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Citra Pils - Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kegatron on 08-08-2013

A German-styled pilsner hopped entirely with citra hops.
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Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 8
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Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Al’s. Pours a clear straw gold with a sudsy white head. Plenty of foamy lacing. The aroma smells of tight bitter citrus, with more herbal and tropical flavors coming in off the sides. The taste has a crisp grassy bitterness with softer herbal tones on the edges, a tight bready backbone and then sweeter tropical fruit character that comes out across the back. Finish is dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a clean, crisp and overall very drinkable feel. This was tasty Pils, with those Citra hops giving this a juicy character that thankfully never got overly sweet. This was crisp and drinkable all the way.

Photo of orangesol
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours slightly hazy yellow with a small half finger tall white head, dissipating down to next to nothing, leaving spotty trails of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of mild bready grain, pungent citra hops and a touch of sweetness. Simple yet effective.

T - Starts off with a bit of light sweetness quickly giving way to hints of bready pale malt, bright citra hop bitterness and a very faint hint of spice. Finish is chewy with some lingering hop bitterness, not sticking around for very long after the finish. The hops are obviously strong for the style but they work really nicely.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation. Its smooth, bitter feel makes it really easy to drink from start to finish.

O - A typical american style pilsner turned up a notch. The added citra hops really ramp up the flavor yet it remains easy drinking. Another simple, easy drinker is a welcome addition to all the big beers on right now.

Photo of stakem
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken several months ago. On tap at Pizza Boy served in a pils glass. The brew appears a clear straw yellow color with a finger of white fluff. The brew displays solid retention with a sudsy white top that fades leaving patches of lace all over the glass.

The aroma is earthy and herbal with rinds almost more of a zesty lemon and noble feel than what you might expect of citra hops. It is clean and to the point without fault.

The taste is herbal and noble with a crisp bite of hops overtop a bready grain base. There is a firm grassiness and mild zesty pith and rind element mid-palate.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp, clean, snappy, refreshing and easy drinking. Pretty much everything you should expect in a pils but this one is a little different in the usage of hops. Nice and worth checking out.

Photo of GregStoner
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Taste and feel is not bad. Absolutely no smell.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is pale amber yellow, lightly cloudy, with a tight creamy white head. Nose is hop forward, citrus and grassy hops. Some pleasant grain, bready an fresh. Taste is a bit bitter for a pilsner, lots of hops. This leans more to the grassy-hay side but still some light citrus and grapefruit. Body is light and drinkable with a nice refreshing carbonation.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Yowza. Crazy levels of grass on this beer. Really. It's grassy. The citra doesn't seem to be there much; at least to the degree you see it in a lot of other beers. Very sharp. Clean feel, but the overly sharp grass aspects make this very much a sipper. I could deal with a lot smoother aspect to it.

Photo of mdfb79
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 02/01/13 notes. Tried this at Al's last weke on tap, reviewed out of a 32 oz. growler. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat clear golden-yellow one color with one inch of bright white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citra hops, lemon, fruity malts, floral hops, grapefruit, tropical fruits, wheat, grains, earthy notes, and hay. Awesome nose; lots of citrus and hops, very nice.

t - Tastes of of citrus hops, pale malts, fruity malts, earthy notes, wheat, grains, grapefruit, and light floral hops. Nice taste which I like, though not quite as fruity or hoppy as the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very easy to drink; could definitely take down the whole growler.

o - Overall a very good pilsner; I love citra hops and they make for a great smelling beer here. Easy to drink, would like to have it again.

Photo of Tucquan
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on 2013-01-19 in Front Royal, VA

A - Clear golden yellow with a 1-finger white head that fades fairly quickly. Nice lacing.

S - Bread, orange, lemon grass, nice lager yeast aroma. Good pils smell.

T - Citra-tart citrus up front, some herbal/grass. Very light bready malt. About as bitter as a Prima Pils. Subdued malt; not a traditional pils flavor; leaning more towards a pale ale but still quite flavorful.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Crisp, very dry and refreshing.

O - Hard to believe this is just 4% with so much flavor. Reminds me of a cross between a Stoudts Pils and a 21st-Amendment Bitter American. I like both so this is a good thing. Also of note, the 2L growler cost just $10 with tax; an excellent value. I'm impressed. I like Troegs Sunshine Pils a bit more but this is good stuff. Put it in bottles and it'd be a regular in my fridge.

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Citra Pils from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.