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Schonramer Pils - Private Landbrauerei Schönram

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BA SCORE
85
very good

63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Private Landbrauerei Schönram visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DogFood11 on 03-15-2006)
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

delzer13, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of TGS
5/5  rDev +28.9%

TGS, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of boddhitree
4.71/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

boddhitree, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of challenja
4.71/5  rDev +21.4%
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!

challenja, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of K270
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this beer at the local German store and thought I'd give it a try. I'm glad I picked this beer up. Very good taste. It has a hint of lemon in some sips. It's a very light colored beer (think a light yellow). I'll pick this one up again on my next trip to the store.

K270, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of atlason
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

atlason, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very pale white-ish light straw color with a nice full pillowy white head and nice active carbonation. Flowery lemony hop aroma and flavor dominate. Light malt flavor helps to balance a bit but bitterness definitely dominates. Light bodied but not watery with a nice clean but bitter finish.

A nice hoppy Pils !

Per Label: Since 1780. "Spalter and Hallertauer Aroma hops"

Best Before: 03/24/07
Tasted: 07/31/06

RBorsato, Sep 15, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

foghornleghorn22, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of ithacabaron
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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.

ithacabaron, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of brandonld23
4.5/5  rDev +16%

brandonld23, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Offa
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty pilsner, with an assertive but not overpowering bitterness and clean, fresh flavour.

Golden, it has a medium white head, slowly but steadily shrinking to a wispy top and ring leaving some foamy lace.

The aroma is a lot of toasted bread, herbs, hay, honey, some lemon, and overall very nice.

The taste has a lot of herbal flavours up front with a little lemon, soon joined by light toast and a good malty bakcbone under the dominant hop character, with faint sweetness to back up the buitterness which, though not overly strong, clearly dominates from start to finish. There is no metallic quality. It has a full-bodied character with the hops thoroughly domainting but carried by enough malt. The herbal bitterness lingers pleasantly and the whole character is clean and fresh.

Offa, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of biegaman
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

biegaman, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of foogerd
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

foogerd, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Selection of the beer-of-the-month club. Poured a pale golden color with moderate white puffy head. Nice lacing as the head slowly fell. Smell is mainly lemon with some bread-like notes thrown in. Very crisp hoppy taste, which seems to dominate. Some light citrus present, but this beer is all about hops. Very refreshing, and the dryness leads to the urge for another taste. As excellent beer. Great job

tgbljb, Aug 08, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

bouncepass, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of ChillMike
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pale hazy gold color with a very nice medium sized bright white head. Smells of Bavarian hops, light citrus, bubble gum and malt. A lot more bitter than I expected to taste from this Pils. It’s also got tastes of citrus, malt and finishes with an earthen tone. All in all I’m liking this beer, especially for a pils. It’s super drinkable, pretty light smells and looks are pretty good, not a bad find.

ChillMike, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

RoyalT, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of DogFood11
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

almost perfectly clear, light golden edge, tons and tons of medium sized carbonation races to the top, supporting a sticky fluffed up white head, massive amounts of chunky lacing. Really a treat to look at.

Hops are moderate and like other german pilseners is the centerpiece. They are not everwhelming but rather used to dry up the middle of this fine brew and lend way to some grain in the finish. Extremely crisp and refreshing. Zippy carbonation is a delight on the palate, very active and then gone in a flash.

Availability is minimal to none. This is the first time I've seen it but I will keep my well trained beer eyes on the lookout for more.

DogFood11, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

nickfl, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schonramer Pils pours the expected bright, pale gold body beneath a firm head of bright white foam. The retention is good, and it leaves some rings and partial walls of lace, as well as some initial splashy "fingers" that reach upwards around the glass.

In the nose, lightly grassy, herbal, floral, and spicy hops sway atop a delicate, subtly sweet, and grainy maltiness. It's medium bodied and gently crisp in the mouth, leaving it to lightly tingle the tastebuds before it warms to become almost creamy smooth. The flavor is fuller than the nose suggests, and remains the same with the addition of a bit more spicy, gently herbal, and floral hops.

It's softer than some examples, but it still has a solid bitterness and finishes dry. In a way, it straddles the fence between the harder German version of the style, and the softer, more malt-based Czech original. Nicely done.

NeroFiddled, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of WynnO
4/5  rDev +3.1%

WynnO, May 18, 2013
Photo of CelticAleMan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

CelticAleMan, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +3.1%

dcmchew, May 11, 2014
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this beer in my fridge for a little while now, so what better time to review it?

Appearance: Very clear pale straw color with a hint of orange in it. There was a 1/2" head after a moderate pour that stuck around for the better part of a minute before giving in.

Aroma: My first impression was of sweet malt. The malt are dominating the aroma profile with only a slight floral contribution from the hops.

Taste: The hops are MUCH more prevalent in the flavor than in the aroma. I get a decent amount of flavoring hops to notice at the beginning, but then you get a slight taste of the malt before the bittering hops start to set in and carry you into the finish. There is a slight mineral flavor in the finish that gives me a chalky impression. It is not objectionable, but something to note in such a delicate beer.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer. It is interesting how the hops are so deceiving in the aroma at first, but they certainly are there. To me, it blurs the boundaries a bit between a Helles, Pilsner and a Dort. There are minerals like a Dort with the finish of a Pilsner and the nose of a Helles. Imagine that! I would drink this beer again, and though it represents all of those flavors...I hesitate to say that it does ANY of those styles really well. It is different.

SkeeterHawk, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.96/5  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.

Beer-A-Lot, Jun 25, 2013
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Schonramer Pils from Private Landbrauerei Schönram
85 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.