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Trumer Pils - Trumer Brauerei Berkeley

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491 Ratings

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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 25
Gots: 31 | 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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Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Now THIS is my idea of a lawnmower beer.

The beer pours a solid gold color with fair head retention and lacing. There is some nice cascading carbonation to it as well. The nose is all pilsner and smells pretty attractive. I get some yeasty bitterness, with some light honey as well. The aroma is literally mouthwatering. On the palate the flavors are a bit light, but what there is I find to be quite pleasant. Again, I get some light honey with a lot of bitter citrus in the finish. This beer is quite thirst quenching and is just a perfect summer beer. This beer is the epitome of drinkability and goes down entirely too easily.

Why anyone would drink anything from BMC when this is an option is a mystery to me. Quite nice.

John_M, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Clear, golden color, with a white soapy head that is served about one finger high and recedes quickly.

Aromas of grassy hops and grain husk mainly. Not a lot of power, but acceptable for style.

The flavor is a pleasant mix of grassy, herbal hops and a pale sweet malt. Well balanced, with a hint of lemon rind, and an easy finish.

Well done pilsner beer, about as good as is imported and widely available these days.

BretSikkink, May 24, 2008
Photo of bradybeer
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 GClarkage
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

05/21/08- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berekely, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness indicator. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Very clear light golden colored pour with a one inch plus head which fades quickly. Leaves virtually no lace.

Smell- Very barnyard without the funk. Meaning lots of hay and grass. Large pils hop aroma as well as saaz hops.

Taste- Very well hopped with a lemony flavor. Grassy and early malt with a bit of a sweet flavor in the beginning.

Mouthfeel- Fairly dry and well carbonated. Hoppy bitter aftertaste, but not as much as other hopped styles.

Drinkability- Above average pils that I would buy again. Definitely worth a try.

GClarkage, May 22, 2008
Photo of ASymon13
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It has a golden color with some nice fluffy white head that retains beautifully. This has some excellent carbonation to it.The nose contains fresh, bready malts with some nice spicy hops to it.

It is extremely crisp and refreshing. The malts have a lot of brediness to them which are nicely balanced by the spicy hop characters. The spiciness lingers on pleasantly after tasting. This has an excellent light to med-light body to it, perfectly in style. It is an excellent session beer, perfect for warm weather. One of the best west coast-made pilsners I've had, if not the best.

ASymon13, May 22, 2008
Photo of adammacmillan
2.25/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

we got a picture of this the other week i don't think it was worth 14 bucks. i am not saying it was bad i thought it had an different after taste to it. it was the first time i have had it i did not like it not saying its a bad beer i's just not for me.

adammacmillan, May 14, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Clear, light yellow body, effervescent bubbles flow to the top. Thin white head.

s: Sweet pilsner malt and fresh cut hay.

t: Pilsner malt, grass, hay, light hop profile and a very dry finish.

m: Very crisp, light body.

d: Better than the average American-made pils. Still lacks the amount of flavor I want in a beer. Its better than the macro-produced swill euphemistically called pilsner, but how big a compliment is that? If you're looking for a light beer that won't exercise your taste buds, but doesn't taste bad either, this is a pretty good choice.

BradLikesBrew, May 11, 2008
Photo of audiojon
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been drinking this one here in SF for a while now. As sloejams below stated, it's available pretty much everywhere. I think that's owed to the fact that the US brewery is in Berkeley, right across the Bay. Great easy drinking pils, not my favorite as that honor goes to Moonlight's Reality Czech, but this is a solid go to. Between this and Pilsner Urquell, which is also available quite frequently, I'd definitely say Trumer is the better of the two.

Great nose, clean finish, solid session brew.

audiojon, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of sloejams
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It always puzzles me why I cannot find this beer easily in Los Angeles. In the Bay Area, every corner liquor shop has this everywhere.

It's a fine, easy-drinking pilsener. Everything about it shouts "session time". Nice straw color with a minimal head. Nice and balanced with a slight more hop kick than a German made beer in this style. The only drawback is the green bottling, I've come across some sun contaminated ones that have made me sad.

sloejams, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of Rzzzzz
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a cylindrical Trumer glass. Clean and golden with a fluffy white head that leaves some nice sections of lacework all the way down. And oh boy, look at all them bubbles racing to the top in beaded streams. Aroma is a blend of grains, hops, grass, citrus. Flavor is malted grains up front, spicy hops follow with a hint of lemon and a dry finish. Nice balance of flavors and a nice crisp mouthfeel make this a great choice.

