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Pearl Snap Pils - Austin Beerworks

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Pearl Snap PilsPearl Snap Pils

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very good

42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 267
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 26.48%
Wants: 19
Gots: 65 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Austin Beerworks visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: JonathanL7890 on 06-15-2011

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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 267
Photo of smart3r
4.88/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As a local Austinite my review seems relevant. I have savored a lot of local beers and Austin Pearl Snap is one of my favorites. Normally I am a fan of IPAs the Austing Pearl Snap is a great Pils but actually tastes very similar to an IPA. Please note that I am not a beer expert, just a regular beer customer.

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Photo of Wagner74
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wonderful take on a classic Pilsner style lager. Best I've had from Texas. Saaz hoppiness rings true and clear. Clean finish, good astringency here. Nice off white head that quickly dissipates. Light straw color and light lace down the glass. Yum! Will buy again.

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Photo of PeterTrample
4.56/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend gave me a can of Pearl Snap at Blues on the Green yesterday. I think it is the best canned beer I've ever had. Really refreshing and delicious. And the can design looks great.

I really like Pilsners. Prima, Trumer have been my favorites, but I think I like this one more - it just seemed fresher and cleaner. I'll have to try them side by side to be sure.

Really happy to have great canned beer from a local brewery!

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Photo of BeerZack
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is Texas beer from a can, so I felt I should evaluate this one consumed from the can, as well as in a glass...
From can- the appearance is awesome! Perhaps the best beer packaging in Texas? In the glass, the beer pours a nice moderate off-white head that sticks around a bit.
From the can the aroma is overwhelmingly fresh hops. Reminds me of sticking my nose in a bag of hop pellets. Allowed to open up in the glass, the aroma is not so in-your-face hops and some cracker-like malt shows up. I also get the slightest hint of sulphur that adds a pleasant nuance to the danky hop profile.
The flavor impression straight outta the can is immediately lively and hop dominated. It comes on strong and fast and finishes clean and dry with a lingering hop bite. The beer smooths out in both carbonation, which remains lively, and hop bitterness when consumed from a glass. I'm also able to pick out that sulphur note in the glass again, which is so minor, but serves to make the beer feel a bit crisper and drier I think. Nice.
Overall, a supremely drinkable, crisp, dry and hoppy session beer. One of the best craft pilseners I have tried.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can pours a stunningly clear yellow color with a nice, bubbly white head. Ok retention and not much lacing.

Nose is classic pilsner with delicious saaz-y/hallertau hop aromas. Fresh, clean grainy malt. I think Im gonna like this one...

Oh yea, it is about damn time a Texas brewery nailed a good pilsner, especially considering all the German immigrant heritage near the Hill Country. This one can hang right up there with the best of the Pennsylvania pilsners. Snappy, sharp and crisp with lots of hop flavor and character. Goes down smooth and fast, I am very impressed.

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Photo of champ103
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Austin Beerworks has made it to Houston. On tap at the Flying Saucer. This is the second time I have had this.

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Plenty of sticky lace as well.
S: Spicy, peppery yeast up front. Lots of hops in the nose. Grassy, herbal and tea like. Very nice.
T: Follows the nose with a large yeast and hops flavor. Spicy and peppery. A lemony zest as well as grassy and herbal hops. Some biscuit malt flavors for a nice balance and a lingering bitterness. Love it.
M/D: A lighter body that is very crisp and refreshing. Very dry and clean. So easy to drink. All day with this one.

An excellent Pilsener and a welcome addition to the Texas beer scene. Something I will be drinking a lot more of, and would highly recommend. Up there with Stoudts as one of the best Pilseners I have had (though very different interpretations of the style).

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to bentwookie for this. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a straw color, displaying brilliant clarity, with a finger of fluffy white head. Pretty good retention and messy lacing. Nice effervescent carbonation.

S: Moderate maltiness with slight sweetness, hint of grassiness, lemon, and DMS.

T: Nice pale malty flavor with an undertone of DMS, finishing with a very mild bitterness and a hint of sweetness.

M: Medium-high, crisp carbonation and medium-light body.

O: Very easy to drink. This works really well as both a warm weather, lawnmower beer, and for spicy foods like Indian or Mexican due to the slight sweetness and crispness.

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Photo of GrayHam
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light golden and crystal clear. Good head retention with medium sized bubbles and moderate lacing.

S: A big earthy and floral hop punch with a faint hint of pilsner malt.

T: One of the more flavorful pilsners I've had. It is crisp and clean, but the liberal use of hops provides a depth that many pilsners don't have.

M: Good carbonation and a dry finish make this a very refreshing beer in the Texas heat.

