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Trumer Pils - Trumer Brauerei Berkeley

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514 Ratings

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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 29
Gots: 41 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-11-2003

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Photo of Offa
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of goschool
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This one pours golden straw color topped by a light foamy head.

Smell: The nose is very clean with light gain, a zest of lemon, and a hint of crisp floral hops.

Taste: The flavor profile has lemon zest in front of soft grain and a crisp hop backbone that's grassy, herbal, and floral. The finish is bone dry.

Mouthfeel: It's light-but-not-too-light-bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a nice, refreshing lager, although the dry finish keeps it from being a better quaffer.

Photo of Magpie14
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a light golden yellow, very light appearance overall. Thin head maintained throughout and left spotty lacing almost all the way down.

Smell: floral, grassy hops. Hint of that traditional (sweet grains) pilsner aroma.

Taste: floral hops that lead to a citrus bite. Bitter and dry grains and malt characteristics show through with a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel: light pilsner body and medium carbonation. Has that lingering bitter hop flavor.
Drinkable...but for pils fans I think their is better out there.

Photo of WHROO
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a strawish yellow, fraction cloudy. Struggled to get anything more than 1 finger, quickly melted to a thin film of foam. Carbonation was quite good, & dotty lacing down the glass.
S: Grassy hops, lemony, hint of floral. Not too malty, more hoppy & overall a little bland.
T: One of the less malty Pils I have tasted, only a slight touch of maybe honey/caramel sweetness...Citrus up front, fraction sweet in the middle with some gentle hops bitterness to finish, some floral notes too. Despite its lack of malty sweetness & complexity this seems very balanced.
M: Moussey in carbonation - very soft & delicious with its liveliness on the palate.
D: This has definately got the whole lager thing happening, with the added gentle Pils bitterness.
Seems one of the more feminine Pils I have tasted & could gladly sit on more....very easy to put down.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up a an extra in a trade recently. Had never heard of it to be honest, but it looked decent enough so what the hay. Twelve ounce bottle served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 09/28/2008.

The pour was about as light as could be. Very light and golden straw color with a semi nice carbonation profile. A decent head of about an inch of white froth came up over the top immediately but then settled right back down and left nothing behind in its wake.

The aroma was rather light, bland, and overall just uninspiring. Not really sure entirely what to think or make of this one as there was just not much to go by. Some light grains, a bready malt aroma that again was too light to really take notice of. The flavor was more of the same. Light grain and bready malts, nothing really spectacular at all here. I was just not impressed. Not to say it was bad at all, just nothing really to write home about. Decent carbonation and a very thin, light bodied ale made it easily session able.

Overall though there was nothing about this one that is going to make me come back for it again anytime soon. Just not enough originality or anything really separating this one out from anything else. Not bad, but nothing great.

Photo of Baudette
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellowish hue, nice tight head, exceptional lacing and steady carb.
Bready/cracker like malts and floral hop aromas.
Slight nutty character begins then leads to bready/cracker like malts and finishes with a tight floral bitterness that's crisp and clean. No residual sweetness is left on the buds, very well made.
Light inviting body and ever so drinkable.
I could drink this all day and if it were available here, this would be a constant in the garage fridge.

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a special glass at Phileas/Phineas Phogg's, in San Diego.

Some banana/clove at times in the aroma, typical Pilsner, not quite the most crisp, but well carbonated and active and smooth. Flavor profile helps, doesn't have any offending taste characteristics but more a winter pilsner than refreshing spring/summer pilsner.

Photo of Crosling
1.32/5  rDev -65.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Clear golden colored beer, very light in color with a fairly well lasting white head. Nose doesn't have a lot of character...a little bit of light malts, maybe some hop. Flavor doesn't have much character at all and is awfully hard to drink. Ummm, this is so far from being a decent German Pils. Not even close.

Photo of MiScusi
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchill's in San Marcos, CA.

A- Poured into a nonic pint glass. Clear bright yellow, bright white fluffy head. Looks very lively in the glass.

S/T- Mainly the pilsner malt smell, a tad fruity, very soft on hops.

M/D- found this to be pleasant overall, but maybe a touch too sweet. Just a bit more hop presence and bitterness to give it some crispness would have pleased my palate more.

Photo of koopa
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start off by saying that I'm not a big pilsner fan.

A: Good amount of carbonation, clarity, head retention and lacing for the style.

S: Lemon, hay and grass up front with a small amount of pepper behind it.

