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American Pilsner - Grand Canyon Brewing Company

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American PilsnerAmerican Pilsner

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JBogan on 07-20-2008)
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Reviews by humuluslupulus8:
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2.7/5  rDev -13.5%

A: The beer was a transparent, golden yellow color. There was a white bubbly head that faded fairly quickly; it wasn't "creamy dense" as stated on the bottle.

S: I mainly just smelled the saaz hops and malt. Neither was particularly memorable.

T: The taste was fairly balanced like most pilsners I've tried, and it kind of had a biscuity tone. There was also some background flavor that made the beer seem not as pure or crisp as it could have tasted.

M: There wasn't really anything special about the mouthfeel. I would have preferred that the specific gravity were a little higher.

D: Overall, this was a pretty mediocre pilsner. I don't know if I would buy this beer again, but I would drink it again.

07-18-2010 01:14:51 | More by humuluslupulus8
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3.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Appearance - This is a nice-looking beer with a light orange body and pretty, pure white lasting head.

Smell - The grain is delicate at the nose but the hops are lacking. The overall aroma is pleasing just not balanced for a Pils.

Taste - Again this beer has some nice, pleasant grain but the "hint of Saaz" mentioned on the brewery website is nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel - I enjoyed the light, tingly feel of this lager in between the cheeks although it could have been smoother.

Drinkability - This is not a bad beer but is "style-awkward". It lacks the smoothness one expects from a lager and most certainly is not a Pilsner of any kind. The style classification here on BA, American Pale Lager, is much more appropriate than the one on the bottle.

05-13-2012 23:05:11 | More by RoyalT
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2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

05-29-2014 21:50:07 | More by DanGeo
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South Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -4.5%

12 oz. purchased near brewery with a Sept. 2013 date stamp.

A: Clear; golden yellow color. The white head faded fairly quickly to a ring and partial coat. Barely visible, fine-grained carbonation.

S: Saaz hops and malt, without much strength..

T: A fairly balanced mix of hops and malts, although the hops dominate by the finish. A bit mild and under hopped for style.

M: Light and watery body; very soft carbonation for style.

Overall: a mediocre pilsner.

06-04-2013 05:25:24 | More by chinchill
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3.28/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

05-22-2014 07:03:56 | More by Auraan
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New Mexico

2.95/5  rDev -5.4%

Small to maybe medium white head settles into a nice lacing above a clear rich straw golden colored beer.

Light aroma of grasses, light grains, a little bit of hops, and it's just slightly floral.

A slight hops bite in the taste that goes along with some lesser grains maybe grasses in here that I taste.

A light dry aftertaste with a very slight hops taste lingering around with this light bodied beer.

This beer might do the trick on a really hot summers day or night and since it's from Arizona I guess their playing to the right audience, or hopefully so.

04-18-2013 22:54:59 | More by LXIXME
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3.45/5  rDev +10.6%

Appearance: Standard golden pilsener with decent foam and ok carbonation.

Smell: Nice sweet floral notes, and that's about it. Not terribly hoppy overal.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Nice floral hoppy notes with caramel malt background. Nice balance, but gets a bit flat.

Overall Drinkability: Nice subtlety for a pilsener. Probably one of the better American pilsener's that doesn't overwhelm with hops.

03-16-2012 22:40:49 | More by tjsdomer2
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2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

05-20-2012 22:50:15 | More by evilkorova
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3.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a clear straw color with a fast rising white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of grainy sweetness.

Tastes of the grain with some grassy hops. Grain notes are accompanied by honey like sweetness. Hops have some light earthy notes as well. Fairly balanced, but it seems a little watery/weak overall.

Mouthfeel is light with an effervescent amount of carbonation.

10-31-2010 00:24:58 | More by ocelot2500
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

08-17-2014 16:10:28 | More by Wiscodrinker
Photo of kwc017


2.88/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

12-24-2013 03:30:04 | More by kwc017
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2.05/5  rDev -34.3%

Clear golden color, maybe a shade darker than expected. Light carbonation. Thin unstable head disappears after a few minutes.

Not what is expected from a pilsener. Smell (and taste for hat matter) reminds me of a low abv Belgian tripel. Sort of a yeast twang which I may be confusing with corn adjunct sweetness. Not enjoyable.

Taste again has a strong adjunct character. It really dominates the taste with a corn and yeast influence.

Struggled to finish the glass. The bad points way outweighed the good here. Disappointing.

