Thursday, February 10th 2011
Joes Premium American Pilsner
(Avery Brewing Company)
Joe's Premium American Pilsner is the only one of Avery's beers that appears solely in a canned format (well, that and draught but NOT in bottles). This was a beer that was made by the brewery for the sole purpose of being a canned release and we should be so lucky.
From the Avery site:
"A contemporary rendition of a classic style, Joe's is hopped with purpose: beautifully bitter and dry with an abundance of floral, Noble German hops. Uber sessionable. Utterly American. This is Premiuim American Pilsner."
Here we go...
Pour - very light straw color, pretty bright sunshine-like yellow when the light hits this. Head is sort of soda-like yet dense and about a half-inch in thickness. Looks nice and clean and clear as it should with some tiny bubbles streaming upwards to freedom.
Aroma - a bit malty, some fresh-cut grass notes, a bit of citrusy hoppiness and slight hints at earthiness.
Taste - that first sip will have you re-thinking the mere notion of a canned pilsner. Erase every possible thing you've been told because this is something entirely different. One taste and the bite of the hops, the solid malt profile and the addictive crispness snap of a finish and you'll be hooked. Plenty of bitterness from all those hops as well as a mineral, almost iron-like, flavor as well. This one has the dryness associated with the style but that just keeps your face pressed in the glass after each sip.
Overall - The hoppy bitterness and the all out bite of a finish of this pilsner are what really sets it apart. I could get used to drinking pilsners if they all tasted like this! Share this with any potential craft beer drinker and call it you're good beer deed of the day.
Would I buy more of it? - absolutely! I'm bummed that this was my only one. I need more for when all the snow melts and its time to barbecue.
Note - Along with Joe's Premium American Pilsner, Avery has also canned their White Rascal White Ale, Ellie's Brown Ale and their absolutely delicious Avery IPA! Try 'em all!
Posted by Russ
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