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Trumer Pils - Trumer Brauerei Berkeley

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250 Reviews

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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-11-2003

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 12oz bottle.

Presents itself in a golden-yellowish color with a decent 1.5 finger head. Lots of big, bubbly carbonation bounces up towards the top of the glass in a playful, festive sort of way. Head reduces considerably into a good ring but lacing remains to my surprise all around the edges of the glass. Very clear in appearance. A good take on the style so far.

While not the most powerful around, there's (as expected) an overall grainy, sugar cane filled aroma overall. I can easily sense the malts on the nose, as well as a slight, lemon-y zest, but there's an undeniable skunkiness that serves as a backdrop after all of these flavors waft away. However, in my past experience, this usually is not a problem, and in this case, it ends up producing a mellow, flavorful aroma at the finish.

The flavor retains the slight yeasty skunkiness, but it ends up complimenting the initial waves of hoppiness and grains. The sugary malts really seem to prevail here, even in the aftertaste. It mostly ends up grainy, but there are delightful yeasty flavors and a smidgen of booziness that confort the neck at the finish. This is surprisingly thick, especially for a beer as sessionable as this. Tons of carbonation explode on the tongue at every sip, yet there is a slight astringency that makes it only so uncomfortable to drink, perhaps caused by an imbalance on the hops' part. Nevertheless, this is very balanced, and so easy to drink it could be easily finished quicker than expected if consumed in a passive manner.

A great take on the style, and as simple and subtle as this beer is, it's wholly enjoyable. Years ago, I didn't seem to like it as much, but after a long busy day, I would happily take one of these to set alongside myself as a doze off to the late hours of the evening. Good stuff, and local too!

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Photo of flagmantho
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz green bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a clear body and a strong effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy white foam without much retention. Mean for the style.

Smell: medium-light malt with a touch of grain. Pretty clean, but there is a light skunkiness to it as well.

Taste: lightly malty with a little bit of grain and a pretty satisfying flavor of noble hops. Clean and tasty.

Mouthfeel: light body with a good level of carbonation and a nice, refreshing prickliness. I like it.

Overall: a tasty and drinkable Pilsner. Not a show-stopper, but decent enough that I'd have it again.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice German Pils. Kind of grassy, a pretty consistent character to it, and fairly smooth. There is some tang to it and what seems like a thicker malty sweetness to it as well. Overall it's a pretty easy drinker and a good alternative to anything yellow and fizzy. You can't really go wrong with it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date of 2/12/12.

Pours a murky yellow with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, grass, and some slight skunk aromas that start to go away after I pour the beer into a glass. Taste is of grain, herbal hops, and some alcohol. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the skunk aroma blast I got when opening the bottle was not too pleasant.

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Photo of colforbin73
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of rawfish
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very promising pale straw, crystal clear with a creamy soft two finger high white head. Good retention but no lace on the glass.

Floral for a pils, light and airy straw, lemon grass and slightly biscuity, great aroma from a pilsner.

Earthy crackers, hay, and grassy with a zip of lemon zest on the finish. Slightly bittering with a touch of tart spice.

Affected negatively by temperature. Light body that fails to dry out as the beer warms. Average carbonation that compliments the spices well. Smooth all the way down.

Drinkable and the aroma was near perfect for a pilsner. One that has the markings of being specialized and well crafted. Care need to be taken with how this one is served.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden with a white foamy head. Retention is good and leaves some pretty good lacing.

S - Bright citrus and flora hops with an edgy grainy quality that gives it a little roughness. Mostly a natural earth like nose.

T - Extremely grainy. Lots of lemon grass in the taste as well.

M - Damn refreshing and smooth as hell.

O - This is from Cali? Not bad at all. I could knock back a six pack of this stuff no problem.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light wheat color with a soapy white head. White lacing remains on the glass as the beer is consumed. Tart hard candy and, perhaps, some notes of banana. Very nicely carbonated. Sweet ripe banana notes balance the tart fruit. Very good pilsner.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i almost never like beers in this style too much, but this one hit the spot for me. coming off a big playoff win in beer league hockey, one of the boys broke out a case of this stuff. ice cold, i enjoyed the first couple right from the bottle. great malty nose that promises refreshment. flavor is balanced but the german malts are on display here. extra crisp finish that leaves you needing another. the feel though, is what makes this beer for me. its very bubbly and majorly light in the body, but without being watery and flavorless at all. its a perfect post-athletic beer, and you can drink a fair few of them without much trouble. this is up there for me with the better american pilseners that ive had. some of the micro gurus wont want to hear that, but in the right setting this is a very very solid beer. see for yourself!

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Photo of czfreeman
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
one of my first beer reviews from my new home in San Fran.
Pours a clean, golden tone.Nice amount of carbonation.
Smells of German Pils in every sense, after living in Germany over two years, I have become rather critical of the category.
Biscuit, breads, sharp Pilsner malt, finishing with a minerally bitter hop bite, the aromatics are right up there with the greats, i.e Bitburger, Tannzapfle, etc..
Flavor is spot on. Snappy, citrus, hops, bitterness,Biscuit upfront, slowly evolving into a nice balance of hops, pepper, bitterness of citrus rind, and hops.
A great Pilsner, holds its own among the best of the best.
Highly enjoyable on its own and pairs great with food.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Philousa
4.82/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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...

