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Schonramer Pils - Private Landbrauerei Schönram

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43 Reviews
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Reviews: 43
Hads: 85
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 17.01%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Private Landbrauerei Schönram visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: DogFood11 on 03-15-2006

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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 85
Photo of Tobe
2.67/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
2.86/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

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Photo of roughsax
3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BOM selection. Finally got around to drinking the last bottle and doing a review. 11.2oz bottle poured in to a Pilsner glass.

A- Pale, golden. 2 finger, fluffy white head faded to small rim. Not much lacing.

S- Flowery, herbal, sweetness.

T- Sweet (honey?), flowery, lemon citrus, crisp, dry bitter finish.

M- Good carbonation. Not much else to say.

D- Very easy drinking. I agree with BA tgbljb, the dryness leaves you wanting another sip. That being said, it's not a bad beer, not a great one. This beer just is. I had it with a Diablo Chicken Pasta (i was sure to give the beer ample tasting before diving in to the meal). It was a nice way to wash it down (should have had a good, hoppy ipa though).

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Schönramer Pils has a very thick, frothy, white head, a hazy, straw appearance, with some ascending bubbles, and heavy and impressive lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, mild cracker, and the flavor is of white bread, sweet malt, and fairly prominent, grassy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Schönramer Pils finishes crisp and refreshing.


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Photo of smakawhat
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of JBogan
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright golden color with a foamy white head, leaving good lacing in my glass.

Smell of wheat and grasses, plenty of hops.

Tasted very crisp and clean, hops were present and even some citrus.

Mouthfeel was good. Nice carbonation and a clean body, a refreshing beer especially for the weather we have here in Vegas.

I was pleased with this beer, and would certainly enjoy having it again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 500ml bottle like the one shown and poured into a standard pint glass. Drank one while waiting in line at Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix.
Appearance: pale yellow color topped with a foamy white head that left noce rings of lace on the walls of the glass.
Nose: dusty malts and grassy hops notes. Good level of hops here.
Taste: some hayfield malt flavor and pretty well hopped with an herbal bite going on.
Feel: light- shading toward medium-bodied and refreshing.
Overall: actually, not too bad; mot as crisp and refreshing as I would have liked in a Pils but pretty tasty. Overall, no complaints.

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Photo of theopholis
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Light straw, just a tad cloudy and very-well carbonated. Nice, loose, white foamy head that has some staying power, but does eventually fall. Leaves just a trace of lace.

Aroma- Pretty sour for a pilsner. No hops, no cirtus or malt. Very clean aroma. Just a hint of green apples.

Taste- Whoa! Initial taste is the way it smells, mostly sour mash and lemons. But about 1/2 a second after it hits your tounge, you get a jolt of hops.

Mouthfeel- Light and crisp. Good, light body. Carbonation level enhances the flavor.

Drinkability- Not a day-time beer like most German Pilsners, but well worth a try.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.61/5  rDev -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

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Photo of clickpush
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour: .5L bottle to pilsner glass. Beer is very pale with a two finger white head. Small amount of bubbles inside glass and the head is a sticky, big bubbled pillow of a cap that leaves good lacings in its wake.

Nose: Strong smell I associate with pilsner (hops?) that seems slightly acidic, with tons of grains and honey notes, like a warm biscuit.

Mouth: Light honey and citric flavors mingle upon entering the mouth. With the swallow the hops become known, leaving a gentle bitterness behind that carries a touch of saltiness with it. The hops also hint at some dried green kitchen herbs... grassy. The mouthfeel is a bit inconsistent and tends to be pretty weak.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of sessycuban
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer pours a light straw color. This beer is extremely carbonated. I'm getting a white, foamy head that stays well for pilsner, but eventually falls. No lacing.

S - Not much here, but it does come across a bit sour. Very little hops, some cirtus. I'd say this is pretty standard for a pilsner.

T - Sour, almost like lemons. The hops that weren't very pronounced in the aroma are more apparent in the taste. Very crisp, very clean, very good.

M - Thin bodied but very crisp. I think the carbonation is at an optimal level.

D - This is a very good pilsner. My only complaint is that I've only seen it in one place. If it were easier to find and more widely distributed, I'd improve the drinkability.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, straw gold coloring, with a slow flow of carbonation throughout the body and a fluffy, clingy, bright white head. Aromas of toasted grains in the backbone, subtle notes of honey, pepper spice, floral hops, and some piney notes. Flavors are bitter and toasted forward, with crisp and piney hops notes on a cracker backbone, with some subtle sweet notes of honey and floral highlights. The body is full, but crisp and slightly dry, making this amazingly drinkable. The aftertaste is more of the toasted notes, with a subtle lingering bitterness. The finish is dry and clean. Solid brew.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 1 pint 9 oz bottle at Bierkraft a few weeks ago and decided to celebrate the weekend a little early. The pils is mostly straw colored in the glass with the fluffy head dissapating quickly. The nose is very nice with notes of malt. My initial impression was that this was a lighter beer but as I go, I'm finding more complexity and flavor. The malts are really coming out as it warms. The conditioning is very good and the Schonramer has a pretty easy going mouthfeel. Satisfying and drinkable. I like the balance in the lingering finish. Impressive.

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Photo of crossovert
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/03/08- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with bottled on code on the back label. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Deeper golden colored pour with a 3/4 inch white head. Settles at a very nice thick rim. Leaves very nice lace patchwork as well.

Smell- Laid back scent of fresh german hops, some light grain with a bit of a grassy nose.

Taste- Nice sweet malt background. About the desired amount. Lighter grain flavor with an up front fresh sharp hoppy tang. All melds together very nicely.

Mouthfeel- Crisp with a tad higher than average carbonation level for a pils. Mild bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Quite a nice German Pilsener. I would definitely recommend this one. One of the better ones I have had.

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Photo of Zorro
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear lemon yellow colored beer with a slight chill haze and a medium white head.

The smell is mildly sweet and grainy with a strong Nobel hop scent. Hop scent is spice and straw with herbs and a slight saffron scent.

The taste begins sweet grainy and heavy on the hop bitterness. VERY strongly hopped for a Pilsener this is quite bitter in the aftertaste. A bit spicy and a little straw in the taste but still this is herbal and bitter mostly.

The mouthfeel is good.

Lovely drinkability for those that like a Pilsener that is heavy on the hops. Hoppy to the point of being numbing to the mouth this is the next best thing to an Imperial Pilsener.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Schonramer Pils from Private Landbrauerei Schönram
87 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.