Kelowna Pilsner - Tree Brewing

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: elricorico on 06-28-2007

The clean, crisp taste of our traditional European Pilsner is complimented by just the slightest taste of hops. Smooth and light to medium bodied this is an excellent beer for any occasion.
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Reviews by DoctorStrangiato:
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - straight gold colour with a thin white head. Some okay lacing along the sides. Looks moderately carbonated.

Smell - decent malt aromas but they're stashed below a sour grassy scent that is reminiscent of cheap beer, poorly decanted, years ago.

Taste - does not disappoint once the carbonation subsides. Lager-y flavour of decent barley malt, but the peppery fizz does put a limit on the flavour profile of this one.

Mouthfeel - very active, helps with the refreshment, but gets in the way of the flavour as mentioned.

Drinkability - this is a good beer to have a few of. Certainly more character and taste than a macro, but there are also better choices out there as well.

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml can.

This beer pours a hazy, light golden yellow colour, with one finger of silky, puffy, eggshell white head, which leaves a low ring of breaking surf lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells fairly strongly of white cracker grain, sourdough, a bit of aged lemon, and grassy hops. The taste is biscuity white grain, edgy lemon citrus, and punchy grassy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is moderate and affable, the body medium weight, and smooth, but with some fruity pith-like infusion. It finishes dry, some lemon and floral notes lingering.

This is indeed much more reminiscent of a good Euro-pilsener, than the listed pale lager. Easy to put back, especially if were a hot, sunny day. Sigh.

Photo of Sammy
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light yellow with fading white head. Neutral aroma. Below average mouthfeel, but smooth and balanced. Mild hops, drinkable though 500 ml is a bit much. Drying.Decent for the style of pale lagers,would be weaker compared against real pilsners . More hop than sweetness.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Head vanishes quickly into the golden beer. Visible carbonation.

Grainy, grainy, grainy. Plenty of bready malt on the nose, but I'm missing the grassiness I'm looking for.

True to the aroma, grainy malt is the dominant flavour. Hops are disapointingly absent. Longing for some fresh zing from continental hops and a good grass seed aroma to really put an exclamation mark on the fine malt.

Mouthfeel helps with the overall refreshing character of the beer. Nice crisp carbonation.

Nice enough, needs a good hit of hops.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - crystal clear straw golden, generous white head dissipated very slowly, consistent lace ring
S - grainy, grassy, dank resin odour, mild sweetness with some metallic
T - hops hit the buds first with fresh grassy resiny greenery, followed by bready grains, mild sweet citrus, with a crisp and slightly metallic finish
M - light, crisp, and refreshingly carbonated, the dryness starts subtle but builds through the finish
O - an honest to goodness straight up drinkable pilsner, thank you once again Tree

Photo of elricorico
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A clear, pale yellow-orange colour, with a thin white cap. Lots of visible carbontion rises to the head.

Sweet grain is dominant in the aroma. Almost a sweetened lemonade smell. Can't say that hops are notable.

Slightly sweet and grainy, cracker like malts. Crisp, with very little hop finish, something a little medicinal is all I can attribute to the hops. Still some of that sweet lemonade impresson. Doesn't impress really.

Light to medium body, with ample carbonation, it does pretty well for a lighter lager.

I get the feeling that this is Tree's stab at turning some of the macro drinkers on to their beers. Better than the macros, but something about the flavour really doesn't appeal to me.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- I gave this a fairly hard pour and was greeted with a soapy white head that settles rather quickly into a densely populated foam layer. The lacing is quite good, leaving behind a fair bit of whispy foam on the side of the glass. It also has a viscous look to it as a liquid film sticks to the glass as well. The color is richer than a lot of Pilenser style brews, being somewhat hazy and a yellowish golden hue.

S- Different than what I would have expected, that being more on the malty side of the spectrum rather than the bittering Saaz hops, although they are there modestly. There is a balance of cream and grassy dryness present, but yeah, quite sweet in the aroma overall.

T- Hmmmm, more of the same here, with a yeasty buttery sweetness upfront with moderate hop bitterness right on the finish. It's actually quite good but I wouldn't call this a Pils really...just a decently crafted all malt lager.

M- For this style, it is more medium bodied than anything, with creamy fine carbonation helping to break the flavors onto the palate. It really is like buttered bread. To steal a wine term, this brew is kinda flabby.

D- Overall, this isn't a bad brew, just not what it's stated to be...that said, I'd happily and quite easily drink this all night at a pub as it's an unoffensive beer, just a little soft on the hops and heavy on the malt perhaps. I would still buy this over many other beers if I'm looking for something just to drink without having to think too hard about what I'm putting into my mouth....give it a try for sure!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a bright yellow color pils with a medium size foamy head with some retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet malt notes with a dry finish. Taste is quite refreshing with nice notes of lightly sweet malt and dry finish with light crisp notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well done though more Noble hops would have improve the recipee.

Photo of Garin
1.84/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

It pours pale golden yellow with a fine white fast-sinking head. It is absolutely full of suspended particles. I'm afraid to try it.

