Evil Twin Low Life - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 267
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 4.93%
Wants: 4
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Amalak on 12-23-2012

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 8/22/13.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and very slight grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grassy and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid hop flavor, but the aroma is fairly subdued in comparison. (566 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge and some lacing on the surface.
S: Faint aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also has some hints of bready and grainy malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to taste a little like an ae and has some hints of fruity yeast. It's not very flavorful but is easy to drink. (539 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a reasonably impressive head that leaves a strand or two of lace

Smell: Very bready, with a grainy element and a hint of sulfur

Taste: Bready and sulfuric, up front, with a walk down a grainy trail in the middle; some grassy hops develop, after the swallow, though the finish is a return to the grain and sulfur

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Well, this one is nine months old now, so what should be expected; just doesn't have the fresh elements one seeks in a beer of this style (558 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

and now for something entirely different... this is one strange pils, that's for sure. pours hazy pale straw color, real washed out looking, but I can hardly see the beer beneath one of the most active and over the top white champagne heads ive ever seen. it takes nearly ten minutes to relax too, all white and airy, its very difficult to pour this beer, usually a nice feature, but a downfall at this level for extremism. great nose though, that mikkeller, evil twin, tool Belgian yeast that's a little funky is dominant, which is a great touch over light german style pilsener malts. the flavor is the same, a great mix of things that don't usually go together in a really light beer. light malty finish is punctuated by yeast funk and light spice from god knows where. too much carbonation! I almost never say that, especially in something this color, but this is exploding in my mouth, almost stressing my tongue, preventing me from really tasting the beer as I would like to. I swallow and its gone, so strange. not my favorite thing from evil twin, but appreciably bizarre, which is always good. (1,102 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Driving home the sane and sensible approach of Lager brewing, Evil Twin jumps aboard the most popular genre of beer, but does so the craft beer kinda way...

Opening with a lightly hazed, and firmly capped head- the ale pours deeply golden with highlights of straw, amber, and mild copper. Its diffused color is a testament to traditional "Kellerbiers" but its hoppy haze sings more common demeanor.

Starting herbal, floral, and grainy-sweet- its initial aromas are earthy, stemmy and acidic with lemon and citrus peels. Lovin' where the scent goes- its the taste of dry cracker malts, supportive grain sweetness and the necessary hop spiciness.

Tasting decidedly malty yet dry, yet its the flavor of dry doughy malts, quivering bodies, and a rise of citrus onslaught that gives the taste a zesty, fresh, and refreshing taste. Its balance is herbal, bitter, and decisive with dry cracker components. Its a delicious taste that evades complication, and prefers a simplistic palate that's the ideal dialogue between malt and hops.

Medium-light in body, the ale is creamy and semi-light to start but a quivering middle and a substantially dry late palate ensures drinkability and lightened sensibilities.

Low Life is a fantastic Lager that's brewed in true Germanic fashion but uses stylistic liberties by Evil Twin to provide an effortless session. (1,351 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, day 23 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent calendar. Another brew from Evil Twin constructed in Stratford, CT.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw hue, with a teeming tower of (are we sure this wasn't brewed at DeProef?) rather puffy, thinly foamy, and ultimately frothy bone-white head, which leaves some decent (or not?) hanging garter belt lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds away.

It smells of prominent grassy, leafy hops, floral clover honey, grainy, slightly biscuity pale malt, and a subtle dry yeastiness. The taste is sharply bitter grassy, kind of metallic noble hops, gritty crackery pale malt, semi-tart lemon peel, a touch of flinty stoniness, and some weird additional natural sweet earthy tones.

The bubbles are, as already noted, big and overwrought out of the gate, and linger deeply until they eventually settle to a dull hum on the tongue, right at the point before another top-up is required, natch, the body on the light side of medium weight, and a tad too astringent from fizz and hop alike to be deemed anywhere near smooth. It finishes on a drying trend, the malt waning, while the acerbic hops and yeast gear up for a final run at my upper palate.

Well, what we have here is a German Pils, via Belgium's 'finest' yeastmeisters, spit out by a Danish recipe in coastal Connecticut. WTF? Globalization has its merits, as does collaboration and cooperation, but this all seems to be taking it all a step or ten too far, in concept marketing (our beer sucks, and all that), and in geography. (1,537 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 10/23/2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, cracker, bread, light honey, floral, grass, light pepper, herbal, and floral/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and clean yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, floral, grass, light pine, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, floral, grass, light pine, cracker, bread, light honey and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of hop and malt flavors with minimal yeast ester presence; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hoppy pilsner style. All around nice balance and robustness of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,446 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy dark golden yellow to pale orange in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some golden orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy light beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of sweet bready/grainy malts with lighter aromas of grassy/spicy/earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of bready and grainy malts that are lightly sweet. That is followed by moderate flavors of grassy, spicy, and earthy hops which contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness which lingers slightly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy.

