Jun 27, 2012

Port City Brewing Downright Pilsner

There’s nothing like coming home from a vacation (no matter how brief) and crack open a beer from one of your favorite local breweries. I received a couple of bottles of Port City Brewing’s latest seasonal Downright Pilsner before I left for the beach. I had debated taking them with me, but I knew that I wouldn’t give the beer the proper attention it deserved — I tried a slew of new products at the beach, but didn’t take a single note on any of them.

Downright Pilsner is a 4.8% ABV brew that utilizes the traditional Pilsner malt and noble Saaz hops (and dry hopped with the Saaz, as well. The end result is a another solid offering from this brewery and another seasonal that I will need to keep my eye open for about this time next year.


The brew pours a light golden amber in color with a dense white cap that fell slowly.


Biscuity malt, cereal, grain, green apple and grassy hops come together for an inviting nose.


The overall flavor matches the aroma to a tee. The soft, biscuity malt, cereal and grain arrive first with a light bit of sweetness as the beer shifts to the grassy hops that are accompanied with a late forming and latent bitterness in the dry finish. The brew is medium bodied and easy drinking.


Downright Pilsner isn’t as crisp as many examples of the style I’ve had before, but it’s soft palate works well for its combination of malt sweetness and light hop bite. It’s an smooth drinking beer with a great flavor profile that goes down way too easy. Port City Brewing keep producing solid beers with each release I come across.


This is a review of a promotional sample received from the brewery.

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