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Duquesne Pilsener Beer - Duquesne Bottling Company

Duquesne Pilsener BeerDuquesne Pilsener Beer

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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 20.12%


Brewed by:
Duquesne Bottling Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 09-03-2010)
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ChuckGeramita

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definitely recommend if a 6 pack is in order. Better than any of the miller, bud, mainstream products. I was delightfully surprised, especially for it being on tap.
Now I have to ramble since you have to hit 250 characters... Side note, had this at BD's in South Side Works and it went well with my stir fry selection.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2013 11:40:23 | More by ChuckGeramita
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Carla


4.73/5  rDev +46.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2012 18:57:29 | More by Carla
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RyanC3958

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +38.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 18:23:50 | More by RyanC3958
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Bone53

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass at around 45°F

Appearance: A nice look for a macro beer. Bright golden color with a soapy one finger white head.

Smell: Sweet grains

Taste: Sweet malts and grains

Mouthfeel: Light body; Slight hop bitterness. Crisp and refreshing

Overall: Not much better than the average AAL. I'll stick with Yuengling and PBR for my hard day's work, lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 21:58:44 | More by Bone53
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beerme420

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I saw this beer when I was working in Latrobe and didnt think much of it till i saw it at a distributor at home and bought it just because it was there. I thought it tasted alot like Lions head but with alittle more flavor. The fact that it was more alcoholic was a plus. The beer is lighter and easy to drink with a nice crisp flavor its much better out of a bottle and the same price as the cans. Its definately good for a party or just if you want to sit around your house and drink. I drink it alot because its cheaper than coors bud and miller and isnt part of some giant souless conglomeration. It has become one of my favorite beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 01:46:21 | More by beerme420
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yorlummass


4.63/5  rDev +43.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 10:20:30 | More by yorlummass
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johnnymac


4.5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great local beer out of Pittsburgh. Very smooth and very reasonably priced. It's a lighter pilsener but still packs the punch with 5% alcohol. More of a beer for sitting and enjoying rather than drinking in large social settings. New LT is also worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 19:50:49 | More by johnnymac
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dirtrat1066


2.7/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not bad for an everyday, home-from-work kinda beer. Pale yellow pour into a glass. Its better than most of its contemporaries, ie Miller Lite, Coors Light, etc. Can be pounded rather easily. Nothing special, but then again it isn't trying to be either.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 00:09:29 | More by dirtrat1066
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DewTheBrew


4.48/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being from Pittsburgh, I remember hearing a while ago that this beer was being brought back. It's the winning combination between a heavy and light pilsner. A light feel that doesn't fill you up and yet a full, rich taste that lingers in the best way. And need I even mention the price. Only about 16 or 17 dollars at your average beer distributor for 24 bottles or 30 cans. I see almost no reason not to go with Duquesne if you're looking to drink a quality, low-priced pilsner beer. I read the bio on their website and it's pretty interesting as well so I have zero problem supporting a quality local beer. It's springing up on tap out here in PA too which is excellent. All pros no cons for this brew

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 14:22:13 | More by DewTheBrew
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Ccath66


3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see Duquesne back in the 'Burgh again. A clear yellow brew with a slightly sweet aroma upon opening the bottle, and a fruit-sweet taste that is very pleasing. This is a beer I drink when having just beer or with some salty snacks. Have had it also on draft in a pint glass and the characteristics were the same.

Certainly several steps above long-time rival Iron City.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 10:22:42 | More by Ccath66
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
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. Nit 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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 02:51:39 | More by DrDemento456
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a twist-off cap. Thanks go to uncle Ron for hooking me up with a bottle of this that I never heard of which was supposedly his go-to stuff growing up. Poured into a pub glass, this brew appears a clear straw yellow with 2 fingers worth of white bubbly froth. Some rising bubbles of carbonation maintain the cap. Some strings of lacing effect stick to the glass after each sip.

The aroma of this brew has some fresh grainy quality about it overtop of a bit of mineral aspect, herbal/citrus hops and sweet almost original pink bubblegum character. There is a bit of pine quality going on in the nose as well as sulfur.

The taste is quite sweet with a flavor of pale cereal grains giving way to a sweetness of bubblegum and a hint of clove. A faint herbal character is present that hardly provides any contrasting bitterness but you can feel it is there slightly. It finishes fairly crisp but with that sweetness lasting inside the mouth with a bit of cheesiness.

This is a light bodied brew with a borderline effervescent level of lively carbonation. It is somewhat crisp but the lasting sweetness is somewhat distracting. For 5% the alcohol is fairly well hidden. For a summertime brew I could effortless throw a couple of these back but the sweetness keeps this one back from being as good as it could be.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 00:54:23 | More by stakem
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

2.28/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a light to medium golden color with a billowy white head that faded very fast leaving little to no lacing.

Smell – The smell is mainly corn in nature, with just the slightest bit of citrus.

