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Indeed Brewing Co. Dandy Pale Lager

Indeed Brewing Co. has been going since 2012 and brews out of Minneapolis. They pride themselves on being community-orientated, donating all profits from their taproom’s Wednesday trade to a different nonprofit each week. Let’s hope they survive The Dreaded Correction.

I would estimate this beer has an EBC of around 10, the colour of those palest of yellow fall leaves. Its head is slight but hangs around. After olfactory exploration sweet biscuit, butter and waffle malt character predominate; no yeast, no hops. On sampling the beer a dry, medium mouthfeel smoothly highlights a very pure, clean bread malt flavour. It’s very well done. Bitterness is an afterthought.

I bought this 5.4% ABV canned beer at Happy Harry’s Bottleshop and drank it at a house in West Fargo, North Dakota.

Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils

Famous for Dale’s Pale Ale, the Oskar Blues brewery has a bunch of other beers that I had never heard of in Australia. While browsing the range in a nice little brewshop on North Avenue (and in between Big Lebowski banter with the staff, who are very switched into the Chicago beer scene) I came across this pilsner. The Mama’s Little Yella looks great in the can and pulled me in quickly with its designation as a “Rocky Mountain Pilsner”. Yeah! South Park beer!

After cracking I see a very clear, very pale lager with the typical capacious head I am coming to associate with all the beers I’ve had in Chicago but a bready, unexpected aroma. There are also hints of herbs and veg, a kind of light oregano bite with lingering zucchini. The flavour is a big punch of malt, very sweet, deep doughy punches almost going into coffee territory – in a pils! At the very end there is also something fusel going on. It’s a weird combination of familiar flavours in an unfamiliar combination, quite syruppy.

The mouthfeel is dead centre, edging towards full. I’m not sure what to make of this beer, I don’t really dig it. It’s sweeter than most pilsners, bohemian or otherwise, with the darndest malt profile and an eeky, burny aftertaste.

I bought this 5.3% ABV canned beer from the Liquor Park “neighbourhood brewtique” and drank it at a house in Wicker Park, Chicago, Illinois.

Goose Island Blue Line Pils

I wasn’t planning to but thought I should try another Goose Island beer given I was visiting Chicago, the erstwhile (provenance 1988/1995) brewery’s home.

Goose Island of course was one of the first U.S. big craft offerings to get bought up and go macro, but I didn’t see any resistance across the city – except in the quite boutique bottle shops. These were frustrating to shop in thanks to Illinois’ liquor laws – you can’t split four and six-packs of most beers, meaning there’s no mixed sixers as are so common in Australia and elsewhere.

I wandered into a pub with prominent real estate on a warm 28 degree day and chose the pilsner.

To sum up before detailing, this is a very decent lager. It had “limited release” last year, playing the scarcity drawcard, but seems to be everywhere in autumn 2016. The aroma is lemony spice, all hops. It looks a clear straw with ruffling waves of tight bubbles, not too fizzy but ongoing retention. A medium-thin texture presents lovely, smooth but subdued grainy flavour puckering into a dry zesty finish.

The yeast is keeping everything under control here. It’s a restrained, tight beer; drinkable lemon/lime scone flavour with a sour juice chaser.

I drank this 4.8% ABV draught beer at the Wicker Park Tavern, Wicker Park, Chicago, Illinois. It’s a fairly staid sports bar on a busy corner. I counted ten televisions, each at least about a metre wide, all showing sport. So. Much. Sport. The music was horrible. Somehow though, perhaps because of the warm weather and quiet time of day, it still had a good vibe.

Bach Brewing Beachstone NZ Pilsner

Bach Brewing are a contract brewing operation that brew at the Steam Brewing Company in Auckland. The company is helmed by cosmopolitan beer lover and businessman Craig Cooper, who previously worked in management for one of Australia’s largest beer brands. He chose to start his own brewery, of course, for the lifestyle.

This pilsner is not a classic example of the style but an evolution of the Czech/German stalwart into the New Zealand hop yards. It is stunningly effervescent, a bold straw-gold colour, with a medium head that retains. A prodigious stream of bubbles delivers a floral – rose – hop aroma mixed with bready malt. There is mild mango and a sort of potpourri character to the aroma.

A lovely clean, medium-thin mouthfeel with a dry finish delivers an initially soapy hop flavour. It’s refreshing, fairly bitter, with dull malts happy to sit this one out in the background. Fizzy, smooth and tasty. At 4.8% ABV this is a very approachable and impressive beer, but it may put off pilsner purists.

I bought this bottled beer at Carwyn Cellars, Thornbury and drank it at home.