- Packaging: 12 oz. Can
- BJCP Style: German Pilsner
- ABV: 5.0%
- Hops Variety: Hersbrucker, Huell Melon, Saphir, Sterling
- Malts Variety: Pilsner Malt
- Brewery: New Realm Brewing
- Beer Connoisseur Rating: None
LUDB Tasting Notes
- Bitterness Level: Restrained*
- Would I buy it again? Yes
- Would I stock it? Yes
Appearance: Pale gold with a slight haze. White, fluffy head with good retention. Fast carbonation
Aroma: Mostly herbal with a floral hint. Grainy malt.
Flavor & Aftertaste: Medium sweet malt backbone. Starts with a floral note, picks up herbal note in the middle and finish. Restrained bitterness that does not linger. Just the right amount of bitterness.
Palate: Light, crisp and refreshing body. Low carbonation. Short semi-dry finish.
Balance & Drinkability: Well balanced. Solid German style Pilsner that hits the marks well. Did not have a super clean profile; has slight haze.
I don’t know about everyone else, but I really enjoy a good German or Czech style pilsner from time to time. I have some favorite imports; but what I would like to do is find a good quality local version of the style as a go to. Needless to say, I am on a bit of a mission to find the best craft pilsners in the Atlanta area.
Over the last couple of years, craft brewers are starting to pay attention to the fact there are a lot of beer drinkers out there like me who want a quality choice in Pilsners that do not come from Big Beer. Despite the uptick in interest lager styles lately, there still are not a lot of breweries making them, much less able to elbow their way onto retail shelves. For me, it’s a challenge because breweries in Atlanta are pretty spread out and I don’t have a lot of occasion to get out going brewery to brewery to hit the tap rooms. Anyway, New Realm Brewing Co. is one of the locals that have been able to gain some shelf space with their Euphonia German style Pilsner. They did a nice job with this one.
Euphonia pours a nice pale, golden color. With German Pilsners you expect a clear, clean profile similar to Bitburger or Ayinger; however, this one has a slight haze to it. A little off the mark; but that’s only a minor criticism. You expect herbal and/or floral aromas with this style and Euphonia one does not disappoint. Hersbrucker and Sterling hops provide the herbal aromas and Saphir the floral ones. Interestingly, as far as the flavor profile goes, the hops start with a floral note, then transition to an herbal flavor in the middle and at the finish. Bitterness is restrained to mild provides the right amount for good balance with the sweet malt backbone. Finish is short to medium with a touch of bitterness that does not linger.
Overall, New Realm Euphonia is a well-crafted and interesting German style Pilsner. It’s tough for the new kids on the block to compete with the elder statesmen from German; but Euphonia does an admirable job. I do recommend you give it a try if you find it available. I’ll continue my quest to compare craft versions around the Atlanta area. Hopefully, as the weather warms and the interest continues to grow more craft pilsners will find their way onto shelves.
Thanks for reading, until next time…Let Us Drink Beer!
*Bitterness Scale: None, Restrained, Moderate, Aggressive, & Excessive