Duquesne Pilsener Beer - Duquesne Bottling Company

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 19.75%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Duquesne Bottling Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 09-03-2010

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Ratings: 125 | Reviews: 53
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Photo of muskiecf
2.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Highly carbonated. Fizzy finish. Very yellow in color. Has a smooth light flavor. Not to confuse you as this is not a light beer...light flavor, delicate profile. It's a decent beer and the price is reasonable. I'm not in love with it nor do I get excited about it...it's good not great.

Photo of jmshulk
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Duquesne Pilsner pours a light, crystal clear, golden color with a solid white head that lasted for a bit, but dropped to a ring and didn't leave much of anything interesting in the form of lacing.

Aroma: It has a strong malty/bready scent, with a little hint of earthy/spicey hop aroma tucked in.

Taste: It really hits with a strong malty sweetness right off the bat and doesn't really go anywhere from there. Right at the end there is a hint of hops in the aftertaste.

Feel: This seems to have lower carbonation than expected. It feels a little slick and light bodied, may be a little watery.

Overall: For a beer that is far from crazy in the way of complexity, this is surprisingly refreshing. It's probably good for a quick lawn mowing break or at a ball game with a burger or dog. A descent smooth, quick drinking, refreshing beer. Not sure why but there is definitely something about the label that I really dig.

Serving: 12 oz can in shaker
Date: 5/31/2011

Photo of PokeyBearCat
3.09/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is one of those beers I find best to drink on a hot summer day or when you don't care what you are drinking, you just need a beer. I also find this is a good beer to fit all types of crowds; everyone at the party will drink if their first option isn't available.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

You could argue this is just another marketed American lager brewed by somebody else, but it's really a nice nostalgic well brewed solid lager. It's the Prince of Pilsener, pours a bright golden straw color easily lets light pass through. Bright white head forms nicely with speckled scattered lacing. Nice upfront crisp malt sweetness, pale malts light cereal grains a bit of airy carbonation flowing. Talks about the quality hops on the website, Czech and Washington State hop additions but they're not the focal point here. Flavor is nice a semi sweet crisp cereal grain sweetness with a balancing back end of cooked veggies and herbal hop water light. Not aggressive but well brewed and unoffensive. Mouthfeel is light bodied carbonation, no issues yet. Tastes pretty good I hope to see this stick around in the area for a while. Goes down easy after working seventeen hours today, I'll buy more I like the packaging and the easy going light lager aspect of it. Affordable as well, a welcome addition to good regional breweries like Lion and City in Latrobe.

Photo of tdm168
3.26/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden yellow with 1/4" of soft, bubbly, foamy, white head that has decent retention. The nose has notes of lager yeast, straw, and a hint of lemon. The taste is grassy and straw-like with notes of lemon and yeast. The mouthfeel is light bodied, well carbonated, and clean.

This is an easy drinking beer that's definitely sessionable. It's simple and one-dimensional so if you're in search of complexity you'll be disappointed, but otherwise it's good.

Photo of RyanC3958
4.47/5  rDev +38%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heard about this story so had to come across the state line to give it a try. Apparently it just came out in kegs so I happen to get it on draft and I was really impressed. Came out with a bright white head, went down very smooth and it left no aftertaste in my mouth. Couldn't believe how reasonably priced it is as well for cases. So far the best Pennsylvania Beer I have had and is now one of my beer of choices. Happy to see it back and how well its doing.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.12/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours "beer yellow" with a nice little fluffy cloud of a head. No lacing and light carbonation.

The smell is of fresh grain, sweet bread, and straw.

The sweet bread and fresh grain are followed by a nice crispness in the finish.

The feel is light, yet creamy. Nice amount of carbonation. Not watery in the least.

Overall, this is a pretty damn good beer.

Photo of DerekP
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden appearance--almost transparent--with a decent rim. Steady carbonation bubbles rise to the top.

A dry sweetness in the nose; hay-like; grains & floral hops. Fairly mild.

Taste is attenuated with a syrupy body. Hops are a little reserved, but do provide for a lot of the flavor.

Medium-bodied with discernible attenuation.

Notes: A good-for-the-price kind of beer, plus some. A poor man's pilsner. Duquesne Pilsener Beer comes off like Pittsburgh Brewing Company's Augustiner (Vienna Lager) without the brown sugar, sweet amber flavor. Incidentally, I think the two brews are brewed by the same brewery or at the same location.

Photo of tone77
3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, some grains. Taste is crisp, malty, a bit sweet, very refreshing and easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall considering the low price tag, this beer was a pleasent surprise and worth seeking out.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of mgbickel. Pours a clear, light gold color with a fine-bubbled white head. Decent retention and lacing for the style.

