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Duquesne Pilsener Beer - Duquesne Bottling Company

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 128
Avg: 3.33
pDev: 31.23%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of Knapp85
1.8/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wegman's was offering this out as free samples when I was there one day. This beer was very over hyped by the lady serving it there. She was talking about how wonderful it was and this and that about everything.

I proceeded to look at the sample she poured me while she was trying to spoon feed me her story and thought to myself... Could this beer be any lighter in color? It was very light yellow with a pitiful little head on it. I took my first sip after smelling virtually nothing but some faint aroma of grain. The taste was very muted, I started asking myself could this be worse than Coors Light? There's such a minimal amount of anything in this beer I really couldn't formulate much for this review.

The beer is extremely cheap too, I think it was like $5 for a 6-pack. I wanted to cry...

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Photo of Slatetank
3.13/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.14/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
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!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: bread, lager yeast,

taste: malty, bread, lager yeast

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body,

overall: nice crisp refreshing beer to enjoy on the deck or at a BBQ. Glad I got to try it since I never heard of this brewing company before.

the CPJ

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.43/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.3/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.59/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

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Photo of Deuane
3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Duquesne Pilsner pours a very light gold color and is completely clear. The white head looks pretty good, and the retention is OK, but I don't really get any lacing.

The aroma has some light, grainy scents, and even a little bit of hops.

This beer is better than I expected. Lightly sweet pale malt, with some cracker flavor to it. The finish has just a hint of hop flavor to it, in the form of a low bitterness and some earthy flavors. The flavor overall isn't too powerful, but it is decent.

The mouthfeel is light, fairly well-carbonated.

I expected this beer to be horrible, but really it is fine. I would certainly reach for this before I grabbed a standard macro lager. Not too flavorful, but not offensive and easy to drink.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of therica
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I actually remember the original stuff and this rebirth is close, although with some differences noted below, if my (rather good) memory serves me correctly.

I actually suspect that the difference is because it's now brewed in Latrobe at the former home of "from the mountain springs to you" Rolling Rock, rather back in the Dahntahn Burgh with rusty pipes carrying good ol' iron-hard water!

A= golden blonde, nice foamy active white head, settles into a rather decent foamy rim with lacing and pooling.

S= really really nice, strong in fact for a Pilsener. But I recall the original being a bit stronger on the old-style hops dryness and musty malts. Plenty of sweet malts on the nose, biscuit, some light hops florals, slight honey.

T= sweeter than the original which was a bit more dry yet bold. Excessive carbonation on the first pour resolves quickly to a nice balance. Decent sweet malts, light hints of caramel, light hops bitters but balanced for the style. I'm still missing the old-style rusty musty malt taste, though.

M= slight honey, slight dryness, some light but chewy malts.

D= very drinkable, especially for a simple table-style or party-beer. Better than the US macro's out there.

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Photo of IronLover
2.83/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright yellow color with a golden haze. Has a nice foam head with some spotty lacing. Looks good in a pilsner glass.

S: Some pale malt scents, lightly toasted bread as well.

T: A very clean and crisp taste. Nice sweet pale ale malts with a light undertone of hops.

M: Light and crips on the palate. Nice carbonations.

D: This is a nice easy to drink Pale Lager.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
2.85/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a clean looking gold with minimal head and no lacing what so ever
not much in the nose, prhaps grainy with hints of hops
taste is very mediocre, but not bad
slight malty and metallic with afaint kiss of hops.
worth a try, and on Thanksgiving when bro in law walks in with a case, it was a must drink!

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.12/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

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Photo of Bone53
3.13/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of DerekP
3.23/5  rDev -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.

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Duquesne Pilsener Beer from Duquesne Bottling Company
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