Rzzzzz, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of Weizenmensch
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Weizenmensch, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great two finger head that slowly recedes to a thick film of foam and an even thicker ring around the beer. Very bright, pale straw color with great bubbling. The aroma is a sharp grassy malt. Light, lemony hops. The taste Gypsm dry malts along with a hard, yet subtle hop bill. Lemony hops and grassy malts for a dry earthy pils. One of the best tasting pilsners Ive ever had. Insanely drinkable and tasty.

scruffwhor, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

DefenCorps, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of LittleCreature
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.0
Poured two and a half fingers of tight white head that has good staying power. Colour is a clear, pale gold with steady rising bubbles.

Smell - 3.5
Skunk upon opening disappeared, leaving a mild aroma of sweet pale malt, faint lemon, grain and grassy hops.

Taste - 3.5
Extremely refreshing and devoid of off-flavours. Starts with slight malt sweetness, biscuity grain flavour, finishes with moderate hop bitterness, quite dry and cracker-like.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Just perfect for the style, light to moderate spritzy carbonation, feels light in the mouth.

Drinkability - 4.5
Very sessionable, especially in summer, and tasty enough to go back to often.

This is what they should be serving on-tap in pubs and nightclubs instead of Heineken and Becks. A simple, refreshing pilsener that will appeal to the masses while satisfying the connoisseurs. Not cheap, but worth the small premium.

LittleCreature, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didnt See this beer as I just wanted to drink a beer from a bottle for a change, and I only review beers I drink at home really.

Smells like a crisp clean pilsner, like a really hoppy becks beer.

Tastes very clean, smooth, spicy hops

great aftertaste.

This is a stellar pilsner, if you like the style, this does not disappoint. Tastes like your ancestors from the old world would make.

Murchmac, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of rgrholmes168
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A nice light gold/silver look. It had a two finger head, that quickly disapated and left little lace.

S- A citrusy smell that was not too strong.

T- Very crisp and refreshing. The taste is okay, but not the best beer ever.

M- Very light and carbonated.

D- Maybe one or two at a time. It was okay.

This an average beer. I liked and would recommend it, but I would pass it up for a different beer.

rgrholmes168, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of lawman834
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Light golden. Very impressive head, but it goes down quickly. Bubbles keep on coming.

S-Not much of a smell at all. When I took a whiff, it smelled grassy and a little floral. I was afraid that I was going to be disapointed, but...

T-Wow! Very nicely balanced. I can taste the barley, malts and hops in equal proportions. It has quite a crisp bite up front but finishes very smooth.

M-Suprisingly light and dry considering the strong and balanced flavor.

D-Probably the most drinkable beer I have had to date. I am hard to please, but this one was quite impressive.

lawman834, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of JDV
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow, but slightly hazy with a bit of bright white head. Smell is of some yeast, and a light metallic smell probably from the head. Carbonation is right on, and very crisp. Taste is of malt, light yeasty, doughiness, and a touch of bitterness to finish. Finish is also a bit drying. Not bad, but not my favorite pilsner. I won't be upset that I can't get this in my state, but could stand to drink one again if I came across it.

JDV, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of baseballrock
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

apearance- fairly clear, though it was a bit cloudier than i was expecting. Very carbonated, head retained failry well

Smell- it burst with auroma, can be smelled from two feet from the glass.

Taste- Tate is full and explosive, taste of slight citrus and spice.

Mouthfeel- is very smooth and like stated above lots of carbonation

Drinkability- its a drinkable beer, that is very good when drank by itself with no food. You'll be wanting another.

this is very similar to Grolsch. good beer goes down smooth

baseballrock, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of Natural510
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An Austrian brewery which set up a secondary brewery in Berkeley, California. All Trumer Pils found in the US is from the Berkeley brewery (to avoid confusion).

