Grizzly Paw Bohemian Pilsener

Reviewed by on August 1, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company

  • Origin: Canmore, AB, CA

  • Rated On: August 1, 2016

  • Best Before: bottled June 26, 2016

  • ABV: 5.7%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Czech Pilsener

  • Rating: OKAY

The Review

Their Bohemian-style pilsener is a staple of Grizzly Paw’s #622 Main Street series, which are brewed at their original downtown Canmore location.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly just bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some decent broadly cobwebbed lace around the glass as things slowly progress.

It smells of gritty and grainy pale malt, wet white saltine crackers, a certain gasohol astringency, muddled light orchard fruit, and leafy, dead grassy, and somewhat floral noble hops.  The taste is steady grainy and crackery pale malt, white wine lees, a few yeast-shaped question marks, fading petrol notes, and some still sturdy wet leafy, earthy, and dirty (rather than particularly crisp and grassy) hop bitters.  The carbonation is fairly understated in its plain and hard to make a fuss about frothiness, the body a genial middleweight, and mostly smooth, that yeasty gas pump thing kind of stepping on a few toes here as well.  It finishes dry, generally, the malt sloughing off any extra sweetness it may or may not have possessed, while the hops take this as a sign to keep on keepin’ on.

Yeah, I wouldn’t really classify this as a Czech-style pilsener (despite the obvious name on the label in front of me) – this one should be tossed onto the German gas-light pile – i.e gassy, and light, but in a way that generally works, I suppose.  Anyways, a tighter focus next time on crispness all around, from malt to hop, and this may yet better reflect its purported influences.

Brady White



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