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Schonramer Pils - Private Landbrauerei Schönram

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BA SCORE
87
very good

66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 4
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 Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -14%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  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.

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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 ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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 NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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 GClarkage
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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 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.

Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.25/5  rDev -16%
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 biegaman
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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 atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of avalon07
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
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 bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
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

Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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 dcmchew
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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

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Schonramer Pils from Private Landbrauerei Schönram
87 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.