Patio Pils - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

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Ratings: 192 | Reviews: 32
Photo of Clint_Yoho
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 bottle poured into a Lost Rhino pilsner glass

L: Pours a hazy golden color. Little head that fades fast.

S: Honey malt with more honey and lemon.

T: Sweet honey not much in the way of hops

F: Crisp and dry. Nicely carbonated as it tickles the tongue.

Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light straw hue with a little touch of haze and a lazy effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam. Not too bad.

Smell: very grainy with a light noble hop character. There is something a little spiky about the aroma, which I quite like.

Taste: like the aroma, it's quite grainy, but with a sweet malt underneath. Hops are low-key but noble in character and true to style. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body but with a good carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: quaffable, quaffable, quaffable. Ten more please!

Photo of worussell3
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Solid, easy drinking pils.

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

Very nice pils. Had a slight sweet tropical flavor to it. Would be a great summer beer.

Photo of HopBomb515
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright yellow and slightly hazy with an inch of pure white head that fades fast. Not much stick to this as far as lacing goes. Crackers and lemon fill the nose. The taste delivers with a clean cracker like malt profile and very lemon citrus hop bite. Simple, but it works. Litte fuller in mouthfeel for the style, heftier side of light. Perfect carbonation that doesn't get in the way and a nice dry finish. Admittedly, not my favorite style. This however is great. It's clean, simple and it works. I would seek this out for summer, next year I might do just that.

Photo of Lare453
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Eh, nothing great...

Photo of Jmerchant23
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Good crisp beer. Perfect beer for relaxing outside

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

always going to be hard to impress me with an american pilsener, but this one does an awfully good job. its a little bigger than most, not trying to be lady beer in the summer time, its fully happy carrying a little more malt along for the ride, hopping the doors off it with good noble hops, and lingering around a bit longer in the finish. clean for a cigar city brew, almost perfectly clear sunshine colored pour with less than an inch of patient foam. smells a little sweeter like some slightly darker malt in the grain bill, and its definitely well hopped for the style. the picture on the label describes the taste perfectly. a gentleman well dressed relaxing in the shade on what appears to be a very hot humid florida day. one sip takes me there, right to his flank, beer in hand, hat on head, stinking of sweat and sun block, this beer is a summer session brew, but at some 6% abv, it drinks manly, and it has a little more heft to the body than most (or all) pils beers out there. its robust for the style, bold, but still refreshing. bubbly and quaffable, yeah i said it.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

At the brewery on tap. Pours clear golden. Aroma is hay, straw, sweet malt. Flavor is hay and honey with a crisp clean finish. Easy drinking and very light. A great summer boat beer. Usually not a huge pils fan but this is nice, and at 7% I am impressed. with the flavor in this, yet the high drinkability. I could drink this all day long.

Photo of zeledonia
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

My bottle says 7.00% ABV. Tasted 13 August 2013.

Pours a medium golden yellow, clear. Half-finger of white head, okay retention and not much lacing. Meh.

Smell is grainy, with that lightly sweet pilsener malt sense. But that's about all there is - nothing at all from hops, nothing interesting. Fine, but dull.

Taste is similarly... fine. Starts out grainy, picks up a touch of zip and a handful of bitter in the back end. But there's just not a whole lot to it, and what is there is muddled rather than clean.

Feel is on the flat side, and buttery mouth-filled. I want it to be lighter and peppier.

A fine, but uninspiring, pilsener. Kinda full and chewy in ways I don't want it to be. No freshness, no lightness, no zing.

Photo of lostinfla
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up localy at Total Wine.
Poured from bottle to pint glass. Great, very bright yellow color and near perfect level of carbonation for this style. Left a quickly fading bright white head and consistant lacing throughout the glass.
Not oo much in the smell department - much better than an average lager, but no big notes.
Taste was bright and very "german", with a smooth start and a slight lingering hop bite at the finish.
Mouthfeel was a bit thicker than most of this style, but was quite smooth and pleasant.

Grat summertime in Florida seasonal choice! Will be having a few more of these while the heat is still on!

Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a short and pretty white head.

