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Trauger Pilsner - Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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25 Reviews
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Reviews: 25
Hads: 110
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: corby112 on 09-14-2012

Our Pilsner is assertively hopped with Hallertau and Tettnanger noble hops and has a cracker-like malt backbone that finishes crisp and dry coming in at 4.8% ABV, which makes this one highly drinkable (which is the point, duh).
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Reviews: 25 | Hads: 110
Photo of Rutkiller
2.84/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Looks like Miller Lite but with a big 2 finger, creamy head. Smells a bit malty, almost like a cracker. Not much flavor in this, and finishes rather dry. Thin feel in the mouth. Won't buy again. (198 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.29/5  rDev -13%

A big shout out to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bright yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of light grains, a bit of lemon. Taste is grassy hops, some lemon tartness, dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer. (318 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy gold yellow with a medium white slowly fading head, mild lacing. Scents of citrus, grains and grass fill the nose with some fruity and yeast notes as well follow thru on the taste. Palate is a medium clean crisp body, fairly pleasant on the tongue. Finish is sweet mild spice fruit some lemon, yeast, grains and yeast and nutty aftertaste. Overall quite pleasant refreshing summer brew. (399 characters)

Photo of thezach
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice bready malt aroma with light noble hops. Very clean tasting, but a bit sweet for my taste, but there is moderate hop bitterness to balance it out. Hazy golden appearance with a fine head that dissipates to a thin lacing. I like it, and while not my favorite pils, definitely worth drinking. (295 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a golden amber color with a billowy two finger white head. The head has a decent level of retention, fading slowly over time to leave a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma was largest of a bready malt smell mixed with some herbal and grassy smells. Along with these was a lighter citrus and light fruit aromas as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice crisp malt taste. As the flavor advances notes of hop come to the tongue with the flavors being a combination of citrus grapefruit and herbal hops. Along with the hop so too comes some lighter fruit flavors of apple and pear, which sweeten the flavor ever so slightly. In the end the sweetness of the fruit fades some with the hop getting slightly stronger, leaving a nice balanced and crisp flavor of a light hop and bready base to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer was on the medium side in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that was rather average. Both made for a very drinkable and refreshing beer with a nice crisp feel.

Overall – A rather refreshing beer overall. It has a nice blend of hop and malt and a good level of sweetness to keep it quite balanced. (1,265 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into Pils glass.

A- A nice toasted golden color. Not quite clear. White head towers in a hard pour and settles at two fingers. Very meringue-like.

S- Malt forward. Some good toasty and bready notes. Small hop presence. A bit earthy. Maybe a slight fruit aroma.

T- Malt forward again. Toasty and bready. Floral and spicy hop flavor in the finish.

M- Light body. A bit of a spicy dry finish.

O- Pretty flavorful. A bit on the malty side for this style, but not bad. (486 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours deep golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy, white head and soda like carbonation. Aroma is of grassy hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal hops and pale malt nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long and dry. Very good, enjoyable Pilz. (280 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Neshaminy Creek Brewing in Croydon, PA.

Slightly hazy and gold in color with a thick, creamy white head. Mild aroma with bready malts and grassy hops. A sweetness from the malt comes through in the flavor, increasing the body and just barely overpowering the hops. Not as crisp and snappy as I like my pilsners but still light to medium bodied. Very easy to drink and not aggressive by any means. I love a good pilsner, some I'm probably a harsh critic of the style, but you could do a lot worse than this one. Worth a try for any pils lover.

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Additional notes from a 12 oz can while sitting at the peak of Black Rock in Black Rock Forest, Cornwall, NY on 7/17/2015.

A: Pale gold, medium white head, clear, good retention;
S: Sweet pils malt, bready;
T: Clean, slightly sweet, slight floral hops;
M: Dry finish, light to medium bodied, bitter;
O: Dry and bitter pilsner, not as refreshing as others, a bit heavy. (930 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%

-can. served in pilsner glass.

