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Patio Pils - Cigar City Brewing

Patio PilsPatio Pils

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cjgator3 on 12-05-2008)
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Photo of StonedTrippin


3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 06:35:30 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of BMMillsy


3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2013 11:59:49 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of zeledonia


3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 17:13:17 | More by zeledonia
Photo of lostinfla


3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 18:47:44 | More by lostinfla
Photo of Shaw


4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 03:03:16 | More by Shaw
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 19:11:21 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of cjgator3


2.55/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 01:00:59 | More by cjgator3
Photo of babaracas


3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 02:18:30 | More by babaracas
Photo of Juuroumaru


2.96/5  rDev -20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 23:18:59 | More by Juuroumaru
Photo of macrosmatic


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 17:37:24 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of PorterLambic


2.99/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 22:31:06 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of WeezyBoPeep


4.18/5  rDev +13%
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...

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 03:09:21 | More by WeezyBoPeep
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 18:32:49 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of Duff27


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 03:04:10 | More by Duff27
Photo of kylehay2004


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 23:36:18 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of jlindros


3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 17:49:18 | More by jlindros
Photo of shand


4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 23:40:27 | More by shand
Photo of Kegatron


3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 16:48:11 | More by Kegatron
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Total surprise from Heatwave33!

Pour is very clear light yellow. Small white head. Without looking here, I knew it was German. Very sweet and slick malt makes this thing easy drinking. Very thick and sweet body, almost syrupy for style. No real hops to speak of, but I dont fault them at all. The German Pilsners Ive had are simply sweet and drinkable. Finishes a bit more chewy with a very late earthy/medicinal hop feeling coming on exhale.

An American take on a German Pilsener, thicker with more hops. Might be the best American German Pilsener Ive had.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 00:43:58 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of stakem


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle picked up yesterday from the source. Poured into a matchinh CCB snifter. The brew appears a perfectly clear golden yellow color. A finger of white froth sits atop and maintains very well. As the cap fades, it leaves a webby string-like pattern of lace.

The aroma initially opens up a bit like funky feet, nearly cheesy and buttery. However that fades quickly and is replaced with a strong scent of noble herby hops. Fresh cut grass, herbs and almost something along the lines of leafage. Quite nice as it opens up.

The taste carries that bit of cheesy foot quality like floor malted grains. That flavor seemingly dissolves into a combination of fresh grainy sweetness contrasted by herbal hops. It has a mild citrus and fruit element into the aftertaste with some herbs.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Overall it is an interesting arrangement of character that is at times superior and super enjoyable but other aspects (residual sweetness) are a bit out of place. This brew fits the bill and is decent. It is somewhat crisp in the finish but overall lacks that solid snap that would make this more crisp, refreshing and easier drinking.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 23:45:01 | More by stakem
Photo of CampusCrew


4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Awesome looking pilsner, great white fluffy head, golden straw color body with fast rising bubbles. Perfect for hot days, or on the patio.... smell is faint but like a typical pilsner, tastes is authentic but has a small bite on the back. Hops a little amped up for style, but its an american beer. Body is also a little more but i like it. A quality frsh pilsner, we could use more like this.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 22:55:19 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of AgentZero


3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the tasting room in December of 2011.

A - Golden colored beer with a white head that didn't stay around long and didn't leave much lace.

S - Good bit of corn and sweetness with some hops and a slight bit of fruit smell. Slightly grassy, smells crisp and refreshing.

T - Sweet beer, nice pilsner taste with some good hops to give it a nice finish.

M - Pretty light bodied, moderate carbonation, clean finish.

O - Very drinkable, good beer, wouldn't mind having this when I'm in the mood for a Pilsner.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2012 04:28:30 | More by AgentZero
Photo of markwise


4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks for the taste, Joe. Pours a smooth gold color with nice white head. Aroma is sweet corn, grass, and sugar. Flavor i smooth: lots of sweetness, some hops, and light malt. Very smooth, easy drinking, and relatively sessionable beer. Nice take on the pils style, not my favorite style, but this one is very easy-drinking.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 17:47:25 | More by markwise
Photo of tpd975


4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow hue. Nice small fizzy white head with no lace.

S: Huge corn aroma with a blast of sweet malt and a touch of grass.

T: Simple yet tasty pils. Sweet corn, grass, with light bread.

M: Lighter side of medium in body, zippy carbonation.

D: Tasty and drinkable pils.

Serving type: growler

03-29-2009 21:47:33 | More by tpd975
Photo of Kiefdog


4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of JRedner. Pours a clear gold color with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet-corn-like malt, notes of grass and wheat, some hints of yeast, apples, and pears. Flavor is sweet and wheaty with notes of corn, grass, honey, and hints of malt and floral hops. Generally light bodied with a crisp finish. Excellent drinkable pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 23:02:41 | More by Kiefdog
Patio Pils from Cigar City Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.