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Photo of FosterJM
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

955th Review on BA
Bottle to Pilsner
12 oz

No bottle date
Single 12oz from Bevmo Chino Hills

App- A very very clear yellow with a lot of bubbles filtering from the bottom up. A one finger head with a fast receding pace. Left about 4 clings of lace on the sides.

Smell- My wife says it smells like Pot. What is she not telling me? A pretty good aromatic display of wheat, lemon, herbs (parsley) and that classic pils malt.

Taste- It's one of the better Pils I have had and to be from Nor. Cal says a lot. To review to style its pretty lacking more than a baseline flavor profile but this is not my favorite style and this is one I would come back to. More lemony, grass with a slight bitter. A nice bit of malts on the backend.

Mouth- A good light bodied pils with a nice light/medium carbonation. Leaves a good residual earthy, lemon and wheat flavor.

Drink- A solid 3.5 all across the board. As I stated above it's more than average but not quite their yet. To me it needs a bit more balanced and pop but I would come back to this one in a pinch.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale straw colour, crystal clear, thin bubbly white head with good retention, sheet lacing.

S - Hay, cracker malt, lemon and sesame seed.

T - Lemon, grass, herbal hops, salty cracker like malts.

M - Crisp and refreshing, thin body, moderate carbonation with a dry finish.

O - Good, solid, easy drinking, German style pils.

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Photo of dunit697
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this Beer from an all around the world combo pack I got at the World Market. I honestly couldn't taste what people get excited about with this beer. It was fine, but nothing special. It's biggest problem is that I couldn't taste a unique timbre I look for in every beer I drink, it just tasted very standard to me.

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Photo of taigor
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pilsner glass.

A - Poured clear pale yellow straw color with big white head that quickly dissipated leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Grassy and earthy with slight scent of hops.

T - Grains predominate with slight hay and malt flavor. Somewhat watery with not much there.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation.

O - Ordinary pilsner that's too watery and no crispness. With not much standing out I would not recommend it.

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Photo of dmcbeerington
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a decent beer that is very easy to drink. Easy to drink most of the time means lacking of taste. Yes, i think this beer is a little too watery in a way, but it is totally drinkable.

A. The color is too pale. The head disappear in seconds.

S. Normal beer smell, nothing very special to it.

T. I can taste a little sweetness in it, no much bitterness. It is definitely easy to drink.

M. Mouthfeel is actually good. It is a above good standard. I can notice honey and some kind of sweetness inside the beer.

O. Not a bad beer, nor a good beer. I think this is an average beer. Maybe just a little above average. But it is surely very drinkable.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.85/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Vashtar
2.7/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

It smells like old, treated wood. Not something I'd want to put in my mouth

Appearance is dull and not quite clear. The fizz lasts the perfect amount.

The taste is average. It tastes very... beer. Plato might give it a 10 in beerness.

The mouthfeel is smooth and doesn't have any slime.

The taste was pretty average though, so I'm not complaining. I wouldn't buy a six pack, though.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stange glass. I have to say the label fooled me, I really thought this was German until I looked closer!

Pours with a light golden-accented straw yellow body under three fingers of pure white sticky, fluffy head.

As expected, just after the bottle is opened, the strong aroma of sulfur is released and it dominates all the other smells. Within a few minutes however, this has totally dissipated and uncovered a wonderful concoction of very light, toasty, slightly sticky malts, paired with grassy zesty noble hops.

The flavor is initially quite good, and displays some pale malts and a fair dose of noble hops. Within a few sips I find that my first complaint is that the hops are more bitter than they are flavorful, and this biting bitterness detracts from the malts. As I continue to drink I think I am totally fine with the hops the way they are, but I wish there was more malt to give the white-bread-toast flavors that often go hand in hand with spicy hops in beers of this style. There is an "almost" off flavor in the aftertaste, but it never rears it head and thus my respect remains. The end is very dry, and quite tasty.

The mouthfeel is light with higher carbonation, as I would expect for this style. The hops and carbonation feel a bit spicy and zesty in concert, and I expect nothing less.

Conclusion: Before finishing this beer I paired it with some sharp cheddar to see how that would affect the flavor. Overall I feel that this beer knows what it is doing and is doing it well. This is a great pilsner, and my previous hesitation was due to the fact that this beer attacks with palate without asking permission- which is a great thing in my opinion.

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Photo of armock
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Safeway market in Manteca, CA

A - Poured a straw color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of grassy hops with light pale malt

T - Like the nose grassy hops on top of some pale malt

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

O - This is a good everyday type of beer thats easy to drink tastes good that you can drink a number of because its light and refreshing that helps out on hot days worth a try and I'm not a big pils person

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Photo of TheRealBigC
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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