Review: Kilter Vintage Pilsner

I've been reviewing about beer for a very, very long time to the point that I was calling Manitoba a Pilsner/Lager-sort of market since that's what people were drinking before we finally had a craft brewery boom in 2016.. Heck, the first beer I legally ever bought was a six pack of Labatt Blue back when Blue was still popular. Well, fast forward to now, seeing that Kilter has a Pilsner, called Vintage Pilsner, an old school kind of Pilsner, I can definitely say what's old is new again! Again, Manitoba definitely is a Pilsner market, so I won't whine about it anymore. 

Kilter's Vintage Pilsner looks like something that should be in a 341mL Stubby bottle rather than a 473mL can, something that my dad would be drinking at my age.. oh wait, Stubbies were no longer at thing when he was my age.. medium and long necks were the trend by then.

From the website: A vintage-style Pilsner (4.8%) brewed with sustainable Maker's Pilsner malt and Czech Saaz hops. Unfiltered and naturally-carbonated to perfection.
This crisp, crackery, and herbaceous golden lager features a beautiful fluffy head, pronounced bitterness, and delicate notes of honey. Best served using slow pour method. Take it easy.

Appearance: This looks pretty much of what people were expecting out of a lager/pilsner/etc even before I was of legal age - it's a very light golden straw body with a lot of carbonation in the body and a thick amount of snow head on top. 

Aroma: Sweet with a heavy malt profile to it, slight tartness, lots of fresh from the farm graininess, noble hops, slight soapiness to it, tad grassy, definitely going to be crushable.

Taste: This is quite a bit  sweeter than most classic-style Pilsners where I get a hefty honey presence up front before anything else. There's a bit of noble hop to it, giving off a floral, leafy and citrusy hop presence to it. There's a tad bit of vegetal (cucumber-like) presence to it which happens to linger for a good moment or two. Crisp, smooth, easy to drink.

Overall Thoughts: Definitely not the kind of Pilsner my dad or grand-père were drinking: this is quite a bit more aggressive on the hops than back in the day. I've even sampled macro lager recipes from the 1960s, 1930s and even 1900s for how lagers/pilsners have changed and this is much more aggressive for the style, but this is something that will more likely get a young beer geek to go out and try lagers/pilsners instead. Sweet but crisp, grainy and easy to drink. 

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