Review: Brasserie Dunham Hermann Pils

While at this year's Flatlander's Beer Festival in Winnipeg, I stopped by the popup Liquor Mart to pick up some beer. One of the first things that popped out at me was that they had a variety of Brasserie Dunham beers.. which is something they would never do, especially now days. I picked up all three of the Dunham beers, including a Pilsner called Hermann Pils. I couldn't find much information about Hermann Pils, except that it's a German-inspired Blonde Lager. I wouldn't usually go out and buy a Pilsner.. but this is Dunham we're talking about, so I have to!

Appearance: Hermann pours a mostly clear golden straw with a very very faint amount of cloudiness to it. The beer has a lot of carbonation taking place in the body of the body of the beer, and the beer's head has a thick snow white appearance to it.. but gradually diminishes to a good amount of lacing and a slim amount of foam on top.

Aroma: The beer starts out a tad skunky at the beginning but as I start writing this review... it starts mellowing out, giving off notes of lemon, grassy hops, a tad sweet cereal presence to it and a hint of toasted malt at the end to give the beer a slight bit of nuttiness and pepper.

Taste: Crisp toasted malt profile right from the beginning to give this beer a light nuttiness profile to it, a nice light lemon citrus profile, and an herbal hop bitterness at the end. Notes of saltine crackers (without the salt) and a light metallic aftertaste at the very end.

Overall Thoughts: This is one of the more aggressive Pilsners I've had in a very long time. When I'm thinking of a German-style Pilsner, I think of Winnipeg Brew Werks Pils. This one on the other hand was quite a bit more bitter than expected.. the malt had a toasted vibe to it so it had a bit of a nuttiness to it, while the hops were more aggressive than I expected in a typical Pils. My palate is confused about this beer, one sip I'll get a lot of nuttiness from the beer but the next sip will be a tad floral, sweet and with a hint of lemon.. make up your mind, Cody's palate!

You can also find this at the Quality Inn Beer Store in Winnipeg!

Also: check out my visit to Brasserie Dunham back in 2016!

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