Happy Pilsner came in the 2014 Okotberfest pack, which even by the names of the beers, sounds much better than last year’s pack. NONE of those beers were good (Octobock, Mr. Hyde, Banana Peel and Two Weeks Notice) All garbage!
I drank Rauchstack earlier in the week and it was pretty good, so they were off to a better start. This night, we didn’t have dinner until 10 because of kids and training and dentist and blah blah blah. I had to eat lunch early too because of a meeting at my usual time, so I was starving…..and I wanted a beer. Happy Pilsner was the closest big beer in the fridge.
It poured out a cloudy yellow and had a healthy, tiny-bubbled white head on it. It smelled like pilsner and tin. Oh no, not a tin-flavoured beer again! After I devoured one half of my sub, I remembered that I had a beer. By that time, the head had…done nothing. It was still about half an inch thick and pure white. I was prepared to not like it based on the smell, but when I drank it, I was surprised.
It tasted like a traditional pilsner, yes, but there was a floral hint that lingered around for a while. The first real non-beer flavour I tasted was ginger ale. The booty tasted like Canada Dry. It was different, but good.
This would be a great beer to give to someone who only drinks beers made by the big guys. It was crisp, light and very, very good!
Country of Origin: Canada
Alcohol Content: 5.3%
Vessel: Glass by way of bottle