Trumer Pils - Trumer Brauerei Berkeley

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BA SCORE
85
very good

497 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 26
Gots: 32 | 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 Riggo
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
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
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of bradybeer
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
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

Photo of GClarkage
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of ASymon13
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of adammacmillan
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%
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.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of audiojon
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of sloejams
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of Rzzzzz
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of Weizenmensch
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

OVERALL - 3.8
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.

Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of rgrholmes168
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of lawman834
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of JDV
3/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Photo of baseballrock
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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

Trumer Pils from Trumer Brauerei Berkeley
85 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.