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Schonramer Pils - Private Landbrauerei Schönram

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BA SCORE
87
very good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Private Landbrauerei Schönram visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DogFood11 on 03-15-2006

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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 42
Photo of Bali_hi
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of schooner amer pils drank.

Photo of John_Beeryman
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

A very aromatic, crisp, and FLAVORFUL German pilsner. One of the best.

Photo of challenja
4.66/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle served into a Sam Adams Boston lager pint glass.

A: golden hue, straw grass
S: noble pils hops, lemon, fresh blade wheat switch grass, clean fresh brushed stainless steel.
T: this is the perfect pilsner. Plenty of noble hops, beautiful wheat alcohol esters that blend accordingly . The hops pucker the mouth while the wheat lemon grass pilsner bite and produces a beautiful dry biscuit resin that flows into a lemon pucker tongue enveloping your taste buds.
M: amazing. Simply amazing. Crisp yet medium to full bodied.It fizs on your tongue until it sinks in and swells your taste buds and thickens your tongue. Seriously this is an experience you must have!
O: This is the perfect pilsner!

Photo of boddhitree
4.71/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Again, this one has won some EBS awards:
European Beer Star in der Kategorie German-Style Pilsner:
2011 Bronze-Medaille, 2010 Silber-Medaille, 2009 Gold-Medaille.

I enjoyed reading the marketing blurb about this beer on their website.
My translation below. Notice their use of Fernsehbiere, Prussian (a.k.a. North German) as apposed to German,

"Stronger than the television hopped beers of our Prussian neighbors, but since only
Aroma hops are to be used, the bitterness felt is pleasant and harmonious. Without corners and edges. Nothing bitter!

Noblest and most expensive Bavarian aroma hops create a distinctive and elegant hop aroma, reminiscent of fresh flowers and pine resin. The first drink is very strongly flavored (spiced?) and bubbly, going into a dry but very subtle bitterness that lasts a long time but hi never astringent. In the finish you can taste notes of rose essence and resin (?).

The Schönramer Pils is very appetizing by its fine bitterness and is ideal as an aperitif."

Appearance: Bright, crystal clear golden straw under a snow white head.

Aroma: Quite typical German Pils aromas coming strongly out of the glass, even after sitting a few minutes waiting for me to type and make the above pic. I get toasty, bread Pils malts and grassiness in spades. This is what you expect a world class Pils to smell like.

Flavor: Lots of bitter notes up front with some grass from the Noble hops. The back of the label says "a special taste experience thanks to a quartet of finest Hallertauer and Spalter aroma hop varieties." Hallertauer and Spalter refer more to the hop growing region rather than any specific hop, so I'm guessing Mittelfrüh, Perle and/or Hersbrücke for Hallertauer hops, and Spalter Select or Spalter Spalt (for a treatise on this subject, read here.) Also up front I get a little malt Pils malt flavor, but only when I let it sit awhile on the front of the tongue. In the middle, a tad citrus-like tartness and more bitterness with a lot of sweet Pils malts around the edges of the tongue. In the back is where all the flavors come together and you get see how these muscular bitter notes mix with the sweet Pils malt flavors. I don't any "rose essence or resin" in the aftertaste, but there is something there reminding me of a fruit tea aftertaste mixed with hop bitterness and lots of Pils malt sweetness. If you skip the beer over the front and middle of the tongue you can bypass most of the hop bitterness and feel the malts really demand attention in the back of the mouth, yet then you miss all the hoppy wonderfulness.

Mouthfeel: Decent, goldilocks zone, neither thick nor thin like an AAL; just enough to give it heft and seriousness, but not thick enough to make it unenjoyable on a hot summer day.

Photo of smakawhat
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

A light yellow with lots of green tinge color to the body, slight rising carbonation and a bit hazy. Big bleach white and very uniform head on the pour, easily four fingers, with lots of soapy retention. Weird looking color but otherwise not bad.

Nose is a bit hoppy. Hints of grass and green herbs. Slight doughy malts a little bit, with no sense of sweetness. Otherwise fine and alright.

Taste seems to be a bit helter skelter. Light bodied but with little mid palate flavor. Taste is all in the finish with a large hinting hop angle, that comes off very mineral and medicinal. A very unpleasant and unbalanced lingering medicinal bitterness will just not go away when having this. Warmth brings a real metallic twinge to this like eating aluminum foil.

