Saturday, June 22, 2013

Wild Wolf Pilsner

We've been following and reporting on Wild Wolf Brewing in Nelson County, VA for a couple of years. Unfortunately, I've not the opportunity to actually try any of their beers. Finally, I picked up a six-pack of Wild Wolf American Pilsner during our recent trek to Norm's Beer and Wine.

Friday evening, while the rest of the family was out on their own adventures, I was left at home to ponder my beer selection for the evening. I was planning a very early start on Saturday for a USPSA match, so I passed by the many Double IPA's and other "big" beers filling the beer fridge, and grabbed a can of Wild Wolf's 4.5% ABV beer to enjoy with my book.

The beer pours a very clear, straw yellow color. A hard pour raises a thin white head. The mild aroma was bready with a hint of citrus. The flavor profile was similarly mild. Lightly toasted grain with a hint of faint lemon zest. A bit of sweetness comes through in the finish and lingers. Otherwise the beer finishes clean. Mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation.

My overall impression of Wild Wolf American Pilsner is that of a clean, easy-drinking beer. In fact, this might be a good gateway beer to get your BMC-swilling friends to step up their game a notch. There's enough going on to be interesting, but not so extreme as to scare off a factory beer drinker. The mild flavor profile would surely be most welcoming as a cool, refreshing drink after some Summer-time yard work.

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