Saturday, March 9, 2013

Champion Czech Pilz

The drawback of buying beer in a growler is that the photos tend not to look much different than other beers of the same brand in growlers. :) Not a very bright pic either. I should have used the flash.

You'll have to take my word for it that I drank it. Well, not all of it, yet, but a glass or two. This "tasting session" took place on Friday night.

This pilsner weighs in at 5% alcohol 35 IBUs*.

It has an interesting aroma. I'm not entirely sure how to describe it. As my son would say "smells like beer". That it does, but there's something else there that my uneducated nose can't pinpoint. Flowery perhaps? I'll need to try more today. That's a plus for a growler... there's always more for tomorrow. :)

The colour... golden. Slightly cloudy. Decent head retention.

The taste... light and smooth going down with a bitter finish. What I found interesting is that the bitter finish seems to get progressively stronger after the sip. The carbonation was just right.

This is a limited run beer. While I did enjoy it, and I'd drink it again, it doesn't rank up there on my list of favourite Big Rig brews. I think I've mentioned before that I'm not a big fan of bitter beers. Maybe my tastes will change over time. Sometimes a beer tastes different the next time too. I've still got some left, so we'll see if it's any different today.

Update: I just had another glass of this and I like it a little more than last night. Perhaps the bitterness I taste in this is also grapefruit? Or maybe I have Mad Tom IPA stuck in my brain and taste buds.

(* The IBU rating denotes the level of bitterness. The higher the number, the more bitter the beer. There's a great chart here.)

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