Episode #6: Summer Beers Part 3: Pilsner

In the 3rd and final episode in our series on summertime beers, Chris looks at Pilsners and rediscovers why this relatively young beer style has taken over the world.

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Breweries and Beers

tootiVictory Prima Pils
Victory Prima Pils
tooti Capital Pilsner
Capital Pilsner
tooti Lagunitas Pils
Lagunitas Pils

Comments 8 

  1. From "ChrisQ" :

    Hey Guys, thanks for letting me know about this issue. I’ll try to see what’s wrong since it’s seems to be working fine for me. In the meantime, feel free to watch Ep. 6 on facebook or vimeo.

    vimeo: http://vimeo.com/27831504

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=2372387032963&oid=226466084060143&comments

    I’d love to get my hands on some Short’s beer for the show. If I see some I promise to pick it up and taste on camera.

    -Chris

  2. From "Bob" :

    I often take a mid-afternoon beer break to relax. Since I started watching your podcast on my iPad, it has been an even more pleasant experience. Today, I’m having a Sierra Nevada KellerWeis. It’s probably not really what you were reviewing as Keller beer, but seems to have some of the characteristics you mentioned. I wish I could discern the scents and flavors even a little bit as you do. You are motivating me to improve.

    Love the show, especially the more unusual beers. Even if I can’t find them, I try to get something that might be similar.

    PS: Please ignore the silly persons who comment on your “sniffing.”

    • From "ChrisQ" :

      Thanks so much, Bob. I am glad to be adding to your beer drinking experience, and motivating you to learn more!

      Here are a few very easy things you can do towards developing your palate. The first is to simply think about what you are tasting. Is it bitter? Is it full bodied? Do you smell anything? Then simply try to remembering those characteristics the next time you taste beer. That way you can compare the two. You certainly don’t need to use the same terminology as I do, or expect to know what these flavors are right off the bat. At first simply noting that something is more/less bitter or fuller bodied than the last beer you had is a huge step, and something 90% of beer drinkers never do.

      It can also be a tremendous help to take notes while drinking. It might feel weird, but I promise you will remember fifty times more about the beer if you write something down. It also forces you to think about what you are tasting.

      Finally, trust your own taste. If you don’t like something, don’t worry. If a beer you like to drink isn’t highly regarded in beer-circles, that’s ok too – and very normal. I know a World Beer Cup judge who drinks Bud and Corona on a regular basis!

      Let me know if that helps! Also feel free to shoot me an email if you have questions.

      -Chris

  3. From "castello" :

    I love Pilsner Urquell although it may not be as good as back in the days of yore. How do you compare these with it. I’ve had Jever and a couple other European Pils but none seem to have the same uniqueness as PU. Please do a taste test with Stiegl, PU and Jever. Thanks

  4. From "ChrisQ" :

    Castello, Jever and Stiegl are german-style pils, and PU is a czech-style pils…very similar but there are differences. Czech pilsners tend to have more malt body to them. German pilsners are crisper and lighter. Jever is good, although quite bitter (not a bad thing) PU is THE pilsner, but the quality has been known to go up and down. I half expect to taste some buttered popcorn when I open a bottle. Such a shame too, since it’s really a special brew.

  5. From "castello" :

    Thanks. So the Craft brewers can’t come close to the PU? Do you know of any other pils from Europe worth a try? I’ve had the Czechvar which I liked at first but it didn’t stand the test of time. Maybe a quality issue also.

  6. From "ChrisQ" :

    I really like Trumer, which is an austrian brewery that opened a second brewery in CA. The result is a classic german pils that’s fresh and crisp. Lagunitas also makes a good pils. Same with North Coast Scrimshaw.

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