I saw this new beer two weeks ago down at the Route 6 Liquor store, its distinctive black cardboard packaging made it stand out among all the others on the shelf. Also prominent on the package was the familiar devil’s head marking it as another one of Stone Brewing’s masterpieces. The statement down the side, “It’s time a pilsner got arrogant.” Okay, what have they done now? The beer was called Wussie with “Who you callin’…” above that. Who names a beer Who You Callin’ Wussie? Stone does. Er… Arrogant does.
One week went by and by the next visit, it was still sitting there like a badass biker sixpack among all the other colorful froo-froo beers. What the hell, I thought. I’ll outlay the money for the sixpack not only because I haven’t had a pilsner in a while but also I was interested in experience what the Stone boys have done.
What I received for my 13 dollars was six 16-ounce cans of pilsner beer. 96 ounces of malt, hops, yeast and water with an unknown Stone twist on the familiar pilsner style.
One odd thing I discovered was that while the cans had the familiar Stone devil’s head logo, the beer was actually brewed by Arrogant Brewing, Escondido, San Diego County, CA. I found the story in the About section of Arrogant’s site.
Massively successful and arrogant as ever, Arrogant Bastard officially split from Stone Brewing in 2015 under his own brewing moniker, Arrogant Brewing, to accelerate his assault on those guilty of macro-industry deceit by perpetrating their heinous crimes against ales and lagers of true quality and depth.
That’s their humble goal in brewing.
What could they have possibly done to a pilsner, hopped the crap out of it changing the style? Or did they take some other style and morph it into something that they could call a pilsner?
The beer poured a pale straw yellow and the liquid was nice and clear. (The image does not do this beer justice.) A magnificent white head sat atop all the goodness. The aroma had notes of sweet which was completely surprising.
The first sip, like the aroma, was surprising. That sweet was there and seemed to be the predominant taste of this beer. The taste of this beer reminds me of the likes of Bell’s Oberon or perhaps a wit beer and other light colored summer beers that aren’t burdened with hop tonnage.
The beer tasted nothing like what I remember a pilsner tasting like. The beer is smooth like a pils, but the malt flavor has that sweetness that’s unmistakeable from sip to sip. It has a nice light mouthfeel and soothes the throat as it goes down. It’s really quite delicious. It has a nice malt body so you actually taste something other than hop water.
Arrogant’s website calls Wussie a Northern German Style Pilsner. I wonder if they’re trying to start another territory debate similar to the west coast, New England and east coast IPAs. I’d rather think that they are just trying to differentiate this German pilsner from a Czech pilsner.
This Wussie beer will be an excellent summer beer. Loads of flavor, a bit of sweetness and a great all around taste should be added to your list of summer slammers/lawnmower beers. I now understand why they packed it in 16-oz. cans x 6.
Style: German pilsner
Taste: Smooth and slightly sweet.
Smoothness: Lotsa smooth.
Bang for the buck: This one is up to you if it’s worth it.
Amount paid: $12.99 for a sixpack of 16-ounce cans.
Get it again? Maybe. We’ll see.
Wife’s all-encompassing opinion: Smells like the beer we had when we were young. (sip) Tastes that way too. (sip) I get a slight tang. (sip) If it were colder, I’d really like it. (sip) (Time to look into obtaining some liquid nitrogen.)
A parrot called Pilsner