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Old Pavilion Pilsner - Marshall Brewing Company

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Old Pavilion PilsnerOld Pavilion Pilsner

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63 Ratings

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marshall Brewing Company visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Old Pavilion Pilsner was inspired by Brewmaster Eric Marshall’s time as an apprentice brewer in Germany. Crisp and clean with a distinct and pleasurable hop flavor and aroma, Old Pavilion Pilsner is brewed in the North German “Pils” style. Brewed with American malts, a mixture of American and German hops, and fermented with a German strain of bottom-fermenting lager yeast, this beer is crafted with a deep reverence for one of the world’s most successful beer styles..

(Beer added by: Beertracker on 01-22-2009)
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #50 (March 2011):

Pours a bit cloudy, though still a very bubbly brew with a thick head on top. From grape skin to mild biscuity grain, to lemony, spicy hops, this hazed Pilsner has quite the nose. Crispness under smoothness, and smoothness is big. Hops are on the charge with a firm bitterness and thick herbal flavor, with some lemongrass coming through. The malt character does not turn a cheek to the slap of hops, but hits back with a fistful of grain. Yeast drops in and stays neutral in the semidry ending. Very much like a Kellerbier or Zwikelbier, pick your flavor ... aside from the cloudiness, this is a pretty amazing lager.

More User Reviews:
Photo of weatherdog
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tall pilsner glass, a big thanks to Chris for throwing this in a DLD trade

It pours an transparent dark straw with just a hint of haze. No real had formed but a steady stream of tiny lively bubbles keep a white ring around the edge of the glass.

There is a pretty firm noble hop earthy smell and spiciness to it. Behind that there is the typical crisp malt pilsner smell.

The taste doesn't carry over nearly as much with the level of hoppiness in the nose which is disappointing as there was some promise for an interesting taste. After the mild hop taste a nice light bodied crisp good pilsner taste. It's very drinkable and a pretty good representation of the style.

Photo of BC65
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5-21 after picking up another sixer, I am bumping up my taste score. getting more grainyness & grassyness & lemon hop profile

Picked this up at Mid Town in Tulsa, been wanting to try this a while...

Pours an effervescent straw/honey color with a finger of eggshell colored head. Above average head retention & average lacing

S: Grassyness & a bit of lemon, plus breadyness when warmed up

T: Follows the nose, along with breadyness & a touch of mineral dryness, Grainyness & grassy bitterness dominate as this warms, along with some soapy hops, plus a touch of lemon zest. Finishes with herbal & mineral bitterness, a touch of grainyness, semi-refreshing

MF: Medium bodied fairly soft carbonation, decent balance

Drinks alright, but the hops aren't really wowing me here. I could do a few before boredom sets in. Will look for this on draft for comparison purposes. I am somewhat let down by this one...

Drinks better a bit colder than standard serving temps, but flavor is a bit duller

Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of pagesofphotographs
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Beertracker
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Commercial Description: Old Pavilion Pilsner was inspired by Brewmaster Eric Marshall's time as an apprentice brewer in Germany. Crisp & clean with a distinct, pleasurable hop flavor and aroma. Old Pavilion Pilsner is brewed in the North German "Pils" style. Brewed with American malts, a mixture of American & German hops, and fermented with a German strain of bottom-fermenting lager yeast, this beer is crafted with a deep reverence for one of the world's most successful beer styles. This beer is named in honor of Tulsa's historic Expo Square Pavilion built in 1937.

Available Packages: 50L (13.2USG) Keg; 1/6 bbl (5.16USG) keg; 4/6/12 & 12/22fl.oz. NR bottles. IBU = 28; ABV = 5.0%

Marshall's Old Pavilion Pilsner pours up with good effervescence that creates a modest creamy white head that halos the top of the slightly hazy, deep straw-flax colored body. The head fades rather quickly leaving a cobweb of lace in its wake. The sweet, grainy aroma shows a floral (dandelion, elderflower, meadowsweet) & herbal (green tea, hyssop, sweetleaf) domination with a touch of fruitiness (Bois D'Arc, Sémillon grapes) & spiciness (annatto, cassia, ginseng). Light DMS in background. The flavor is characterized by an unusually sweet graininess that's underscored by a unobtrusive, light spicy bitterness that helps to create a slightly fruity (white grape), cloying finish. This quaffable, Kellerbier-style pils has a medium-light body with a notable grainy astringency from the domestic pils malt that composes the grist. Marshall's OPP will surely quench the fire of the thirsty indigenous masses. Here's to the Old Pavilion!

PROST! Beertracker

Photo of EagleTalon
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a nice rich white head that laces well and persists with no less than a 3/8" head all the way down. Aroma is spicy German noble hops and light pilsner malt. Flavor is a very good balanced combination of light pilsner malt base that is unobtrusive and good, strong noble hop acid delicious bitterness. The hop aromas, flavors and bitterness play well off each other with a crisp spicy/herbal/grassy note that is a welcome departure from piney/citrus/resiny PNW fare. Finishes dry and hoppy. Mouthfeel is very good. Overall, just about the best German Pils made in the USA.

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of teamwiggum
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of corbs
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of GeezLynn
2.55/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a somewhat dark and cloudy orange-cider shade with a faint white head that is fairly well-retained. Smell is not a strong point for this beer as I get a strong plastic character with some musty malt and light hops.

