Review: Fort Garry Frontier Pilsner

From the can: Frontier Original Pilsner - Malty. Rich. Classic.  Steeped in tradition, we've recrafted our 1932 Frontier Pilsner - A malty lager made to the highest European standards. The finest malts and noble hops deliver maximum richness and flavour, while our cold fermentation and lagering process creates a wonderful balanced beer. Good in 1932. Legendary now.

It's been a good amount of time since I've last had Fort Garry's Frontier Pilsner was back in 2014 when they came out with a version of the Pilsner with the original recipe from 1932 - it was cloudy, it was sweet and had a nice grass and hop presence to it. Frontier's been around for a long time since then but I'm not really a Pilsner/Lager fan but the other day someone asked me if I've tried the beer recently, so I decided it was time to go out and review this.. but I still have Fort Garry's Pickle Ale on my mind and it makes me nauseous.

Appearance: Your standard Prairie Pilsner in appearance so far, it's a light golden body with a lot of carbonation in the body... it actually reminds me of the light lagers my parents would drink when I was a wee child. The head is a full two fingers in thickness with a bright white soapy look to it. The head diminishes a tad and leaves behind a layered lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Light aroma of straw, crisp light malt, hint of lemon, a hint of grass. Fairly sweet yet light - so far nothing really pops out to me, it's your typical Prairie Pilsner so far.

Taste: The hops are the first thing I get while tasting this beer - it's a bit floral, hint of bitterness and a bit of grassiness as well. There's a hint of an iron-like taste to it, notes of straw, sweet malt presence and a bit of a breadiness to it that reminds me of the homemade pizza dough I made the other day. Fairly light. The aftertaste is a hint of hop bitterness and a bit of breadiness.

Overall Thoughts: Compared to the Pickle Ale, this is much better than the pickle beer but the pickle beer is definitely meant for adding Clamato to. Decent Pilsner but not something I will buy regularly because NEIPAs, Witbiers and Saisons are much more appealing to my palate. That said, Fort Garry has released a new beer called the Wheat City Wheat Ale to pay tribute to Brandon, Manitoba, making it only the third beer to be associated with Brandon in the past 15 years (Mill Street's 100th Meridian doesn't count) - I will be reviewing the beer as soon as I see the beer in Brandon. Anywho, this Pilsner is easy to drink, a bit hoppier than what the typical rural Pilsner/Lager fan would like but I didn't mind it.

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