Wild Rose Czech Style Pilsner

Reviewed by on March 30, 2016 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Wild Rose Brewery

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: March 30, 2016

  • Best Before: Released March 24, 2016

  • ABV: 4.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Czech Pilsener

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Calgary’s Wild Rose Brewery continues their ‘Rare’ release series, with a Bohemian-style Pilsener for the Spring of 2016, made with German malt, and Czech Saaz hops – very promising!

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright pale (I know) golden yellow colour, with one flabby finger of puffy, rocky, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves some snow-capped mountain range lace around the glass as it quickly sinks out of sight.

It smells of grainy and crackery pale malt, some rather floral, and almost perfumed hops, a touch of earthy and spicy yeast, and an indistinct pome and citrus fruitiness. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, a growing musty spiciness, baked apples and pears, and some leafy, grassy, and kind of soapy floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is pretty solid in its mostly humble frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth, just a hint of that inherent spice not exactly playing ball here. It finishes trending dry, the bottom starting to fall out of the malt, while the lingering spice and green manicured lawn hop bitters look to ascend.

If the marketing babble on the side label didn’t make a big deal about using Saaz hops in this offering, then maybe my expectations wouldn’t have been so high, eh? Whatever, this isn’t a bad version of the style, as it is indeed well-made, but it’s also not all that crisp, which would go a long way toward upping this one’s overall universal drinkability.

Brady White

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