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Beer of the Month: Redhook Ale Brewery Pilsner

July 14, 2012|By Charles Perry, Special to the Los Angeles Times
  • Redhook Ale Brewery Pilsner
Redhook Ale Brewery Pilsner (Ricardo DeAratanha, Los…)

After years of priding themselves on their ales, craft brewers have started showing what they can do with lager. This is a very attractive Pilsner style, with a richer flavor than the usual commercial beer but not tiring to the palate and very easy to drink.

It pours light gold with a medium head. The nose is malty with a bready, grassy note, the palate moderately malty, its sweetness balanced with a little crisp hop bitterness (the hops are actually toward the low end for a Pilsner). A quick little burst of bitterness pops up at the end for a clean, mild finish. The alcohol level is 5.3%, which is not going to get you in trouble if you have a couple (but don't drink too fast, player).

This is an easygoing beer that would be comfortable with a lot of backyard snacks, particularly when they involve cheese. Basically, though, it's a "session" beer for socializing.

Quick sip

Style: A smooth, clean, flavorful Pilsner-style lager for lazy summer days

Price: $2.29 for a 22-ounce bottle, or $5.99 for a six-pack

Where to find it: Total Wine stores (for locations, http://www.totalwine.com)

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