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Pilsner - Steamworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steamworks Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-15-2005

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Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 23
Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy pale straw color with some nice activity. Thick, almost creamy, white 3 finger head lasting around 10 minutes with some strong legs.

Aromas and flavors of citrus, grains, fruits, floral and herbal spices (saaz). Well intensified crisp taste of slight lemony and orange sweetness with a pleasant floral and earthy bitterness feel.

Very light body with prickly carbonation. Balanced finish ending with a bitter clove spiciness and a strong grassy feel on the tongue.

Overall : Good craft; nice flavors, well intensified, but lacking some freshness and a little too thin.

Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Indicative of the mounting backlog here at Chez Woody and especially of The CANQuest (TM), I have no idea where this one came from! I was going to say that it was in the final batch from my ex-local, in-person trader, tone77, who has moved out of the area, but there is room for doubt. Ugh. If you sent it and would like credit, just speak up. I know my traders, BTW.

From the CAN: "Steam Powered Since 1995"; "Malts: Pilsner [;] Hops: Spalter, Tettnanger, Hallertauer & Saphir [;] Colour: Golden [;] IBUs: 30"; "Recycle for Redemption".

It is a 500-ml. CAN from CANada, so following the loud Crack! and the spritz that resulted from a brimful craft CAN, I attempted an inverted Glug. The CAN was so full that I could barely get it upended before I had to begin backing off. It is at times like this that I wonder if #TheOldLady isn't right and I am just trying to make a big mess. Nah. Not when the result is two-plus fingers of foamy, puffy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was laden with Saaz hops and now my mouth was watering. I do not mind German Pilsners, as such, but I will eschew them in favor of Czech Pilsners when they are available. Mouthfeel was soft, caressing my poor, bruised tongue. The taste was clean, grassy, Saaz-driven with a hint of biscuit malt lurking in the background where it belongs. I just looked at the list of hops on the CAN and it is impressive! The more of it that I drank, the more I reveled in its clean taste and unwavering hoppiness.As a hophead, this was my idea of a nightcap. Finish was crisp, clean, dry and at just 5% ABV, a definite CANdidate for a summetime cooler. Czech it out!

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of malt, grass, faint lemon, toast, grains. Taste sweet malt, grains, lemon, hops, honey, crisp clean finish. Nice Pils!

Photo of GFM
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a pilsner glass. Clear pale yellow pour with a respectable white head and ample carbonation, moderate lacing. Biscuity, grassy aroma. Tastes a bit bitter. Overall: Has the look and feel and taste of a pilsner. Admittedly, Pilsner is not my style of choice, and it's difficult for me to judge this one on a relative basis. My sense is that this is a good but not exceptional example of the style. (7.0)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and light to moderate amounts of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a large patch of wispy very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grassy and spicy hops over the top of bready & cracker malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of bready and cracker malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of grassy and spicy hops with a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: A really enjoyable clean and crips Czech Pils that is extremely easy to drink. Glad I got the chance to sample this one while visiting. I really like the hop profile of this beer.

Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy and spicy hops are present in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the taste has flavors of spicy hops along with notes of grassy hops, the latter of which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean, and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked the grassy and spicy aromas and flavors of this beer, both of which make it a very good representation of the style.

Serving type: can

Photo of mactrail
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color is more pale yellow than gold, with a fine white pile of foam in the tall wine glass.

Aromatics are bold to help out the wispy weight-- grassy, resiny, and lemony.

Flavors are sturdy and full of a grainy, citrusy taste. Bitterness creeps up linger long on the tongue.

Crisp mouthfeel and a very light body. Sharp and it gets sharper as you sip.

Thoroughly drinkable, though very bitter by the end of the glass. From the 500 ml can purchased at the BC Liquor Store in Ladner.

Photo of ghisty
4.66/5  rDev +21.4%

appearance: very clear, pours thin almost watery, but gains color at the head,
a thin white gold , clear, fine, sharp.

smell: faint grain, hops, a dry wheat, oats maybe. not strong nose, but as is the style.

taste: like flatbeard, and grain, the oats come through again, only slight in the taste.
has a good sharp start, perfect pilsner range of flavour, no offensive over done notes of wheat like some offerings of similar style.

mouth:
crisp, but not long lasting on the sharp side, it levels down to a nice wide carb letting those notes of grain really come out with the after taste, its dry but not overly. refreshing mouth, doesnt leave a dry mouth, but still cuts like its dry pils.

overall:
its great. I had this once before but from a can and on the move, fishing i think.
so naturally it wasnt the best being served all wrong and warm even.
but it was good enough to make me want to try it properly.
and now that fishing season is over, I can fully enjoy this round pilsner,
with its airey color and its crisp grainey range.
one of the better pilsners available where i live.