Aromas of .... erm. Not much in the way of aroma, I'm afraid. If I try really hard, I can imagine a bit of graininess but that could just be imagination.

The flavour is also almost non-existent. In the far back I get a glimmer of bitterness, but not even really any sweetness. There is a tiny touch of acidity. What's going on? It's not bad exactly, it's just not... much of anything. I guess there really IS no aroma, and even the primary tastes are practically non-existent. I'm searching for umami, but no dice.

The mouthfeel is medium-light, and actually about the only thing in this beer that is sorta ok.

Given the suspended solids, I'm going to chalk this one up to poor quality control. Shame on you, Tree. I have another can in the fridge, I hope it's better. HOWEVER, the review stands, as quality control is absolutely no excuse for me.

Photo of evlu1441
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into a pub glass.

This beer has an interesting clear/coppery gold colour with a nice foamy head.

A nice bready malty aroma dominates. This is a fairly standard lager. Standard, but good so far.

This is a very smooth drinking beer with a nice medium body. Some sweet maltiness comes through off the bat with some faint vanilla flavours too. There is a little bit of hop bitterness towards the end, but not a ton. It is a nice flavourful lager, but not too complex.

Overall, I'm not sure how much of a "pilsner" this really is, but it is a nice flavourful lager. I'd drink this over many other popular beers.

Photo of Proteus93
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clean, pale golden / straw coloured. White, sudsy head could retain a little better but doesn't totally fall short at all.

S: A sweet kiss of malts, with an added touch of citrus hops - almost more of a 'cleaning formula' type citrus, but I don't find those to taste horrid, so it works out okay.

T: Comes across as a bit too malty. A little earthy, and an herbal hoppiness that is a little unbalanced against the malt presence.

M: Body is lighter, as it should be, but there is still a bit of a stickiness that is a little out of place.

D: Easy on the alcohol, as it should be. Probably not a choice I'd make, but a reasonable brew for the sake of drinking it without expecting much.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This style is available only in 8 packs, like their release of Rebel lager.

Pours out a slightly hazed bright gold, immense amount of carbonation, which helps form the powder snow white short head, and maintains its impressive retention.

The aroma is predominantly floral and herbal hops, with a break of bready malt from time to time.

Hmmmm, the hops and the malt don't seem to play very nicely together in the flavour however. Grassy, herbal hops from the very beginning, allowing a sweet liquid--sometimes biscuity--malt to start poking through near the middle already. They're both there in the flavour profile but aren't working together, balancing or complementing one another, just simply present as seperate entities. Yet through all of this lack of synchronicity everything evens out and balances within the aftertaste, leaving me with an impression that I enjoyed this pilsener more than I actually did.

Mild sandpaper texture in the mouthfeel from the carbonation, but it compliments the style and gives it a bit of oomph.

Even though there's some discord within the flavour I still don't mind this pilsener for an easy-drinking session beer from time to time, it quenches my hop fix at least. However not the first pilsener I would point to when asked what to sample from the style.

Photo of haley
2.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: About right for a pilsner. Bit of head when poured; retains edge lace. Medium-high carbonation.

Smell: A sweet slightly stinky malt aroma. A bit honey. A bit biscuity. Can't detect hops. Actually smells a bit salty, like the sea.

Taste: Quick-fading honey sweetness, then some bitterness. Maltiness in between and in the aftertaste. Moments of wateriness though. Hop flavour barely perceptible, but the bitterness builds on the tongue. Also slightly butterscotch.

Mouthfeel. Does seem nice and creamy when I sip it with air, but really the body is pretty thin.

Overall: Good malt flavours. I find the beer inexplicably harsh. Maybe there's not enough body to balance the flavours. I think they should have gone for a little more flavour complexity. It would be nice to taste a bit of hops too. I think some of the aroma and the butterscotch indicate diacetyl.

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

500 ml can, poured into pint glass.
Clear, golden yellow with lots of foamy bubbles. Large puffy head that had good retention, and small thin lace.
Smell has a bit of honey-like sweetness. Faint grassy hops. Sweetish taste, a bit grainy, dry hop finish. Earthy hop/malt blend, slightest touch of metallic. Light body and mouthfeel, easy to drink, but nothing that really stands out. Not the crispness wasa looking for from a true pilsener.
Good, above average example. Curious to see how bottle / draft would compare to the can.

Photo of CrazyMike
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Has a golden yellow appearance with thick head. Smell is very grassy and malty.

Taste is sweet with bread like malt. Very grassy and earthy. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Aftertaste is the real downfall, way to bitter, but has a lingering malty taste.

Overall, this seems like a Pilsner that tries to be different, but ends up being unbalanced. It is okay, but not one of the better beers in Tree's collection

Photo of nighthawk
2.84/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500mL can with best before date poured into pilsner glass.

Clear, golden body with lots of carbonation feeding a persistent half-finger of head.

Very sweet bread notes form the basis for the aroma. Bit of grassy hops in the background. The more I get my nose into it, though, the more it seems to smell like cooked, tinned corn.

A bit less sweet tasting, still breast with mild bitterness and more unfortunate, lingering cooked corn.

