Elm City Lager - New England Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 17
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 03-31-2004

Named after New Havens historic nickname, this is a true German Pilsner made with all German ingredients.
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Reviews by RedChrome:
Photo of RedChrome
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A faint haze to the bright yellowish color. Half an inch of white foamy head stayed up about five minutes. A single stream of tiny slow rising carbonation bubbles.

An incredibly sweet aroma. Buttery scents are dominant and have a grain and husk finish. Very light bitterness was overpowered as quickly as it is noticed.

A plastic coated corn flavor up front. Bitterness and butter tastes swell up on the tongue. before finishing with a bit more of the plastic flavors.

Average consistency. Carbonation is present but doesn't overpower as the aftertaste builds and clings.

A drinkable brew. Would work well with a smoked pork sandwich. A good canned alternative for a hot day on the golf course. Taste is strong, but a bit too sweet.

More User Reviews:
Photo of scotorum
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 oz. can into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a; Clear gold with a huge white head which required additional pours to keep from overflowing. The head receded rather slowly to heavy even surface foam and fairly dense lacing. However after the glass was full it appeared that most of the carbonation had escaped on the pour, relatively few (but tiny) carbonation bubbles left.

s: Grain.

t: Good grainy light malt with slight citrus note. Dry finish.

m: Light to moderate, good body for a pilsner.

o: A better than average pilsner, definitely get a sense of quality all the way. A refreshing warm weather and/or thirst-quenching brew.

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner a clear medium golden with a large fluffy white head that left multiple rows of lace as it settled rather slowly,good combination of firm toasty malt and floral hop with a hint of citrus in the nose.Like in the nose this starts out firm and toasty with a light mineral quality to it a big herbal and spicey note really shows thru and lingers in the finish.A well built lager beer it has some real character and alot of good flavor as well as being on the lighter side,recommended for sure.

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No can date. Generous extra from woosterbill. Cheers, Will.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden brown with one finger of white head. Head doesn't last long, but leaves nice lacing.

S - Light sweet malt and very faint hops. Pils malt is evident.

T - Taste is pretty grassy, with a touch of lemon and moderate Pils malt presence. Finish is nice, with a lingering bitterness.

M - Light, crisp mouthfeel, with a moderately dry and bitter finish.

O - I would take Prima Pils ahead of this, but still a nice pilsener with a good flavor profile. And the cans just scream "Take me camping". I would get this again.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge 3 finger white head bubbles up on the pour into my SA pint glass. Pale slightly hazy light golden body. Smells of sweet malt, bready, some lager yeast. Tastes sweet and smooth at first, some english hops mid palate, grainy, lager yeasty crisp finish. Medium carbing, medium body, highly drinkable and can't wait to session this one some time.

$1.70 for the single.

Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: bright yellow, light cloudy 1/4 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: malt, wheat, grass/earth

Taste: wheat, malt, small nutty finish

Mouthfeel: light, smooth, sweet, can feel the high carbonation

Drinkability: super sessionable, no bitter bite. I could easily have a six. Another surprisingly good pils.

Photo of jakester
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this from a friend of mine. I drank it (for some dumb reason) in a goblet. No date appears on the can.

Pours a clear straw yellow/light gold with a 1 1/2 finger head of white foam. The head falls to islands and a ring, with good lacing. Carbonation appears pretty high.

Aroma is light bready pils malt, light citrus/grassy hops, and maybe a very slight touch of DMS just when you pour it. The DMS goes away very quickly. This has a very good smell, which lasts for the duration of the beer.

The first flavor is light bready malt, followed by a decent level of hop bitterness, and then citrusy/grassy hop flavor. This is damn tasty. Well balanced. Residual sugar is low to medium. Aftertaste is fairly long pils malt and noble hops.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, very refreshing. Body is low to medium, with a decent level of carbonation zing. Finish is clean and slightly dry, very pleasant.

I don't know if this is available in Pa., but I hope it is. I would get a case of this tomorrow. Very well made pilsner, clean, crisp, and hoppy. It would be a wonderful session pounder.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a Duvel tulip.

WOW - head much? This came from the fridge (been chilling for at least a few days) and it exploded with a huge head! I may have poured a bit too aggressively, but it has a very nice huge white head, a slightly hazy yellow color. Nose is a bit yeasty, it's got a light noble hop nose as well - true to style.

Across the board this is a slightly above average beer. It's got a nice hoppiness to it that again is true to style which makes it both crisp and refreshing. It's hardly bitter but the hop bite is nice. There is a malt presence here but it kind of takes a backseat to the hops. The yeast comes through a bit too strong for me, that's my main criticism of this. It almost has a bit a a belgian taste from the yeast, some fruity esters. Still a nice refreshing lager.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not quite blown away by this beer but man is it delicious ! Really, it has a nice clean and crisp taste and feel as well as a great touch of noble hop flavors. Terrific pilsner.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

New England Brewing's Elm City Lager is very good. It drinks like a Pilsner, refreshing, and clean tasting. This beer is slightly bitter, subtly spiced and has a nice medium body.