Photo of leaddog
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a pale straw with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - spicy hops, toasted grains, hint of grassy malts, hint of sourness.

Taste - Similar to the aromas with the spicy hops, toasted grains, and hint of grassy malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes crisp and dry alongside a hint of bitterness from the spicy hops.

Overall - A easy drinking Czech Pilsner. Although its a not a stand out in this style, it certainly is refreshing and sessional.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Light gold with a moderate amount of creamy, slightly fluffy white head. Particularly sweet fruity aroma: Apricot and strawberry notes, honey, hay, grape skins, white bread, hints of lavender, musty vanilla bean. Dare I say the aroma is almost too sweet and lacking in the expected floral/spice elements, although these lurk in the background. Palate is similarly full of berry and pear flavors, although there is a pleasant crispness in the finish, where the expected grassy hop notes finally emerge. The hop bill listed on the bottle seems wicked in principle but in practice I'm not so sure for this style. Saphir is fruity for a German bloodline and that cider-like sweetness from the nose carries through right until the end, where one expects more of a palate cleanser. The residual sweetness fits the Czech style although the body is too thin and the malts are subdued. I am getting more spice and herb notes late. Unique pilsner and I can see the appeal. I'd look for a more classic take on this style.

Photo of mick303
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from bottle from BC Variety pack at the LCBO. Colour was a clear light golden colour, with some good lacing.

S - light grainy malts with a light floral aspect, slightly honeyed, earthy hay aromas.

T - full malt feel, clean biscuity malt, also notes of pear and crisp hay. Some floral and cranberry notes, has a good balance initially then develops a bit more malty sweetness. But also a lot of crispness on the finish. Overall it has a balanced subdued floral hay character, ending is crisp and has a firm mineral character.

M - overall quite a full satisfying feel to it, lot of pilsner malt character. Full creamy carbonation and a refreshing crisp character.

Overall this was a good interpretation of a czech pils, which was actually quite forthcoming with some nice malt character, hops were complimentary but fairly subdued, all around it was a balanced and flavourful brew. Thought they did a pretty good job on the style, maybe not as aromatic as it could be, but a solid all around pilsner that is well executed, even if it isnt an all time favourite.

Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

There's a lot of mass-marketed brands masqueraded as Pilsners but most of the proper ones have an immediate, telltale sign: a distinctly pale straw-gold colour with a brilliancy that almost mimics the yellow-ness of lemon curd. I've found that it's not uncommon in the best examples to also note a near-green tint and prominent filminess. And of course a sturdy, well constructed head that lasts. All these features describe Steamworks Pilsner to a tee.

As far as me and my nose are concerned, a hop bill comprised of Spalter, Tettnanger, Hallertauer and Saphir is as good as a passport in identifying this as a bonafide German pilsner - nevermind that it's actually made in Vancouver, Canada or that its brewer considers it "an homage to the original Pilsners of the Czech Republic" (were it truly that he'd have used Saaz).

This distinctly pungent yet floral and fruity bouquet has ambrosial (to a beer geek anyway) notes of rose petal, juicy tangerine, lemon zest, and even a bit of key lime. I can't get enough of the stuff and each round of intense sniffing must immediately be followed up with a big swig which, itself so delicious, must in turn be followed by again more long, hard smelling.

It's a wonderful back-and-forth, and I'm sure I'll continue to want for it long after this glass is empty. Were this available locally I'd certainly be buying in bulk. That's the beauty of a pilsner done right: it has meaningful flavour yet mindless drinkability. It offers complexity in a carefree package. I am savoring the taste of the graham cracker-like malts and the grassy bitterness on the finish - but this thing is disappearing at an alarmingly fast past.

It's a shame that so few beer drinkers ever get to experience a pilsner the way it's traditionally intended to be: distinguishably aromatic, with a prominent but pleasant bitterness and a rich yet straightforward maltiness. Large-scale breweries around the world have popularized bastardized and emasculated versions of this wonderful style - it's great to see Steamworks setting the record the straight. Pilsners everywhere aught to be more like this one.

