Trumer Pils - Trumer Brauerei Berkeley

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BA SCORE
86
very good

245 Reviews
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Reviews: 245
Hads: 532
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 32
Gots: 58 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-11-2003

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Photo of SamN
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nicely poured beer with a fantastic head; fluffy, soapy, soft and lasting with a fine delicate lacing left behind. The liquid is slightly hazed and lively bubbles visible. The smell is hay-like, almost grassy, with a sweet cracker like background aroma. Better than most. Taste is balanced, with a crisp hop intro, moving to biscuity malts with a kiss of sweetness and finishing on slightly bitter, west cop hoppiness that never gets too much. Everything stays nicely in check, nothing wild, a understated pils that still has flavor. Mouthfeel is a little over carbonated, too much roughness but decent for a pils.

Overall, pretty good. I'm not blown away like the Paulaner, but am satisfied as far as an Americanized German pilsner goes. Good hopping done in this one. (771 characters)

Photo of nozza
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Really nice light straw colour, with a good white head that stays around for ages, excellent lacing.

Lots of spicy hops here, it smells crisp with a light floral aroma to balance the hops.

It tastes fantastic! It is very clean and crisp. The spicy hop aroma does not disappoint and hangs around for a long time.

Mouthfeel is spectacular! It has a very light feel without compromising on the hops. Leaves a sweet tingling in the back of the mouth.

Overall this is an excellent beer. I love Pilsners and this is one of the best I've had. It's incredibly drinkable at well! (574 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have been interested in trying this for a while, and when I saw a case for $15 at Costco, I jumped on it.

Pours a bright and crystal clear light gold color, lots of bubbles, a nice white head, and good lacing. Looks inviting.

Aromas are dry, dough like, grassy, and floral. Nice nose.

Tastes clean, crisp and dry. Floral, with some light peppery spice, lemon zest, and light yeasty bread dough. Finish has a light mineral and floral hop bite.

Mouthfeel is quite nice, very full, smooth, but not heavy at all.

Overall, a very nice and solid Pilsener, I am not at all upset that I have 23 more bottles to drink, very good stuff. (633 characters)

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

Easily my favorite American pilsner that remains true to its origins. Faint yellow straw like pour, bubbly white head. Mild yeast aroma.

Taste, refreshing, easy to drink, gets the lager yeast mouthfeel just right, packs a good amount of flavor into a light drinkable brew. Seems like they do the saaz and/or glacier hop thing, works well with this pale malt. This is a beer that should satisfy everyone in a room, no matter their tastes nor backgrounds. Hopheads (who aren't completely opposed to a beer that isn't an ipa), chicks, faux euro guy, goateed coffee shop types, beer geeks, moms, dads, I think everyone can like this beer. (635 characters)

Photo of grover37
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the Whip In in Austin, Texas.

Appearance (3.5): A very clear straw yellow. Not much head which reduces to nearly nothing. It's got some legs though. A bit of lacing at the top but not much beyond that.

Smell (3.5): Not a whole lot here. Strong spicy hops for the style, but not much in the way of grains. Clean.

Taste (4): The spicy hops hit immediately up front and are even a bit floral. Tastes like Saaz and a lot of it. A bit thin up front but this fills out a bit and leaves a little sweetness to complement the floral hops on the back end.

Mouthfeel (4.5): The carbonation is noticeable right away. Dances on the front of the tongue. High carbonation and light to medium body. Slick at first but the hops stick around and a leaves a lingering spiciness in the back on the roof of the mouth.

Overall (4): I had heard very good things about this one and we don't get it out East so I was excited to try it. It's definitely a solid version of this style - a bit Americanized perhaps which is just fine with me - but it doesn't strike me as a beer worth raving about. Maybe that's just the bold/big bias... (1,128 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into... well, a short plastic shaker glass. Sometimes you need to improvise? Huge thanks to madvermin for setting me up with this; first craft beer I've had in weeks.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow, with tons of carb bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Two fingers of frothy white head; while it doesn't retain for a particularly long time, there's a good amount of lacing (so my below average glass was beer clean, at worst).

S: Lots of grassy hops here; very green smelling, crisp and fresh. Pleasant malty sweetness breezes through to balance the aroma.

T: Not to overemphasize balance in light of this beer's good flavor, but balance is all I can think about here. Flashing back and forth from bitter to sweet (with bitter just winning out in the end), this is a beer that I want my mouth to hold on to for a while. The hop flavors are strong enough that my first impressions of the flavor quality are of grass and herbs, but a strong, biscuity backbone is hugely noticeable as well. Incredibly strong flavor for the style, and greatly appreciated.

M: Thin-bodied, moderately carbonated, smooth on the way down, with a crisp and mostly dry finish.

O: Good, enjoyable pilsener- hard to spot flaws here. Pick it up if you get a chance. (1,276 characters)

Photo of hiku7
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this several times before and loved it each time. Had it on tap tonight at a Chinese restaurant. It was served in a Pilsner glass. The carbonation was lower than when I've had it in the past, but the taste was spot on.

A - straw to light yellow with a one finger white head. Nice spider web lacing down the sides.

