Downright Pilsner - Port City Brewing
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Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mpyle:
3.73/5 rDev +5.1%
App - pale golden color, very slightly cloudy/hazy (unfiltered? Definitely some yeast at bottom of bottle) Nice white head, creamy and long lasting.
Clean aroma with some slightly spicy hop aroma. Some malty sweetness.
Slight hit of malt before the hops kick in. Nice rounded hop flavor, transitioning seamlessly to the finish. Doesn't seem incredibly bitter at first, but it sneaks up on you in the finish. Finish is sufficiently hoppy, crisp, and dry to beg another swallow.
Medium body and fairly heavily carbonated. No astringency or warming, but the carbonation does add a prickly character.
Lacks the sophistication of really good examples, but pretty nice for a local brewery. A bigger malt character up front would be nice, and a crisper hop aroma would help as well.
08-11-2013 22:29:50 | More by mpyle
More User Reviews:
3.93/5 rDev +10.7%
My nephew brought a growler of this up to Lancaster this weekend along with one of the Wit. It's a very pretty beer in the glass; a slightly hazy gold with a generous head that scattered into lacing. The beer is actively generating a nice stream of bubbles. The aroma is not the best characteristic of this beer but is malty and pleasant. I liked the flavor which is well balanced and not assertive. There is a decent, lingering finish that tends toward the hoppy. The conditioning is very good, just enough to perk up one's thirst quenching but not enough to crowd the subtle pilsner flavors. A good beeer to drink while writing on the porch.
06-24-2012 16:38:58 | More by BeerIsland
3.38/5 rDev -4.8%
Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.
Really nice looking pilsner here, a huge column of rising uniform pinhead bubbles, all lining up and dancing through an eighteen karat gold body. Head is a real nice clumpy bright white, with some staying power, the beer looks very inviting.
Real nice bready malts, with a big and controled hop floral action it seems. There's a little bit of woody smoke in this which is really odd but I seem to dig it. So far looking forward to this.
Dang what happened? Palate hits, but there's just nothing really going on. Mid palate doesn't really fill with anything, no sweetness, no malt taste, it feels completely empty. Finish has some mild hop bitter taste, and some slight bread dough. Mouthfeel is solid for a nice density in German territory, but the palate just doesn't come forward.
Overall, a bit of a disappointment compared to most German pilsners I've had, but an ok beer.
07-24-2012 23:28:58 | More by smakawhat
3.53/5 rDev -0.6%
The beer pours a nice bubbly and foamy white head that last quite a bit and leaves some decent lacing. The beer is a clear gold but seems a little dark for a Pilsner.
A strong pale malt smell that nearly drowns out the hops. However, the hops begin to dominate once the beer becomes slightly warmer. The hops are a crispy pine smell.
The hops are a fairly bitter and come out strong into a lemony finish. The malts have a slight role that is barely noticeable but still manage to show up.
Medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish
Not half bad but definitely room for improvement. Probably worth picking up every now and then.
09-29-2013 18:38:05 | More by HattedClassic
4.03/5 rDev +13.5%
A- pale yellow/orange with plenty of carbonation and a 1 finger very nice white billowy head and great retention.
S - Pleasant grassy and earthy scents balanced with some bready notes.
T - A fine and easily drinkable pilsner with a nice flavor profile of hop crispness in finish (but not out of balance), with malt/bready back to it.
M - Very good moutfeel for a light pilsner style.
O - I think Port City made a very nice summer beer here. Its got a fine balance of drinkability and flavor to make it quite a refreshing Pilsner to enjoy.
06-09-2013 00:30:22 | More by bubseymour
3.35/5 rDev -5.6%
On tap at Rustico Alexandria. Standard version and an unfiltered keller version (cask) served in mini snifters side-by-side. Review for the standard version. Pours a clear straw-golden color with a good white head and a bit of lacing. The nose has some nice herbal and floral hops atop a pilsner-malt base. Flavor is crisp and clean. Could use a bit more bitterness and hop character, but it’s still clean. Light crisp body. Pretty good.
12-15-2012 19:11:01 | More by Thorpe429
3.75/5 rDev +5.6%
Hazy golden, heavy white foam.
Pleasantly bitter with noble hops, but easy tasting. No sulfur characteristics. The finish is clean, and of light malt.
Carbonation is slightly too heavy for me.
Enjoyable take on a pilsner.
08-15-2014 20:55:16 | More by gabrielsyme
Downright Pilsner from Port City Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.