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This past weekend I set out on an adventure that just so happened to take me past the Idles Hands taproom.  It also just so happened to be way too nice a day not to investigate their new outdoor patio seating.

Beer Name: Commonwealth Man

Brewery: Idle Hands Craft Ales (Malden, MA) and Ardent Craft Ales (Richmond, VA)

Style: Pilsner

ABV: 4.9%

Description: Unknown to me at the time, this pilsner was brewed in collaboration with Ardent Craft Ales.  Some more details and specs can be found here on the Idle Hands website.  A hefty Stein came at a price of $7.50.

Appearance: Clear pale/light yellow body underneath about a finger and a half of light, fluffy white foam.

Smell: Faint sweetness and light malts.

Taste: Slightly sweet upfront with a subtle citrus and tropical fruit medley.  Around mid sip a light, crackery malt base started to poke through and was joined on the finish by a mild grassy bitterness.  Very light overall and super drinkable, the opening sweetness and crisp, clean ending blended together quite nicely.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Hype: Not so much.  This brewery doesn’t really seem to buy into the hype machine and pilsners aren’t exactly a style people go crazy lining up for.

Overall: In all honesty, I didn’t order this brew expecting to be blown away.  I was really just looking for something low in ABV that sounded refreshing and picked this off the list.  Couldn’t have been happier that I did!  This beer impressed right from the start.  Not only did it deliver exactly what I was looking for, but it also pleasantly surprised me with the mild sweetness and bitterness.  Perhaps not your traditional pilsner (indeed they list it as American Post-Modern Pilsner), it was nonetheless an enjoyable take on the style.  Do yourself a favor a grab a pint of this while you can.