S - Yeasty doughy smell, plus noble hops coming through. A bit fruity as well.

T- Similar to the smell. Very refreshing with a noble hop taste finish. [Edit: Just noticed that another reviewer said "cracker like" and I'll adopt that as well. Certainly came through in a pleasing way. (I don't read other reviews until after I post mine, so sorry for the edit.)]

M - Light and refreshing, though less carbonated this time than in the past.

D- Very drinkable session pils.

Overall, I love this pilsner. I will admit I'm partial to it because it is brewed locally in Berkeley, CA, but I think it is outstanding nonetheless. (949 characters)

Photo of Jmoore50
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer. We got this on draft at my local bar and I must say, I was impressed. It is incredible refreshing and has just the perfect amount of bite to it.

The appearance is flawless. It has a great golden color to it that sits underneath a crisp and frothy white head. Once the beer is drank, nice thin lacing lines are all over the glass. It has a clarity like no other, a look that shows the true quality of this pilsener.

The smell is light, with no overwhelmingly strong aromas. It has some noticeable biscuit and cracker, with a touch of spicy hop.

A great drinking beer to say the least. It has a nice malty mouthfeel with a few different bites. It has a great hop bite that comes first, its very balanced with the malts. It also has a great carbonation and finish, this is truly a beer you want after a hard days labor.

Great crisp mouthfeel with a clean flavor, this is a great pils. (908 characters)

Photo of geoffpm
4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must admit, I lived in Salzburg and never drank this beer, since i regularly drank the local augustiner and stiegl beers.

However, I you drank this american version, I was immediately transported back to Austria.

Recently , I have been on a hop kick so this Trumer pils was a welcome change.

Great mouthfeel, hoppy and incredibly drinkable (346 characters)

Photo of veinless
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glassy clear very, very pale straw yellow, with a billowing angelic white head that leaves spotty lace, rather than rungs or sheets. dissipates into a one finger cap that is irregular and rocky. Very pretty looking beer.

Smells cleanly hoppy and a bit floral, with some grainy malt to balance the nose out. Pretty crisp.

Taste has a lot more malt than the nose, but there is enough lightly bitter hops to make this a well balanced beer. Extremely light in all phases, as the malt at the start fades quickly to the pleasantly oily and herbal hops. The hops are not too strong either, offering just the right strength of flavor to complement the malt. Normally when I taste a beer I am looking for something unique, something strong, or a combination of both, but this beer wins me over with its delicate balance.

Mouthfeel is great, as the beer is smooth, clean, crisp, and the finish is quick and neutral. A light floral sensation is left on the tongue, but aside from that this beer sets you right up for the next swig. Abv of 4.8% makes this incredibly sessionable as well. Probably would pick this over just about any other beer if I was at an outdoor sporting event. (1,184 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple pints on tap at the Gingerman in Austin. Man, I wish this were available out east. I'd just had a Live Oak Pilz, which was a wonderfully hoppy take on the style. This by comparison has a balance between the hops and malt while still having a huge flavor impact. The malts are smooth, dry and bready. The hops are a lemon and herbal spice blend. Very drinkable and very tasty. (388 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Local Taphouse. One of their regulars, but one I'd not gotten around to reviewing before.

Pours a clear and bright light yellow colour. Foamy, big bubbled head of crackling white that leaves good lagery lacing.

Nose is gritty and slightly grainy, giving that classic, slightly phenolic German astringency. Bit of noble hop character which greens it a little. Nice.

Fresh and crisp palate. Light and bright and very clean. Some grain depth to the mid and a smooth dry finish with a light bite of acid. Feel is crisp and light.

Extremely drinkable beer, and a good example with Pilsener is a great style. A good German style exemplar. (650 characters)

Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. green bottle into champagne flute.

A: pale, clear straw. Head fades to delicate lace rather quickly.

S: clean (lager yeast), pale malt, noble hops -- definitely Saaz, probably something else too. Spicy and floral.

T/M: cracker-like pale malt up front, followed by spicy, floral, and citric bitterness in the finish. Bitterness level is fairly high but not off-balance. Mouthfeel is light, highly carbonated.

D: Isn't this one of the definitions of "session beer"? Great example of the style. (503 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.08/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours crystal clear gold with a large head.
Nose shows loads of grassy hops and a bit of bready malt. Not much going on.
Flavours include a hint of lemon alongside the bready and grainy malt. Hardly any bitterness in the short-lived finish.
Very watery body. (258 characters)

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Five Star Bar here in Chicago. Maybe I am not open-minded enough, but there are certain things I look for in a pilsener: a clean energetic funkiness in the nose that excites you for a smooth and crisp mouthfeel, with a follow-up funkiness. Medium ABV, high drinkability and refreshingness round out the goals of this style in my opinion. Trumer Pils delivers on a very crisp and smooth mouthfeel. It is also quite refreshing. It's a good looking beer too, very clean. Where it fails to reach the top is in the yeast funkiness I think. It's worth trying once, but it's not in my top 10 pilseners. (605 characters)

Photo of Erish
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: hazy yellow color, aggressive pour produces a white two-finger head that quickly falls into a decent cap with good lacing.

