‘Murican Pilsner (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

I’m not a Pilsner guy, but I’m always willing to try one. Especially when it has a name as good as this.

Sierra Nevada banner vector‘MURICAN PILSNER is a Pilsner with 20 IBUs and a 5% ABV.

'Murican PilsnerA grand name for a beer, though its “westward expansion” ends at our tasting room next door. (We like local, after all.) Biscuit-like malt flavor balances an otherwise bright, lemony brew that’s mild and refreshing. Drinking it doesn’t make you more ‘Murican, but it’s good enough that you might want, well, more ‘Murican. 

The beer pours a clear straw color with a mild film of a head. Carbonation is very present. Lacing spiderwebs the inside of the glass as the beer goes down.

Grassy noble hops and sweet notes of lemon fill the nose. It’s kinda two dimensional, but those two aromas are delicious. Almost smells too good to be a pilsner.

Wow, the taste is just as fantastic! Biscuit malts start things off, with lemon coming through next. Just the slightest hint of hay hits just before a mild grassy hop finish. It does lose a little flavor as it warms up, but like any “true” American beer it’s meant to be drank as cold as the mountains.

Mouthfeel is light, but dry. It goes down easy and dries out your mouth afterwards. The bubbles dance down your tongue with each sip.

Even though the name made me initially think of the big American macros that make watered down rice water, ‘Murican Pilsner turned out to be one of the better pilsners I’ve had and made me come to fully embrace the name. I’m always happy to try a beer that changes my feelings on a style of beer from negative to positive.  This beer would be perfect for a long day of watching football or hanging out in the back yard.

Overall: 8 out of 10

As a PILSNER: 9 out of 10

FOR FANS OF: Moonlight Brewing REALITY CZECK, New Glarus EDEL-PILS, Great Lakes THE WRIGHT PILS

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