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Trumer Pils - Trumer Brauerei Berkeley

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438 Ratings

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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 19
Gots: 20 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of woodychandler


4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2009 20:58:30 | More by woodychandler
Photo of beertunes


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2009 18:43:05 | More by beertunes
Photo of bonsreeb85


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - light transparent straw, w/ about a 1/4 inch foam head

S - very skunky, earthy/grassy hops w/ some caramel malt action

T - again, quite skunky(don't know how else to describe it) w/ some hop bitterness that is balanced by a sweet malty middle w/ a light caramel flavor. lemon and a grainy biscuit flavor also come through before it closes dry as a bone. not bad

Mf - very thin and highly carbonated, no lingering after tastes, very clean

D - could use a bit more flavor but there is enough to keep you interested. goes down easy to make this a decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 01:31:09 | More by bonsreeb85
Photo of MusicmanSD


3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap after a Pilsner Urquell. This came nowhere close to the Czech hallmark IMO. Don't get me wrong, it's a great lager, but doesn't stack up to the original. It looks good, maybe a bit paler than I'd like it (most likely not decocted). It has the smell and taste of an american lager instead of the sharp bite of a german pils or the crispness of the czech style. Has a very yeasty character to it bordering on ale-like presence. Decent mouthfeel and you could probably drink alot of this on a hot day, but I don't think it can hold up to the real European lagers.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2009 09:44:30 | More by MusicmanSD
Photo of Wasatch


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

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this one.

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger white foamy head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, slight hop, grapefruits, spice. The taste is malty, bitter, hoppy, grapefruity, with a nice touch of spice. Medium body. Drinkable, a very tasty Pils, thanks Bill.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 22:47:20 | More by Wasatch
Photo of mjl21


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

On tap at Pizza Antica. Poured into a Trumer glass. Abv info not given.

A-Pours straw yellow, but does not glow like some others that I like. Has a one finger white head that fades fairly quickly. Lots of bubbles rise up from the bottom. Some nice streaks of lace are left.

S-Not a ton going on here. Grain, grassy notes, and floral hops.

T-Clean tasting grain with a minor hop bite in the back. A tad bit of citrus zing is left on the palate.

M-Lighter bodied and very crisp.

D-Perfect for the warm weather. Does not fill you up.

I prefer a larger hop bite from my pils, but this is still a great beer when you want to have a few and not feel stuffed.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2009 03:19:11 | More by mjl21
Photo of TPatuto


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

A - Straw yellow, pale urine color. Soft white head.

S - Musty, yeasty, wet bread, citrus.

T - Stongers classic Pilsner flavors. Dry end but clean.

M - Clean, decent carb. A little heavier than some pils, but gave it a better mouthfeel.

D - Much better than what I was anticipating. Maybe it's just that time of year where the weather is good.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 17:54:39 | More by TPatuto
Photo of djeucalyptus


3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a crystal clear lemon straw hue into a Trumer glass with active carbonation bubbling steadily. A bubbly and foamy three-finger cap fades fairly quickly to a thin foam that leaves bits of spotty lacing.

aroma is grainy and light malty with hints of sweetness, hints of bitterness, and a bit of lemon zest. relatively mild, even for a pils, but not unappealing.

tastes of grain, lemon, floral and grassy notes, and some herbal hops. taste is much less sweet than aroma, with a nice lingering bitter herbal hop note.

Mouth is drying, crisp, clean, and full of lively carbonation that coats the tongue and drys with just a slight astringency. fresh and smooth.

drinkability is solid, just as this is a solid example of a stateside brewed German Pils. Enjoyable, refreshing, and all around true to the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 07:24:10 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of popery


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow liquid with a creamy white head that sticks around very nicely for a pilsener.

S: On the bland side for a lager. Some citric hops but mostly clean, sweet grains. No real off notes, but I hate giving lagers good scores for not tasting bad. That seems like a low bar.

T: Similar flavor, but I will give a bit more for the beer cleanliness of flavor. There are so many bad lagers out there that taste like soured grain. Trumer Pils is on the right side of the dividing line between good and bad lagers. That said, it doesn't bowl me over. The grain is clean but not as complex as it could be. The hops are refreshing.

M: Creamy and sudsy and manages to largely avoid watery lager territory.

