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Elm City Pilsner - New England Brewing Co.

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very good

317 Ratings
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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 19 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 03-31-2004)
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Photo of bkeck33


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the second time I bought a six-pack of Elm City Lager. I liked it the first time, but it appealed to me even more the second time. Admittedly, the appeal is largely because it's a local beer for me. Because it's only available in "protective, lined cans", it takes me back to the days when you ALWAYS bought beer in a six-pack of cans. (Even my wife was somewhat taken aback by "canned beer!") Nonetheless, it was worthwhile.

A: A rich yellow color with strong carbonation and impressive lacing.

S: Not its strong suit; reminded me of day-old beer smell.

T: A pleasing, tangy flavor; not bitter but just enough kick.

M: Full, but not "thick." Quite pleasing.

D: Went down rather smoothly. Again, pleasing.

This is a solid German pilsner that, well, pleases. I could drink plenty of these in one sitting!

Serving type: can

02-06-2010 00:59:55 | More by bkeck33
Photo of billab914


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz can into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Pours pale yellow in color with a thin white covering on top.

Aroma is crisp with grains and citrus like lemon zest. Taste is similar to the nose in a strong grain presence with some lemon zest. it's crisp and refreshing and has a slight spiciness to it that adds to the flavor.

Mouthfeel is light with above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, I could easily have several of these. This isn't my favorite style but it's a very good beer for it's style.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 20:32:12 | More by billab914
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew from scottg for winning SNF Squares - Week 13, Thanks Scott!

12oz can served in a pilsner glass.

Hazed golden yellow with a white head that fell to a thin layer leaving a few spots of lacing.
Euro-hops, grain and earthy aromas.
Good European tasting beer from an American brewery.
Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Very easy drinking beer.

Serving type: can

12-18-2009 01:09:22 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy, pale golden color with a two finger head that sticks reasonably well, while leaving a few shards behind

Smell: Biscuity malt with just a hint of grassy hops

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with a developing grassy hop flavor that, by mid-palate, comes close to providing a complement to the sweeter malt flavors; after the swallow, the hops recede and the finish is rather sweet

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp, prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Although it is a bit under-hopped compared to Prima Pilsner, this is a very nice, easy to drink, brew; recommended

Thanks, Ezone024, for the opportunity

Serving type: can

12-05-2009 17:29:59 | More by brentk56
Photo of Ezone024


3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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

Serving type: can

12-01-2009 23:45:05 | More by Ezone024
Photo of alpinebryant


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a straw cloudy yellow, good carbonation, white head on top lacing down the glass.

Smells malty, light saaz hop? scent.

Tastes Sweet, very balanced, some light corn flavor, nice bitter bite as a German pilsener should be IMO.

Mouthfeel has a good body, Compared to a Heineken, this one is extremely thick and enjoyable.

Drinkability - Best German Pilsener I have had - while not my favorite style, this is miles above the bestselling Heineken

Serving type: can

11-19-2009 00:02:32 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of Buebie


3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked this can up at whole bowery in NYC 2 days ago.

Poured into a pub glass, forming about an inch of white cola like head. Snap crackle popping its way down quickly to leave a good cap of retention.
This thing is beautiful in that it has not been filtered. Its hazy and non transparent. A yellow, almost lemonade looking visual with good carbonation rise.

Aroma is not so noticeable, not allot to report here, some light grain aroma, lemon zest, a touch of corn and just a faint cry from earthy hops.

Taste is light and refreshing, bringing moderate carbonation and a touch of bitters to the first sip. Increasing the lemon zest and beginning to sweeten up just a touch into the swallow. More grains, bittering hop bite into the swallow. Pine coming around, as well as some citric hops and cereal grains.

Mouthfeel is light and thin with moderate carbonation. Flavors are humble and present themselves well to the style. The fact that I can taste the hops at all, or anything for that matter is remarkable. Great lawnmower brew for a hot day.

