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Trumer Pils | Trumer Brauerei Berkeley

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California, United States | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-11-2003

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Reviews: 257 | Ratings: 575
Photo of jcruelty
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I hate to use the cliches "crisp and refreshing" but real talk: this beer is crisp and refreshing. I'm drinking it straight out the bottle which probably diminishes the head and smell but it still tastes great. Cool that this is brewed in Berkeley. Need to check out that brewery sometime. Sometimes you just want a clean, direct pilsner and that this is!

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Photo of bofarr
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great little pilsner. Nicely hopped without being over the type. Crisp, refreshing and not too carbonated in the mouth. Excellent warm day brew or session beer for a late night at the office.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very faint yellow pour, good clarity, solid brightness, 1/2" white head. Aroma was strong lager yeast but without the skunking that I've simply come to enjoy in Euro style pilsners.

For being a noble hopped lightish lager, this really drops a bunch into flavor territory. Its a worthy beer in a lot of situations whether that be session drinking, bottle share palate cleansers, hot weather, sporting events etc. . .

Well done and adheres to tradition and style guidelines.

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Photo of donspublic
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pilsner glass, absolutely beautiful beer. Still releasing bubbles from the bottom. Poured with minimal head, nice pool hanging out on top. Clear straw yellow to look at. Smells of malt, but mainly grassy hops. Taste like it smells, love this beer, shiner needs to steal this recipe and start distributing this in Texas. Great finish, would be a great summer pounder

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Photo of jws7968
3.07/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This bottle may have been a little older, but I just could not wrap my head around anything that was going on with this one. Would not want to try it again.

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Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Beer 39, San Francisco, CA

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of grassy hops, along with hints of bready pilsener malts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down rather easily and has nice aromas and flavors of grassy hops, the smell of which is a little stronger compared to the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw golden in color with a hazy complexion. I smell Hallertau hops and lemon zest. The taste is just as advertised in the nose with Hallertau hops and lemon flavor. The mouth is crisp, refreshing, and light.

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Photo of keninla
4.76/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Trumer Pils in Berkeley, CA has succeeded in brewing an authentic German-style Pilsner on the West Coast. If you enjoy the crisp, not-too bitter bitterness of German Pilsner, I highly recommend Trumer.

German Pilsner is my favorite style of beer. I've sampled Pilsner throughout Germany as well as dozens of domestic Pilsners. Trumer is the first domestic Pilsner I have encountered that successfully replicates the taste and mouth-feel of classic German Pilsner. If I did not know Trumer was brewed in domestically, I would have guessed the beer was imported from Northern Germany.

Look: golden with a thin head
Smell: grassy and aromatic
Taste: authentic Pilsner: subtly hoppy, slight bitterness, refreshing & smooth
Feel: light, refreshing, moderate carbonation
Overall: an excellent classic German Pilsner produced on the West Coast

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Lots of carbonation clear, and yellow. Perfect appearance for a Pils. Light body and smooth. Very drinkable. Crisp. Light grassy malt up front, a little earthy in the middle, and a bitter finish. Very pleasant flavor. Nose is pretty toned down. Maybe a little hay and grass, but not much of anything. A refreshing and drinkable beer.

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Photo of Catalina
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It must be admitted up front that I don't love pilsners, but this is one of the best I've had - maybe because it is more smooth and still crisp - if you like that part. I'm girl with a big sweet tooth so the maltier beers speak to me more, but this one is OK. I'm surprised the ABV is 4.%. I've had a few and don't notice a thing. Then again, I'm used to beers 7% and above.

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Photo of Holygeez
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Very clean German pils. Very subtle initial sulfur aroma with crisp, slightly malty taste. A little bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Very refreshing.

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Photo of loubar
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from Safeway. Pours light yellow with a white head. Flavor is dry, grassy hops and biscuit malt with light lemon and citrus hops finish and a tiny bit of skunk. Light bodied with nice peppery carbonation. Crisp, refreshing and very easy to drink. A light yet classic German pilsener. Great balance. Really nice.

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Photo of silverevo9
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this brewery specializes in one thing...pilsners. Which is good because this is really great. Has the typical Euro smell but the taste is very smooth. The taste is where this shines. From nose to mouth to finish is wonderful. As far as first impressions...Do get that slight hop smell up front. Definitely smell the Saaz. Nice speckled residue in the head. Lacing...looks like its snowing out my window. Very clear and light...Very good pils, but pricey...

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Photo of SmashPants
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Format: a standard 330mL green bottle with a pretty decent macro label.

Appearance: a clear light amber colour with light visible carbonation. A finger of white head that drops to a thin film.

Aroma: a fairly light aroma of some decent grains with light grass hops. Okay.

Taste: some bread malts with the grass hops and clean grains. Okay, but not amazing.

Aftertaste: some sweetness from the grains coming through with the light hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: a light - and a little bit thin - body with a moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is pretty much just a lager, but one that is AU$72 for a case of 24. completely unacceptable for a beer that really isn't all that good or exciting.

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Photo of EStCharles
3/5  rDev -21.3%

A: Lite-yellow, clear, urine like.

S: Lite-Sweetness, hoppy, grassy, fresh, alcohol.

T: Lite malts, refreshing, clear and smooth, hoppy, grassy, and skunky.

M: Lite, thin, refreshing, crisp, clean, lite carbonation.