Aroma of earthy hops and sweet bread-like notes.

It has that grape-like and sulphur quality you expect in a pils. Sharp hop bitterness and a light metallic twang.

Hefty body isn't watery.

Overall a good pils and a hoppier CCB lager alternative to Hotter Than Helles Lager, which (to be fair) is a different style.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear yellowish straw color with decent carbonation leaving a short lived fizzy head

S: Corn, grass, smells a little sweet as well

T: Initial taste of some light grass and a dab of citrus with a corn like note followed up by a little bit of sweetness, perhaps a little to sweet for me. The finish is moderately dry with a short lived hop bitterness

M: Well carbonated, light bodied

O: Not to shabby, easy to drink.

Photo of cjgator3
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

With a summer pilsner at 5.5%, I was hoping for a refreshing beer with a good amount of flavor. However, the beer is not refreshing in the least and the flavors were a bit of a letdown. The aftertaste is probably my least favorite part of the beer, I don't know if it is the hops that are not agreeing with my palate. Overall, probably one of my least favorite CCB beers that I've tried.

Photo of babaracas
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear gold color with one finger of white foam, spots of lace behind. Smell: lightly fruity and sweet, floral and slightly spicy. Taste: mild graininess, notes of peach and grape skin, mildly spicy hopping. Medium bodied, somewhat sticky finish. Nice pils for summer.

Photo of Juuroumaru
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

2013 Bottle say 7% ABV

A- poured a golden yellow with a small white head that had almost no retention whatsoever. not very many micro bubbles to be seen when held up to the light.

S-a nice clean malt with a hint of hops comes across on the nose for me other than that smells of a normal pilsner.

T- clean crisp taste with a slight citrus working for it.

M- thin with a very nice carbonation feel to it.

O- Its whatever to me honestly. Its a pilsner nothing special but not bad. Wont be searching this one out.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass. NOTE: This is bottle from the new batch, which came out at an ABV of 7.0% per CCB information.

A: Bright gold, clear, with medium levels of visible carbonation and a fairly thin white head.

S: Pilsner malts, mild hop bitterness, yeast esters and light sulfur aroma.

T: Light cracker and pilsner malts, some noble hop bitterness, and some lemony yeast esters and bits of coriander. Light bittersweet on the finish.

M: Light body, carbonation sensation on the low side. Alcohol well-hidden despite the hefty ABV for style.

O: This isn't bad, although it fails to excite the palate much. Still, an easy-drinking summer beer for the warm Florida summers.

Photo of PorterLambic
2.94/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Arrives bright yellow with a small white head that drops fast but leaves scattered lace.
Smell is almost non-existent, just a faint hint of malt and tortilla.
Taste is thankfully more pronounced with malt, hops, tortilla and a hint of pine. Balance is good.
On the light side of medium bodied, medium carbonation. Leaves a decent malt aftertaste. A decent enough beer but not their strong suit, the lagers.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the lucky ones who got to try this seemingly limited release from CCB. Thanks guys! Wish you'd make more...

A: Crystal golden with a light beige head, nice retention, pretty.

S: Sweet, sharp cheese, malty, faint fruity hops and notes of raspberries hiding in the background.

T: Awesome pilsner, very earthy and refreshing. No "bite" to it. Yet not sweet...somewhere in between, which is what I love about a great pilsner. This is definitely one of the best I've had.

Value: All CCB beers I've tried so far are 'you get what you pay for' types. Not cheap, but they don't drink cheap either. A winner...

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to duff27 for gifting this beer to me after a recent trip down to florida! Thanks duff!

poured into New belgiam globe glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy straw yellow bodied beer with a 2 fingers tall white head.

Smell: grainy and ceral like lager malts. Orange rinds and grass notes.

Taste: upfront you get grainy lager malts a touch of fruity yeast and a slight bitter kiss of grassy hops mixed with a touch of citris.

Mouthfeel: On the high end of light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp and refreshing drinkable beer.

Overall: better than your average pilsner! Nice hot weather beer to drink anytime! One of the better Pilsners that I have drank in a while.