T: Clean, crisp and well balanced. I was a bit worried that with a green bottle this beer may taste a bit light spoiled but it did not.

M: Better than most Pilsners i've tried. Perfect carbonation really makes all the difference with this one.

D: One of the most drinkable Pilsners I've tried. Seek it out!

Photo of Haybeerman
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear yellow color. Poured with a one inch white head that dissipated to a half inch bumpy head - great retention. Lots of carbonation. Thin, inconsistent lacing. Overall a very nice looking beer.

S: Biscuity malts and grassy hops; hint of citrus. Very mild herbal aroma as it warmed a bit.

T: The grassy hops were up front followed by light bready/biscuity flavor. Dry finish with noble hop bitterness.

M: Light body, but not thin. Well balanced with carbonation - significant, but really made the finish crisp and clean.

D: Very drinkable pils on a number of fronts. I could pretty much drink a lot of this and like it..

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Only appropriate that I'm drinking a bottle of this in Berkeley, just a couple of miles from the brewery. Pours straw yellow with a pure white head that is dense and thick and slowly settles to a cap. Aromas of lemon, grass, and herbs with some biscuity malt. The taste is similar, with more hop bitterness than was detectable in the nose, and with more of that biscuity malt. The lemon is still there, and it is especially noticeable on the finish. The mouthfeel is relatively soft for the style, but gently effervescent and delicious. Really a bit different, and just a wonderful summertime beer. Well made, and just a delight when fresh.

Photo of froghop
3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear pale yellow with a small white head that quickly dissipates.

smell is of light grain, touch of citrus, a little corny.

taste is crisp, heavily carbonated, grain comes through strong, some lemon, touch of popcorn, leaves mouth on the dry side.

overall good for a pils.

Photo of Reidrover
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Bright yellow, small white head, vigorous carbonation.
Nice grassy hop aromas, quite fresh.
Grassy hop taste , with a nice enough malt back ground, lemon flavours too coming from the hops near the end.
Ok in the mouth ,reasonably carbonated and a nice semi-bitter after taste.
Quite drinkable indeed.
A good American brewed pils. Not world class though.

Photo of Rayek
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant brass colored beer with somewhat large carbonation bubbles. Large foamy white head has good retention and leaves nice lace.

S: Very strong aromas. I could smell it as it came out of the bottle. Pepper, lemon, grass and biscuit aromas interplay nicely.

T: Clean, crisp and well balanced. Malt is somewhat husky in taste. Bitterness comes on with flavors of pepper, lemon and flowers. Finishes with a peppery bitterness that lingers for a short while before fading away.

M: Medium light body is a little chewy. Carbonation level is just right.

D: Great Pils. I'll be revisiting this one.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Frankly, I'm more excited to eventually try the version now produces in the U.S. but I came across the import version while dining out in South Carolina. As a big fan of the pilsner style I figured this was a great opportunity to give another brand a whirl.

Overall this was a nice beer, but not one I would place in the top ranks of pilsners that I have and will try again.

The beer certainly met all of the style criteria of a pilsner including color, carbonation, flavor and so on. I think m main issue with this version of a pilsner is that it was a touch too sweet for my taste. It was by no means an overly sweet beer, but just too far down that scale compared to other pilsners I've enjoyed.

Certainly worth having and in many cases it will be a superior choice vs. what else may be offered in a restaurant. Worth a shot for those exploring the pilsner style.

Pale Gold or straw in color.

Nice fluffy white head formed, and then quickly vanished.

Aroma was slightly grassy, clean and lightly spicy.

Taste was slightly sweet, a touch spicy and had a nice hop finish.

Mouth feel was nice and refreshing. Decent amount of carbonation added to the pleasure here.

Nicely drinkable.

Photo of dcam1437
2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank out of a Pilsner glass

Pours a large amount of thin white head that dissipates in about 1 and a half minutes

Light yellowish gold color

My initial reaction was that this beer does not have much taste it feels a little sticky on your tongue and the subtle taste stays there for a while, it is a little bitter in a good way

Easily drinkable but not a beer that stands out from the crowd, overall I would buy this beer again, it is a great beer to have around the house for everyday drinking, the average beer drinker like myself would consider this a beer that tastes good but it does not blow your mind

Photo of Riggo
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

gorgeous brilliant white head with pale yellow almost white appearance overall.

smells is musty, like rain, with some notes of lemon, pineapple, perhaps mint and grass. lovely smell.

