Neumarkter Lammsbräu (Organic) Pilsner - Neumarkter Lammsbräu
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4.5/5 rDev +13.9%
Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:
Hmm ... organic and naturally carbonated, no use of hop oils either. One could say this is a retro German Pils, as most of the mainstream Pilsners have resorted to more industrial-style techniques. We held back the last ounce or so of beer to ensure a clear pour, seeing the thin layer of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Very clear, pale golden-yellow color, masterful work with the lacing as there are rings on the glass after each sip. Sweet grain smell, a light honey-like and grassy character, hops come off a little herbal and spicy, but stay soft in the aroma. The carbonation runs very deep and does not skip a sip with the sublime crispness. Right from the get-go, the malt and hops battle it out for dominance, and they end up calling a truce as both seem to meld middle to end. Extremely clean malt palate with a long-running graininess. Hops supply an even amount of bitterness, flavor goes from lemon oil to herbal to spicy. Clean and dry finish.
This is an amazing beer, and we hope will help teach the masses in the US what German beer is all about, or even to narrow it down a bit ... what Bavarian beer is all about. Pen this one in on your must-try list.
09-20-2010 17:43:41 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.53/5 rDev +14.7%
A: clear golden yellow. lots of carbonation and a thin creamy head lingering just on top of the surface.
S: lightly toasted malted grains, and a fresh hint of grass and lime from the hops.
T: whoa that's good! a sophisticated balance is achieved between the malts and hops. Coming through is layer of honey-hay malt intertwined with a light but crispy-floral hop presence. a delicate balance all the way through. Sweet malt profile up front but nothing too dominating. A bit of a sourdough flavor toward the end that has a spicy tinge on the tale.
M: smooth and full, crisp and quite dry.
D: I could drink this beer all the time.
I will seek their ways.
11-04-2010 21:49:43 | More by joemacpherson
4.45/5 rDev +12.7%
0.5L bottle from the source in Germany.
Crystal clear, pale, golden colored beer with a ton of carbonation activity, creating a creamy foam head w/ trailing lace.
Aroma is soft and pleasant with herbal hop characters, faint mint, lime pith, metallic, and edge of bready malt. Clean.
Light-bodied, crisp with a seltzer soda-like tingle on the palate, and refreshing. Creamy mouthfeel.
Nice smacking of lime upfront, touch of hop oil in the feel, herbal notes follow. Malts are subdued, offering a touch of sweetness and crackery grain to balance things out. Finish is dry with a residual hop presence, cereal grains, and hay.
Pure lager bliss. A most outstanding German Pils. And it's an organic / bio beer. Damn shame that this level of quality Pils is not widely available in the US.
04-21-2008 23:11:29 | More by Todd
4.43/5 rDev +12.2%
11.2 ounce green bottle. This organic pilsner pours a hazy yellow gold body with a tall vanilla white head. Retention is excellent and blotches of clingy lace sticks to the pils glass.
Aroma opens with grassy and herbal hops, followed by notes of lime peel and black pepper. As it warms, bready sourdough hints emerge.
Mouthfeel has a lively carbonation and light medium body. Very smooth, even velvety on the palate.
Taste has a spicy and herbal hop bitterness. A lemon zest twang segues into fresh lime juice notes as it warms. A hint of honey sweetness from the mostly dry and crackery malt adds a nice touch as it warms. Mineral notes are present and add a complexity I've not encountered in a pilsner. Finishes clean.
Wow! This is one of the better beers of any type that I've recently sampled. Definitely one of the best pilsners I've ever had. Excellent!
09-04-2010 12:54:46 | More by merlin48
3.39/5 rDev -14.2%
11.2oz bottle served in wide mouth glass
A- Golden yellow; slightly darker than many pilsners. Ample white head with good retention.
S- Strong aroma for style. A lot of pilsner malt with grassy and earthy notes, and some hop presence.
T- An amplified pilsner with somewhat stronger flavor than average. Clean finish.
M- The mouthfeel is light with a good amount of carbonation.
D- The drinkability is good for a pilsner, but I definitely prefer a good Czech pils.
