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Pilsner - Steamworks Brewing Company

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very good

55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 1
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-15-2005)
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pilsner from Steamworks Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.