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Cornish Pilsner

Brewed By Sharp's

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Sharp’s Brewery launched its Cornish Pilsner last summer (August 2012), in collaboration with the Eden Project – and I finally got my mits on it a few months later during a trip to Cornwall and a visit to their brewery – which after an extended amount of tasting ended up costing me quite a lot – as I left with a boot full of goodies – including some fantastic glassware!

I’ve always been a fan of their more creative beers – and for years have enjoyed those first craft beers that the created with Rick Stein back in 2006 – in particular Chalky’s Bite (with that delicious warm alcoholic fennel flavour) – so I was looking forward to trying their very traditional Pilsner – one of my favourite types of beer.

Being traditional, Head Brewer Stuart Howe had used whole Saaz hops and Czech lager yeast to create this brew – alongside some thyme grown at the Eden project – helping to stamp their own mark on this classic beer style. At 5.2% ABV it was also a little stronger than some pilsners – but this didn’t seem to affect the balance.

On pouring it was very light and pale and gave off lovely herbal and lemon zest aromas – with a light head that dissipated slower than others I know. The flavour was crisp and refreshing with zest and spicey bitterness that all ended in a perfectly carbonated pop – it was very drinkable and would go very well with warm weather and grilled food.

For me though, it’s not quite up their with my current favourite pilsners – including Little Slow from the Little Beer Corporation.

However it’s worthy of a 3 star rating – but I have no idea if it will still be available this summer as it’s not part of their usual lineup.

BH! Rating
Sharp's Cornish Pilsner

Sharp’s Cornish Pilsner

Beer Qualities

Sweetness
Bitterness
Hoppiness
Maltyness
Citrusy / Fruity

Brewer’s Description

This beer made not be available anymore – but you can check it’s availability at Sharp’s online brewery shop

  • Date May 29, 2013
  • Tags 3 Star, Beers, Lagers and Pilsners, UK Lager and Pilsner
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