Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Piels Draft Style Premium Beer

This beer pours a pale and light golden in color with a half-inch head that dissipates rather quickly.  The aroma is stronger than your average cheap American adjunct lager, with more grain, lager and hop bitterness than generally found in this style.  I do detect a slight metallic or soapy character in the aroma which is the one negative so far.  The flavor follows the aroma but without the negative.  This has a decent amount of grain, a light touch of lager "funk" and some nice hop bitterness without any of the sour, metallic, apple notes that are the downfall of too many beers of this type.  It has a nice mouth feel, managing to be fizzy on the tongue and smooth at the same time.  This is near the top for its category.

The Piels Brothers Brewery started in 1883 in Brooklyn, New York.  Their slogans: "The Beer Drinker's Beer" and "The Kind of Beer You First Loved".  That second one kills me.  In the 1950's and 1960's the spokesmen for the brand were the animated Bert and Harry characters who were so popular they had a fan club with over 100,000 members.  The brand is now owned by Pabst.

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