Friday, 27 April 2012

REVIEW: PILSEN

Macro Lager


STATS
  • Country: Uruguay
  • Style: German Pilsner 
  • ABV: 5.1%
  • Serving Type: 330ml Metal Bottle
  • Price: Slightly Pricey
    Uruguay is not a country that I would associate with making good beer. If I'm being honest it's a country I hadn't even heard of before Australia beat them in the World Cup playoff in 2005, and I know my geography!

    I also would never have imagined I would get to sample some beer from Uruguay, as none is imported to Australia. However I made an acquaintance in the form of Sergio, a Uruguayan who hooked me up with not only the beers (4 in total) but a number of different glasses as well. Again Sergio thank you my friend! I'm looking forward to this beer as I've never had beer in what is effectively a can-bottle!

    This beer pours quite a yellow colour for a lager, some might term it light golden, with a heap of carbonation. The head is a brilliant white with some large airy bubbles, the head has excellent retention for a lager, probably spurred on by the seemingly high carbonation. I'm really impressed with the pour of this beer, it's a good looking lager.

    Pilsen smells like a really high quality lager. It's a maltier smelling lager than most, but the malts are sweetish. There is a fruity aroma to this beer that I can't quite place, which helps to balance the mild hop smell. The hops are of a herbal variety and smell reasonably bitter. As with most lagers this one doesn't have a huge nose to it, but unlike many Pilsen's smell doesn't offend!

    This lager starts off with a nice grainy malt taste which is sweetened by a nice honey and fruity taste. The herbal hops come in after this which add some really nice bite to the beer, and also justifies what was an otherwise unusual classification of a German Pilsner. While the carbonation is slightly higher than usual, it actually helps to make the mouthfeel a little lighter. Pilsen is a really impressive all round lager, which would make a really nice session beer.

    Pilsen is what most beers in South America are called, however Pilsen from Uruguay has to be one of the best! This beer is a standout for me in the macro lager category. I'm really looking forward to the other Uruguayan beers that Sergio has provided me with, and might have to be on the lookout for some more South American beers. If you get the opportunity to try this beer, jump on it! It's a much better than average lager and you won't be disappointed!

    Remember it's always Beer O'Clock somewhere in the world!

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