Kaiser Pils - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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169 Ratings
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Pennsylvania Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: aaronh on 02-03-2003

A German-style Pils with pale gold color and good body, this crisp, clean and very bitter beer has pronounced hop aroma and is made with the famous Hallertau hops. Kaiser Pils is brewed with triple decoction mashing. A beer worthy of an Emporer.
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Ratings: 169 | Reviews: 90
Photo of Bsterner4
2.22/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Just ok. Not much body to this one at all.

Photo of pianoguy
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another one from the beer of the month club
12 oz bottle

Pours a pale yellow color (Didn't want to say urine but it's accurate)with a smallish 1/4 inch white head that disappeared quickly. No visible lacing.

Smells of spice, maple and a bit of honey

Taste is very crisp and light with a nice little bitter aftertaste

Prickly feel. Carbonation lasts up to the last sip

This is a good German pilsner . The Hallertau hops are interesting. Would be good on a hot summer day after mowing the lawn...

Photo of npendres
1.9/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Just was not a fan of this one. Reminded me of a low cost beer.

Photo of hopflyer
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty average pilsner. Has some more bitterness than expected but not bad.

Photo of mtvolkens
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. A light yellow color, just a film of head, lots of carbonation. A real hoppy smell and taste. Tasted orange zest up front with a hoppy profile, the carbonation leaving with a tingle on the tongue and a clean palette. A very hoppy Pilsner leaving a great tasting palette! Wouldn't be my favorite, but I would drink it again.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked 17081434B10515 at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried shaker
Aroma of wet malt
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to 3 mm frothy ring and layer
Lacing poor – few small streaks of tiny to small bubbles
Body light yellow, clear, effervescent
Flavor begins slightly bitter with some malt sweetness following, some disulfide noted: no hop taste, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5 (for the style), Palate 3, Overall 3.5. But I still don’t like it.

Photo of JohSchmidt
4.59/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very bitter for a Pilsner, recommended if you like the Pilsner from Northern Germany, e.g. Jever. Crisp and refreshing.

Photo of seedyone
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Aug 2013 On tap Rattle n Hum. So now it's summer & I'm thinkin' pils would be perfect. This contradiction of flavors leaves me wanting. Sure it's got crispness that I'm looking for, but it's body, as noted by the creamy head has it lingering on the tongue. Between the bitterness & the body, I'm looking for a glass of water on the side.

03/15/12 Solid body with a slight bite. Wholesome pilsner but not for summer drinking IMO. Better for fall.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from trade and sampled with 3 other Penn beers side by side. Pours clear light golden colored with a small white head that recedes quickly. Sweet yet slightly skunked lager smell, some hay, maybe a little honey. Flavor is light and crisp hay with a honey sweetness in the background and the slightly unpleasant finish I get with any lager. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Overall a decent pils.

Photo of IronLover
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright yellow in color with absolutely perfect clarity. Poured with a tall snowy white foam that quickly reduced to a thick cap. Earthy herbal hop bouquet with grassy, lemon, butter and sweet biscuit notes. Medium bodied with rich, refreshing carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Malty, biscuity flavors down the middle with herbal hop flavors around the perimeter that close in through the middle. Tangy lemony hop bite from the middle to the end with biscuity notes. Finishes crisply and dryly with a lingering herbal hop bitterness.

Photo of Foam
3.04/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Have a few of these in the "gourmet selection" variety case that I bought.
Kaiser is a thinner / lighter and more bitter counter-part to Penn Pilsener.
Probably more similar to Victory Prima Pils .
A text-book clear golden color when you look at the glass in front of a daylight lightbulb.
A nice looking foamy sudsy head that lingers a while . (is there anything more troubling than beer that loses it's sudsy foam quickly ?)

A bit too bitter for me (I don't get into big-hopped beers at all . give me the malt sweet-ness, please.)
Despite that, a good session beer with the low 5% abv .
Probably a good one with spicy foods.

Photo of dar482
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a beautiful bright goldenrod that is quite hazy.

The aroma has some crisp lemon notes, some wonderful bready malt, and lots of grass and spice.

The flavor follows with lemon and tangerine, a bit of pale cracker malt, the finish hits with a lot of spice and then tons of grassy bitterness. It’s an extremely bitter beer for the style.

It’s a bit too bitter and could use more cleanness throughout, though still a clean pilsner. This beer really does the style well, especially with its huge spice and grassy bitterness on the end.

Photo of markleyc06
4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

About the beer:

A- beautiful golden clear straw color.

S- Grassy, malty, and that typical spicy hallertau sharpness.

T- Bitter up-front with lots of malt character followed by a lingering bitterness that leaves your palate refreshed and wanting more.

M-Good body for a session strength beer with ample carbonation to round things out.

Overall- A classic and fantastic example of "GERMAN PILSNER". This truly is one of the best and most flavorful pilsners out there....especially in the pittsburgh area. It is extremely discouraging seeing people who give this beer a bad review and clearly don't understand what this style is supposed to be. Look at the medals its won at GABF...those judges know their styles! Overall if you're in the pittsburgh area Penn Brewery is an absolute must if you like traditional german style beer. These guys master their craft and do it day in day out.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a light yellow gold with white suds for a head.

Smells of grassy malts with some notable hop bitterness.

Grassy malts, a bit of bready character, and a dry hop bite.

Crisp light body with a sting of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Another solid pilsner offering from Penn, I like this one better than their standard pils. Another good one to pair with food or session. Doesn't try to do much else than that, but does what it does just fine. Definitely worth trying with food or as a thirst quencher.