Overall: I think it is too skunky and thin for me. It is a decent beer, but I wouldn't drink it regularly because the hop profile is too skunky and the beer is too thin.

P.S.: I'm not sure if the skunkiness is attributable to the green glass bottle or hops.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new one to me, acquired a single bottle of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a miniature Victorian carriage adorned pint glass.

A - It pours a nice clear straw yellow colored body, lots of active carbonation, excellent clarity, and one finger of frothy white foam head. Looks very nice for the style. 4

S - The aroma is grassy, herbal, & hoppy, with a good biscuity malt presence. Nothing extraordinary happening, but very hoppy and aromatic for the style. 3.5

T - The taste follows the nose - crisp, bready, malty, with good grassy / zesty / herbal hop presence. 4

M - The feel is crisp, clean, and dry on the finish. Mildly refreshing and easy to drink, I'd say. Medium bodied with good carbonation. 3.5

Overall, an interesting German pilsener, definitely one of the more memorable beers in this style category that I've had in recent memory. Recommended for sure.

Trumer Pils -----4/5.

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Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

A very pale yellow color but shining as brightly as I thought it would, this one grows just more than half a finger of fluffy white head that drops down some pretty strong lace.
I like the impression and the feel the green bottle and the traditional very German presentation, but the green glass does make me wonder. Still, I get no skunk and only a slight note of sulfur I might expect from the hops. There's quite a bit of lemon and herb in both the aroma and flavor. The impression is of lemongrass and citrus, but with a bit of a sting. I find the esters to build up a bit too strongly through the session. Otherwise, this is absolutely a solid pils.
It's crisp and light, plenty refreshing, but that bite does build. It's clean for most of the way through until it catches up.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I don't know why more bars don't have this on tap, especially with it being brewed in the states as well as Europe.

I can't say I've had a German pilsner as agreeable as this one. Black pepper, just the right amount of cattiness and an easy drinking body.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This pours a light golden color with thin foaming.

There’s an aroma of faded hops and aspirations, pun intended. The flavor has a musty character that makes me think of green apple cider and grains, with a bit of wet grass. I can’t help but wonder how much more this beer could be if it wasn’t in green glass.

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Photo of tomsamarati
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

When I want a light hot summer weather pilsner I often choose Trumer. This beer defines Crisp! I love the clean mouth feel this beer delivers. The nose is bright and welcoming. I find a good crispy salad and fresh fish tacos are complemented by Trumer Pils. When on sale at my local market for $7.99 / six pack, it's a bargain!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this bottle at Whole Foods in Fremont CA, poured from the green bottle chilled in a mug.

The color is golden clear with thick white cap and small bead with a good amount of lace. The smell is decent with a slight skunky yeast/hop odor with grassy odor and mild sweet malt presence, not great but the green bottle probably made the slight off aroma which is mild in comparison to the pilsner attributes. The feel is good with light body and medium bitterness with moderate carbonation and mild sweetness with a clean dry finish.

The taste is very good with slight hop flavor up front with low astringency and mild grassy aspect with gentle herbal noble type flavor with mild malt sweetness and gentle yeast in the taste with some low diacetyl in the finish making it seem smooth. I like the noble hop character I get in the taste which makes the hop seem less bitter in taste. Overall this is a pretty good pilsner, a nice example of the style and I think it is a good value if you like German lagers.

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Photo of Curtis
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an absolute crystal clear. Very light gold. Decent head with lace that remains a few minutes. Mouthfeel is smooth, carbonation is perfect for this style. Aroma is a mild skunky, not pungent. Taste is right on. Touch of grain, crisp hops. Flavor does dissipate quickly -would be nice if it lingered a little longer. Could drink this all night and never tire of it.

As i get further down the glass, it seems a bit mild... so i dropped the rating a little. Still a very good beer.

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Photo of ranger7
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought from Central Market in a Pick 6.
Poured from bottle into a pint glass.
(Review from notes)

A - Gold and bright. Great big white head, which proudly sticks around long after the first sip. Some good carbonation here, goes well with the style.

S - Skunky. Reminds me of a Heineken, which is not a good thing. Never been a fan of that smell.

T - Hop/floral front, smoother back.

M - Nice and carbonated, fizzy mouthfeel.

Summary - Kind of undecided on this one. Trumer Pils has a great presence (minus the smell), but it kind of disappoints me. Not as good as I was expecting, maybe I expected too much. Still though, an average pilsner.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful yellow with a white head and incredible clarity. Smells of fresh cut grass, lemonade, and a faint sweetness like animal crackers. Tastes similar with the slight lemon up front with a pils malt sweetness; not too dry or too sweet or too tart or bitter. Just well balanced. Also an excellent drink ability here. Pints go down super easy. An excellent American Pilsner!

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Photo of BearslikeBeers
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Living in Berkeley I see these all over the place but had never really sat down to review it on here.
Trumer pours a very clear yellow and is highly carbonated so a big, fine, head forms without too much lace. The aroma is bready and malty and reminds me of more common Euro Style Pils. Very pale malts lead to a very bitter flavor that is nice but a little overpowering by the end of a bottle or two. Overall it is drinkable but there isn't anything that really stands out or really draws me back to it. Trumer Pils is a little too carbonated for my taste and the bitter after-taste comes in a little too strong for the style of pilsner I am used to.

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Trumer Pils from Trumer Brauerei Berkeley
86 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.