We're in the deepest depths of summer. Folks, it's hot, like seven inches from the midday sun hot. Beer just needs to be cold, crisp, and smooth this time of year.

Enter Wow Factor, Eureka Heights' new summer seasonal. It boasts the backbone of a traditional German pilsner—crisp and clean, cold and smooth—with a little something extra: a citrusy blast from Mandarina Bavaria hops.

You can smell the orange up front, and while it's not the cleanest pilsner I've ever tasted, it's pretty smooth. As the sip ends, I get that little twist of citrus, which more or less blends in with the malts. 

The more beer I have from Eureka Heights, the more I'm impressed with the brewery's consistency. It's an excellent pound-for-pound brewery, never overreaching but always delivering on traditional styles, while offering just a little character each time out. Buckle Bunny is perfect for when you just want a simple cream ale. Mini Boss is a good, standard IPA. Mostly Harmless is a great little kolsch. And Wow Factor finds a way to stand out in the pilsner category. Another good summer beer from the Heights brewery.

Rating: 7.4/10

Explanation of ratings: 9.5-10: as good as the best beer in America; 9-9.4: the best beer in Houston; 8-8.9: among the better beers in Houston; 7-7.9: really good beer; 6-6.9: try this beer at least once; 5-5.9: if you’re stuck, this won’t hurt; 3-4.9: among the lowest-quality beers in Houston; 0-2.9: as bad as the worst beer in America.

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