London-based Infinite Session’s presence in the AF beer market is certainly increasing as the market also continues to grow. Their beers are cropping up on the shelves of many supermarkets in the UK, with Majestic Wines, Sainsbury’s and Tesco Extra stores stocking them pretty prominently, at least around here in south east London. I’ve yet to see one ‘out in the wild’ so to say, but I’m sure their very recognisable can labelling will be showing up in pub coolers sooner or later.
Infinite Session’s beers are brewed at Sambrook’s Brewery, which has been located in Battersea since 2008. Sambrook’s have been cranking out craft beers for many years, mostly at full ABV strengths. Infinite Session Pils is also marketed as a ‘craft lager’ on the side of the can, so we can only think that some of Sambrook’s knowledge has hopefully rubbed off during production. The beer is a winner in the World Beer Awards, scooping up the bronze medal in the light lager category a couple of years ago, so it seems to have good form. Does Infinite Session Pils stick to it’s light lager roots, or does it veer off to a more flavourful ‘craft lager’ territory?
Pouring out from the can we get a clear golden liquid, with what looks like a fair amount of carbonation. A small white head foams up but retreats to a thin film within seconds. On the nose there are certainly more hops than you’d expect from a pilsner. Citrus notes are prominent, some floral aroma, with hay and malt sweetness in the background.
Taste-wise the malt is at the forefront, with some wholemeal biscuit flavour, but leaving enough room for citrus hops to do the rounds on your tastebuds. It’s not much like a pilsner, but it is quite light, bordering on weak. The mouthfeel is also quite watery. It finishes with a clean, slight citrus taste.
Infinite Session Pils is a bit adrift, meandering from mild pilsner lager to hoppy American Pale Ale territory, and has definitely lost it’s footing along the way. If they’d stuck to the plan and concentrated on a pilsner for this, I think they would have nailed it. Instead what we’ve got is an NA beer, that whilst it is drinkable, it doesn’t really seem to tick any boxes. I think I’ll stick to Infinite Session’s ales in the future.
Nutritional Information (per 100ml)
0.5% alcohol by volume
11 calories energy
(taken from the side of the can)
Water, Malted Barley, Wheat, Oats, Hops, Yeast
Infinite Session Pils Non-Alcoholic Lager Review
Another AF beer that doesn’t really know what it should be, and ends up rather bland as a result.