicy flavour with a touch of breadiness. Lingering bitterness. Quite a surprise, actually.
Oakes (10941) - Savusavu, FIJI ISLANDS - JUN 26, 2005
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
This was always the crapper of the Hagar’s lineup, but it’s gone straight up macro since Howe Sound took over. Light straw colour. Grainy aroma with doughy yeast note and ultra bland hops. I doubt they’re using teutonic nor slavic varieties anymore. Probably more like Willamette or something equally flavorless, and in miniscule quantities.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 17, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden colour with a small head. Aroma is light honey and malts. Some hop flavour but mostly thin and sweet.
Malakin (466) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 13, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light golden in color with a light sweet honey aroma. Mostly hop flavour with a bit of honey, poor aftertaste.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sweet cloying flavour with a stale bitter finish. eh....
Crit (3075) - New Westminster, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I detected a sweet note in the aroma, which possibly was honey but it wasn’t noticeable in the flavor.I found this easy drinking, but slightly bland