Happy Sunday Funday ya’ll! It was a whirlwind of a Mother’s Day weekend. My buddy Steven and I took out the boat and absolutely slapped the bass. In a few hours, we put about two dozen in the boat and left them biting.
The wife and I then spent some time with her mom and sister playing putt-putt, eating Hot Pot, and enjoying each other’s company.
Then today, reality hit with grocery shopping and a ton of yardwork in the early summer’s heat. Thankfully, my dad left a few Orange Blossom Pilsners in the fridge for me to cool off with!
Appearance: This pours a fittingly dark orange with a crisp, white, one-finger head.
Aroma: There are few better aromas in my opinion than driving through the countryside and smelling fresh orange blossoms. If you know what I’m talking about, this is a pretty darn close replica! You get a ton of honey, oranges and a a touch of malt on the end.
Taste: I feel like I’m turning into a dad, but this is a refreshing, flavorful pilsner. With 2.3 ounces of Orange Blossom Honey per 12 oz can, you get a nice honey sweetness. Being said, most of the honey is metabolized by the yeast so it’s nothing like drinking a soda. Additionally, you get some orange and floral notes on the end with a crisp, hop finish to round it out.
Mouthfeel: For a pilsner, this is on the heavier end but is not overly so. Think a Budweiser and you’ve got a close match. I think a bit more carbonation would help lighten it a touch.
Value: Does anyone really complain about free beer?
Overall: As far as pilsners go, this is one of my favorites. The aroma is fantastic, it has a ton of flavor and it doesn’t kill you on ABV. My only knock is that it is a bit heavier than I would’ve liked, so I’m going to give it an 8/10. Like I said, the flavors and aromas are fantastic and I think it really hits the spot on a scorching Florida summer day.
BONUS FISHING REPORT: Well, for a change, we did some catching while fishing. We’re quickly moving into the summer patterns for bass fishing. This means you can get some shallow water bites first thing in the morning or after sundown.
As the sun gets higher and the water temp starts to rise, bass will be moving to deeper water with structure. Think docks, sunken trees and shaded areas over deeper water. The underwater vegetation will be thick, so use weedless-style baits or bring a boatload of patience.
Until next time, tight lines and cheers!