Blue Moon Belgian Table Pilsner
Review by Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier The Blue Moon Belgian Table Pilsner is bright, translucent, and gold in color with a head at one and a half fingers. On the nose the Blue Moon Belgian Table Pilsner has noticeable hints of bananas, subtle hints of caramel, and a lot of wet stone aromas.
Blue Moon Belgian Table Pilsner has a medium bodied mouth feel, with characteristics of un-popped popcorn kernels with a touch of salt, underripe banana, and a nice white peppery, dry finish. Very refreshing beer with loads of flavor and at only 4.2% ABV this makes for a great session beer. Pair this beer with your favorite fish taco recipe and send us a picture on Instagram, Facebook, or Email and we might just send you some swag. Cheers!
Tansey’s Blind Rating – 90 points
The Break Down
Beer Selection – Blue Moon Belgian Table Pilsner
Style – Belgian Style Pilsner
Producer – Molson Coors Brewing Company
Region – Golden Colorado
Hops – Mandarina Bavaria, Herkules, and Cascade
Malts – Pale, CaraPils
Other – Brewed with mandarin orange peel and two row Moravian barley
Alcohol – 4.2%
IBU – 18
Food Pairing – Game Day snacks like nachos, wings, burgers and dogs, fish tacos, stir-fry
What is a Pilsner?
A pilsner is the beer-o-logical link between lagers and ales, although pilsner is a type of lager and not an ale. Lagers use yeast that ferments at the bottom of the tank while ales use yeast that ferments at the top of the tank. What this means for you is that ales have fruitier characteristics and lagers have more crisp, toasted bread-like characteristics. Pilsner lagers were created in the Czech Republic and are very light lagers brewed with the addition of fruity and citrusy hops. This makes a beer that has that toasted bread quality from the lager yeast and a very subtle lemon and mineral finish from the hops. They are great anytime summer beers that have lower alcohol content and great flavor. Cheers! Eric Tansey, CSW
What is a Session Beer?
Well let’s start with this one statement: Session Beer is not the English translation of Saison Beer. They actually have absolutely nothing in common. Session beers are for the most part any beer under 5% and often lower than 4%. They are meant to be flavorful brews that are very light in ABV. They are thought to have been created around WWI in Europe, specifically Britain. The labor force was working long shifts and long weeks to support war efforts. The government began to allow work day sessions during which the workers could consume alcohol. So car manufactures, metal workers, gun smiths, (the list goes on), were allowed to consume alcohol and return to work. AWESOME ! Session beers were light beers that could be enjoyed in quantity without leaving the laborers tanked, sloshed, poo faced, blitzed, torched or drunk, allowing them to continue the long work day. Enjoy this style of beer while tailgating, beach going, or participating in a social after a hard game of Rugby… Go Clayton Bootleggers. Cheers! Eric Tansey, CSW.
From the Brewery
When Keith travels to Belgium, he always looks forward to enjoying classic Belgian Table beers. Traditionally, these lower-alcohol beers are brewed to accompany a meal and great company. Blue Moon Brewing Company® created a twist on this style by making our Belgian Table Pils a more flavorful, yet balanced pilsner.
Belgian Table Pils is a sessionable Belgian-style pilsner brewed with mandarin orange peel and two row Moravian barley for a balanced, refreshing summertime beer http://www.bluemoonbrewingcompany.com/OurBeers/Product/blue-moon-belgian-table-pils