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Trumer Pils - Trumer Brauerei Berkeley

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463 Ratings

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Ratings: 463
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 21
Gots: 27 | 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 tigerdoc

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

08-18-2007 20:48:16 | More by tigerdoc
Photo of BeerBelcher


2.7/5  rDev -28.9%

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.

08-18-2007 03:22:51 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of McStagger


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

07-25-2007 08:55:57 | More by McStagger
Photo of bditty187


4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

07-20-2007 20:26:59 | More by bditty187
Photo of Durge


3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

07-20-2007 07:10:43 | More by Durge
Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +23.7%

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.

07-06-2007 00:37:28 | More by khiasmus
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +10%

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.

07-04-2007 04:32:13 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of steveh


4.18/5  rDev +10%

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...

06-22-2007 21:33:07 | More by steveh
Photo of rkuhnel


3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

06-17-2007 01:56:05 | More by rkuhnel
Photo of largadeer


4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

04-16-2007 21:36:10 | More by largadeer
Photo of zeff80


3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

03-10-2007 03:59:44 | More by zeff80
Photo of stephendr


3.13/5  rDev -17.6%

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

03-09-2007 06:03:22 | More by stephendr
Photo of Kulrak


3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

01-26-2007 09:20:54 | More by Kulrak
Photo of IntriqKen


4.43/5  rDev +16.6%

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.

01-11-2007 04:02:31 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of russpowell


4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

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

12-10-2006 02:30:10 | More by russpowell
Photo of Globetrotter


4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

10-27-2006 19:00:12 | More by Globetrotter
Photo of rhoadsrage


2.68/5  rDev -29.5%

(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.

09-29-2006 21:00:31 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of blackie


3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

09-16-2006 02:02:50 | More by blackie
Photo of Padron4KM


2.78/5  rDev -26.8%

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.

09-09-2006 06:53:31 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Clear and golden color and small white fast fading head. Aroma is rather pleasant. Sweet and spicy, with some lemon. Soft toasty malts and good noble/saaz hops. Taste has nice hops too. Still spicey and a mildly lemony. Nice and uplifting. Mouthfeel is nice and dry with a complimentary tingly carbonation. I find this very easy to drink as well.

Good to drink and good to smell.

09-04-2006 21:47:30 | More by tastybeer
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

Pours a lucent straw color with a good sized fluffy white head that persists as a creamy covering for a while until it disappears altogther. Pleasant noble hop aroma - flowery and a little spicy with some earthy grain and hay. Taste is mostly hoppy bitterness - its got a grassy bite - though there is some faint sweet malt to be found. Lingering peppery flavors. Solid medium, crisp mouthfeel.

Nice pilsner, though the bitterness may be a problem for some.

09-04-2006 21:25:23 | More by wedge
Photo of vancurly


3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

Pale straw colour, white frothy head, leaves nice lace. But few bubbles.
Style-typical nose, of lifted noble hops and pale malts. Maybe a touch of green apple in there,
Flavour of light, grassy hops, with a reasonable bitterness and refreshing finish. Hint perhaps of carapils or some similar specialty malt. Quite a nice balance.
Found it a bit flat, though.... was expecting a more vibrant effervescent mouthfeel. The bitterness tended to hang a bit heavy as a result.

08-29-2006 05:38:33 | More by vancurly
Photo of aussielars


3.3/5  rDev -13.2%

Very pale in colour and pours with a quickly disappearing, almost nonexistent head. Minimal effervescence. Smells of hay and malt. Tastes of hay, sweet malt and a bit of bittering hops at the end. Medium to light mouthfeel. Didn't live up to expectations.

08-18-2006 12:50:25 | More by aussielars
Photo of mentor


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Bottle provided by the Brewer's Association as a reward for some recent volunteer efforts for the 2006 GABF. I suspect this bottle is a left-over from the 2005 GABF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a nearly one finger white head over a crystal clear and very pale straw colored liquid. Several streamers race to keep the foam on the top a thin layer that never dies. Smells dry pils malty with a comparably strong saaz hop. Bready with a touch of lemon zing.

Taste: dry pils malt falls aside to wet bready sweetness. Mild hop bitterness and a nice saaz hop flavor. Some metalic late and into the aftertaste, but also a smooth noble character I find in Hallertauer. From the smell I was half-expecting a peppery zing from the hops, but any zing is mild indeed. From a dry start, the middle jumps in quite wet and then recedes again during the aftertaste. Like a wave washing up on a beach, I suppose. There is a bit of sandy to the dryness.

Sheets of lacing on the inside of the glass. Gorgeous. Mouthfeel is light but has a dextrinous character during the brief bready sweet middle. Carbonation is mild...just enough to help lift the malt from the tastebuds. Simple, well balanced, tasty, and very drinkable. Sad to see the end of this one.

08-16-2006 06:55:52 | More by mentor
Photo of numenor1

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +10%

Clear straw color with modest white head, laces decent enough. Smell is musty hay ala earthy hops with a faint toasted malt backing. Restrained toasted pilsner malts upfront, quickly take a backseat to nice earthy, floral hops. A tad spicy, grainy throughout with a slight lemon, grassiness. Fairly dry, and not overdone in anyway. Light body supported by soft but substantial carbonation. Textbook german pils.

07-25-2006 18:55:07 | More by numenor1
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