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77 Lager - BrewDog

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 107
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 15.18%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: PartyBear on 09-21-2009

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant drinking "pilsner" obtained from the brewery itself. Pours medium yellow with ridiculous malty foam. decent for the style. Decent mellow bitterness, but I get a significant sweetness. Average mouthfeel but good drinkability. More balanced in bottle had from Zyn a year later.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poure out as a clear yellow brew with a white head on top. The head retention an lacing were both pretty off on this beer. The smell of the beer is grainy, fresh and slightly grassy. The taste is also grainy and has some flavors of corn and grass. The mouthfeel was decent, not too exciting. Overall this beer was sessionable and could be enjoyed by many.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright yellow color lager with a nice compact foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma consists of light sweet floral malt with light dry hops. Taste is really dominated by lightly sweet floral malt with very subtle note of hops. Refreshing with nice cereal touch and good carbonation. Light unrefined grainy notes is a bit disappointing but still very good overall.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wherein lies the 'juxtaposition' in this brew? In the northern European production of a central European specialty?

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden orange hue, with one finger of creamy ecru head, which leaves some decent thick spidery lace around the glass in its wake. It smells strongly of crackery grain, and bitter, floral Saaz hops. The taste is quite in line - crisp, crackery, bready malt, a bit of lemon pepper, and leafy, bitter noble hops. The carbonation is on the low side of moderate, the body medium weight, smooth but for a bit of expected prickliness. It finishes quite dry, the zip and crispness setting you up for the anticipation of the next sip.

A very enjoyable hoppy pils, up there with the best of the German and Czech offerings I've experienced. Maybe it's just the freshness, tho - best before Oct 28, 2011.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a clear light golden color with a tall white head. Typical pils aroma of biscuit malt, cracker, and light hops. A nice yeast note, mild esters, and floral hop aromas. Lightly sweet, too. The flavor has just a touch of grass to go along with the floral hops. Bread, biscuit, and cracker malts give a soft sweetness. Light yeast and some hints of apple esters.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Poured from a 330ml bottle into a (non-real) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on September 18th, 2010. Pours a clear orange-gold with a three finger thin head that quickly reduces.

Smell: The hoppy, clean aroma of a typical lager but with a little pine. Not particularly appealing, but doesn't turn me away.

Taste: Opens fizzy, then a couple notes of pine that are a little unbalanced. The finish is fizzy but crisp. The body isn't built as well as it could be, but this lager is a few notches up from American macros.

Mouthfeel: It's a little overcarbonated, and this lends the beer a sharp coarseness that is unpleasant. The finish is wet, which works for this lager, but doesn't leave me wanting another sip and isn't particularly refreshing in its own right.

Drinkability: I wouldn't have it again. There are far better lagers at this price range. I'm pleased with its 4.9% abv, but the dealbreaker is its lack of ambition: this beer isn't trying to do anything special and while in its own right it's not bad, other beers do the same thing better.

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Photo of smcolw
4.14/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly no head and what is there settles to a single layer of rim bubbles. No lace at all. Deep straw color and crystal clear.

Fruity with an undercurrent of unmated, untoasted barley. Very light hop.

Better hop in the taste. This is a spritzy beer with subtle complexity. Relatively dry, but there is a fruitiness as well. The hop comes on with force in the swallow. The aftertaste provides a flowery mouth. The body is light as one would expect for this style.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The third BrewDog beer I've reviewed, but the first tonight, during my BrewDog evening of five new beers.

Brown 330ml bottle (like all the others I've seen of theirs), loads of life left according to the label. Poured into my huge 'Judas' glass.

Deep golden colour, clear and with a medium sized white head sat on top. The head soon died to a wisp.

Hoppy aroma for a pilsner/lager, some yeast esters as well, better than most I've had my nose in over the years.

Sharp, crisp and refreshing taste, very dry aftertaste though.

The 4.9ABV seems less than is felt in the mouthfeel, I would have gone for 6.0% at least.

Interesting, but a bit to dry for my taste, nothing wrong with it, just a tad dry. I've had many pilsners/lagers, and from all over the world, this one stands out from the crowd because of its darker gold colouring and its dryness.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pleasant bright golden colour, that's almost clear, but which has a very slight haze to the body. Head is weak, merely a froth of large-bubbles on the initial pour, which collapses to film soon after, and has disappeared by the end of the glass. Not overly inspiring all up, although it has some nice characters.

Nose is slightly spicy and organic, with a lilt of leaf matter, mulch and pine and an upturn of lemon rind. Slight ointment sharpness to it as well. The hops are certainly giving a slightly citrussy, slightly pointed aroma.

Taste is clear for the most part, with a biting, slightly nutty bitterness on the back that also gives a slight astringency; tannins and grain husk. Some harshness on the back, could be a combination of early hopping or some husky characters, but it reminds me a little of the unpleasant aftertaste of that notorious Australian hop Pride of Ringwood. Feel is clean, but very light and rather empty.

