Name of beer
Neer, The Netherlands
What the brewer says
“Lindeboom Pilsner brings four generations of brewing art to life. Founded in 1870, the Dutch beer brewery Lindeboom has been in the same family since. Lindeboom is a well-balanced pilsner beer brewed with care and attention using only the best natural ingredients.”
I confess, I opened the bottle with not a small amount of trepidation.
When I first started going to pubs and moved from the sweetness of cider to lager, I didn’t really know much better. I would drink Coors, Bud, Becks, Holsten Pils, pretty much whatever trendy bottled lager was on offer. Occasionally, we’d spot one of the above, usually Coors or Budweiser, on tap and get all excited because it felt a bit like an advancement of sorts.
I grew accustomed to the taste, rather than really enjoying it very much. Though, to be fair, on a hot summer’s day, the first nice cold lager often went down a treat. This was long before I acquired a taste for nice ales, and I confess I transitioned to my current “state” through a period of choosing the mass produced bar fodder that passed for the “bitter” option in the town centre bars for a long time.
Nowadays, I rarely touch lager at all, unless it’s in a restaurant and there isn’t an ale option. On those occasions, it’s a Cobra, Tsing Tao, Kirin Ichiban or similar. You get my point. I don’t often “choose” lager.
Hence, when one of the bottles that came in my box from Beer Hawk turned out to be a pilsner, my instinctive response was a minor recoil, with flashbacks to my youth.
Pilsner, for those who merely see the name and think nothing of it, is a style of pale lager, taking its name from Plzen, in Bohemia, where it was first brewed.
As my first blog post stated, however, I promised to give all forms of beer a fair shout, even if they fall outside of my instinctive preferences.
So, hello Lindeboom Pilsner. It’s been imported into Yorkshire, from Belgium. Can’t be all bad, can it?
As I pour it into my little taster glass, it looks like lager. Smells like lager. Tastes like lager. Ish.
That ish is what makes me smile a little. This just has that little bit extra that would make me reach for it in times of need (such as the ale-free restaurant environment). It sits with the likes of Peroni and Kirin, feeling that little bit more enjoyable than a “regular lager”.
Ok, so I am an ale snob and might have flinched at getting a bottle of lager, but I can’t pretend this was really rather nice. Fresh and light, it went down well at the end of a busy week.
Hopefully, I’ll start spotting Lindeboom Pilsner in those moments when an ale simply isn’t on offer.
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I’m 44, I don’t (always) have a beard (partly because when I try it is patchy, has gaps, with ginger and grey bits) and don’t take a clipboard to the pub. So, I’m not the stereotypical real ale fan of old, in the style that I was always told to look out for...read more