BrewDog Unleash the Yeast: Pilsen Lager

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Imperial Pils/Strong Pale Lager
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland


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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Keg and bottled, series
The unsung heroes, the foot soldiers of the revolution. We owe a huge debt to the billions of tiny yeast cells that work tirelessly to ferment sugars into alcohol and CO2. But yeast isn’t just here for the grunt work. Yeast has the power to change the flavour, aroma and complexion of your beer in an instant. This series is designed to showcase the impact different yeasts have on the same base beer.
This series of 4 beers gives the limelight to four totally different yeast strains: Belgian Trappist, Pilsen Lager, American Ale and Bavarian Weizen. All 4 beers have been brewed to the same ABV using a blend of Centennial and Amarillo hops and a backbone of Pale Ale, Munich and Cara Malts. Malts: Maris Otter, Crystal Malt, Caramalt
Hops: Centennial, Amarillo
Twist: Each beer is identical except for the different yeast used to ferment the beers creating 4 radically different beers from the same starting point

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fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle from Pibar, Lausanne; batch 234, bb 07-10-14
Light amber color, hazy, with copper hue; medium sized compact head. The malt aroma has a nice biscuity side; honey coated roasted almonds. Smooth mouthfeel; full bodied for a Pilsner; very good malt flavor with biscuits and light toffee; correct bitterness.
Wonderful Pilsner, balanced and rich.

ferencmato (47) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle. Golden with medium white head. Aroma/taste reminds me more of an IPA than lager. Fruity hops in the nose. Taste is inicially sweet n malty, then goes bitter - hops and grapefruit. Nutty, bready, bit dry aftertaste. Very nice, but not lager-ish in any way (yeah I get it, its just the yeast, not the style)

TheCametron (2480) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle. Tasted alongside the other 3. Pours deep gold and clear with an initially large White head that quickly subsides. The most understated aroma of the four. This was far hoppier than a typical svetle. Much higher alcohol content as well which makes it unfair to compare. I enjoyed the fuller bodied hoppier variation of a style which I’m all too familiar with. Good effort.

kryon (3808) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2013
Pours light amber with no head Almost no aromas Typical pilsner taste with nice sweetness ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Ktwse (5358) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
Pours clear golden amber with low white head. Aroma of pilsner, bread, caramel. Taste is bready bitter, light lingering bitter finish. Body is light with soft carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

sputnikus (96) - Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours amber liquid with solid white head. Aroma is hopped up, really unusual for pilsen, with citruses, biscuits and some spiciness. Taste is sweet (in a nice way, kinda like drinking sponge cake) and well rounded, Full body with creamy texture and soft carbonation. Spicy finish doesn’t last for long. Well, it’s hoppy and sweet pilsen lager, not my glass of beer, but not bad either.

spacecube (1750) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2013
330 bottle, had this out of the bottle. Had this straight after a normal pilsner and straight away the hops come into play here in the nose. The beer has a solid malty body and a crisp bitter finish. Very much a pilsner with just an extra added hop character. Nice

77ships (10844) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2013
33 cl. bottle split with Kraddel. Procured by him. BBF 07/10/2014. Bright clear amber / orange with a disappearing white head. Smell is full of fruity USA hops, tangerine, orange, all on the fruity & mellow side with candy sugar, seems pretty odd to use such dominant hops to showcase yeast but okay it is BrewDog. Taste is pretty sweet, lots of sweet fruits, very sweet, tangerine, caramel, toffee, faint grass, oranges, sweetness covers everything. Body is pretty thick, bit yeast heavy. It is a pretty odd & contradictory brew, not sure what this was meant to be but this is a pretty odd brew for something that has pils yeast in it.

kraddel (8761) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2013
pours clear blonde rather big white head smells rather hoppy good carbo taste is hoppy, bit bitter. creamy malty taste very gentle, yet much taste . every single craftbeer-lager says its better than regular lagers . only think oertype and imperialist are so far . than comes this . which is also damn nice . so brewdog , skip the fake lager , and make THIS you’re lager . now its just you’re ’temp. lager yeast beer ’...

DruncanVeasey (8260) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2013
From the 4 pack. At first sniff the difference between this and the American is extraordinary; all lean sappy shrub, honey, sesame, soft leather- all things I associate with a quality German/Czech lager and would attribute, in my ignorance, to hops or malt. Pours slightly Martian gold with more ornately frilled white lace than the American. Soft honeyed lager flavour with biscuits dunked in bitter black tea, sesame streaks, buttery orange peel, gently soapy bitterness, thistle sap, light booze. A very, very wee dab of the American’s mandarin hop comes out very late in the drinking process. Sweet and rounded- atypically BrewDog. A beer that tasted great and (6600 beers in) changed my opinion about beer. You can’t ask for more than that.

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