Prison Break Breakout Pilsner - Double Trouble Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Double Trouble Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: scott451 on 05-25-2013

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a few cans at the LCBO. I enjoyed their first offering, Hops and Robbers, last summer, and it's humid enough outside that a good pilsner would do me fine.

Poured into a Steamwhistle pilsner glass. Bright golden, clear, with a thin head of foam that recedes quite quickly into a fine ring. Looks like a pilsner, that's for sure.

Nose is biscuit/cracker, floral and grassy hops, mild sweetness and a bit of honey.

Not a bad pilsner by any stretch, but I can't say it's anything to be all that excited about - certainly not a "breakout" beer, at any rate. It tastes like a pretty standard pils - clean, crisp, and finishes with a good, though one-dimensional hop bite. Carbonation is about right for the style. But that's about it, I can't really say anything else about this beer. It's just a serviceable, but average pilsner, that's good enough to have every so often, but really nothing to seek out.

Photo of DaveBar
3.42/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO 473ml can for just under $3.00. Served at 8deg C in a draught glass

A- Pretty good. Opens well pours clear gold.

S- Not much here at all

T- Not too much here too unfortunately

M- Ok at best

O- Not too good. Will not buy again. Giving a bit higher rating that it deserves

Food Pairing

Don't want to give a food pairing as this beer is not worth eating with.


Photo of ChrisCage
3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a relatively clean copper/gold color and the head is quite impressive, being a soapy white color and reasonably dense with really good retention, settling into a frothy layer over the brew. The carbonation factor appears to be reserved, with several columns of bubble rising slowly to the top. The lacing is not very impressive, which is a shame...all the froth immediately slides back into the beer.

S- The initial aromas are quite sweet and malty, which surprises me a bit. There are some bitter hop aromas in the background but I don't feel that they are very pronounced. There is a citrus quality blended in there as well and some yeasty aromas too. The finish smells rather clean, which is a good thing I suppose!

T- Ahh there it is! The bittering leafy hops come through right up front on the palate....however, they are more subdued than I thought they would be. There is a generous zesty citrus flavor, that is blended very well into a malt sweetness. Definitely this has some flavor right through to the finish, which lingers with some bitterness for awhile afterwards.

M- Medium to full bodied, this is actually quite filling to drink! The carbonation is small yet zingy on the palate....breaking the flavor down in my mouth rather nicely! It is really malty and feels like I have eaten a pile of bread dough with a bitter finish!

O- This is a filling beer which would limit the amount that I could drink in a sitting, however I really like this brew! It is a richly flavored pilsner, with reasonably mild carbonation. This is the first beer I've tried from Double Trouble and it gets thumbs up from me! I recommend!

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Can: Poured a clear bright yellow color pilsner with a medium pure white foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet mal notes with very timid hops presence. Taste is also dominated by lightly sweet notes with also unnoticeable hops presence. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but nothing really standing out that would make me want to go back and try this beer again.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Can to pint glass.

A - Translucent straw yellow with one finger of eggshell coloured head.

S - Floral hop bitterness, bready sweetness and a touch of spice.

T - A good bitterness for the style with a floral presence and a big bready malt sweetness.

M - Light body with some stickiness. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of smakawhat
3.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a tall Carlsberg glass.

Giant bone white and foamy head, easily making three to four fingers with large retention and island capped head. Lots of staying power as well. Body is a great dark brass gold and super crystal clear with a mix of slow and fast rising carbonation. Real great looking brew.

Nice soft pilsner like malts, not much hop herbality. Not much bread like notes, and kind of subdued nose, but otherwise fine.

Body on the palate seems expectedly light and not much flavor. Muted crispness with a little bit of prickly carbonation. Beer seems a little flat. Some of the herbality hop bent is present on the finish with some little spiced like undertones, but fairly mild.

Overall an ok pilsner but nothing mindblowing here.

Photo of patre_tim
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Deep golden, mostly filtered but with a slight haze, no carbonation, huge chunky whipped cream head of 4 fingers with large and small bubbles. Really enticing.

S: Big Saaz Hops character, light hay, light aspirin, light sweet maltiness. Reminds me of a well done German Pilsner.

T: Deep hop character, deep malt character, light sweetness present and a deep long pilsner bitterness on the lasts long on the tongue.

M: Medium slightly syrupy bready body, little carbonation.

O: Really great, enticing can and a very deeply flavoured beer. Keeps me wanting to sip it. A little imbalanced on the sweetness in my opinion, but as far as representing the style it has a great appearance and flavour.

Photo of spinrsx
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Can from the Ottawa LCBO for $2.50

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 2 minutes.