This is a really good beer that shouldn't be overlooked. This beer is a good favorite for summer drinking, and makes for a nice session beer.

Pilsner lovers would like this a lot.

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw yellow with a white fluffy head that dissipates at an average rate, ensuring decent lacing.

Aromas of pils malts, light floral and grassy hops, and a touch of lemon zest. A very subtle hint of spice lingers in the background.

Light bready malts, floral and grass hops with a pilsner dryness that are balanced extremely well. The lingering skunk isn't overpowering, but is played just right.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily, thin to medium, with tiny bubble carbonation that adds some crispness to the brew.

A very solid session beer, especially in the summer months.

Photo of BranfordBound
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler from NEBCo today, served in a pint.

Pours a very transparent and clear golden color with a one finger head. Not much in the lacing department but pretty nice carbonation.

Smells of light and sweet malts with a slightly detectable hop aroma. Hops a little more apparent than malts. Some apples in there as well.

The taste immediately invokes memories of Sierra Nevada's Summerfest Lager. Light and sweet malt at first, which gets overtaken by the slightly less prominent hop characteristic. Hops come out more when warm.

Mouthfeel is pretty neutral, the beer is fairly soft, as well as the carbonation.

Drinkability is just like SN Summerfest, drink it cold on a hot day and you won't regret it, tends to get a little boring if these two factors aren't together, though.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Picco in Boston.

Pours a clear light golden color with a white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with good amounts of leafy and slightly floral hops.

Tastes more robust than it smells. Smooth pilsner malts up front are joined quickly by light citrus and leafy hops. Midway through the malt influence sweetens things just a bit before fading out into a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall nothing stood out as superb about this beer but it’s certainly easy to drink and is worth a shot.

Photo of jmz62565
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a yellowish straw with a large foamy head. The smell has a real "bisquity" aroma to it.There are also some floral scents to this beer. The taste has some sweet maltiness and alittle fruitiness. The m/f is light and well balanced. Not a bad brew,but not perfect. This can be an everday summer pilsner work beer.

Photo of Stigs
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass

A - pours with an inch or so of frothy and creamy white foam, sticking and lacing already. the beer is a pale golden color, a bit hazy, with active carbonation. 4.5

S - very grassy hops and pale slightly sweet malts...joined by some lemon rind and grainy, crisp and clean. 3.5

T - very grainy before a sharp yet controlled kick of grassy hops joined by Pilsner malts. dacetyl stands out quite a bit, in both a good and bad way. 3.5

M - body is spot on for the style yet the carbonation is a tad low. a bit creamy for the style, slightly oily. was drinking this from the can a little over the weekend and i think the feel was better out of there.

D - pretty good, very refreshing and drinkable. great outdoorsy beer for the summer. i have quite a few German Pils I enjoy more, though this is not bad by any means.

Photo of cokes
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smudged bright brass with a quick-rising and quick-falling wall of white suds.
Nose of floury dough and lemon shavings.
Begins a bit sweeter than expected with a honeyed graham cracker maltiness. Turns more towards white toast in the middle. A slap of mineral water towards the close. Ends with a drop of lemon oil and dead maple leaves.
Light bodied with slow carbonation.
It's a great refresher. This would be a nice workhorse to have around.

Cheers, Huge.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.52/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

New England's Elm City Lager should clearly dismiss the foolish notion that there are no good beers in a can! From its beautiful appearance and seductive aroma, to its superbly balanced flavor... it's a winner! A bright-white dollop of creamy foam rises above its clear golden body, and holds quite well, leaving rings of craggy lace throughout the glass. The nose is clearly laden with bright and vibrant Hallertau hops over a delicately sweet pilsner malt base. In the mouth it's smooth and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation and medium body. The flavor delivers a superbly balanced combination of clean, lightly-sweet pilsner malt; grassy, lightly citrusy, floral and mildly herbal hops; and a supportive bitterness that keeps it's malt in check and leads to a dry finish. Superbly done and on par with some of the best examples from southern Germany!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can into a Pizza Boy pint.

Pours a foamy 1.5 finger white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is thick and ringed with good cling. Solid.

Nose is semi-sweet with a mellow, light hop presence. Not much else.

Opens crisp and sweet with a biting hop bitterness in the back. Pretty clean overall but the hop presence reminds me of earwax a bit. Not really flavorful. Just bitter. End is more of the same with the resin-y, sticky hop bitterness lingering well into the aftertaste. Its average.

Light bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Quenching and prickly in the mouth and goes down mildly dry with a dry and crisp finish and a slightly lingering aftertaste. Pretty refreshing, which is just what I want from the style.

