Luppolo Brewing Co : La Piazza Pilsner


Luppolo Brewing Co : La Piazza Pilsner Review

Like many modern beer styles, the Italian Pilsner can be traced back to one beer. In 1996, brewer Agostino Arioli wasn’t happy with a German Pilsner he had made and decided to dry hop it with Old World hops. He called it Tipopils and it is widely considered to be the origin of the Italian Pilsner. Sometime after that Firestone Walker Brewmaster Matt Brynildson brought the style to the New World with Pivo Pils, also dry-hopped with Old World Noble hops. Who better to brew this style than the Italian-centric BC brewery Luppolo, which is what they have done with La Piazza Pilsner.

La Piazza is clear yellow with a generous, tight bubbled white head that lingers well. It has very strong carbonation. On the nose, there is lemon-like hoppiness with notes of biscuity malts and spiciness. It is medium-bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. This is a full-flavoured pilsner with the Old World Hallertau hops playing the central role in providing lemon, grass, and hay notes. Next up is the pilsner malt with a balancing sweet and creamy maltiness. There is a moderate bitterness in the long floral finish with secondary notes of nectar fruit and subtle spice.

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About This Beverage

  • Colour: Straw
  • Head Size & Retention: Above average head/retention
  • Carbonation: Bubbly/Lively
  • Clarity: Clear
  • Balance: More Hoppy
  • Drinkability: Extremely Crushable
  • Enjoyment: I would definitely seek this beer out again
  • Malt Characteristics: Biscuity/Bready
  • Hop Characteristics: Citrusy, Floral, Grass, Leaves or Hay, Spicy
  • Palate: Creamy, Soft or Silky


Italian Pilsners are usually defined as a Pilsner that has been dry hopped with Old World hops. Italian forward brewery Luppolo will turn you into a true believer with the lovely and layered La Piazza.

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