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Pony Pilsner | Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pony Pilsner is a firm take on the classic German style aimed to quench the masses.

German hops and malts are braided together to release the crisp awakening your summer self needs.

Added by MasterSki on 03-20-2013

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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 291
Photo of beerthulhu
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-This is a test. This is only a Test. printed on bottom of can. transfer to spiegelau vessel.

A: Beautiful pale straw-lemon coloring, slightly hazy, with a vibrant rush of effervesce. A equally beautiful crowning, fluffy, off white head that mushrooms above breaching the rim. Head is very well lasting with an overall outstanding presentation for a pilsner. Light window dressing.

S: Straw, some light barnwood, dry hop flowers of light strength.

T: Flavor was sweet malt and spicy hops, fresh orange, with a dry pilsner grain backing. Sweetness from the malt in flashes, mixes with the spicy nature of the hops. Spicy herbal, lightly dry, with a lemony dry hop finish.

M: Light bodied with a nice feel of carbonation. Soft creamy malt, slides easily off the tongue, nice to style.

O: Easy drinkability, spicy hopped pilsner that surpised me from a can. Easy downing, nice german pilsner malts with a bit of spicy hop highlights.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy bright yellow color with two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.
Bready malts wheat grains dough corn biscuit malts. Earthy malts. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving specks of lacing on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of spicy hops are present in the nose along with hints of floral hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out with flavors of herbal and spicy hops along with some notes of floral hops and hints of grainy malts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The grainy malts add a bit of "roughness" to the mouthfeel.
O: This is a good American representation of a German beer style. The aromas and flavors of the hops are really exemplified.

Serving type: can

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Photo of CHickman
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 1/25/16 on bottom: Pours crystal clear yellow color with bubbles racing up the brew like champagne to a 2-3 finger bright white head that was full of bubbles if of all sizes and dissipated slowly, leaving minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of lemon zest, peppery spices, floral hops, dry or grassy citrus hops, Saaz I assume, which gives off that classic German beer essence. Sweet malt, biscuit, light caramel and mild spices come out more with each whiff. Textbook pilsner with a bit of amped up hops in the profile, very nice aroma.

Tastes like sweet malt, buttered biscuit and lemon zest up front, followed by floral hops, tea leaf, coriander and/or peppery spices, lightly toasted grains, mild yeast and those nice Saaz or Noble hops that remind me a a true German beer. Well balanced, it hides the low ABV well and is very session-able. The aftertaste almost seems like a touch of honey in the mix.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, thin but not watery (almost borders on it, but stays on the "good" side), with mild to average carbonation, a medium to average body for the style and a very smooth easy flow as it goes down. A tasty session beer and very good American representation of the style, I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy straw-colored body, white soapy head with some lines of lace. Pungent pilsner malt and some herbs come through on the nose, while the flavor adds a spicy hop-and-yeast element to this foundation. The dirt quality I normally get from pilsners is still here, but its a minor role and transformed into something enjoyable. Low-moderate bitterness adds a good edge to the rest of the flavors. Creamy body, both light and easy to drink but also somewhat hearty.
If this is what pilsners are supposed to be like then sign me up. The classic flavor of the malt, which I normally do not enjoy, was readily apparent, but its treatment or combination with the rest of the hop/yeast recipe really did it for me.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very cloudy, pale golden color with a thick, frothy bone-white head. Aroma is lemony, grassy noble hops with hints of sweet malts. Flavor is much of the same, with the sweet Pilsner malts shining through and balanced out by the lemony, grassy hops. Feel is great; crisp, clean, slightly creamier than most pilsners I have had, but very drinkable. All in all a great Americanized take on a classic Bohemian style. I would love more 16 oz cans of these!

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Photo of Tucquan
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2016-01-18 in Columbia, PA from a 16oz can.

A - Pretty clear straw-gold with a fluffy, white, 1-finger head with nice lace. Lots of bubbles.

S - Bread, lemon and floral. Nice.

T - Lots of bread. Grassy-spice. Lemon flesh. Mineral. Noble hop flavors. Appropriate bitterness. Quite dry.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Just right.

O - Pilsners are one of my most favorite styles and this is a good one. Refreshing and very flavorful. I wish the ABV was 1% or so lower.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this on tap at Hunger N Thirst, served chilled in a pilsner glass

The color is lightly hazed golden with thick white head with thick lace. The smell is toasted malt with a slight floral aroma with honey-like sweet scent. The feel is moderately light with moderately carbonated body and medium high bitterness with dry finish.

The taste is malt dominant up front with slight hop flavor with herbal tea-like quality and gentle spiciness mid palate with toasted grain flavor in the back and a nice balance of malt and hops as it finishes. This is a very good pils I would love to have this on a regular basis I like how the yeast is smooth and the noble hops have a spicy taste.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pony is a decent pilsner....definitely sessionable. It poured a hazy yellow with thin white head that is leaving some lace. The scent is grassy and sharp. The taste is evenly balanced saaz hop seemingly present. The beer finishes clean. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is very nice.