(3.25) A: Sligthly hazy corn yellow coloring with a weakly holding, washy, dirty white head. Faint isolated instances of carbonation with no lacing.

(3.25) S: Pale lemons and straw on the nose.

(3.70) T: Lightly sweet buttered croissant. Flowery noble hops, dry wheat stalks, with a light herbal hint. Straw, nice dry bite of of citrus and wheat funk on the finish. Hopping is above average per style. Dry buttered bread.

(3.45) M: Dry grains, light medium body, quiet carbonation factor.

(3.65) O: Overall very drinkable, kept traditional like a german style, but with a pretty good flavor intensity of noble hops. Dry, and gets better as the drink progresses. 6 pack worthy. (717 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. pale clear yellow in color. nice clean pale malt aroma, a bit grainy. minimal hops in the taste. thinner body, appropriate carbonaion. overall nice easy drinking beer. (183 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a tulip pint.

Appearance
Straw with 2 fingers of creamy, white head that dissipates slowly. Excellent clarity with light-moderate carbonation.

Nose
Cracker, bread, and lemongrass.

Taste
Crackery malts with deeper tones of toasted bread and caramel. A nice punch of hops forming earthy florals and notes of lemongrass. Lighter notes of golden apple and pear with hints of bubblegum.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Overall
A nice refreshing Pilsner! (504 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

I am CANtinuing down the road this afternoon, CANducting The CANQuest ™ in the manner in which it was intended. In fact, this CAN and the next one were some of the first CANs released to the public at the brewery during the second Saturday of Philly Beer Week 2014! I made a day trip up to Croydon and hung out with some bikers that afternoon. Bro. Woody is of the life, just not in the life.

From the CAN: "Traditional German Pilsner".

Jeremy Myers imparted to me that the reason for brimful CANs is to reduce any possibility of oxygen in the headspace before the lid is seamed on. I do not care about why, I just dig it! It is like a Baker's Dozen and this CAN was no exception. The two-plus fingers of puffy, bone-white head looked like meringue above lemon pie filling. The good retention finally gave 'way to the production of great sticky lacing. Color was a slightly hazy Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2). Nose seemed restrained in terms of the malt-to-hops ratio, coming off more like a Czech Pils. If you think that I am CANplaining, then you must be new to The CANQuest (TM)! It had a lemony-grassy biscuit-like smell, reminiscent of lemon biscotti. Man, I could go for some biscotti right about now! Mouthfeel was medium. I have got to say, this was too hoppy for its style. It was very lemon-grass bitter and while I was totally digging it, it was more like a Czech Pils. Finish was dry, no two ways about it. I still think that it and the Churchville Lager would be excellent CANdidates to fill the Summer cooler. (1,522 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is transparent straw, light carbonation, fine bubbled bright white head that leaves some bubbles on the glass.

Smell is subtle, light, mostly bready and biscuity malt notes, some grassy hops.

Taste is crisp, pretty clean, bready, biscuit and cracker like flavors; hops are earthy, grassy and then finish rather bitter.

Mouthfeel is more bitter than the average pils, biting on the tongue and crisp, and then drying as the flavors dissipate.

Overall, a nice tasting pils with a sharp mouthfeel; flavors are pleasant and very drinkable, smell and mouthfeel are just a little lacking in pilsner qualities. (647 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trauger pils has a hazy cloudy straw color. The head was bright white and frothy fading to a patchy ring. Desent carbonation.
Aroma is quite hoppy with a sutle spiciness and lemon grass. Pale malts balance it out a bit too.
Taste was pretty good, It was spicy and hint hints of lemon tart. Malts are crisp and sharp.
Drinks smooth and dry with lingering bitterness into the aftertaste.
I have no problems with this brew and would drink it again. (445 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy hops are preset in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, flavors of grassy hops are present in the forefront and contribute a light amount of associated bitterness. Hints of biscuity malts are also perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The strong presence of grassy hops in this beer makes it a pleasant change of pace compared to some of the bland pilseners that are out there. It's a pretty good American representation of a German style.