Overall, it's not bad but the finish is a real mess and comes off real unbalanced.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy light gold with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, grass, and fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better smell in my opinion.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice, somewhat different-tasting pils. Rather light in color, with nice head. Slightly weakfish aromas, but a little more body in feel. Taste is a bit different, maybe not as crisp as some pilsners but still satisfying. Almost a dry taste. Enjoyable.

Photo of Tobe
2.67/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a pale straw color with a nice white head. The head started strong but quickly dissipated with time.

A decent aroma of malt and some grassy/earthy notes greets the nose. The flavor isn't very far from the aroma in that it offers more of that earthiness. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible. This beer does offer some nice hoppy bitterness, but doesn't ultimately live up to the expectation. This is something you can go ahead and pass on.

Photo of avalon07
2.86/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a pale yellow color and a clear consistency. There was an inch and half of creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: Not a great aroma, with traces of hops, malt, and a definite skunky quality.

T: Like the smell, the taste had a pronounced skunkiness to it. Very unpleasant. In addition to this, the hops level was out of balance and kind of harsh. Had some malt and citrus in it, but this didn't help. Not a great flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a harsh finish. Light-bodied.

O: For sure, this is a misfire of a beer. Could have been better.

Photo of ithacabaron
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big, brilliant gold, topped with a craggy, bulbous, living head. The head fades down to a thin film, but leaves a lovely lacing. Sic transit gloria.

Aroma is lovely -- fresh, grassy hops, clean, four-on-the-floor lager yeast. A powerful, evocative nose.

Taste builds even further -- first, even-handed, silky blonde malt kisses the tongue with sweetness; then a lashing whipcrack of chlorophyll-laden hop freshness. The finish is dry, bitter, and begs for another sip. Muscular without being over the top, full without trying too hard, the flavors here, from start to finish, are just tremendous.

Mouthfeel is a little prickly, but not outside the style. Good scrubbing bubbles that, if met with food, would surely take any pork fat to task and refresh the palate as needed.

Overall this is a nearly perfect beer, and certainly the finest German Pils I've ever had. Having tried many of the style both here, and then fresh on the European side of the pond, I can only imagine how truly remarkable this must be on tap. A new favorite. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very surprised to see this Pilsner (and its Dunkel sister) on tap in the Greenwich Union: the Meantime Brewery tap house. Reason being, I’d never heard of the brewery before.

Had a half pint just to review it on here.

This is one of the better Pilsner beers I’ve had and was certainly an improvement on the London Lager and Helles that Meantime had up against it on tap in their bar.

This oozed classic Pilsner: the colour, smell, body and overall feel of it just seemed right. Served well and at a good chilled temp it slipped down far too well.

I’ll not go into great detail (I only had a half don’t forget and I was on a mission to try a few brews that day), but this is well worth finding and trying if you get the chance.

Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with two and a half fingers of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves excellent, sticky lace on the glass.

S - Light, bready malt with pungent, herbal hops and a bit of floral character.

T - Soft malt with some vanilla and honey notes in the front. Herbal hops come out in the middle and intensify towards the finish as they become more floral. Some grassy notes linger on the palate with moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A classic pilsner, lots of rich malt and more than enough hop character to balance things out. Very nice.

Photo of womencantsail
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 10.01.12 which I'm assuming is an expiration/best by date of January 10, 2012.

A: The beer pours a very pale yellow color with a rocky white head that is retained very well.

S: Definite skunk on the nose which worries me. Plenty of lager yeast and pale, cracker malts. Some lemon zest and floral hops, and a light fruitiness--maybe apples.

T: Pale malts with a soft bread flavor. Lemon zest, lightly bitter, earthy, and floral hops. Some cracker malts and a light sweetness. A light but pleasant beer.

M: Light in body and moderate to high in carbonation.

O: Would have been nice if it didn't have the skunkiness. Otherwise, not bad.

Photo of atlason
4.61/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Hefe vase. Freshness date 20/8/11.

A: Straw color with pretty bubbles. Generous head dissipates to leave suggestive lacing.

S: Floral noble hop notes, perhaps Saaz, with refreshing slight citrus character

T: Perfect balance of hops and malt leaves slight fresh bitterness on the tounge. Grass and floral notes play center role.

