Trumer Pils - Trumer Brauerei Berkeley

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526 Ratings

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Ratings: 526
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 28
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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Trumer Brauerei Berkeley visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-11-2003

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Photo of scottfrie
4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy straw hazy for whatever reason not sure maybe just a chill haze with a nice fluffy head.I picked up some iron on the nose as well some herbal/grassy hops very fresh aroma appetizing.Taste is lean with hops dominating I think a thin malt backbone doesnt quite stand up to the herbal notes of this beer.A light easy drinker a nice one to try but pretty uninspiring.

Photo of Jason
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with raised glass of “Trumer Pils” around the bottom of the neck. A faint laser printed freshness date of 072505 is on the neck of the bottle.

Appearance: Bubbly golden straw hue, decent lace with a good retention. Clarity is perfect.

Smell: Fresh cut hay, lemon zest and a faint biscuity maltiness.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Moderate body with a long drawn out crispness, fresh lemon herbal hop with a solid bitterness. Hop flavor seems to linger for a good while. Firm dry malt character leaves a small trace of sweetness and very little in the after taste. Faint hops in the dry finish.

Drinkability & Notes: A pretty remarkable German Pilsner being that it is brewed in the US. Right up there with the rest of my favorites; König Pilsener, Organic Ur Pils or Würzburger Hofbräu Premium Pilsner.

Photo of Weizenmensch
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"It's naht a Trumer!" says Arnie.

330mL Austrian import Trumer Pils best before 07.05.08, looking and smelling a LOT better than I remember it.

Appearance: Pale straw in colour with low carbonation, a thin, quickly-dissipating head and lots of sticky lacing. Apart from the low carbonation, it looks very enticing - maybe the glass is too clean and there's no site for the bubbles to form, it's not scored at the bottom. Could use more head too.

Smell: Amazing and totally non-skunky grassy hop aromas were flying around me as soon as I opened and poured the bottle, but now that the head's gone I can't smell them any more. Disappointing, I hope I can taste all those green hop field scents that I was getting before. Smells good, but only for a few moments.

Taste: Mmmm, fresh. I think the last Trumer I had was in their early days of import into Australia - it must have become more popular since then because this one is fruity! Pretty impressive for Pilsener hops. Sweet and fruity, can't put my finger on what it tastes like exactly... somewhere between a peach and a sweet red grape. There's also grassy hoppiness, and there's a very refreshing bitterness too. It's not exactly what I'd expect of the style, but I really like it and am going to give it full marks anyway.

Mouthfeel: Astringent thanks to the potent hops - this is important in a beer like this, because it means you don't get sick of the taste! Not overly carbonated though, which is probably a good thing because it would be too acidic and frothy otherwise.

Drinkability: Hell yeah! I'm so glad I can get a fresh-tasting German pilsener that really takes me back to my childhood in a village among the rolling foothills of the Swabian Alps. Lol, makes me imagine that at least.

Overall: Very good beer, but drink it fresh or don't drink it at all.

Photo of ehammond1
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

La Jolla, CA

Light golden yellow with a thin white cap. Dots of lacing down the glass.

Bready, grainy, and grassy aroma. Pleasant, though not overly strong. Nothing at all unpleasant.

Floral and earthy hop presence, along with some grassy flavors, and a grainy and bready malt backbone. Well balanced and incredibly drinkable.

Light to medium bodied. Crisp and clean.

A classic German pilsner (brewed in California) that goes exceptionally well with food.

Photo of boatshoes
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from Arbitrator in a recent trade, thanks!

Appearance- Pours a very straw pale with about a half a finger of fizzy white head. Fairly lively carbonation but head dies back to a thin ring in short order.

Smell- Nose is composed primarily of a touch of grassiness, musty hay, and perhaps a bit of corn. Much of what I would expect from a pilsener, not overly complex, but pretty nice.

Taste- Some musty hops and a crisp grassiness. A hint of corn again on the flavor profile. Fairly direct but refreshing.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is a touch overly aggressive on the carbonation, but pretty spot on for the style. Drinkability is pretty high and this is a pretty solid session beer.

Overall, pretty decent pilsener. I wasn't wowed but a nice session beer nonetheless.

Photo of geoffpm
4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must admit, I lived in Salzburg and never drank this beer, since i regularly drank the local augustiner and stiegl beers.