Flavor reflects the smell pretty closely. Initial hit of plastic (not the first time with one of their beers either) is followed by light bready malt and a nice bitter hop finish with a touch of citrus. Mouthfeel is light and fairly crisp. Is carbonated about right for being a little on the heavier side of the Pilsener category.

Finishing hop flavor on this was pretty nice and what you'd like to see in the style. But again, with several of these Marshall and Choc beers, I'm getting a plastic flavor. Not sure if it's their water or some other cause. Anyway, seems like this would be a decent beer were it not tainted by plastic or something similar somewhere in the process.

Photo of Bilco
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Acquired from davey, courtesy of the Local Goods 3 BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, light malts and some hops.

T: The taste is bready with flavors of lager yeast and grain up front. Then there is a hearty but not too heavy malt character that some in to provide some sweetness. The hops presence is decent for the style brings some balance; it also strengthens a bit as you continue to drink the beer. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of cmbeaudoin
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of KansasBeerLover
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Derrill
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

The beer is a darker straw yellow color. A white sudsy head slowly dissipates, leaving a film and lots if thick soapy lines of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of lemongrass, faint grains, citrus notes, and a touch of hops. The beer tastes really refreshing with lemony notes coating over any hop bitterness. There's also a slight touch of grapefruit in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied.

Overall, a refreshing pilsener for sure, an excellent touch of lemon brightness in this.

Photo of Benh777
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of rtrasr
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of climax
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Marshall's pils poured a murky gold with a very assertive head that faded with a crater very slowly. The glass was notched and draped with lace all the way down.

The nose was crisp and clean, floral hops with a pinch of lemon citrus were at the forefront. Softer flavors of yeast, spice, and coriander rounded out a very complex and refreshing aroma.

The noble hop happiness continued through the flavor, adding ample bitterness and grassy flavor throughout. Spice, diacetyl, and yeast hid under the hops.

The body was medium, with a creamy yet slick quality that all ended in a very dry finish, begging for more. The carbonation was generous and gave it a good crisp bite. This is a very refreshing pils that doesn't sacrifice complexity for drinkability.

Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy straw color with a fluffy white head.

S: Not the most pleasing of noses, I must say. Buttery and skunky with some slight fruit notes that seem to come out of nowhere.

T: A hint of skunk, but really a nice sweet fruit quality that sort of saves the beer. A biscuit malt base with a light bitterness and slightly spicy hops.

M: The body is on the light side, like you might expect. Highly carbonated, too.

D: I liked the flavor a fair amount but the nose was not doing it for me. That said, pretty light and easy to drink.

Photo of treywinkle
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of champ103
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this many times, just recently on tap at Big Orange in Little Rock.

A: Pours a perfectly clear golden/yellow color. A large, pillowing white head forms with excellent retention and rings of lace.
S: Saaz hops are big. Citrus, grassy, lightly bitter. Toasted and biscuit malts. A light bitterness in the finish. Simple, really well balanced, and excellent.
T: Again, just a well balanced and simple beer that hits all the right spots. Grassy, and citrus hops up front. Bread and biscuit malts. Lingering bitterness. Really well done.
M/D: A light body that is perfectly crisp and effervescent. Incredibly dry, crisp, and clean. A real treat to drink. So enjoyable, easily all day with this.

An excellent lager that is simple but incredibly well crafted. Maybe just slightly less than Great Lakes or Live Oak. Though still one of the best lagers made in the country IMO. Highly recommended, and I wish I could get this more often.

Photo of Cavery
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle compliments of BeerBoy9960 as extra in a recent trade. Bottle was shared with SundaySour.

Poured into tulip taster glasses.

A: Looks like a pilsener that had some ice cubed in it, that since melted. There's a real waterline in the appearance towards where the head should be. The pour was actually quite violent in trying to coax a head, but to no avail. Flat as pond water. Not even a foam rim-line.

S: Flaky grains with a moderate sweetness. White sugared oatmeal that is overflowing with water. The smell is consistently cut by this wateriness, but otherwise the nose is pretty good. Under all that water are some pretty crisp crunchy grains with a natural sweetness. An unusually bright note of pecan like oat clusters in the end. Not bad minus the water.

T: Whoa, a weird mix of hops and grains that meld together for a bitter hemp cereal bite. Dried grains in the taste, but with a wetness that makes the crispness fade a bit to mush. Sweet breads with rustic crusts make for an unusual taste. Cork wood in the finish, with a hazelnut skin complexity. I have to admit, I think this is pretty good.

M: Really quite flat, I think this beer might have had some age on it or lost some of its life in transit. A little bit more body would have done this light bodied brew some good. This is the area where it's really just hurting right now. A pathetic showing of bubbles.

O: The flavor on this beer was so much better than any other category that it just made for a mildly heartbreaking experience. It's like seeing an amazingly athlete past his prime. You know he was good, but what's in front of you is all that's left. A relic of former glory, and he is nothing more than a nostalgic symbol. In this case, I know this beer must be better than I how I had it. That said, I still think it tastes pretty good. Some bubbles in here and it would return to its former athletic glory. A likeable pilsener flavor on a decrepit flat body.

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Old Pavilion Pilsner from Marshall Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.