M: A bit creamy, carbonation level just enough to keep it interesting.

This is an outstanding Pils. Make sure you get a fresh one and enjoy.

Photo of foogerd
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Textbook example of what a German Pilsner is supposed to look like. Clear straw yellow body, carbonation bubbles running to the top. Fluffy thick head about an inch, looks like a pillow.

S- Light hops, floral qualities are present, basic malt bill backing it up.

T- Hops really take a bite out of your palette. The execution of the balance of this brew is done to perfection.

M- Crisp, cabonated, and fresh.

D- Nothing to get weary about, I can have pint after pint.

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and poured with a two finger high bright fluffy white head that slowly died down leaving a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of grainy malts in the nose along with some notes of grassy hops.
T: The overall taste is quite malty and is accompanied by a relatively strong amount of bitterness from the hops in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation. The finish is very dry and leaves you longing for another sip.
D: If you like bitterness, this beer is very easy to consume.

Photo of biegaman
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Schönramer Pils acts according to the textbook - which isn't surprising considering the Germans had a big hand in writing, and also perfecting, the damn thing. The big difference between this brewery and most others: they don't just mindlessly, boringly read it line for line from notes - they bring the thing to life like a Broadway theater production...

First, bright spotlight is flooded on the appearance, which, it must be said, is quite embracing of it. Its flaring yellow body is most eye-catching; unashamed by its naturally occurring haze it gleams notwithstanding with a lambent, almost neon-lime glow. Its bubbles whiz by and its head, even as the liquid drains beneath it, remains allegiant and resolute.

Secondly, the aroma which - despite the prevalence of bready, grainy and lightly sweet cereal grain - belts out a fetching chorus line of green, flowery hoppiness. The clean, wholesome, undecorated scent of Pils malt, and a yeast neutral of any esters or by-products, allows for teeming citrus and brimming floral notes to co-inhabit.

Most importantly, its taste bends, holds and hits all the right notes. Its maltiness is well attenuated and impresses clean, toothsome notes of cereal grain and bread, while its noble (highly perceptible) hop bitterness is accentuated by good dose of sulfates in the water. It is crisp and dry as well as lightly tangy and acidic. An unrivaled quencher.

It wouldn't be unfair to say of German brewers that they're unimaginative and predictable - the kind of people to wear the same Halloween costume year after year. But some costumes are quite good, and timeless, so why change them? Don't confuse this beer's simplicity and conventionality as making it somehow uninspired, dull or mediocre...

Those words might describe a great many beers released in this style, but not this pilsner nor any other true, high-quality rendition. If any of the above scores were increased I would have no problem with it. This was one of the finest pilsners, from Germany or anywhere, that I've tried to date and knowing both what I like and what is expected of the style, I can't imagine much of anything could be done to make it any better.

Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Radek's bottle shared. No aroma. Pale yellow body, very little head. Dry, some pils taste, mineral, faint hops.Passable beer, unoffensive.Drinkable on a warm day or if the only beer about.Clean, slight fizzy carbonation.A tad lemony. Fair, but nothing special for style.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - Light straw color. Two fingers of foam that dissipated quickly. Good carbonation.

Smell - surprisingly malty smelling despite the type and number of hops that must be present. Also surprisingly a caramel smell.

Taste - the taste brought the hops that I was missing in the smell. Definitely hoppy and bitter. Bitterness is definitely strong, but all the more a good example of a German Pils.

Mouthfeel - Very good balance between watery and creamy textures.

Drinkability - Maybe a little too bitter for me to come back to, but enough complexity in it to keep me occupied.

Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This came out a beautiful highlighter yellow in color, definitely on the lighter side but simply gorgeous. The head was pure white and came up beautifully and the two went quite well together.

Smell - The nose is classic German Pils. The hops are extremely grassy and sharp with some nice straw. The grain really fights for its spot and just does break through the surface.

Taste - The hops come through exactly at the taste and the grain steps it up nicely. The two together are a knockout hit. Both are sharp, albeit the hops are much bigger, but I get so tired of Americans complaining that Germans don't make big hoppy beers well here you go.

Mouthfeel - This is no lightweight and almost qualifies as medium-bodied. It's as big as a Pils should get IMO. The carbonation is crisp and lively.

