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Trumer Pils - Trumer Brauerei Berkeley

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457 Ratings

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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 21
Gots: 25 | 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 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
Photo of Hunter


3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

Appearance: Fast pour into a pilsner glass yielded a pale gold lager with thin streams of carbonation attempting to support a decent-enough head of white that vanishes quickly. Some degree of lacing.

Smell: Notes of grass, malt, pepper, honey, and floral tones. Thankfully devoid of skunkiness. Very light, barely there aromas.

Taste: Clean hops and malt dominate. Very light, crisp.

Mouthfeel: Whisper thin on the tongue, some scouring but still noticeable.

Drinkability: The argument might be made that there's nothing much to get from this beer other than a refreshing quaffer. It's not complex, but there's something to be said for simplicity when it's done with an eye towards quality.

07-23-2006 03:48:03 | More by Hunter
Photo of dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours a golden straw color. Very effervescent, bubbly head with decent staying power. Aroma is slightly skunky, with pils malt making a big standout. Spicy hops in the nose is pretty muted, a bit dissapointing for a pilsner. Flavor is a bit thin, clean with the hops and malts in a good balance. Stinging carbonation with a good hop bite in the end make for a nice finish. Quite dry, this is an excellent hot weather beer. About the only German pilsener I've tried, this a good beer, not a standout and certainly not worth the cost, but I could pound these in the summer time.

07-18-2006 21:30:45 | More by dreadnatty08
Photo of BEERchitect


3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

It's ok Pilsner. They are trying to do some things to make it more interesting, but they clouden the picture trying to do so. The typical pilsner malts show nicely, but seasoned with (citrusy) hops that adds a bold bittering and grassy quality that I quite liked. The beer gets a bit estery and bite-ey maybe because of higher temp fermenting. The beer remains malty, but thins in the body throughout. A light alcoholic heat follows up in the end with a light solvent-like flavor. I rather enjoyed the beer, even with a few off-flavors.

06-30-2006 17:21:20 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a nice white head that leaves good splashy lacing

Smell: Earthy Saaz hops dominates the aroma; smells like wet hay

Taste: Slightly sweet lemon flavors up front with a grassy bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice example of a German style beer brewed here in the states

06-23-2006 01:48:46 | More by brentk56
Photo of murrayswine


2.9/5  rDev -23.7%

This is the sprite of Pilsners.
THe pour is indicative of a pils with a good light gold color and a quick form and receding head.

The smell is crisp hops, a little bitter root, and thats about it.

The taste is smooth and slightly hopped, but thatskind of where it ends, it is rather unimpressive. I dont ge tmuch from this.

The mouthfeel is exactly like sprite. Quite, bubbly, slightly smooth, but in the end, just light enough to be kind of refreshing.

06-17-2006 05:39:27 | More by murrayswine
Photo of biergeniesser


4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

This 12 oz green bottle of Trumer Pils poured a crystal clear straw color and had a fluffy white head that persisted and left a nice lacing on the sides of my glass. Small bubbles evolved rapidly from the sides and bottom of the glass throughout.

Trumer Pils has an aroma of bready, grainy, clean malt. The noble hop character is quite pleasant and fairly dominant in the aroma profile.

The flavor of this beer is certainly dominated by the hops, which is good in my opinion. A pleasantly assertive hop bitterness and a spicy noble hop flavor dominate the clean bready malt flavor.

Trumer Pils has a light body with a medium mouthcoat it finishes dry and has a good degree of carbonation with a pleasant carbon dioxide bite.

In case there was any doubt that an authentic German Pilsener could be reproduced in the US, the Trumer Brauerei has proven it possible. I highly recommend this beer to those who enjoy the style, as well as to others who would appreciate that authentic beer styles need not be bound by region.

06-07-2006 17:13:43 | More by biergeniesser
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