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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Inspired by the Bike Capital of the USA (Davis, CA) and the local Davis community, Bike Party Pils was created to combat those hot summer days with its refreshingly clean and crisp taste. bike-party

The limited-release Bike Party Pils is a lighter, dry-hopped variation of Sudwerk’s top-selling beer, Northern Pilsner, which just won a silver medal at the California State Fair. Bike Party Pils is lower in alcohol (4.5 vs. 5.3% ABV). The Mandarina Bavaria, Huell Melon and Citra hops are added at the end of the brewing process, picking up their fruity aroma but maintaining the lager’s crisp, smooth finish.

While most of the mass-market American beers are pilsners, they are underrepresented in the California craft beer market, Sudwerk co-owner Trent Yackzan said. “High quality, California-made craft pilsners are hard to find. As a brewery solely focused on brewing craft lagers, pilsner is our favorite style and we’re working to draw as much attention as we can back to this amazing style.”

The new summer seasonal was launched in draft at the end of June and bottled in the beginning of July. The bottles reads “inspired by Northern California’s avid bike culture and dedicated to our hometown of Davis, Bike Party Pils celebrates a healthy, active lifestyle and giving back to your local community”. In the spirit of these words and the new release, Sudwerk Brewing partnered up with Bike Party Davis, a monthly fun and casual ride that allows cyclists to get to learn more about the City of Davis in a lively, interactive way. The two groups participated in the monthly ride that finished up at the Dock for an exciting post-ride party with plenty of Bike Party flowing from the Dock Store taps.

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3.1
Ernest (7860) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2017
Bottle from Sunset Beer (17178 stamped...same as the Northern Pils, so maybe this isn't a bottling date after all, or by chance they bottled both of these the exact same day?). Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is light to medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (herbs, honeysuckle flowers), with a light note of minerals. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.

Much nicer aroma than the Northern Pils, but rather unremarkable in the mouth...very thin and watery and a tad overly attenuated; stark and close to bland. Still pretty good for an American attempt. Supposedly dry-hopped with Citra, Mandarina Bavaria, and Huell Melon, but just smells soft and honeysuckle-ish like something much more traditional (Hallertauer etc.).

3.3
DYCSoccer17 (3712) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 15, 2017
12 ounce bottle from a 6 pack purchased at The Davis Co-Op. The aroma has a great deal of floral character present. There is a sweet biscuity-pils maltiness that is also present in the nose. Transparent yellow body with a smallish white head that is quickly dissipating. Starts with a bit of a grassy, floral hoppy bitterness, before biscuits and pils maltiness comes through in the middle. Finishes clean and crisp with some cracker and light grassy hop bitterness. Pretty good

3.4
slowrunner77 (12972) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 20, 2017
Clear golden. Floral and slightly sweet fruity aroma and flavor. Very little in the way of hops it seems...no bitterness, but the sweet floral flavor works as a summer seasonal.

3.5
BeerandBlues2 (13869) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 21, 2017
Draught at BLAH. Pours gold with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with spare lacing. Aroma is crackery Pils malt and light earthy hops. Flavor is medium crackery Pils malt, somewhat sweet light earthy hops and bitterness with a crisp and dry finish. Light body and medium carbonation.

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Travlr (26198) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2017
Draft at BLAH. Clear yellow color. Light straw aroma. Taste is peppery lager.

3
BlackHaddock (7741) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2017
10th Feb 2017: First beer on my first flight at Devilicious, Temecula California. I wanted some thing to cleanse my palate before attacking the stronger and darker brews. Having said that it was a fine beer and a lot more than a ’fill in’ to rinse my mouth out with. Pale gold pour, fading white head. Citrus leanings in both the nose and taste, more hoppy than malty, dry bittering finish: decent.

3.5
joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 24, 2016
Bottle at home. It pours a very clear pale yellow color with a white head. The aroma has bready malt with faint notes of pear, honeydew and earthy hops. Weak hop character considering the varieties used here. The flavor has bready malt with nice Pils flavor and spicy/earthy hops in the background. Solid bitterness. There’s some more light pear notes and hints of sweet melanoidens. It’s a touch watery on the palate, though the malt flavor is clean and crisp as expected. Very easy to drink and fairly crushable, though I was hoping for a more interesting hop character.

3.5
marcus (10736) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 5, 2016
On tap at Cap Tap. Pours blonde with a clinging white head and a floral aroma. There is a light pils flavor with a slightly bitter finish. Refreshing.

3.4
bhensonb (15838) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 12, 2016
Bottle from Whole Foods in Davis, CA. Pours very light gold with a white head. Aroma of fruit and citrus. Med minus body. Mild pale malt, light noble hop, and I still think a bit of fruit and citrus. Finishes with a mild spicy bitterness. Nothing overly strong here, but the flavors are good and work well together.


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