at palate entry, i'm a little surprised. i thought i remembered this beer being quite dry. this bottle seems a little sweet. a little buttery and fruity; i taste a light butterscotch flavor which, from what i read connotes diacetyl--desirable in some english and scottish ales but not in lagers. some dryness and grassy hops do follow but not as aggressive as i recall.

mouthfeel is clean. adequately carbonated but smooth.

the style is of course quite drinkable, but with this buttery sweetness element, i'd have to say i'm not rushing to open another.

surprisingly not as good as i remember. and the thing is, this was bottled about 2 months ago and i took it out of an unopened case--no light had degraded this beer.
oh well. i guess my obsession with super-dry north german style pilsners won't be quenched in oklahoma--unless Eric Marshall of Marshall Brewing gets inspired by the likes of Troegs Sunshine, Victory Prima or Stoudt's Pils.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'Discovered' this beer last summer at OBF, and decided then it was worthy of several return trips to the front of the line. Have enjoyed on a couple occasions since last July , but this is my first chance to review. Poured to a gorgeous cylindrical 'Trumer' glass at new NE Portland spot Vicinato.

A: The glass showcases this pilsner beautifully; a nearly 12" tall tube of glowing golden goodness. Capped with 1+ finger of frothy snow-white head, falling gradually and leaving pretty bands of sticking lace.

S: Very bready aroma with a noseful of dry, spicy Saaz hops. Doesn't try to reinvent the wheel, er, pilsner... Just a good, rich malt/hop aroma that lasts from start to finish.

T: Bready and fully akin to oyster crackers: buttery, flowery honey, bone-dry finish, a hint of salt? Some zesty lemon rind and a cleansing mineral conclusion. Nice, very nice...

M: Slightly thin, but certainly clean and refreshing. In fact, the epitome of 'refreshing', with a gentle carbonation and a drying, yet saliva-inducing, finish.

D: Extremely easy to drink...when in need of a solid and easily-accessible pilsner, this is where I'm going. My wife really enjoyed this beer, too - which it very easy to say we'll BOTH be having this again soon and often as summer (finally) arrives. Recommended.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle thrown in as an extra from largadeer, thanks! This was a nice clear, golden, yellow which did not at all different than any other pilsener. The aroma was earthy minerals and exactly how I expected it to smell. The flavor was more earthiness, and corn? The drinkability was damn good as my pilsener glass was quickly drained.

Photo of illidurit
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Clear golden straw color with a big white head. Smells earthy and grainy. Hay, grass aromas. Nice lemony citrus and cereal grain, some grassy hoppiness. Crisp semi-bitter finish. Prickly carbonation, light bodied, refreshing. Easy to drink.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to largadeer for this one and the matching glass!

In the tall cylinder, there was just enough room for the head to fit. I'm pretty sure that was intentional, or a more gentle pour would have fit a whole half-liter. The color is a solid washed-out gold with a stream of bubbles sustaining the frothy white film.

Smells of Corn Flakes and honey with a crisp and snazzy hop sting to it. There's a bit of metal in the background.

The flavor starts similarto the smell but there's a far more substantial lager creaminess to the grains. The flavor fades to corn as it gets towards the hops. These deliver a familiar sting that seem to proclaim "this is what Miller Lite was pretending to taste like." The hops linger long into the finish, encouraging my next sip.

Feels light, but present with a soft and foamy carbonation.

A great transition beer and easy to drink.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this in a trade with tayner. Thanks Dana!

It pours a hazy straw gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell has a very assertive and nice mix of citrus hops & bready malt with some floral notes added in and I'm liking the nose a lot! No doubt about it, this is a German Pilsener and I can't wait to take a sip..

Mmmmm...I was hoping that after enjoying the smell so much, the taste wouldn't fall short of my expectations and it surely doesn't! The hoppy goodness, both lemon and floral, and the bready malt are really hitting some high spots on my palate. Oodles and oodles of flavour reward me after every sip but...the sips are coming way too fast! Alarm, alarm! Slow down!

Seriously, this is one hell of a rep for the style; Nice looking in the glass,(yep, some lacing and very good head retention) most inviting nose, great taste, lightish mouthfeel with lively but perfectly matched carbonation, pleasingly dry finish, awesome drinkability.

The sad news is, my glass is empty. The good news is, I have 2...more...bottles! How the heck did tayner know that I'd flip a lid over this one?? Thanks again, Dana.

Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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