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Pilsner - Steamworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-15-2005)
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Photo of schnarr84
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

schnarr84, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

CalgaryFMC, Oct 10, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev -0.8%

FadetoBock, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of TerryW
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

TerryW, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of Freddy216b
3.6/5  rDev -7%

Freddy216b, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of Chazz_Chetly
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Chazz_Chetly, Sep 24, 2014
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.

mick303, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of CurtisD
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

CurtisD, Sep 05, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev +1.3%

mjacquard, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of alienmario
3/5  rDev -22.5%

alienmario, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Cramshawbar
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Cramshawbar, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of pharmerdoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

pharmerdoc, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Niceroad77
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Niceroad77, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Jotora
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Jotora, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of JasonThaler
4/5  rDev +3.4%

JasonThaler, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

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 fairly 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.

biegaman, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of DenisKolkin
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

DenisKolkin, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of andy1701
4/5  rDev +3.4%

andy1701, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Coronaeus
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

Coronaeus, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of thehyperduck
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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: 4.13, 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.

thehyperduck, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of McBastard
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

McBastard, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

spinrsx, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

biboergosum, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of Hoppy_McGee
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Hoppy_McGee, Aug 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

ThirstyDutchman, Jul 30, 2014
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Pilsner from Steamworks Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.