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Über Pils - Rogue Ales

Ãœber PilsÃœber Pils

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very good

230 Ratings
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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%

Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: meathookjones on 01-15-2005)
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Photo of Slatetank


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Market Cross Pub and brewery served in an Imperial pint at the Rogue tap takeover.

A very beautiful clear straw golden with thick cap of white the lace rings the glass. The aroma while very mild, has a nice malt scent with subtle noble hop odors and slightly floral hints with a mild lemony accent. The feel is light in body which is good with a slight spice and resin of hops with high carbonation and slight sweet nutty tinge with semi-dry bitter finish.

The taste has crisp mellow malt w/ light bitter hop which has an herbal quality and there is a mellow fruitiness from the yeast. The flavor is very clean and the hops give a low spice flavor which fits the style with some mild floral qualities and the mostly dry malt gives a enjoyable clean effect as it finishes on the dry side. I really liked this, definitely better than most pils, I wish more craft brewers would attempt the style since Rogue does a decent job with this, very quaffable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 18:44:36 | More by Slatetank
Photo of JamesS


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice light straw color with some good head and nice lacing. Nice clean, crisp scent, slightly sweet with a hint of spice. Excellent taste, a well done pils; clean malt taste with a slight pepper taste and a very clean finish. Goes down very well. One of the best pilseners I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2009 14:12:20 | More by JamesS
Photo of scarletfire79

New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pale in color with a nice malty aroma, this was the highlight og the beer for me. the taste is smooth and definitly a better alternative to bud, but to be honest i found the two to taste very similar and quite frankly that made me slightly ill. probably my least favorite rogue beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2007 19:03:30 | More by scarletfire79
Photo of Phatz


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It looks ... well ... Like a Pilsener. Served a golden color with a large white head (with good retention) sitting a top the beer.

Smell: a gentle but respectable nose. The aromas of bread and grain malt balance with the grassy floral hops.

Taste: Somewhat typical of the German Style Pilsener but maybe a little heavier on the bready malt, than some, paired with a gentle hoppiness that provides that light grassy attribute and a peppery spice flavor.

Mouthfeel: This is a crisp clean medium body Pilsener.

Drinkability: I tend to find the style very sessionable and Rogue rarely disappoints. This is no exception. It is an easy drinking tasty solid representation of the style.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2006 17:04:05 | More by Phatz
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Sunset Grill with my lunch on February 25. Yellow in color but with a slight brown varnish tinge. Bit of haze. Crisp nose but not too much going on. Fairly full flavor and body for a pilsener. Lots of sweet malts and just a kiss of hops toward the finish. More juicy than dry. Extremely drinkable and almost a true session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2006 23:00:34 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of dawg


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from the tap. Poured a hazy light amberish tan, Nice frothy white head that remained for awhile. Very fluffy lacing. Looked good.

Very smokey bar. Kind of tough to get a good nose to it. Smelled malty. Little hops.

Tasted very good. Nice and light. Very sweet. Very creamy and smooth. Light fall crisp friuts like fresh grape and apples maybe some pears. Medium to light body.

Very, very, very drinkable. I ordered a second.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2006 02:51:57 | More by dawg
Photo of PatandDavid


3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprsied, thought I might not like it (using the word uber is for me a bit of a warning sign), but Redbones had it on tap, so I was able to enjoy this one a few times. Dusty gold, with a thin white head that evenly covered the brew. Low but pleasant perfumey aroma. Medium mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Easy citrus in every sip to start, followed by some grainyness that thankfully never got too prominent. The low abv made this one even more drinkable. I liked it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2006 13:37:17 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of fromage


4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Good lord, what a completely different beer than the one I recently tried in a bottle! It must have been older than I thought. I hope they start putting this in 6 packs soon. I can't imagine why anyone would prefer Warsteiner or Urquell or any other import I've had to this.

Anyway, even served in a pint glass, it looked great already. Big creamy head that left lacing for the whole glass, light amber color with just a bit of carbonation.

Smell was citrusty and sweet, a bit of grass, some kiwi, and some vanilla in the background. Maybe a tiny tiny tiny hint of the sulphur/rubber I tasted before.

