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Seersucker Summer Pilsner - Abita Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 187
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 4
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 04-27-2014

Abita Seersucker Summer Pils is a traditional pilsner with a full bodied malt flavor, hop bitterness and a light golden color. It is made with pilsner and carapils malts, hopped with German Tradition and Spalt hops.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, grass, tea, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting tea and citrus qualities in the aroma and flavor. (558 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a small collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bready and grainy malts as well as floral and spicy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of floral hops and bready malts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little coarse on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The smell of this beer seems to be rather complex and has a lot of different aromas going on.

Serving type: can (699 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can't tell you how excited I was when I saw these new six packs at Giant Eagle Market District. I fell in love with their 20th Anniversary Pilsner, today it's probably one of the top five pils I ever had. So I grabbed this one thinking if it's half as good, I'll be happy and actually bought 12 of them.

Pours a deep golden body with a biscuit off white head looks like bread rising, fine even lacing left behind.

Aroma is so soft, a kiss of citrus and bready malts with an air of chalky yeast in the backend. The hops mentioned on the label are not Saaz but Spalt hops instead. Semi tart citrus with the bake bread 2 row, pils, and carapils malt base.

Flavor pale malt base, slightly bready. Dry bitter finish, caked chalky yeast watery citrus components. It's just not the beer that I want after having a pils like their 20th Anniversary beer this just isn't acceptable.

Mouthfeel is light bodied dry chalky finish leaves a lingering flavor I'm not a huge fan of, somewhat refreshing but just doesn't do it for me.

Overall, I'm sorry I bought a 12 pack I should have tested the waters before jumping all in. (1,120 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%

12 oz. bottle into a cup in New Orleans. 8/7/14 notes.

a - Pours a murky, bright orange color with one finger of off white head and moderate to high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, bread, grains, and light floral notes. Plain but nice.

t - Tastes same as the nose, floral hops, oranges, and grapefruit. Better than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall decent but plain nose. Easy to drink. (431 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 10/31/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright gold color, with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and citrus/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice complexity and solid robustness of pale malt and citrus/earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean in lager flavors and does not feel watery. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a nice and pleasant German pilsener. All around good balance and solid robustness of pale malt and citrus/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,457 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Three Cellars, Franklin, WI:

Pours straw yellow with a nice white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of grain with some noble hops.

The taste is watered-down - some malt, some noble hops, plenty of water. Very abrupt finish.

Clean and crisp. On a hot day in New Orleans, I could see this as a good thirst-quencher. Thin, but has balance. A very clean pils. (374 characters)

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

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint straw yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready and biscuit malts with some chalky yeast and just a touch of herbal + citrus/lemon hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of bready, biscuit, and pale malts with a light amount of chalkiness from the yeast. There is a hint of citrus/lemon hops and a light amount of herbal hops. The hops contribute a light amount of lingering bitterness to the beer.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of chalky dryness in the finish.

O: Easy enough to drink and certainly enjoyable, though not one of the best examples of the style that I have sampled. The relatively low ABV makes this beer sessionable and it is very easy to drink in the hot South during the summer. Could easily see myself grabbing this for the next cookout I'm invited to... (1,248 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

I picked this up at The Fridge to bring home and put in my fridge and now I am ready, although Summer is behind us.

From the bottle: “Abita Seersucker Summer Pils is crisp and cool like its namesake. This traditional pilsner has a full-bodied malt flavor and hop bitterness with a light golden color. It is made with pilsner and carapils malts and German Tradition and Spalt hops.”