However, I you drank this american version, I was immediately transported back to Austria.

Recently , I have been on a hop kick so this Trumer pils was a welcome change.

Great mouthfeel, hoppy and incredibly drinkable

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Easily my favorite American pilsner that remains true to its origins. Faint yellow straw like pour, bubbly white head. Mild yeast aroma.

Taste, refreshing, easy to drink, gets the lager yeast mouthfeel just right, packs a good amount of flavor into a light drinkable brew. Seems like they do the saaz and/or glacier hop thing, works well with this pale malt. This is a beer that should satisfy everyone in a room, no matter their tastes nor backgrounds. Hopheads (who aren't completely opposed to a beer that isn't an ipa), chicks, faux euro guy, goateed coffee shop types, beer geeks, moms, dads, I think everyone can like this beer.

Photo of JohnW
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tap poured into the Trumer half litre tall frosted glass had dense thick head, though very little carbonation, so very few bubbles rising. Head kept well as it was drunk. Smell fresh and crisp, with a hint of sweet maltier side, not gassy, and excellent flavour. The usual crispness of a pilsner, but that hint of malt or caramel making it smooth to start, but a good hoppy bitterness in the finish, so making it well balanced and very pleasant. I would rank it as one of the best Pils type beers I have had. Had this regularly in several bars while staying in Salzburg and it was consistently good. In Salzburg area of Austria it is also well thought of as one of the best beers, and deservedly so. Not yet tried it from the bottle, but would imagine it is just as good if from same origin in Austria.

John W
B'ham UK March 2006

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.71/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a Imperial Strange)

A- This beer has a crystal clear pale yellow body with a huge carbonation of big bubbles racing to the surface. The head is a thick rocky pure white meringue that last and last.

S- This beer has a light sulfury dry noble hop smell that is pretty clean.

T- The taste has a dry faint noble hop bitterness that doesn't have much depth. As it warms a hint of pale malt with a slight cooked corn hint followed by a club soda finish.

M- This beer has a very light mouthfeel with a crisp bite in the finish.

D- This beer is pretty flavorless even when it is not ice cold. It wasn't very interesting with the only many flavor being the light punch of bitter noble hops.

Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

Photo of sloejams
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It always puzzles me why I cannot find this beer easily in Los Angeles. In the Bay Area, every corner liquor shop has this everywhere.

It's a fine, easy-drinking pilsener. Everything about it shouts "session time". Nice straw color with a minimal head. Nice and balanced with a slight more hop kick than a German made beer in this style. The only drawback is the green bottling, I've come across some sun contaminated ones that have made me sad.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was VERY leary about trying this beer seeing as it comes in a green bottle. Personally, I dislike skunks.
Pours a pale golden with large carbonation bubbles creating a half finger of quickly melting head.
Aroma is clean and fresh and light....citrus notes, bright hops, a little earth.
Taste is delightfully light and clean and 'bright'....again, very pale malts, light citrus and floral tones, bright mild hops on the end.
No aftertaste to speak up.
This is a delightful and refreshing Pils.
Glad I took the chance.

Photo of tastybeer
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and golden color and small white fast fading head. Aroma is rather pleasant. Sweet and spicy, with some lemon. Soft toasty malts and good noble/saaz hops. Taste has nice hops too. Still spicey and a mildly lemony. Nice and uplifting. Mouthfeel is nice and dry with a complimentary tingly carbonation. I find this very easy to drink as well.

Good to drink and good to smell.

Photo of appenzeller
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear gold with a nice fluffy head, good lacing. Subtle smell, flowery and clean. Taste is also subtle, nice bite, refreshing from start to finish, notable but mellow hops (saaz?) and virtually no malt tasteable. This is a very, very good technical beer, slightly too subtle for my taste but definitely one of the premier American pilsners (that notably tastes more Austrian, as fits the brewery).

Photo of Magpie14
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a light golden yellow, very light appearance overall. Thin head maintained throughout and left spotty lacing almost all the way down.

Smell: floral, grassy hops. Hint of that traditional (sweet grains) pilsner aroma.

Taste: floral hops that lead to a citrus bite. Bitter and dry grains and malt characteristics show through with a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel: light pilsner body and medium carbonation. Has that lingering bitter hop flavor.
Drinkable...but for pils fans I think their is better out there.

