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Potosi Pilsener - Potosi Brewing Company

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Potosi Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mynie on 04-27-2009)
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

tyleeis, Jun 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

ironstein, Feb 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

Weaselboy2, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of mynie
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the website:

"Steve Zuidema has just finished a great new beer, Potosi Pilsener, now on tap at the Potosi Brewery. Steve is excited with his new brew and is confident that it will be well received by our customers. The Potosi Pilsener is a very light bodied German Style Pilsener with distinctive malt flavors. We think it's a hit and we know you will too. Come on down to the Potosi Brewery and get a frosty pint of our new Potosi Pilsner."

Well that's not very helpful. But notice how they spell Pilsener the right way once and then the wrong (American) way near the end. Oddly enough, that's little typo more or less sums up this beer. It's a bizarre cross between a modern European pils, with crisp weediness and aggressive, dry hops, and an American macro pils, with adjunctiness and lots of grainy sweetness.

This, my friends, is an old-school American pils. That is, a combination between the two contemporary varieties of pilsen(e)r.

Pours filtered sparkling gold with a solid white head.

Smells of dry hops and pleasant adjunct weedy sweetness. Crisp and exceptionally well balanced.

Tastes like it smells--a great blend of styles, exceptionally well balanced and loaded with flavor in spite of being light and drinkable.

mynie, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of cokes
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale golden with a rise of white suds that fades rather quickly, leaving spotty lace. Visible cyclones of carbonation are steady, not fizzy nor short-lived.
Dry, grassy, herbal aroma, milkweed and hay, with a twist of lemon- or at least lemongrass. A backing cracker-like malt base keeps thing dry but adds offset.
Crispy saltine maltiness as it hits the tongue. It toys with a lemon fruitiness as the hops grab hold. It then goes all prairie field: full of dry stalks of grass, pulpy weeds, and interspersed flowers. It ends with the hops lingering amid a forward mineral note.
Bitterness is moderately high, but the taut carbonation and body propel this down the throat. This strikes a crucial balance of real refreshment and flavor complexity, just as a great Pilsener should...which this absolutely is.

cokes, Feb 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Jimboe, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz screw-top bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
6% ABV, "All profits to charity" Cool!

A - The tall pour gave it a chance to get ahead...heh heh. Anyway, the white foam, two-fingers tall, lowered pretty quickly leaving little lace above the crystal clear, low carbonated golden brew.

S - Authentic from the first whiff, this pils is filled with the style-iconic malts as well as a hard mineral water aroma. Mild noble hops add a hint of presence and straw finishes it out.

T - Sweet pils malts are big in flavor here. Bready, toast, full with a low hop balance. Sure, the noble hops are there but remove little attention from the malt until half-way through. It picks up a bit and more noble, floral, grassy presence comes forwards. Class hard mineral water finish.

M - Fuller than I expected, it's a medium-bodied pilsener with a crisp, well-carbonated finish and lingering hard mineral presence.

O - Overall, it's a good pils with pretty good drinkability! It'll satisfy the seasoned beer geek with the classic flavor, provide refreshment, and substitute as a BMC in non-craft drinkers swill-loving hands.

BeerFMAndy, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a stange glass it pours bright straw gold, with a fluffy cap of white foam that rises above the rim in a convex dome. Slow rising carb trails. Some spotty lace in the glass, and a thin skim across the surface. Delicate arcs of lace.

Aroma is lightly sweet with pilsner malt, soft lemony hop impression, mildly grassy and sulfuric when swirled.

Lightly bitter and grassy, minerals, crisp and dry in the finish with some soda cracker flavors lingering. Pretty snappy and refreshing, quaffable. Clean with no off flavors. Something you can have a few of when it's hot out. Seems like a pre-prohibition revival style, brought into the 21st century with a light hop character. Simplicity is underrated these days... Drink fresh or forget it. If you're reviewing it out of season, chances are it's too old. 6pk Bottles - February - July. I'll continue to buy this when in season.

edit: 2012 availability: 6pk Bottles - March - December

emerge077, Aug 05, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, golden color, grows a 1/2 inch white, bubble head that dissipates fairly rapidly, leaving small amount of lace.