A decent take on the style but still not one I'd revisit. Drinkable overall and crisp and refreshing but I just can't get over the type of hop profile here. Dirty, bitter, and unflavorful. Its still a solid representation of the style but maybe this one just has a bit too much flavor for me.

Photo of Ezone024
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours nice pale yellow color lots of fizz and a 1 inch head with lots of lacing down the glass.
smells slightly sweet and metallic like most pils.

slightly metallic taste with a nice bitter citrus bite. some earth tones in the mix.

medium to light body, clean and crisp taste

my favorite New England Brew.

definitely a main stay any time of year

Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can

A- 12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale golden yellow color with a white head.

S- The aroma is pale sweet pilsner malt with some grassy notes and some spicy hops.

T- The taste starts off with some grain but has a really nice bite of hops in the finish. The hops like the aroma create a nice spicy finish that lingers well after the finish. This is a really nice German Pilsener style beer that is very tasty.

M- The mouthfeel is very nice for the style, medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Elm City Lager is a great Pils that I will definitely be picking up more of when the temperature starts to rise. This is a great outdoors beach/fishing beer because it is light bodied, tasty and convenient in a can! Recommended!

Photo of prototypic
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to csmiley for the can.

Appearance: It pours a lightly clouded golden color. The moderate amount of haze adds something to it. The head is foamy white and about two fingers deep. All in all, pretty solid.

Smell: This doesn't have much muscle on the nose. It remains above average despite that fact. It's very grassy, earthy, and has a strong grainy presence. There's a touch of citrus lemon that's nice. Hops are noted and do much to keep it together. It could use some more power, but it's not bad.

Taste: The flavor profile is consistent with the nose. The primary aspect of this beer is its earthy/grassy flavor. The grainy component is very strong. The citrus lemon flavor is present and adds a refreshing aspect to it. Hops are present and somewhat subtle. There's a slight bitter flavor to it. Just enough to keep it interesting. It finishes grainy and a little dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and has a slightly watered down feel. Carbonation is active and gives it a crisp feel. It'd be a little smoother if it were a tad thicker. Drinkability is good. It's easy drinking and very approachable with 5% abv. I could make it through two or three cans with no trouble.

New England Brewing has pretty decent German Pilsener here. It's a little low on flavor and character, but it's far from bad. It's a little to earthy and grassy. Some of the other flavors could stand a little more of the spotlight. There's far superior German Pilseners out there. But, this isn't a bad option by any means. Thanks, Chris.

Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great American-brewed German pilsner. Nothing like the bland, alleged pilsner of Budweiwer or Labatt's. This is the real deal. Overall, it has the trademark flavor of a great pils: sweet, lightly carmelized malt, with a grassy, herbal hops finish, and a little lager tang.

Everything seems amplified compared to a normal German pils, but considering it's made in the US, such an interpretation is only natural. One of the best canned beers you can get and a great all-around pilsner. Go try it.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear yellow body with a small white head. A bit of haze. No lacing. Medium collar.

Smell - Pilsner malt. A bit of cracker to it. Grassy hop in there, too.

Taste - The grassy hop comes out a ton here. Covers up some of the cracker malt. Pilsner malt comes back out in the finish. Bitter bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Crisp. A hint of sweetness as it warms. The hop bite helps this a lot.

Overall - Aggressively hopped for the style, which I don't mind. Still quite drinkable. I can see how the bitter back end could turn off some people, though. Definitely worked as tonight's cooking beer.

Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from my long-time trading buddy, Bitterbill; cheers Bill!

Pours a super effervescent & slightly hazy straw color with 4+ fingers of ivory colored head.
Very good head retention & above average lacing, never really clears up

S: Breadyness, grainyness & grassy hops

T: Follows the nose plus some soapy hops as well, plus ever slight lemon presence as well. Grainy & bitter as this warms, crispness & soapyness rule the day along some flinty notes as well. Finishes crisp, slightly bready with lemony, grassy & soapy hops leading the charge

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, okay balance could've used more malt IMO

Drinkable enough, a good, not a great Pils, but easily the equal of many I've had in Germany

Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale gold with 3 fingers of foamy brite-white head. Thin frothy layer of retention that flares up decently, leaving a nice smattering of sticky lacing back. The aroma is very crisp in the nose, with a quick snap of bready malts, spice, and floral hops. Touch of fruty citrus in there as well. Very clean and crips smell here.

The taste is similar but maybe just faded a bit. Firm Pils malts and grassy hop character that work in unison. Same fruity citrus notes as the nose, melds with the malts and hops to impart an overall earthy tang to the profile. The mouthfeel is lighter medium bodied with a solidly crisp carbonation and clean finish. Really nice easy feel and drinkibility here.

Nice. A solid Micro-Lager here with tight flavors and a good crispness and easy quaffability. Good job putting this one in cans, as it really comes off as a good choice for a summertime guzzle.

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Elm City Lager from New England Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.