Breakside Liquid Sunshine Pilsner

Reviewed by on August 13, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Breakside Brewery

  • Origin: Portland, OR, US

  • Rated On: August 13, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.2%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: German Pilsner

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Breakside is a City of Roses brewery that committed to producing a German-style pilsner year-round, and wound up creating something that has a certain seasonal connotation, it would seem.

This 22oz bottle pours a slightly hazy, pale golden straw colour, with four fingers of puffy, chunky, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves some streaky hoar frost lace around the glass as it evenly falls out of sight.

It smells of bready, grainy pale malt, white soup crackers, subtle apple and pear fruit notes, slightly edgy yeast, and peppy leafy, herbal, and rather floral hop bitters. The taste is grainy, semi-sweet bready pale malt, kind of past its prime lemon rind, indistinct pome fruit esters, a further wet white breakfast biscuit character, and an increasingly floral, herbal, and grassy hoppiness. The carbonation is fairly understated in its plain, workaday frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, a sort of clammy pithiness cutting into matters just a tad. It finishes off-dry, bready and softly biscuity, with some fading lemon tartness.

A mostly agreeable version of the style, the hops keeping a low, but still well supportive profile, with a varying maltiness that seems to make one need to take notes to keep up – wait, oh yeah. Anyways, easy enough to put back, and summery, sure, at the very least in its sunny label.

Brady White



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