Beer Review 0139: Southern Tier Eurotrash Pilz

While doing research for this beer, I see that Southern Tier have updated their website with a very spiffy new look — check it out (after you read this review, of course), it’s very nice: stbcbeer.com

Southern Tier started brewing beer in 2002 in Lakewood, New York. Today, they make about 50,000 barrels yearly, and enjoy a wide distribution across about half of the United States, and several foreign countries.

Founded by Phineas DeMink and Allen Yahn, this brewery has the vision of small batch brewing. But they’re growing at a rapid pace, and they’re currently undergoing expansion. Let’s hope the “small batch” quality is still there!

Eurotrash Pilz is a seasonal spring release, and if my information is correct, this is the first year it has been widely released although it has been brewed in the aforementioned small batches and put out locally in Lakewood. This beer is a Pilsner Lager, and comes in at 5.2% ABV (alcohol by volume).

The pour made a small, frothy head, but it lasted atop classic golden straw yellow colored beer. The body was exceptionally clear, with no particles or sediment, and the lacing was surprisingly good, leaving behind layers of soapy foam.

The aromas were of the typical Pilsner variety — just a hint of come citrus, orange hops, with grain and straw scents abound. There’s really not much here, and what is present is especially clean. As it warms, the aroma takes on a grassy note, with a little bit of cereal grain.

Taste is quite refreshing and clean; there’s a touch of hop up front, some orange peel, then grain in the middle, concluding with a mild bitterness that quickly fades into a grassy and grainy finish, with a hint of an herbal note. The mouthfeel was thin and slick, leaving the palate refreshed and ready for another sip.

Eurotrash Pilz hits the mark for what it was made to do. Easy drinking, clean and refreshing, this is one that could be enjoyed over and over again on your next summer outing. So why put it out in spring? Well, we don’t know — but I’d reach for this on the next ninety degree day, when that bead of sweat reaches areas I wish it wouldn’t touch.

Southern Tier Eurotrash Pilz, 80 points. Price: $1.99 US for one twelve ounce bottle.

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