12-07-2010 04:55:56 | More by chinchill
3.99/5 rDev +1%
Lovely fluffy white head settles to a nice 1/4" layer. The beer itself is ultra clear and light amber in color. Aroma is zesty, peppery, lemon, cracker grains, sweet and clean. Nice dry flavors....grains, spicy floral hops. This beer has a ripe greeness to it. Good slick mouthfeel. Carbonation is good but pretty chill for this style of beer.
12-25-2013 18:10:27 | More by tastybeer
4.35/5 rDev +10.1%
11.2 oz. bottle into a Pilsner glass. I love the shape of this bottle, and it's different from many I've seen. Thin neck and bulbous bottom, almost weapon-like, as if anticipation as set in for some kind of defense at a bar. There's a lamb on the top of a barrel and it says Organic Pilsner, so I hope this is the right brew and I shouldn't start a new one.
Appearance: Golden with mild haze, tons of bubbles shooting to the top (even after a few minutes), and almost a 3/4" head that seems fairly tireless.
Smell: Herbal hops, breadiness, earthiness, hints of citrus, but all of it's at least seemingly very freshly heady and nice.
Taste: Fresh herbal hops, pilsner malts, earthiness, doughiness, breadiness, and all that good stuff comes through amazingly well. The legitimate freshness of this pils is hard to deny. I'm not sure I've had a better version in a long time, if ever.
Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy, but feels the slightest bit undercarbonated.
Drinkability: I bought a 4-pack for $8.99 on the word from a trusted fellow friend at a store, and it was a good purchase, especially since I'm not the biggest pilsner fan on the planet. The weather's calling for it, and he talked about the freshness, and I can see how and why. Light and complex and balanced and fresh and an awesome beer for this kind of weather. Plus the complexity comes from the ingredients -- at 4.8% ABV -- and not from the alcohol, which is true of every solid German brew I've ever had -- the real thing, not the domestics.
06-06-2008 22:48:35 | More by asabreed
4.26/5 rDev +7.8%
UPDATE: I bought a fresh bottle of this at the Vorwerk Podemus BioBahnhof in Dresden for my train ride to Wien for € 1,19 with just a ,08 deposit. I damned near missed my train doing it, but it was worth it. It was in a brown bottle (not green as before), and not skunked. This was 30.12.13 and the bottle was dated "best by" 03.04.14". My score for the aroma has been upgraded from a 3.5 to a 4.0, and flavor has gone from a 4.0 to a 4.25.
Appearance: Deep golden body beneath a creamy cap of white froth. Head retention is very good. Lacing is better-than-average.
Smell: Unfortunately, this sample is light-struck and expresses the typical "skunkiness" of many European lagers in green bottles. Beyond that it has a rich, grainy maltiness to it. Some grassy and herbal hop notes are also detected once the nose becomes accustomed to the skunkiness.
Taste: The malt is rich, bready, and grain-like. Very straight-forward. The hops are grassy and just slightly herbal. Bitterness is kept in check, and it's maltiness dominates at the start, but is quickly coat-tailed by zesty hop flavors. Nicely balanced! Full of flavor but not over-done, and certainly very drinkable!
Mouthfeel: The decidedly medium body is anchored by a fine bubbled, moderate carbonation that gives just enough tingle to the tongue while leaving it creamy and smooth. That helps to soften the bitterness a bit as well, leaving the malt in the spotlight.
Drinkability: Really nicely done. Great malt flavor, great hop flavors, great balance and finish. The skunkiness was the only problem. Well worth trying!
07-01-2008 21:10:15 | More by NeroFiddled
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
A- Pours a golden yellow color with a nice white head that leaves a ton of lacing around the glass and features very good retention qualities as well.
S- The aroma is very nice I must say. I could smell it as I was pouring it in the glass. A lot of pilsner malt and grassy hops.
T- The taste like the aroma is light bodied with a lot of pale pilsner malts and a good dose of spicy grassy hops in the finish. Much more of a bite in the finish than I was expecting, I'm liking it so far.