Photo of cokes
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale gold with a tight white settlement of suds.
Lemongrass and mineral-laden nose with a backup pils, crackery maltiness.
The malt lays down its dry hay and soup crackers, as with flows freely down the hatch. Brisk and clean through the middle, with notions of mineral-rich water. Hops bring late summer grasses, lemon oil, and further minerality.
Perky, well carbonated light body.
This rivals most of the well-known imports. But lacks a bit of personality and gumption to make it stand out on its own.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Great carbonation, but beyond that not much. Standard yellow pilsener.

Smell: Basically grass. Maybe a hint of lemon. A fairly mild smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Crisp beer, but mostly fresh grain in the flavors. Again, pretty standard.

Overall Drinkability: Not really impressed, but not offended.

Photo of ElGordo
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up mainly because there was a promotion that threw in two Trumer glasses with the six pack. Nice glasses, tall cylindrical with the logo on the side.
Pours a vibrant golden hue with a bright white head that sticks around for a while. Great carbonation - the bubbles don't stop. Aroma of slightly sweet malt, a touch of dry hops, and a hint of clean lager yeast. Crisp, clean taste that is good for a German (well, Austrian) lager - clean yeast, a touch of malt that isn't as sweet as on the nose, and a bit of spicy Saaz hops that give a touch of bitterness. The tanginess of the hops provides a bit of astringency in the mouth. Easy drinking. Overall, pretty nice.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was able to try the Trumer Pils on tap at the Kendall Pub in Yorkville, IL. The beer was served in a cylindrical .5L glass. It poured a golden clear color. A dense white head and plenty lacing occured on the glass. The scent was common of most pils with Saaz hop kickin it real. Taste is similar to aroma. Mouthfeel was great with medium body and great carbonation. Overall a very clean beer with a nice bitterness in the finish.

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple pints on tap at the Gingerman in Austin. Man, I wish this were available out east. I'd just had a Live Oak Pilz, which was a wonderfully hoppy take on the style. This by comparison has a balance between the hops and malt while still having a huge flavor impact. The malts are smooth, dry and bready. The hops are a lemon and herbal spice blend. Very drinkable and very tasty.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Maggie o grearys in san Fran

Pour was a straw yellow with a slight darkness to it. Light fizzy head.

Very floral and bright malt scents. Crisp scent.

This was one floral pilnser. Very bright and floral hops really stick out. Malt body was also vivid although overpowered by the hops.

Light body with a crisp finish. Moderate carbonation.

I found it very good. Most pilsners follow in line, this does not.

Photo of nickd717
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Chalk in Palo Alto during the Stanford-Cal game. Not many good options there. This beer is OK, but nothing special really.

Pours clear light golden-yellow color with a medium-sized, well-retained white head.

Aroma is somewhat light. Pale malt, grain, and grassy hops. Typical pilsner profile with not much more there.

Flavor is pleasant. Grainy with 2-row malt, along with a clean and crisp grassy hop presence. Not bad at all, but really not in the same league as something like Victory Prima Pils.

Light on the palate with a clean, fairly dry, and slightly bitter finish.

Drinkability is high, but this is really a pretty drinkable style overall, and this beer doesn't stand out from other pilsners in that respect.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale, straw yellow with a thin white head and "vigorous" carbonation rising to the top. The aroma isnt all that great either, with notes of grain husk, biscuit, lemon rind, and some slightly spicy and floral hops. The taste steps it up a notch; biscuit, grain husk, bleached sugar sweetness, lemon zest, and a nice bitter finish with floral and spicy noble hops. The mouthfeel is light and crisp with high carbonation. Drinkability is excellent. A very solid pilsner, extremely drinkable yet with enough flavor to keep you interested.

Photo of MiScusi
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchill's in San Marcos, CA.

A- Poured into a nonic pint glass. Clear bright yellow, bright white fluffy head. Looks very lively in the glass.

S/T- Mainly the pilsner malt smell, a tad fruity, very soft on hops.

M/D- found this to be pleasant overall, but maybe a touch too sweet. Just a bit more hop presence and bitterness to give it some crispness would have pleased my palate more.

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Trumer Pils from Trumer Brauerei Berkeley
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