StoneHammer Brewing: Pilsner

I recently tried the Stone Hammer Pilsner brewed by Stone Hammer Brewing, which is a small craft brewery located in Guelph, Ontario.  I’ve previously sampled the Red Maple Ale and the Queen’s English Mild Ale as part of the beer of the month subscription Andrew and I were receiving. Based on my blogs from the other two beers I liked them both, with my preference being for the Red Maple Ale.

Disappointingly their Pilsner wasn’t nearly as tasty.  It poured a clear straw yellow with a full bodied head. There was a mild fruity and straw smell but both were fairly mild.

Taste wise it was smooth drinking. It wasn’t bad but it definitely didn’t fall into the “I would buy this again” category – it was more of your standard generic tasting beer that didn’t really stand apart in any way. It was smooth drinking and I could see it being refreshing on a warm day, however I doubt it will become one of my stables.

The Pilsners Continue: Pickup Truck Pilsner

Pïckup truck Pilsner

Pïckup Truck Pilsner

Another LCBO grab bag selection and another pilsner style beer.  The Pickup Truck Pilsner is brewed by the Thornbury Village Cidery and Brewery.  I hadn’t tried any beer or cider by Thornbury prior to this surprise selection and didn’t really know anything about the brewery or their reputation.

The Pickup Truck Pilsner is brewed in the Czech pilsner style which has some overlapping characteristics with the German pilsner style – especially when those styles are interpreted by North American breweries.

The beer poured a light clear yellow with minimal short lived froth.  The beer is a nice mixture of malt and traditional Czech style hops with both a grassy and spicy flavor.  I enjoyed this and it would definitely be my preferred pick out of the two pilsners in the grab bag.

Polly Want a Pilsner

Polly Want A Pilsner

Polly Want A Pilsner

It’s beer and it has a punny name.  Winning all around! A friend recently gave me a LCBO craft grab bag which included four cans of beer, including a  can of “Polly Want A Pilsner” by Hop City Brewing Company. I’ve previously tried Hop City’s Barking Squirrel Lager and their Hopbot IPA – it’s been awhile in both cases but I remember them being decent beers.

Polly Want A Pilsner is brewed in the German Pilsner style and poured a dull straw yellow colour with an inch or so of white froth, which dissipated pretty quickly. There’s a mild hop smell that carries over to the taste.  The beer was on the medium bodied side of things but still smooth drinking.  Basically it’s a well made albeit fairly typical North American brewed pilsner.  I’d have it again.