Founders Brewing recently launched a new fall seasonal, PC Pils. The brewery was kind enough to send me a couple cans to sample, and sample I did. Here’s what Founders says about PC Pils:
Pleasantly crisp, perfectly clean and profoundly crushable, PC Pils is our take on the classic Pilsner style. While Noble hops have been the preferred choice of Pilsner brewers around the world, we went with some of our favorite American varieties. Piney Chinook, pleasantly citrus Cascade and punchy Centennial make this an easy-drinker with floral hop characteristics. Pretty cool, if you ask us.
I poured the can of PC Pils into my Founders can-shaped glass. Unfortunately, the glass went from a cool room onto my patio on a hot and humid evening, so the beer itself doesn’t appear as clear as it should in the below picture due to condensation. It pours a clear straw color with a small head that’s white as a bone. The aroma is distinctly hoppy, with floral and pine notes. PC Pils certainly doesn’t have a traditional pilsner flavor, as the American hops shine. I get the citrus and pine flavors up front, along with a bit of cracker from the pilsner malt. The finish is crisp, but there’s a bit of bitterness that lets you know this is no ordinary pilsner. Overall, it’s an enjoyable beer for me. I like Founders’ spin on the style, mainly because I’m not a huge pilsner guy in the first place. Their interpretation brings it into my territory of hop forward flavors. This would be a great lawnmower or tailgate beer, as it’s refreshing and crushable at a mere 5.5% ABV.
Check it out when you get a chance, as it’s both bottled and canned, in addition to being on draft.