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Trumer Pils - Trumer Brauerei Berkeley

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BA SCORE
86
very good

247 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Reviews: 247
Hads: 538
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 31
Gots: 58 | 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 Philousa
4.82/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sits a pale gold with absolute clarity in the glass with a thin, delicate layer of head that clings to the glass. Tart pale malt, honey sweet aroma with unmistakable German lager phenols and sweet soapy acids. Walnut is in there somewhere and gets stronger as it warms. Tart, sweet, and bitter at the same time, but the bitterness lasts with a very mild flowery ester flavor. Banana ester is also in there with the nuttiness, which makes itself apparent with time. Medium body with a dry finish. Less filling, tastes great.

This beer takes me back to Munich and helps me understand why people like lagers. I can drink this all day and not feel full. No wonder the Germans stick to this style without complaint! If only the big three could make something close to this. Instead of just tasting like lightly flavored water, this has many subtle flavors to it, with different notes being played a little louder with each gulp. I'm pretty happy this is brewed an hour away from me in Berkeley. A trip to Deutschland is only a six pack away. (1,037 characters)

Photo of pezoids
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am definitely partial to pilsners, and a great pilsner really gets my taste buds excited. The simplicity. The crispness. Well, this beer looked perfect. Bright golden straw colored, crystal clear with a solid white head of dense foam. The aroma gives off a strong bouquet of typical Saaz hops, or at least something similar. I love it – In this beer they are pungent, musty, oily and earthy. Hearty and warming. All those elements bond easily with a slightly sour graininess. The taste doesn’t disappoint – Light and grainy sweet with a warm bready character - very pleasant going down and has a soft bitterness. Lemony notes are detected. Mellow and extremely smooth with just the right amount of bitterness in the aftertaste – it leaves your palate wanting more. A world class pilsner that, IMO, is underrated here.

Get some! (836 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

4.5/4.5/4.75/4.75/4.75
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. (548 characters)

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 (346 characters)

Photo of khiasmus
4.66/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- I don't know how a pilsner could ever look better. Poured into its own glass, and it looks exactly like the picture in the ad in BA mag. Half a GLASS of head after a medium strength pour, light golden with fluffy, perfectly white head that laces beautifully.

S- Sweet balanced malt and hops, with a very light barley flour note and a hint of corn.

T- Well- balanced between malt and hops, leaning a little towards the hops in the end, leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste... But so close to the perfect pilsner... There's a bit of barley flavor, as well as some white bread and a hint of alcohol, but all is so well-balanced and delicious that it's as if you're drinking summertime, springtime, golden wheat fields, sunshine, gold, beautiful young women playing in those wheat fields, birds chirping, the blue sky, flowing brooks, and a rocking chair that you sit in next to either your lover, best friend or granddad as you look and listen and take in all the beauty. That's what it tastes like.

M- Smooth, clean, refreshing. carbonation could be a little higher, but other than that it's spot-on. A bit dry in the finish.

D- Well, after hearing what it tastes like... Go get a six pack, sit down and enjoy your front porch and the sunshine and breeze. You could drink this all day, and well into the night. (1,325 characters)

Photo of TheDeuce
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Trumer Pils....on tap at CIA...in Napa

Appearance-sunny yellow body poured into the glass, pure gold. Large white head that widens and settles well into the glass. Appetizing.

Smell-Hop notes immediately, surprisingly floral, hints of grass and bread as well, well hidden alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel-crisp flavor, slightly hoppy but balanced with a grainy finish of breaded malt, slight alcohol burn, impeccably smooth, light to medium mouthfeel, notes of grass and lemon. Nice flavor.

Drinkability-very drinkable, solid light flavor, not too complex but appetizing layers.

Overall-an outstanding pilsner, great flavor, nice balance, very drinkable. A triumph. (662 characters)

Photo of vince4953529
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Six-pack purchased from one of those ubiquitous Bevmos. No idea how long it had sat on the shelf, shudder to think...

Poured into my Stone RIS snifter, great looking tiny bubbles busting to the surface perpetually.

