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Trumer Pils - Trumer Brauerei Berkeley

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469 Ratings

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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 23
Gots: 28 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-11-2003)
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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
Photo of rkuhnel
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft at the Grand Hyatt in San Francisco so assume that this came from the Berkeley, CA brewery. Came a clear gold with a small white head. Nose of light hops. The mouthfeel was clean, and flavors were of light malts and hops. This indeed tastes just like an average German Pilsener.

rkuhnel, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into the cylindrical Trumer Pils glass, this beer is bright gold in color with brilliant clarity and outstanding head retention. Exceptionally clean, grassy and fresh; prominent dry malt flavors with the perfect balance of bittering noble hops to back it up. Very crisp mouthfeel, with a mild and dry finish that doesn't linger on the palate; all-around very drinkable. One of the better American examples of a pils, and very true to the style.

largadeer, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a pale, gold color with a white, one-finger head. Left no lacing.

S - It smelled of corn and grain adjuncts.

T - It tasted of corn and grain. It also was rather sweet.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty descent pils. It is nothing outstanding but certainly drinkable.

zeff80, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of stephendr
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle - color of pale yellow , with a frothy quickly dissipating stark white head - nose of light hopps , hay / straw , and crisp – taste of hay , hopps , bitter , very slight skunk , and light fruit - body is crisp , light , and mildly carbonated – aftertaste of hay , and slight hopps

stephendr, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of Kulrak
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat cloudy golden yellow color with no head whatsoever. Smells of hops and yeast, with some orangey citrus and a tiny bit of malt there. Tastes very hoppy and bitter, more or less balanced out by light malt sweetness. Some coppery flavor on the back end. The mouthfeel is very heavy and thick without much carbonation scraping at all, but I haven't really noticed much carbonation at all. All in all, it's a fairly drinkable beer, but I wouldn't pay premium prices for it.

Kulrak, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was VERY leary about trying this beer seeing as it comes in a green bottle. Personally, I dislike skunks.
Pours a pale golden with large carbonation bubbles creating a half finger of quickly melting head.
Aroma is clean and fresh and light....citrus notes, bright hops, a little earth.
Taste is delightfully light and clean and 'bright'....again, very pale malts, light citrus and floral tones, bright mild hops on the end.
No aftertaste to speak up.
This is a delightful and refreshing Pils.
Glad I took the chance.

IntriqKen, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Has this on tap at the falling rock

Poured golden with a 1" white head. Minimal head retention & good lacing

S: Grass & not much else, a little one dimensional in this olfactory aspect

T: Grass, sweet malt & breadyness up front. Finishes with a really impressive hoppy crispness

MF: Medium bodied, good carbonation levels & balance

This would be too easy to session on, a easy drinking pils that seems moderate in the abv-range, but big on flavor

russpowell, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of Globetrotter
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trumer is readily available on tap in Vienna, but the bottles are harder to find. My supplier is one supermarket chain. Comes in a brown half liter bottle with a white and silver label featuring a seal above the letters depicting a woman in dirndl holding a large mug in each hand. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 2/28/07, I opened it on 10/27/06.

Pours a clear light straw hue under a one finger white head that dissipates a bit faster than it should, leaving film, collar and a few spots of lace. The nose is nice, with sweet malt mingled with floral hops. The mouth is light and quite prickly. Good drinking brew here, with a fine sweet barley opening chased by a significant hops presence, both floral and coffeesque. The floral wins out in the finish, but the dry espresso bitter lurks halfway down the throat long after the liquid is gone. A fine example of a Pils.

Globetrotter, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a Imperial Strange)

A- This beer has a crystal clear pale yellow body with a huge carbonation of big bubbles racing to the surface. The head is a thick rocky pure white meringue that last and last.

S- This beer has a light sulfury dry noble hop smell that is pretty clean.

T- The taste has a dry faint noble hop bitterness that doesn't have much depth. As it warms a hint of pale malt with a slight cooked corn hint followed by a club soda finish.

M- This beer has a very light mouthfeel with a crisp bite in the finish.

D- This beer is pretty flavorless even when it is not ice cold. It wasn't very interesting with the only many flavor being the light punch of bitter noble hops.

rhoadsrage, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of blackie
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: A fizzy, low white head quickly recedes to just a ring and a few bubbles. The beer is pale golden in color.

smell: Fresh, appley sweet pale malts and a papery noble hop aroma.

mouthfeel: Carbonation on the lower end of the high range, and the body is light. It's a little chalky in flavor and mouthfeel after the swallow, and it leaves a bad feel behind for me.

taste: Nice pale malt flavors, as well as a decent hop flavor. Some mineral characteristic. A moderate bitterness cleans up the finish.

blackie, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of Padron4KM
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz green bottle, bottled in berkley, no freshness date or bottled on code.

Clear golden, eggshell white head, nice lacing.

aroma is grassy, grainy, mildly skunky
flavor is slightly grassy, slightly malty.
Crisp clean finish.

average. Decent beer, but at close to $8 a six pack, I'd reach for something else instead.

Padron4KM, Sep 09, 2006
Trumer Pils from Trumer Brauerei Berkeley
86 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.