Kaiser Pils - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Reviews: 86
Hads: 177
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | 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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Reviews: 86 | Hads: 177
Photo of Sammy
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of crookedhalo
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours up a standard straw pilsener color, by the time it was served to me the head had subsided, leaving some heavy-duty lacing on the side of the pint glass. Light bready aroma with hints of biscuit and a healthy dosage of low alpha kettle hops. Man, do I like the crisp, hoppy pilseners. This one delivers- with a crisp, malty body and a nice, bitey finish. Sharp carbonation. Superbly balanced and constructed. It has been about five years or so since I last had this beer and it was five years too long. My favorite beer from Penn, I wish it was available all year. (569 characters)

Photo of Illinick
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at D's
A: Clear pale golden/straw in color with slight rising carbonation. Unfortunately the bartender displayed his lack of pouring skills as this brew was handed to me sans head. There was a slight ring, but I've had this brew from the bottle and know of the very white, decent sized head. Good lacing throughout.
S: Clean nose with pale malt scents and slight sweetness, crisp fresh hops scents in there too, as well as some slight herbal and earthy notes. Just a clean, good smell.
T: Crisp flavors of pale malts and crisp, dry hops. Slight sweetness with some bready-like malts peeking through. The hops have a slight bitterness towards the end of the sip, but in a good way. Clean flavors that create a delicous, authentic tasting brew that anyone will enjoy.
MF: Light to light-medium that finishes semi-dry.
Overall: A great, clean tasting brew that will definately be enjoyed by beer geeks and the nonexperienced alike. (940 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go to beergeek279 and cupbeerman for bringing a growler of this limited edition to Michigan for Trbeer and I to enjoy.

Uses 2-row barley malt, Hallertau Perle and Spalter Select Hops, and triple-decoction mashing.

Pours out to a clear pale golden, forming a small white head with no retention and lacing. Somewhat flat from the voyage with minimal carbonation, so keep that in mind for this review. Aroma is fresh with floral hops, a little touch of vanilla, pale malts, and a pleasant touch of grain husk. Aroma of crisp, mineralized brewing water is distinct. Taste is like the aroma with a nice Euro-pils floral hop note...the mild bitterness is accentuated by the mineral content. A touch sweet and a touch bitter...nicely balanced. The finish is very crisp and clean. Goes down nicely with a medium-light body.

An excellent pils that has to be exceptional fresh from the tap. Would love to try their other stuff. Cheers! (941 characters)

Photo of pezoids
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer on tap at their brewery. Poured ultra clear and was golden yellow in color. Bright and glowing with a thin filmy head that left a small amount of lacing on the glass. Nice pleasant grainy malt aroma. The taste is light, yet sharp with an assertive floral-citric hop bite. Crisp and clean, light and tast with a light to medium body of malt. This beer has a pleasant bittersmoothness and overall very clean and enjoyable. A great American version of a classic style. (483 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at the brewery. It’s a bright yellow colored liquid with a respectable white head. It’s completely clear with moderate carbonation. There’s a slight hop aroma, maybe a little less aromatic than I hoped. Still, the smell is nicely spicy and flowery. Taste seemed a little grainy, with a distant maltiness. The centerpiece of the beer is a bitter, crisp, peppery hoppiness. It finishes with a teriffic lingering bitterness. Very refreshing and clean. I could certainly have a number of these with a plate of German Potato Salads. (553 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served up on tap at D's, was my beer I sipped on while hunting for new beers in the beer cave, and the second one was reviewed and then lastly after the review I found it to complement my Chicago style Vienna all beef hot dog. Appearance: Crystal clear golden nice frothing white head leaves nice uneven bands of lacing. Aroma: Slightly bready with some biscuit malt, and peppery Saaz very nice pils one of my favorite all around Penn brews just a great pils I would like to get a keg of this beauty for my house here in Morgantown I think it would go over well. Taste: What a crisp and flavorful pils I wish this one would replace the Penn Pilsner, great malty backbone a beer to be enjoyed especially if you like Saaz authentic German style pils, definitely a beer to be enjoyed when available. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied very smooth great carbonation. Drinkability: Incredible definitely one of my favorite microbrewed pils of all time, doesn't match up to Victory Prima but it's awesome. (989 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Penn Brewery. The color was golden, with a good head. The smell was of hops. The taste was fairly hoppish, with more flavor than most other pilsners. Mouthfeel was well-carbonated. Drinkability-wise, could have these all day long.

Penn Pilsener is certainly a fantastic beer, but this is even better! It's a shame we only see this one from time to time, because this may be one of the top pils in the world! A great beer, and one I'll certainly be looking forward to upon its return next year. (513 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visit Penn's restaurant and brewpub whenever Iam in Pittsburgh,I have had three of there beers on tap and liked all of them.Poured a really nice golden color with beautiful pillowey head that stuck around for some time.Spicey hop aroma with malt background,good spritzy element to this beer.Spicey/zesty taste with a good hop smack,really goes down easy.One of the best pils I have had either from this county or from Europe. (425 characters)

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Best by date is notched for February-) – Presentation: 12 oz brown long-neck bottle with an upside down Crew Lager label. Stated on the website it says this is a limited bottling of the “Brewmaster’s Private Stock”. Aaron who sent me the samples stated that was why the label was upside down because Penn never actually made an official label or as least not as of yet. Appearance: Pours a bright and very clear golden color. The head is white in color, creamy and super dense with great retention. Slow but steady carbonation. On the nose the notes of grain, touch of lime, and a pepper/spicy hop aroma. On the palate the flavor is the same story, peppery, grainy, bitterness, lime or pine note…crisp. Great brew… (721 characters)

Photo of aaronh
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kaiser Pils is a beer that is occasionally offered at the Penn Brewery on draft over their 14 year history. This bottling is limited to about 150 cases. It's listed on their website as "The Brewmaster's Private Stock".

This beer pours a brilliant golden color. The clarity is striking, as is the two finger, white, pillowy head that forms atop the beer. The head looks dense enough to float the bottle cap upon it. It displays excellent retention, as the head never fully subsides. As such it leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Steady carbonation trails can be seen from the bottom of my Munich pilsner glass. The aroma is a touch of malt with a big hop scent. Pepper and florals abound in the aroma. The taste is again very hoppy for a pilsner. The malt is barely detectable, but a strong, spicy hop flavor dominates. The finish has stong bittering which lingers through the aftertaste with a bit of a pine note and a hint of salt. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean and very refreshing. It also removes just about any other flavors that were in your mouth. This would be great with spicy food. The drinkability is excellent. I imagine this is what the German Pilsners taste like when they leave the brewery. This beer was released on January 31, tasted on February 3. Gotta love fresh beer! A great offering from Mr. Pastorius and the crew at Pennsylvania Brewing. (1,367 characters)

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Kaiser Pils from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.