Eh, not BrewDog's best effort. It's probably a reasonable effort for a gateway beer to get people drinking craft, but it's pretty tame otherwise.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours golden with hints of gold. Large white thick head that stays for quite some time leaving lacings.

S: Malt and citrus, floral hops and faint bitter ones. It doesn't smell very german...

T: Malt and green apples with a hint of pears. Faint bitter hops (not very german). There are more surprisingly lots of floral hops - and they feels american - could it be?

M: Short aftertaste with faint sweetness and dryness. Medium body and rich carbonation.

D: Nice Pilsener from the U.K. But to little bitter and to much floral hops for my taste if we are talking about German Pilsener. This is more like a really nice Euro Pale Lager with a floral hoppy edge.

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Photo of dgilks
2.86/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium gold colour with decent clarity. 1 finger foamy white head with decent retention. Effervescent. Looks nice.

The aroma is sweet and floral with nice hops. Low diacetyl.

This is nicely malty with a kick of floral hops and some moderate bitterness. While the base is nice, it is (like several Brewdog beers I've had) let down by the presence of slick diacetyl.

Medium body with nice moderately-high carbonation. Diacetyl adds a slickness to the tongue.

Not quite the crisp, refreshing pilsner promised. I'm sure that there are some bottles of this that are great but this one is a let down. Like the bottle of Punk IPA that I reviewed, this is riddled with diacetyl and it may be something for Brewdog to look at.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, stamped best before 13-7-11. Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a gold/amber color with a small 1/4 inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. Aroma is mostly bready malt, with some light caramel, apple, and citrusy hops. Luckily the flavor is stronger than the aroma. The brew tastes like bready malt and light citrus and grassy hops, and has a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a little bit slick and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent enough. I think this brew is worth a try.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle my friend brought from Edinburgh.

A - Pours a really nice hazy blonde colour. Nice carbonation coming up to a one finger soapy white head that fades to a cap pretty fast. No lace and no retention.

S - Slightly soapy with nice lemon, grassy hops, biscuity malts, and some orange zest. Quite nice.

T - Grains, lemon, biscuity again, less orange but it's still there. A little soapy and some citrus zest again with grass.

M - Aggressively carbonated, too much so for my taste. Fairly light yet nice body and a touch of sweetnetss in the finish.

O/D - A decent 'craft' lager. Nothing too special here and doesn't nearly compare to Mikkeller's Vetoboro Pils, but it works and it's easy drinking. Too much carbonation and lacking in noble hop character though.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a small head.
Nose shows loads of caramel, cookie dough, tangerine and marmalade. Not all that hoppy.
Flavours are not so interesting, but show some caramel before a harsh grainy finish rolls through.
Nice light body and med-high carbonation.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 33cL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Head erupts as soon as I open the bottle, voluminously filling the glass, but it soon collapses in on itself. Urine-hued yellow, clear, slight bubbles.

S: Herbal, hoppy, aromatic. Vaguely similar to a spice rub.

T: Good for a lager, not for a pilsner. It's alright. Taste follows smell -- hoppy bitterness, mild herbal flavours, sharp carbonation, smooth sweetish malt to balance it out. Aftertaste is herbally bitter and rather brief.

M: Aside from carbonation, smooth and bland.

D: Not something I would drink often, but definitely drinkable enough. At this price though, you're better off going for a more popular -- if less tasty -- lager or another BrewDog beer (Punk IPA would be my choice).

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold colour, with slow and very light bead. Head is white with visible bubbles. Quite foamy, retains a thin crown. Lace is OK, as is the look overall.

Smells quite musty. Oddly sweet, with a buttery aroma slight citrus twang and mild cinnamon note. Not bad, but a bit blah.

Taste is a bit bland, with odd phenolic notes. Sweet on the front, quite buttery and corn notes. Bitterness comes through early and long, but totally unnuanced with just a long battery acid flavour. All one note and almost blaring, with not a lot to hold my interest. A bit too phenolic as well, needs something fresh to balance it. Not out and out bad but it's another mediocre offering from BrewDog.

Mouthfeel has an interesting texture- weird fizz on the mid yet mostly smooth. Not bad.

Lacking a bit, because of the intense bitterness. Some cleaning up would help and make this better than just meh.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.02/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright gold with bronze highlights and a thin white film that trails. Honeysuckle malts and cut grass hops on the nose. Straight pale malts up front with slight golden syrup, followed by hay, coriander and slight orange blossom hops. Sharp metallic finish, tight spicy hop linger. Light, super crisp, dry.

Just about the driest lager ever. Given the minimum of English malts and what tastes like some very Burton-y water, this lets cutting hops and knife sharp finish shine through.

Probably the most assertive Prima-type pilsener you'll find outside the US and different enough from Trashy Blonde to compliment nicely.

