Church-Key Scarlet Pilsner

Formerly brewed at Church-Key Brewing
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
Campbellford, Canada


on tap


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 2.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
37 IBU

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Lubiere (13898) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2011
A lightly hazed golden pils with a thick frothy off white head. In aroma, a lightly off herbal malt with light band aid, autolysis. In mouth, a crisp malt with light German hops, a bit of off notes, could have been better, given this cost 10$ for a bomber. Via Probstk, tasted April 24 2011. Thanks Karl.

Sammy (12184) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2009
On-tap at C’est What. A light orange colour, a bit of lace. A light Saaz bitterness. A bit of odd taste and impact on the tongue. Not a bad one. Not getting why listed as Vienna.

jercraigs (10365) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2009
2009-10-01. Orangey body, modest off-white head. Aroma, light yeast and florals, not quite fruity note . Just a touch of pee/apple juice on the second sample. 6+ Flavour is lightly bitter, odd finish of fruit/yeast, something? Okay overall the finish I found a touch off putting. Average plus palate is nice. 3+ Interesting, but a touch odd. On tap at C’est What

mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2009
[2514-20091002] Tap. Smoked baloney chicken lunch meat aroma. Clear, light orange brown body with a quick white bubbles. Grainy and mild lunch meat flavour has mild apple juice characteristics and nice rich mid-tones. Medium-body. Not bad, nice mid-toned beer with good balance.
(21st FFOCB @ C’est What; Toronto, ON)

blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2009
Draught at C’est What’s ’Fall Festival of Craft Breweries’. Pours a clear orange with a spare quick diminishing frothy white head. Aroma’s sweet, a bit sugary, along with very light floral hops and grain. Flavour’s also sugary sweet with a bit of fruit, some light hops and a light bitter finish. Average bodied. Just O.K., I’m not loving this, too sweet.

Radek Kliber (7352) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 5, 2009
on tap at C’est What
Appearance: light amber , clear with hint if gold. Smallish top shown.3-
Nose: Malty , grainy front , bit hint of walnut , dry alcohol and candy malt. 6-
Flavor/Palate : Dry frontal feel of alcohol paired with amber malt with slight nutty hints. Slightly rough with mellower finish.

HogTownHarry (6823) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2009
Draught. At 2009 C’est What Fall festival. Clear reddish-amber with an average frothy head. Smells like a bitter or an ESB, only more floral: malty, slightly dry and bitter. The taste follows - mild floral bitterness, sweet oily grainy malt, made me think of hibiscus ... a little chalky/minerally. Average body, somewhat weak carbonation, not much alcohol presence at all, with a little gritty/mineral hard-water aftertaste. I still think this resembles a bitter more than a vienna, but hey, what do I know.

robinvboyer (4652) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2010
Bottle from the brewery. Light sugary malt aroma with some light fruits, and some light grassy hops. Smells like a Belgian ale. Flavor has more of the grassy hops and sweet bready malts. Ummmm pils?! The color is also a hazy amber. Nit a bad beer, but church key is capable of so much better.

Spab (3831) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2009
On tap at C’est What Fall Festival. Pours a clear orange gold with very small white head. Light nose of bread a hint of fruit. Very sweet flavour, fruity and slightly bready. Slight bitterness in finish. Lightly carbonated. So so - not the brewery’s best offering.

probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2010
Bomber from the Church, served cold in a tulip glass.

App.: Hazy deep amber with a decent dirty-blonde head. Aroma: Some decent malts marred by a definite infection – organic acids, light barf, I wonder if the Lactese Falcon had something to do with this... Palate: Medium+ body, moderate effervescence. Flav.: Better than the nose, meaning a good deal less nasty, decent biscuit/caramel, med-roasted malts, a little earthiness, a touch of peppery Noble hops, still with organic acids lurking in the shadows; dry with a strange mix of brightness and fairly aggressive bitterness, not enjoyable, with an earthy/malty finish and a touch of barf.

I am getting a little tired of this brewery. The few times I’ve been to the Church, I wasn’t impressed with the overall friendliness of the staff. And $10.50 for a bomber?? Gimme a break! Go to BC, go to QC, go to USA and a $10 bottle is some mind-blowing beer. Even without the infection, this wouldn’t be worth the money.

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