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As lager lovers, we’re always keen to try British brewers’ attempts, especially when we’ve heard good things about them from fellow beer geeks.Bermondsey Beer Mile (http://www.londonbeerguide.com/article.php?ID=bermondsey) brewery Fourpure’s (http://www.fourpure.com/) Pils has generated plenty of attention, partly because it comes in that most contentious of containers, a 330ml can (http://www.beerbattered.co.uk/beer/item/126-the-endless-grind-of-the-craft-beer-hype-machine).
Trusting our peers, rather than dabbling with one or two, we included half a dozen (@ £1.95 each, plus P&P) in our last order from Beer Merchants, placed at the height of the recent heat wave when we were craving things cold and refreshing.
At first, we were a little disappointed: compared to the cans of St Austell Korev we had picked up from the local CO-OP (@ about £1.10 each) Fourpure Pils seemed rather rough-edged.*Last night, however, having emptied the last two cans and crushed them against our foreheads with a roar (obviously not) we concluded that it was good stuff after all.
It is, for one thing, far from bland: by the standards of most beers calling themselves Pils, it has a pronounced wild-flower, blackcurrant, stinging nettle hop aroma, back up by a robust, parching bitterness.
The hint of roughness remained in evidence, however — somewhere in the brewing and packaging process, we’d guess there is oxygen where there shouldn’t be, leading to a persistent stale, papery note in the background. It’s much, much cleaner than our home-brewed lager (plastic bucket, no temperature control) but there are similarities.
Depending on your tastes, though, this might read as that much-desired quality — ‘character’.
We couldn’t resist one final experiment — would it taste different necked straight from the can? Side-by-side with a serving in a*fancy stemmed tasting glass, we noted to our surprise that despite this practical issue…

Want the great taste of can but only have bottles? Simply hold a piece of filthy aluminium under your nose while drinking.
— Stringers Beer (@stringersbeer) August 6, 2014 (https://twitter.com/stringersbeer/statuses/497049692501733376)

…the aroma was actually far better, concentrated through the tiny aperture into a needle of bright hoppiness right up the nostrils. From a glass, though still punchy, aroma, flavour*and*bitterness all seemed generally gentler.
In conclusion, we’d buy Fourpure Pils again, and look forward to trying it on tap when we get the chance.
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