D: Judging the drinkability of a German Pilsener really requires an enormous glass of the beer. One could certainly session this beer without trouble, but it doesn't inspire me to go out and buy a full liter stein and sit on the porch all day.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 05:55:27 | More by popery
Photo of Monsteruss


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The foam when poured was white, bubbly, a little lacey and long-lasting. The color was golden yellow. The smell was the first experience to this beer when I opened the bottle - a very dominate wheat pils flavour. Taste - Just like the smell, it had a dominate wheat pils taste, smooth and dry. Mouthfeel was smooth and dry. Drinkibility was OK.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 23:59:49 | More by Monsteruss
Photo of SickBrew


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this brew on draft the other night at The Horse Brass. Pour resulted in a head of about a finger of light white head that dissipated to a thin covering topping a golden hued lager. Nose was spot on lager with a sweet malt character. Taste was classic pilsner with malts winning the race over hops. I personally would have preferred a heavier noble hop presence. Finish was slightly acidic and body was light with a moderate carb level. All in all a gooood pilsener.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2009 01:31:16 | More by SickBrew
Photo of nickynick


4.4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 16:17:13 | More by nickynick
Photo of Cs1987


3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Gold, 2 fingers of head, good retention.

Smell - Fruity and hoppy, but not particularly strong.

Taste - I've tried quite a few of this style now, but I still don't really "get" German pilseners. This simply lacks the flavour and bitterness of great Czech pilseners. It is probably the best German pilsener I have tasted, but still doesn't deserve a 4 in this category.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation level.

Drinkability - Macro lager drinkers should consider this as an alternative. Easy to drink, and much better tasting.

Overall - Probably one of the best German pilseners in the world, but I still don't see why anyone who likes hops would choose this over a good Czech variety.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 12:15:35 | More by Cs1987
Photo of JonathanL7890


3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just arrived on tap at the Dig Pub.
Not much head but a crystal clear medium yellow color.
Aroma: Floral, definite noble hops here. Not as pungent as I would like.
Taste: Very clean, delayed hop bite. malty.
Mouthfeel: good mouthfeel for a pilsner.
Drinkability: Very drinkable. This will be a nice beer when the weather warms up.

One of the best pilsners I've had in the States. Very fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2009 23:49:48 | More by JonathanL7890
Photo of AccidentalKate


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very clear gold, vibrant. The head remained for quite sometime, with a slight belgian lace holding on to the side of the glass. Very appealing

Smell: A very present, malty aroma that belies the hops underneath,

Taste: Quite good. A tad bitter at first, and then a barley rushing through, until both gently and slowly fade in the finish.

Mouthfeel:Sharp and present. Good carbonation, but not overwhlemingly so.

Drinkability: A Good German Pilsner, with a few weaknesses. Could be ...I don't know.. bolder? But still a good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2009 01:23:01 | More by AccidentalKate
Photo of emerge077


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

Freshly arrived box from a beer-of-the-month club, still very cold. Thermometer reads 41.7º after sitting inside for awhile.

Pale yellow, fizzy with constant trails of bubbles. Two fingers of foam in the Gaffel stange glass, with intricate lace around the edge. Head retention isn't the greatest, but the lace and carbonation make up for it. After each tilt of the glass, a swarm of bubbles push to the surface. Clean malty nose with a bare hint of floral noble hops. Light crisp taste, mild breadiness with a light but firm bitterness in the end. Feels clean, crisp and lightly drying. A good pilsner, probably fresher than some German imports, but not really my first choice for a pils.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 00:15:14 | More by emerge077
Photo of melagnus


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours golden yellow with a wonderful head. Lots of carbonation rising to the top!

S - Bright bitter smell. Very traditional Noble hop aroma.

T - Smooth tingly sensation on the palate. Bitterness rushes over the tongue.

M - Mild amount of yeastiness, then quickly subdued by hops. Very drinkable, though not weak in body.

Conclusion - This beer reminds me very much of the Pilsners I would drink in Germany; Noble hops, unpasteurized and no preservatives! Was very satisfied and will be buying more!


Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 04:34:57 | More by melagnus
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Einfach Leben!" (Simply Live!)

--neck label

Sparkling lemon with variously sized particles, some of which sink and some of which don't. The bright white cap doesn't look outstanding, but it gets the job done. Unfortunately, no more than a few blips of watery sudsiness end up on the glass.

Bad choice to go with the green, Euro-look bottle. Cap cracking led to a blast of skunk even though the bottle wasn't that close to my nose. It fades fairly quickly, however, and we're left with the classic lemony grassiness of Saaz hops. Not bad, not bad.

