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Downright Pilsner - Port City Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
good

77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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 -4.8%
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.

Thorpe429, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

nmann08, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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

metter98, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

kylehay2004, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

mdfb79, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -14.8%

wrightst, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Huhzubendah, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.38/5  rDev -4%
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.

smakawhat, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of billab914
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

billab914, Jun 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Rhettroactive, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Boone757, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -14.8%

malfunxion, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

bigred89, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of KevMo84
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

KevMo84, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Hanzo
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Hanzo, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Chaney, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

2dogbrew, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

RedneckBeerz, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

ThisWangsChung, Oct 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

AndrewMichael, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of NJBeer265
3/5  rDev -14.8%

NJBeer265, Oct 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

paulish, Jul 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Drknight, Jun 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Dave_Treat, Jun 01, 2013
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Downright Pilsner from Port City Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.