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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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Photo of Tobe
2.65/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

Tobe, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of avalon07
2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

avalon07, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of RoyFokker
3/5  rDev -22.7%

RoyFokker, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of roughsax
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
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).

roughsax, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

tbryan5, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

smakawhat, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of MacarthurParker
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

MacarthurParker, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

ygtbsm94, May 07, 2014
Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

atrocity, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of RobertColianni
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

RobertColianni, May 29, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Sammy, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of dieBlume
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

dieBlume, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of eulerthegrape
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

eulerthegrape, May 31, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of JBogan
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

JBogan, Apr 17, 2008
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.

Boilermaker88, May 04, 2008
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

womencantsail, Jun 14, 2011
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.

Nerudamann, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of flannelman808
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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

flannelman808, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of theopholis
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

theopholis, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

metter98, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of clickpush
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

clickpush, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of sessycuban
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

sessycuban, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Ciocanelu, May 04, 2014
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Schonramer Pils from Private Landbrauerei Schönram
85 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.