Saturday, 24 September 2016

Starke Pils

Billed as a "traditional style pilsner", Starke Pils is a member of the Amsterdam Brewery's Seasonal Series. This Torontonian lager checks in at 5.2% alcohol. Sold in 473mL cans, the stuff is clear and bright gold, with a healthy white head.

Mown grass and grain are the chief notes on the nose. The flavour follows suit, with dry, grainy elements. The mouthfeel is dry and crisp, leading into a modestly bitter finish.

Amsterdam Brewery is one of the biggest players in the Toronto craft beer scene. Their beers run the gamut from really exceptional (Boneshaker, Detour, and Fracture) to pretty ordinary (Blonde and 416). Their seasonal pilsner, Starke Pils, is closer to the former than the latter. It's flavourful and well made, with few downsides. It's a good summer brew, and decently strong too.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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