Poured on-tap into Trumer's trademark glassware (16 oz highball glass). Gave a very thick head for a pilsner, albiet one which disappeared fairly quickly. Dark yellow, almost greenish color.
The flavor is smooth, watery, refreshing. There is enough barley & hop bite to differentiate it from a Heiney or Stella. Bitterness balances the sweetness. Grassy, yeasty malted notes as well. Stays fairly well carbonated throughout.
Drinkability is high, if you're seeking a thirst-quencher with a little more character than a macro, but light on the palate as to go down smooth & quick. Great session pilsner.

I read an article which stated Trumer specifically chose Berkeley due to the high standards it sets for its local water. The water DOES taste very clean & refreshing, helping to add to the beer's character.

Natural510, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of goochpunch
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my Trumer Pils glass a faded golden with tons of carbonation and a beautiful head that rises above the rim and stays there for minutes on end. Lots of herbal and floral hops come out at first (and I get a lot of jasmine here) with a backing of sweet, doughy, and yeasty malt: like the smell of a bakery early in the morning before anything has been baked. This odd, over-sweet, raw bread dough flavor comes out a bit much in the flavor for my tastes. Hops back it up well enough, though, and add some substantial bitterness. Mouthfeel could certainly be more effervescent. Decent all-around. Wouldn't go out of my way for this, but if I see it at a bar, I'd surely buy one.

goochpunch, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

on tap @ the Firehouse in San Diego, CA

A- clear golden, and bubbly with a 1 finger white head that holds well, average white lacing

S- crisp, malty, clean, floral

T- crisp bready malts, slightly sweet as far as balance goes, hops obviously there but not easily distinguished

M- light body, active carbonation, crisp

D- clean, simple, and tasty, sessionable as well, not a bad choice when in a pinch

tonistruth, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

OK, so I didn't look at it close enough and mistakenly thought it was brewed in Austria, due to all the comments about Salzburg on the six-pack holder...

Appearance: Typical Euro pilsner look... golden straw color with a fluffy airy head that dissipates into a bit of an uneven film. A bit better than average.

Smell: Grassy aroma with bits of grains. Not super exciting, but no skunk.

Taste: Somewhat sweet, malty grassy flavor. Semi-sweet grassy aftertaste. Though it's a bit of a bore, it's actually pretty decent for what it's trying to be...

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, moderate carbonation, and very smooth (very little grainyness).

Drinkability: Really easy to drink, low alcohol, but the aftertaste is the first thing to become tiresome.

An ok to decent pilsner. It's lacking skunk, which is good. But it's also lacking some flavor and is a bit lighter (in body and taste) than I would like. However, I think it's in general better than some imports like St. Pauli Girl -- it comes off seeming a lot fresher. Unfortunately, however, it has a price tag more like an import, making it less attractive.

mithrascruor, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of Nesued
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into a pilsner glass (not Trumer's). Crisp golden, very slight hazy, color with a lively carbonation that feeds a frothy white head. Upon pour, the head formed a very dense and very ample offering with lacing remaining as the head resolved into a one-finger remain.

Smell - A lively aroma that is able to be "felt" a bit away from the glass. Offerings of citrus and grassy nose hits you right off, with a hint of a peppery or spicy presence as well.

Taste - Suprisingly mild for such a bold aroma. Excellent balance between the malt and hops with a bit of a bite at the end. There is an oily retension as the aftertaste kicks in that aids hops in lingering longer. Nice body that is worth a look.

Mouthfeel - I was struck by the smooth body of this brew. As touted by the marketing of this brew, one of the strengths is the use of pure, soft water which caused the U.S. brewery to be located in Berkeley,CA. According to their website, the water available here most closely replicates the water found in Salzburg. Be that as it may, I did feel the smooth "softness" as this beer moved around my mouth. The remaining spice added to a nice tickle to the tongue.

Drinkability - For a pilsener, I found this brew very enjoyable and very much worth finishing the other five from the six-pack. Go grab some and give it a try. I'm glad I did. Good pilsener.

Nesued, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of mghotbi
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I previously rated this beer on tap and found it to be average, but had the pleasure of a fresh bottle today.

Pours a crystal clear light gold with a frothy white head and lots of lingering lace. The smell is grassy but with definite presence of noble hops.

Brisk and spicy with a mild malt sweetness and clean finish. Delicious.

Thin mouthfeel perfect for a hot day.

A tremendous domestic pilsner on par with any I've tasted.

mghotbi, Aug 29, 2007
Trumer Pils from Trumer Brauerei Berkeley
86 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.