Tipo Pils - Birrificio Italiano

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BA SCORE
89
very good

71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4
pDev: 13%
Wants: 21
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Italy

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Romabrew on 01-02-2003

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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 23
Photo of MikeCactusGordon
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

3 week old keg served on draft at Lizardville Beer Store in Cleveland, OH.

Tipo Pils is a very hoppy, resinous pilsner with a slightly barn funk nose. Sticky lacing leaves the glass covered from top to bottom. Very forward grain/grassy profile as well. Given the freshness of the keg, the hops were flavorful and bright. The Italians rarely stick to the script and this is no exception. A truly unique take on a classic style. A+ for creativity. Luck enough to try this beer fresh so thanks to Lville for scoring this keg!

Photo of Zraly
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light straw color with a white meringue head. A bite of spice and flowers in the nose. Growler filled at The Birch.

Cracker flavor -- likely just straight up 100% pilsener malt in this one -- that is just a touch sweet and is super clean. No diacetyl, which is a high mark for style. A bit of body but not too much, keeping the mouthfeel relatively light. Crisp, clean, slightly grassy hop finish. Refreshing.

A good pilsener is hard to make and make right -- I know because I've tried at the homebrew level. But when successful, the pay off is well worth it. This is a great example of hitting the pils mark on all fronts; excellent representation of style. Amazing for warm weather or pairing with fleischsalat.

And I'm happy to see this is rated at least "Very Good" on BA. It is very good -- these higher scores are not just reserved for badass RISs that have been aged in bourbon barrels or DIPAs straight off the hop bine. Don't get me wrong -- a large portion of my favorite beers tend toward the heavier side. However, there is something to be said for beers that are made well regardless of style and I appreciate Birrificio Italiano's effort.

Photo of AgentMunky
2.25/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Served in a tasting glass the Firestone Walker Beer Fest. From notes. Reviewed 1 June 2013.

Honestly, I didn't care for this one bit. It's a pils. And not a very exciting one at that. My original notes have my final assessment double-underlined: "crappy lager." Perhaps that's a little harsh, but I just don't think Tipopils can hold it's weight at an American beer festival. Little flavor, grainy sweet, and it's best quality was its moderate carbonation.

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clearish yellow with two finger head that died slow and left some lace on top of a pilsy malt aroma that had a wet, grassy accent to it. Pretty much a standard pils, enjoyable, clean, simple, not too much in terms of the pils malt that makes it top notch but I did detect a little more sweetness as I drank the beer and a dryer finish than your typical pils. There's nothing more to add other than this is a good beer and worth having on a hot summer day when you're not wanting a heavier/boozier beer.

Photo of mmmbirra
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a 0.4 liter footed pilsner glass.
More than a little bit cloudy. Odd for a pilsner.
Very fresh hoppy nose. Herbal, grassy, and spicy. The best our continental hops have to offer. Really nice, though the dry-hopping give it an intensity and freshness uncharacteristic of a pilsner. Even so, it's undeniably awesome.
More herbs, grass, and spice when I take a sip and a nice smooth sweet malty presence.
A little full for a pilsner, and not very clean. It's unfiltered and only lagered for 2 weeks, which is probably why. Still, a very very good beer, and one of the best "craft" pilseners you'll find just about anywhere..

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at birch.

Nice straw color, with lots of head.

Hints of floral smells, more malts than a lot of pils.

Yummy and smooth. Goes down like a delicious glass of . . . really good pilsner. What can I say?

Lots of body (like a golden Jessica Alba).

Like most pils, it's not the most complex beer you'll ever have, but it is so smooth and refreshing. Just perfecft on a rainy night.

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a slightly hazed golden yellow with a tight off white head. Nose has a nice pilsner grain profile with lightly peppered aromas and notes of honey. Citrus hops and a hint of alcohol come in behind. The grain subsides in the taste a little and the brightness falls slightly, the hop sweetness is still there but again slighlty muted. Body is light with soft carbonation and a creamy feel with a clean finish.

Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Farmer's Cabinet, Philly, PA

I've heard so much about these brewers, and I was glad to finally try one of their brews, this one being the first I've had from them.

Poured into a nondescript pint glass, a hazy straw-yellow with a nice rocky, white head that retained well and left some nice lacing. Probably one of the best looking pilsners I've seen. Aroma of toasted grains and pils malts, with a distinct floral hoppiness. Very tasty, with the characteristics of the aroma following through in the taste. Grains and light malts, toasty and crisp, with pleasantly flavorful hops. Light bodied yet still very smooth and flavorful, and quite easily drinkable.

Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served on draught into a half pint glass at Ma Che Siete Venuti in Roma, Italy. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a three finger head which is devoid of cream, of fair thickness, and retains for about four minutes. A cloudy transparent yellow colour.

Sm: Lemon zest, cream, and full barley. Mild in strength.

T: Lemon zest, a barley foundation of moderate fullness and depth, and out of place unwelcome cream. Somehow, the cream violates the essential purity of this beer's taste. Built simply and imbalanced. It's not horribly refreshing, either.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but too much cream loaded on the third act. It does complement the flavours of the body to an extent.

Dr: Average ABV and pretty drinkable. Quality is questionable. I'll never have it again, especially at 8 euro a pint.

NOTE: It's actually 5.2%.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.87/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I think I ordered this 5 times while at Eb's for the Belgian Fest. Obviously, it must be good when you are choosing a 5% German Pils over the couple Black Damnations, Cantillon CdC, and other ridiculous things on tap.

The beer gets to me with a small white head and a golden straw yellow shimmering in the body. The smell is beautiful. Lemony hop, grassy aroma. Slight malt sweetness.

Taste has a crisp and clean hop profile. The flavor dances on the palate with bready malt and that perfectly executed bohemian hop flavor. Dry crisp finish. It's hard to imagine how drinkable this beer is. It does not get old.

I've been aware of the Italian breweries doing big things lately. This one really opened my eyes to their potential and that a simple beer like a Pils can still wow you.

Photo of ImperialStoat
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Golden-yellow hue, a finger of delectable looking white froth sat atop; persistent lacing.

Smell: Lemon zest; an abandoned farmhouse; honey; mowed lawns; Saaz-hop juice; a botanical gardens in Summer; the Higgs boson particle.

Taste: Think of the last truly great pilsner you had, and then remove any of the hesitation about it tasting slightly watery. As I intimated in the 'Smell', this beer is the distillate of pure Saaz hop glory - lemon rind; honey; grass; and some mercurial, rustic brilliance that I could never hope to articulate.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with a carbonation that doesn't fizz in your mouth but tap-dances down your gullet as you're still thinking about the remarkable citric-spume that lingers on the palate F O R E V E R.

Overall: I've had this beer several times but am only now reviewing it due to its absurd B+ rating. Obviously such a grade isn't poor, but if people on this website were genuine about reviewing to style then Tipopils would quite easily carry an 'A'.
A truly, truly wonderful beer, and one that fits snugly into my all-time top 10.

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Edit: ...And now it's into the 'A' bracket! Huzzah!

Photo of smakawhat
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont into a tumbler.

Dull light gold and green light with yellow hued edges, with a cloudy and hazy body. Top of the body is almost a brown orange, with a white collar that never leaves.

Bouquet is a simple light brwady malt, but nothing else jumps out and not particularly strong.

Taste is light breaded malt, with an orange palate and leant juice texture. Very quick hop bitter that fades and disappears. Slightly cracker like and dry in the palate giving some dry roof mouth.

Overall still pretty enjoyable, looks impessive with a better than average taste.

Photo of LittleDon
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 40 cl pour into a burgundy glass at BQ-Birra Artigianale Di Qualita in Milan, Italy on 6/17/11.

Clear golden with a filmy head a lots of lace. Odd aroma that reminds me of fish or feet. Fortunately, it fades with time. Good amount of carbonation. Taste is similar to aroma minus the feel, a slight grape sweetness, low bitterness, and untoasted grain. In place of the feet, there is a slightly hint of overripe bananas. Light to medium body. A subdued bitter finish with a bit of smokiness. Reminds me of a dialed back version of Raging Bitch.

Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa in Rome.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with good amounts of floral hops and lighter amounts of earthy hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp yet smooth pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined shortly by good amounts of earthy and lightly citrus hop flavors. The hops carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass very quickly and could have a lot more of these.

Overall this is a stripped down version of the style that is flawless. Nothing special except a very well made beer. Well worth a shot.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours yellow with a fluffy white head, good lace.

S: Direct hop nose, grassy, fragrant.

T: Good balance, pretty standard pilsner taste, grassy earth Saaz flavour is nice, but nothing to make it stand out from the tons of pils out there.