O: Interesting, tastes more like an ale than a lager but still an enjoyable brew. Slightly more hopped up that we often get in the pilsener style but still worth enjoying. (977 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Whole Foods, Alexandria, VA. The beer is golden with a mild haze. An inch of fluffy white head. Aromas of grain, mild lemon, bread. Typical pilsner flavors with subtle notes of earth and herbal hops. Light bodied, finishing dry with lingering grain and bread flavors. This was alright. (295 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Tørst in Brooklyn.

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark golden yellow color with straw colored edges and a one finger, white foam head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Splotchy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy, crisp hop aroma with pale malt and light fruit notes.  Grassy with sappy pine needle followed by hints of apple, straw, pale pilsner malt and biscuit.

Similar to aroma with a crisp hop bite up front that lingers over the pale malts into a slightly dry finish.  Nice grassy presence with sweet apple and pear flavor.  Nothing too exciting but this beer is crisp, refreshing and easy to drink. (625 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.64/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a rather thin golden hue, with some pale haze through it, and a head which seemed to form initially, but only went as far as becoming a mild ring of white. Very little visible carbonation. It looks exceptionally generic, except even the most generic pilsner usually filters out the haze. I'm unimpressed.

Nose is mild and green, with a pretty light basis, but a pleasant enough vegetative hop character to get it going. Slight sweet herbal note and some hints of esters, but that could just be other sweet characters coming from the neutral malt. It's ok—nothing to write home about, but fine enough.

Taste is slightly worse. Faint, neutral pale malt graininess on the front with an upturn in metallic hops which giving a clanging bitterness to the mid to back palate. It doesn't sit nicely with the malt character, which is weak and yet also slightly too sweet. Indeed, there's a clinging beet-sugar sweetness right through to the back which echoes some of the vegetative hop characters on the nose. Feel is light and fluid, but with an unpleasant stickiness towards the back as the sweetness stings the finish.

Overall, this is easily my least favourite effort from Evil Twin, and quite a slight on pilsners in general. I'm genuinely unimpressed. (1,310 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a lightly clouded pale straw yellow color with a nice white head which quickly reseeded leaving a minute amount of bubbles and lacing

S: Light notes of grass and bread. Pretty simple and straightforward.

T: Upfront there is a light but dry sweetness packed with grassy hops. Again, pretty simple and straightforward. The finish is pretty clean, not overly bitter and sweet like many American versions

M: Light to Light-medium body, well carbonated, dry, and lightly crispy

O: I enjoyed this beer and feel it's underrated due to complexity, or lack of... (567 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.77/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

$8 for a 12oz pour. Evil Twin, this better be good. Served in tulip. Poured a mildly hazy, bright yellow color with over an inch of white head (which means I actually got about 9oz for my eight clams) that had moderate retention and lacing.

The aroma was almost exactly typical, some mild, earthy grains, and a gentle dose of of soft hops. The taste was the same, perhaps even a bit on the bland side of typical, and in all honesty, a brewery down the street from me (Chuckanut) makes a far superior example of the style.

The body was on the full side of average for the style, a bit sticky and sweet, especially on the finish. Drinkability was decent enough, but not good enough to make me want another. Overall, because of the low value, I can't recommend you spend your own money on this beer. If you can get someone to buy it for you, go ahead and tick it, otherwise, avoid. (880 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Schaumburger pilsner glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a nice two finger white head with active carbonation. Aroma of biscuit malt with a light fruitiness. Flavor follows aroma with biscuit malt and grassy earthy hops. The hop component is much more dominated by dry herbal elements than hop bitterness or the bright herbal hopping of American IPAs. Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation. An interesting take on a the classic German style, with the dry grassiness of the hops perhaps a bit over-presented. Still enjoyable to drink and distinctly flavored while fitting within the style. (608 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, gold color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hops, citrus, floral, hint of alcohol, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hops, hint of yeast, and a hint of floral notes. Overall, good appearance, blend, and feel. (414 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy blonde color with a whitish hue on the sides. Decent head that is quick to fade. Looks marvelous.

Lots of malt in the nose. Grainy. Decently hopped too. I would say that this beer fits my mood as it is.

The hops are restrained, allowing the grainy malt base to dominate the palate.