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Photo of FLima
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with an aired thin head.
Light aroma of bread malt, some orange citrusy and herbal hops.
Flavor of sweet pale malt well balanced with herbal hops. Hints of lemon-orange peel citrusy, perfume and tea leaves. Dry aftertaste with an increasing grassy bitterness.
Light body bordering watery with low carbonation.
This was is past its prime, the one I had before was livelier. It could have a bolder body, and off-course with hops proportionally tuned up. Still, a very sessionable Lager, and not mono flavored as traditional pilsners.

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Photo of ADZA
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

For a pilsner it nearly pours spot on with a feint,feint yellow see thru hue and bubbly champagne carbonation and some little lacing here and there,the smell is a mix of aromas of lemon zest and herbal hops,it has a very light mouthfeel which could have more body in my eyes and has tastes of citrus,lemon zest,barley and of course finishes with a grassy,herbal hop finish with a tiny tinge of bitterness,overall not the best example of the style i have tried but not a bad attempt at all and would always down this before some macro swill as i really do like this brewery.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a best-before date of Nov 2011. Label features the usual modern Brewdog branding; the contents are described as a juxtaposition pilsner.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A pale golden colour with slight haziness. Considerable carbonation and a thick fluffy head which lasts for a few minutes before fading away. Smells of light grainy malt and hops.

Tastes of golden malt and has considerable bitterness for the style. Lovely fruit and grass notes from the hops; this is a prominent component of the flavour. Smooth, astringent mouthfeel with some tingling from the carbonation. Leaves a pleasing bitter aftertaste. Tasty and very drinkable.

An excellent beer - not sure how true it is to the traditional pilsner style but it is very nice. Much more flavour than your average lager. Would definitely have this again.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 330 ml brown bottle, best before date listed as 28-10-11, with this being batch 314. Pours out a slightly hazed rustic gold hue, with a all creamy off-white head that slowly settles to a thin cap.

Grainy notes on the aroma, with some sweet bready malt and dry, spicy, earthy hops.

Flavour seems to have some loose ends, although what should be there is there, it just seems a bit astray. Dry grains up front followed by some sweet buttery bready malt (not diacytl though), with the spicy and herbal hops kicking in during the middle as well. Those hops carry things through the finish and into the aftertaste. Just doesn't seem to come together though, something seems a bit off....

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, velvety smooth texture, with moderate carbonation.

Just something about this German Pils puts me off, and I can't put my finger on it. It's okay for what it is, and I'd take it over domestic macro any day, however I can't see myself picking up more of this. Perhaps it didn't travel well. A pass for me in the mean time though.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a light amber colour... white head poured pretty big and foamy then faded to decent frothy layer which was maintained throughout by a good steady stream of carbonation... some light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Some caramel mixed with biscuity malts, peppery and grassy hops, light candy sugar, doughy bread, light almond nuttiness, some spicy tropical ripe fruits (orange, light peach)..

Taste - Good strong peppery and grassy hop bitterness, biscuit malts, juicy fruits (pears, orange), some soapy traces, very light toasted bread, light floral honey sweetness, faint chalkiness, some graininess...

Feel - Crisp, sharp and dry... Light body... A very quaffable pilsener...

Overall - A good clean crisp flavourful lager... One of Brewdogs best offerings

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Photo of rarbring
2.66/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer is clear, golden with a white head that leaves quite some lacing.

The smell is citric, lemon, a bit 7up-ish or candy soda pops. A bit chemical.

The taste is sweet, with a chemical candy flavor of bananas, some biscuit from the malt. There is a hoppy bitterness at the end, possibly a bit alkaline.

A medium carbonation, and a dry feeling.

Hmm, I'm not convinced. It does not have the clean taste of a German pilsener.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden coloured with a very nice, bubbly head that has okay retention. It settles to a finger sized head with some nice lacing.

Quite well balanced and very hoppy in smell. There is some grain like aroma in there too along with some citrus and herbs as well. Very nice, especially for a pilsener.

I felt this one tasted similar to Punk IPA in some respects, particularly with the pine like taste upfront and the hoppy bitterness that immediately follows. Very nice at the start although somewhat subdued in the finish, yet still a very nice beer.

Crisp in the finish although perhaps slightly too dry. It is smooth & highly drinkable and quite pleasant.

Quite unlike every other pilsener I have tried but in this case different is good. I enjoyed it a lot & is certainly one I'll come back to in the future. Worth a try & a beer that I recommend you try.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle tried 23 Oct 2010. Courtesy of L&D, thank you very much! Batch 177, best before date 13/07/11. Served in the 0.25 L DAB mug.

Ok this beer exploded out of the bottle as soon as I opened it. What gives? Smallish white head. Medium carbonation. Lightly hazy bright deep golden in color. Somewhat sour, grainy aroma. Ok, this sounds weird, but the dominant taste I get is dustiness, followed by a little mineral graininess. A moderate sweet graininess throughout, becoming a bit dryer in the finish. Lingering tartness in the finish and aftertaste. Medium body, light ethanol.

Cannot recommend.

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77 Lager from BrewDog
78 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.