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20th Anniversary Pilsner - Abita Brewing Co.

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20th Anniversary Pilsner20th Anniversary Pilsner

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: acrawf6 on 06-16-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 86
Photo of granite
2.26/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz stubby poured into a pilsner glass.

A---Very hazy. Golden hued with a thin white head

S---Metallic and yeasty fading to phenols. Not what I would expect a pilsner to smell like.

T---Bone dry and watery malt up front then higher alcohols in the finish.


D---This was a less then average pilsner with a lot of off flavors and I could not finish it. I acquired it in a trade so I have no idea how old or how it was treated before I got it.

Photo of nick76
2.68/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma has corn malt, and floral hops. The appearance is hazy gold with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall it's so so at best and gives the feeling that this is sub par beer. I am not sad that it has been retired.

Photo of Enola
2.73/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured with a creamy head. There is some lacing in the glass. The color is a golden straw. There is a slight hop aroma. The taste bitter. A bad bitter. Not a smooth bitter, rather an overpowering unbearable bitter. The mouthfeel is so-so. As far as drinkability goes, I would probably skip this beer next time.

Photo of jasonjlewis
2.96/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I didn't like purple haze, but decided to give abita another chance. EH is all i have to say.

Appearance:Great head and nice lacing.

Smells citrusy and watered down.. Not very strong, but nice

Taste: taste like syrup water and hops. The flavor is thin as hell.

Moutfeel: Thin, thin. thin

Drinkability: not much to this, i'd rather have something else to drink

Edited: 3-25-07

Photo of UnionMade
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very pale gold, kind of an ochre, sandy tint to it. Faintly hazy. Good head retention with sheeting lace. Citrusy, floral hops make up the bulk of the aroma. Pretty clean, if indifferent. Almost no malt character, save a light soup-cracker feel. The flavor opens up very weak. A surprising amount of hop flavor here, but otherwise it feels weak like your standard macro-brew lager. Very little depth or flavor to the malt, more or less hop flavored water with a little crispy, crackery grain steeped for a few minutes whilst encased in a tissue baggie. Extremely light bodied, close to water, with moderate carbonation and a fairly crisp, dry feel.
It's really not bad at all, just wierd, inexplicable and unexpected. The unfathomable love child of Coors Original and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I'm sure they weren't shooting for a czech pils, but the feel is far too light and weak. Real bohemian pils actually has a fairly full body, and should be rounded and balanced. Mahr's pilsener and Burgerbrau are prime examples. I like this well enough for 12 ounces, but I doubt I'll be revisiting.

Photo of Beerbuddha
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Gold color with minimal head.

Aroma - some light citrus and stong hops.

Taste - very robust hop flavor. Has a dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - crisp and light.

Drinkability - This is a good spring beer. I would recommend this to friends. Not one of Abitas best beers though.

Photo of hopdog
3.22/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a lighter to medium (with a slight haze) golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of grass, grains, floral and light citrus. Tastes follow although on the weaker and somewhat watery side with somewhat of a honey sweetness to it. Thin body.

Notes from and tasted on 3/19/07.

Photo of TexIndy
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle with best by date on the back label. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a decent head. The smell was lightly floral with a big hop smell as well. The taste was good but I'm not a big fan of this style (got in a sampler). Mouthfeel was also good. Overall, not a bad beer but just doesn't excite me or make me want another (3.0, RB, Tie, O)

Photo of
3.42/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. Poured a clear, pale yellow, with a medium white head. Pine and grass for hops, malt quite mild. Kinda reminded me of bread prior to cooking. Flavor was hops first, more of a lemon citrus flavor. Malt played second fiddle, without any real distinguishing characteristics other than some slight sweetness in the aftertaste. The hops lingered in the finish and hooked up with a little pepper. This was a light and crisp beer with medium carbonation. It was a little drying, but that just made it easy to keep drinking. A great session beer, very refreshing.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.46/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle on 07/13/2006.

Poured clear golden color with a large frothy head that lasted and poroduced very good lacing. Moderate floral sour citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Medium smooth citrus bitter flavor with a medium bitter finish of average duration.

Solid refreshing beer.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a pure white head that leaves some nice lacing. Smell is nice soft hops and yeast with very Czech profile. The taste is very soft -too soft. There are some hop flavors, but everything is a little muted. There is a late hit of some yeasty flavors that are pretty interesting. Even so, this is one of the better offerings I've had from this brewery. The mouthfeel is a little thin and light, but reasonably refreshing. Pretty drinkable, but needs to be one level crisper and with more flavor to be great.

Photo of aforbes10
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to shivtim for bringing this to our recent beer club. poured clear and yellow/orange and bubbly. offervescent piney hop and light malt odor. Taste is crisp and smooth with nice soft hops well incorporated into the light pils taste. And easy drinking, slightly hoppy beer that does old Abita proud.