O: Definitely not what I was expecting from a "German Pilsner", but I still really enjoyed it.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with a friend. 12 ounce can into pilsener glass; no canning date, but I got it recently. Pours almost crystal clear golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent lacing clinging the glass, and plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of lemon, grass, floral hops, pepper, herbs, and a bit of biscuit. Nice aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of big lemon, biscuit, floral, pepper, herb, grass, and spiciness. Light floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, biscuit, herb, pepper, and spiciness on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a crisp and very nice mouthfeel that is not thin at all. No alcohol noticed at all in the taste or finish as expected, and very drinkable. Overall this is a highly excellent pilsener, with a ton of nice well balanced flavor. One of the best ones I have had for sure.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into a (512) Anniv3rsary tulip.

Gorgeous pour--crystal clear body with a brassy, golden hue. Crackling white foam on top retains well as a fat ring of bubbles. Aroma floods the olfaction with leafy, green hop notes that suggest white grape juice and herbal mint & grass. Cereal malts in the background are sweet and grainy. A little sulfur creeps in from the yeast.

"Bread crust and saltine crackers!" shout the malt. "Pine sap and minty earth!" scream the hops, eventually the louder of the two parties. Mineral water and sulfur-y yeastiness lingers in the finish; this pilsener could hang with the best of German offerings. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly, light-bodied, dry on the back end, and ultimately drinkable. A fantastic pils to make you fall in love with the style all over again.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JJFoodie for the can!

Pours a clear sunny orange color with a nice white head. Lightly sweet aroma of crackers and bread crust, with slight notes of citrus and floral hop notes. Slightly sweeter bread notes on the taste, with a clean, crisp light hop bite on the finish: floral and citrusy. Body is light, with a slight creamy texture, smooth balance and excellent drinkability. Definitely a refreshing and tasty pils.

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Photo of rcfunk
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Something may have been wrong with the first can I tasted of this beer or maybe with the glass I drank it out of. My initial review was as follows:

Severely over carbonated. Accordingly, impossible to review accurately.

I would like to try this beer again in better condition.

Smells and tastes promising, so I expect that with the appropriate level of CO2, this beer will be very good. Props on canning.
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I tried another can from the same six pack and the beer was totally different. I am reviewing this beer for the second time below.

It pours crystal clear with a good level of carbonation and nice head retention. This, for me is the first make or break test of a pilsner beer.

The taste is very hop forward with a nice lingering bitterness which is pleasant albeit unexpected. I honestly couldn't pick up any pilsner malt flavor behind the hops.

This beer is crisp and refreshing and highly drinkable. I would give it a 4.0 as a beer, but I can't give it higher ratings than I did as a german style pilsner.

I highly recommend this beer and I am really glad a local brewery is canning their product. Something nice to take to the lake etc. Props.

I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of MrBeerExpert
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful light golden and brilliantly clear. Medium white head
that leaves moderate lacing.

S: Very aromatic for a Pilsener, but in great way. Grassy, earthy
noble hops and slightly sweet grain.

T: Almost like tasting noble hop extract, perfectly backed with
pils malt. Almost zero yeast character is present, which lets
the other ingredients shine though.

M: Quite dry and carbonated. Maybe a bit too much, but it
makes for a more refreshing beer - which is nice in canned

O: A very well crafted beer considering what a delicate style it
is. Not quite true to style, but excellent nonetheless.

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Photo of Premo88
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Torchy's Tacos in Cedar Park, poured into (chilled, dammit!) 16 oz. pint glass
(from 6/8/14)

L: standard clear yellow with 1/3-inch white foam, some stick, some lace but very little -- the chilled mug screws this one all up for me

S: grassy, citrus, some malt but this one leans more on real green light hop notes ... some grain; citrus is mostly lemon

T: fantastic, crisp, clean with nice greener, grassy hop bites ... didn't get much sweet/light malt tastes, *maybe* some cracker ... grain notes, rice/cereal

F: strong and sturdy with good carbonation but light enough to drink (and drink and drink and drink)

O: only had the one pint, so all of this is a first-blush look at the brew, but it's very, very good ... looking forward to trying many more

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Photo of UTCengOwl
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love ABW's Can do attitude. Picked up a sixer of this at Spec's. At $7.70, you can bet your ass I'm going to buy their stuff whenever I need casual non-homebrew to sip on. I'll probably pick up the Fire Eagle (SCREEEE) over this, but it's close and that might just be my preference for IPAs. With this and Live Oak Pilz, Austin has some good easy drinking options. Served in a (512) TWO glass. Gotta keep it local.

The beer looks like you'd want an idealized AAL to look like. Inviting, clear gold body. White head settles on top nicely. Fades before in finish, though. Points off for that.

The nose is grassy, peppery, noble and sweet. Not a pils to mess around with. Much hopper than most... though I expected that from the Black Thunders I've had before. Even though the initial lineup looks conservative, the hopping so far is not (aside from Peacemaker... guess that explains the name).

