is it tart?
To call it tart would be an understatement. The base beer is extremely lactic. The blackberry addition actually helped this blend find a nice balance. It finishes ever so slightly sweet, which is something I am usually not a fan of in my sours. When fruited sours get cloying I am out. In this case though it is still sour, but the little bit of sweetness at the end and blackberry complexity really improve the beer.
I believe lagers are given a bad rap in the current craft beer movement. While I have always felt all beers have a place and time, grouping a good German lager into the same category as all the fizzy yellow American macro lagers is just wrong. Albeit I must admit I still have no problem sitting out in the sun, and throwing back a few of these fizzy yellow American macro lagers with friends. Every beer has a place and time. In the last few years I have tried to brew more lagers, and this year I continue that trend. The first in this years series is a “hoppy” German Pils. This beer was inspired (once again) from a beer from Firestone Walker. Pivo Pils. Refreshing. Hoppy. Crisp. Here is my interpretation. Enjoy.
Poppin’ Pils (6 gallon batch)
OG: 1.046 FG: 1.010 ABV: 4.63% SRM: 3.3 IBU: 37.3
100% Pilsner (Weyermann)
mash at 151F for 60 minutes
60 min Magnum, 25 IBU
45 min Mt. Hood 9.7 IBU
10 min Crystal 2.1 IBU
1 min Mt. Hood .5 IBU
0 min Crystal -
Dry Hop 1oz Crystal*
*Skipped the dry hop, hops didn’t seem fresh enough.
White Labs 830 German Lager
Pitch at 48F, Let rise to 50F for ferm.
Hold at 50F for 4 days.
Slowly raise temp to 59F over 10 days
Crash cool to 35F on day 14.
Keg and lager for 1.5 months*
Brew Day Jams- First song
Two Gallants - Despite What You’ve Been Told
*sample throughout since you lack self control
Review (I am awful at describing what I taste)
Crystal clear straw color, with a slight gold hew. Fluffy white head that fades after a minute or two and reforms after each sip. Sweet Pils malt and a very bright floral, herbal hop aroma. Clean crisp flavor, light grainy backdrop. A best described mellow but apparent bitterness, or even just a smooth bitterness which fits the beer perfect. Similar to the aroma, a bright floral/spicy/herbal flavor and bitterness that is in the forefront of the beer but does not hide the other aspects of the beer. Carbonation that tickles the tongue and slight sweetness in the finish. Refreshing. Crisp but not thin mouthfeel. Overall I am very happy with this beer. I was struggling to find the perfect picture to show its clarity and true color but the one above is pretty good.
I don’t have many complaints about this beer, but no beer will ever be perfect. I might do first wort hopping of the magnum hops next time, as well as bump up the IBU’s a few, maybe just over 40. The hops paired with this beer were great, but next time make sure I have good fresh hops to dry hop with. I think that would give this beer the extra aroma boost which would be fantastic. Also the head retention wasn’t as good as it could be. This is probably the best beer I have brewed in at least the last year. Hope to brew this again soon.