This beer tastes like a good German pils, specifically a Munich-style pilsner, as a pils beer is made by each of the several Munich breweries. Clean, and slightly bitter on the palate with mild German hops and long, very pleasant finish, this an easily likeable beer. It’s a little lighter than the Sympathy for the Lager, and tastes a little less hoppy, even though both are listed as having 40 IBUs. The Munich style pils is known for its “a big, malty middle” compared to other pilsners, according to late beer guru Michael Jackson, and the style is distinct from the better-known, more delicate and nuanced (and generally better) pilsners from Bohemia. But, it’s less hefty than the most popular of the Munich beers, helles. Interestingly, though labeled as a pils, the very good seasonal Summer Pils from Saint Arnold tastes more like helles than a pils.
With the quality of Karbach’s lagers – and their beers, overall, it should not be a surprise that their brewer Eric Warner is very experienced, with about a quarter-century in the field. He even attended the Technical University of Munich at Weihenstephan that is renowned for its brewing program.
If you enjoy flavorful lagers, you should find some cans or a bar with it on draft, which might be tough, as it seems to be selling out quickly. Likely available through March.