King Harbor Brewing Co Topside Pilsner
What the brewers say
German-style pilsner brewed with heirloom malt and a blend of Tradition and Saphir hops.
What our panel thought
Classic, compelling aroma—a matrimony of perfume-like Noble hops, crackery malt, and pleasant minerality. That balance carries into the sip, with a back-and-forth between oyster-cracker malt and firm hop-bitterness that slashes any recollection of sweetness. Smoother than silk.
What our editors thought
A finely pointed woody-herbal nose has a bit of cracker malt behind it—balanced on the lightest edge. The initial sip is a bit sweet and heavy, but a bitter hit on the swallow gives it a boost.