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Elm City Lager - New England Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 17
Gots: 32 | 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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Ratings: 377 | Reviews: 163
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3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light gold with a big foam head. No lace.

Nice citric hop note and some light spicy maltiness.

This is bitter up front, with malt coming second. Bitterness and malt are crisp and clean in the finish, but this is a bitter brew. Looking for grassiness and not getting any.

Lighter bodied.

Good version of the brew, but not for the faint of heart. Bold flavors, very enjoyable.

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4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can.

Clear, clean golden straw body. Finger of gauzy, frothy, off-white head. Some fuzzy lacing. Fresh hay, a little sea air, honey wheat bread, and a little snappy, peppery citrus zest. Nice.

Sweetish, doughy malt up front. A little toasted grain perhaps. Spicy, peppery hop bitterness comes on soon enough and makes for a snappy, refreshing beer. A little honey mid-palate. Dry finish with lingering peppery hop bitterness. Moderate body with a nice, lively feel. Very quaffable, especially on a hot, humid summer day.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of n2185
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear straw yellow with a finger of white head that recedes into a thin cap with no lacing.

S: Crystal and pilsner malt aromas up front sweet biscuity notes on the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, the pilsner malt flavors hit first with sweet biscuit notes. The finish has a slight hoppy bitterness.

M: Light body with medium carbonation, this beer is light, dry, and drinkable.

O: A solid pilsner overall. Not much complexity to it, but it's enjoyable and drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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1.75/5  rDev -53.1%

Photo of horshack7
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a Pilsner glass is pale and golden. The head is around an inch thick and light and airy.

Aroma: Nice lemon zest in the front. Orange peel, grain, buttery, a touch of grassy notes.

Taste: Sweet tropical fruits and some simple syrup. Grapefruit, malty sweetness, it's fairly hop forward. On the palate is a crispness with a buttery texture.

Notes: Very solid very drinkable. Cheers.

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Winslow
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Received a 12 FL. OZ. can of this in a trade w/ rjacobs6. Poured from the Green/White Colored can w/ a New English Ship on the front into a 16oz Dewey's Pizza Pint Glass. Has 7 06 12 A3BC on the side of the can, and not sure if this is a best by date or what...

Aroma- The aroma is made up of the average pils attributes with malt and sweetness. It does have a light flowery note too. Very clean and appropriate.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that has better than average retention. Has a nice golden colored body with a clear background. Leaves thick lacing on the glass.

Flavor- Very malt sweet, crisp, and shows a light-medium hop influence with the flowery and noble character. Has a light-medium bitter finish while being semi-dry.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Clean, Smooth, and actually leaves some noble hops on the palate! Awesome!

Overall Impression- I'm not sure if I just haven't had a pilsner in a while or what but this one was beyond refreshing! Good amount of noble hop character and went down better than most brews of this style. Would recommend trying if you can get brews from New England but not a must. If I could, I would keep 1-2 of these in my fridge at all times for after a tennis match or workout. Great, refreshing lager/pils.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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5/5  rDev +34%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Elm City Lager from New England Brewing Co.
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