Beer Tastings: This is the Pilsener — Hoppers Grill & Brewing Co.

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Beer Tastings: This is the Pilsener

Tastings - This is the Pilsener - Hoppers Grill & Brewing Co
This is the Pilsener, a Bohemian-style pilsener, is Hoppers Grill & Brewing Co.’s most-awarded beer.

I like powerful, citrus-forward hops as much as the next guy. But there’s something to be said for a clean, crisp, somewhat spicy-floral pilsner.

This is the Pilsener, a Bohemian-style pilsener by Hoppers Grill & Brewing Co. fits the bill.

Hoppers’ most-awarded beer features notes of crackers and toast, with just a hint of citrus in the nose for me.

Flavors are similar, though the noble hops come through to give the beer floral characteristics. I also picked up a bit o’ honey-type sweetness at the end.

This is the Pilsener, on draft at 4% alcohol-by-volume, is light, but flavorful.

Hoppers Grill & Brewing Co.: Midvale’s Oldest Brewery

Hoppers Grill & Brewing Co. is the oldest brewery in Midvale, Utah.
Hoppers Grill & Brewing Co. is the oldest brewery in Midvale, Utah.

A few miles south of the Salt Lake city center, Hoppers Grill & Brewing Co. pairs tasty beers with what can be a hit-and-miss food menu (recently, I had some outstanding smoked salmon tostadas).

The brewpub opened in 1996, which makes it an early-arriver to the Utah craft-beer scene. Its This is the Pilsener, which won Gold at the 2018 North American Beer Awards, is the brewery’s winningest beer.

Of note, Hoppers offers $2.50 drafts all day on Tuesdays and Sundays at its Midvale pub.

This is the Pilsener — Hoppers Grill & Brewing Co.
Tastings - This is the Pilsener - Hoppers Grill & Brewing Co

Product Name: This is the Pilsener

Product Description: From the brewers: A Bohemian-style Pilsener made of 100% premium German malts and noble hop varieties.I perceive notes of cracker, toast, and some floral hops aroma/flavor from this multi-award-winning beer, including Gold at the 2018 North American Beer Awards.

  • Aroma
  • Appearance
  • Flavor
  • Mouthfeel
3.9

Overall Impression

A Bohemian-style Pilsener made of 100% premium German malts and noble hop varieties. I perceive notes of cracker, toast, and some floral hops aroma/flavor.

  • Aroma: Cracker, wheat, a hint of citrus
  • Appearance: Medium straw, slightly cloudy, thin head dissipates quickly
  • Flavor: Biscuit, toast
  • Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, medium carbonation

But you don’t have to take my word for it.

Note: The tasting notes format is adapted from a Homebrew Academy Beer Tasting Mastery course I took in 2017.

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