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Pearl Snap Pils - Austin Beerworks

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88
very good

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 262
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 19
Gots: 59 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can shared by Bobby.

A: The beer pours a clear golden color with a big white head.

S: There is a little bit of a lemony note, slightly soapy, with a rather light malt note. Some floral hop notes along with a pale malt sweetness and grassy hop notes.

T: A mild sweetness of pale malts. There's a floral and grassy hop note to it. Some fruity esters and yeast flavors with a very mild/soft bitterness.

M: The body is on the lighter side of medium with medium to high carbonation.

O: A pretty nice, easy to drink pils. Good flavor and aroma. (543 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (977 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pearl Snap Pils is a sunny yellow beer that's clearly best suited to hot sunny weather; I'm thirsty and the bubbles, pristine clarity and condensation on the glass all make it irresistible not to just immediately gulp down without first properly examining or smelling it.

The simplicity of a true Pilsner is deceptive; lightly honeyed grain conceals a considerable amount of hoppiness. Though easy to miss, this beer (like every good pilsner) is comprised not only of full, Graham cracker-like maltiness but also a dosage of slightly zesty, flowery Noble hops.

Pearl Snap's delicately soft water affords the malts an ultra breadiness that tastes soft, clean and considerably sweet and might leave some (myself included) to think of it more as a Munich Helles. Either way, a southern German brewer would find nothing has been lost in translation.

This beer is exactly what you want in sunny and humid weather (trust me, I'm reviewing this in a non-air-conditioned room on an especially clammy August afternoon). It is bittered only enough to forge a little texture but not interfere with the thirst-quenching malt.

'Three' is how many Pearl Snap Pils the brewery says I can drink before I start trying that annoying accent. 'One' is how many it took to make me a huge fan of theirs. Not only can these guys evidently brew, but they're also extremely cool and clever marketers. (1,383 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear light golden straw with a fizzy one finger head that quickly fades to leave minimal clouding and halo.

S - Light grassy, floral hops along with some nice caramel malts. Awesome nobel hops.

T - Taste is more malts than usual here, sweet, with some slightly older nobel hops. there is a nice strong bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty good for a pils. The bitterness at the end is a bit distracting though. Nice carbonation.

O - Overall this isnt a bad German Pilsner. On the nose and mouth, the hops are a bit too prominent. The taste though, the hops are a bit faded. (659 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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). (911 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

big thanks to channels321 for this extra. enjoyed from my "E" snifter.

a - brew pours a transparent soft straw yellow with a finger of fizzy bubbly head with streaky bubbly lacing. visible champagne like carbonation could be seen raging in the glass.

s - grain, flax...corn. german pils. classic but very grainy.

t - again, big grain bill...ut some soft sweetness that the nose doesn't advertise that helps bring this one into the craft realm.

m - a bit fizzy, but overall a smooth drinker. super easy to throw back.

o - overall, another great gateway beer when trying to convert a macro drinker. i just had the kelso pils a bit earlier tonight and that one had a great sweetness that this one is missing. although true to style and leans towards the classic german pils, i find the german pils to be imperfect for my tastes. solid pils, but not something i'll be hunting or stocking. (889 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kevin123 for this can...

A: Pours a translucent yellow/gold with about a half finger of white head that settles fairly quickly. There is just a wisp of lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: Smells like a classic pils. There is a light malt backbone with a slight hop aroma, but nothing really stands out.

T: IT starts out clean and wet, with some mild malt tastes right up front. That note slowly transitions into a bittering hop finish.

M: Light bodied beer. The carbonation is spot on for this beer, light but ever present. The bitterness of the beer lingers on the palate for quite awhile after drinking.

O: This is a decent pilsner, but it's not spectacular. It's a bit too bitter in the finish for my liking. I'm pleased to have tried it, but I don't think I;d seek this beer out if it were available in my area. (836 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can tried 30 Oct 2011. Courtesy of R&A, thanks! Served in the 0.4 L Hutthurmer mug.

Large yellow-white fluffy head. Well carbonated. Clear bright sunflower in color. Light mineral graininess in the aroma. Starts with light malts and a nice mineral bitterness. Some hints of lemon. Light body, moderate ethanol. Bitterness lingers into the finish and aftertaste.

Well balanced, easy to drink. (401 characters)

Photo of katan
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz into a pint

A - Pours a light golden color. Very clear. Not much for head formation, just a bit of white stuff. Like I said, clear.

S - Light pilsner malt nose, and even that I had to hunt for.

T - Starts off smooth and light, a little sweet - much like the aroma. Then it starts to add more strong nuttier pilsner malts and just a hint of citrus hops. Finishes clean with just a few more pilsner malts. Flavors are just not very bold.

M - Moderate body and like carbonation. Almost a little low for what I would be looking for - doesn't quite come off as much of a lager.

O/D - A nice easy drinker on a cool day. Not much about it that distinguishes it from the rest. Is well done for the style of course. A bit filling at times, abv is right in line. (764 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy pale golden color body. Very clean nose. Saaz is apparent. I enjoy the bready flavors and the overall hoppiness, but there's a toastiness that I'm just not feeling. Almost like this was brewed by New Belgium. Mouthfeel is bubbly and full; solid. This would be a pretty solid go-to beer if not for the toastiness. Kinda kills it for me. Solid otherwise. (366 characters)

Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of jbphoto88
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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! (939 characters)

Photo of obrike
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A buddy brought me a single can...I believe he picked up a 6er from the central Austin Specs.

Light straw colored yellow pour...a minimal head but some lacing. Not too bad.

Getting some grassy/flowery hops on first scent, some grainy malt...certainly a step above your adjunct lager.

MMM...pretty tasty. Crisp, refreshing pilsner taste...like the malty kick in the after taste. The initial grassy hop kick is nice...the carbonation is a bit high, but I think that's the norm for this style.

Overall a pretty good example for the style. Very happy to a local Austin brewery produce a quality craft brew. Lookin forward to trying the other styles as well. (657 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can at Ginny's Little Bighorn on Sun., 12/28/2014 (Chicken Shit Bingo), unknown brewing/packaging dates, poured into plastic cup, drank over 30-45 minutes (161 characters)

Photo of BeerZack
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (1,139 characters)

Photo of Premo88
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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 (767 characters)

Photo of chocosushi
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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! (790 characters)

Photo of zander4dawin
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Light golden beer, the color of lime juice. A fluffy head rapidly appears and dissipates almost completely.

Smell - Earthy with yeast and hops notes.

Taste - Good pilsner taste, dry with a solid hop backbone. Has a slight skunky aftertaste after a few sips.

Mouthfeel - Light and snappy with a good crisp feeling. (329 characters)

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,232 characters)

Photo of amphion1065
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another canned extra courtesy of htomsirveaux, poured into a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very clear, hay-colored gold. Absolutely fantastic clarity, with a small white head that left beautiful cascading lacing around my glass. Very nicely put together.

Nice pilsner malt in the aroma, with a bready note and a touch of sweetness. But there's also a slight vegetal quality that seems almost rotten. A little bit like cabbage stew, this smells quite off. A non-BA with whom I shared this beer pejoratively described the smell as "funky."

Thankfully, whatever off notes that come through in the nose don't impact the beer at all. Lots of pilsner malt and a touch of biscuit. Corn and wheat, with a robust bready character. There's also a slight fruity aftertaste that adds additional sweetness.

Carbonation is on the low side, but it's not terrible. Definitely an easy pils to put back.

I'm quite happy that the taste departed from the smell significantly. This isn't a style I often spring for, and I haven't found many American versions that I enjoy, but this is solid. (1,087 characters)

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