Downright Pilsner - Port City Brewing

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Reviews: 19
Hads: 94
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 4.35%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 19 | Hads: 94
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewery tap room in Alexandria, VA.

A: single finger and excellent lacing on a slightly hazy bright golden body.

S: grains, pale malts, saaz hops.

T: nice degree of bitterness throughout but remains clean. Very nice malt and grain base to this one.

M: lighter side of medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is a very nice flavorful and bitter Czech pilsner. One of the better brews from this brewery. (433 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively dark yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and a thin film in between along with some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grainy malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bready hops along with notes of grainy malts and floral hops, the latter of which contributes a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a good balance between the malts and hops. There's nothing overly interesting about the taste, but it would make for a good beer to pair with food.

Serving type: bottle (875 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 06/09/12 notes. Had on tap at Meridian Pint at their Drink Local event.

a - Pours a clear pale yellow color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, grains, bready malts, dirt, some earthy notes. Pretty average, though not bad.

t - Tastes of bread, wheat, grains, light earthy and floral notes. Pretty nice, slightly better than the nose, with a tiny bit of sweetness.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation evident. Easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent pilsner. The nose is a bit bland and average, but the taste is a little sweet and better. Easy to drink and a good summer beer, would have it again. (669 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. It poured golden in color with a foamy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Nice looking lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma is crisp with a mix of pale, grainy malts and some earthy, slightly peppery, European hops. I get a little bit of a sweeter, light fruit qualities to it as well.

The taste shows a little more of the herbal, peppery, European hops throughout. It's crisp and a little bit fruity and grainy up front, but the hops give it a little more of a bitter kick in the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being a little above average. Overall, it was a pretty decent and drinkable beer of the style. It was light, crisp, flavorful and showed a good amount of hoppiness to it for the style. Pretty good beer overall. (821 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (931 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.24/5  rDev -12%
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. (1,136 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a couple of sixers for a recent Halloween party I hosted. Finally getting around to trying this.

Served in a DFH, ribbed condom glass.

A: Poured a light orange color with a lot of fog pouring off this bastard. The head was small.

S: Infinitely bread with some understated fruit funk in there as well.

T: I'm glad this wasn't an overly sugar, Americanized version of this style. As it stands, this was pretty tasty: European flair with a hint of grapefruit just to let us know that Florida is indeed a state in the US of A.

M: Thick bubbles in terms of carbonation bill, which I appreciated. Mild splotchy lacing. This one rests well on the palate.

O: Not much love for this one on here. I suspect lots of outer homerism might be to blame. (751 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (544 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to nonic pint...

A. Pours a fairly cloudy, pale straw gold. About a half finger of eggshell white head, tightly beaded and uniform. Lacing is pretty good as well.

S. Grains, bread, and some mild spiciness from the hops. Little bit of lemon, no real grassiness.

T. Pretty good, with more grains, bread crust, and a good does of herbal bitterness on the finish from the hops. Very nice.

M. Crisp, refreshing, light.

O. This is pretty damn good. Wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised by the pleasing grain bill and a nice hop and herbal character. Impressive. (587 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
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.

Smell:
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.

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish

Overall:
Not half bad but definitely room for improvement. Probably worth picking up every now and then. (677 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (753 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a clear pale gold with a creamier white head. Great retention and some effevesence

S-rich biscuit tones and mild earthy hops

T- rich malt flavors, big bread balanced against the milder noble hops. There's a pleasant fruity aspect on the finish

M-a little thinner, but with a nice fullness to it. No noticeable "bubbly" feeling from the carbonation

O-a really good, lighter but full-flavored Pilsner. (405 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice presence of malt, grass, caramel and citrus.
Appearance- This beer is a murky golden yellow color with a small white head.
Taste- Has a great toasted malt flavor with a bready aftertaste.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with low carbonation, has a creamy to oily texture.
Overall- A nice pilsner, that is well balanced. (381 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, golden yellow color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with very strong aromas of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly toasted French baguettes or English muffins. I also get notes of caramel, black pepper, and lots of grassy, citrusy, herbal floral aromas.

Taste: Very nice! Lots of bready, toasted malt flavors up front, imparting some biscuity, pretzel-like flavors, followed by some orange and lemon-like citrus, spices of black pepper, cilantro, coriander, some caramel-like sweetness, finished with a touch of grassy, slightly piney hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and creamy, as there is very little carbonation. With an ABV of 4.8%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I’m not a real fan of pilsners, as I usually find them to be too hoppy and harsh. That being said, I really, really, really like Port City’s Downright Pilsner. It’s beautifully balanced between malt and hops, is very refreshing and is absolutely delicious! (1,171 characters)

Photo of mpyle
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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. (779 characters)

Photo of gabrielsyme
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12oz Bottle.

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. (240 characters)

Photo of BeerIsland
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (643 characters)

Downright Pilsner from Port City Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.