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%

355 ml bottle picked up as part of the BC craft brewers sample pack. About 2.25 CDN per bottle. Served cold into a Keith's pint glass.

Appearance - clear, rich yellowy golden color. Capped by a finger and a bit of thick white foam. Nice amount of lively bubbles. Good retention and some lacing left over.

Smell - impressive smelling pilsner. A nice floral aspect mixes with the grassy aromas, but there's a hint of graininess and even a fruity aspect maybe some tangerine and passion fruit. Delicious smelling pilsner.

Taste - crisp and clean tasting before a big juicy citrus and passion fruit or maybe mango comes and charges your taste buds. Some floral aspects and a solid light grain base, but the fruitiness of of this pilsner is the star. Obviously it's only fruity to an extent we're not talking IPA or APA levels here, but the hop presence is large and the result is delicious.

Mouthfeel - light body but with a prickly carbonation, yet very smooth. Very nice feeling in the mouth.

Overall - one of the best pilsners I've ever had, if this ever becomes a staple in Ontario, I have probably found a new go to beer. If everything else in the sample pack is as good as this, ontarios lucked out with steal of the year.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355 mL bottle from a BC Craft Brewers Guild sampler picked up at the LCBO; no apparent freshness info. This brewery has some awesome label art. Served well-chilled.

Pours a clear golden-yellow colour, crowned with one finger of frothy, white head which soon recedes. In its place, a soapy cap and collar remain, in addition to a few swaths of lacing. Nice aroma - grainy pilsner malt, crackers, lemon and grassy hops. Definitely reminiscent of some of my favourite Czech-made lagers so far, but how does it taste?

The answer? Superb - this is just an excellent pale lager. The flavour profile is delicately balanced, with grainy pale malts and doughy sweetness starting things off, and the enjoyable noble hop bill finishing things off. Very grassy, with lots of lemon zest and some lightly earthy notes that offer a mildly bitter finish that lingers briefly into the aftertaste. This is a light-bodied beer, with heavy carbonation that prickles the tongue and provides a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. This lager is a pleasure to drink, and I wish I had more than one bottle so I could test its sessionability. Yeah, that's the ticket...

Final Grade: 4.1, an excellent A-. I've had only a handful of domestic-made Czech pilseners, but Steamworks' Pilsner is one of the best. This is an approachable, well-made, highly quaffable pale lager that beer geeks and macro lager fans can enjoy equally, leaving the majority of 'craft lagers' behind in the dust. Absolutely worth a shot, and a worthy inclusion in this sampler pack. I'd drink this regularly if it were available locally.

Photo of spinrsx
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $2 or so

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with an average size fizzy and frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair/good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, malts, corn, light hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains and lemons mixed with malts and some corn. There are also some hops and a cracker flavour.

Overall – Refreshing and crisp, and not a whole lot of adjunct flavour. A great summer beer and something I'd drink again on a hot day.

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle (odd, that). It's been a long while since I spent a cool (for Vancouver) late November evening drinking at this place near Gastown, watching the Heritage Classic occurring back in my hometown, where this brewery's offerings are now available.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some random ocean spray lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of warm, crackery and bready pale malt, a bit of baker's yeast, a hint of petrol, and earthy, grassy, and hay-like hops. The taste is gritty, doughy pale malt, wet saltines, a soft lemon citrus kiss, and a rather peppy grassy, leafy, and earthy noble hop bitterness.

The bubbles are active enough in their basic support duties, with a wee extra frothiness for good measure, the body just on the light side of medium weight, and generally smooth, the hops here not of an invasive or prickly nature. It finishes off-dry, the graininess sticking up for itself through the end.

Steamworks' Pils is clean, crisp, and does a stellar job aping the better Bohemian offerings. Easy to drink, especially if you're a fan of the style (points both thumbs at self) - I would not have been the least bit sad had I actually procured a sixer of this, rather than the single. Oh, and it's Heritage Day today - this review has apparently come full circle, in a way.

Photo of souvenirs
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I haven't tried many beers from Steamworks, which is kind of a shame. A friend who goes there regularly told me the Jasmine IPA was really good, so when I saw the Steamworks Mash Up combination 12-pack (Pilsner, Jasmine IPA, and Wheat Ale) at the liquor store on Commercial Drive, I saw it as my chance.

