In my review “a plethora of pilsners“, I reviewed five pilsners produced by Saint Patrick’s Brewing Company in Englewood, Colorado. One of these beers I was not too kind to (I believe the word “harsh” was used) was the German Pilsner.
Well, the beauty of Saint Pat’s lagers is that they are lagered in the bottle, so are very much alive when poured into your glass. As such, these beers will change over time. Of course, I failed to mention this or take it into account when talking about these beers. And that was wrong. So very, very wrong.
Because that German pilsner, when I drank it a week later, became my favorite of the pilsners. The hops have smoothed out and are now really playing nicely with the malts. Still very easy to drink, but with a distinct hop character.
Anyway, this is just a short mea culpa. But it’s also a good example of why my opinion – or anyone’s opinion – of such a subjective thing, should be treated as a guideline and not biblical truth. Like I said in my post about Lugene Stout, there are many, many people who love it, I just don’t. That doesn’t necessarily make it a bad beer, it just means that my palate is not fond of it. I will always give reasons why I am not a fan of one beer or another so that you can make an educated decision.
However, if a beer does have severe issues with it, such as off-flavors, I will call it out. I will also try to identify where the problems are coming from (brewing, fermenting, packaging, etc). Again, education!
There is a part of me that doesn’t really want to do beer reviews. It’s kind of been done. But, at the same time, I’m approaching it from the angle of education rather than just bitching about what I do or do not like. Yeah – let’s pretend it’s about education. That’ll work.
I promise a longer post in the next week. The PJ has eaten away at my brain and my time, but there’s always room for beer!