Serving type: can (797 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Neshaminy Creek "Trauger Pilsner"
12 oz. can, no apparent freshness dating

Appearance: Surprisingly hazy for a German Pilsner. The head retention is quite good however, and there's some fairly good lacing as well.

Aroma: Grassy, spicy, and very gently floral hops with a background suggestion of pilsner malt.

Flavor: Much more malt than the nose suggests, pleasantly threaded through with hops. The malt is mildly grassy, and straw-like, with an edge of sugariness. It's really nicely balanced in flavor and bitterness, although I think for style a few more IBUs might be required. The clean, dry finish leaves light washes of floral and gently spicy hops behind.

Mouthfeel: Medium leaning towards medium-light in body. Crisp, standard carbonation. Nicely done.

Overall: With the exception of the haze and a slightly restrained bitterness, this is a pretty good example of the German Pilsner style (I actually find it to be more of a Czech Pils). Regardless, it's quite charming and remarkably drinkable. (1,010 characters)

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

Had this on 2014-05-24 in Lancaster, PA at Hunger and Thirst. and again on 2015-05-30 in cans.

A - pretty clear straw-gold with a 1 finger head and very nice lace.

S - White bread, honey, grass, floral. Pleasant.

T - Sweet malt, honey and citrus initially then some grass, dandelion flowers (like a good dandelion wine). and hop bitterness. Fresh tasting. Very dry with lasting flavor.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Not watery I like the feel.

O - I liked it well enough to get a case for the summer.

Notes: On 2015-05-30 I had it side-by-side with Troegs Sunshine Pils and Firestone Walker Pivo Pils and it held its own in great company. Dryer and more bitter than the other two. (699 characters)

Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass from an undated 12oz can, the beer is a lightly hazy light golden color with a 1/2” head that recedes fairly soon to a layer of foam on the surface of the liquid. The ring of foam around the glass leaves big patches of leggy lacing and sipping leaves lots of small speckles.

The light, gentle aroma is grassy and spicy from the hops and a bit like crackers in the background from the malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose. There’s some grassy character, a bit of straw, a bit of crackers and some lightly bitter spiciness. In the finish, the dry bitterness of the hops persists as the earthy grass and sweet flavors begin to fade towards the long, very dry slightly earthy bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied with the gentle carbonation beginning to fade about mid-way through the beer.

On the whole this is a pretty good beer, reasonably well made, and one I plan on having again. While it is not the best of the locally available Pils beers it shows well compared to the competition. (1,069 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed golden straw, minimal head. Musty pils malts and light doeses of grassy/spicy and citrus hops... carries forward to taste. Taste is fuller than scent dictated and a bit heavier than the stated ABVs... very pleasant, clean and refreshing but filling at the same time. Lighter side of medium bodied, lightly oily and smooth. Overall, impressed with another beer from this newer local brewery. (412 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

'Twas a hazy straw colored yellow and poured with a moderately sticky, short lived, fizzy head. I smelled an abundance of noble hop character, plenty of grass, aspirin, and hint of flowers. Some crackers and biscuits for malt balance.

This is a very dry pils, just the way I like them, but this one may have gone a tad too Saharan. A nice grassy bit mingles with biscuits and mineral water up front for a refreshing start. The finish is a lingering, flavorful bitterness that tastes of aspirin, faint grapefruit rind, and pepper. Dry and crisp on the tongue, this is one I'd be happy to have again. It isn't quite in the upper echelon of killer PA pils' but this is no slouch either. (684 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Prohibition Taproom in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with lighter edges and a two finger, frothy white head that has great retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Chunks of soapy lace left behind.

Inviting aroma with a nice balance of pale malts, light fruit and earthy hop notes.  Strong spicy hop presence with hints of grass and straw countered by bready yeast, biscuit, apple and pear.

