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Pfeifferhorn Lager - Epic Brewing Company

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Pfeifferhorn LagerPfeifferhorn Lager

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BA SCORE
81
good

42 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.58%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A full strength and quaffable American lager with a hint of European flavor. Pfeifferhorn lager has a subtle malt flavor, and clean, crisp finish. A fine spicy and slightly herbal noble hop profile which barely lingers on the palate.

(Beer added by: Wasatch on 06-13-2010)
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Reviews by bambam2517:
Photo of bambam2517
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 22oz bomber to a pint glass, served at 35F and drank in the course of yard work on an 85F day.

Reminds me of the lagers from some of the larger breweries in Germany. Almost exactly like a Radeberger.

A - Buttery golden body, nice layer of head that dissipates quickly, lazy carbonation.

S - Biscuity with a little herbal tinge.

T - Decent enough, nothing special I care to relate.

M - Nice except for the funky aftertaste that most euro lagers seem to evoke if you drink enough of them. Too bad Epic couldnt splice that out...

More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Clear bubbly golden yellow, excellent lacing

SMELL: Clean, herbal, minty, bready, slightly bisucity, fresh grass

TASTE: Very smooth, crisp bite, ample hop bitterness, lemony, minty, herbal, nutty, grainy, bready, green apple skin, clean, dry hoppy finish

Pretty kick ass for an American Lager, not as clean as I expected it to be but damn tasty. Very balanced and extremely drinkable.

Photo of Brenden
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pfeifferhorn is a mnildly hazy pale gold in color topped by a pure white head about a finger tall. It's frothy and pretty dense, and ultimately leaves some good, thick, patchy lacing from the very top of the glass predominantly that spreads some webbing as it goes.
The aroma offers the lightly sulfuric, herbal, grassy and crackery malts notes of a euro pale with a bit more strength and, seemingly, an addition of earthy and leafy hops.
The taste offers more of the same; this is like a stronger, somewhat deeper version of a modern European pale lager. In the flavor, a bit more green apple skin tartness comes out along with a very gentle spiciness. Otherwise it's got a nice balance between biscuit, light sweetness, grassiness, a bit of lemon, something slightly nutty, and fresh leafy and herbal hops.
The feel is something else entirely: it's good enough for any beer of a lighter style, but for a pale lager, especially a light one like this, it's as good as it gets. Crispness is absolutely perfect; any sway very slightly to less or more takes away. Combine that with just the right level of carbonation, semi-dryness that's not too dry, a "bold for a light lager" medium body, and a creamy, rolling smoothness, and you've got all the elements for a mouthfeel that no beer of this kind can rival.
While the big guys love replicating light lagers and dumb them down significantly, and craft brewers shy away from them for that association, kudos to Epic for going for it and making a fine version and one of the few of its kind that's well crafted.

Photo of jamesDaExMoBeerGuy
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3 fingers of foam that kept present for a long while after pour. Tempting golden look in the glass, clear and clean with very little carbonation bubbling.

Smell was distinct, more sweet than expected but still notes of spice and bread.

Taste of spicy notes quickly erased any sweetness on the nose. Impressive character, light carbonation making it a bit too easy to drink. Enjoyable - was good on a very hot day and perfect with a burger. Loses just a bit on the finish, doesn't retain the same character and spice after drinking but not so thin as to ruin this beer for me. I'll have another.

Photo of tdm168
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - bright yellow with a thin, white head that disappears quickly

S - bready, faint lemon

T - bready, cereal grains, lemony, kolsch-like

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a nice, lighter, refreshing lager that has decent flavor and drinkability. This beer comes across like many Kolsches that I've had with a nice lemony, citrus note to accompany the malt presence. Overall, this is a nice beer. I'm not sure this is a beer that I would buy again, but I'm definitely glad I tried it once.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a masterpiece. A huge, billowing head, great lacing. A hazy. strawlike yellow. Very appealing.
S: fragrant notes of bread and grain are at the forefront. I am also picking up hints of grass and citrus in the background.
T: as the nose indicated, this brew starts out slightly sweet and malty. However, a decent amount of support is lended by bittering hops toward the middle and back. Slighty more rustic than the nose indicated. No frills, decent balance.
M: medium to high carbonation and medium bodied. Silky on thethe tongue. This brew is smooth, crisp and refreshing. A decent bite at its back and a balanced hang.
O: i really enjoyed this brew. A straight ahead, no frills lager that brings some decent flavor to the table. Highly quaffable.

