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Sterling Pils - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
First Brewed: 2011
Starting Gravity: 1048
Bitterness: 30 IBUs
Alcohol %: 4.9
Malt: Sterling
Hops: Premium Pilsner

(Beer added by: beertunes on 01-15-2012)
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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +10.2%

dmorgan310, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a sorta colloidal hazed golden... nice white head... good retention.

Nose hits with a nice hoppy bite that previews the coming bitterness. Crisp hoppiness that is a little more floral than spicy... Definitely more PNW than Continental.

Good bitterness from front to back... hops are again floral.. grainy pils maltiness.

Very drinkable... but I think this 6-pack is old... cannot find a decent date, but this seems not quite fresh... still pretty nice.. love a good pilsner.


JohnGalt1, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in bubble pint glass. Poured a clean, clear honey-golden yellow with about an inch of white head that had low/medium retention and left some nice sticky lacing.

The aromas were fairly typical for the style, nice earthy grains topped up with crisp hops. The hops were a it sharper and bolder than is the norm for an American take on the style, it seemed to me. On the tongue, the hops were even more noticeable. The grains, which I look for to take the lead, were definitely playing second fiddle to the hops. The malt did have a good presence after the upfront tang of the hops subsided though.

The body was fuller than typical, yet retained the crispness that I look for. The beer did have a slightly sticky finish. Drinkability was very good, I could see having a few of these as the weather warms (if this beer is still around). Overall, a nice take on the style and a nice departure from Ninkasi's tendency to be over the top bold. Certainly worth trying during it's limited release. I wouldn't mind seeing this brew in Nikasi's yearly seasonal schedule.

beertunes, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

twelveinches, May 02, 2013
Photo of harrymel
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12MAR13 (glad to see bottle dates on Ninkasi!!)

It's a golden ale with a solid quilt of bone white foam. Nice, classic look. Smells of grain, corn, rice hulls, some herbal hops, some chalk, slightly sweet nose. Flavor is corn pops, some bitterness, a little wood and floral character and a good grainy base. Medium on full for the style with fine moderately low carb for the style. Overall I'm happy to drink this, if it were canned, I'd take it to the lake probably. Easy drinker for sure.

harrymel, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

shelby415, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A finger of head on a clear, golden colored body. Looks good.
It has a great grain aroma, pure.
It has a nice flavor: moderate bitterness that has been rounded out by a touch of malty sweetness. Finishes with a mild bitter note.
It has a crisp texture with moderate carbonation.
Nice flavor with a low ABV makes this a beer to have again and again.

Fatehunter, May 07, 2013
Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Kopfschuss, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of woemad
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

woemad, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of MacStinson
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

MacStinson, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of vkv822
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip
bottled on 3/29/13

Pours a clear, bright, pale-yellow with a thick, foamy white head that leaves pleasant lacing.

Spicy, grassy, herbal, floral hop notes. Crackery malt backing. Clean, crisp finish.

Medium body, fizzy carbonation.

A well done pilsner. Tasty hop profile balanced with a clean malt backing.

vkv822, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of artoolemomo
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a very good amount of head which seems to have some retention. The head is almost cotton white (there are faint hints of yellow) while the body is a clear pale straw that glows a lemon yellow when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind and the retention is quite formidable.

Nose- Pretty much your typical pilsner aroma- sweet malt, grain, and faint hints of spice. Some sourness from the grain as well. Has some presence but little complexity. Rather boring but to be expected from the style.

Taste- Reflective of the nose but with some citrus notes (orange and lemon) and a lengthy hops note. The hops are grassy, earthy, and herbal with some spicy characteristics. The hop notes are very well integrated and only reveal their complexity as result of the long finish. There's nothing terribly special about this beer but it is a good representation of the style. A little bit of white grape gives it a bit of a vinous quality as well.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a nice smoothness and a slight vinous texture. Carbonation is light and well placed.

Drinkability- Very easygoing, borderline crisp and refreshing. I don't know if I would pay 9 bucks for a 6 pack of pilsner though. However, it is worth it if you are a fan of the style.

Overall- Solid beer and solid representation of the style. This beer won't wow you but is perfect for a summer day.

artoolemomo, Jul 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

dertyd, Jul 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Spikester, Aug 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

KStark, May 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

powdersoldier, May 12, 2013
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Sterling Pils pours a clear light golden color with a four finger foam head and semi sticky lacing that then disappears. The smell is spicy with floral notes and really biscuity. The taste has a nice malt backbone with bitterness that finishes on the top of the palate. It probably could have used a little more hops to be a NW Pilsner in my eyes. I consider the Prima Pils the standard in this category for American German Pilsners. The first one of the sixer was good we will see how the others finish out.

cswhitehorse, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of bernat1971
3/5  rDev -17.4%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

neckbeered, Oct 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

irishgreensoda, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of Jameswoody
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Jameswoody, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of fizzyted
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

fizzyted, Jul 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

KerryCummins1977, Apr 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Zach122, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of gkunkle
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at By The Bottle in Vancouver, Washington. Served with a quarter inch head that quickly dissipates to a thin patchy film. As is recedes it leaves some webbed lacing. Smell is of sweet grains and subtle hop scent. Taste is of floral hops and sweet grain malts. As mentioned below the hops are less aggressive than expected. This beer is working toward the subtlety that is exhibited by European brewers. I don't think that Ninkasi has hit the sweet spot with this beer, but it is an admirable attempt. Also, glad to see some brewers making beers with less alcohol, though not every beer I drink is in the 4 or 5 range, it's nice to have some well made options with a lower alcohol content.

gkunkle, Jan 22, 2012
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Sterling Pils from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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