M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
D- The drinkability with this one is very high for me. This is a perfect session beer. Under 5% ABV and full of flavor. Highly Recommended!
04-03-2010 21:57:15 | More by cjgator3
4.45/5 rDev +12.7%
Pale golden straw color with a frothy looking head that pours an initial 2 fingers high. Smells of lightly spicy and clean grassy hops with soda-cracker-like pils malt undertone. Taste is more balanced that I would have guessed from the nose. The initial bitterness from the hops is almost immediately supported by a soft biscuity malt that smooths the bitter edge into a dry crispness. Has one of those dry but quenching finishes that makes me want to take another drink immediately after the last drink.
03-26-2013 00:06:48 | More by BeerZack
4.43/5 rDev +12.2%
Poured into a Pilsner Urquell tall stem a clean bright yellow with a very puffy white head that slowly deflates with nice lacing.
Nose is a lovely pilsner grain/grass and very slightly sweet.
Crisp, open, medium carbonation throughout the sip with a lemon start, then a more earthy middle. Finishes very refreshing - overall a beautiful balance of the grainy malt and hops. I seriously could drink this long into a warm evening.
I usually am not a pilsner person - this is a whole different level, will buy again.
07-09-2011 20:06:33 | More by OldIronLungs
4.31/5 rDev +9.1%
Had this in a tulip although maybe I should have served this in a stange or pilsner glass at around 42 degrees.
Appearance: not much head although a nice pale color.
Smell: definitely one of the most interesting pilsner smells. I got a lot of apple, honeydew melon, funk, grass, hay and some herbal notes.
Taste: tastes clean and crisp with dry finish. Not too much hop on this one but definitely refreshing with some fruitiness mid palate. Some more hay and grass come in with some lager funk.
Mouthfeel: great carbonation, medium bodied, easy drinking.
Overall: This is one excellent pilsner. I have yet to see a German beer that has disappointed me and a great summer sipper.
05-27-2014 01:43:50 | More by Mises85
3.95/5 rDev 0%
Consuming as we speak. ,5L bottle poured into a weizen glass. Sorry; maybe I'll re-review some other time with a proper pils glass. Better than a mug, anyway.
So, appearance. Pours a lovely golden colour with a decent white head. Head shows mediocre retention, however. Minimal lacing on the way down (it's a pils in a friggin' weizen glass, after all).
Nose: Hmm. Floral hops, but not incredibly impressive. Some pastoral maltiness to it. Not quite the fresh-baked bread of the Dunkel.
The flavour is something unusual for a pils (but something I experienced quite thoroughly with the Dunkel yesterday). It is fairly bready and wheat-like (not too much like a typical pils, really). The bread-and-malt is pretty much what you get up front. Hops are mildly floral and the finish is mildly bitter (not bad but not great). Lots of pastoral notes here and there. Good balance, but not great. Commendable, but not excellent.
Feels wonderful going down. Good creaminess and low carbonation. Tiny bubbles and whatnot. Not quite like a traditional pils, but it's quite lovely. In that regard, it's pretty drinkable. Not too much bitterness, not too strong in pretty much any way. It's not quite a super-versatile drinker like Diebels Alt, but it's pretty good.
07-15-2008 18:51:48 | More by Gamemako
3.78/5 rDev -4.3%
Slight haze, decanted off the yeast at the bottom, supposedly why the bottle has that odd design. Glowing goldenrod orange. Sticky drips of lacing form an attractive crown, and the white foam remains for the duration of the glass.
Soft malty bread dough aroma, slight lager skunk that fades after a minute, herbal and grassy. Unmistakably German and very clean.
Flavor is similarly malty with a lemony, herbal hop character. Much like a tea with honey and herbs. Clean and soft feel, biscuity malt flavor. Pleasant with a dry aftertaste. Very simple and balanced, subtle with ever so slight nuances.
The packaging was pretty wordy, and detailed their environmentally friendly practices, which I applaud. They use ColdTrack, which is a fully refrigerated line of transport & distribution. Hopefully Whole Foods picks them up, this seems tailor made for them.
