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Pilsner - Steamworks Brewing Company

Not Rated.

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very good

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.4%
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-15-2005

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3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BCborn
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
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 atrocity
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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 Brams
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GFM
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
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 BcCraft710
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +1.6%
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 smithj4
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
3.79/5  rDev -1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ghisty
4.66/5  rDev +21.7%

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.

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.

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 -7.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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.

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3.84/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.6/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of mick303
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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Pilsner from Steamworks Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.