Marble Brewery Pilsner

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Normally, I am not a pilsner drinker. However, I was recently in Albuquerque and, as my wife and I were rounding out our shopping, I saw six-packs of Marble Brewery Pilsner on sale for $6.99. Since our menu that evening included Buffalo-style chicken wings and nachos, I reasoned a pilsner would be a nice match to the spicy food and appease my son’s dislike of IPAs.

Marble Brewery opened in 2008 north of the downtown district of Albuquerque and takes its name simply from the street where it’s located. Marble is a fun place that warrants a location review in its own right (keep track of this space for just such a review). Marble’s beer garden has a stage for bands, and there is a regular rotation of outstanding food trucks waiting at the curb. The brewery also hosts an eclectic variety of events, from mountain rescue society fundraisers, to beer and cheese pairings, all the way to hosting lectures for the New Mexico Herpetological Society. Marble Brewery has a standard lineup of seven brews and several specialty/seasonal offerings. Its beer is becoming more noticeable in area liquor stores, and Marble has expanded to three locations in addition to expanding distribution in New Mexico.

ABV: 4.7%

IBUs: Searching several sources revealed nothing. It tastes to be in the high 20s/low 30s

Form of tasting: 12 oz. can into a pilsner glass

Color: Light straw.

Nose: Subtle herbs/grass and malt.

Flavor: Upon tasting, the herb and grassy nose gives way to a sweet maltiness, and thankfully none of the weird fruity snap you get with products from the mega-breweries. The sweetness is not cloying and eventually falls off in the slightly bitter finish when tasted on its own. On the other hand, I purchased this beer as a counter to the spicy food we ate, and it somewhat disappeared against the strong flavor of nachos and wings. It did do the job of knocking down the heat but lost its identity in the process.

Style Truth: Marble markets this a German-style Pilsner, and its malty character places it firmly there.

Bottom Line: As I mentioned before, I normally do not choose to drink pilsner-style beers. However, since I will be spending a considerable amount of time in Albuquerque, I can certainly see myself making this a regular purchase as the reward for surviving a hot summer day. I will just need to remember to enjoy it with lighter flavored meals; maybe bratwurst or fish.