I Pop!ped the cap and began an agro pour, continuing until the ensuing pseudo-cascade began to form more head than the glass could handle. I sat back and watched as three fingers of French Vanilla-colored head formed a huge cap above the beer and evinced excellent retention. Color was a slightly hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4-5). Nose was lightly grassy with a bready maltiness and my mouth began to water. I remember a time, about a decade ago, when I was so focused on AIPAs and their hops that I would regularly overlook Pilsners, both German and Czech, until my FerMentor opened my eyes. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. The taste was very intense in terms of its hops and would probably sit at the upper end of the scale for a German Pils. It had a grassy, lemony tartness, but the malts were more muted than I would expect in the style. Finish was semi-dry and very refreshing. I could easily drink this on a hot Summer day. (1,341 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, slight citrus, hint of wheat, and a hint of grass. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, slight citrus, and a hint of wheat. (393 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, grains, some sweetness. Taste is grassy hops, malts, a touch of sweetness at the finish, very refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer. (262 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a surprisingly hazed gold color with an ample cap of stark white head. Good retention and decent lace.

Nose is grassy hops and freshly crushed grains...just as a nice pils should smell. Abita knows lagers and this is a well done lager though not the traditional saaz I am thinking.

Taste is more akin to a German pilsener than Austrian...the hops more grassy than herbal. Malts are perfectly done - they are light and grainy but manage long lasting flavor and a moderate mouthfeel. Bone dry and refreshing. I am pleased with this offering, a welcome addition to the seasonal rotation. I will pick up at least one or two more sixers before fall hits. (670 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little deeper golden than most pilsners. Aroma is grainy, lightly crackery, with a touch of skunk and spicy hops.

Flavor is more floral, with a fairly bitter finish. Malt is crackery. The skunky character bows to the bitter and floral characters.

Very refreshing, crisp beer. Nothing spectacular, but a fairly clean brew. A slight buttery character develops that is offputting. (381 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: 1 inch head, gold in color, high carbonation, clear

Smell: citrus hops and grass

Taste: sweet toasted malt and light citrus hops

Mouthfeel: sweetish start with a slightly bitter finish, light bodied with high carbonation

Overall: A nice sessionable pils. I like the Spring IPA better amongst the recent Abita releases, however I can see myself picking this up again. (382 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid golden color with a thin thick head with short retention.
Nice noble hops and citrusy aroma with hints of bread malt. Feels very fresh.
Flavor of herbal and mostly floral hops, one of the freshest I had, mild orange-lemon citrusy, lager yeast chalkiness and tea bags. Hints of grapefruit and green bell pepper. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light toward medium body with perfect carbonation.
That is a very flavorful, balanced and pleasant pils. Great lawnmower, hop forward but could not be more rounded. One to have frequently in your fridge. Unfortunately, I don't live close to the brewery where I got this… (617 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours two and half fingers of head on a hazy straw colored body.
The aroma has lemon, cut grass and some pine needles.
The taste has a nice bitter start, rounded with some mild sweetness. Finishes with a touch of metallic bitterness.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
This is a great pils. (303 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.69/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy gold color. The head is three fingers high and white in shade. The retention is actually pretty solid, and there are some streaks of lacing left behind.

S: There is some hoppiness coming through...the problem is, it's a vegetal, bell-peppery kind of bitterness. Letting it open up will turn it back into the grassy, lemony kind of bite I like from a pilsner. If nothing else, it's good to see Abita actually bother to hop this fairly well.

T: It seems to suffer from the problem many Abita brews do: it tastes like a craft beer diluted to about 75% strength. Lemony hops linger throughout the flavor profile, with malty touches near the opening. Nothing wrong with this per se, it's just really bland.

M: This is so light and dry, it feels insubstantial - watery, even. It goes down superbly (without even relying on overdone carbonation), but that's because it's so mild. Other, more substantial pilsners can easily achieve such a high drinkability factor without resorting to tasting like they're watered down.

O: Reading my latest issue of Beer Connoisseur magazine (DON'T KILL ME ALSTROM BROS., IT WAS A FRIGGEN GIFT), I stumbled upon an article about Abita and how their beers are designed purely with the intent of being paired with Cajun cuisine. The problem with this is that it's just weak by itself - almost like it NEEDS a food pairing to make it work. Protip: great beer should be able to stand on its lonesome. Given how easily I can get some great lagers, this is doomed to becoming an utter afterthought. (1,583 characters)

Photo of Zach136
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy by what appears to be 10/16/14

A - Cloudy pale, little head, no lacing.