The taste is not nearly as sweet. Hop dominated from the get go. Almost like a lager version of an English IPA... but still distinctly pils. Dry, crisp finish. Much thinner than the Live Oak Pilz, but that fits the beer. Pretty drinkable, but also jolting and interesting. Love ABW's debut so far. Hope I can get their cans in DFW.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a can at The Common Table.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a nice-sized white head. The aroma is a mix of grain and grass with a little bit of citrus mixed in. A very nice smelling beer. The flavor is a mix of grain and bready malt, with some grassy and citrus hops mixed in. I also get a little bit of toffee in the flavor. The bitterness is pretty high for a pilsner but goes with the flavors very well. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice beer.

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap, this pours a crystal clear light yellow with a short lived white head. The smells are of grass hops, crisp earthy tones, some malts. The feel is medium to light. The taste is good, a nice bitter amount of noble hops along with some clean earthy flavors.

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Photo of ChuckHardslab
4/5  rDev +2.8%

A nice clean German style Pils. It pours a very clear straw color with a bright white head that dissipates quickly.

The nose is classic pilsner, just a little maltiness and some grassy, slightly citrus hops.

The taste is slightly sweet and very refreshing. There is the light malt up front and a very clean and crisp noble hops finish. The carbonation is bright and champagne-like.

This is one of those beers made in Austin that just fits with the local climate and tastes. Kudos to ABW.

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Photo of FUNKPhD
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Spec's, should've gotten a pint while at FS.

From Notes:
Pours out a nice amber, quite clear, with a slight head which dissipates quickly. I get a bitter aroma, smells pretty good. The taste has the same bitterness to it. Its a crisp, refreshing beer. Has a good amount of carbonation. Quite drinkable.

This is really, a good choice to pick up. Hopefully I'll be seeing it more of it, and other ABW beers, more widely available in the upcoming weeks.

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into nonic

A: brilliantly clear golden color, fluffy white head, medium sized carbonation bubbles, screams refreshing

S: a little lemony and crisp, a light cracker malt

T: sweetness that becomes attenuated by a lemon rind bitterness, slightly grassy and bitter finish

M: bright and semi-dry, begs for another refreshing drink without being needy

O: This one is a winner. It's bang on for the style (IMHO), flavorful and refreshing. I wish the nose were a bit more distinctive, but it's a small complaint.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a pils glass. The beer is a lemony yellow with a white head that fades to some suds. I was worried that the beer was flat when I opened the can to almost no co2 hiss but there is a steady stream of bubbles to disprove that.

The nose is clean and crisp just as you would expect from the style. A firm Nobel hop smell with a bready malted grain scent. There is also a touch of lemon peel and grass. Very nice.

The taste is like the nose with a firm showing of toasted grains and a lemon rind pinch with some earthy grass clippings. This beer is very quenching with a simple yet perfect flavor.

Mouthfeel is another feather in Austin Beerworks cap. It is crisp and dry with a light carbonated bite. I am a big fan of this beer. To me there is nothing better then a simple yet flavorful beer. Combine the fact that it's canned and easy to take with you to the beach or lake and you have my new favorite summer beer!

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Photo of chocosushi
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Žatec Glass
A ~ Pours gold with straw highlights. Head is puffy & decent leaving typical lacing (spider webs). This looks promising aside from the soda pop carbonation. I have noticed this with all of ABW's beers though.

S ~ Zesty European hops. Faintly vegetal with grassy & faintly citric hop notes. Simple.

T ~ Wow surprised here. Very bready at first with a quck smack of bitter saaz fading into black pepper & cracker noes. Apricot & grass on the finish. I like the flavors here.

M ~ In terms of style this is more bitter than most German style pils I have has but it works here. This is after all an American interpretation. Effervescent & crispy with a dry finish.

D ~ Would certainly buy this again. Not a session pils, as I enjoyed sipping this one. One to enjoy. Thanks Reed!

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Photo of JonathanL7890
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at blackstar coop

Appearance. Clear golden color with a white head not much retention.
Aroma: floral citrusy. Some pils malt. Grassy
Flavor: good clean. Not sharply bitter.
Mouthfeel. Good crisp finish. refreshing
Overall. A decent first stab.

This beer is a good addition to the Austin beer scene.
I'll revisit this review on your next batch.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very crisp, clean golden color. There is just a little lacing that sticks around after a very minimal head. Aroma is better a bit farm grains like. There is just a little citrus note from the hops but it is hidden pretty well.

The first sip is nice and clean along with bitterness from the hops that sticks around then the finish is smooth. This pilsner does everything right. Crisp, clean (can't say that enough it seems), nice hop finish and not heavy on the funk.

I am not a fan of the style but this one completely won me over. Really digging ABW offerings.

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Photo of brett_reid
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: deep yellow with very little foam and extremely clear

S: smells like a true pilsner with a nice clean punch when it hits the nose

T: this is an extremely clean tasting beer. It lingers a little, but the overwhelming clean flavor is fantastic
M: You can definitely taste the carbonation which is a little disappointing, but definitely not something to push you away.

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Pearl Snap Pils from Austin Beerworks
87 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.