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Trumer Pils - Trumer Brauerei Berkeley

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480 Ratings

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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 23
Gots: 29 | 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 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
Photo of bennetj17
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12oz bottle in a tall Pilsener glass. Pale yellow color, clear with loads of carbonation streaming toward the top. Decent head of white foam holding for a few moments. The aroma wasn't too strong, but it had a nice lemony character.

The taste is pretty nice, clean bready malt with a lot of lemon zest. The finish had a light bitterness to balance it out and keep it interesting. Light body, with plenty of carbonation, right on for the style.

I was impressed with this Pilsener. I was at a restaurant with not much to chose from, and instead of going with the typical Fat Tire or Sam Adams I chose this and was glad I did. You could drink a few of these, a fine session beer...

bennetj17, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a very pale, crystal-clear gold color with a modest head, and many fine streaming bubbles coming up from the bottom. Clean grainy malt aroma with some grassy hop notes. Taste is simple, uncomplex, but tasty: a little sweet malt well-balanced by a dry, floral moderate bitterness. Body could use some more carbonation.

Good session beer.

allengarvin, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of roblowther
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very light straw colored with a thin persistent head and a steady stream of bubbles keeping it going. Smells of hops and bananas with a hint of skunk. Tastes dry and crisp, no skunk but definite hops and a surprising hint of malt. Crisp finish if a bit sour. Hops make a repeat appearance in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly and more substantial than the style indicates. Drinkability is very good. I'd say something more clever but, um....I got nothing. To sum it up....I like it.

roblowther, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of tigerdoc
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale straw yellow with very little head that dissapeared quickly. The first aroma that hit me was skunkyness, although the aroma did dissapate there was only a little maltiness and noble hop aroma that could come through the skunkyness. The flavor was nice, not the best pilsner flavor but there was some bready maltiness and a little bit of hop bitterness. A nice level of carbonation and smooth fairly light body, very refreshing for a hot day. A very drinkable pilsner, I would like to try it on draft wehre hopefully the skunky aroma would not be so overpowering. But in a bottle, especially green bottle, not my favorite pils.

tigerdoc, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer really struck me as past-its-prime Pilsner Urquell. It had a Saz-hops character that I associate with Pilsner Urquell and Czechvar, but had a stale cardboard-iness that was far from impressive.

I had this beer on tap at The 'Knick restaurant by the lake in Milwaukee. It came in branded glassware, which reminded me of a straight-walled vase and seemed poorly suited for its purpose. But it didn't look like other beer glasses, so I guess from that perspective it was doing its job.

Color was yellow, not quite gold, and not brilliantly sparkling the way the beers mentioned above appear. It had a pleasant paile white head. Aroms was a Saz-ish "European lager" smell. Flavor was like I described about; cardboard-y past-its-prime Pilsner Urquell. This beer wasn't skunky, but it was stale.

Mouthfeel was not impressive.

All-in-all this beer was OK, but not especially commendable.

BeerBelcher, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of McStagger
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale,. straw-like yellow with one inch of ever-so-off-white head that dissipates at a medium pace. Lacing is moderate to minimal. Carbonation races from the glass to join with the head.

S: Hops and grain leap from the glass. I can smell the beer eight or so inches from my nose. There is a slight barnyard smell, along with a little bit of skunk wafting from the glass. Upon closer inspection, I can smell more distinct amounts of grain, followed by hops and a slight minerality.

T: The entrance is rushed in by an almost grittiness due to the grain, which is quickly subdued by the bitterness the hops bring. However, this is short lived, as the beer evolves into a caramelly sweetness that intermingles with a hint of mineral and iron. The metals fade into the finish, to leave a slight citrus flavor and an ever so mild layer of soft grasses.

M: This beer is surprisingly well balanced. Unlike many pilsners produced in America, the carbonation does not act as the sole body of the beer, but merely as one aspect of it. The fact that this beer is not over carbonated as many pilsners are is a welcome relief.

D: Chill it (or warm it) to the proper temp, and this thing drinks like water. Delicious, hop and grain filled water. Smooth, with good flavor, this is a great beer to drink anytime you feel like...well, having a beer. This has found a semi permanent rotation in my fridge.

McStagger, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of bditty187
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewery fresh!

Clear, green-gold-hay in hue, typical color for a Pilsner; not much animation however. White foam, at the apex the head was a healthy two fingers tall. Head retention was respectable, the bubbles slowly faded to a tight, small cap. The lacing wasn’t very widespread. Overall, the appearance is respectable.

The nose is very earthy with suggestions of sulfur, grass, hay, and citrus as well as a faint herb bouquet. I detect crisp malt aromas, clean otherwise. Smells like a Pilsner. Moderate potency; the nose is pleasant (nothing more, nothing less).

Clean, crisp malt upfront but a blast of hoppy bitterness arrives and develops into an herbal, grassy, flowery flavor. There are hints of citrus too. At first I thought this was not the most complex Pilsner I’ve had but it was fresh and tasty. About halfway through the consumption I realized how damn good this beer is. The bitterness grew and the hop flavors developed and the malt crispness remains. Trumer is a very, very good Pils. I like it!

Medium in body; moderate, natural carbonation, the mouthfeel works very well… well done!

Oh my, this is very drinkable. I could drink many of these in one setting. I never expected this beer to be so good. What is up with the green bottle? LAME! I’m glad I was able to try a fresh, non-skunked bottle. Thanks Bill for lugging a bottle back from CA.

bditty187, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like many good pilsners but this one didn't quite hit the target for me. It's a very light gold brew. The head is minor but there is good lace evidence. The smell is a musty bread. The taste is light and even a little creamy with some lemon pepper notes. Reasonably carbonated but it seemed to lose it's liveliness quicker than I would like. Pretty drinkable as a Pils should be. Worth a try but many better choices for my taste.

Durge, Jul 20, 2007
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
Photo of saintwarrick
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Starting to love more and more pilsners. Yummy. Poured this into my official Trumer Pils glass, aka, the world's biggest shot glass. Looks great, pours a shiny gold, with a big creamy head that stays indefinitely. Aroma is true pilsner, hay, grass and lemon all mixed together. Taste is damn smooth, fresh lemons with a little hop bitterness in the finish, an understated bite at the end. A very tasty pilsner and a great session beer, there are others better out there, but this beer can hold its own.

saintwarrick, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of steveh
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very nice German-style Pils made more interesting in that it's brewed in California by Trumer's second brewery aside from Salzburg, Austria.

This fits the Pils style to a T, but there are many others available for sampling that it's difficult to get excited over this beer. EKU's Pils seems more interesting to me, and Gordon Biersch makes a good example too.

OTOH, it's great to know that a world class Pilsner can be brewed here in the U.S., for that reason I recommend Pils drinkers try this beer -- pale gold, hoppy nose, clean malt and hop flavors, soft mouth feel that only double-decoction mashing can yield.

A nice beer to style. Now, about that green glass...

steveh, Jun 22, 2007
Trumer Pils from Trumer Brauerei Berkeley
86 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.