Nose is light, sweet grains...not really husky/grainy smelling though. Touch of herbal hops with some nutty lager yeast.

Taste is not bad, but I dont really get much difference from an AAL. Light green apple fruitiness to go along with a light malt profile. Hops are barely detectable, just a faint balancing on the finish. The fine carbonation makes for a nice mouthfeel. Sounds like this is yet another rebranded retro beer, the history of Duquesne is quite impressive though. 1899 to 1972 is a good, long run for sure. Id buy it for 16 bucks a case, always like having a few lawnmower lagers in the fridge.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - As expected clear bright yellow in color with a 1/4 inch of sticky white head.

S - Smells of a nice Pills I get some grains, mild yeasts and some milder hops. Smells mostly malty and sweet.

T - Well its good for a couple but definitely too sweet with little disgusting hop profile. Mostly cereal grains, sweet honey malts and a mild hop finish. Not bad.

M - Light to medium easy to knock back.

Overall I guess I will stick to lions head to get the same quality for a few dollars cheaper a case. Worth having if given over BMC.

Photo of shealoftus14
4.45/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have been looking forward to trying this since it came out and finally got my hands on it out near Harrisburg. It exceeded all my expectations and really jumped to the top of my list. It's a true Pennsylvania beer and I'm happy to see its back and doing so well.

Appearance - It pours a solid white head with a bright gold color to it, making it very appealing.

Smell - It has a little earthy hop aroma tucked in, with a strong malty scent, balanced pretty well.

Taste - It really has a strong malty sweetness to it, which is fine, but what makes it so good is how smooth it is. Also it has no aftertaste to it and it is a very refreshing beer.

Feel - It makes it a rich beer by the carbonation not being too severe and not too weak.

Overall - This is a very refreshing beer and smooth that I highly recommend people giving it a try. Especially at the price point, it is simply a steal right now I feel. I'm looking forward to seeing how this progresses and have become of big fan of this hometown beer. Best of Luck!

Photo of Craigster1573
4.48/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I drink this beer every time I visit Pennsylvania. It's my go to beer and I absolutely can drink a boat load of it. There's NO better beer for the price and its a steal for what you get. It has a sweet taste with absolutely no aftertaste. Thank you for bringing back a Pennsylvania Classic!!

Photo of MirkoCroCough
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Bottle into pint glass. Funny label and packaging.

Really clear and yellow.

Bready and sweet. Almost like fresh pastry.

Extremely light and crisp with a bit of syrupy sweetness. Snappy dry finish.

Bit of fizz early but goes flat.

Extremely high. Would give it a 10 if possible. Very cheap too. Not bad for what it is, a light easily drinkable, unoffensive beer. Will buy again when I feel like sitting down and crushing a case. May they put it in cans one day.

Photo of OneDropSoup
2.85/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Been meaning to check this one out for a while - took me a year to get to it!

Poured into a pilsner: Pale golden yellow body, transparent, with a few strands of moderate nucleation under a finger of soft, foamy head that sinks to a thin coating & slowly slides down the sides of the glass.

Smells of lightly sweet & sugary graininess, like oat bran, with a mild mustiness like rain. A little lemony spritz shows up.

Sweet cracker & a zing like lemon soda lead the taste, flattening out a bit in the middle with a kind of bland bitterness while maintaining the cereal sweetness around the edges. Sweet in the aftertaste, too. After a bit, I get that lag that's kind of like eating plain oatmeal, not a great thing.

Active, crisp attack in the mouthfeel that thins out & gets a little flat, but ends firm.

Not blowing my socks off, but definitely would work in the right context: cook-out, late-night. I'd put it in the same league as Yuengling Lager: not something I'd seek out, but a squarely palatable alternative to the big boys. At the price point, it's definitely worth it.

Photo of yorlummass
4.58/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent beer, especially for its price. It is the return of an old time Pittsburgh classic and it delivers on taste and fullness unlike any other local brew. Its a beer for any occasion that calls for a lighter but fuller beer in both appearance and taste.

Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (TM) is about to indulge in some nostalgia following the hiatus to align the bottle and on-tap numbers. This was a Pittsburgh beer that went away before I came along. It has since been revived by a couple of lawyer-types and is brewed in Latrobe. I met one of their sons at the Pints for Pets fest in Altoona recently, but I think that this CAN was courtesy of tone77.

From the CAN: "The Finest Beer In Town!"; "Born out of a hard work ethic & a pride in craftsmanship Duquesne Your Hometown Beer"; "Sealed In Purity"; "Prince of Pilsener".

