Schonramer Pils - Private Landbrauerei Schönram
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United Kingdom (England)
3.93/5 rDev +1%
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.
10-31-2011 14:36:32 | More by BlackHaddock
4.13/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
10-31-2011 05:06:20 | More by nickfl
3.58/5 rDev -8%
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.
06-14-2011 02:33:21 | More by womencantsail
4.65/5 rDev +19.5%
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.
04-19-2011 02:55:12 | More by atlason
4.38/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
01-30-2011 05:50:15 | More by foogerd
3.68/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
01-07-2011 02:18:07 | More by metter98
4.43/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
11-15-2010 17:50:00 | More by biegaman
3.33/5 rDev -14.4%
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.
10-03-2010 22:10:09 | More by Sammy
3.58/5 rDev -8%
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.
09-25-2010 05:09:52 | More by Nerudamann
4.13/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
08-29-2010 01:15:31 | More by RoyalT
3.6/5 rDev -7.5%
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
06-15-2010 01:40:13 | More by flannelman808
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
06-07-2010 16:55:29 | More by belgiumbud
3.93/5 rDev +1%
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.
01-04-2010 05:06:51 | More by crossovert
3.63/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
09-21-2009 22:20:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.93/5 rDev +1%
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.
09-08-2009 03:50:32 | More by DoubleJ
4/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
07-05-2009 14:52:18 | More by NeroFiddled
3.88/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
05-28-2009 01:26:39 | More by BeerIsland
4.47/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
04-08-2009 22:44:43 | More by Offa
3.93/5 rDev +1%
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.
11-04-2008 00:33:08 | More by GClarkage
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
07-15-2008 23:50:55 | More by SkeeterHawk
4.7/5 rDev +20.8%
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.
06-15-2008 06:56:36 | More by K270
3.58/5 rDev -8%
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.
05-04-2008 02:12:36 | More by Boilermaker88
3.55/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
04-17-2008 03:50:54 | More by JBogan
Schonramer Pils from Private Landbrauerei Schönram
87 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.