Drinkability - I wouldn't call it the smoothest Pils on the planet but I don't think it wants to be. This is big, bold, yet true to style. Anyone who gets a bit bored with German Pilsners should give this a go.

Photo of flannelman808
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours bright yellow and is topped with a foamy bone white head. Looks great... lots of carbonation bubbles.

S: Pale malt comes through on the nose.. as well as some freshly cut grass qualities.

T: This is a good pils! There is a nice amount of bitterness behind it which I like. It must have had a fair amount of hopping. There is a cracker like quality which this pils has as well.

m: carbonic tang

D: medium

Photo of belgiumbud
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nicely into a standard pint glass (my pilsner glass has been recently retired into the trash). A beautiful straw-golden color with a puffy pearl white froth. This beer gave off a sweet, crisp Hallertauer Hops aroma.

Upon first sip I sensed a hint of malty, honey sweetness but before you are able to decipher what type of sweetness it is. The Spalter Hops cleanses the palate and this brew finishes very crisp and clean.

Overall a satisfying thirst quencher after a hard days work.

Photo of crossovert
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a super pale yellow, super super pale, with a puffy white head that leaves a ton of lacing.

The smell is maltier than most pilseners, with strong pale malt and a kiss of slightly medicinal/herbal hops.

The immediate thing I notice in this beer is a great mouthfeel. The taste is suprisngly citrusy with the focus being lemon. There is slight bitterness in the aftertaste. This is an extremely smooth and quaffable German pilsener.

This is a surprisingly solid German pilsener, it took me awhile to come across it, but I think I'm somewhat glad I did. It isn't the best, but it is a solid, solid German style pilsener.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely pale goldenrod that is similar to a light/lite lager in hue. A few steady bubble streams motor up to a beautiful crown of cumulus cloud white. The foam is loaded with surface pits and is nice and sticky as well. Plenty of lace is the end result.

The nose is classic noble-hopped German pils. In other words, it's grassy and floral with a terrific twist of lemon peel that adds a certain brightness. It smells pretty fresh too, even though this bottle is just past the best-by date.

Like the color suggested it would be, Schonramer Pils is clearly on the lighter side of the style spectrum. The ABV is fine, but it doesn't taste like there's much barley in the house. That's much more forgivable in an easy drinking pils than in... say... an old ale or a stout.

What is most likely 100% pale/pils malt adds a lightly sweetened cereal grain flavor, with no hint of toasted breadiness. The hops are still grassy, lemony and a trifle spicy. A fair amount of bitterness is still present, probably because malt sugars are so few and far between. If reviewed closer to the brewed-on date than the best-by date, I'm fairly certain that the flavor and drinkability scores would have been higher.

The mouthfeel is appropriately light and has just enough carbonation to get by. A few more bubbles would have been better, though there's really nothing wrong with it as is.

The head brewer at Private Landbrauerei Schonram is Eric Toft, who hails from Wyoming. It's great to see an American succeed at such a venerable German brewery. Schonramer Pils is good beer. Just make sure you get a fresh sample in order to appreciate it in all its glory.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A German pilsner I've never seen? Interesting....and it's "only" a week past its sell-by date. On to the beer:

The classic German pils look; sparkling bubbled racing throuhg a body of light straw blonde, and a creamy white head sitting on top with good retention. Dammit, I wish my brother hadn't used my stange glass earlier! I have to use a shaker for this one, but it still look good. The aroma is pleasant. No skunkiness or oddball aromas despite being past the sell-by date. There is a light touch of pilsner malt, making way for hay-like aromas and grass. Things look sunny right before I take my first sip.

This is good pilsner. The carbonation bubbles hit your palate first, then comes a brush of sweet pale malt. Notes of honey bread as present. Briefly thereafter, the hops start to do their work. The hops are very grassy. It's hinting aspirin bitterness to me, and it's a sharp bitterness that hits on the paalte, slightly cutting down its drinkability. The pale malt sweetness continues to stick around. Oh, and there's still some good healthy head on top.

This is what I'd like to see more of in the states, some more German pilsners. And the fresher, the better. I'd love to try this fresher, but it's good enough as it is.

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Schonramer Pils from Private Landbrauerei Schönram
87 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.