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Trumer Pils - Trumer Brauerei Berkeley

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BA SCORE
86
very good

470 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 470
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 23
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trumer Brauerei Berkeley visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-11-2003)
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

stanale, Feb 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Daveychu, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

xmorgan, Aug 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

DPape1945, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Philousa
4.83/5  rDev +27.1%
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.

Philousa, Dec 19, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

mdturco, Dec 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

fatsnowman22, Aug 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Bendulum, Apr 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

rudedude985, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of pezoids
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
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!

pezoids, Jan 31, 2005
Photo of geoffpm
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
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

geoffpm, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of khiasmus
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

khiasmus, Jul 06, 2007
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4.69/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

scottfrie, May 08, 2013
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.

TheDeuce, Aug 23, 2010
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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.

vince4953529, Nov 22, 2010
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4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
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

bradybeer, May 22, 2008
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.

colforbin73, May 09, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

missingsense, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Bitterbill, Jun 13, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

tomsamarati, Apr 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

TheRealDBCooper, Nov 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Gandhified, Apr 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

craft_is_king, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

largadeer, Apr 16, 2007
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Trumer Pils from Trumer Brauerei Berkeley
86 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.