Dundonian Pilsner

Upon noticing the name, I instantly realised that this beer was from Dundee. Dundee, on the east coast of Scotland, is heralded as the “City of discovery”. I knew that I hadn’t ever had a beer from Dundee, so I immediately added this to the shopping cart.

‘71 Brewing’ is Dundee’s first new brewery for 50 years and their tagline is “The Engineers of Beer”. Based on their website alone I was impressed – it is very cleverly designed, with interactive properties that flow seamlessly. On it, once you’ve finished looking at their different beers, there is a feature allowing people living in Scotland to find their local stockists of ‘71 Brewing’ beers! It’s sorted by regions in Scotland too – I really like this feature.

Mandatory “Dundonian Pilsner” Facts

  • Untappd rating: 3.28 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 4.4%
  • Style: Pilsner
  • Serving: Bottle, 330 ml

I’m always excited to try a beer from a new brewery. I really liked the design of the bottle; a bright yellow stripe, highlighting a light lager/pilsner beer, along with the ‘71’ in predominantly sharp graphics with a rounded lower edge. The background design had the light lines characteristic of blue-print paper: an engineer’s notepad.

The beer poured a light, transparent caramel colour, which was slightly darker than I expected. A small, soft white foam head formed that migrated to the edge of the beer. Aromas were primarily malty, with a touch of spice. On sampling, the malt flavours dominated, giving a bread-based flavour. This was hardly surprising given that ‘71 Brewing’ searched far and wide to find the right yeast and the perfect pilsner hops – Czech Saaz. “Dundonian Pilsner” also contains fresh water from Glen Isla, which has similar properties to that of Pilsen water (soft and low in minerals). There’s little else to say in so far as descriptive comments for this beer, but the tasting experience didn’t stop at malty… It was refreshingly light and had a crisp, easy-drinking mouthfeel.

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Rating: 3.25/5. “Dundonian Pilsner” isn’t a beer that I would search stores for, but if it was on tap, I’d happily sample it again.

Want to find out more about 71 Brewing? Check out what they had to say at Meet the Makers.

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