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Neumarkter Lammsbräu (Organic) Pilsner - Neumarkter Lammsbräu

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 140
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 17.93%
Wants: 62
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Sigmund on 03-06-2006

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Reviews: 63 | Hads: 140
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruit, and some grassy and hay aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear light straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of floral hops in the nose.
T: A moderate amount of hop bitterness is present in the taste, which also has flavors of biscuit and bready malts and floral hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: I really enjoyed this pilsener because the hops are quite assertive for the style and the light body makes it easy to drink.

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Photo of brentk56
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a pillowy head that retains at one finger and drapes lace down the sides of the pilsener glass

Smell: Bready aroma, with some honey sweetness and grassy hops

Taste: Bready, at the outset, with the citrusy/grassy hops delivering by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweeter malts return to the foreground, though there are hints of lemon and lime citrus

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This beer verges toward the sweet side relative to other pilseners I have tasted and also has an interesting hop profile - more citrus and less noble hops than I would have expected; having said that, it is very refreshing and enjoyable

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma kind of faint but contains lager yeast, grain, light malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and lager yeast, then some light malt sweetness comes in. The hops presence is good for the style and provides a nice balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent poundable beer worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very foggy yellow with a nice white head. Nose is sweet like honey. Floral sweet tones as well. Flavor carries the same and an earthy tone to it as well. Sweet character reigns on this one. Minimal earthy tone rounds it out. Feel is smooth on liquid. Vibrant and fairly biting carbonation. Quite easy to drink. I like this one.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to emerge077 for this one. Served in a pilsner glass. No obvious freshness date. This is poured from the oddly shaped green bottles that feature the USDA organic logo.

A - Pours with three fingers of off-white foam that quickly settles to a thick, chunky, cap, leaving behind attractive lace patterns. Body is a lightly hazed white peach-flesh color that features some suspended sediment.

S - There's a faint bit of skunk, thanks to the green bottle, but once it warms it dissipates and reveals a honey, bread, and pilsner malt aroma that is lightly accompanied by freshly cut grass.

T - Taste is a mostly bread and biscuit, with a hint of lemon and herbs.

M - Texture is quite nice. Very refreshing, with crisp, soft carbonation, medium-light body, and a lightly sticky finish.

D - This is a nice, easy-drinking pilsner. Ditch the green bottles though - I don't appreciate skunk, even if it only lingers for a minute or two. I put down my 33cl in less than 10 minutes.

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Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 adequate 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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a cute novelty I saw in the cooler at a local bar, I ordered it because of the lamb on the label, and it was German, and I had not had it before.

"Organic Pilsner" - interesting. Poured from a bottle into a kolsch glass. Beer is a little hazy, this is surprising for a pilsner. Beer is yellow and has moderate carbonation, not a lot of head but its fine.

Smell is unoffensive, just a regular smell. May have the slightest hint of skunk to it.

Beer is wet and clean. Finishes cleanly and is very refreshing. There is some hint of the sulfur in the flavor but I don't find it distracting or especially out of style. Drinkability is high, a good little beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Tustin, CA,

A: Pours a hazy golden, doesn't have the great clarity of the typical pils, but good head retention is there, looks more like a wit.

S: Strong noble hop scent, with sourdough bread, a bit of soap.

T: Definitely a rustic country pils taste to it. Sweet, fruity malt with a lot of subtle characteristic. Hop attack is bright with strong grass tones, a bit of earth in the aftertaste.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, biting carbonation with a soft finish.

D: A good German Pils. The first time I have seen this brewer in the US, they've given me two solid brews.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a faintly chill hazed light golden color with a huge fluffy white head that persists well. .From a green bottle smelled a bit of skunk and sulfur when first opened, but really aired out well. Caramelized melanoid bready pilsner malt with a hint of spicy floral hops make for a wonderful lager aroma. The flavor is sweet sugary bready malty goodness with faint balancing hop flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet watery mouthfeel. This is a pretty damn good pilsner. Light clean simple flavorful refreshing, I may buy more of this.

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Photo of corby112
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden yellow color with a one finger frothy with head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lacing are left behind.

Pilsner malt aroma with hints of earthy hops, citrus fruit, straw and grass.

