Fretboard Vlad Pilsner
Vlad Pilsner. Fretboard Brewing Company. Blue Ash, OH.
Aimee is into pilsners lately, and I am certainly not going to turn down a refreshing brew. We’ve enjoyed this one a few times.
We haven’t been doing many tastings lately because we’ve been frustrated at our inability to pick out interesting “notes”. We have ordered an beer-tasting aroma kit though, so soon we will be able to train our noses better, and level up our tasting notes.
It’s hazy. Haven’t seen a hazy pilsner before. I love hazy beers, so +1 for that.
It’s a light gold color that is not actually that appealing though — it looks a lot like the hazy non-alcoholic hazy IPAs that we have been completely disgusted by, so -1 for that.
Hints of nothing. No smell.
Wait, let me try again.
How can I score that? Is no smell a good smell? At least it’s not a bad smell, right?
It kinda doesn’t have flavor either!
There’s bitterness here.
This is fascinating. We’ve drank most of a case of this, and have been reasonably happy with it, but when it comes down to describing it, there’s not much here.
It’s not offensive — there is nothing that tastes bad here.
Aimee: “I think it’s sweet.”
Me: “You think it’s sweet?!”
Aimee: “I think it’s very sweet.”
Aimee: “It tastes a little bit bitter, but the bitter is hidden in the sweetness. It tastes good”.
I’m determined that we both pick out a single “note”.
I look at some of the hints on beerflavorwheel.com. I think this is in the “vegetal-cereal” zone, though also maybe the “surfury-acidic” zone.
Aimee picks “lemon-water”.
I pick “battery acid”.
There you go.
I’m surprised that this was so hard to appreciate on close inspection, when it’s been a perfectly drinkable every-day beer.
There’s nothing really special about it, except the haziness in a pilsner.
It’s not as good as the Wiedemmer’s we had recently.