04-19-2011 05:44:28 | More by joecast
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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

08-10-2013 06:33:23 | More by tom79mp
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

02-16-2014 21:36:39 | More by Azpittil57
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

09-02-2013 06:20:11 | More by Vigilante
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3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

11-30-2013 07:12:45 | More by Beermazter310
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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

10-07-2013 05:42:44 | More by grubefresh
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2.55/5  rDev -18.3%

On-tap at the North Rim's Grand Canyon Saloon.

The beer pours hazy and with a thin head. And can I say it tasted very malty, too malty for a pils. Tasted very sweet with little-to-no hop presence. Just sweet malts and nothing else.

Like the reviewer below stated, with so many other beers to try why have this one.

05-23-2009 04:16:17 | More by Jedimaster1
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3.73/5  rDev +19.6%

Being inspired by the falls, the color of this brew is a light golden color with honey-yellow accents. Once poured, it formed a nice thick, bright head fed by the early explosion of carbonation in the form of large bubbles that seemed to expand as the seconds ticked on. They reminded me of soap bubbles, swirling with colors. There was no haze to cloud the liquid, rather it was more clear and watery-thin.

There were a few different scents in this one, all of which worked very well together to form a crisp aroma. First was a delicious sweetness followed by a malty caramel, then an infusion of light spicy hops and a twang of saccharine yeast. Mostly simple, but still quite delicious in my nose. I'm trying to get back to embracing the candidness of the brew, rather than the clutter.

I gulped the first bottle (poured into the snifter) down fairly quickly without registering how easy it was to drink. The tastes that lingered on my tongue were very reminiscent of the fragrance, powered by the same sweetness, which turned out to be more grain-like in my mouth (not to be confused by grainy as it was actually quite smooth). Along with the sweet grain, there were also notes of honey, caramel, and spicy hops that were further exacerbated by the fabulous carbonation. The same carbonation also heavily contributed to the light body, keeping it from tasting watered-down or as thin as it looked in the glass. The biggest difference between the smell and the taste was that with the smell being so crisp and spring-like, I expected the mouth feel to be the same; instead, it only felt like it wanted to be crisp, but was holding on to something that kept it from being more quick and refreshing.

Of course, that's not to say that this American Pilsner wasn't refreshing, because it absolutely was and by the end of my second and last bottle, I wished that I had bought a few more. This is a beer best enjoyed with chicken or fish, nothing too heavy, although I'm sure it would work just as well washing a juicy medium-rare steak down as it would a thick fillet of whitefish on a bed of butter pasta. I would consider this a spring beer, but again, as I am really fond of it, I might consider this a spring to fall beer, just to keep me cool all summer.

10-25-2010 06:19:34 | More by Lucklys
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3.26/5  rDev +4.5%

Golden color poured into the tall narrow Belgian glass. Average head and overall it's attractive enough. The usual spritzy carbonation, though nothing to jack up the refreshment quotient. Smells faintly beery, but that's about as good as it gets. This seems like more of a Blonde, but it's almost entirely unlike a Pilsener.

There is just a hint of cracker flavor. This seems clean and well made, and I suppose the fuller body and the hint of flavors distinguish it from mass manufactured lagers. Maybe this is a style that works for their market, but seems hardly worth the bother with so many actually taster light lagers around. From the 12 oz bottle bought at AJ's Fine Foods in Phoenix.

06-28-2013 05:35:18 | More by mactrail
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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

03-31-2012 16:46:52 | More by Kopfschuss
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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-24-2013 18:27:45 | More by bkrbdan
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2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

11-24-2012 05:58:44 | More by Sakimurano
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3.35/5  rDev +7.4%

Enjoyed during a tasting of pilsners, this was poured from the bottle into a small tasting glass.

Light honey in color, and just a bit hazy. A white, silky layer sits thinly atop, leaving a tiny bit of spotty lace as it moves.

The nose: a balance of lightly spicy Saaz hops, apples and pale cracker malt.

The flavor expands nicely upon the nose. Lots of pilsner malt reminds of lightly toasted bread. The hops have receded a bit, but impart some of spice and a small amount of bitterness before the nice crisp finish.

The body, interestingly, is a heavy medium, velvety and in contrast of the light, prickly carbonation.

This was the favorite of the tasting but it's a bit too heavy and not carbonated enough to be a true pilsner to me. Still, I wouldn't turn down another bottle.

03-23-2011 22:46:02 | More by Phelps
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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

10-28-2013 01:47:37 | More by guldseth
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American Pilsner from Grand Canyon Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.