Finally a Pilsner I can get behind! Avery Joe’s Pilsner was Avery Brewings first foray into canning beer. It was their first release in cans about a year ago. I talked about it here. Well it finally made its way to Idaho (only took a year)! As soon as I saw it I picked a few up, because I have been wanting to try it ever since I blogged about it.
Now some of you are familiar with my issues I’ve had with Pilsners in the past, specifically Boulivard Brewing’s Collaboration Number 1. You can read about it here, oh and read the comments too, because I got into a good debate with Nate from Thank Heaven for Beer. In that I said I got ripped off for buying a beer for $13 that tasted like Miller Lite. However, no such problem here, The Avery pilsner is about $11 for a six pack and man is this stuff good!…
The photo doesn’t tell half the story. This beer actually reminded me a bit of Champagne in its absolute clarity and effervescence. Lots of little bubbles here. The nose on this beer is unique too for a pilsner, I got hints of pineapple and bready yeast. It was pleasant enough.
The flavor is where this beer really shines through. It had the more familiar pilsner mouthfeel, very light and carbonated, and initially the familiar flavor, and I was prepared to be disappointed. But then it really turned it up several notches by having a great almost chewy flavor. It actually did remind me slightly of pineapple and a little biscuit in there too. It really blended well, and was unexpected as I’m not used to Pilsners having this intense amount of flavor.
The nearest brew I might compare this to is a Victory Prima Pils, but if I had to choose between the two I think the Avery would win hands down. It was that very flavorful and chewy quality that really won me over. And guess what? Instead of getting one bomber for $13 I can get a whole six pack for under $11 and it is better beer to boot.
If you haven’t tried it yet, make sure to put this on your watch list. If you see it pick it up and let me know your thoughts. If you’ve tried already let me know your thoughts about it in the comments. Finally a pilsner that is as good if not better than Victory Prima Pils, and available to me. That’s a win-win in my book.