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Pfeifferhorn Lager - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

41 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.86%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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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djeucalyptus

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 08:06:40 | More by djeucalyptus
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DoubleJ

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

04-02-2013 06:47:44 | More by DoubleJ
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Bamwaterski

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

03-15-2014 12:52:00 | More by Bamwaterski
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 02:57:12 | More by pokesbeerdude
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maximum12

Minnesota

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

After the big beer craze consumed me for a while, had an excellent lager at a recent beer fest, & it re-ignited a desire to sample a few. So here we are, 22 oz. bomber stripped of its top, two empty glasses. Yo, bitch - let's go.

Pour is pure lager legend, dead grass yellow that allows the lazy river of carbonation to be easily viewed. Puffy. Slightly acidic, bready, big dash of Grandma's spice rack in the nose. And damp barn. Red one.

Pfeifferhorn Lager is faithful to the nose. The lovely spiciness, almost a rye component, has the upper hand here (& I'm a big fan of rye!). Sweet malt in the middle dunked in white bread. Moderate hop snap rounds out a simple, very delineated brew. Crisp & true in the mouth, this is a drinker.

Lagers! Who knew in 2011 they still made these! Seriously, very good lager & a beer that was made for sippin' on the boat. Too bad the lakes will ice over here soon.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 02:23:47 | More by maximum12
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mactrail

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 05:14:23 | More by mactrail
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Meathead1965

Utah

4/5  rDev +13.3%

02-17-2012 22:56:39 | More by Meathead1965
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elkinbrown

Ohio

4/5  rDev +13.3%

05-22-2014 02:36:47 | More by elkinbrown
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +13.3%

04-05-2013 23:01:12 | More by pathman
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DerwinWentworth

Utah

4/5  rDev +13.3%

03-26-2012 23:25:40 | More by DerwinWentworth
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CesarLopes

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13.3%

10-07-2013 03:24:09 | More by CesarLopes
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Underdogbisco

Utah

4/5  rDev +13.3%

11-19-2013 22:54:28 | More by Underdogbisco
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at a good temperature with a large, foamy, frothy, off-white head that slowly settled and good lacing. Color is a clear, dark gold with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma has, at first, a bare whiff of skunk, then malt, hop, fresh beer, minerals. Flavor's like nose, carbonic tang and malt sweet are in front with a quick smart bringing up the rear of bitter. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, pleasant, and very drinkable. Too bad I only have this bomber. And no more access.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 22:25:22 | More by drpimento
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Brenden

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 16:21:41 | More by Brenden
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kagent777

Utah

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 04:34:46 | More by kagent777
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Ryan1423

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

07-08-2012 18:31:11 | More by Ryan1423
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Pfeifferhorn Lager from Epic Brewing Company
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