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Organic Pilsner - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Reviews: 13
Hads: 16
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 7.01%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ffejherb on 05-18-2008

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Reviews: 13 | Hads: 16
Reviews by jordanmiller:
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've tried this pils over the years and hoped it would really knock my socks off. My first tasting was disappointing but I've gotten more used to it. The organic pilsner is not my favorite Selinsgrove beer but a solid expression of the style.

The growler pour is a cloudy gold with a rapidly expiring head. It doesn't have a huge aroma but smells nicely of malts and slight grassiness. As it warms up, more hop tones come out. The balance is good with just a bit of fruitiness. I like the finish. The pilsner is very drinkable and goes well with a sandwich.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. A good fresh inviting aroma, and a decent sized head over light colour. Lots of lace. Very tasty zesty orange and lemon pils, smooth though below average mouthfeel. Subtle carbonation. Very good for the style, very drinkable.

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Photo of Bdel34
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the SGB on 1/24/09.

Pours a crystal clear gold with a finger of rigid brite-white head. Retains solidly, with a rich and creamy layer that stays strong, leaving some thick swathes of lacing behind. The aroma is bready sweetness and extremely floral smelling hops with some underlying citrus and spice present.

The taste is big grainy Pils malts with a flush of citrus and assertive notes of hops and spice that lingers with some residual bready sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharper and crisp carbonation up front that then flows into a creamier feel towards the back.

Solid beer that strayed a bit from what I like in a traditional Pils but still packed good enough flavors and drinkibility to remain a solid choice for this afternoon.

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Photo of akorsak
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at SGBC. We stopped for lunch en route to Penn State.

A: The pils is a crystal clear specimen. Color-wise, it is an amber gold color that has a few more shades of depth than most pilseners. A small head laced in strata.

S: The nose is malty, pale and biscuity, with an earthy hop presence that doesn't stand out as much as I'd like.

T: The first few sips were not to my liking. The pils was served too cold and the malt stood out too much. As it warmed, earthy hops became more abundant, dirty with an herbal grassy flavor. The spalt hops lacked an oomph that a pilsener needs to really stand out. Malts were pale and added just enough cereal background.

M: The mouthfeel is hoppy but in an unusual way. They aren't crisp and clean but instead are muddled.

D: Maybe its just me but anything with the label 'organic' tends to taste just a little off.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed golden straw color with minimal ring of white bubbles. Scent leads with tangy pils malts, moderate spicy and earthy hop profile, some tart watery fruit also present. Taste bolder than scent dictates, tangy malts, earthy hops and fruity, aggressive and spicy. Medium bodied, more creamy than crisp. Overall, bold flavor from a moderate ABV pils.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from undated notes.

It arrived with just better than a finger of fluffy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was slightly sweet, more towards a German Pils. The cheat sheet mentioned 100 % certified organic domestic pilsner malt and German Spalt hops. I did not look at the sheet before I identified it as German, I swear! Mouthfeel was medium with a greater malt presence than I would prefer in a pilsner, but that's the style. Finish was crisp and dry, a good, well-made pilsner.

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Photo of Deuane
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy golden yellow body with a medium, fluffy long lasting white head that left copious lacing.

S-Lemon and grass (lemongrass?) nose with biscuity malt coming through to balance things out. All in all the aroma is fairly tame.

T-Lemon citrus and crisp white grapes up front with a good balancing act with a good dose of bready/biscuit maltiness.

M-Medium-light body with an uncharacteristic smooth soft feeling for a pils. A bit of bitterness in the finsih. Misses out on the sharp crispness I expect in a pils.

D-Certainly tasty but misses the mark for me of your classic pils. Not that this is a bad tasting beer....just not what I hope for in a style that I am not that crazy about in the first place.

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Photo of orangesol
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Brewpub.

A - Pours straw yellow with a small one finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Lots of bready grain initially with hints of earthy hops, light spice, and some light sweetness help to keep things as balanced as they can but this one is pretty grainy.

T - Starts off with a big dose of chewy malt that sticks around throughout. Hints of spicy and earthy hops and some light sweetness creep in as the malt begins to wean. Finish is a mix of bready malt and some light grassiness from the hops, neither lingers for very long tho.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Crisp, slightly chewy feel that clings to the pallet initially but doesn't stick around for very long.

O - Not too bad. It is a simple beer so there isn't a ton to say about it but I enjoyed my glass. I wouldn't turn down another but I won't be running up there to get just this one.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pub glass, the brew appears a lightly hazed golden yellow color. A full curtain of lace sticks to the glass where the head previously resided. A light swirl brings back a finger of mildly off-white head.

The smell of this brew is grainy with a distinct smell of almost cheesy pilsner malt. A little bit of "feet" aspect mixed with herbal hops that are grassy. Some bready grain sweetness is evident. Once warm, a light yeast aspect emerges.

The taste is herbal and modestly bitter for the style. A light bready grain backing provides a nice base and mild sweetness for the herbal hops to play off of. The aftertaste is quite grassy yet it maintains a cleanness about it that is quite enjoyable.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is very clean, crisp and enjoyable. I had no problem finishing my glass and would have ordered another during my stay but there was just too much of a variety not to partake in something else.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a hazy straw yellow color with 1/4 inch of foam

S - mild citrus hops and biscuit malt aromas

T - citrus hits you up front and finishes with a bready maltiness

M/D - medium bodied pils, i'm not a fan of pilsners in general but getting to like them more, this one doesn't follow the style exactly and it left me very happy with the flavor overall

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Photo of StarryNight74
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of HopDerek
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden yellow with 2 fingers of billowing white head that went above the glass and stayed there impressively for some time. The great retention turned into loads of beautiful lacing with each sip all the way down the glass until the end. Smells of grain, fruits, lemon, and a touch of grass. Tastes of lemon, grapes, and sweet malts up front with a nice graininess and a spicy/earthen hop finish. Medium light in body with great carbonation, smooth and crisp with a slightly bittering finish. Refreshing, easy to drink, and very flavorful. Definitely sessionable.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/30/2009. On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear yellow-orange with a small white head. Aroma of bready malt, light fruits (apricot and citrus). Flavor of lemon, grassy hops, bready malt. It is almost like an APA--hearty palate and solid mouthfeel with a definite hop presence. Very nice and refreshing. A great pilsener!

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Photo of ffejherb
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at SGB on 5/16/08.

A - Slightly hazy golden/straw-colored body with amber hues and one finger's width of creamy white head. Nice sticky lacing. Very minimal carbonation.

S - Fruity nose with more of a citrus hop aspect rather than the typical grassy aroma. Biscuity malt with a very slight crusty bread and buttery aspect. Pretty mild aroma, actually. Some floral attributes emerge as the liquid warmed up.

T - Initial fruity flavor with hints of citrus fruit and grapes. Finish is predominantly biscuity malt with a crusty breadiness and a mild hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with a smooth, creamy texture for a pilsner. Very mild carbonation... unlikely for a pilsner. Short, mild bitter finish.

D - Very different than your average pilsner. Low carbonation and fruity vs. grassy in the hop department. Extremely drinkable and tasty.

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Organic Pilsner from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.