S: lemon, sweet, bread-like malt, mineral crispness from carbonation, a whisper of floral hops.

T: citrus sweetness and cracker-like malt up front, the citrus mingles with a floral yeast note in the middle, crisp, then peppery, the finish is a nice melange of citrus, mineral crispness, and floral to herbal hops.

M: light-bodied, silky texture, abundant carbonation produces a crisp finish.

D: This is a leading contender for the pilsner I would like to clone for my next brew. Needless to say, I like it a lot! (708 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in North Aurora, IL for $1.50 in Fall 2010.

Much like the bottle shows it pours a pale yellow color that has a lemon scent to it. The lemon flavor continues into the taste making it a very smooth and easy drinking beer. Great taste and just the right volume to go with it. Definetly reccomend as a summer beer! (360 characters)

Photo of innersanctum
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trumer Pils was enjoyed by me and my 'beer pose' over at the room o'maps in Chicago.

Overall, Trumer was thought to be the Sauvignon Blanc of our lager session. Trumer has a citrusy bouquet and finish on this lager, yet it is not sweet nor syrupy. Expert 'Jim' found it to be pure and clean when compared to other outstanding German beverages. This is an easy drinking session beer which we added to our sampler after several smoked laggers. Its light and crisp character was easy to detect and admire even though we'd gone through several different varieties by the time Trumer showed up to the table.

This has a traditional golden appearance, with a decent head and lacing.

We have the right to edit our review after further investigation. (744 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good pale straw colour. Lots of effervescence. Creamy white head with god head retention.

Light grainy aroma with a touch of sulphur. Lightly spicy. Not bad.

Clean and crisp with a mild fruitiness and touch of hops.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Very crisp.

A nice, quaffing lager. (307 characters)

Photo of vince4953529
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Six-pack purchased from one of those ubiquitous Bevmos. No idea how long it had sat on the shelf, shudder to think...

Poured into my Stone RIS snifter, great looking tiny bubbles busting to the surface perpetually.

Smell and taste wonderful, it drinks the best if one is downright panting and dying for a quench of thirst. But it also drinks excellent when relaxing with an empty stomach since its carbonation would make your stomach expand and cause you to burp non-stop. Fabulous session beer, would glad to bring home another sixer soon. (543 characters)

Photo of TheBeerCarl
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is good German Pilsner the color is light blonde with a thin white head with good retention. The nose has hints of sweet malt and a very slight hint of biscuit. The beer has crisp taste with sweet malt and saaz hop flavor. The mounthfeel is smooth with light body and a bite of carbonation that lingers on the tip of your tongue. This beer is great on a hot day or for any chillin in front of the TV. I'd recommend this to anyone who loves a good pils. (461 characters)

Photo of TheDeuce
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Trumer Pils....on tap at CIA...in Napa

Appearance-sunny yellow body poured into the glass, pure gold. Large white head that widens and settles well into the glass. Appetizing.

Smell-Hop notes immediately, surprisingly floral, hints of grass and bread as well, well hidden alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel-crisp flavor, slightly hoppy but balanced with a grainy finish of breaded malt, slight alcohol burn, impeccably smooth, light to medium mouthfeel, notes of grass and lemon. Nice flavor.

Drinkability-very drinkable, solid light flavor, not too complex but appetizing layers.

Overall-an outstanding pilsner, great flavor, nice balance, very drinkable. A triumph. (662 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Maggie o grearys in san Fran

Pour was a straw yellow with a slight darkness to it. Light fizzy head.

Very floral and bright malt scents. Crisp scent.

This was one floral pilnser. Very bright and floral hops really stick out. Malt body was also vivid although overpowered by the hops.

Light body with a crisp finish. Moderate carbonation.

I found it very good. Most pilsners follow in line, this does not. (422 characters)

Photo of cpone
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden body with a decent amount of carbonation. Bright white head recedes quickly and leaves a trace amount of lacing.

S: Cereal grains, corn, dry grass hops. More depth than most pilseners i've had.

T: Crisp with a mild hop bitterness. Sour/bitter finish - like unripe apple or peach.

M: Very light and crisp. Good carbonation.

D: Could drink a case on a hot summer day. (387 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this single 12oz green bottle at the Binny's in Plainfield,IL for $1.49. No freshness date on my bottle, and the website is useless if you want to find out any more information about the beer.

The beer poured a clear pale gold color and made a 1 finger white head that lasted a little over a minute before fading away. Really nice lacing though all over the glass.

The smell was lemony with grassy hops and a touch of sweet malt under the lemon and hops.

This is a really good tasting pilsener. One of the best I've ever had. Just a little bite of hop bitterness with some lemon zest and mild malt sweetness to balance it out. Nothing complex, but very tasty.

Lioght to medium body with only moderate carbonation, but still very refreshing. The hops do linger on a bit in the aftertaste, but that is not a bad thing.

This is really easy to drink with only a touch of noticeable alcohol. Good stuff. (912 characters)

Trumer Pils from Trumer Brauerei Berkeley
86 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.