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Lakefront Klisch Pilsner

June 3, 2013

I’ve said many times how much I like Lakefront as a brewery. They make a lot of fantastic beers, and they’re also just generally nice guys. They give back to the community of Milwaukee through local charities and supporting local events. What more could you really ask for from a craft brewery?

It has been exceedingly hot in New York for the past week or so, and I was delighted when I sat down in my local watering hole to see a Lakefront pilsner on tap. Lagered beer is perfect for the summertime, just light and delicious. It’s exactly what you’re looking for.

The Lakefront Klisch Pilsner poured that clear golden color with a froth, slow to dissipate, white head. It just looked like an American beer, which normally makes me nervous but on hot day is a welcome sight. The scent was one of straight malty goodness, nothing else really to it just malt. It was a smooth, light bodied beer that had a perfectly clean mouthfeel. Tastewise, there wasn’t much going on, it was just malt with a slight hop background. Ultimately, it was simple and bready.

This is one of those beers that I feel like a lot of people might deride for being so simple, and lacking any sort of bold drive. I will admit it was some surprising coming from Lakefront who has some big flavorful beers out there. However, it was exactly what I was looking for on a hot day. There is a place for simple, refreshing beers. The shame is that here in the States, a lot of craft beer drinkers will ignore anything resembling a light bodied golden lager just because that was what macro beer producers made for decades. This completely ignores not only why those beers became popular to begin with, but also why that style of beer exists. A light bodied golden lagered beer, is what you want on a hot day.

It’s not the perfect summer beer (since that title is held by Bell’s Oberon in my book), but the Klisch is something I would drink pint after pint of on a hot summer’s day. In fact, the night I first tasted this beer, I had at least two of them, and was very satisfied with that decision.

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