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Elm City Lager - New England Brewing Co.

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335 Ratings
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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 17
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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:
Named after New Havens historic nickname, this is a true German Pilsner made with all German ingredients.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 03-31-2004)
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Reviews by socon67:
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

01-19-2014 19:50:43 | More by socon67
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Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

05-11-2007 09:25:56 | More by oberon
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-26-2013 20:07:41 | More by braugon
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

05-22-2014 11:48:53 | More by tectactoe
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-08-2014 07:28:34 | More by Ben7773
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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

05-06-2012 18:53:15 | More by warnerry
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2/5  rDev -46.5%

01-08-2013 04:05:45 | More by iemailjack
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4.15/5  rDev +11%

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.

12-23-2010 03:24:57 | More by Homebrew35
Photo of tigg924


4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

06-16-2009 14:17:23 | More by tigg924
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4.43/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

02-16-2006 00:19:43 | More by jakester
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

10-15-2010 20:33:07 | More by kingcrowing
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3.55/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

05-23-2010 20:34:09 | More by StevenBilodeau
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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

08-17-2010 13:40:59 | More by ThreeDimesDown
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3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

09-14-2010 01:06:40 | More by BranfordBound
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

01-13-2014 18:53:31 | More by Bizoneill
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3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

08-17-2011 03:35:16 | More by glid02
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

12-27-2011 01:49:58 | More by OBIrish24
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-19-2014 13:51:01 | More by ManMoosePig
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3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

02-11-2006 00:12:27 | More by jmz62565
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

12-14-2011 14:41:43 | More by alamode
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3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

06-03-2010 03:02:53 | More by Stigs
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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

01-09-2005 03:01:41 | More by cokes
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

04-29-2013 01:33:30 | More by asdavis
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-17-2013 21:44:26 | More by Summer78
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4.53/5  rDev +21.1%

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!

05-10-2005 21:53:47 | More by NeroFiddled
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Elm City Lager from New England Brewing Co.
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