andrewje41 (4252) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2017 Sarlacc83 (2290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from Belmont Station/maltmaster420. Served in Pilsner glass.
A: Clear straw color with a 1" slightly receding head. A drifting of bubbles. Spot on for the style.
N: Slight floral presence and some dry malt/biscuit. Pine and earth floor. It’s very subdued and clean in the way I expect a fresh pils to be.
T: Straight forward hop bitterness with a pronounced spruce/pine and earth tone. Some black peppercorn. Biscuit. This is extremely clean and impressive.
M: Surprisingly full, maybe a tad too much for the style.
O: An excellent representation that’s worthy of its accolades. Clean, balanced, and shining. A showcase for the style, and an important reminder how important freshness is to the style.
For some reason, I never rated this incredible pils. I've had it in multiple situations, states, formats, and I guess I never really believed that a pils could be so good, that it is a clear standout on a draft board full of big beers. I remember picking up a couple bottles in Portland a year or two ago, and killed them all without even thinking about stopping to take notes. A truly cravable pilsner, which makes it above most others in the style. Enjoyed this on draft last night at Bottleworks, along with Prufrockstar, who is actually the person who first introduced me to Heater Allen as a brewery. Cheers to that! Brought a bottle home to enjoy along with some football. No shortage in flavor in this pils. A slightly rich, bready malt background. A slight cloudy, golden pour. Inviting straw and bread malts on the nose. Ultimate refreshment, with no flaws in flavor whatsoever, no matter how hard I look to find one. Really could drink this stuff all day. With distro beginning in Seattle, and 500 mL bottles going for 4 bucks a pop, I can make this a reality. Can't rave about this lager enough. JStax (7175) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2017
500 ml bottle from andrreje. Thanks! The beer is a clear yellow with a big white head of foam. The aroma has a strong bready character with a grassy and moderately lemony. Big crusty finish. Medium body and medium carbonation. Refreshing and awesome. donandres (665) - Makati, PHILIPPINES - SEP 28, 2017
500 mL bottle from the Heater Allen Brewery, McMinnville, Oregon poured to tulip glass
Sight: very good, Amber, yellow orange liquid, small foam, hazy
Smell: very good Malty, not a lot aroma, nothing bad either
Taste: very good ,Low bitterness, sweet compared to other beers, very good
Mouthfeel: very good light mouthfeel, even with the higher alcohol, very good follow through, sweet finish, long bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good beer, ok to repeat but not look for
FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2017
05/01/17; Sampled August 2017luttonm (6757) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2017
A steady pour produces a one finger thick, quickly dissipating, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a golden color that shows a hazed, pale golden hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a bright herbal and lemon zest character to it backed by dried-straw, sunbaked grain, and a bit of honey leaning malt aromatics to it.
On the full0-bodied side of the spectrum for a Pils, which is my preference, the beer coats the palate just a bit as it flows across the tongue, but then finishes clean and light with a bitter bite in the finish. Herbal and bitter notes dominate the flavor, with a touch of linger herbal character that is not quite menthol, but also a touch of lemon-zest / herbal character, some grassy or weed like flavors, and a chewy grain / pale-malt character that hints at sunbaked grain in the fields, hints of dried straw like grain husks.
This is a very nice Pils. Given that it is three months from bottling I wonder if it was even better, and more vibrant somehow when fresh. I’ll have to try and get a fresher sample of this at some point, but for now I am just really enjoying this beer.
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2017 Bottle in Bend. Nice creamy and tall white foam. Lightly hazed yellow body. This presents great. Malty and snappy, but with plenty of fruity complexity beyond the hop flavors and bitterness. Warm malty aroma, with a solid fruitiness that puts this apart. Sharp lager yeast notes in the middle ground. Good hop character. Completely delicious.
phaleslu (10668) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2017
22 oz. bottle from jackl - thanks again, Jack! Pours a somewhat cloudy bright gold with a finger of white head that settles into an uneven ring and island of film while lacing the glass sloppily. Notes of grassy and earthy and herbal Noble hops, sweet and crackery pils malts, hay, and some floral and citrus zest. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a clean, crisp, slightly bitter mouthfeel. Great pils. piscator34 (2647) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 11, 2017
Bottle. Clear pale gold in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of super clean pilsner malt, herbal hop, mineral water, and a tiny bit of sulfur (in a good way). Flavors are of white bread flour, lemon, moss, and wet stones. Really elegant balance between the malt, hop, and mineral elements. jackl (8423) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2017
Bottle directly from Heater Allen. Brilliant gold pour with a thick, creamy white head. Beautiful-looking beer. Aroma of mellow honeycomb. Delicate straw and floral character. Nicely balanced flavor. Slightly peppery, floral noble bitterness. Fairly sturdy honey / biscuit malt structure. Supremely drinkable, crisp, and satisfying. Mild mineral. Prickly, sharp carb. Overall, really lovely stuff. deyholla (12253) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2017
Bottle shared by Jack, thanks! Pours a near clear pale gold with a white head that dissipates slowly the edges. Aroma has lots of grass and lager yeast with hay backing. Flavor has a nice combination of grass and lager year with straw and hay backing. crispaire (244) - - MAR 26, 2017
smells like your typical pilsner. pours a hazy sun-kissed golden color. the hop profile isn’t as spicy as i’ve normally come to expect from this style of beer. the bigger malt backbone gives the beer a nice depth and complexity not usually found in pilsners. very tasty.