Ol’ Gil Pils

Brewery: Hold Out Brewing
Style:   German Pils (5D)
Package: 12oz Can
Purchased: Beer to go!
Canned Date:  May 6, 2020
Consumed Date: Jun 29, 2020

Details From the Brewer

ABV: 4.0%

Light, Toast, Clear


Aroma – 9/12

A light bread crust and a crackery malt character first hit the nose.  There’s a low-medium grassy, floral hop aroma as well.  Clean fermentation character with

Appearance – 2.5/3

Pours a light gold colored liquid.  Great clarity with no haze.  Small white bubbles make up a modest head that fades relatively quickly.

Flavor – 17/20

Fresh bread, crust and crackery malt flavors at a medium level.  A medium-high bitterness quickly follows.  Light wildflower, grassy and a slight zesty hop flavor.  A nice balance of continental malts and hops. On the finish, a light bitterness lingers, with some malt breadiness.  A touch of salinity rests on the tongue afterwards.

Mouthfeel – 5/5

Medium bodied throughout the taste.  A moderate carbonation prickles the edges of the tongue.  No astringency.

Overall Impression – 8/10

A great pilsner.  The flavor and aroma here are bright and crisp, without oxidation muddying them.  The pilsner malt comes through nicely, but could use a touch more hop presence to balance.

Rating – 41.5/50

I support Austin’s pilsner dominance over the American craft beer scene.  Ol’ Gil fits in nicely.  While it might not be toe to toe with Industry or Gold yet, this first batch shows a lot of promise for a brand new brewery.  It paired so nicely with one of their burgers.