12-01-2010 03:04:34 | More by emerge077
3.88/5 rDev -1.8%
Cloudy pale gold with a good two inch white head which susides rapidly. Some lacings at the top.
Aroma is mild skunk.
Taste is lemon, grassy, some bread, minerals, and bitter hops.
Mouthfeel is just fine for the style.
Very sessionable Pils at 4.8%.
Pretty good Pils but at $1.99 per 11.2 ounce bottle it might not be that often.
12-08-2008 05:24:35 | More by Spikester
4.25/5 rDev +7.6%
This is the organic pils. Hazy light straw color, bright white head. Fresh, grassy eastern European hop aroma with a bit of honey sweetness. Bright, upfront flavors of pilsner malts and grassy hops. A touch of grain, with a fleeting, light honey sweetness in the middle. Smooth undertones of doughy bread. Crisp, clean, real German flavors. Very nice, one of the best Pils I've had.
07-20-2010 03:20:59 | More by bcm119
4.16/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a pilsner style glass. Pray for no skunking here...
Deep brass crystal shimmering clear body, with a booming bleach white frothy growing head. Large shampoo and soapy retention and clumps of soap on the glass sides. The most microscopic carbonation rising just in the middle.
Great dough notes of malt. Just rolled fresh bakery dough on the nose. Slight herbal hop presence. Otherwise pretty solid. Luckily not skunked.
Palate comes with a wonderful classic malt pils flavor. Deep dough and bread all over, mostly in the aftertaste. Some nice herbal bitterness on the finish, slightly peppery and green to match. Mild bakery finish. Good malt backbone with minimal sweetness and balanced bitterness, with a honey like coating.
Overall a real solid German pils. Pretty impressed since I find organic labelled beer often disappointing.
05-26-2014 18:28:55 | More by smakawhat
3.93/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a hazy, light straw amber with a thin white head that dissipates to a ring around the glass. Aroma of sweet, bready and biscuit malt, light grassy hops and skunk; a big burst of skunk from the bottle, but blends with the the other nice pilsner smells in the glass. Flavor is similar to aroma, bready and biscuit malt, toast (actual bread toast, not toasted malt), a hint of lemon, grassy and floral hops; there is something else in here that reminds me of a bakery, like sesame seeds or unusual flour. Nicely melded. Light bodied with peppery carbonation. A very nice pilsner with both an unusual look (hazy and light) and some complex, unidentifiable flavors that seem perfectly balanced in the profile. Nicely done. What an incredible tragedy that the initial aroma and aftertaste are both skunky. If it is true as an earlier reviewer from Germany said that this comes in a brown bottle domestically, these guys need to fire their entire foreign export packaging team. Dang. Nice enough to make me really look for this fresh or properly packaged.
02-25-2014 00:25:22 | More by LiquidAmber
3.85/5 rDev -2.5%
Pale yellow with a thin wispy head. Nice lacing.
Smells like fresh cut grass.
Lot's of pale malts and grassy hops. This one packs a lot of flavor into a light bodied session beer. I like this one quite a bit. Easy to drink. Good pool, sports, bbq beer.
11-16-2010 03:06:19 | More by wcudwight
4/5 rDev +1.3%
Glad to see 4 packs of this at Whole Foods. Same beer as their regular pils, I guess?
Pretty standard pils appearance here: golden, clear, bubbly. Nice head retention.
Smells good, very aromatic stuff. Crusty French bread and spicy/zesty noble hops dominate the nose, and they've got a lot of character. Breadiness seems to take over as the beer warms up a bit. I tend to prefer my pils with a bigger hop nose, but this smells good nonetheless.
Yep, this is very bready for a pils. Earthy, herbal hop flavors provide a nice balance, but it's more about the malt here, and the malt character is quite nice. Not terribly sweet, just pronounced. Bit of clean, mildly sulfuric lager yeast flavor pops up in the finish before being overtaken by a mild bitterness and a trace of boiled corn.
This was pretty enjoyable stuff, hard to fault much. It's not necessarily top notch, but it's well worth a try.
08-25-2011 06:07:03 | More by largadeer
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