A-1 Pilsner

Type: American Pale Lager
  • Brewed by: Nimbus Brewing Co.
  • Availability: Year-Round
  • Additional beer information
  • Region Available: Arizona
  • Aroma: Malty
  • Aroma Description: Light
  • Serve at Temperature: Cold
  • Container: Pilsners
  • Website: http://www.nimbusbeer.com/
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  • 04.20% 
  • 748/3686 
Commercial Description

The historical A-1 brand has returned. During the 1940s and '50s, Arizona Brewing Company's A-1 beer was the most popular brew in the Grand Canyon State. Today's revival is more of a European-style pilsner.

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  • Jan 31, 2011
    lucklys (49)Rank: Beer DrinkerGroup: IPA Lovers
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    Poured into my fancy crystal Pilsner glass (it was a random splurge), the A-1 appeared a slightly hazy, deep golden honey color - otherwise known as melichrous - with straw yellow accents when held up to the light. A fluffy two-finger thick egg-shell colored head was piled on top and it quietly fell to a thin, soapy island that blanketed the top of the liquid while a medium collar ran around the outside. The island slowly shrank, but never fully disappeared and any lacing followed the beer down the glass as I drank it, leaving behind clean walls.

    The nose was predominantly a huge bouquet of floral hops and pale and grainy malts. Quite a bit of sweet grass mingled cheerfully underneath a lightly tart lemony cover with hints of yeast and something reminiscent of pear and kiwi, which is a first for me. There was a definite sour-bread dough aroma that held its presence in the forefront, though as it warmed, there was something that smelled like dried corn - almost like what you'd expect to find in a barnyard or silo - but it's not completely off-putting, and actually makes me yearn for the dairy farmlands of Wisconsin in the summer. Quite odd considering they state that they didn't use any corn in the brewing process.

    The taste was very bright and fruity right from the start, offering itself up with a tart lemon, smooth kiwi, and crisp pears - much like the nose. It carried along a light bitterness, but otherwise it was ridiculously smooth thanks to the pervasive rich grainy malts. A surprising amount of sweet fresh cut grass also flowed between the fruits and malts, driving this beer from pilsner to pale lager, and has been continuously labeled as such across many product descriptions. A-1 offers a light mouthfeel with spicy, crisp carbonation that keeps it on the lighter side of a medium body - as well as very, very refreshing despite its slightly dry, faintly lingering bitterness at the end. I think the next time I need a beer for the weekend, I will pick up a six-pack and easily be able to finish all of them off. This is a very summery beer, nice and light and invigorating - not to mention, there are not that many lagers out there in the local craft beer market, so this is a welcome escape from all of the ales.