Mongozo Premium Pilsener

Reviewed by on May 2, 2014 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Mongozo B.V.

  • Origin: Netherlands

  • Rated On: May 1, 2014

  • Best Before: Jan 2016

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: German Pilsener

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Mongozo is a Dutch brand name brewed by the Huyghe Brewery in Belgium, they of Delirium Tremens and Floris fruit beer fame.   It might be difficult to see how this is gluten-free when there is barley malt in the list of ingredients, even if it is certified organic.  There must be some kind of voodoo enzyme treatment for protein reduction (or something) going on behind the scenes.

This 330ml bottle pours a clear, very pale golden yellow colour, with one pudgy finger of slowly disappearing puffy and thinly foamy bone-white head, which leaves a band of layered coral reef lace around the glass.

It smells of semi-sweet biscuity and grainy pale malt, a hint of sticky rice sweetness, and floral, weedy, and mildly grassy hops. The taste is dry pithy rice, subtly gritty barley grain, a certain hard water flintiness, and musty floral, dead grassy, and somewhat skunky hops. The bubbles are moderate, yet a bit fizzy in their frothiness at times, the body light in weight, but not particularly thin, outright smoothness kind of precluded by the carbonated zip. It finishes just off-dry, the leafy, musty hops doing more to overshadow the wilting malt than anything.

While a fair bit more palatable (read: actually so) than other gluten-free offerings out there, this is still a pretty hum-drum pilsener. It seems to be pointed in the right direction with the somewhat robust hops, but the overall effect is still muted. Zingy and crisp, this is not. Average and conditionally drinkable if you need a gluten-free option? It sure is.

Brady White

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