Russian River Brewing Co - Santa Rosa STS Pils
What the brewers say
STS Pils is a hop-forward pilsner with a mild malt foundation, strong lager-yeast characteristic, and a dry, bitter finish.
What our panel thought
Brilliant lasting head. Crisp, spicy hop character out front, with floral, citrus, and raw grain notes. Pronounced malt flavor throughout—clear, dry toasted notes with subtle, layered sweetness. The bitter-and-sweet balance of hops and grain flourishes on the tastebuds. Finish is fairly aggressively bitter, with a grassy lingering aftertaste. Bright throughout, trends toward bitter, but that works.
What our editors thought
A mix of perfume-floral and spice offers an amped up nose. In the sip, a soft woody note along with bread crust balances the sweet with the herbal. A bit of yeast expression in the sip remains, softening it while floral hops open their compelling bouquet. Despite the softness, it remains clean and engaging.