The past couple of years have seen more brewers add a lager – or lager-like "draught" – to their lineup, sometimes as a means of appeasing visitors after something unchallenging and familiar, on occasion with an eye on broadening their appeal outside the crafty bubble. For summer 2021/22, Van Dieman have joined the gang, although it's fair to say Freycinet Pilsner is a far cry from the Mexican cerveza and Tooheys-mimickers on the market.
The biggest sidestep comes early on: primary fermentation took place in oak barrels, a move that appears to have added even more creamy softness to that brewers can elicit in such beers brewed with traditional pilsner malts and long lagering times. Hazily golden with a fluffy white head to visually prepare your for its pillowy texture. Aromas of a floral, straw like nature welcome the drinker in, while there's a hint of grassiness to the gentle bitterness woven through those familiar pilsner malt characters. You can see these disappearing in a hurry over summer, which presumably is the plan.
Published December 15, 2021 2021-12-15 00:00:00