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Trumer Pils - Trumer Brauerei Berkeley

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439 Ratings

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Ratings: 439
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 19
Gots: 20 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-11-2003)
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Photo of numenor1

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 18:55:07 | More by numenor1
Photo of Hunter


3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

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


2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 17:13:43 | More by biergeniesser
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale, straw yellow with a thin white head and "vigorous" carbonation rising to the top. The aroma isnt all that great either, with notes of grain husk, biscuit, lemon rind, and some slightly spicy and floral hops. The taste steps it up a notch; biscuit, grain husk, bleached sugar sweetness, lemon zest, and a nice bitter finish with floral and spicy noble hops. The mouthfeel is light and crisp with high carbonation. Drinkability is excellent. A very solid pilsner, extremely drinkable yet with enough flavor to keep you interested.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 03:22:23 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of clickpush


3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: 12oz bottle to a large mug. Comes out a light golden color with tons of visible bubbles throughout the brew. Two fingers of white head that goes down slowly into something like a foamed-milk frothiness.

Nose: A little too faint to add to the attractiveness of the beer, but definitely has some distinguishable characteristics. There's a hoppy, lemon citrus scent to it, some chalkiness, and hints of cinnamon.

Mouth: This beer has a sweet floral entrance with soft, creamy, chewy carbonation. A slight lemon flavor that's more nasal than oral, so does not carry any sourness with it. As it moves back the carbonation thins out a bit and the beer has a strong bitter finish after swallowing that clings to the tongue and sides of the mouth as a tart character. Overall this beer is very smooth and well balanced; all flavors are enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 23:15:16 | More by clickpush
Photo of Gusler


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer evacuates the 12-ounce green bottle a gleaming gold color with a brilliant bright white smallish creamy head that evaporates rather quickly and the resultant lace forms a thin sheet to cover the glass. Nose is fresh and clean, the quintessential lager malt, sweet and pleasant, start is lightly sweet with a decent grain profile, and the top is light in feel. Finish is moderately acidic, the hops surprisingly spicy for this style of beer, dry aftertaste, a nice drinking beer, quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 21:15:22 | More by Gusler
Photo of stoutman


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one in Austria. A deep, golden-straw color. Moderate hop aroma. Big malty backbone, and balanced nicely. Somehwat dry finish. Not much more to say -- except it is better on draft than from a bottle and fresh from the brewery, it can be an enjoyable experience.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2006 20:28:15 | More by stoutman
Photo of JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tap poured into the Trumer half litre tall frosted glass had dense thick head, though very little carbonation, so very few bubbles rising. Head kept well as it was drunk. Smell fresh and crisp, with a hint of sweet maltier side, not gassy, and excellent flavour. The usual crispness of a pilsner, but that hint of malt or caramel making it smooth to start, but a good hoppy bitterness in the finish, so making it well balanced and very pleasant. I would rank it as one of the best Pils type beers I have had. Had this regularly in several bars while staying in Salzburg and it was consistently good. In Salzburg area of Austria it is also well thought of as one of the best beers, and deservedly so. Not yet tried it from the bottle, but would imagine it is just as good if from same origin in Austria.

John W
B'ham UK March 2006

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2006 16:06:36 | More by JohnW
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I really dig this beer. It's unassuming, simple, but quite tasty and perfect for lazy summer afternoons or barbeques. It pours a fluffy, soapy-looking head that fades leaving lots of lacing. The beer itself is a very light yellow, watery and "clean" looking.

Smell is hops and light malts. Yeasty, grassy and light.

Taste is what a pilsner should be. It's just really fresh tasting, mild and, well, drinkable. Mild yeast, hops, and malts mostly. Lightly bittersweet and hoppy, this is perfect grilled chicken or hamburger beer. Carbonation level is high and leaves a crisp aftertaste.

I was very pleasantly surprised by Trumer Pils. Usually I want a rich, filling stout or Belgian, but for the times I don't, I'll reach for this. I think this is going to become a regular in my fridge, and for that I give it high marks.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 22:54:35 | More by kkipple
Photo of rowew


4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck green bottle. Einfach Leben on the neck, best by date laser etched on the neck.

Appearance: Poured a bit over-vigourously into a pilsner glass, and got a huge dense head that slowly faded, but left quite a bit of lacing. Crystal clear yellow color with quite a bit of bubbling.

Smell: Lots of bready malt, with just a bit of noble hops in the finish. Very appealling. As it warms up there is just a slight whiff of sulfur.

Taste: Clean and bright - nice malt backbone with the noble hop flavors shining through.

Overall impression: This is what a pilsner should be. I enjoyed the first on its own, and the second held up very nicely to some spicy mexican food.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2006 21:54:15 | More by rowew
Photo of WetCoaster


4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I generally don't review pilsners because they have such a narrow flavor profile, but the idea of one brewed fresh a few miles away intrigued me. Let's see what we gots.

Appearance: A bit worrisome at first; very light, green glass bottle, from which pours a very pale beer. Carbonation is nice and the head is dense and plush, but it fades quickly. It looks good, but pretty run of the mill.

Smell: Oh, here we go. A surprisingly big, spicy nose of Saaz hops, dense and fresh. A bit of grainy, bready malt, but hops are what's happening here.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Jeez, this is the little beer that could. Great pilsner flavor, spicy, herbal and dense, and as noted before, a really fresh hop taste. Big, bold flavor. The mouthfeel is crisp and light, a bit sticky, but that's you'd expect from a pilsner.