Smell and taste wonderful, it drinks the best if one is downright panting and dying for a quench of thirst. But it also drinks excellent when relaxing with an empty stomach since its carbonation would make your stomach expand and cause you to burp non-stop. Fabulous session beer, would glad to bring home another sixer soon. (543 characters)

Photo of bradybeer
4.57/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Authentic Pils brewed in Berkeley-pours a medium straw/gold-with white pillow head-delicious whiff of hops greets me at every sip. Taste is balanced between the hops and the malt-malt is present and is present with a hint of sweetness. Beer finishes smooth-with a nice medium mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. Drinkability? Exceptional-I have been reluctant to get back on the Pils bandwagon-but this beer forces one to look at Pils again-bring me another (461 characters)

Photo of colforbin73
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

outstanding PILS! can;t believe i haven't reviewed already.

pours a fizzy champagne color and white fizz. the smell is dry, a little peppery -- grassy malts and a touch of hops. very clean and inviting.

the taste is superb! dry and fizzy on the tongue, the sting of hops and a good foundation of perfectly mashed pilsner malt.

i wanted something light and session-able tonight... and i just met my new summer beer. TRUMER PILS. (432 characters)

Photo of Holygeez
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
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. (157 characters)

Photo of missingsense
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into pilsner glass a clear pale gold, with a bubbly head that fades quickly. Looks like a proper pilsner. Smells like soft sweet malts, with some fresh grass, hay, and grains. Very similar to some pilsners I've had on tap in Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic. Feel is smooth and clean. It has that nice creamy aftertaste of a Czech pils that fights off the bitterness and makes it incredibly refreshing.

I'm giving this one high marks for the style, not necessarily compared to all beers. For a pilsner, it definitely goes at the top of my list. It has a light, but satisfying flavor, and most of all, it's about as refreshing as beer can get, while still maintaining a unique character. If you live on the west coast, Trumer is the freshest authentic tasting pilsner I've found so far. (801 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this in a trade with tayner. Thanks Dana!

It pours a hazy straw gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell has a very assertive and nice mix of citrus hops & bready malt with some floral notes added in and I'm liking the nose a lot! No doubt about it, this is a German Pilsener and I can't wait to take a sip..

Mmmmm...I was hoping that after enjoying the smell so much, the taste wouldn't fall short of my expectations and it surely doesn't! The hoppy goodness, both lemon and floral, and the bready malt are really hitting some high spots on my palate. Oodles and oodles of flavour reward me after every sip but...the sips are coming way too fast! Alarm, alarm! Slow down!

Seriously, this is one hell of a rep for the style; Nice looking in the glass,(yep, some lacing and very good head retention) most inviting nose, great taste, lightish mouthfeel with lively but perfectly matched carbonation, pleasingly dry finish, awesome drinkability.

The sad news is, my glass is empty. The good news is, I have 2...more...bottles! How the heck did tayner know that I'd flip a lid over this one?? Thanks again, Dana. (1,124 characters)

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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! (384 characters)

Photo of biergeniesser
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This 12 oz green bottle of Trumer Pils poured a crystal clear straw color and had a fluffy white head that persisted and left a nice lacing on the sides of my glass. Small bubbles evolved rapidly from the sides and bottom of the glass throughout.

Trumer Pils has an aroma of bready, grainy, clean malt. The noble hop character is quite pleasant and fairly dominant in the aroma profile.

The flavor of this beer is certainly dominated by the hops, which is good in my opinion. A pleasantly assertive hop bitterness and a spicy noble hop flavor dominate the clean bready malt flavor.

Trumer Pils has a light body with a medium mouthcoat it finishes dry and has a good degree of carbonation with a pleasant carbon dioxide bite.

In case there was any doubt that an authentic German Pilsener could be reproduced in the US, the Trumer Brauerei has proven it possible. I highly recommend this beer to those who enjoy the style, as well as to others who would appreciate that authentic beer styles need not be bound by region. (1,032 characters)

Photo of Baudette
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellowish hue, nice tight head, exceptional lacing and steady carb.
Bready/cracker like malts and floral hop aromas.
Slight nutty character begins then leads to bready/cracker like malts and finishes with a tight floral bitterness that's crisp and clean. No residual sweetness is left on the buds, very well made.
Light inviting body and ever so drinkable.
I could drink this all day and if it were available here, this would be a constant in the garage fridge. (465 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into the cylindrical Trumer Pils glass, this beer is bright gold in color with brilliant clarity and outstanding head retention. Exceptionally clean, grassy and fresh; prominent dry malt flavors with the perfect balance of bittering noble hops to back it up. Very crisp mouthfeel, with a mild and dry finish that doesn't linger on the palate; all-around very drinkable. One of the better American examples of a pils, and very true to the style. (451 characters)

Photo of beertunes
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in logo'ed straight Trumer Pils glass. Poured a clear golden color with an inch and a half of tight, bright white head that had good retention and a surprising amount of lacing.