It is pronounced "Duke-Cane" and one of the old tag lines was "Have a Duke, Mister!" I believe I will and I only wish that I could be on the incline while doing so.

Ah, the sweet sounds of the Crack & Glug! It is nice to be drinking CANned beer again, if you CAN believe it. The massive foaming head was French Vanilla in color and sat atop the beer like the top of a sno-cone. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and lots of CO2 bubbles in evidence. Nose had a bready sweetness to it and the best part - NO adjuncts! Mouthfeel was medium with a biscuity malty flavor on the tongue. I really like these types of beers in a CAN, especially after so many AALs. Not much going in the way of hops, but I'll forgive that in lieu of everything else that I do like about this beer. Finish tended more towards sweet than anything else, but not in a cloying way. You CAN bet that this will be going into the cooler!

Photo of beep71
2.48/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I bought a 30-pack of this on a whim. Overall, it was something I wouldn't buy again. It has an odd, sweet kind of taste, a foamy head that doesn't stick around and not much in the way of carbonation. It tasted flat as soon as I poured it into my glass. If I need to buy a cheaper beer to stock the fridge, I'll stick to the PBR.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.59/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, small pilsner hop, but quite faint. In the the taste, sweet malt and a small hop bite. A small bite, but quite smooth and light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry and clean aftertaste. Standard lager, a bit sweet and a nice small hop bite.

Photo of zachary37
4.33/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty delicious beer that i would recommend to any beer drinker. It pours a crisp straw yellow with a foamy smooth whitish head. It smells of premium hops and barley with a note of sweetness and bread. It tastes like any premium pils I have had before. Very smooth to the mouth and easy to go down and drink. Absolutely no stale aftertaste that you often get with pils. Overall I loved it and it is a memorable beer that I would tell any real beer drinker to try.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12-oz twisty into a pint glass.

Light golden straw color, with a fizzy pure white head that actually sticks around for a bit. This beer is bubbly.

Earthy, grainy aroma, sweet with some adjunct qualities to it. The taste is a sweet graininess, subtle hop presence in the middle and some bitterness in the finish. Really a nicely balanced macro style lager here.

Medium bodied, with a great smooth feel that surpasses what one might expect from this beer. I'd drink this beer if offered under any circumstance.

Photo of Kennedy5112
4.14/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Very good yet cheap brew

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The long defunct, recently revived beer "Original Recipe" $17.00 a case.

Appearance: An old school bottle with the "prince of pilsner" holding up a glass of good swill. Bright yellow and fizzy,

Smell: Spent cereal grains.

Taste: Grainy, a bit gritty, biscuity malt and little hop presence. Drinks like a "decent" macro lager.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and light bodied.

Drinkability: It is what it is. A cheap hometown beer for those fascinated with nostalgia or just short on cash. Surprisingly decent.

Photo of Carla
4.7/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a bottle and on tap and suprisingly both were very good.

Appearance - gives off a nice bright color with a great white head

Smelll - has a great aroma to it, very clean. Smells fresh when you open each one.

Taste - goes down so smooth and has a good body, I was shocked. Can drink a lot of these in one sitting.

Mouthful - has a little sweet bite to it, that appealed to me and finishes with no aftertaste.

Overall - been hearing good things about this Pilsener so had to give it a try and must say lived up to the hype.

Photo of Deuane
3.51/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, nostalgia! The return of a long lost Pittsburgh icon! Last brewed in 1972 this favorite son has been resurrected by Burgh area attorney Mark J. Dudash and is being contract brewed by City Brewing in Latrobe, PA.

A-Brilliantly clear, golden straw yellow with a medium bright white head that slowly reduced to a thin cap and leaves a surprising amount of decorative web like lace.

S-Light biscuit malt sweetness, cereal grains and a touch of spicy floral hops. But let's not get crazy here, this one is fairly subdude.

T-Lightly sweet crisp cereal grain and biscuit sweetness with a balancing back end of a mildly sharp spicy hop bite. Certainly not an aggressive bite, mostly balanced and unoffensive.

M-Light bodied fairly sharp and crisp with a decent lingering bite and a drying finish.

D-I will not lie to you this one gets a bump for homerism and nostalgia. A quality, all malt, American lager using German Hallertau, Czech Saaz and Washington Magnum hops. Sure, this is one primarily made for the masses but I cannot dismiss a quality made brew even if the style is less than my preferred. This one has all the qualities of well made, support your local, back yard BBQ, lawn mower, have a brew after a long day type of beer!

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Duquesne Pilsener Beer from Duquesne Bottling Company
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