REVIEW: Starke Pils by Amsterdam Brewery


Well, they were right when they said it isn’t your traditional Pilsner.

Out of the tallboy pours a light hazy straw colour with a dense white head that also laces the glassware. The aroma is of a simple Pilsner with its refreshing notes of grains and hops. The taste is hoppy, crisp and bold (yet light) with its medium bitterness, spices, and dried fruit.

From Amsterdam Brewery;

The idea with Starke was to brew a fairly traditional Czech style Pilsner, but to leave it unfiltered and to hop it aggressively as well as adding a dry-hop to the process. The result is a refreshing golden Pilsner with a rich body and some spicy, grassy notes from the hops as well as a slight resiny finish.


This is a Pilsner that I could see myself drinking more often this Summer over than the other Pilsners that Ontario has to offer. Starke Pils is part of Amsterdam’s Seasonal Series and would be a welcome addition to the regular line-up.

As Ontario would have a lot of Pilsners on hand, this is one of the best in the province. Starke Pils is a hoppy and refreshing Pilsner that deserves the rating of 3.5 out of 5 pints.