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Trumer Pils - Trumer Brauerei Berkeley

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411 Ratings

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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%

Brewed by:
Trumer Brauerei Berkeley visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-11-2003)
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Photo of RaulMondesi


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2013 21:19:12 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of mactrail


3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear and golden color in the pint glass at the Lumberyard in Encinitas. Initial taste is both flowery and salty, a savory sort of light beer. Even a hint of honey.

Not so well carbonated on tap, but makes a nice gulp when it's icy cold. Watery and pale, light weight stuff. Seems to be clean and well made, though neither delicate not interesting.

Slightly bitter aftertaste. Hint of floral hops. Zero malt flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2012 05:51:38 | More by mactrail
Photo of WoodBrew


3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 22:56:14 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of TMoney2591


4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tall stange at The Firkin.

Finally getting around to one of the more readily-available pilsners out there. It pours a clear straw topped by a finger of bright white foam. The nose comprises grass, light lemon zest, flowers, and straight wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grass and the flowers taking control, providing a nicely subdued bitterness throughout. The body is a hefty-leaning light, with a light moderate carbonation and a rather crisp finish. Overall, a great pils, one of the best I've found stateside. It's almost too easy to drink, really...

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 21:57:45 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of ehammond1

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2011 05:02:58 | More by ehammond1
Photo of TheRealBigC


4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite pilseners. I'm really glad they started brewing this one in Berkeley. It's smooth, crisp and light but flavorful. A go-to beer for me whenever I'm in the Bay Area or anywhere this beer is served. An exemplary German pils.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2011 04:55:20 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of nataku00


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a shaker pint glass. Beer poured a clear straw, light yellow color with a finger of white foamy head. Head dissipated quickly to a thin film on the surface, with some light lacing. Well carbonated with plenty of small bubbles floating slowly up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is a nice sweet floral hops, fresh grass, honey, and biscuit malts.

Taste follows the nose exactly, light floral and grassy hops, very fresh, with light bitterness, and a good amount sweet honeyed grains and biscuit malt. Finish is very clean, slightly dry on the tongue with lingering floral hop flavor.

Light body, smooth ample carbonation that softly scrubs the tongue clean with each sip. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 06:12:17 | More by nataku00
Photo of womencantsail


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

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The beer pours a very pale yellow color with a fizzy white head.

S: Sweet pale malts to begin with a very fruity ester profile. There are lots of floral and earthy hops to the nose as well as a light cracker malt aroma. Just a touch of grass in the background.

T: As with the flavor, sweet pale, cracker malts with plenty of fruity esters. The floral and earthy hops are plentiful and give a nice flavor to the beer. A light bitterness and slight dryness on the finish.

M: Fairly light in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Always a good choice for a refreshing beer. Solid stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2011 16:54:18 | More by womencantsail
Photo of bceagles39


3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Gastropub 775 in Reno, NV on July 26 2011.

This poured a light golden color. The head was average but left a great white sticky lacing.

The beer was acidic up front (not in a bad way). It has a spicy and doughy taste, fairly well balanced. This tastes like... beer.

The beer had tight carbonation. Ultimately the beer was slightly drying.

Not bad but not a favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 00:11:34 | More by bceagles39
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

Sampled at Fatted Calf, in San Francisco.

Trumer Pils has a faint filminess to it, a lemon juice complexion that just so happens to match its lemon-y colour. At certain angles, it appears an almost lime hue and transparency is briefly drawn into question (although it remains always perfectly intact). Its head is foamy and agitated, as if it just came across the Bay by boat.

Sampling from a keg - rather than the green glass bottle - I am fortunately able to enjoy all the wonderful scents pilsners have to offer, namely those of the wonderfully fragrant Saaz hop. This is the traditional variety used in pilsner recipes (and judging by smell Trumer followed that textbook to the letter). It is kind of soapy, with a lemon-scented zest.

And it packs a tweezers-sized spice, one that animates the graininess and bready malts like they were in the Disney movie Fantasia. These hops are bitter but when used sparingly (which they have) they allow plenty of malt flavour to come through while at the same time perspiring a good amount of lemon zest and grassy herbals. Their oils scrub the palate dry.

Trumer Pils is about as ubiquitous around these parts as anything Bud, Miller or Coors puts out. What lucky people. To have access to such an approachable, light-bodied beer that is also full of flavour is a blessing. It'd be nice to know that there's almost always a solid, local alternative available to the mass-produced junk. I'd take this 11 times out 10.

Trumer Pils affords the people of the Bay Area a taste of what fresh and honest German (or Austrian) pilsners are really like; it's very rare to find such clean malt and zesty hop character in the emasculated and heavily pasteurized bottles and cans that find their way over here from Europe. These guys may only brew one beer, but they brew it exceptionally well.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2011 16:19:35 | More by biegaman
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2011 21:34:58 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of grover37

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the Whip In in Austin, Texas.

Appearance (3.5): A very clear straw yellow. Not much head which reduces to nearly nothing. It's got some legs though. A bit of lacing at the top but not much beyond that.

Smell (3.5): Not a whole lot here. Strong spicy hops for the style, but not much in the way of grains. Clean.

Taste (4): The spicy hops hit immediately up front and are even a bit floral. Tastes like Saaz and a lot of it. A bit thin up front but this fills out a bit and leaves a little sweetness to complement the floral hops on the back end.

Mouthfeel (4.5): The carbonation is noticeable right away. Dances on the front of the tongue. High carbonation and light to medium body. Slick at first but the hops stick around and a leaves a lingering spiciness in the back on the roof of the mouth.