Aroma has that classic european lager aroma, slightly sulfury, ultimately crisp and grainy, like bread, and an appropriate spicy saaz finish.

The flavor is right in line with classics of this style, basically grainy and cracker-like, with a hint of sulfur and a spicy, saaz presence. The finish is well balanced, a nice noble hop presence and a crisp grainy flavor.

Lacks a bit in appearance, not quite brilliantly clear, and very little head nor retention. Everything else is pretty much dead on for some of my favorites in this style, overall quite delicious, thirst quenching, quite quaffable. You like a crisp refreshing beer after mowing the lawn, you say? Well put down the Miller High Life and reach for something like this!

Soneast, May 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Benvarine, Feb 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

rabbitguy, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of daledeee
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewery is starting to make a footprint in our area. We always talk about Pilsner beer but they are somewhat hard to find.

This beer pours a clear bright straw gold with a medium head and a little lacing.

Nose is mild with a little hops and some hints of citrus.

Taste is nicely balanced with hops malt and some lemon back ground. This beer is very easy to drink and fresh tasting. A good example of this style.

daledeee, Aug 10, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

awillick, Sep 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

ABokononist, Oct 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Potosi, WI is not a terribly large settlement, boasting a population of 688 people. By no means is this pilsener-style beer from its namesake brewery a backwater brew, however.

I find this bottle of beer in a six-pack mixer brought back by my parents from a recent trip to Chicagoland. I believe this one may have come from the ubiquitous Binny's chain.

Pours a pale straw colour, with a faint head that rapidly vanishes in favour of slight lacing at the edges. The first thing it reminds me of is the haylike colour of PBR, but with slightly more opacity. Not the highest standard, but looks are deceiving in this case.

The beer smells very faintly of grain, malt and summer hay. I have to nearly stick my nose in it to get a whiff, but when present, it's a pleasing, fresh aroma.

The taste and feel are surprising; immediately crisp and effervescent, then giving way to sweet malt and almost citrus-like tones. This pilsener hangs on the tongue, but just long enough to let the crispness recede. Excellent for a summer beer. I could see a Blue Moon-style spiced variant of this beer capitalizing on those characteristics being very good.

Overall a good beer that is a pilsener with a bit more oomph. Of the beers I've had in the style, this seems a bit of a departure from tradition, but its small town Wisconsin roots give a bit of a body to a style which, for me, has always been a bit on the lighter side.

imprezawrxsti, Sep 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

rjmclaw, Jul 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

bigpoppa67, Oct 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Josievan, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of workingclassbrew
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my "go to beers". Hands down, a damm good beer. Been looking forward to this review for a while.

View, a nice cloudy light gold, nice 3 fingers of foam. Left some patchy lacing behind.

The smell is quite light, yeast, malt, some sweet corn.

This was the first true Pilsner style beer I've sampled. Out of the many, it got me hooked on a style thats now my second choice next to a hearty lager. Its got the malt heavy upfront, and middle, hops with a slighty dry finish. This beer has a hard to describe fruity/herbal note in the background that most of the better pilsners have had that I have tried. Potosi says they use the traditional Saaz hops, this must be that distinct flavor. The hops, and malt are perfectly combined in this brew. As it warms both hop, and malt intensifies. Man, just a good beer.

I like the old style Potosi label on the bottle. It is always nice to see the old Potosi signs that still hang on many of the buildings in Grant Co ( Wisconsin ) from days long past.

workingclassbrew, Mar 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Kunstman, May 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

enelson, Aug 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

KarlHungus, Apr 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

letshaveanother, Mar 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Aubs723, Aug 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

hilgart1, Jun 30, 2013
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Potosi Pilsener from Potosi Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.