M: Smooth and spritzy, light-bodied, kind of fizzy on the finish.

D: A solid good pilsner, nothing more. It's nice to see the Italians are making good representations of this much maligned style.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ....hooray to them for putting a bunch of Italian beer on draft. On to the beer:

Straw yellow color, leaves a bunch of lines of lacing in the glass. The nose brings a lot of floral hoppiness, and also a little hay. Likr the aroma, its flavor has a good amount of hay elements and a pleasant hoppiness. Grape-like hops. Clean and balanced, and easy to get down. Overall, one would think that this was a German made beer. A very pleasant pilsner, no matter what the origin.

Photo of bulletrain76
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draught at Rustico in Alexandria. Nearly clear straw body with lots of micro carbonation streams and a creamy, head that leaves ragged sheets of lace. The aroma has a medium intensity, with dough, bread, crust, honey, flowers, herbs, and grass clippings. The flavor is on the dry side, with yeasty, doughy, and bready malt, balanced by a delicate yet forceful spicy and herbal bitterness. Light and clean body with crisp but gentle bubbles. It's generally a bit on the hoppy and bitter side, but seems so well balanced and finessed. The kind of beer you can just relax with and sip comfortably on without end.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Beer Table, Brooklyn.

Pours a hazy dark yellow, fluffy white head that eventually disappears without lacing.

Nose is subdued, a bit spicy, herbal hops peek through.

Taste is a bit spicy, subdued biscuity malt with a very faint, musty yeast note, citrusy crisp finish with an herbal hop note that kind of emerges a second or two after the swallow. Really subtle, a lot going on for a pils. Delicious beer, utterly refreshing.

Crisp carbonation, slightly creamy, medium body.

Photo of BeerIsland
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Casey had this on tap the Tuesday after Belgian Weekend. It was not on the list but I saw the tap handle and thought, what the heck. If I have a knock against the taps at Max's, it's the lack of decent pilsners. So, I feel obligated to try them when available, particularly if new to me. This has to be one of the best smelling beers I've ever had. Luscious bready malt and flowery hops odors wafted up without having to stick my nose near the creamy head. It was amazing. The nose was so big, it was almost a let down when finally tasted. It was a similar flavor profile and way better than lots of domestic craft pilsners. It trended more toward the Czech than German style which is fine with me bit not "true" (IMHO) to either. All in all, a really fine beer and a great surprise.

Photo of MilanoItaly
3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Some Michelin 3 star chef should taste the foam of this beer : it can be a recipe itself, never saw and tasted something similar, it resembles to a mousse , no really IT IS a mousse, soft like whipped cream and very sweet. Maybe some other Birrificio Italiano beers show something similar, and my Tipopils wasn't perfectly clear in colour to give perfect 5/5, but the effect was so scenographic and you say, "exceptional" .

On-tap at Birrificio Italiano.
TipoPils is a good exemple of Pils brewed in Italy .
Not particularly crisp or bitter, medium-low carbonated but as they will explain it mainly depends on the German serving style they adopt here.
Above the average.

Photo of Suds
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a completely clear, golden-yellow colored beer. The head is a sticky-white, with a decent lace. It's got a beautifully aromatic smell....lots of Czech-style hops and pale malt. Not incredibly intense, but this is definitely a traditional pils. The taste is phenomenal as well, sweet, soft, well-balanced, and very engaging. It's got a fresh-bread quality, with a decent doughiness and considerable pale malt flavor. The hops provide a rich backdrop. Not exceptional, and certainly no 'wow' character, but nonetheless, this beer is very well made and exceptionally drinkable. The mouthfeel is both light enough to enjoy another sip, but also substantial enough to satisfy. This is a great Italian take on a classic style.

Photo of Crosling
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught, Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà, Rome, Italy. Murky golden yellow. Beautiful head of foam. Spicy hops in the nose, with some vibrancy. Flavor is crisp & clean, with lots of hop character, hints of lemon and herbs. Finish lasts well. Very good, high quality lager. This is with out a doubt one of Italy's best brewers.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a pale golden with a nice initial head that fades in due course. Great lacing. Soft aromas of noble hops and cream. Tastes quite soft and delicate. It lacks a little zing I like in German style pilsners and definitely could be a little more crisp. Soft and floral, but deliciously drinkable.

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Tipo Pils from Birrificio Italiano
89 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.