Taste was to match the smell for the most part. Just a bit of caramel malt, but the refreshing citrus really came through. It actually reminded me of Bell's 2 hearted, since it had not much body and a good deal of citrusy hop bite.

Clean aftertaste, here's where the vanilla comes in, after the citrus fades away. Not too sticky. Creamy, medium mouthfeel.

Insanely drinkable. Definitely one of Rogue's best.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2005 12:32:21 | More by fromage
Photo of francisweizen


4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seems very similar to love and hoppiness. A light golden yellow brew with a thick head of white foam that lasts and gives the glass some nice lacing. Aroma is all floral German hops and a bit of sticky doughy malts for balance. Taste is similar with a bit more hoppiness in the bite than the other brew recently reviewed. Mouthfeel holds up medium bodied and drinkability is again good. Seems like one of these two is a tweak of the other one...

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2005 16:19:16 | More by francisweizen
Photo of GClarkage


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

07/22/05- On tap at the Rogue Ale House in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- From the tap into two sets of 4oz sampler glasses.

Appearance- Slighty cloudy golden pour. Huge white thick head, amazing frothy think caking lace.

Smell- Lots of grain action with a slight lemon scent and bitter hops.

Taste- Nice and grainy with a large saaz hops flavor. One of the stronger pils in the hops arena.

Mouthfeel- Medium to lighter carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability- One of the top pils I have had to date. WIll have to pick up a bottle of this guy.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2005 23:43:55 | More by GClarkage
Photo of Mark


4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a cloudy deep gold that bordered on light amber. It's pure white head was thick and rich, solid lacing adorned the glass. Interesting. A nice earthy aroma was quite different from most Pils I have had, still the sweet malts were there and hints of grass. Nice sweet malt taste, with snappy hops and a crisp finish. A very drinkable Pils that I enjoyed much more than I expected to. A winner.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2005 14:38:16 | More by Mark
Photo of RedDiamond


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thrasher suggests, “results may vary”. He’s right. I sat next to Thrasher as we each downed a pint of Über Pilsner at the Rogue Public House in Portland. Mine showed a matted, pitted head with dispersed threads of lace. Thrasher’s showed neither head nor lace. Same tap, same beer, served minutes apart. I must have gotten the cleaner glass.

Be that as it may, I can’t say as I’m charmed by the style. I like pilsners as the delicate, nuanced gems that they are. The style calls for a small bodied but crisp, flowery beer, not the muscular powerhouse of an Oregonian überbräu. But if I were unduly constrained by stylistic standards I would never drink Rogue in the first place.

The Über Pilsner has a slightly greenish hue to its otherwise golden body. It is coolly clouded and has a raw grainy aroma with a wortish essence. The aroma is potent, exhilarating, and oddly reminiscent of rye bread. The taste reflects these wortish properties though I wouldn’t go so far as to suggest low attenuation. The flavor is also crisp with a lemon-pine-straw bale element that works nicely. Pilsners don’t often boast of mouthfeel and Rogue’s is no exception.

This is a hearty beer with a particularly enticing smell. As with other Rogue beers, it’s best to disregard all expectations of style and simply enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2005 04:21:52 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of Thrasher


3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a draft pour at Rogue's Portland outpost, this beer tasted fantastically fresh. Pour quality was variable from pint to pint, which affected appearance and mouthfeel scores. It's a full-flavored beer with little pilsner qualities and felt not far different from a regular Rogue Ale despite use of lager yeast. My pint was misty gold, very dark for a pils, with a head that looked high at first but completely disappeared and left not a whiff of lace. Your results may vary. There's a good, elusive aroma of shortbread and perhaps berries. Many intriguing qualities in the flavor: cereal, honey, graham cracker, lemon, dune grass, a solitary tree in a meadow full of wildflowers... maybe I'm reaching too far with that one. There's also a sharpness deep down that might indicate the possibility of spoilage if the beer goes too long, knocking off a half point for taste. The mouthfeel was thick and full, like many of Rogue's beers which aren't generally filtered; perhaps this should be considered a kellerbier. Do to my inferior pour, however, the mouthfeel ended up a bit flat. Drinkability is good and this is an interesting, unconventional pilsner, well worth a try even if you shy away from the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2005 01:41:47 | More by Thrasher
Photo of mrfrancis


2.7/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a bright golden amber with a creamy, compact white head that laces deep into the glass. Out of the bottle, this lager displays a slight hint of haze that is far from unappealing.

