Glassware: The Pilsner has long been relegated to the standard shaker pint glass, a glass that serves as no help for any beer style. To truly experience any beer, great glassware is a must. A standard tubular Pilsner glass is the best choice for this beer however a Willy Beecher pub glass or snifter will also work well to help capture the aroma and allow the beer to warm slowly.
Description: Who You Callin’ Wussie pours a clear golden yellow with billowy white head that leaves behind a thick lacing on the glass. The aroma is filled with wet grain and cracker light malts with backing hints of fresh, spicy and floral noble hops with just hint of sulfur; a very desirable note in world class Pilsners. The taste is crisp and refreshing and offers everything you could want from a great Pilsner. The light cracker malts cascade over the palate first with subtle hints of hops offering a slight bite that adds to the refreshing characteristics. The light body and moderate carbonation are textbook for a great Pilsner. The Pilsner style is one that has long been written off by many craft brewers since macro breweries have seemingly destroyed it for many beer lovers. This is far from a macro brewed Pilsner and is instead full of flavor. This is not only a phenomenal beer but may be one of the best Pilsners you ever consume.
Food pairing: Pilsners are perfect for cookouts or Friday pizza nights. The light crisp taste of Who You Callin’ Wussie make it a true workhorse beer for a variety of pairings. Be sure to have this stocked in your cooler for the next backyard barbecue. The beer goes exceptionally well with burgers, barbecue chicken, hot dogs and salmon. The lightly sweetened malts will gravitate toward the natural sweetness in any meats and the hops will sink their teeth into any spices. This is also a beer that goes perfect with pizza. Do not hold back on the toppings. Pilsners have a natural pairing with pizza, maybe its a remnant from our college days before we developed better palates. Unlike many other Pilsners, Who You Callin’ Wussie also goes well with “higher end” meals such as lobster, steak and duck. No matter what you choose, this is a beer that will offer something without getting lost in the mix, a true feat for a Pilsner.
The Final Word: Don’t be confused by the Arrogant Brewing tag, this is Stone Brewing Co. and it’s a solid beer which has come to be expected from Stone. The brewery has come to be known for big, bold beer and has built a reputation on the backing of putting down macro breweries with the bold declaration that “fizzy yellow beer is for wussies.” The brewery has now made the decision to brew their own take on the Pilsner style and help reclaim it for craft beer as something it was meant to be, an easy drinking, yet flavorful beer. Rest assured they have succeeded in spades and this is sure to be one of the best Pilsners you will ever enjoy and it also serves as a great gateway beer for your non craft beer loving friends! Get some now while it’s fresh!
Derek Warren is a beer fanatic, avid homebrewer and beer historian. Derek can be heard weekly on the Beer Geeks Radio Hour at noon on Sundays on WILK 103.1 FM with past episodes available on iTunes.
Brewer: Arrogant Brewing (Stone Brewing Co.)
Beer: Who You Callin’ Wussie
Style: German Pilsner
ABV: 5.80 %