Taste – The taste is very similar to the smell. Mainly semi-sweet corn malt overall, but with a very slight citrus flavor detected at the end, which when mixed with the corn flavor leave a somewhat unpleasant taste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is light and somewhat watery with a higher level of carbonation.

Overall – Not really a great brew. Nothing about it is all that good and its likely one to pass over in the beer aisle.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 00:15:31 | More by Darkmagus82
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a nice straw gold color body with a nice white head on top. The smell is of barley and hops. The taste is sweet and some lemon notes. This one has a very nice mouth feel, is a easy drinker and i would recomend this to a beer drinker. It is not complex, so if you want complex this is a beer for you.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 04:42:15 | More by chefhatt
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zachary37

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +34.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 18:04:49 | More by zachary37
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.25/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 00:50:19 | More by tdm168
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

!right straw yellow in color with good clarity. Poured with a brief white foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fresh grass and light, stale biscuit aromas with a touch of lemon. Medium bodied and crisp with assertive carbonation. Flavors are similar to aromas. Earthy fresh cut grass and light stalebready flavors. Finishes with a beady, light malty aftertaste. Generally unspectacular. Easy to drink but pretty unforgettable.

Serving type: can

11-05-2011 21:08:16 | More by IronLover
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beep71

Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Serving type: can

08-26-2011 02:59:25 | More by beep71
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 21:47:41 | More by twiggamortis420
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shealoftus14

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +37.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 03:16:42 | More by shealoftus14
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dabruddah

Pennsylvania

1.78/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ack.

This is a serious mistake of a beer despite the good intentions of the brewers to bring some life back to Pittsburgh's brewing market.

Don't even waste your time with this. Many people make the point that this beer is "worth" the money because it comes in around $16/case. For $16, there are a couple other much better beers out there (heck, PBR is $11 and infinitely better in the macro-swill category).

Duquesne has all the usual characteristics of the usual not-worth-your-time macros and nothing to set it apart. It pours/smells/foams/looks like any ol' lager, tastes worse and doesn't even have the cool factor of a real local institution like Iron City (not that I'm advocating you drink Iron, but you have to admit that there is some cache in carrying an Iron in your koozie).

At first try, I thought this beer was skunked, but wanted to give the company the benefit of the doubt so tried it again...and again. And it failed to impress every time.

Pass on Duquesne.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 04:56:44 | More by dabruddah
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jifigz

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can poured into a pint glass. A buddy gave me a can of this so here is my review. This company was also at the Harrisburg Brewer's Fest trying to get their name out there, so here we go.

A: Not bad for an adjunct lager (or at least that's what it seems like.) The color is slightly darker than many macros and the head and head retention were significantly better than Budweiser or a similar product

S: This smells like ginger ale. Ginger ale is seriously the entire aroma to me, ginger ale and nothing but ginger ale.

T: The taste is also quite unique for an adjunct lager. The alcohol taste seems present in the finish, which I have never had while drinking an adjunct lager (this is only 5%.) The taste is sweet, with some ginger ale taste and grain, and then alcohol. That's about it.

M: The MF seems pretty standard. Not thick and full bodied, but not complete water. The carbonation is a little high but not bad at all.

O: This is one of the weirdest tasting beers I have ever had. I wonder if I am the only one who is making comparisons here to ginger ale, but that is seriously exactly what the taste and smell remind me of. Not terrible, but I won't ever buy it. If i were going to be having cheap swill, I would still be reaching for the PBR.

Serving type: can

07-28-2011 20:29:04 | More by jifigz
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 23:50:50 | More by OneDropSoup
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to carlos for sharing, I read a while back this would be returning and was interested in trying it for myself since I never tasted the original. Tasted from a pint poured from the can chilled.

The color is golden and the lager has slight chill haze with a thick white cream top from a semi vigorous pour. The carbonation is visible with some gentle lace on the glass. The smell is slightly fruity with mild grain aroma, a mild yeast ester. The feel is sem-sweet slight malt and yeas smoothness with moderate cabonation and gentle diacetyl.

The flavor is a mild malt with a tinge of diactetyl in the taste up front. The malt is gentle and somewhat sweet and there is a mild hop flavor which leans more toward the citrus and noble type with a yeast element that is almost bready. I like the flavor enough to say it is on par for the style. I admit this style is not one I would go for that often but depending on the occasion this could be very drinkable and seems like it could be a decent summer refresher.

Serving type: can

07-10-2011 10:54:42 | More by Slatetank
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Stanhagen

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a case when i went home to visit my parents. The price was right (about $16 a case). The beer falls inline with most macro tasting beers and I'd gladly serve it at a party instead of Bud/Miller.

The company I believe is trying to capitalize off of the old Duquesne name with a nostalgic brand resurgence. I am too young to have any connection with the Duke brand of beer and the quality of the beer won't have me running back to get more, unless I need a cheap case for a party.

in general the best part of the beer is the price point.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 14:49:04 | More by Stanhagen
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Duquesne Pilsener Beer from Duquesne Bottling Company
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