S - Tortilla chip malt, slight hints of grassy hop.

T - Moderate to below-average grassy-spicey hop character. Little malt bill.

M - Medium-light body, below average carbonation. Kinda refreshing.

O - Not sure why you'd reach for this when there are so many knockout pilsners/lagers available. (376 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Faint chill haze. Lovely crop of white foam. Crests without falling fast. Looks great.

Citrus peel zestiness and mild grassiness. Dry crackery grain with a clean nose. Almost has a pale wheat aroma, plus barley. A unique hoppy nose for a pils.

Dry, yet mildly citrusy. Some floral notes pair with pilsner-like grassiness and crisp barley malt. Only a mild to moderate level of bitterness from the hops. Quite tasty.

Smooth entry and a sandy, dry finish. Carbonation is held in check, a bit. Tantalizing enough. I could go for another. (537 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Abita Seersucker Summer Pils has a thick, off-white head, a semi-hazy, yellow-golden appearance, powdery sediment suspended throughout, some bubbles streaming up, and a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of zingy, lemony hop oil and white bread. The taste is of white bread, citrus oil, and lemony bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Abita Seersucker finishes fairly crisp and easy drinking. This comes across as an IPL.

RJT (446 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Ugh, new rating system?

A: 3.5 Gave it a vigorous pour, but only got a small head, on this crystal clear golden beer
S: 3.5 Very light hop aroma, not too much malt.
T: 4 actually surprisingly tasty, given the aroma. Still too bad it lacks good pils malt character, but it's bitter enough and the hops offer a lot of nice flowery hop taste.
M: 4 Light, spritzy flavor.

Overall: 3.75. Doesn't really match up with what I like in a German or Czech Pils--I like malt and hops to blend together--but it's still a decent pils. (523 characters)

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow golden pour with a dense one-finger white head and lots of carbonation. Aroma is of lemon zest and grain. Flavor has a strong bready presence upfront followed by a bit of grassy hops. There’s also a mildly sour lemon flavor in the back end. Light to medium bodied and finishes with a lingering grassy flavor. (324 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Cloudy, chill-hazed gold in color, with a big cloud dck of off-white foam.
Aroma-Pale malt
Taste-Soft bread malt, faint lemon zest and hop note. Light-bodied and pleasant, sessionable. (184 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Not bad, poured a cloudy orangeish-brown with good head and lacing. Some spice upfront with malt sweetness and a touch of citrus. Good carbonation makes this beer a little better. Good drinkability and overall decent finish with just a hint of hop bitterness (258 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear golden with two fingers of foamy whitish head that fades quickly.

S: Sweet malt up front, sweet corn, bread, light citrus and pine

T: Light hops and citrus, sweet malts, touch of yellow corn, not much else

M: Light-bodied with moderate-high carbonation and a crisp finish. Light and refreshing.

O: It does what it intended, as it is a crisp clean refreshing pilsner. I prefer a bit more in the flavor department, but this is just fine on a hot afternoon. (475 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours pale and yellow in the natural light more golden int he light from the room. Ha a tremndous amount of bubbles. I mean they are everywhere and they never stop. It's bubbly. The nose is pepper. Make you sneeze pepper and a bit of malt sweetness. Nothing rich a bit of sweet cracker. No honey or anything like that and some grass. The taste follows the nose. It's a bit thin adn over carbonated. The hops are indeed peppery and they are lovely! The malt is just right fro sweetness and if it were not for the thinness and the bubbles I would have rated this a bit higher. Tastes good . Finishes crisp and dry with a bit of lemon to bring it home. Also what took ti down fro me in the taste category was a touch of citric like acidity in the finish and aftertaste. (766 characters)

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Seersucker Summer Pilsner from Abita Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.