Jasper Brewing Crisp Pils

Reviewed by on July 19, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Jasper Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Jasper, AB, CA

  • Rated On: July 19, 2017

  • Best Before: packaged June 26, 2017

  • ABV: 4.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: German Pilsener

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Jasper Brewing Co. has produced this ode to Canada’s 150th anniversary, and based on volume and packaging requirements (I assume), went to Calgary to brew it at Big Rock – s’all good!  Also, they’ve gone all nostalgic with the label design, employing the simple brown and yellow signage scheme that seems to have been replaced sometime since I last visited a national park.

This 355ml can pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, and somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which leaves some spotty and sudsy splattered lace around the glass as it quickly and evenly subsides.

It smells of biscuity and crackery pale malt, a mild earthy yeastiness, a touch of wet stone, and gentle leafy, grassy, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a bit of generic pome fruitiness, ephemeral gasohol notes, and more laid-back leafy, weedy, and fresh grassy verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite active in its aggressive frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with nothing really getting in the way of a good time here.  It finishes trending dry, the malt and hops collapsing as such.

Overall, this is indeed what it claims to be – a crisp, clean, and refreshing Pils, in the Teutonic manner.  Easy to drink, and approachable (unlike the wildlife – don’t do it!), insomuch as one can enjoy it on a lazy and smoky (’tis the season – currently, it’s BC that’s afire) summer day.

Brady White

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