Happy Pilsner (Beau’s Brewery)

Origin: Vankleek, Ontario, Canada

Beer Style: Bohemian Pilsner

Alc./Vol.: 5.3%

IBU: 30

Malts: Pilsner, Carafoam, Acidulated (All Organic)

Hops: Organic Hersbrucker

Suggested Glassware: Pilsner Glass

Suggested Serving Temperature: 5-8° celsius

Availability: Seasonal (Oktoberfest)

Where to buy: Beau’s brewery or select LCBO locations

This review is of Happy Pilsner, which is my second beer from the Beau’s Oktoberfest pack. Like the name says, Happy Pilsner is a pilsner, no brainer right? Beaus’s first brewed this traditional lager for their 2010 Oktoberfest party, so 4 years later they were very happy for this beer to return.  My love for pilsners had me excited to try this beer and compare it to some of my other favourites.

Happy Pilsner (I’m just going to call the beer “happy” so I’m not saying pilsner so much) came in the Beau’s traditional 600ml bottle with beautiful label art. The beer poured a hazy pale blonde colour with a thick, pure white head. Once the beer was in my glass, I instantly noticed very floral/herbal notes. It was almost like I was smelling a freshly steeped camomile tea. “Happy” had a bouquet of aromas coming from it. Not only did I smell the floral/herbal notes, I also noticed notes of lemon and grassy aromas which finished off with sweet honey. In all, it was a great smelling beer that had a great freshness to it.

My first sip did not disappoint…. you could say I was pretty happy. Right away I tasted the herbal notes that I noticed in the smell. It honestly tasted like I was drinking a cold camomile tea. That quietly changed into a slightly more bitter, yet citrus palette. The beer was not overly bitter and was not an over powering citrus flavour, but yet it was well balanced with the herbal notes and the bittering effects. I noticed that the mouthful of the beer did leave a dry, almost champagne effect on my cheeks. “Happy” has great lacing down the glass, and retained a thin, white head, right down to the last drop.

My overall impression of this beer was very happy. As I said before, being a pilsner fan, I was very excited to try this beer and I was not disappointed at all. I would definitely recommend this not only to people that like pilsners, but to anyone because the beer was very enjoyable and easy drinking. So, if you can still get your hands on the Oktoberfest Mix Pack at your local LCBO or you’re lucky enough to get to the brewery, do it! You won’t be disappointed.

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Dial “Z” for Zwickel (Beau’s Brewery)

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Origin: Vankleek, Ontario, Canada

Beer Style: Zwickelbier

Alc./Vol.: 5.7%

IBU: 27

Malts: Pilsner, Munich, Acidulated, Carafoam, Caraaroma (All Organic)

Hops: Strisselspalt, Triskel (All Organic)

Suggested Glassware: Mug or Stein

Suggested Serving Temperature: 7-10° celsius

Availability: Seasonal (Oktoberfest)

Where to buy: Beau’s brewery or select LCBO locations

This review features a beer from the Beau’s Oktoberfest mix pack. It will be one of four reviews I will be posting, as I drink my way through the pack.  Dial “Z” for Zwickel is a zwickelbier style beer which is,  as the Beau’s website states, “Closely related to kellerbier, zwickelbier literally means beer sampled directly from the maturation vessel in the beer cellar. This German-origin beer takes on the character of the base style: in the case of Dial ‘Z’, an amber lager.”

Dial “Z” poured a a dark copper colour with a hazy clarity to it. The beer had no visible settlement at the bottom of the glass or during the pour. Once poured into the glass, I instantly noticed the freshness of this beer. Right off the bat, I could smell lemon grass notes with a sweet smell of bread/yeast. I also noticed light hints of caramel aromas. The beer poured with a very think head in my stein, which faded out to a thin off white colour. The head left little lacing on the glass as I drank the beer.IMG_6981

At first taste, I experienced fresh lemon grass and citrus notes. There was not a lot of bitterness to Dial “Z”, but had more  sweet bread and yeast notes. The beer was a medium body, with a light creaminess to it. The beers carbonation really brought out the freshness of the beer, and helped bring out all the flavours. Dial had a dry finish to it but the dryness did not take away from how fresh this beer really was.

My overall impression of this beer was amazing. It was something I really enjoyed and never experienced before. The freshness of the beer really blew me away. It was easy drinking and definitely a beer I wish I could get my hands on year round. So, if you can find the Oktoberfest Mix Pack at your local LCBO or your lucky enough to get to the brewery, be sure to go and pick up a couple to try for yourself.

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Review: Oktoberfest (Mill St. Brewery)

DSC02713Origin: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Beer Style: Marzen/Okoberfest

Alc./Vol.: 5.6%

Suggested Glassware: Dimpled Mug

Suggested Serving Temperature: 5-8° Celsius

Availability: Mill St. Brewery, Select LCBO Locations in Mill St. Fall Sampler

This review features a beer from Mill St. Brewery in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Mill St. is located in Toronto’s beautiful distillery district, where they have two locations, Mill St. Beer Hall and Mill St. Brew Pub. The beer that I chose to review is one of the beers in the Mill St. Fall Sampler, Oktoberfest. This beer is true to the great traditional Bavarian lagers. The beer stays true to its roots by being brewed with German malt, hops and yeast

The beer came in a 355ml bottle that I purchased from the Brock Road LCBO, but it can also be found at the brewery. Like I previously stated, the beer was included in their fall sampler pack. Included in the sampler was 3 bottles of the Oktoberfest and 3 bottles of the Mill St. Nightmare on Mill St. Pumpkin Ale, which I will review next time. For my review, I poured the beer in a dimpled mug, but it can be also enjoyed in a shaker glass.DSC02723

When the beer is poured into the glass it has a copper tone. The beer was very clear with no settlement at all. The beer poured with little to no head. The aroma that I smelled from this beer was sweet, yet had notes of bread and yeast. At first, I noticed the sweet smell of honeyed malts and sugar with a hint of bread in the background. The smell was very light and not overpowering to the nose.

At first taste, the beer had a good balance of sweet and dry. I noticed sweet notes of caramel and brown sugar. The beer also had nice characteristics of bread and yeast. It is a very smooth beer that is medium bodied. When the beer was in my mouth, I noticed a high micro carbonation that slowly turned into a creamy harvest taste. The Mill St. Oktoberfest was very true in taste to the Bavarian beer you would find at the Oktoberfest in Germany.

My overall impression of this beer is that it is the perfect beer to drink to celebrate Oktoberfest without having to travel to Germany. This medium bodied lager is very smooth and easy drinking with a well balanced taste that you will enjoy to the very last drop. With the beer sitting at 5.6% it is very sessionable, so make sure you have some pretzels and bratwurst to go along with the beer.

I give this beer an overall score of 42/50. Be sure to go and pick up a couple to try for yourself. Shoot me a message or follow me on Twitter (@_bottomlesspint) and let me know what you think.

Prost!