Nice light body and sparkly carbonation.

I find myself unable to get past the corn aroma and flavour. Good, drinkable refreshing beer behind it, but I ultimately won't be going back for more of this one.

Photo of Long813
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden body owth three fingers of white fluffy head. Retains it's head for most of the session and leaves some patchy lacing.

S: Basic pilsner notes of grains and straw. Some malt base, but quite weak overall.

T: Good amount of distinct hoppy grains, with a touch of fruitiness to it.

M: Light bodied with medium-low carbonation. By the end of the drink, it seemed almost flat with the minimal amount of carbonation. Water like texture and a dry grainy finish.

O: Good offering by Tree, but not my top choice for a Pilsner.

Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They call it a euro pils, but it is sort of a euro pale, brewed locally.

A: Clear gold, fluffy white head, good retention, excellent lacing.

S: Floral, grassy, steelie, slightly herbal, light biscuit.

T: Steelie grass, floral, earthy mineral, good bitterness, biscuity malt. Well-balanced & well-crafted.

M: Light to moderate body is very smooth, almost creamy, off-dry finish.

D: A good drinker.

Photo of Noxious26
2.94/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml can poured into a pint glass.

Nice clear gold colour. Bright white head is one inch on the pour. Slowly recedes to a tight cap with decent lacing. Moderate amount of carbonation bubbles.

Mild hop aroma. Not much scent at all really.

Cooked veggies and a little tinny of the start. blends into a mild floral hop finish.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. A little harsh on the palate.

Even though it calls itself a pilsner on the can. It's really more of a north american lager. Not bad, but Tree has alot better beers.

Photo of bludtek
2.96/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A clear golden yellow poured into my mug giving a substantial and long lasting head.

Smells of white bread and sponge cake. The hops are faint.

Sweet grainy bread and biscuit come through, although nothing very strong. The hops appear as earthy, are not that strong, and finish with a bitterness that is a bit too harsh for my taste.

Carbonation is good. The crispness looses itself as I work my way through the glass.

Tree brewery has some great beers, but this would be my least favourite. The taste and mouthfeel remind me of a certain Canadian macro which puts me off. "Crisp European style pilsner" is the slogan on the label, but I feel it comes short compared to others out there.

Photo of Methodd
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light golden color with a thick, puffy white head that quickly settles into a collar. Lots of sticky webbed lacing.

Smell: Sweet grains, malt, floral hops. Cracker biscuit flavor.

Taste: Very sweet. Not a lot of bittering. Tastes just as it smells. Nothing else, nothing more.

Mouthfeel: Pretty heavy carbonation. Very smooth swallow. Goes down well and sits well. Very refreshing.

Drinkability: Good. For the price this pilsner is way above 90% of the other offerings available in BC Liquor Stores.

Photo of flagmantho
3.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL can into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a haze-free body and a very strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy white foam. I'm not sure what more you can ask of a Pilsner-slash-pale-lager.

Smell: sweetish malt with a bit of grain and even a bit of fruitiness. Not much personality, and not much in the way of hops.

Taste: simple, with a little bit of sweetness and grain, much like the aroma. Bitterness is light but present. This is a totally serviceable pale lager.

Mouthfeel: light body but with tons of carbonation which keeps things interesting enough.

Overall: like I said, totally serviceable. The beer is par for the course when it comes to craft lagers. I'm doling out extra points here to reflect its easy-drinking quaffability.

Photo of bark
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The colour is straw yellow; the liquid is a bit hazy at first. The high head is compact and white. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is medium strong with a light fruity flavour. Minerals, spicy and hayish notes of noble hops. Some sweetness in the background.

The taste is soft and balanced. On one hand it is quite mild - on the other it got some complexness. The bitterness is low. I found notes of grass, straw and hints of white bread. The aftertaste is a bit hoppy, but the bitterness is still mild. Some spices and a touch of salt and sweet malt. It fades very gracefully.

The carbonation is medium strong; the bubbles are small and soft.

A very pleasant and highly drinkable beer, very close to the German "Gold Lager" style.

Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden copper colour with the slightest haze, thin layer of head with little retention that dissipates to small islands of bubbles leaving some fine lacing, and displays copious amounts of visible carbonation in the body.

S - Scent is dominated by the buttered bread and grassy, leafy greens. Very mild lemon hop presence on the finish.

T - Breaded corn malts followed by grassy hops on the finish. Nothing mind blowing here, but nicely balanced.

M - Medium body, perfectly carbonated, goes down smooth with the slightest dry feel on the finish. Quite nice indeed.

D - Overall a tasty beverage. Nothing that will knock your socks off, but it's easily sessionable and the flavours are enough to keep you coming back for more. Tasty offering from Tree that should appeal to the masses.

Photo of ericj551
2.69/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Kelowna Pilsner pours a clear yellow with a nice head that fades fairly quickly. The aroma is grainy with hints of sulfur. Grainy, dry malt dominates the flavor, with a moderate bitterness. The hop flavor is mild despite the bitterness. Some sulfur appears in the finish, which is crisp and dry.

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Kelowna Pilsner from Tree Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.