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Willimantic India Pilsner Lager

Willimantic India Pilsner Lager
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
Unfiltered extra hoppy Pilsner Larger

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Growler shared by Aliza at the Cuvee de Castleton release at Captain Lawrence. Also got a chance to meet and talk with the brewer for Willimantic (though sadly his name escapes me at the moment). Pours a clear treacle gold with a thin white head. Hoppy, spicy, with just a faint hint of lagery graininess. Medium thick. Rather tasty, and finishes with a nice clean pineapple note. Very tasty. Wish these guys either bottled, or were closer to me, since I’ve now had two of their beers, and both were quite solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2008
sampled at the brewpub. Listed at 6.8 %. Quite hazy, blonde in color with a medium lasting white head. Aroma of mild citrus, and moderate floral/spicy hops as well as some pils malt. Taste is a nice balance between pils malt, bready yeast, and floral, spicy hops. Medium to full bodied for the style with some moderate malty sweetness, finishes bitter with some lingering hoppy spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
elihapa (1533) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3/10/08 notes: on tap, brewpub. I don’t understand this beer. It is labeled as a “Pilsner,” but features none of the dry, grassy, carbonated crisp flavor of a typical pilsener! Instead, it is syrupy thick, a emboldened golden in color, and rich in sweet flavor. Maybe an attempt at an Imperial Pilsner? I don’t know, but the sweetness to this beer overrode both the style and the novelty of an “India Pilsner" for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 20, 2006
On draught at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy gold with a white head. Smells malty with some spicy hoppy elements underneath, Tastes lightly citrussy with lots of doughy malt. Finishes peppery with splashes of rosemary. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3513) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 13, 2006
On tap at the brewpub enjoyed in the company of Paul. 16 oz sample. Piney, PNW hoppiness in the nose with some mild hempy notes as well. Rather aromatic and somewhat pleasing. Transparent copper color with a frothy off-yellowish head. Piney, hopped start, turning malty, sluightly fruity in the middle with some nice sweet malt notes present as well. Finishes dry, bitter, and grapefruity with some Saaz notes. Tastes like there are some American hops to start, but finishes with the typical noble Pilsner hops. Sort of a hybrid beer, I suppose. Either way, it was enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (2965) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 9, 2006
A darned likeable beer. A pilsner without saaz and grass coming out the behind? Two thumbs up. In fact, no saaz at all. Poured a rich golden color with a nice initial head that laced quite well. The aroma was light hops. Flavor was certainly assertive hops, mostly bitterness, not a lot of flavor from the hops, though. In support of the hop factor, there was a nice rich malty backbone that created a great overall beer. Mouthfeel was full, perfectly carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2009 Sampled at the brewpub with DYCsoccer. Pours a hazy deep gold/light orange with a thin white head. Aroma is herbal and spicy hops with some thick bready malts along with some weird caramel sweet malt hints. Flavor is nice and herbal, lightly floral hops, with some light lemon zest and finishes a bit yeasty and dirty, not as clean and crisp as some pilsners are, but this is definitely different, so maybe its not even supposed to be a "pilsner".

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