Photo of Duff27
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Inch tall white fluffy head on a slightly cloudy light golden body. excellent head retention and spider lacing for the style.

S- Cereal grains with a touch of grassy hop aroma.

T- Initial grainy malt sweetness. Hop bitterness/flavor is there but I feel like they could have just amped it up half a notch to make this one stand out that much more. Leaves a bit of an adjunct-y (corn?) aftertaste but not as bad as most.

M- The mouthfeel is perhaps my favorite aspect of Patio Pils. Huge, full mouthfeel on this one. Medium carbonation.

D/O- An easy drinker for sure. Aftertaste is a tad distracting but I will say the second half of my pint went down faster than the first. Still would prefer a Prima Pils or Sunshine Pils...worth a try for Pilsner fans in general though.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head on a murky bright golden body. Decent lacing.

S: lots of grains and pale malts with bready notes.

T: bready malt base with slightly bitter and fruity hops providing banana notes. Very herbal finish.

M: medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: very complex pils but not as refreshing or crisp as I like my pils but I think this was purposeful. Not a beer to drink often but definitely one to try.

Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hot summer day with lots of yard work... a nice pils should take care of it. Thanks to elCharderino (Reddit) for this one. Bottled June 19th, 2012. Thank you CC for the date!!!

Pours a nice pasty white 1 finger fluffy head that fades at a med pace, a bit of lacing, over hazy golden tan colored beer.

Nose light toasty pilsner malts, a bit of wet straw and hay, a bit of an earthiness, with some light grassy herbal hops, a light noble hop like but more earthy than usual for noble, and hints of fruity lager aromas.

Taste starts with lots of malt flavors, sweeter than I expected, with lots of pilsner malts but not a lot of straw, a bit of dank wet hay, light cracked wheat, slightly creamy and viscousy, light crackery almost doughy like malts. Not quite what I expected and not much pilsner like. Hops come on a bit too strong too, with some earthy grassy hops, slightly herbal and even a bit spicy, and fairly bitter. It finishes dry but syrupy like, quite bitter, esp for a pilsner, with lingering spicy earthy hop flavors.

Mouth is med to a bit bigger bodied, decent carb.

Overall not quite what I was expecting. Way too much of everything for a pilsner IMO. I like a soft crisp pislner, with some noble hops, but this was more like a big golden double/imperial pilsner, with lots of sweet malts, very little toasty flavors, and strong hops that are a bit overpowering. However, it's still fairly tasty and drinkable, just not quite to style as I was expecting.

Photo of shand
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pils glass.

This beer pours out a pale yellow, with huge apparent carbonation. The aroma has a nice amount of noble hops and pilsner malts. There's a little too much sweet grains for my taste, but otherwise very nice. The taste, again, is just a little too sweet from the grains, but is otherwise an excellently well-balanced and delicious pilsner. The mouthfeel is light and quenching, and the drinkability is good. Overall, this is a great stab at a pils from a brewery that's only been lagering on a large scale for about a year.

Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Pils glass. Thanks go to Stakem for the hookup on this bottle.

Pours a clear paler gold, topped with a couple fingers of rich bright-white head. This retains with a sturdy finger or so of froth, which leaves back sticky swathes of robust lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells fresh and grassy, with some more floral and mineral tones working their way in, along with a combination of ripe citrus and sweet malts that give this a green tanginess across the back of the nose.

The taste has a fresh citric bitterness that bites the tongue, with some leafy notes that hangs on the edges, before running into a wall of balancing sweet corn and biscuit character. The stickiness of this actually lingers into the back of the profile a bit too much, before this finish dry with a steady spiciness that picks up steam as this warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp feeling up front that then segues into more of a smooth creaminess across the back. This has a nice quenching feel to it that helps carry the overall beer.

This was a pretty decent stab at a Pre-Prohibition Lager, with a bit too much of a stickiness to it from the corn and malt here but just enough of a spicy crispness to help counteract that and help keep this drinkable. This is a unique summer seasonal. I’m glad Cigar City is putting it out.

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Patio Pils from Cigar City Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.