Almanac Craft Pilsner
Brewed by: Almanac Beer Co.
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Lager
- Variation: Pilsner, American
- Seasonal: No
- ABV: 4.8%
- IBU: N/A
Notes: Canned for the first time in 2016.
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
Almanac’s Craft Pilsner is a crisp, dry-hopped lager that provides a West Coast twist on the traditional German style. Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Mandarina Bavaria hops provide a melon and citrus nose backed by 100% Pilsner malt. This beer is crushable, always begging for another sip and pairs well with sushi, outdoor grilling and tames spicy Thai and Mexican dishes.
Hops: Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Mandarina Bavaria
More Almanac Craft Pilsner Images
Artwork: New can branding features a rendering of a brewery in blue shades.
Color: Bright, transparent straw to light golden tones.
Arrived in: 12oz Can
Served in: Specialty Pilsner Glass
When we saw Almanac was coming out with a core line-up of cans, we were very excited, since craft beer could definitely use more canned options in the saison / farmhouse department. But after a closer look at their beautiful new branding, we noticed this new release, Craft Pilsner.
It became the most intriguing offering to us, since Almanac’s forte has always been funky, earthy, and sour flavors. How would a light lager from Almanac fare? In short, the answer was flipping fantastic, that’s how…
Almanac Craft Pilsner showed off a tall, pourous head that melted down and whisped away after a few minutes. Its crumbly topper rested on a bright straw to light golden color body, with minute trails of effervescence. This beer was so transparent we could read the print on the can when held behind the glass.
If you’ve been around enough craft beers, you know what a Citra laden brew smells like, and that’s what we got here. Citra was all over it, with big notes of ripe citrus and stonefruit layered on top of earthiness and berry of Simcoe. Lagers / pilsners usually have a bready or malty aroma, but not this one — just bold hops.
Our only knock on this beer was that lagers typically have more popping effervescence to them, but carbonation was more relaxed here. Craft Pilsner was a little flat, to be honest. But what it lacked in effervescence, it absolutely made up for in hop-forwardness! There have been many poor attempts at a session IPA that pack less of a hoppy punch than this pilsner, in both aroma and on the palate.
Almanac Craft Pilsner started off light and crisp, with some breadiness, but the rest of the way this lager was all exotic hops. Up front, it was light and fruity like a white wine from the Manadarina Bavaria. The finish to the beer blended a solid dose of dry, woody floral notes along with the lasting citrus of Mosaic.
This hopped up pils can be used as a steady alternative to a session IPA, and we’re going to treat it as such for the remainder of summer. And much like an IPA, it’s best enjoyed fresh.
Final Score: 4/5
Almanac Craft Pilsner may just be the best pilsner we have ever had. We’re hop heads, and Almanac brewed this lager with a laundry list of exotic, new age hops akin to something found in a hop-bomb of a DIPA.