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Downright Pilsner - Port City Brewing

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Port City Brewing visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mdfb79 on 06-20-2012

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2.32/5  rDev -34.1%

Photo of Dave1999
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy golden colour with a nice white head.

Not too much smell a little malt breadiness.

The taste was weak, a bit of breadiness and a little hop bitterness.

The mouth feel was light with medium carbonation.

Overall I was very disappointed, Port City is my local brewery so I really wanted to like this but the taste and smell was very weak.

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a semi-hazy golden color. There's about one fingers worth of rocky, white-colored head. It actually has slightly better retention than I expected, and leaves some lacing behind.

S: One has to really bury their nose in order to find the aroma. Some faint lemon exists along side a touch of pale malt, with little else. Nothing is really bad about its nose...but neither is there much good.

T: There's a better showing here on the taste. It starts off with some faint noble hop bitterness, quickly growing into a sweet (and actually slightly juicy) lemony finish. Touches of apricot and peach also exist; also somewhat like sweet tea at times. This is the best part of the brew, even if it's a touch too sweet at times.

M: Way too astringent. Of course, that means it's nice and dry, but I could do without it choking my tongue into submission. In spite of that, it's light weight, well carbonated, and easy to drink.

O: This wouldn't be my first choice for a pilsner. If I saw this in a fresher state, I'd pounce on it more easily. It's at least held up well for it to still be decent as is.

Photo of DavidHume
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Jimmys
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into hardywood tulip. no bottled on date.

A: color is a hazy straw yellow/orange hue. way too hazy for a pils. bright white head is bubbly. retention and lacing are decent.

S: pretty solid german hop aroma. reminds me of a less hoppy version of vbc prima pils, which is a good way to start. enough grain to poke a presence.

T: flavor starts similar to the nose. herbal. a little bit of citrus or lemon rind flavor. sort of thins it out a bit. finish is grainy and has some lingering bitterness.

M: moderate amount of fizz. light bodied.

D: not a bad stab at the german pils from a brewery that doesnt do a lot of lagers. great aroma. needs some clarification and maybe some more lagering would really take this brew up the charts.

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Downright Pilsner from Port City Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.