Photo of Meathead1965
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

stoked to try this one courtesy of mnbearsfan

pours a surprisingly buttercup yellow (sounds nicer than urine, yes?) clear with a frothy white two-finger head that fades quickly but leaves some decent frothy lace.

aroma is bready with notes of straw, wet hay, oatmeal. hops aren't very bright, but there's a bit of green hop spice.

taste is light (expectedly) with a solid bready malt profile accentuated by some spicy herbal hops. grassy, tastes like hay with some pepper and a touch of bitter greens. a bit of odd white sugar sweetness. not sure I'm loving it, but it's got a ton of character for a pale lager, which I think is worth something.

mouth is decent. moderate body with ample carbonation keeps things lively, with a touch of astringency and a bit of lingering bitterness.

all in all, I'm liking this one. an interesting brew that definitely has some character. Not really loving it, but I would certainly drink it again if it was regularly available. it would make an awesome craft lawnmower beer.

Photo of Travisnin
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Irish12
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of elkinbrown
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of im4beer
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Clear medium yellow color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is about average or a little better and a good sized ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Dry and grainy with a dried out hay bale grassiness. Smells fine and is very clean, but there isn't all that exciting.

2.5 T: Not as dry as the nose suggested. Indeed, there's a decent grassy sweetness to it. However, the sweetness is no match for the bitterness, which is fairly aggressive despite the lack of hop flavor. Lightly grassy with a good amount of breadiness. Not as clean as the nose.

3.0 M: Medium body. Lacking crispness, which I like in these types of beers. Lightly creamy with good carbonation.

3.0 D: Not horrible, but it's less than clean and lacking crispness.

Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Zorro
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden colored beer with a thin white colored head.

Smells malty and a bit on the sweet side. Mild noble hop aroma mostly I get grass. Mildly floral and flowery smells quite tame.

Starts out tasting like beer, not as sweet as it smells. Biscuit malt with a slight hint of metal and a medium strong level of bitterness. Decent lager with an unusually high level of bitterness. Could pass for a Pils.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is an OK lager. I have had better but they brew this stuff 1 mile from where I work. Will buy again.

Photo of deac83
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of KarlHungus
2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy pale golden color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of pale malt with a hint of spicy hops. However, it is a very weak aroma even for the style. The taste is similar to the aroma, but the less hops. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a watery texture, and high carbonation. Overall, I will pass on this beer next time even though I am a big fan of golden lagers.

Photo of DerwinWentworth
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An adequate robust lager with a nice spangle of hops. Pours a golden amber in the tall wine glass with a winning head. Rich mouthfeel with sparkly carbonation on the tongue.

Plentiful aroma of flowery hops. A good hit of resins in the initial taste. Hops abound with a likable spiciness. A little sweetness to the abundant malt. Aftertaste is that resiny flavor with a fading bitterness.

Thoroughly drinkable and quite flavorful. From the 22 oz bottle bought at the Utah Liquor Store in Sugar House.

Photo of Shatter
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of emmasdad
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this one up for a little over 3 bucks at the Utah State Liquor Store in St. George, Utah while passing through in late March. Poured a golden color with a little white head. Aromas of bready malt, light grassy hops and caramel. On the palate, fairly light bodied, with bready malt and grassy hops.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from the brewery, approximately $3.75 into my SA Perfect Pint.

A: Pale gold in color, billowy dense white head, excellent lacing, excellent clarity, and great head retention. Nice looking beer.

S: Pilsner malts, a bit of sulfur from the yeast is what I can imagine. slight little bit of spicyness from a noble hop variety. Smells pretty balanced.

T: Pilsner malts, and a little bit of a hoppy bite at the end. Very floral hops in the finish. Very low bitterness. By no means boring, just pretty non-descript for a lager. Still better than a macro lager. Definite graininess. Decent.

M: Light body, nice dry finish, nice carbonation. Spot on.

D: I could drink quite a bit of this, nothing astounding, nothing ground breaking, just a solidly made American lager. Definitely a gateway beer, as just about anyone that's ever had a beer could enjoy this. Nicely done.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of kagent777
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber served into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: This one pours an almost clear light yellow. The head thinned as I drank it, but did not completely go away.

Smell: Being a pale American lager, this one has a pretty straight forward smell. Budweiser wishes that they could smell this good. I can smell some mild malts and some nice mild noble hops. I think this might be Saaz, but I am not sure.

Taste: Very subtle, mild taste here. I usually like more complex beers. This does only a few things, but it does them well. I think a bud drinker might be eased into craft brew with this one. Perfect for the style. Just the slightest bittering.

Edit: After a few more of these, I have realized that this is one of the most delicious pilsner-type lagers I have ever had. The taste is so flavorful for an American Pale Lager. This is one of my favorites from this brewery. They have made a great beer here.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is just right for this beer, prickly without being overbearing. The finish is not long but pleasent, and not much aftertaste.

Drinkability: I could drink several of these easily. As I said above, you could bring these to any friends BBQ and easily outshine the BMC they might be drinking.

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Pfeifferhorn Lager from Epic Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.