There’s a difference between being a Texas brewery, and then really brewing something Texan. I know that might sound ironic considering we’re going to be talking about a German-style beer that does use German hops, but stay with me here.

Last year, Robert Earl Keen, the Houston, Texas born and raised country singer, got with Pedernales Brewing Co. of Fredericksburg, Texas, to collaborate on a beer that would feature Texas Hill Country well water but more importantly uses Llano, Texas-based honey producer Fain’s Honey Co.

Pedernales Robert Earl Keen Honey Pils can

I know, a lot of commas and a lot of small Texan towns you’ve probably never heard of.1

Now that we’ve firmly established the beer’s Texan roots, it’s time to actually get into the beer itself. The first thing that strikes me is the bright, clear orange color the beer has. There is a nice quarter-inch head that slowly disappears into a thin film. Bringing the glass up to my nose, I immediately get a sweet floral and light honey aroma, with very light malts on the finish. Interestingly lacking is not really any hop aroma anywhere in the mix.

Pedernales Robert Earl Keen Honey Pils

Taking my first sip I’m greeted by a very delicate, light taste. There is plenty of honey up front, with some floral notes that are followed closely by some very light caramel malts. It’s fairly sweet, but a touch of bitterness balances it back out. Really, the flavors are quite light and not overly complex, and as such it’s nicely refreshing. The mouthfeel is very light as well, just stopping short of what I’d call watery, with a light to medium carbonation. Past that, slightly bitter honey notes linger on the finish, which might sound like an odd combination, but it works.

Pedernales Robert Earl Keen Honey Pils
BREWERY: Pedernales Brewing Co.
LOCATION: Fredericksburg, Texas
STYLE: Pilsner
ABV: 5 percent
IBU: 17
PRICE: $1.33
RELEASE DATE: October 2014
AVAILABLE IN: 12-ounce cans
I can’t say this beer blew me away in terms of flavor, but what it’s trying to do, it does well. From the flavor to the mouthfeel, this is definitely what I would call light and refreshing, though by no means is it a flavorless beer. The sweet honey notes sooth the bitter notes, making it an easy drinker, though the bitterness calms the sweetness down so it’s not overwhelming. Overall, I did enjoy it, and could definitely see myself grabbing a six-pack of this for a day at the beach or by the pool.
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