S: Sweet and a touch maltier than expected on the nose. Aromas of caramel, straw, grass, herbs, and honey are very apparent.

T: Opens oddly sweet with notes of honey, straw, hay, grass, cream, minerals, caramel, and herbs. The finish is fleeting and rather sweet with notes of honey, caramel, and grass being dominant.

M: This is where I have to knock off major points. Despite being medium to full bodied for the style, this beer is flabby, slick, and gritty in the mouth. It does not feel like any kind of pilsner I've ever tried.

O: I find this lager to be quite lacking and do not see myself revisiting it, though part of me hopes I got a bad bottle. Perhaps Rogue just doesn't do lagers all that well (that's my opinion at least). A surprisingly underwhelming effort from a consistent brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 00:13:07 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, served in a pilsner glass.

A - clouded, golden yellow color with a big fluffy white head that took a while to settle down, leaving lots of lacing on the glass.

S - some citrus/hop aromas, some malty aromas, some yeast/wheat aromas.

T - well balanced flavor with a dry, crisp finish.

M - crisp and light.

D - excellent drinkabilty.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 00:17:02 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of ZAP


3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Chill hazed golden color..

S-Sweet maltiness...almost maibock like as it has some breadiness...if anything some earthy hop notes but very light...very impressive sweet malt aroma though..

T-Not as sweet as the aroma leads you to think...I'm not real familiar with sterling hops which are used in this...I'm getting a firm, tight bitterness with some underlying earthy notes...

M-Medium bodied...lacks snappiness...more of a maibock feel to the body...

D-Interesting pilsner take...I like it.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 01:58:41 | More by ZAP
Photo of biggmike


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a beautiful golden/yellow color with a nice white head that did not last long. The aroma was grassy and a lemony citrus smell. The flavor was also of citrus and grain with some balanced hop bitterness. This beer had a good mouthfeel with proper carbonation. This was drinkable and I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 12:58:54 | More by biggmike
Photo of yesyouam

New York

3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Rogue Überfest Pilsner is a cloudy, blonde lager with a fluffy white head that leaves great lacing. It has a grassy, lemony aroma with notes of bread and malt. It has a medium-light body. It's smooth with a crisp finish. It is simple, amply bitter, has good balance and tastes a bit lemony. It's a little plain, but the Sterling hops are unique. Not bad.
(rated Jun 12, 2008)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 03:21:46 | More by yesyouam
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a slight hazy, dull gold with orange highlights accompanied by a compact Styrofoam white capping.

S: light citrus, fresh grains, spicy oranges as well a light fruitiness.

T: The initial flavor yielded light fresh citrus that was spicy yet crisp in nature. A mild malt sweetness add some depth and maltiness to the palate. The beer finishes with a slight dry touch of grains and with a light lemon hop bitterness on the fade.

M: light-medium fullness, but fairly big per style with a nice graininess and hop bitterness on the swallow.

D: Really enjoyed this, very smooth in texture and drinkable. Fairly maltly and spicy hopwise per style which makes this a tasty treat.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 00:20:49 | More by beerthulhu
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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz into 19oz pilsner

Appearance: Golden and kind of cloudy with a small white head that leaves a lot of lace.

Smell: Sweet and citrusy, smells like oranges and lemons.

Taste: Much maltier sweetness than originally expected, then tastes of citrus (orange peel?). Also has a good hop spice toward the end and an interesting tea-like flavor that seems to be common among Rogue's beers.

Moutfeel: Surprisingly heavier body than most pilsners- medium body. Lots of carbonation but not too much. Crisp finish.