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Photo of pkalix
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

beautiful thin, white head. very white, very thin. lacking carbonation in any way (checking date on can.... 50815?). a pilsner HAS to have carbonation to be effective. this one lacks and, therefore, loses major points in the flavor dept. smells a bit sweet, and of adjuncts..... taste is thin. again, maybe it's just old or does pilsner not last long in a can? overall..... meh. my first semi-crummy Half Acre beer!

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Photo of dsharvie
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz can into Royal pint glass. Nice clear yellow look with white head. Crisp and clean with a fresh taste. Sorry that I didn't get this in the summer. Could be a great summer beer. Cheers!

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Photo of ordybill
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a crystal clear golden yellow with a large white head. The aroma is full of malt. The flavor is malt intense with some hops in the background. This is a really good pilsner.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright golden yellow color, nice clarity, thin ultra-white lacing.

S - Lemons, grass, earthy, crackery malt.

T - Lemons, crackery crisp malt, honey, slightly bready, nice lingering lemon grass bitterness.

M - Medium body, sprightly carbonation but still gentle on the palate, very dry finish.

O - This pilsner is very well done.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a Pilsner glass.

Slightly hazed pale straw with 1 finger of white head. Light carbonation.

Cracker, lemon, toasted biscuit, and grass.

Cracker malts with drizzles of honey and hints of toasted biscuit. Well balanced hop bill of lemon and grassy Noble hops.

Light bodied, crisp, clean, balanced, and refreshing.

Simple, clean, and refreshing. A solid Pils worth checking out.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light Orange with a one finger white bubbly head. Not a big smell, but has a lemon smell at first. A very bold tasting Pilsner with much malt presence. Slight citrus hops makes more complex. Crisp with the German skunk bite finish. I love Half Acre! This is a great German Pilsner and I think they can do no wrong!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #87 (Apr 2014):

Balanced, Quaff, Delicious

This tallboy American brewed German Style Pilsner comes off extremely complex, nice hop bite meets a full graininess and then a faintness of sulphur to keep things interesting. Its clean enough to be well within style and the hop character sticks to the palate for a good while.

STYLE: German Pilsner | ABV: 5.8% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of joe1510
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint Can
Binny's Willowbrook

Another Half Acre package with the typically awesome Half Acre artwork. Pony is a bright golden pilsner with that handsome glow. Slightly hazy throughout does nothing but accentuate the shimmer. The pure white head is crackly, craggy, and firm with impressive stick-to-itiveness. The foam leaves behind thin, sticky lace that will have to be scraped from the glass.

The nose is runs along those typical German pilsner lines. Clean chalky grains lead the way, freshly husked, some a little damp. The hop profile runs mostly fresh cut grass and hay with a nice, clean, buzzsaw effect. A squeeze of lemon brightness bolsters the entirety. Enticing for sure.

While the nose is enticing the flavor cleans up even more, becoming crisp and pure. Freshly cracked grain starts it off with a solid lemon brightness. The fresh grains push throughout, you can taste the sun, while the grassy finish leaves behind a lingering bitterness that leaves you wanting more. Very good!

The body leans toward the moderate side of medium and light and when combined with a lively, but cushy, carbonation makes for an incredibly easy beer to put away in mass quantities. Soft sweetness upfront gives way to buzzsaw bitterness that lingers long after each sip and the drying finish accentuates that bitterness. Drinkable to say the least.

Half Acre seems to do everything well, Pony Pils is no exception. It's clean, to the point, appropriately hoppy, and unquestionably drinkable. Being able to find a Pilsner of this quality from a local brewery this fresh is a treat indeed and it often graces the shelves of my fridge. Way to be Half Acre, way to be!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

one of the more prevalent half acre packages around chicago right now, but a rather safe beer from these guys, who demonstrated to me just how capable of blissful magic they are. this one is pretty straight forward. a pilsener lager with a cream ale richness and lightness at the same time, which was my favorite feature of it. the grain is clean, more belgian pils than german pils in the malt side i think, and the hops are pretty darn light, a little dried grass or hay, and an arid late summer vibe, but its not a bitter beer at all, and its flavored predominantly by the light but textured malt. not as dry as others, which i almost prefer in this context, and the carbonation is really charged up. refreshing and drinkable, but at the end of the day its still a basic pils, which is hard for me to get overly excited about, despite its high overall quality.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance: Pours with a light golden yellow color. A finger of crisp white bubbly head is produced. Active carbonation is surprisingly low for the style.

