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Downright Pilsner - Port City Brewing

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Port City Brewing visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mdfb79 on 06-20-2012)
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Photo of Thorpe429


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
Photo of nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-25-2012 18:43:19 | More by nmann08
Photo of kylehay2004


4/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

07-29-2012 16:38:25 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.48/5  rDev -2%

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.

06-20-2012 19:38:36 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

06-13-2013 19:52:27 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of smakawhat


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
Photo of billab914


3.78/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

06-29-2012 21:53:17 | More by billab914
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

07-23-2013 19:40:00 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of Boone757


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

12-28-2013 17:59:35 | More by Boone757
Photo of atrocity


3/5  rDev -15.5%

04-29-2014 19:35:44 | More by atrocity
Photo of Hanzo


3/5  rDev -15.5%

02-08-2014 19:30:47 | More by Hanzo
Photo of bigred89


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-03-2012 09:19:51 | More by bigred89
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

11-06-2013 03:55:32 | More by Chaney
Photo of RedneckBeerz


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-16-2013 17:35:35 | More by RedneckBeerz
Photo of KevMo84


3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

06-07-2014 08:17:12 | More by KevMo84
Photo of 2dogbrew


3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-22-2012 00:59:53 | More by 2dogbrew
Photo of AndrewMichael


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

09-28-2013 00:09:24 | More by AndrewMichael
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.26/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

10-05-2013 02:25:34 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of jacewg

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

07-02-2013 12:44:53 | More by jacewg
Photo of bubseymour


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
Photo of Dave_Treat


2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

06-01-2013 18:35:03 | More by Dave_Treat
Photo of Drknight


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-24-2013 22:36:11 | More by Drknight
Photo of Jimmys


3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

09-18-2012 03:18:29 | More by Jimmys
Photo of siege06nd


3.9/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

07-01-2012 18:42:45 | More by siege06nd
Photo of paulish

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-20-2014 02:38:36 | More by paulish
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Downright Pilsner from Port City Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.