Drinkability: Rogue has not let me down yet- this is another great beer in their extensive range.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 20:58:27 | More by Mosstrooper
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New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle.... poured a beautiful pale gold into a pint glass... a little cloudy and some sediment swimming around... head was a beautiful cloudy foam, 3 inches... it faded quickly and left a nice sticky lacing

smell of flowers, buttergrass, and lemon.. something else sweet and malty

maltier than i anticipated, citrus present, a bready tartness paused a full second before fading in and out.. well carbonated and medium bodied, its a bit thicker than i imagined it would be too but still crisp in its own way.. yummy

this is more like an ale with pilsner character than vice versa, its very drinkable though .. its just not what you want when you're looking for a traditional pils... drink this when your european friends are on your nerves and anything they say or have a nationalistic pride about annoys you but you are at a beer garden watching the world cup game and there's a cute girl speaking some germanic language at the bar so you feel the need to assimilate and order something with the word 'uber', 'fest' or 'pils' in it

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 03:30:31 | More by loosey
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4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 1/2 finger head with a cloudy yellow/orange color.

Apple and somewhat perfumy hops make for a magnificiently seductive aroma. Fruitiness is superb with green apple and a little bit of grapefruit. Very unique for a lger beer to have such sweet fruity and floral notes.

Nice sweet pale malt sweetness with some grapefruit notes and a clean hop bitterness. Grapefruit seems to be a little abundant in this beer, but it works.

Crisp mouthfeel with a slight tartness from the grapefruity overtones.

Overall, this is a very decent beer with a lot of grapefruit tones going on. It is a good summertime beer that I could make a session out of.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 02:36:53 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of theghost3


3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Uber Pils pours a golden/orangy color with a fair amount of haziness; different from most pilseners I've had. Head is thin, white. It smells butter with toasty malts, grass, yeast & some faint hops. The taste has some yeast, malts and bitter hops. Rather tasteless at first, but the flavors become apparent at the end. Some citrusy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated. This is a drinkabe beer, but substantially different in appearance and taste from other pils.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 04:05:44 | More by theghost3
Photo of tapman


3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange, darker than other German Pils like Stiegl or Trumer. Head is white foam, pours 2 fingers, but subsides quickly to a 1/2 finger. Lacing is nice and sticky.

Smells like Welch's Grape Juice. Not even other grape juices, but specificaly Welch's; aroma is tart, sweet, and fruity. Pilsner malts seem not too large compared to some pils beers, or the malt tannins may be masked by the hop phenols. Speaking of the devil, the Sterling hops are not as bready in the aroma as one would expect and are indeed fruity and tart. Also, I don't know what kind of crazy yeast they are using, but I attribute the tartness to the yeast. Almost like they used wild Brettanomyces yeast strains, though I doubt that that is the case.

Weird taste for a pils. There is a bit of the familiar in the malts and hops, but then the hops and yeast duet is dissident in its sourness. That's right, this brew is sow-were. If it wasn't for the Euro ingredients I would call this one an American Pils (but I won't since we all know the connotations connected to that particular category). Also, grape-like.

Standard mouth. Good carbonation/body balance. Could use a little more carbonation, maybe.

A decent brew. The sweet and tart flavors are interesting, but I know that my German-born father would detest this brew as it strays very far from the traditional. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 03:29:25 | More by tapman
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3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

one of 3 beers available at a closeout sale wine tasting event...

A- Hazy golden with a bone white frothy head that leaves lots of lace. i'm not used to drinking beer from wine glass, and i assume in my pint i would have better retention. seems thick and rich.

S- malty butterscotch and some noble hop nose. saaz? it's a little herbal citrus, a little grassy-floral-spicy, but all the hop aroma that MIGHT be reaching my nose is cloaked by a huge amount of malt that evident from the pour.

T- lemon grass, grains, cooked vegetables, and too much malt. this one leans heavy on the pale malt side, and i hate to compare to small craft warning (one of my favorites) but i guess i thought this would be more like him...could have way more hop flavor and aroma, or perhaps just less malt. i know they got it goin on so this is probably exactly how they wanted it in oregon. nevertheless, it could be more uber.

MF- velvety smooth, this department will get high ranks. mid carb and mid body, as it warms the malt becomes way viscous and almost chewy.

D- disappointed, i was expecting a knockout, when all i got was a couple jabs to the chin. a beer i once sought out, after tasting, i was glad that it came to me (for free) and that i never went out of my way to get it and then let down. maybe i have a bias opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 19:39:24 | More by hustlesworth
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Über Pils from Rogue Ales
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