The aroma was a slightly sweet and muted combination of grassy and grainy aromas. The taste was nice and crisp, clean and balanced, refreshing and smooth. No single flavor stood out.

The body was pleasantly full for the style. It was also very smooth and balanced. The drinkability is truly great, having several is an excellent idea. This is not only my favorite Pilsner, it is the best Pilsner I've ever had. Worth seeking out and enjoying. (629 characters)

Photo of bigbelcher
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very excellent example of a European Pilsner. But it has the advantage of being brewed here in the USA so it is fresh. It is available on draft and in bottles. I had the draft. Sadly, the bottles are green. Why do marketing people ruin good beer with green bottles? The draft is excellent, I had it served it it's own glass that added to the experience. Beer was a nice golden color with a good thick marangue head. Aroma was delicate saaz hops with a malt background that was evident but not overpowering. (508 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It arrived with a finger of bone-white head with low retention. The color was the real selling point - a beautiful pale golden-yellow with NE-plus quality clarity. The nose was phenomenal - lots of Saaz! This was like Victory Prima Pils, just dialed back enough to make it eminently drinkable. I love lager styles, I love Victory beers, but the Prima Pils is too intense for my taste. This was kind of thin on the tongue, but it had just the right amount of hops to tickle my taste buds. It is like putting your finger on the trigger of a gun or on a lover's nipple - do you mean to lightly brush it (right) or squeeze the crap out of it (wrong)? I totally dug this beer. The finish was dry, lightly hoppy, perfect. The low ABV makes it entirely sessionable. (758 characters)

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.
Surprise!
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. (535 characters)

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

A- Pale yellow with a giant thick white head. Lacing all the way down the glass.
S- Clean. and fruity smell.
T-Again the taste is clean. A little malty and the faintest of hoppiness
M-D A fantastic and refreshing pilsener. One of the better. It is easy drinking. One is definitely not enough.
Thanks to Don's friend for hauling these from Chicago, and Don for sharing. (368 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very flavourful, clean, crisp pilsner.

Light golden and somewhat on the bubbly side, it has fairly large, but rather airy head that steadily dissipates to a thin long-lasting top. It leaves a hint of lace.

The aroma is strong and somewhat perfumy, with sweet grain, grass and herbs.

The taste has a light but firm malty grain body with some bread carrying a dominant herbal-grassy hop flavour and bitterness. The finish is ling and zestily herbal with a light, crisp, clean bittrness. (500 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle received from largadeer. Thanks a million! I've wanted this since i heard about it. Poured into my Celebrator glass.

A: Light yellow with a 1 finger thick white head. Great head retention, tons of carbonation. Very appealing.

S: Grassy hops and biscuit malts in excellent balance with a hint of lemon. Mild herbal aroma to it.

T: Grassy hops right up front that meld into a light biscuit body. Finish is a dry with the classic noble hop bitterness. An excellent representation of the style.

M: Crisp with the right amount of carbonation.

D: This is an excellent pilsener and an excellent beer. Try it and buy a 6 pack for the summertime by the grill. (667 characters)

Photo of nickynick
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trumer Pils poured a very pale straw color, with very little head, with decent lacing. Th smell was loaded with hops. The taste matched the smell, tons and tons of hops. Crisp, hints of malt showed as it warmed a bit. Mouthfeel was good for a pils. Drinkability was very nice, crisp, refreshing, not filling. Overall I found this to be an excellent beer. Great for the style. I will buy this again. You can never have to many easy drinking, yet flavorful beers in your stash, and this falls right in with that. With Spring around the corner, this will be a good BBQ beer. (571 characters)

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. (1,828 characters)

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