Smell - Corn, breads/grains, hops, apples

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn, apples, and bread/grains. There are also some grassy hop flavours and a bit of a lemony flavour. It ends with a grassy hop lemony aftertaste.

Overall – Better than I expected. It has a nice herbal/hoppy flavour to it that keeps it interesting. Probably not something I'd return to, but not a waste of money by any means. A good summer beer that is worth a try.

Photo of Tacticalreload
2.05/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Not bad as a European style lager. Went flat very quickly

Photo of SebD
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice slight hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves very little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of grainy and bready malts, grassy hops and light caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet grainy malts, some breadiness, grassy/floral hops and faint caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Photo of LampertLand
3.87/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Double Trouble Brewing 'Prison Break Breakout Pilsner' @ 5.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6.50

A-pour is a clear gold from the bottle to glass with a small white head leaving a streaky lace along the pilsner glass

S-noble German hops

T-crisp & clean tasting lager

MF-big/good carbonation , medium bodied

Ov-ok beer , not a one and done , butt I won't be seeking this Pilsner to soon

prost LampertLand

Photo of thehyperduck
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

473 mL can from the LCBO; no freshness info. I was pumped to see another offering from this brewery available in town, as I've returned to Hops & Robbers on several occasions when I was in the mood for a milder hopped ale. Pilsners are a different beast entirely though, so we'll see how this compares to some of my favourite European examples. Served well-chilled.

Pours an attractive golden-blonde colour, completely transparent and fairly bright in hue. Atop the liquid is seated one finger of dense, bone-white foam that retains cohesion for at least a few minutes, and sticks to the glass as it slowly recedes. It certainly looks the part of a German pils - and thankfully it manages to smell it as well. The aroma is subdued but generally enjoyable, with the major bullet points being the biscuity malt sweetness and grassy, slightly flowery hops. Straightforward for sure, but suitable for the style.

Balanced, approachable flavour with nothing terribly shocking to report about it. The malts start us off, bready and sweet with a faint hint of apples. At this point the floral hops start to really bring attention to themselves, providing a pleasant herbal-grass dryness that mingles with light lemony citrus. It finishes dry, but doesn't linger long on the palate - fairly clean and refreshing. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation for a pale lager that leaves the mouthfeel seeming a bit flat, my only serious complaint about the stuff.

It took me a few minutes to decide what this beer reminded me of, and eventually I came up with it - Rickard's Blonde. The hop flavours of this one are really reminding me of that beer, although to be fair the hop bill in Breakout Pilsner seems denser and more tenacious. All in all this is a pretty tasty lager, and a good summer patio beer. I could see myself picking this one up again when I'm in a pilsener mood, but it's not something to be sought after.

[Updated Jun 25 2015]

Saw some fresh cans on the shelf (with new label imagery), so I figured I'd give this one another look. It still kind of reminds me of Rickard's Blonde, although cleaner and with more of a noble hop presence. The mouthfeel on this can is also crisper and more appropriate for a pilsner than my old review would seem to suggest. This is a decent example of the style, priced similarly to most of the Czech and upper-tier German imported pilseners. Like their flagship Hops & Robbers pale ale, Prison Break Pilsner is fine for what it is, but is not likely to raise many eyebrows.

Final Grade: 3.51, a B grade.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can from LCBO poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Nice pour reveals a slightly cloudy golden color of beer, with a small white head that dissipates fairly quickly. First glance doesn't really look like like a pilsener, but given the obvious carbonation, it looks intriguing. Some lacing left in a ring around the glass.

Smell - Grassy notes, some mild malts thrown in for good measure. Slight hints of orange for good measure. Even some hops are apparent. Nothing strong here, but a nice wide variety of smells.

Taste - Actually like it smells, with all those different flavor profiles. Doesn't taste like a classic German pilsener, more like a pilsener crossed with a very mild low-hops IPA. Bitter aftertaste is welcoming and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Nice and wet. Has a welcoming thinness that adds to the refreshing nature of this beer. Carbonation is high, but medium body. This just works quite well together.

Overall- really enjoyed this quite a bit, pleasantly surprised by quality of beer and unique flavor profile. Definitely not a classic German Pilsener in any sense, but as a beer that is high consumable liquid gold on a warm October day, it is excellent.

Photo of leaddog
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle

Appearance- Pours a golden amber with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell- Grains, citrusy hops, bready caramalts.

Taste- Citrus hops, bready caramalts, and grains. Finishes with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A tad sticky.

Overall- A pleasant hop forward pilsner. Can be easily a summer favourite on the patio. Glad to have tried this new offering from Double Trouble.

Photo of JMScowcroft
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Double Trouble Brewing Co. - Prison Break Breakout Pilsner, poured into a pilsener glass.