Nicely balance with a decent amount of earthy, piney hops balancing out the pilsner malt. There's also some sweet citrus flavor, possibly lemon peel, along with a slightly earthy grass and straw character. The earthy hops counter the sweet malts notes very well making this a clean, crisp beer with a slightly dry finish.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of beertunes
2.65/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Uh-oh, green bottle alert! Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a very cloudy pale yellow color, nowhere near the bright, clean, clear gold I expect in the style. The beer poured with about 1-1/2 inches of bright white head that had very good retention and moderate lacing.

A slight skunk aroma drifted out as soon as I popped the cap. When I poured it over, the skunk strongly filled the air. Once I dove past that, the grain and hop scents were very subdued and mellow. On the tongue, things were a bit better. The base grains and soft hops were more of a presence, but the skunk was still very noticeable.

The body was fairly typical, maybe a touch fuller than average, with a finish that wasn't as dry as I would have liked. Drinkability was hurt by the skunk factor. Overall, a pretty Meh example of the style. You can pass it over, unless you're looking for the tick.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle

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!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the green 330 ml. bottle. Poured into a Gilde Pilsener glass on March 22, 2015.

It looks the way it should with its straw yellow color and tremendous, white foamy head. Busy carbonation. It's a beer.

The green bottle sets it off a touch with that skunkiness but I can pick up traditional toasty German malts and a grassy sort of hop character. It's a beer.

Light and refreshing body.

The taste echoes the German malt and clean, crisp grassy hop bitterness of the aroma. This goes with just about nay meal - in my case -it is Shepherd's Pie. It is your typical pilsener beer and there is no denying it.

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Photo of Brad007
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't drink much organic beer but thought this would be good to check out.

Pours a light gold with a huge head into my glass. Literally. Robust presentation.

Sweet, grainy malt with a touch of hops in the nose. A bit skunked but nothing too bad.

Taste reflects the skunking but still manages to retain the flavor characteristics of a middle-of-the-road pils. Sweet, buttery malt is still there for those wondering.

Lingering sweet, grainy malt at the back of the throat. Simple. Tasty.

Not a bad example of the style!

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Photo of drpimento
3.12/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This came from a green glass bottle, but without skunk. Poured with a small, fine head that slowly faded and a little lace. Color is a very slightly hazy yellow and has some small bubble trails. Aroma is grain, malt, a little hop. Flavor shallow, with noticable bite on the tongue from the carbonation, a little underlying malt sweetness and only a hint of hop. Smells better than tastes. Body is ok, carbonation a bit sharp. Finish is like flavor and has some length. Also, surprisingly, a bit of alcohol warmth. Nothing special; better than macro and nice that it's organic.

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Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good pilsner. Pale lemon yellow body with a fizzy white head. Slightly hazy. The aroma is bready and grassy. There's good hop and malt character, giving the beer a nice balance for a pilsner. Flavor is mildly sweet with a nice hop bite in the finish. It's not a terribly complex beer, but it's quite drinkable. Mouthfeel is lively. Gentle hop oiliness coats the mouth after each sip. Also, the bottle is a fun shape. This is another good imported pilsner that I'd love to drink in large amounts, but the price is just too high to justify it for a session. It's frustrating that there aren't more similar American beers. I'd like to have some cheap local options.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This might be a great pilsner at the source but the green glass receptacle does this beer no justice since there's a moderate skunkiness in both the aroma and flavor. Drinkable but not especially enjoyable. Probably the last beer I'll ever buy in green glass unless it's a lambic or saison.

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Photo of mynie
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stormin' MA, along with Tannen Zäpfle and some others, as part of a series of ultra expensive premium German imports. Zaple was fantastic, so I didn't think too hard about dropping 11 bucks on a four-pack of Lammsbrau.

Also, labeling really goes overboard stressing the "organic" angle.

Nice pour. Slight haze, heavily effervescent, straw-colored with an excellent, rocky head.

Smells a bit tame, almost more like a municher than a pils. Straw, grass, flowers, and a little bit of dry hops.

Tastes as it smells: nicely brewed, excellent balance, but pretty darn meek for the style. Starts with grass, dandelions, and yeast, gets a bit more bitter and sharp as it goes along but still never reaches the level of complexity I would like to see out of a beer that costs almost three bucks a bottle.

Am I a snob? Kinda. But super-premium price should mean super-premium beer, and while this is very nicely brewed I just don't think it was worth the money.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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