Serving type: can

09-30-2009 19:20:29 | More by Buebie
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Ezone024 for this one.

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, a little spice note. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, nice little hop bite, slightly bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice brew, very tasty.

Serving type: can

09-28-2009 23:39:38 | More by Wasatch
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

2.25/5  rDev -40%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed on 07/27/2009. Can. Pours a clear golden with a white head. Aroma of diacetyl and grainy cardboardy wheat malt. Tastes alright at first, very sweet though and then a diacetyl and wheaty finish. Blargh, this was pretty bad, especially the diacetyl. A flawed beer.

Serving type: can

08-27-2009 01:01:41 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of oriolesfan4


4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Local craft brew from a can.. hooray beer! Had this one after a long,hot day at work so the scores may be skewed up a bit but this is one damn tasty beer. A nice solid pils on the level of a Victory Prima Pils for sure, has the nice hop bite to it and great mouthfeel and drinkability. Very balanced and smooth and nothing offensive at all for it, makes for a great session beer.. went down way too quick for me!

Serving type: can

08-14-2009 21:33:26 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of RedChrome


3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: can

07-06-2009 08:42:50 | More by RedChrome
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. no date. tasted in late april/early may 2009.

pale straw color. slight haze. 1-finger head fades to creamy, wispy layer. decent lacing.

aroma: crisp noble hops and light malt, but then some DMS and diacetyl notes? and not just sulfur... but something like artificial butter as you might find in microwave popcorn... plus a faint fruitiness?

taste: starts like a standard pils, with moderate, snappy bitterness, but there's that artificial butter again...

light, smooth, with crisp carbonation.

what the heck is with the weird off-flavors? it's drinkable - pleasant, even (esp if you like microwave popcorn). but seems totally off for a pils...

Serving type: can

06-28-2009 14:40:29 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of tigg924


4.2/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: can

06-16-2009 14:17:23 | More by tigg924
Photo of Kegatron


3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

05-12-2009 11:52:47 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Super clear golden yellow body with a good amount of sediment floating around, and a ton of active carbonation bubbles. The head here is absurd. Big, rocky, ridiculous retention. You could make sand castles out of this stuff if you wanted to. Leaves some thick sticky rings around the glass. If you've ever tried Voodoo Brewing's Pilzilla, this one looks a lot like it.

My nose is assaulted by noble hops. Lemon, grass, and a huge earthiness come through. Also a slight scent of dark rye bread. Great smelling beer.

The taste is pretty good, but not as good as the smell. The hops are not as noticeable, coming through as a blast of lemon and grass. Still earthy, but very sweet also, with a slightly metallic twang to it.

Despite the huge head, the body is medium and the carbonation is a little lower than i would like.

Pretty drinkable beer, I was pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: can

05-10-2009 22:00:23 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of natasharai


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with some white fizzy head that dissipated leaving almost no lacing, the beer is a light clear yellow-golden color.

Smell: Fruity pears, tangy white grape, strong resemblance to white wine, and a small citrus hop smell.

Taste: Caramel malt, sweet pears and sweet white grapes, then a good amount of citrus hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nice carbonation, leaves mouth pretty dry.

Overall: Really good drinkability. Very nice interesting flavors. A little on the sweet side but still pretty refreshing.

Serving type: can

04-29-2009 06:00:15 | More by natasharai
Photo of smcolw


3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin layer of near-white, tiny bubbles. Leaves decent lace, though. Hazy and straw-yellow in color.

Smells dark and earthy, huh? There's some lighter grain in the background. I don't notice any hop. But I do notice a light sweetness that reminds me of fruit punch. Simply odd.

High level of carbonation, but the body seems to handle it well. There is a fruitiness to this beer that mirrors the smell. Decent balancing hop, but the aftertaste is of raw grains.

No hits, no runs, but most importantly, no errors.

Serving type: can

04-25-2009 21:39:20 | More by smcolw
Photo of goatgoat


3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thank tai4ji2x for the opportunity.

