I tried the first of five brews by Frank Laske, aka 69Franx, a Pilsner. This is awesome.
I'm really surprised by this beer. It's not a style I've had a lot of and it was complex as much as it was easy to drink. Is a split batch, this one fermented with WLP833 German Bock Lager Yeast.
Great pour, and the first impression is the lager yeast aroma. I took a quick trip to rural Poland a couple years ago for a sporting event and the aroma reminded me of the fresh pivo we drank outdoors when getting food in the evenings.
I liked the carbonation levels. Seems like the 2-3 finger head dissipates into a 1 finger head that remains while drinking. If it was dissipating at the end, a quick swish of the glass brings it right back.
The second impression is a combination of hops and malt. It's full-mouth flavor - subtle floral hops and a nutty malt taste. Although the beer has a dry finish, there's a lingering of a pleasant bitterness from the hops and malt nuttiness on the back of the tongue. As much as I tried to taste breadiness, it is nuttiness defined the malt character. Really surprising how long the hop and malt flavor lingers. Slightly more bitter than commercial offerings yet very subtle none-the-less, and that's appealing to me.
Very quaffable; thankfully not something that needs to be sipped. This beer did not leave me feeling full but refreshed and ready for another sometime soon. Kinda thinking I should pair it with a cheese plate.