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Brewer's Alley Pils - Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

17 Ratings
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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A very pale beer brewed as a lager and which has a crisp, assertive Czechoslovakian Saaz hop character. This beer took 6 weeks to produce because the strain of yeast we used has a slow and cold fermentation, which results in a very smooth beer.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-01-2005)
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Reviews by yankiac:
Photo of yankiac
4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far my favorite beer at brewers alley. It is served in a tall pilsner glass and tastes every bit as good as it looks. It has a nice feel when your drinking it as well. The hops stand out but are not overbearing. Unlike some of the other beers, this one is not very heavy and I could definately see drinking this one all night long. A must have.

yankiac, Mar 12, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerZack
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden straw color with nice one-finger head that fades to some small clumps that decorate the glass on the way down.

Slightly sweet, grainy Pils malt smells, biscuits and honey, with grassy hops notes, slight citrus impression, CO2 gas.

Nice, flavorful and dry American Pils. Pale, rich maltiness that's almost sweet, but the hops come in just in time to balance it out and more, with a spicy hop kick on the finish. Bit of lingering astringent quality.

Full bodied Pils, a bit too strong on the carbonation, doesn't have that creaminess a great Pils has.

BeerZack, May 16, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap to a pint glass. The liquid is pale yellow with good carbonation. The head in a nice illy white 2 fingers and strong. Fades slow and leaves a good lace

The smell is bready and freash very freash. Some nice hops coming through.

The taste is nutty. A real nice smooth nutty taste, with a bready flavor. I like this.

Mouthfeel is good nothing special, beer like, good carbonation.

Drinkability is high, a very interesting example of the style. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of tugdriver7
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Having enjoyed the brewpub's on-tap offerings in the past, I was pleasantly surprised to see this in a bottle at Jason's (Ellicott City) the other day. Left a bit to be desired, however, once I got it home and poured it in a glass. Pale straw color, very thin and "spritzy" (best way to describe it) with a bready malt aroma and a mild hops flavor. Extremely drinkable and refreshing in a "lawn mower" sort of way, but far from the local standards like "Penn Pils."

tugdriver7, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow with a thin white cap. Some trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is bready, slightly floral.

The taste is of sweetdough/biscuit with plenty of floral, bitter hops. Finishes bitter and dry. The bitterness pushes the envelop on balance.

Crisp, light body. Refreshingly dry.

The breadiness comes through just a tad too much, as does the bitterish for the style, IMO.
Nice, but some more grainy sweetness would give it a better balance. Still, its enjoyable, refreshing and nicely done overall.

jwc215, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear pale straw color with a fizzy white head that thins. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is dominated by herbal and spicy hop tones. A nice, crisp pilsner malt smell lurks beneath.

Herbal hops upfront with a an immediate and rather aggressive bitterness. Nice pilsner malt flavors do manage to cut through the hops. It finishes quite dry with a lingering bitterness.

Light body, well carbonated.

Overall, I expected a great pils after the aroma - but the unchecked bitterness pushed this guy into mediocrity. I love hoppy pilsners, but the best ones I've had maintain great balance in this rather delicate style.

MaltyGoodness, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this one. It pours a clear golden color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into fluffy lacing. The aroma is of grassy, floral, and spicy noble hops. The taste is has all the hoppy goodness of the aroma, but is stronger. There is a nice firm bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is one of the hoppiest pilseners I have tasted. I would love to have this one readily available in my area.

KarlHungus, May 01, 2008
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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, picked up to support my local brewery.

Light yellow in color, some chill haze which cleared quickly. Medium sized, creamy, off-white head. Decent lacing, no legs.

Spicy/peppery scent. Grass. Biscuity.

Taste was more bitter than sweet and very similar to the aroma. Crackery middle, with a hint of sweetness (wheat bread). Spice, pepper and grass at the finish.

Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Nice and dry -crisp.

Very nice. Bought it just for the hell of it, and may have found a good summer standard. I look forward to exploring more of their line. Even tasted pretty good after it warmed up a bit (4 year old children can be very distracting!).

, Jul 15, 2008
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

MattSharpless, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of tgbljb
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy dull golden color with massive white puffy head. Good lacing and head retention.
Smell is very light with only a light sweet sensation present.
Taste is truly enjoyable. There is a firm malt fruity sweetness back by loads of hops at the finish.
The malt and hops blend nicely at the ending to form a nice mouth feel.
Very pleasant. very drinkable. I could easily drink several of these.
My first beer from this brewery. I would love to try more.

tgbljb, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of therica
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I reviewed this on-tap on 8/25/2008 and the bottled version is very consistent.

This review is from 3/26/2010 although I'm adding on 6/8/2010 that I just did a comparison between a few bottles of this and a few bottles of lovely Paulaner Original Munich Lager, and I actually prefer this (despite the Lager/Pils comparison), both poured into a clean glass 1/2L stein.

A= golden yellow, modest white head, minimal lacing.

S= lavender, hops florals, light bready sweet malts.

T= very clean, a little more floral taste than many of the more famous Pilsners, light lavender, balanced modest hops bitters, light on carbonation but enough to get a good belch. Very pleasant.

M= clean with some nice hops florals, slightly more bitters than the famous Pils' and some nice bready sweet malts lingering favorably.

D= very drinkable, should go with most meals, snacks, sessions or anything where the slight sweetness wouldn't clash.

therica, Mar 26, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

wrightst, Apr 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

StaindProject86, Mar 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

GaryMarkle84, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of SSBrennan
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a moderate frothy white head which falls slowly.

Smells of Saaz and citrus but very mild. No off notes.

The taste is similarly understated with good basic sweetness giving way to floral hops and a mild earthy finish.

Slightly oily mouthfeel but clean finish.

Very drinkable, a nice offering.

SSBrennan, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of meatyard
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear, golden yellow with a 2 finger, white head that falls to a cover while leaving spotty lacing.
Smells of light, lemon citrus and a bit of bread.
The taste is much the same as the smell with a light bitterness.
Mouthfeel tends toward crisp and well carbonated.
This is a pretty tasty and drinkable beer, not outstanding considering the many high quality German pils in my area, but still would be a very nice everyday summer beer. A satisfying beer of which I am glad to have had a few.

meatyard, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of KFaulkner
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked this up as a six pack at a local Hagerstown store.

This is one of the better pilseners I've had. The bottle is nondescript, with an old-fashioned photo of the brewery in Frederick. It simply says Brewer's Alley Pilsner Established 1996 Frederick, Maryland. I like Frederick; home of Francis Scott Key.

As for the beer, I had mine very cold, which I think helped the flavor by cutting it's bitterness since this is such a light lager. It's crisp, slightly sweet but there is no bitter aftertaste or sour smell. The beer is light, refreshing and completely transparent. There is little to no head.

My only complaint is that it lacks character, but that's because of the low alcohol and hoppiness of this style, so I can't really judge it based on how it compares to more complex beers.

I'm not usually fond of lagers, particularly pilseners, but this is certainly one of the better ones that I have had. Pick one up, or stop by the brewpub if you're ever in the area.

KFaulkner, Oct 28, 2006
Brewer's Alley Pils from Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.