Pours a clear lemon yellow. A thick fizzy head dies quickly with no lace.
Aroma is lightly spicy and herbal. A dose of butter as well, which is rather unfortunate.
Flavor is crisp, standard pilsner. Slightly sweet malts, a little grainy, and spicy hops. A little low on the hops but with a clean, dry finish. I'm not tasting butter, but it's still present in the nose, which knocks this down a bit.
Light body with a crisp finish.

There's a good beer struggling to get through here. I don't know what's up with the butter smell, but it really took a chunk out of the quality of this brew. But it's still pretty refreshing despite that.

Serving type: can

04-14-2009 02:39:30 | More by goatgoat
Photo of cjgator3


3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

Serving type: can

04-13-2009 20:07:20 | More by cjgator3
Photo of BARFLYB


3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can found on a whim in philly, Did not know NEBC made it down here.

A- A huge sound opening the can and a steady slope produced 4 fingers of active frothy foam. It took a while to settle down. This loooked like ginger ale coming from the can while it had a bright yellow appearance. Very lively.

S- Inviting and earthy with malts and hops combined. Some spice and floral notes arise. Some fresh cut grass. Clean as a whistle.

T- Home cooked bread with some spice and pale malt. With that comes some fresh hay and a small hop nibble. Lemon and some grain, this stuff passes.

M- Crisp with a bunch of carb within. The flavors come all at once and leave you feeling dry. Light build and refreshing, just what I needed. A somewhat grainy aftertaste.

D- A good German inspired pilsner in a can no less. Light on the alcohol and a sharp flavor profile makes this a go to. This does not look like much coming from the can, (watery) but holds up in taste.

Serving type: can

04-11-2009 04:19:40 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of mltobin


4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From New England Brewing out of Woodbridge, Connecticut.

Poured into a pint glass. A bright yellow color with a thin white head. Smells a bit of baking products, not much else. It tastes like some freshly baked white bread, just a tad sweet. The mouthfeel is cool and crisp. The drinkability is solid, it is one that would go well throughout a night of playing some poker.

Serving type: can

04-05-2009 02:11:59 | More by mltobin
Photo of FatSean


4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love German pilseners. Poured from a 12oz can into a 12oz 'mixer' pint glass.

Very nice golden color with a thin head and decent lacing.

Smells of biscuity malts and some grassiness.

Tastes of the biscuit. The grassy scent carries over making the beer seem a bit coarse on the finish.

Mouthfeel is excellent, very to style with carbonation.

I could drink this all day. 5%, light crisp flavors and finish. Just my kind of summer beer.

Serving type: can

02-12-2009 01:46:42 | More by FatSean
Photo of Reagan1984


3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Pilsner glass and couldn't really get a decent head to form.. what did form settled back into the brew fairly quickly. The beer was a hazy gold color with a bit of visible carbonation. No lacing.

Aroma was fairly nice. Grassy, fresh fairly light.. perhaps a bit of lemon.

Flavor is decent. Starts with a flourish of hop bitterness and some light lemon tones. Some light malt. At the end you are left with another shot of lingering bitterness. It does seem to have a fresh flavor about it..

Body is kicked up a notch from typical macro beers. Also there is a more assertive hop profile.

Very drinkable and a nice session brew. For what it is, it's nice, but it's not a classic that's for sure.

Serving type: can

02-02-2009 23:13:19 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of prototypic


3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: can

12-29-2008 03:52:04 | More by prototypic
Photo of erosier


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a golden yellow color with a tall and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of faint sweet toasted malt, then a bigger more bitter hoppy aroma to it.
T: Tastes pretty similar to the nose with a more pronounced toasted malt beginning but still covered up pretty well with the hoppy bitter.
M: Very light, crisp, refreshing with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer and I enjoyed it this time around alot more than I remembered.

Serving type: can

10-21-2008 10:24:40 | More by erosier
Elm City Pilsner from New England Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.