Brewer: Neshaminy Creek Craft: Trauger Pilsner ABV: 4.8%
A traditional German pilsner. Yes it is. Now this is what I think of when I think of pilsner. This craft starts off clean and crisp. For me, the colder this craft is the better. You don’t want this one to warm up. The pilsner malts used in this craft shine through with their bitterness and subtle sweetness. There are floral notes and some subtle grapefruit and pineapple notes as well that I pick up on.
I feel like I’m in a hofbräuhaus somewhere in small town Germany when I drink this craft. Ich essen sollten eine Brezel mit Senf und einer Bratwurst. Ich bin hungrig! Sorry. Fell into my German alter-ego there. My German teacher from high school, Herr Heinlein, would be proud. I was saying there that I should be eating a pretzel with mustard and a bratwurst. I am hungry!
If you’re looking for a standard pilsner, (and remember: standard doesn’t mean general or boring; rather it means: if something is the standard, it is the thing by which all others are measured), then this craft fits that definition. And it’s easy to drink. Nice. Zum wohl!
(And if you’re curious where the Trauger comes from, check out their website: NCBC)
Rating: buy a case