Fuller bodied than expected with a crisp, spicy hop bite that lingers over the earthy and sweeter notes into a dry finish.  This provides some dry bitterness that compliments the earthy grass and straw flavors without overpowering everything else.  Really well balanced with a nice malt backbone that counters the hops and light fruit notes.  Hints of bread and biscuit as well as some apple and pear sweetness toward the finish.   (878 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap on my patio

Pours a hazed straw golden color with a nice frothy white head resting on top. Fades out eventually, leaving some patchy rings of lacing on the glass.

More hop presence than I initially expected, giving a nice, yet light bitter spice. Familiar scents of grass and straw with some biscuit malt and faint sweetness.

Stronger than usual hop character adds a nice bitter spicy punch. Hint of lemony citrus and grass with straw. Lightly toasted bread-biscuit malt, slightly doughy with faint sweetness. Finishes crisp and slightly hoppy.

Lighter medium body, nicely carbonated (a little higher but that was probably from people fooling with the keg), brisk and crisp on the tongue. Incredibly drinkable and well-balanced - great suggestion from the people at Bella Vista (and to think I almost bought Yuengling!) (833 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a standard nonfiction pint glass. No date code on the can.

A: a very hazy light gold color with a big two finger white head. Nice glass lacing.

S: bready, grassy, grainy with some lemon and other light fruits.

T: Grassy up front with grainy flavors, some lemon citrus, bready cracker malt and this huge hop bitterness on the finish. Super dry. One user claimed it was more Czech than German, no way in my eyes. This is a sharp dry hoppy pils that is terrific.

M: Pretty full, prickly, dry, nice carbonation, no alcohol, perfect for a pils.

O: This is a really nice German Pils that was very surprising. No date codes on the can, but no bones about it this was fresh and freaking terrific. I'm a huge Pils fan and this was a pleasant surprise. Great enjoyable pils, grab some. (819 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Houlihan's served chilled in a pint.

The color is the lightest golden, almost a pastel yellow with light hazed from the chill on the glass. The head is thick white with small bead and lace sticks,retention is good. The smell is faint yet floral with light herbal aspect, more aroma comes forward with some malt as it warms with mild citrus accent. The feel is great, very clean with light astringent element yet very good bitterness balanced with the malt which is mostly dry w/ low sweetness and moderate carbonation is not overdone with slight resins from hops and not sharp or too agressive in feel.

The flavor is very good with nice malt which supports the gentle herbal flavors from the hops which have a nice citrus element and light grass adding a mild acidity to the body with generally clean yeast flavor which showcases the other flavors with no alcohol making for a very drinkable pils. I really enjoyed this one at first but it was served very cold and I am glad I had the second and allowed it to warm gradually becaused the hop aromatics shone through and the dimension of hops was not realized completely with the first pint. (1,166 characters)

Photo of Premo88
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into pilsner
(courtesy of @TongoRad via NBS BIF)

L: slightly cloudy yellow ... very pale, light yellow; pushes up a strong 1-inch head of sticky white foam, leaves cotton bowls from the stick; also leaves a lingering skin of lumpy foam and a massive collar; appears to be lacing like crazy early ... except for the slight cloudiness, this is perfect

S: grass and bread malt ... classic notes, and they're fantastic. sneaks in a sour onion thing ... something just a hair sour or funky, but it's hard to name and whatever it is, it's not off-putting at all -- blending in nicely with the grass and bread

T: follows the nose pretty much one-to-one. not very bitter despite having all that grass-hop flavor. the bitterness tends to show up more in the lingering taste left over well after a swallow.

F: strong and good ... carbonation level is right in the middle. super drinkable.

O: a very good pils, full of grassy hop flavor and bread malt in the nose and flavor for balancing sweetness. I love this style and love seeing an American brewer nail it down. (1,087 characters)

Trauger Pilsner from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.