Overall (4): I had heard very good things about this one and we don't get it out East so I was excited to try it. It's definitely a solid version of this style - a bit Americanized perhaps which is just fine with me - but it doesn't strike me as a beer worth raving about. Maybe that's just the bold/big bias...

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 17:49:37 | More by grover37
Photo of hiku7


4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this several times before and loved it each time. Had it on tap tonight at a Chinese restaurant. It was served in a Pilsner glass. The carbonation was lower than when I've had it in the past, but the taste was spot on.

A - straw to light yellow with a one finger white head. Nice spider web lacing down the sides.

S - Yeasty doughy smell, plus noble hops coming through. A bit fruity as well.

T- Similar to the smell. Very refreshing with a noble hop taste finish. [Edit: Just noticed that another reviewer said "cracker like" and I'll adopt that as well. Certainly came through in a pleasing way. (I don't read other reviews until after I post mine, so sorry for the edit.)]

M - Light and refreshing, though less carbonated this time than in the past.

D- Very drinkable session pils.

Overall, I love this pilsner. I will admit I'm partial to it because it is brewed locally in Berkeley, CA, but I think it is outstanding nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2011 03:33:23 | More by hiku7
Photo of Jmoore50


4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer. We got this on draft at my local bar and I must say, I was impressed. It is incredible refreshing and has just the perfect amount of bite to it.

The appearance is flawless. It has a great golden color to it that sits underneath a crisp and frothy white head. Once the beer is drank, nice thin lacing lines are all over the glass. It has a clarity like no other, a look that shows the true quality of this pilsener.

The smell is light, with no overwhelmingly strong aromas. It has some noticeable biscuit and cracker, with a touch of spicy hop.

A great drinking beer to say the least. It has a nice malty mouthfeel with a few different bites. It has a great hop bite that comes first, its very balanced with the malts. It also has a great carbonation and finish, this is truly a beer you want after a hard days labor.

Great crisp mouthfeel with a clean flavor, this is a great pils.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2011 21:34:09 | More by Jmoore50
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2011 03:08:34 | More by tempest
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Local Taphouse. One of their regulars, but one I'd not gotten around to reviewing before.

Pours a clear and bright light yellow colour. Foamy, big bubbled head of crackling white that leaves good lagery lacing.

Nose is gritty and slightly grainy, giving that classic, slightly phenolic German astringency. Bit of noble hop character which greens it a little. Nice.

Fresh and crisp palate. Light and bright and very clean. Some grain depth to the mid and a smooth dry finish with a light bite of acid. Feel is crisp and light.

Extremely drinkable beer, and a good example with Pilsener is a great style. A good German style exemplar.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 04:32:51 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of chicagoabbot


3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Five Star Bar here in Chicago. Maybe I am not open-minded enough, but there are certain things I look for in a pilsener: a clean energetic funkiness in the nose that excites you for a smooth and crisp mouthfeel, with a follow-up funkiness. Medium ABV, high drinkability and refreshingness round out the goals of this style in my opinion. Trumer Pils delivers on a very crisp and smooth mouthfeel. It is also quite refreshing. It's a good looking beer too, very clean. Where it fails to reach the top is in the yeast funkiness I think. It's worth trying once, but it's not in my top 10 pilseners.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2011 07:23:07 | More by chicagoabbot
Photo of innersanctum


4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trumer Pils was enjoyed by me and my 'beer pose' over at the room o'maps in Chicago.

Overall, Trumer was thought to be the Sauvignon Blanc of our lager session. Trumer has a citrusy bouquet and finish on this lager, yet it is not sweet nor syrupy. Expert 'Jim' found it to be pure and clean when compared to other outstanding German beverages. This is an easy drinking session beer which we added to our sampler after several smoked laggers. Its light and crisp character was easy to detect and admire even though we'd gone through several different varieties by the time Trumer showed up to the table.

This has a traditional golden appearance, with a decent head and lacing.

We have the right to edit our review after further investigation.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2010 22:50:12 | More by innersanctum
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 22:39:58 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of hooliganlife


3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 05:14:54 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of LittleDon


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a cylindrical pint glass at the Flying Saucer in Austin. Straw-golden and crystal clear. Dense white head and plenty of carbonation. Spicy hop aroma with a bit of graininess from the malt. Taste is similar to aroma. Very clean with a nice bitterness in the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2010 21:04:33 | More by LittleDon
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne


3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at The Hot Spot on Market (near Van Ness) only worth it for the wonderful Lauren (bartender) who warms up a glass for me every time.
Pours a nice light straw color with a small head. Excellent lace retention.
Light grassy hops and a slight background sweetness make up the smell.
The taste is true to a pilsner, my issues with the taste are just that it's so damn light, even for a beer that should be mellow. Too subdued on the taste. Goes down very easy. Good beer to chill out with for a night, very inoffensive.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2010 16:23:56 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
Photo of 4000qtrap


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: mostly earthy, a little bready with some citrus

Taste: crisp and bready. Malt flavor is a slow crescendo and are sweet, toasty, and bready with a hint of orange. Very clean flavors as expected. Bitterness is citrus peel and perfectly balances the malts. Finish is very bready with a touch of bitter.

Notes: As a person who doesn't find himself drinking many pilsners, this was very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2010 05:43:28 | More by 4000qtrap
Photo of ThirstyBird


3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried on tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad
Appears pretty pale yellow with nice white head that stuck around with great lacing.
Smells of grassy hops, with light sweet malt.
Good mellow tasting crisp, clean and pretty well balanced
Mouthfeel was light and bright. nice as it should be for the style.
This is an all day beer. One that you can have several of.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2009 22:25:54 | More by ThirstyBird
Photo of nickd717


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2009 06:23:00 | More by nickd717
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Trumer Pils from Trumer Brauerei Berkeley
86 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.