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Elemental Pilsener - Lightning Brewery

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lightning Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 06-17-2006)
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zestar

California

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

08-08-2014 04:45:30 | More by zestar
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jcallover34

California

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

07-27-2014 20:11:23 | More by jcallover34
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HP1975

Massachusetts

2.26/5  rDev -33.1%

22 ounce bottle, purchased in NYC and drove back to good old MA. SHHH don't tell the staties.

Appearance - Neon yellow color; looks like an energy drink? or something unearthly. Perhaps that is what they are going for?

Aroma - Cooked corn and sweet. A very faint hoppyness makes it smell more like beer than plain cooked corn.

Taste - Thin body with a sharp carbonation, sickly sweet corn taste with a light bitterness.

This beer is better as cold as possible (I think I enjoyed it the most right out of the cooler packed with ice. I would not suggest this for serving to any guests but if you need a cold beverage go for it.

06-07-2014 03:03:33 | More by HP1975
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rawfish

California

3.15/5  rDev -6.8%

Pours clear bright yellow forming a creamy white head, 2 fingers high with long lasting retention. Surprisingly doesn't leave a whole lot of lacing on the glass.

Sourdough, grainy with hay and lemon frosting and a twinge of powder. Oddly sweet, touch of banana, flashes of inviting noble hops.

Begins with white bread, a bit of doughy sweetness but just as the really grassy and floral hop flavors kick in the palate is met with some astringent and metallic flavors, lime peel and powdery drying bitterness. Interesting lime peel and grassy hop flavors hold on.

Medium heft for a lager, adequately carbonated, and dries the palate well, quite bitter.

Not a great pilsner, lots of hops, not terribly clean and the astringent off keys are a miss. The lime pith is something I haven't had in many other beers to date. I've had an old and improperly stored bottle or two of this in the past and they were terrible, drink this fresh and cold.

04-13-2014 00:10:38 | More by rawfish
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Bandi

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +18.3%

10-02-2013 01:06:42 | More by Bandi
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metter98

New York

3.49/5  rDev +3.3%

A: The beer is hazy light pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down a bit but consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose along with notes of sweet bready malts.
T: The taste starts out with faint bits of sweet bready malts, but these are quickly replaced with flavors of grassy malts that linger though the finish and also contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has nice grassy aromas and flavors, but is a little lacking in the malt department.

10-02-2013 00:47:05 | More by metter98
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

08-28-2013 17:06:50 | More by GraduatedCashew
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mactrail

Washington

3.66/5  rDev +8.3%

Handsome, creamy head on the dark golden beer. Poured into a Weston's Cider tall glass. Quite gorgeous, with the foam lasting longer than on most beers.

Substantial bitterness from the start. Resiny with some flowery hop aroma, and that fruity, tangy European hop flavor. More of a Pale Ale flavor with the browned biscuit taste. Rather sweet and spicy with a more substantial body than most Pilseners.

Really, this is a pretty decent brew. I keep sipping and it quite satisfying, though a little on the bitter side. They must have a fresh batch of this stuff in the stores, as the hop flavors are quite aromatic. I've avoided Lightning for a couple of years, since I never see any of their beers on tap locally, but apparently they're still kicking.

08-10-2013 06:46:45 | More by mactrail
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ZionNation

Arizona

3.73/5  rDev +10.4%

this is quite simply an underrated beer as are the pilsners and lagers, too bad. this is a fantastic beer with great taste and body yet refreshing. goes great with food, seafood, tacos, anything really, nice hop presence. This is an awesome beer. Have had it ten plus times. I wish more craft brewers would brew a great plisner. definitely one worth checking out.

08-05-2013 02:46:43 | More by ZionNation
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Halcyondays

California

4.15/5  rDev +22.8%

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours gold with a small white head, good retention, leaves some fair lace.

S: Nice notes of grass and upfront hops, some bready malt.

T: A particularly bitter pilsner which I like. Great floral hop flavours to go along with the excellent pils malt. Well made and tasty.

M: Medium-bodied, firm, crisp and very clean.

O: This is a terrific pilsner from a San Diego County brewer I haven't had much experience with. Always balked on it because of the price, now maybe I should pick up at bottle.

03-27-2013 18:57:11 | More by Halcyondays
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

10-21-2012 12:34:26 | More by t0rin0
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ngeunit1

California

4/5  rDev +18.3%

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grainy pilsner malt, light DMS, citrus and lightly earthy noble hops, and a bit of lemon zest.