Drinkability: Really, surprisingly nice. Looks like any other pils out there, but the flavor is outstanding. Especially if you live in the Bay Area, a fresh treat.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 04:54:43 | More by WetCoaster
Photo of murphysbleachers


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pilsener glass:
Appearance: Pale yellow with an interestingly soft pillowy head (which faded after a sip).
Smell: Floral hops and sweet malt are present in equal amounts. One of the most best smelling pilseners I've had.
Taste: Nice balance of hops/malt sweetness/bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Bubbles kind of stick around the tongue a bit.
Drinkability: This was given to me as a sample from a beer rep. who doesn't distribute it, but thought I might like it...and do I. Its one of the better pilseners I've had. Too bad it isn't readily available around me.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 04:10:56 | More by murphysbleachers
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After two hours of volunteering at the World Beer Festival, I started to panic a bit that I may not get the oppotunity to taste any beers until I finished three hours later. My role was to present the beer that was being talked about at the All About Beer tent to the 30 or so stopping by. After pouring this first one, the head staff person handing me a glass. Thank God.

I probably enjoyed this one even more than it deserved. Nice clean, crisp pilsner style that contained typical characteristics as a comparsion point. Nice citrusy taste and smell with a piney finish. This was the begining of a great beer day.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 00:04:28 | More by Backer2004
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear straw-gold color with a pale off white head that is held up by a moderate, persistent carbonation. The aroma is clean and spicy with a light herbal note that is all quite appetizing. The beer is smooth and clean as it first hits my mouth. It is fairly dry with a light toasted malt note, though the hops definitely are the major flavor contributor. The beer is quite floral and spicy. This is definitely a nice example of a dry German Pils, though it has a bit more fresh hop flavor than usual, which is just fine in my book. This is light, easy drinking, and full of bright refreshing hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 03:58:32 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Troyone


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light blond color, minimal white head, and some carb action.

Has a bright, grainy, wet straw, slightly banana malt smell with a pine and citrus hops aroma.

Lightly sweet/acidic/bitter, grainy, and wet straw taste with a pine/lime and grapefruit hops flavor.

Light bodied, dry slightly syrupy texture, soft and lively carbonation, and a smooth slightly metallic/astringent finish.

My glass is empty and no problem as a session beer. The wet straw taste is balanced well with the pine/lime and grapefruit hops, and the slightly metallic/astringent finish is balanced with smoothness however may not be desirable by some..

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2005 00:10:39 | More by Troyone
Photo of ElGordo


3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up mainly because there was a promotion that threw in two Trumer glasses with the six pack. Nice glasses, tall cylindrical with the logo on the side.
Pours a vibrant golden hue with a bright white head that sticks around for a while. Great carbonation - the bubbles don't stop. Aroma of slightly sweet malt, a touch of dry hops, and a hint of clean lager yeast. Crisp, clean taste that is good for a German (well, Austrian) lager - clean yeast, a touch of malt that isn't as sweet as on the nose, and a bit of spicy Saaz hops that give a touch of bitterness. The tanginess of the hops provides a bit of astringency in the mouth. Easy drinking. Overall, pretty nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 02:43:34 | More by ElGordo
Photo of bigbelcher


4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very excellent example of a European Pilsner. But it has the advantage of being brewed here in the USA so it is fresh. It is available on draft and in bottles. I had the draft. Sadly, the bottles are green. Why do marketing people ruin good beer with green bottles? The draft is excellent, I had it served it it's own glass that added to the experience. Beer was a nice golden color with a good thick marangue head. Aroma was delicate saaz hops with a malt background that was evident but not overpowering.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2005 18:10:30 | More by bigbelcher
Photo of sachsich

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i gave this one a 4 across the board.
appearance is good with a light golden color
smell is very good with a hoppy aroma
taste is also good. light on the malt and a strong hop taste
mouthfeel was good, maybe a little too overcarbonated
drinkability was very easy

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 01:45:42 | More by sachsich
Photo of Chsyhkr

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A wonderful example if European Pils brewed in the USA. I have seen this around quite a bit lately in local bars. I did not like the green bottle, but the flavor and aroma seem to be unimpaired by the color of the bottle. I am hoping the beer is fresher than it's European cousins that come across on a boat.

Do not expect a Heinekin. This beer is hoppy from beginning to end with characteristic spicy German hops. All balanced with a graceful malty sweetness.

A real treat!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 16:42:51 | More by Chsyhkr
Photo of jarmby1711


3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very light in colour as expected.
The distinctive hops smell is tinged witha waft of spruce.
The caramel malt smell follows through the initial plapte but is overtaken by a lovely sharp finish.
It feels full in the mouth and the crispness is a delight.
Overall the crispness/bitterness was too persistent and needed a bit of fruitinss to make this a splendid beer.
Drink this whilst watching Clint Eastwood in the Eiger Sanction and eating toasted cheese sandwiches
Label: 5/10

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2005 06:55:02 | More by jarmby1711
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow with a large bubbley head. Head retention is very good. The smell is a grassy grain some lemon zest. Very clean smell. Taste is a lemon zest is paired it a spicy hop. A clean grainy malt and a lingering dry hoppy aftertaste. Light-medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. True to the style. Goes down very easy with or with out food. Not the best I have ever had but still a damn good Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 06:41:10 | More by Luigi
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