Red Racer Pilsner – Central City Brewers

Pilsner Allemande, 5.0%, de Surrey, Colombie-Britannique. (NB Liquor)

German Pilsner, 5.0%, from Surrey, British Columbia.
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75 = 3.53/5

Very bright dark straw color, almost gold, with light pearly activity. Thin foamy bubbly white 3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with poor legs. Flavors of light caramel and corn, lemon, lager yeast, sweet grains and herbal hops. Slick full body with prickly carbonation, a little crispy. Light to medium strength finish, grains and cereal, quality corn feel thats not too « wet », a bit citrusy with dominant barley and a hint of straw. American interpretation, more leafy than floral, makes it slightly less complex compared to euro versions but more intense flavors. So the intensity is nice. Still highly accessible and quite fresh. Good balance with the sugars and bitterness. Overall high quality craft.

Pilsner Des Mers – Brasseurs Du Nord

Pilsner Allemande Salée, 5.2%, de Blainville, Québec.

Salty German Pilsner, 5.2%, from Blainville, Quebec.
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75 = 3.78/5

Bright pale straw color with moderate pearly activity. Flavors of sweet grains, lemon, salt, floral hops. Foamy white 3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with not much legs but decent swirl effect. Slick and oily medium body with a sharp crisp. Light strength finish, flowery with veggies, grainy and highly salty (des mers = of seas). Some dry sugary hopping in there. You can really feel like it’s sea water, fits well with sea food. Still quite fresh, yet the body feels a bit bland being too oily and not rounded enough. Proper flavors for the style, yet a notch more intense, makes it more tasty. Slightly wet at the end, though bearable compared to lots of others. I find this pils quite interesting, lots of personality and decently complex. Overall high quality craft.