T - Starts off with a mix of grainy pilsner malts with some lemon zest and citrus hops. Through the middle, some more noble hop flavor comes through with some bitterness and some more grainy malts. The finish is a mix of pilsner malts, noble hops, mild bitterness, and a bit of lager esters.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and grainy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Great overall balance with a good malt and hop balance.

09-08-2012 23:05:04 | More by ngeunit1
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cubixrube


3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

08-27-2012 19:18:26 | More by cubixrube
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DoubleJ

California

3.4/5  rDev +0.6%

A big thirst needs a refreshing beer, and the pilsner style is often the go-to option. KK, on to the beer:

First category and we're on target. What greets the eye is a color of orangish yellow, small yet visible bubbles running through the body. The foam head slowly drops to a ½ inch of white stuff. The nose does smell like a German lager....though perhaps of one that's been on the shelves for a little time without becoming untouchable. A big hit of floral and really sweet grasses. Some sourdough too.

Be ready to fortify your palate, as this pilsner is really bitter. The first part of the sip is nice, some honey and floral notes. Then, the beer looses its sweetness, more hops knock down the door, and it creates a very hoppy beer that brings some very "green" plant-like flavors and a puddle of bitter extract that wipes all around the palate. More bitterness comes, hints of honeydew echo out, and then the beer leafves with a stinging bitterness is the aftertaste. It is light, and it is refreshing, so mission accomplished.

This is a solid lager. Exciting to see another micro-pilsner, and one that isn't a bust.

08-17-2012 05:05:42 | More by DoubleJ
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VaTechHopHead


3.85/5  rDev +13.9%

A - pours a slightly chill hazed golden yellow with tons of carbonation and a huge bone white head. Looks inviting

S - a nice light malt aroma with a hint of DMS but works well. Classic pilsener aroma, very light and crisp

T - light corn, DMS, and a very faint butterscotch taste. Nice and light malt a hint of lactic acid and hay. Again, very classic flavors

M/O - light body and perfect carbonation, leaves the palate slightly dry from the lactic acid but aftertaste leaves quickly. In a region gone mad with hoppy beers this is a classic style made well but nothing outside the box and revolutionary. Just a classic beer made very well

08-13-2012 22:36:57 | More by VaTechHopHead
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Irrationalist

California

3/5  rDev -11.2%

08-10-2012 05:59:04 | More by Irrationalist
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AndrewK

California

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

07-19-2012 23:25:00 | More by AndrewK
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.48/5  rDev +3%

"Better Beer Through Science", says the bottle. Love the sentiment. Bottle was purchased from K & L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.

Pours a very hazy yellow colour, surprisingly hazy for a straight pils, especially one that notes "cold filtering" and a "clean look" on the bottle. Head is very fine and very white, and forms patchy lace and filmy slick. Overall, I don't mind the look, but it seems not to really live up to what it claims.

Nose is pretty standard German pilsener fare: mostly dominated by the grainy pils malt, which gives an organic richness to the aroma, flecked with nuances of green, herbal noble hop characters. There's a pleasant crispness to the hops that seems to get lost a little, tending towards an almost metallic twang.

Taste is also good, solid, dependable stylistic stuff. Metallic hops give a crisp zing to the palate, while the basis of grainy malt lends solidity and class. There's a faint touch of banana-like esters to it, which are a little odd, and even a hint of something slightly cherry-like and medicinal. They're not unpleasant, but they start to peel away the slight veneer of "tradition" plastered on this US-brewed German style.

It's hard to place. In some senses, it's solidly in style, but there are some weirdnesses that just make it feel slightly off-kilter. If it weren't for the fact that they stress the "tradition", the "purity" and the "integrity" of the beer on the bottle, I'd take it for an interesting twist on the style. But as it is, I can't help but feel that these are all flaws in an attempt to recreate the stalwarts of the German industry.

06-22-2012 05:33:20 | More by lacqueredmouse
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.13/5  rDev -7.4%

On tap for the 2nd Anniversary event at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a slightly murky light yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, yeast, and some slight banana aromas. Taste is of grain, grape-like fruit, and tea leaf. There is a medium amount of medicinal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with no real standout characteristics.

04-22-2012 06:28:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

04-08-2012 14:32:41 | More by SocalKicks
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yokken

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

03-18-2012 05:02:07 | More by yokken
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javiernano

California

3/5  rDev -11.2%

03-06-2012 08:02:11 | More by javiernano
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hpthebull

California

3/5  rDev -11.2%

02-27-2012 02:40:38 | More by hpthebull
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mrelizabeth

California

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

02-18-2012 21:36:00 | More by mrelizabeth
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ralphw56

Nevada

4/5  rDev +18.3%

01-30-2012 23:43:47 | More by ralphw56
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Elemental Pilsener from Lightning Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.