Actually, Trumer is a pretty good American-brewed German pils. Time and drinking will tell if my first impression of the flavor score (3.5) deserves an upward bump or not. So far, I like the beer's cleanliness and its crispness. I'm sure it helps that the bottle is fresh, unlike a lot of what makes it here from overseas.

There isn't much contribution from the pilsener malt in terms of either flavor or body. Just a fresh, untoasted graininess with no attendant huskiness. That allows the hops to dominate, as they should in beer of this style. As in the nose, they're lemon zesty, with an appealing grassiness and a white pepper spiciness.

Due to the relative lack of malt sugars and the abundance of fresh hoppiness, the beer has a snappy, crisp, bracing bitterness that is growing on me with every mouthfeel. This stuff is good solo, should be good with most food and should be sessionable. What else is there?

Although the mouthfeel is fairly light, it fits the style and the purpose. Besides, it firms up a little with warming and the sparkly carbonation is lively without being annoyingly fizzy. In other words, the amount and quality of the bubbles are a perfect match for the flavor profile.

Trumer Pils is quite the tasty little brew. I have no doubt that most *fresh* German pilseners would taste at least this good, if not better. Forget the first two scores, this is quality beer and is an easy recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 14:26:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of charlzm


4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Six pack purchased from BevMo in Van Nuys, CA on 12/22/08.

Pours a very pale, clear gold into a pilsener glass. Lots of carbonation bubbles rise rapidly and constantly. A dense, two finger, fluffy white head formed immediately and stuck around for a long time, leaving some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is a bit suspect. Skunked? Maybe a little. Peppery, floral hops and barely discernable malts in the nose.

Flavor is light, crisp. Slightly sweet and with a touch of grainy malt, the beer starts well. Flavor wraps up cleanly with a little white pepper note and some subtle, lasting bitterness.

The texture is slightly thick, though far short of chewy. Suitably dry on the finish.

A very nicely executed pilsener. So THIS is what the macros were shooting for! I'm still not a big pilsener fan, but I do have a new favorite.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 01:40:57 | More by charlzm
Photo of MrMcGibblets


3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pale straw color and perfectly clear with a billowing white head. bready, doughy malts in the nose along with some noble hop aromas underneath. taste follows the aroma. well-balanced with a bit less hop character than czech pilseners. crisp, clean, short finish. light-bodied and refreshing. very sessionable and thirst-quenching. a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 05:35:03 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of Spikester


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear pale yellow with a one finger white head. Fair amount of lacings.
Aroma mild floral hops.
Taste is floral hops, sweet malts, grassy, biscuit, well balanced.
Mouthfeel is smooth with just right carbonation. It has a medium dry bitter finish.
Drinkability is much better than average.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 08:24:16 | More by Spikester
Photo of colts9016


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The color is cloudy golden yellow with a thin white head.
Smell: Skunky malt, wheat and yeast hints of citrus and ester.
Taste: Malt yeast hints of hops and citrus.
Overall: This is a really good beer the mouthfeel is slightly astringent but clean. Has a medium body with a tainting of bitterness at the finish. I could drink this beer all night.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 02:16:21 | More by colts9016
Photo of jwc215


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mfielden for sending me two bottles of this!

Poured into pils glass:

Pours straw yellow with effervescent carbonation forming a pillowy white head that thins and lasts, leaving some lacing.

The smell is grainy with floral and grassy notes. Classic pils aroma.

The taste is sweet grain (hint of nutty from what I assume is Contintental malt) with flroal/grassy hop touch in the refreshingly dry finish.

Crisp, clean and refreshing, this is a nicely balanced, easy-drinking, sessionable tradtional German-style Pils.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 16:28:27 | More by jwc215
Photo of argock


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

Served on-tap in a clear tall pilsner glass
A: Clear straw yellow with mildly frothy white head and occasional half-rings of lace

S: Plenty of raw cereal grain with medium-strength noble hops aroma

T: Nothing special but enjoyable enough pilsner with solid but average malt personality and noble hops bite which leaves a reasonably clean finish

M: Light-medium body with a bit much carbonation but good dryness with slight metallic and astringent notes of a solid pils

D: Solid if unspectacular German pilsner with all the elements of a good pils but without much to distinguish it from or elevate it to the upper tier

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2008 02:43:35 | More by argock
Photo of Offa


4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 19:07:45 | More by Offa
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