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Kaiser Pils - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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85
very good

125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.34%


Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: aaronh on 02-03-2003)
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Falzi87

Massachusetts

1.5/5  rDev -60.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 01:40:08 | More by Falzi87
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Golden yellow body with thin white head that disappears quickly and leaves a thin ring of lace.

S-Sweet maltiness and the smallest wafting of hops.

T-Instant corn-like taste to me. Others say they have tasted hops in this brew but not me...maybe my hop threshold is too damn high anymore!? This is a very disappointing brew to me.

M-Medium-ight body and bit sticky with a slightly sour finish.

D-Not really into this one. Drinkable but barely. I want more crispness and hops....less of that damn corn flavour...quick, someone get me a Two-hearted!

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2008 07:14:30 | More by Deuane
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.55/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 05:33:36 | More by Ryan011235
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WoodBrew

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 02:24:35 | More by WoodBrew
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Foam

Pennsylvania

3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 22:55:58 | More by Foam
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Naugled

New York

3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in pils glass
Mostly yellow color with a slight orange hue, very clear but barely carbonated with absolutely no head
Corn sweet smell
Ok malt flavor and good balance, but has a bit of a chemical or medicinal note
Medium to light mouth feel with some richness
Drinkable but lacks style and carbonation, somewhat of a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 21:30:49 | More by Naugled
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A standard American-brewed Pilsner with a grain/malt mix and timid hop spice.

The standard straw colored beer gives a highly carbonated activity. Somewhat fizzy, the beer gives a formitable head that displays light lacing. Bright clarity. It's the standard pilsner look.

Aromas show mostly pilsner malt notes but a grain scent does show through. Bready and sweet, the nose is tempered by a lightly spicy noble hop balance.

Flavors fare much the same, with the emphasis of the malt complex based on the pilsner maltiness. But the grain character shows just a bit too much. Sulfur character gives a slightly harsh match-stick flavor and is quite minerally. Hop flavor isn't as prevailant as in the nose but the bitterness offsets the sweetness without bring undue attention to itself.

Still, a bit too grainy in the mouthfeel for my liking and the sulfurs create a rough texture to accompany the crispness of the malts, astringency of the grains, and dryness of the hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 03:50:24 | More by BEERchitect
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frenchblood21

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- Very pale yellow color. Looks like sparkling lemonade. Small paper white head that goes away quickly.

Smell- Hops, orange and fresh cut grass, in that order.

Taste- Very hoppy, lemon and grapefruit and straw

Mouthfeel- Buttery is the best way to describe this beer. Coats the whole mouth and throat when swallowed. Great texture

Overall- Not a game changer, but what pils really is. A slightly above average beer from a good brewery. If you find it on tap its worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 00:28:55 | More by frenchblood21
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A pretty good beer, got this at the actual Penn Brewery restraunt this past weekend. Oddly flavored, a german beer with some hops. Pours a nice head, a medium body, very light color. Smells of piney hops, but just seemed average to me. Did not seem to be a style I can point to. I will try it again but not the best beer I have had. Never seen this in a bottle, like mentioned, had this at the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2007 02:15:47 | More by bigdeuce
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 02:22:35 | More by BMMillsy
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. No date or info. Thanks to Nerofiddled for this one!

A - Crystal clear deep straw yellow with minimal carbonation rising up. The head didn't rise up too high and had low retention but it was a bright white, densely packed foam that left a little collar of lacing.

S - Crisp and clean aroma that's lacking a punch of anything at all. A bit grainy in aroma with a light noble hop smell. Very faint overall.

T - Well hopped pils with a very faint malt presence. Crisp and clean, it leans towards the noble hops fully. Kaiser finishes dry and bitter. Floral and a touch citrusy. Just plain.

M - Crisp and light-bodied and very refreshing with a watery feel and a dry, hard finish.

D - It's easy to drink but doesn't offer anything else as far as flavor or aroma. Just a very plain beer that would make for a great sessioner. One-dimensional and boring.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 21:07:58 | More by BeerFMAndy
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 20:07:55 | More by buschbeer
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Light yellow with a fierce crackling head that disappears to nothing.

Smell is of light bready malts and a whiff of grain and some distant noble hops

Taste follows the nose with a cracker like malt/yeast componant and a very light herbal hop bitter.

Light bodied, spritzy carbonation.

A fair attempt at a true pilsner, I was hoping for a little more hop character. Decent but nothing extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 16:55:26 | More by Stinkypuss
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keeganfrank

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bright yellow beer with a thin, sudsy head. A few bits of lacing are left behind as the glass is drained. Aroma is a little faint and consists of grass and citrus. Has a tart, earthy flavor with notes of lemon rind and sweet dough. Very dry, and a little rough around the edges.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 20:05:44 | More by keeganfrank
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml, foiled, bottle.

Poured a medium golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of wet grass, some breadiness, doughy, and grains. Tastes of grass, straw, spices, and a lighter breadiness. At 4%, would make a decent hot summer beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 00:04:42 | More by hopdog
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tedwarhc for this bottle. Served in a COAST tall pint.

Pours a moderate golden-yellow color with a two-finger white head that is quite fluffy. Good retention and lacing. The nose is a bit odd in that there's some strong grain and a bit of tannin, but also smells a bit skunked, even though it's in a brown bottle. The flavor is better, but doesn't quite hit the level I'm looking for in a German Pilsener. Mostly grain in the front followed by a pronounced bitterness on the back-end. A bit too grainy and slightly skunkish. Light body and high carbonation with a good bitter finish. Drinks well enough, but doesn't rival the best versions of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 23:44:56 | More by Thorpe429
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale golden coloration with little or no head.

