With all of the amazing ales produced by New York’s Southern Tier Brewing Company, I think I wasn’t at all expecting a pilsner from them. That’s exactly what I got, though, from Southern Tier Eurotrash Pilz, an interesting enough little pilsner-style brew. It seems that many beer geeks these days, drunk on the excesses of super hoppy IPAs, Double IPAs, and Triple IPAs, seem to eschew lagers these days. I retain a fondness for them, however, and thus was glad to see this beer at Total Wine.
Eurotrash Pilz is a “standard seasonal” beer of strength 5.25 percent alcohol by volume. The beer is released in January and sold through spring and early summer in six-packs and on draft. The beer is made with 2 malt and 2 hop varieties. Southern Tier doesn’t say which ones on its website but a good guess would be at least pilsner malt and Saaz and Hallertau hops.
Southern Tier Eurotrash Pilz pours to a pale golden color with a very thick rocky head formation and a delightful soft malty nose laced with a kiss of spicy hop aroma. The beer has lots of carbonation, and a steady stream of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass to join the head at the top. The delightful crisp malt palate has a subtle hint of butter followed up by a delightful grassy hop aroma and lingering bitterness in the finish.
Somewhere between a Bohemian and German pils, I think, with the soft maltiness of the former and the crisp hop bite of the latter. A very good pilsner perfect for warm weather imbibing, I think. My only quibble here is, as with many Southern Tier beers, the price. At $9.99 a six-pack the beer seems overpriced to me; for that money (or less) I would be more likely to pick up Victory’s Prima Pils, Jever Pils or Samuel Adams Noble Pils instead. I would normally grant 4 stars, but half a star demerit for the price here.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.