Photo of tbone53
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the sixth and final beer of the abita party pack.this is by far the best one.as i have found with abita theres not much head and what there is doesnt last. the taste is great i liked the hoppy taste.clear golden color.this is one i will buy again.good call.

Photo of mcallister
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Genuine pils look too the tee. Hay colored liquid with good carbonation. A pure white head dissipates quickly leaving behind some thick yet spotty lace.

Smells of barley, and malt with hints of apple and lemon. Some hop prescence in the nose as well as the refreshing smell of carbonation.

Taste nearly identical to the nose. Although somewhat thin in both taste and the crisp carbonated mouthfeel. Malty but not overly so with good amounts of earthy barley. Some lemon as well.

You could honestly drink this all day but I'd rather move to something with a little more flavor.

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of kosmoraios
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly nice pils from Abita.

Pours a clean, clear straw color into my pint glass with a nice 1-finger head that disspates in about 90-120 seconds into some moderate lacing. Carbonation bubbles are evident in the glass.

Aroma is of crisp malts, Czech (Saaz?) hops, and a slight red apple untertone.

Taste is light, biscuitty malt, not too sweet, with a nice balance of hops. The hops add just the right touch of bitternes to this pils. There is a wee bit of a fruity (green grapes, maybe? Apples?) tinge to it, not unpleasant at all. A bit more complex as the ale warms, the malt comes out a bit stronger.

Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated, and refreshing. Goes down smooth. Very drinkable in hot weather, or really any time you're in the mood for something on the lighter side. An enjoyable offering from Abita, and I usually don't care for most of their product. All in all, a good ale, and a good session beer.

Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see this anniversary brew here in my neck of the woods here in western NY,poured a clear light golden with a sprtizey bone white head good carbonation to this brew.Toasty grain the aromas along with some mineral not much hop presence though to be found,very sturdy medium mouthfeel and smooth going down.flavors are toasted and just a tad of honeyish sweetness there is decent herbal spiced finish that lingers.A real nice beer from Abita a pilsner with some life to it great for warmer weather but sturdy enough for any occasion in my mind.

Photo of riversider76
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy golden. Thin white head, not much retention. good lacing. Smell is of grassy, piney hops, with a hint of lemon spice. Body is medium, and carbonated. Taste is hoppy, and spicy,with a little kick to the finish. Not my favorite style, but good for what it is.

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

A nice bit of complexity to this pilsener, with some interesting fruity notes to the light-to-moderate hopping. A bit of grain roughness in the initial malt flavor was distracting, but it mellowed out after the first few sips. Quite drinkable and low in acid.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear dark golden. The head was thin but did not dissipate quickly. The smell is sweet and a bit floral. The taste is sweet and robust for a pilsner. The aftertaste is sweet and a bit hoppy at the same time. It has a medium to light body and is filling for a pilsner. I think this is a very drinkable beer which is quite refreshing.

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

this beer poured a clear golden color with a tan ring. the smell is bready, yeasty and i also smell floral hops. the taste is very floral with a faint malt sweetness. nice balance and a bit of spiciness as well. the mouthfeel is consistant for a pilsner. this is one of the better offerings i have had from abita. a pretty decent pilsner, which is usually not a style i drink.

Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa, there's some crazy funk in the aroma after the pour, but it mellowed out to a nice grassy and herbal smell. At first I wasn't crazy about this beer, but given a little warmth the hops opened up nicely. The malt never came out, and that's the only thing holding this fine pilsner back. I'd say it stack close to the best imported pilsners on a good day.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a tall pils glass. The liquid is a pure gold with ok carbonation. The 2 finger white head fades fast and leaves little lace.

The smell is a very nice classic pilsner, Dry hopy.

The taste follows, Dry hops over a nice biscuit like malt. The finish is nice and bitter.

The mouthfeel in crisp and clean. Good medium body, and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good. Not the top pils out there but respectable. Prosit, MK

Photo of goochpunch
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a bright golden color with a thick, fluffy white head. Smells of the malty and grainy body but with a healthy amount of grassy hops. Flavor is of sweetish malts with a touch of graininess along with an herbal and bittering hop finish. Mouthfeel is crisp, bubbly, and dry. A little oily from the hops. Solid drinker. The only reason I don't rate this beer higher is that I find that the bitterness is a bit to forward after a couple beers. Kind of wears me out.

I hope Abita plans to make more limited edition beers (like this and the Restoration Ale), because for my taste, it's the only time they do something right. Great beer and I plan to buy more before this leaves shelves.

Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear pale yellow color with a thcik 2" head that lingers a while.

Smell: citrus and a bit of hop bitterness is detectable.

Taste: mild grainy malt level with some nice lemon citrus, a bit of spiciness, nice bitterness, and a touch of yeast. Well balanced and flavorful.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Short aftertaste with the citrus dominating. Finish is a bit dry too.

Drinkability: very nice, one of the better Abita beers I have had over the years. Cool bottle art too. Try some of this before its gone.

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20th Anniversary Pilsner from Abita Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.