Photo of buschbeer
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is pale yellow and hazy. It was topped with about one and a half inches of off white head.

S - A pleasant lemon scent fills my nostrils. I also get some grass.

T - The lemon grass comes through in the taste as well, but is overshadowed by a skunk flavor.

M - Thin to moderate

O - It is not a bad beer aside from the skunk taste. I enjoyed the lemon aroma.

Photo of Tucquan
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-11-23 in Pittsburgh at the brewery

A - Clear gold with a 1.5-finger white head and mild lacing.

S - Lemon, grass, saltine cracker

T - Good, bold flavors of lemon, hallertau grassy spice, pale malt, touch of lightly-toasted white bread. Finishes dry and with some lasting bitterness.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O - Really enjoyed this with my meal at the brewery. It also held up well earlier in the day in a Pilsner-palozza, coming in 3rd behind Victory Prima Pils and Troegs Sunshine Pils in an all-Pennsylvania shoot out.

Photo of TownDunkel
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pennsylvania Brewing Company... one of the first of their beers I had the pleasure of joining. Got to love free beer!

Appearance - A calm yellow with slight carbonation. It is clear and about right for the style

Smell - The scent is a bit weak for me but has the definite hop scent.

Taste - A bitter hops and malt that then kicks up with extra bitter goodness in the second round. The flavors have almost a chocolate to dark fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel - A little more carbonation would help with the nice long lasting flavor.

Overall - This is a good beer, but boy you have to be in the mood for the bitterness.

Photo of Alchemist
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Of all of the Penn beers, this is the one that I get the most bready malt flavor from that I associate with good German-style lagers. I know that I am in the minority on this one, but I think the hops are just right for this style of beer. I think that some other very highly rated German style pilsners are over the top on hops for the style,i.e. Prima Pils. I like Penn beers and this one has always been a favorite of mine.

Photo of Falzi87
1.5/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Got this beer out of my beer of the month delivery. Anyone getting a buttered popcorn from the movies type taste? I do like buttered popcorn from the movies...just not in my beer.

Average beer at best. Shocked to come on here and see it has decent grades. This beer should really be called Kaiser Piss. Next time I'm in the mood for a nice cold bottle of piss, I'll be sure to pick this up.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color with a slight off white head that is about a finger thick. The smell is of floral hops with sweet malt and some bread malt also. The taste is of a sweet malt backbone with a little bit of sweet bread, the hops are present throughout and are floral in nature. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. You could drink alot of this beer there is nothing to turn you off from it. For a pilsner it has some flavor and some complexity which you dont always get with this class.

Photo of thecheapies
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic cup at the Trib Total Media Hall of Fame Club at PNC Park during the first of a three-game vs. Cincy. Lovely sudsy head. Spray painted lacing inis my cup. Deep golden body. Looks fantastic on a hot day. 4.0

Crisp minty German hop aroma and a beefy pale malt backbone. 3.5

Bitter and fruity. Nice tart tangerine citrus in the hops. Woody character to the malts. Little yellow grapefruit and background apple tart. Crackery dry malt. Nice hoppy finish. 4.0

High carbonation provides bristles in a solid body. Refreshing on a hot day. 4.5

Another exceptional German product from this PA brewery. Let's go Bucs! 4.0

Photo of Jimmys
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into hardywood tulip glass.

A: very clear, very bright gold body. carbonation is streaming. head is bright white with good retention and fantastic lacing. very good looking brew.

S: spicy and earthy. green tea. herbal. chalky.

T: plenty of hallertau hop flavor on the body makes this very refreshing. maybe a little metallic towards the finish? tin-y even. the finish lingers with bitterness, but not heavy.

M: plenty of carbonation on a light bodied brew.

D: this and their st. nick's bock are my 2 favorites thus far in brews i have tried from Penn Brewing Co. these guys can definitely brew a good lager and i certainly recommend this brew.

Photo of Gavage
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with a big fluffy two finger head.

Smell: grassy tones dominate the nose.

Taste: nice balance of malt and grassiness. Bitterness is quite noticeable. Some light fruit tones arrive late.

Mouthfeel: light-medium bodied beer. Very crisp throughout with a dryness arriving at the finish. Nicely refreshing.

Overall: a very tasty pils that would quench anyone's thirst.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear looking golden color with a thin white head, fades quickly, leaves some patchy lacing on the glass though.

Smell has a good deal of hops on the nose, citrusy with a good amount of grassy notes.

Taste starts out with a hint of sweet malt but that is soon overshadowed by the grassy hop presence, the bitterness is just the right amount for the style since it doesn't overwhelm, finishes clean and dry.

Photo of Ryan011235
2.57/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an A-B flute on 3/6/12

The color is a dainty, golden rod and straw; looks watered down, but is pretty much clear. Three finger head of fluffy foam collapses slowly scattered trails of raised lace that really starts to collect halfway down the glass. Thin retention.

Noble hops are all over the aroma - grassy and herbal/floral with spicy and soapy undertones. Hints of lemon peel zestiness. The malts offer a slightly grainy, biscuit note. Clean enough.

Kaiser Pils tastes ok, if a little one dimensional. Moderate hops kick and an accompanying spicy twinge are mainly relegated to the front with toasted grain in the center. From there it flavor falls off quickly to a slow, tapered decay.

The feel is the weakest aspect, being too light and watery; at times it seems lifeless. Same thing with the carbonation; half-hearted and lacking brilliance. The finish has a stale lingering and vapid feel. I'm not too impressed.

Though I remember this fondly from on tap a few years ago, this just isn't living up to my admittedly unlikely-to-be-attained recollections. Ah well.

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Kaiser Pils from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.