A: Crystal clear, gold/yellow, and bubbly, with a good inch or so of head.
S: A hint of yeasty sourness, sweet, a little bit grassy.
T: Mild but lingering grassy bitterness. To be honest, it just tastes like beer to me. There's nothing really special about it. But that's pilsner for you! I can't fault the beer for being what it's supposed to be.
F: I'd like it to be just a little more crisp.
O: Although I don't personally really like this beer tat much, it is, as far as I can tell, a well executed example of the style.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/4" white head that leaves a nice lacing over clear golden straw liquid. A nice amount of carbonation bubbles are tracing their way to the surface.

S: Noble hop scents of grass, leaves, lemon as well as sweet grains.

T: Lemon bitterness and sweet pilsner malt grain flavours up front along with grass, earth and leafy noble hop crisp bitterness in the finish. Aspirin in the finish as it warms. At 30 IBUs, this isn't your grand daddy's Old Style.

M: A smooth and somewhat creamy medium viscosity and a medium level of very fine carbonation. Some drying.

O: Aside from Sixpoint's Sehr The Crisp and Victory Prima Pils, this is one of the best pilseners I have ever had. The usage of magnum hops as a bittering hop really helped out the traditional noble hops at the back end. This beer definitely stands out from the rest of the boring macro pilsner crowd.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Clear golden, white head with tight foam

S: Yeast and sweet wet wheat. Pale malts and notes of barnyard funk.

T: Up front with notes of sweet pale malts followed quick by the crisp bitter hops. Good profile of yeast and tastes of barnyard funkiness as it warms. Lingers in the mouth with hoppy crispness.

M: Light and crisp in the mouth, clean and refreshing.

O: Its a great clean refreshing pils, light and crisp. Easy to drink and easy to match with a simple meal like pizza and salad. I just wish it was summer again, the clean crisp hops would be a perfect pairing with a sweet & spicy bar-b-que chicken or ribs.

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 355ml bottle. So glad to be able to get this excellent pilsner in bottles (6-packs) now. It was always a favourite at the Great Canadian Beer Festival. It pours a bright yellow with a nice tuft of white head. This smells like a classic Euro Pilsner. It has a nice present bitterness and grassy/herbal hoppy flavour. Very crisp and drinkable.

Photo of treyrab
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Steamworks Brew Pub in Vancouver, BC. This was an awesome pub inside a very interesting city. The pub atmosphere was a nice restaurant upstairs, and then down a spiral staircase downstairs is a dungeon-like brew pub. Very awesome.

A: Nice, clear yellow with a frothy white head. Looks very quenching after walking six to seven miles around the city. Nice head that lasts and laces pretty well.

S: The smell is awesome Saaz hops, very spicy, super grainy with fresh Pilsner malts, and fresh cut grass. One of the best smelling Pilsners I have had. Also, nice and skunky (in a good skunky hop way).

T: Incredibly well done. The grass profile is stunning, and blends so nicely with the fresh grains. A very nice skunky bitter pine hop profile really sets this beer apart from other Pilsners, and the abundance of hops makes this one of the best I have had.

Overall, this was one of the best Czech Pilsners I have had. I would put this right up there with Prima Pils for the best Euro Pilsners I have had. Just awesome.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am transcribing this from notes that I took last summer. Poured on-tap at the Steamworks Brewing Pub in Vancouver, BC, it was served in a pint glass. Bright, vibrant gold coloring with no head to speak of. I was impressed by the look as it didn't appear watery to me like a lot of Pilsners do. The beer had only a slight aroma, and it was a little hoppy. The flavors are crisp and extremely light, with only hints of flowers, hops, and roasted malt characteristics. Although all the flavors are light, they blend together very well and come of particularly well. The beer is not nearly as bitter as some Pilsners come off. The finish is crisp, and there is not an aftertaste at all. Extremely easy to drink, although there are tastier brews out there. Decent for the style.

Photo of canucklehead
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This to me is the best beer they brew as it has tons of the right flavours and a real hop bite. The colour is clear mid gold with a great head. The nose is redolent of a brewhouse in a good way much like Anchor's Small Beer. This
is along with Dockside the best Pils in BC.

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Pilsner from Steamworks Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.