S: Light scent of hops just picked this beer up yesterday and still tastes fresh and crisp.

T: Light metallic flavor with a nice hoppy citrus backing.

M: Slightly alkylyne with a light body.

D: Could drink a few of these but will ration them in ,my growler for the next 2 days.

Serving type: growler

10-15-2010 05:56:41 | More by nukem5
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Local 44 on 3/7/09 during Philly Beer Week.

A - Clear pale golden, sparsely carbonated body with a slim, creamy white head that receded into a patchy film and scant amount of lace, but popped back up with each swirl of the glass.

S - Grassy and herbal hops with a subtle citrus character paired with bready malt and some sweet caramel.

T - Grassy hops dominate the initial flavor, followed by a mild herbal hop bite and some citrus/lemon notes. Malt is a little sweet with a hint of caramel and some bready, grainy characteristics. Finish is moderately bitter and actually just a tad tart.

M - Medium bodied and a bit oily with moderate carbonation on the palate. Finish is mildly bitter on the tongue.

D - Solid effort from Penn. Is it the best pils I've had? No. Is it easy to quaff? Sure.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2009 00:21:33 | More by ffejherb
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The one special Penn offering that I neglected (at least to date) to track down in bottle form. That may change...

A: The pils is a pale straw color, brilliant and unremarkable. A decent sized white head insulates the body of the beer.

S: The aroma is primarily grainy, lighter malts. The aroma is highlighted by a spicy herbal noble hop aroma.

T: The body is a strong continuation of the nose, showing off a bready malt side that has a peppery finish. The hops are crisp, cutting through the malts with a noble, grassy herbal taste.

M: The mouthfeel runs thin at times but generally is robust with malt flavors throughout.

D: The beer is not as strong as it would let on, so I can envision polishing off a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2008 23:32:45 | More by akorsak
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Has a very hazy colored pure yellow with a half inch of foam that turns to a very impressive ring with sticky lace.

S - Smells of pilsner malt, slight grassy malt, and a bit of grain.

T - Pretty sweet actually, at first but then turns to a mild bit of grain and a pretty impressive hop bitterness.

M - Light to medium pretty drinkable.

Overall I think this is the best thing they have but I just grabbed this for the tick. Still a very solid brew but couldn't see much session ability.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 04:34:58 | More by DrDemento456
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blackie

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pilsner glass, two-finger head steadily falls to leave a nice layer behind, the beer is a deep golden in color, good lace

s: dulled grassy hops carried on a body of pilsner malt that shows hints of bread and a mild sweetness, lacks the zesty hops I love in the style and really comes out a bit clumsy, but it's a pleasant if simple sniffer

m: carbonation on the lighter side leaving to body to drag around on the palate, should be livelier and more snappy

t: much like the aroma, the pilsner malt carries a touch of bread and a sweetness that seems heavy with no crisp hops to back it up - just a dull herbal flavor with a pathetically limp-wristed alpha acid slap in the finish, far from the "royally-hopped" pils it is billed as, grainy breads linger

d: down for a few, enjoyable overall but not good enough for a long session

picked up a six from Norm's in Vienna, VA, for July 4th...consuming the rementants

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 01:38:28 | More by blackie
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plaid75

New York

3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a light grainy malt and a smattering of noble hops.

The taste was well balanced and all around light. Some hop spice creeps in toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a standard no frills pils. Fresh taste was key.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2007 16:30:13 | More by plaid75
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ToddT

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear golden yellow with a off white head. Head falls quickly to a ring and leaves some lace on the glass.

S- Dry, crisp, and mild aroma of hops and a little malt. Not a very complex or strong aroma.

T- Mild bite of hops from beginning to end, a little malt and some notes of yeast provide a counterpoint.

M- Less than medium in body and good carbonation. Finish is dry and crisp.

D- Very drinkable and a session beer. At 5% ABV that was what it was aiming for and it hit the mark here.

Easy drinking pils for a hot summer day. The best pils I've ever had, well no, but it's nice and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 04:22:59 | More by ToddT
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewery. Staff raved about it. A good pils, good not get a scent because of a bleached glass. Bit of head. Good dryness and mouthfeel. Smooth and appropriate carbonation. Crisp, fresh and refreshing. This is the one to have in bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2006 05:19:57 | More by Sammy
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Fathead's last Friday...reviewed from notes. 16oz pour into a standard pint glass.

A - very light gold/straw colored body. hoists about half an inch of lightly frothy slightly off-white foam. leaves some mild spotty lacing behind. a bit pale for the style - someone actually came up to me and asked me if i was drinking a ML.

S - subtle mostly grassy hops...bits of grain and a light crackery malt bed. floral with just a tiny speck of spice near the end.

T - the majority of the flavor comes from a somewhat bland (yet eerily pleasant) grain profile, the hops are definitely present (grassy, slight pine) yet struggle to really take hold.

M - lightish body, good active and present yet not overwhelming carbonation. leaves mouth feeling a bit prickly, refreshed.

D - highly drinkable, almost to a fault. a little "lame" for the style but still not all that bad. would be a good intro beer to show off a lightly-hopped, light body.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2010 16:11:17 | More by Stigs
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Kaiser Pils from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.