Second up tonight is Belhaven’s craft pilsner. Now a pilsner is probably my go to for beer, and I’ve had many a good pilsner in my time. Having said that, in my mind a pilsner is not associated with notable flavours; usually in my pilsner I look for something that is clean and crisp, and I feel that more than other beers the benefit comes from water. In fact, I can tell when a lager is brewed in the UK as opposed to its home country (Germany, for example) and I will avoid the UK-brewed versions of these beers.
I’m slightly worried that this beer will be overwhelmed by the stout I had earlier, but there was no need to worry too much. Although it’s certainly nowhere near as strong, it does hold up with a bit of flavour. It is possibly a bit sweeter than I would like, but it is fairly clean to drink and goes down a treat. This 4.8% lager gets itself a 7 as well. I could definitely see myself drinking this of an evening or looking for it if I had the option (which I’m not sure I do, but I’ll look out for it next time I’m in Edinburgh.