Saint Archer Hoppy Pilsner
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Lager
- Variation: Pilsner
- Seasonal: Summer
- Limited: 1,000 Cases
- ABV: 5.1%
- IBU: N/A
Notes: Collaboration between Saint Archer and Girl Skateboards
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
Our hop-forward pilsner is fermented with a true lager yeast and allowed to lager (cold age) until the full flavors are released. The European grain, hops and yeast lead to a clean, crisp beer with the pale straw color and firm bitterness associated only with world class pilsners.
Additional: True lager yeast
More Hoppy Pilsner Images
Artwork: Logo mashup between the 2 companies — Girl Skateboards silhouette, with Saint Archer “wings and arrow” for the head.
Color: Extremely clear, bright straw.
Aroma: Damp grain.
Arrived in: 12oz. Can
Served in: Pilsner Glass
Typically we are IPA drinkers. But with summer heating up, and being in the midst of a San Diego heatwave, we have been on a lager bender. More specifically, a “hoppy pilsner” bender.
Hoppy pilsners are fresh and clean against the heat, but still offer up that hop kick we crave. With the market for this niche style being relatively small, we wanted to share any good representations we ran across.
Hoppy Pilsner was a collaboration between Saint Archer and Girl Skateboards. A collaboration used to mean a team effort between two breweries to create a unique beer. But these days a co-branding like a band, personality, or TV show are more common. So a skateboard company and a brewery with deep ties to skate culture teaming up only seemed natural.
Saint Archer Hoppy Pilsner poured a tremendously clear, gleaming straw color. Its towering bubbly cap stood tall, then got wispy and started to die off after a few minutes.
Through its vibrant body, you couldn’t miss Hoppy Pilsner’s abundant streams of sparkling effervescence. Its carbonation maintained a thin coat of froth for the whole glass, leaving behind many clusters of lace behind.
This pilsner started creamy for a lighter-bodied beer, but at the end of each sip it crispened up. Hoppy Pilsner was so refreshing, it presented a challenge to keep from polishing off the beer too quickly.
Really, who can resist a quenching lager with a solid hop profile? Hoppy Pilsner finished nice and clean, with some residual hop juice left on our palate that had us thirsty for more.
Saint Archer just started canning their Blonde and Pale Ale in pounders (16oz), and this Hoppy Pilsner would kill it in those cans. Maybe we should put that in their suggestion box…
Final Score: 3.5/5
Saint Archer Hoppy Pilsner was a highly sessionable lager, perfectly timed for summer release. It went down very smooth, with an ample hop presence you’d expect in an ale.