Things get watery towards the back of the throat. Either that or the malt just doesn't hold up as much.

Well worth a try. I've had nothing but good experiences with Evil Twin. (477 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found a bottle marked 4/14 for a dollar and I had to buy it.
A - Hazy bright yellow probably since it's over 8 months old. Head is pretty good got over a 1/2 inch.
S - A bit of herbal hops and some lemon zest. Very little skunky malts. Good.
T - A decent hoppy pilsner with a good balance of bitter hops, sweet malts and lemon crispness.
M - Light to medium very easy to drink especially with food.

Overall a good buy for just a buck and me not being the biggest fan of the style I enjoyed it. (494 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

Had on tap at Evil Twin's own Torst in Brooklyn, NY so maybe I had a version more fresh than bottle versions.
Poured a clear golden orange body with an aroma that is strong in the grainy, pils malt department.
Easy to drink crisp beer that is refreshing and much needed on a hot summer day.
The pils malts as well as grassy hops give off a slightly sweet, dry, smooth taste and the crisp finish is welcomed.
Nothing fancy but gets the job done. (444 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Had this on tap at Blackback in Waterbury. From notes.

A - Poured hazy golden with two fingers of soapy white head. Good lace rings and a half finger of retention.

S - Honey, sweet malt. Not much hop presence.

T - Sweet malt again, subtle hop character.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium body, refreshing finish.

O/D - A decent, clean pils. Nothing spectacular at all. Could use more hop character and complexity given the brewery. Wouldn't revisit but it was pleasant. (478 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass (semi-proper!). Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, fruit, spices, and grain. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, fruit, spice, grain, rye, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Upon first inspection of the nose on this one I really wasn’t expecting too much if I’m honest. There was a very substantial earthiness going on which was a little overwhelming. However, the flavor was a good bit better with a nice kiss of fruit taking place. This kept some of the earthiness at bay and helped to balance it out. Worth trying if you get the chance to do so. (849 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clear, bright gold, Low Life's pure white head reaches a finger and sits fluffy on top, fading after time to a creamy foam and depositing nicely thick patching as it goes.
The smell is soft but nice, very bright and clean, with plenty of Saaz hops, though it seems to be hopped more to the Czech than the German standard. Still, it's not too soft.
The taste is the same, with a gentle malty sweetness up front and a base consisting of floral and lightly herbal hops bitterness. Dryness from a grassier character comes out underneath.
Light, crisp and refreshing, as one would hope for with this style, it's nonetheless consistent and deep. The carbonation is a bit high, but it doesn't overwhelm too much. (707 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours gold with a small, fading white head.
Delicate aroma, some spicy and herbal hops and cereal grains.
Flavours are the same - boring cereal grains and spicy hops, with little else to back things up.
Carbonation is too high.
Not impressive.... (250 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold with a bubbly, fluffy white head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing around the sides of the glass.

S: Aromas of biscuits, honey, straw, minerals, herbs, grass, lemon, and lime are present on the nose.

T: Malty notes of caramel, crackers, biscuits, minerals, and honey are joined by flavors of lemon, lime, straw, grass, and herbs on the palate. The finish is hoppy, but balanced, featuring a pleasant mixture of grass, honey, mineral, biscuit, and straw flavors.

M: Medium-to-full in body and relatively dry. Carbonation is crisp and firm.

O: A nice take on a traditional German-style pils. Very well balanced with a great integration of malt and hop flavors. I could see this becoming a regular in my summer rotation. (749 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Resiny, bitter, and plasticy in aroma. There's a touch of floral hops and muted citrus.

Flavor is herbal and minerally, with a very earthy, bitter finish. (155 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Evil Twin Low Life

A- Tall boy delivers a slightly hazy medium golden brew into two pint glasses. The head is white, frothy and retains fairly well. Large sheet of lace at the top and a few spots below.

S- Fairly mild overall with herbal and spicy hops leading to pale malt tones like bread and cracker. A bit grassy and something reminds me of pale fruits.

T- The hops gain some prominence on the palate as they are grassy, herbal and fairly spicy. Hints of pale fruit like grape, light stone fruit, cereal grains and bready cracker. A bit sweet for me.

MF- Light bodied and the defining adjective I'd use is crisp. Just a bit puffy and frothy and would feel thin in any other style. High end carbonation.

Its a solid drinker but as the description ironically ironically suggests its not worth the money. Also doesn't touch the great Pilsners even the Western Hemisphere ones. (882 characters)

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Evil Twin Low Life from Evil Twin Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.