When Beers Lack an Expected Quality
A Review of Eurotrash Pilz by Southern Tier Brewing Co.
Posted on 4/10/2012 by Chops
                   
Fair
Any beer fan that has ever experienced any brew from Southern Tier's Blackwater Series knows that this brewery is a major player. Beers like the Choklat Stout and Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout will blow your beer loving mind. My only criticism of this brewery is that their core line tends to suffer by comparison. I am rarely wowed by their regular brews and I don't know how to internalize the discrepancy. I'll knock an old lady off her rocker to get to a Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout, but then I come across beers like the Eurotrash Pilz and am left scratching my head in confusion.

In the glass, this beer has a warm yellow hue much like standard apple juice. It comes with a sudsy white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma consisted of a mild lemon zest coupled with that nasty metallic smell that you typically find in crappy pilsners. Not the best of intros, so I wasn't exactly eager to dive in for that first sip.

There really isn't much to write home about concerning the Eurotrash Pilz. The mouthfeel is decently crisp with a standard lighter body. The hop profile is pretty standard and offers up a mild grassy sting. The lemon zest from the aroma also translates into a core flavor note. The beer finishes clean and leaves behind a mild hop bitterness.

If I could stop here, I would say that Eurotrash was a decent pilsner. But again, that nasty metallic taste rears its head and digs in as a dominant flavor. I can tolerate mild cases, but in this particular instance, it makes the beer taste tinny and mass produced. I have no idea what causes this horrid flavor in crap pilsners, but you expect it to be at least somewhat muted (preferably nonexistent) by the more respected breweries.

Overall, I was disappointed by Southern Tier's Eurotrash Pilz. This isn't to say the beer was terrible, just lacked an expected level of quality. It's certainly better than the mass produced garbage beer, but not by a wide margin. Again, I have absolutely no idea how to deal with the fact that Southern Tier can consistently amaze me with their bomber line, yet consistently underwhelm me with their standard line. I can recommend this beer ''in a pinch'', but that's about it. Drink it in lieu of crap beer. But chances are if you find it in a pub, there are probably better pilsners on the menu.

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