Look - Pours mostly clear bubbly pale yellow with a good sized foamy head and chunky lacing.

Smell - Typical pils aroma, slightly muted moreso than most. Not a trace of hops.

Taste - Fruity pils taste and then there are those hops! Touch of bitter pine and ending a bit acidic/astringent. Not particularly balanced here, all over the place.

Mouthfeel - Rests bitter and metallic, almost numbing to the tongue. Not boozy but not particularly drinkable either.

Overall - This beer can't hold a candle to a few choice domestic brews, sadly. Do not recommend at all.

Photo of Franck
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Pils taste is dominant. Great hops presence. Quite light.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A decent version of a pretty insipid lager style.

Can pours a bright golden colour with a white head that disappears quickly, although leaves more lacing than I expected. Grain-forward aroma of bready biscuits, without much "typically German" yeast in the background. Mild flavour is crisp and ends quickly, as expected, without any hint of adjunct fortification. A very mild hint of citrus in the grainy finish, that could possibly entice a macro drinker to explore further.

Not a style I would personally choose, but better than its macro compatriots and could well prove an ideal gateway beer for lager lovers...

Photo of biegaman
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Prison Break doesn't look to offer any escape from "the same old lagers" - it is a filtered (but slightly smeared) golden beer with a fuzzy white head that leaves no lacing. I'm a fan of the can design but, in truth, in the glass it looks no different than any other pilsner, craft or commercial.

In fact, it seems this "Breakout" Pilsner does nothing to break the mold of the typical pilsner; it has an aroma dominated by a predictably pale, plain maltiness. Only faint elements of flowers and grass are noted. While the malt is appreciably pure and clean (and has a pleasant profile of bread and honeyed cereal) a little more 'green' would have been quite beneficial.

A proper pilsner has more bitterness and more carbonation; this one has a very flat texture and a sweetness that smacks of banana and yellow corn. It's as crisp as a dollar bill... that's been through the wash. The mouthfeel is dull enough to seem watered-down. That extra dose of hops is now direly needed; the breadiness grows stale and tedious in the aftertaste.

Perhaps intentionally, this pilsner mirrors Germany's most ubiquitous, mass-produced lagers. I understand that one of the hardest challenges for a new brewery is to attract customers and that a pilsner - an established style, safe and approachable for the masses - is an easy way of going about it. The challenge, however, is to avoid making one so bland as to turn people off.

When you dampen oscillations you lose the highpoints as well as the low; this is better than most macro brands but isn't distinguishing enough to arouse craft beer drinkers nor convert mainstream consumers. "Breakout" Pilsner is no breakout - it's actually a disappointing followup to Double Trouble's inaugural release, Hops and Robbers. These guys are capable of better.

Photo of drinkininthewood
2.32/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

473ml can from the LCBO $2.75

A- Clear gold, with a small head of white foam, minimal lacing and retention. Not alot of bubbles at all.

S- The aroma if light wiffs of grass while being on the slightly herbal side. Touch of honey.

T- Some pale malts and a small touch of bitterness. Somewhat metallic. This brew falls way short of what i would expect a German or Czech pilsner to taste like. No herbal/grassy flavors or nice malt backbone at all.

M- the mouthfeel in this beer was also a let down poor carbonation for the style along with being a tad watery .

D- in terms of drinkability, the beer is drinkable, just very bland.

Overall a let down. The beer lacks in many ways what a true pilsner should be. If you are looking to try something from this brewery try the "Fire in the Rye" pale rye ale its much better.

Photo of jpro
3/5  rDev -10.2%

A nice pilsner... Nothing crazy, though. Has a more ale like aroma (slightly fruity) but finishes snappy and is pretty refreshing. A good one for this hot weather! Nice lacing and look, but aroma and taste fall short. Feel is light with moderate-high carbonation.

Photo of scott451
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass. A two finger white head on a clear dark straw. The head soon diminishes to a ring.

Fruity grainy grass smells. Lots of hop flavours up front but the malt flavours grow. A somewhat toasty finish with a mild hop bite. Rather unusual for a pilsner but very nice.

Medium body and carbonation. Well rounded. Not a typical pilsner but well worth a try.

Photo of MayonakaStout
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Definitely not my favourite beer that this brewery offers.

Photo of TerryW
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good looking beer, but after that, very ordinary.

Slightly hazy golden yellow. Moderate head settles to a partial film, gives up lace early on.

Subdued grassy nose. Sharp on the palate to start, before lingering bitterness. Properly hoppy, slightly citrusy finish. A bit of sparkle from carbonation.

Nothing special about it, take it or leave it.

Prison Break Breakout Pilsner from Double Trouble Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.