- BJCP Style: German Pilsner
- ABV: 4.8%
- IBU: N/A (Usually 22 – 40)
- Hops Variety: Hallertau Mittelfruh, Mandarina Bavaria
- Malts: Pilsner Malt
- Brewery: Orpheus Brewing Co. https://www.orpheusbrewing.com/
- City: Atlanta, GA
- Aroma: Citrus – Oranges, Tangerines; Spicy/Herbal
- Appearance: Pale, Clear Gold, Fluffy White Head, Good Retention
- Flavors: Mild Citrus, Herbal, Low Sweetness, Moderate Bitterness
- Palate: Light to Medium Body, Drying, Crisp Medium Finish
- Style Representation: Not exactly traditional German; but very good none the less.
As more and more breweries enter the market each year, it can become more challenging to stand out from the crowd. One Atlanta area brewery that has not had difficulty standing out is Orpheus Brewing Co. From product to packaging, Orpheus easily grabs one’s attention. Since opening in 2014, they have quickly established themselves a purveyor of intense, full flavored barrel aged and hoppy beers. So I was a little surprised to see them bring a German Pilsner to market, as that really didn’t seem to fit their niche. However, being the beer curious type, I had to give it a try.
Choosers of the Slain pours an attractive clear, pale gold color. Fast rising bubbles blossom into a fluffy white head that exhibits good retention. Mandarina Bavaria hops is paired with a traditional German hops, Hallertau Mittelfruh, to provide some light citrus notes in addition to the expected herbal/spicy ones from the Noble hop variety. I also detected a very faint bubble gum like aroma, which may have been a slight off aroma. This Pilsner presented spicy flavors and had a nice bitter bite mid sip into the finish. Its also low on the sweet side. Overall, a well balanced beer. It finishes crisp, clean and dry.
If you are expecting a straight up German style Pilsner, you may be a little disappointed due to the presence of the fruity hops aromas and flavors. However, that is certainly not an indictment on the quality of the beer. It is made from quality ingredients and brewed with care. The 4.8% ABV makes it sessionable and Opheus‘ unique spin keeps it interesting. I would say it is a good choice for a Pale Ale drinker wanting to crossover to a Pale Lager style for a change of pace.
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