Smell: Butter and doughy malts shine on the front. Straw hop accents follow quickly after. There are some light, yet well complimenting fruit accents of pineapple, kiwi, and grapefruit. The dough and crisp yeast brings this brew full circle.

Taste: Big front of earthy malts and grassy hops. The hops take on some more herbal accents on the body as creamy doughy malts carry on the undertones throughout. Crisp wheat and yeast shine on the back end with some lingering hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Creamy front yields to a crisp hop and yeast finish. Carbonation is lower then expected but still has a potent impact.

Overall: A tasty creation from Half Acre. I always look forward to trying their lesser known options and am usually very pleased. Plenty of hop complexity to keep the drinker interested, yet has many checkpoints I look for in a great pils. Well done.

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Photo of MinisterCurry
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Half Acre is doing really cool stuff with beer here in Chicago, a solid Pils offering.

A - golden, straw and hay, off-sunflower yellow color. Bubbles abound at pour and a healthy, off-white head gathers not too generously at the top of the pint. Mild lacing indicative of the style upon consumption. Effervescence continued throughout enjoyment.

S - noble hops, straw and dried grasses, cotton linen, baked bread, cedar closets.

T - hits palate with a rush of grassy notes that unfold into equal balance of brioche, bread and butter, prairie grasses and hops. Gives subtle notes of lemon and grapefruit eventually.

M - Medium to off dry finish, mouthfeel is overall refreshing, but with no residual sweetness. It's somewhat lactic like butter at first with a later, drier quality like you're running in a field of wheat or prairie grass in late summer.

O - an enjoyable Pilsner that seemingly presents a slightly more prairie and buttery offering in this usually hop driven category of beers. Perhaps more seasonal to spring and summer, food pair it with fish of various preparations, light stone fruit like pear and apricot on a cheese plate or even warm cheese salads and crab or fish cakes.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a clear yellow color with a bright white, frothy head. Long ropes of lacing along the glass.

S-Aroma is true to style. A nice cracker and cereal maltiness and some noble hoppiness. It is fairly aromatic with a certain zestiness to the nose.

T-I wasn't all too enamored with it upon first sip. During the second sip and there after, I became more impressed. The hops remain noble in flavor but I also go some tangy citrus. The cereal and cracker malt is very nice.

M-Light, crisp, drinkable. Everything a Pils should be.

O-Not bad. Surprised to see a Half Acre offering in these parts. I will always gladly try a Half Acre beer.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint at Strangelove's in Philly. From notes.

A - Poured light yellow with a bit of haze. Two fingers of fluffy white head on top with spotty lace and half a finger of retention.

S - Lemon and grass, noble hops, ginger. Nice.

T - Nice malt character, orange, lemon, grass. Good hops and a nice malt character. Well balanced while being hoppy and assertive.

M - Mild but present bitterness with a nice light to medium body and good carbonation.

O/D - Good stuff. A solid pils with a great flavour and big drinkability. Good balance.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I think pilsner this is what I think off.
Appearance wise you can't really get any better.
It poured a brilliantly clear deep straw. The head formed high and tight and coated the glass with loads of lace. This beer was also well carb'd with never ending streams of bubbles floating to the top. Excellent head retention to the bitter end.
The aroma is dry, sharp with piles of pilsner and pale malts I'm sure. Standard fare here.
The taste was very good from top to bottom. A good solid malt base with plenty of flavor. Hopped enough with german hops to give this beer a subtle hoppy bitter bite, but not alot!
Malts counter with some sweetness.
On the palate it finishes dry and sharp with a semi bitter finish. Carbonation gives a light and prickly feel and ends very clean. It's crisp and refreshing.
This was an excellent well made beer in every category. As of last week I thought Pivo was but this is much better.

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Photo of IronLover
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale, straw yellow in color with a slight haze. Poured with a tall, bright white foam that reduced to a soapy cap. Earthy, biscuity, pilsner malt aroma with grassy notes. Lemon zest and herbal hop aromas in the background. Medium bodied with slightly subdued carbonation with a crisp, dry finish. Biscuity malt flavors encapsulated with herbal hop bitterness that intensifies through the middle to the end. A slight hint of lemon zest as this finishes crisply and dryly with a lingering herbal hop aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing, this was excellent.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a stemmed strange)

A- This beer pours a pure white creamy head with a clear golden yellow body that has a swirl of micro carbonation working toward the surface.

S- The touch of sweetness to the pils malt gives it a nice fresh quality with some flinty character to follow. There is a dry hop note in the finish and a hint of corn cereal aswell.

T- The hint of mineral water gives way to a clean lagered Pils malt followed by a green hop bite in the dry finish.

M- This beer has a light crips fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer is a great American Pilsner and very sessionable, especially as the weather warms. Perfect in the 16 oz. cans or growler.

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Pony Pilsner from Half Acre Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.