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Sudwerk Pilsner - Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2002

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a clear light golden yellow color. Small bubble streams rise to the top, giving it a lively appearance. A creamy, one finger, white head sticks around for quite some time.

S: The first scent that I pick up on is a corn and grainy aroma. Not very inviting. Luckily, some grassy, floral and barley aromas come through, but aren't enough to come through significantly against the overpowering corn smell.

T: Strong floral tastes come through initially. Grains and barley follow and it leaves a slight grassy aftertaste.

M: It has a medium body on the lighter side. A moderate amount of carbonation fits well. And it has a sort of oily feel.

O: Not a bad pilsener offering. The smell is a little off putting, but the other aspects are solid. An above average pilsener.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/1/12.

Pours a slightly hazy light gold with a 1/2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny streaks of lace form sparsely around the glass. Smell is of grain/bread and some fruity and grassy aromas. Taste is of grainy malt with slight fruitiness and some herbal hop flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good pilsner that is easy drinking and quite tasty.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a stemmed small clear glass goblet. Best by 12 12 11 stamped on label. Single purchased at Zain's Liquors for $2.25.

A: Clear golden with fine carbonation and short 1/2-finger white tightly bubbled head with solid retention and lacing.

S: Sulfuric and minerally with a crackery grain character and grassy, herbal noble hopping. Right on target for style.

T: This is an excellent version of a sharp German pilsener with a crackery, dry pale malt base with clean, crisp, and moderately bitter noble hops with a mineral, sulfuric finish.

M: Crisp and moderately dry with light-medium body and medium carbonation to keep it clean.

O: I think the sum is greater than its parts -- this is an exceptional pilsener with just the right balance of sharp bitter hopping with crackery maltiness to hit the German version of the style on the bulls eye. Nice job Sudwerk. I would love to get a fresher version the next time around.

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into SA patented Boson Lager glass...

A: great clarity through a yellow golden brew with a 2 finger white head. retention is okay, leaving a thin sheet of bubbles. also leaves good lacing.

S: smelled the herbal and earthy noble hops as soon as i popped the cap. this beer is spicy, buttery, and doughy, which i think sums up what a true czech pils should smell like. Damn close to my favorite czech pils, Pilsner Urquell.

T: grainy, breadsy malt upfront, however not as doughy or buttery as the aroma. Hops take the mainstage here, again spicy and herbal with more of a lemon peel twang. long and bitter hoppy finish.

M: soft, medium body pils with a fizzy carbonation, finishing off dry and slightly sticky

Overall, this is a pils that attempts to capture that authentic czech flavor and does so very well. It's hoppy character is not to the point of overload, but remains enticing enough to satisfy even the biggest hopheads. This beer is reasonably priced and reasonably drinkable. Would buy again. Cheers

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4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent light gold with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Grassy, perfumy, slight bready notes

T: Follows the nose, some dryness, soapyness & crackery notes up front.Hay notes mix with some apple skin & peppery hops. Finishes crisp, soapy & somewhat bready

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation & great balance

A well put together Pils that goes down so easy, I close my eyes & I think I'm back in Germany, well done!

Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK, so this is a milder German pils, more along the lines of Bitburger than Prima Pils. The aroma and flavor are heavy on the light but toasty malt, but there is a little spicy lemon in the finish. There's a decent balancing bitterness and fine drinkability. This beer is just on the more approachable, less bitter end of the style spectrum. That is to say, it taste a like a good, but not very bitter German pils.

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

Pours to a one-inch head and straw-gold color. Moderate lacing. Aroma is spicy Saaz hops and decocted Pilsner malt. Flavor is a balanced blend of noble hops and pale malt to balance the hoppiness. Mouthfeel is average. Overall a very good Pils. It is one of the better domestic German Pilsners around.

Sudwerk Pilsner from Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.