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American Pilsner - Grand Canyon Brewing Company

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American PilsnerAmerican Pilsner

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Canyon Brewing Company visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JBogan on 07-20-2008

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Photo of NewMexJim
3.68/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A high quality American Pilsner perhaps a tad more golden and with a lot of taste. Pours a very good head that is not lacy but also not too heavy or sticky. Has the good, fresh, slightly grassy scent of a good bodied Pilsner with a nice hit of hops on the tongue. Altogether a good American Pilsner.

Photo of jdj1977
4.5/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how this is rated as "okay." It's a great-tasting, classic beer.

Photo of Saltydog_21
3.92/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Anaxagoris
2.88/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of VashonGuy
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Sndvl1999
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of JKG
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Steve_Piazza
3.96/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of SpongeKA
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Wiscodrinker
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ryannosaurus
3.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured to weizen glass

Pours crystal clear golden, thin finger of white head settles quickly to an active film.

Aroma is pretty complex, some nice floral hops, toffee, warm bread and oranges.

Taste is overly sweet to me, a nice malty breadiness, no noticeable bitterness and not much CO2 bite.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for the style. Doesn't strike me as refreshing.

Lagers generally aren't my thing, but when the temps hit triple digits I'll give 'em a try. Overall fine brew, and undoubtedly a good gateway to wean mainstreamers off corporate beer, but not hitting my pils sweet spot. Not refreshing enough to call it a good lawnmower beer, and lacking the mounds of crisp white head evident in euro pils. But it looks good and smells good... I'd like it better if the flavor followed the nose a little more closely and it had a bit more carbonation..

Photo of DanGeo
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Auraan
3.26/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a rich, clear golden color with a thin white head that receded to a thin cap of white with abundant carbonation bubbles visible. Quite nice and very true to style. Scents sweet malt and grain with slight lager yeast aromas and a very faint trace of hops. Not a horrible aroma, but lacking in character. Flavor begins with sweet malt, which sustains throughout and a very faint hint of hops. Middle adds more grain to the flavor profile and the hops become a little more noticeable, though still faint for the style. The finish is sweet malt, grainy malt and a low level of floral hop flavors that is now more in line with a low level hopped example of the style. Aftertaste is grainy malt and low levels of floral hop flavors. Not a bad flavor profile, simple, crisp and refreshing, though too low in hop character for a pilsner. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation and a smooth, almost creamy feel. Not crisp like a pilsner, and a bit under carbonated for a lager. Not unpleasant, but not to style. Overall this is a decent lager that is good for a warm Arizona summer's day or night. The flavor is nice enough and the mouthfeel makes it easy to drink. The aroma is a bit too mild however and it doesn't fit into the pilsner category very well. It's alright.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.19/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle marked 07/01/14 at 45 degrees into standard pint
Slight aroma of flowery hops and caramel(?)
Head small (2 cm), white, dense and creamy, quickly diminishing to a 1.5 mm layer
Lacing forming complete rings of small bubbles, sometimes connected vertically
Body is light amber and hazy
Flavor is very malt forward with a distinct diacetyl presence; no hops, no alcohol.
Palate is medium, watery, and has lively carbonation.

A surprisingly good take on a pilsner, very flavorable despite lacking the crisp freshness of the typical pilsner. I guess if you can call it an American whatever, then all standard style bets are off.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.53/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Warm days are here again. Time for a pilsner beer. On to the beer:

This is a yellow-orange colored beer with a little haze in its body. Topping it is a thin head with retains just a thin lace of itself, leaving spots around the glass. It smells like raw grass, husky grain, a note of ethanol. Could be confused for something coming out of a big brewery.

I can't say that I'm excited. This American Pilsner tastes almost like an ale to me. Not even the mouthfeel (medium, slick) is to style. It's not clean and crisp per style, having a vague diacetyl layer, mild Saaz hoppiness, bland cereal grain base. It doesn't taste horribly offensive though, which keeps this beer going into my mouth and not my sink.

I hope beer drinkers don't look at this beer the same way that they do the Grand Canyon. I'd rather have an Original Coors.

Photo of prock180
4/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of Azpittil57
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of kwc017
2.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Coronado Brewing Company pint glass. A bit cloudy, yellow gold ish color. Smell was definitely grainy, corn and some sweetness as well Taste about the same as smell except there is some sweetness that is a bit weird. Overall it's not a terrible beer but it's not something I would seek out. Better than the macrobrews but that's about it.

Photo of Beermazter310
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Tawnos
3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into glass.

Golden yellow color, quickly dissipating head and minimal lacing. Doesn't appear to be a lot of carbonation present.

Light smell of noble hop spice, grain and corn-like sweet undertones.

Very lightly carbonated, under-carbonated even. Creamy, but needs more bubbles.

Sweet palate, very little hop bitterness comes through. Slight diacetyl butter flavor.

Overall: it's decently drinkable, but not really a pilsner, American or otherwise.

Photo of guldseth
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of grubefresh
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Vigilante
3/5  rDev -6.5%

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American Pilsner from Grand Canyon Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.