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Trumer Pils - Trumer Brauerei Berkeley

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Reviews: 250
Hads: 559
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 19.42%
Wants: 30
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
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Trumer Brauerei Berkeley
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener | 4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-11-2003

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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 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 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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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Schaumburger pilsner glass. Pours a light straw amber with hints of gold. Thin white head disssipates quickly to a thin film and ring around the glass with light lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt, light lemon and citrus hops with skunkiness on opening dissipating to a hint of skunk in the open glass. Flavor is dry grassy hops and crackery biscuit malt, finishing with light lemon and citrus hops and sadly haunted by a wisp of skunk. Light bodied with nice peppery carbonation. A light pilsner hitting all the correct German pilsner notes in malt and hops, a bit drier and subdued than normal, but the dryness is nice for a change. How sad that how much effort was put into setting up a brewery in the US to produce fresher pilsner and then let it get light struck in a green bottle. Not bad, but I'll be looking for my pilsner fix elsewhere.

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Photo of soju6
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light golden color with a big Pilsner head that fades to some lacing.

S: Mild citrus aroma with some malt sweetness in the background and bit of grain.

T: Taste of a mild malt sweetness and fresh grain. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp smooth and refreshing.

O: Decent drinker that goes down easy.

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Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells strongly of toasted grain and straw with a spicy saffron scent. Fairly yeasty with a faint sulfur scent.

Starts out mildly sweet with a mild bitter after taste. Good noble hop flavor a combination of straw and saffron.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a well made German Pils.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Raul's chilling out on the low on this gorgeous Sunday afternoon at The Playground in Santa Ana, CA. So to keep up with the golden and light theme of things, Raul is going deep on a Trumer Pils.

All kinds of aite down the line. Nah, I'd say better than aite, but it's like Cameron Diaz in the 90's; if it was in front of me and ready to go, sure, Raul would hop on it - but he wouldn't exactly seek it out.

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Photo of jdhowe
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Time to review something local.

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: About what I'd expect of a pilsener, a light amber body with minimal bubble white head that rapidly dissipates. A small continuous bubble stream from the base of the glass, but not enough to sustain anything other than a flimsy lacing along the outside of the glass. As I drink this, there is a surprising amount of lacing left down the glass for something with such minimal head.

S: Bready malt backed by a little bit of yeast and hop. Nothing I am excited about, and something small I am not able to label that just isn't doing it for me.

T: The bready malt dominates, light hop bitterness shows through. Some alcohol is evident, but doesn't contribute strongly to the flavor as one might expect from something so light. Something showing up in the middle of the sip that is mildly fruity in the same way as a cider, but not nearly as strongly. Not typically a pilsener fan, I find very little engaging here, but I didn't really expect to find anything. Markedly average. The strange pungent thing from the smell showed only slightly in the first sips of this beer, but vanished once I really got into this beer. Overall it drinks fine.

M: Crisp, refreshing, and while it's tough to uncouple from the flavors I'm not really a huge fan of, the mouthfeel of this beer is quite good for its style.

O: Just fine. Not something I would seek out to serve to myself or others, but not a beer choice I could fault someone for making if looking for something that is "light and refreshing" but not miserable. I won't go out of my way to revisit this beer, but could see myself picking this up preferentially out of common offerings at social events.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint.

A: Pours a light golden yellow with a huge dense bright white head that slowly faded into a faint scum leaving a network of streaky lace down the glass.
S: Light crackery malt, mild lager yeast, crisp earthy hops and peppery spice.
T: Follows the nose with bready malt, a light sweetness, spicy leafy hops, and doughy yeast. Crisp overall.
M: Medium-light body, slick clean crisp mouth, perfect creamy carb.
O: One of the best you can find in a six pack. Easy to drink, flavorful and clean.

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Photo of olfolxholme
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into Trumer Pils signature style flute (the tube looking one)

A - Crystal clear golden beer with bright white foam. Pours with a big head which slowly slowly dissipates until your next sip. Some patches of lacing. Good looking beer.

S - Nice zesty hops, and some classic "lager yeast" aroma. Acceptable mineral presence.

T - Super clean flavor. Zesty, herbal hops and a golden shortbread flavor. Nice bitter finish that lingers.

M - Appropriately light, with a nice little bite that fades away. Aftertastes buzzes a bit.

O - Very drinkable. Nothing fascinating about this beer, but it's nice. This beer appeals to a lot of non-beer drinkers, BMC drinkers, and the ilk... But it is actually a very nice beer. So, you don't have to feel like a total sell-out if you bring this to the party. Definitely worth trying, especially if you are a fan of the style.


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Trumer Pils from Trumer Brauerei Berkeley
86 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.