In the realm of Pilsners, the Light Lager is king. Because of this many would be drinkers would just assume belly up to the bar and drink a long neck then venture out into the world of complex, and versatile beers such as the Bohemian Pilsener. But then again this doesn't apply to you given that you are reading this review.
A few weeks ago, we reached out Idaho's Grand Teton and inquired about the Persephone and they were very eager to point in the direction of getting a bottle. As with many of our reviews we like to review the guidelines laid out regarding the style we are about to consume.
Brewers Association Suggested Guidelines
Traditional Bohemian Pilseners are medium bodied, and they can be as dark as a light amber color. This style balances moderate bitterness and noble-type hop aroma and flavor with a malty, slightly sweet, medium body. Extremely low levels of diacetyl and low levels of sweet corn-like dimethylsulfide (DMS) character, if perceived, are characteristic of this style and both may accent malt aroma. A toasted-, biscuit-like, bready malt character along with low levels of sulfur compounds may be evident. There should be no chill haze. Its head should be dense and rich.
Persephone as it pours out of the bottle is clear but with a burnt like the shade of sunrise appearance. As the beer settles in the glass a strong white froth of foam rests on top, reminding this writer of lemon meringue pie with that whipped top.
As the beer settles further and begins to warm up we pick herbal (spice, mint) notes along with bit of grass-like earthy bitterness and an element of toasted bread.
Taking our first sip we are greeted first by a floral (flowers) and mint combination before a wash of grainy almost bread-like maltiness covers our tongue. As the bit of the sip reaches the back of the tongue there is a minor hint of bitterness before minor fruitiness appears. Overall Persephone feels medium bodied and except for a minor hint of alcohol it's hard to believe this is an Imperial Pilsner in your hand.
Persephone (pur-seff-uh-knee) Imperial Pilsner was brewed with one foot in the past and one in the present. We started by creating this beer in the German style, an offshoot of the original pilsner that features German noble hops and a lighter, crisper body than its Czech counterpart. We used a blend of domestic Idaho 2-row barley and imported German malts as well as German Hersbrucker hops for flavor and aroma. We then took a leap forward by making this brew twice the strength of a traditional pilsner (8.76% alcohol by volume), with a big hop flavor to match.
You Should Try This. Like all things in life this beer is only available between February and May of this year. After that the brewery will be featuring their Farmhouse Ale The Grand Saison. If you are picking this up at a grocery store or at a restaurant we would like to concur with the breweries suggestion and point you towards a white fish like tuna or maybe just keep it simple and go with a savory medium to low spiced bratwurst.
About the photo’s author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.
In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has provided me a free sample that was used for research prior to writing this review.