Bayern Pilsener - Bayern Brewing, Inc.

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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.16%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayern Brewing, Inc. visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-19-2002

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Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 36
Reviews by kbub6f:
Photo of kbub6f
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small, off-white, foamy head; clear, rich gold body. Spotty lacing. Nutty nose! Sweet, fruity, nutty up front with a fairly full, sweet malt middle. A touch sour at the end, but mostly nutty, fruity, crackers. It's a very fruity pils. Nice grainsy finish is almost buttery. I like it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A single picked up whilst in Missoula...

This beer pours a slightly hazy, lazy medium straw colour, with one finger of soapy white head which leaves a thin ring of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of sharp biscuit malt, and floral hops. The taste is crackery, biscuit malt, and soft earthy, leafy hops. The carbonation is fairly average, the body quite hefty for a lager, smooth and dense. It finishes with a definite push towards the dry side, the crisp grain and hops predominating.

A very nice new world rendition of the classic style. Quite drinkable in the Octoberfest manner, to be sure.

Photo of appenzeller
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very thin head, clarity is opaque and not ideal for the style. Average carbonation.

Smell is very good, floral notes resembling a good European pilsner and rare for the American version.

Taste is good, fairly bitter hoppiness, little to no malt flavor, a slight harshness or metallic taste the only disappointing note.

Mouthfeel is good, not watery, holds quite a bite.

This is a highly drinkable beer, not a bad pils but just not up to technical standards for a great one. Too bad since there is a dearth of good pilsners in the Pacific Northwest and this could fill a niche.

Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Princeton's. I wasn't sure about this one at first, but I thought it was a fine German pils. It's not as hoppy as a Prima Pils or Pikeland Pils, but it still has a tasty pepper and herb citrus finish. Up front is a smooth toasted white bread that quickly rolls into the crisp hoppy finish. I think this could fool any German as to the bottle's origin. Check this out for a real, fresh pilsner beer.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - clear straw golden, thin white head dissipated quickly to a few random blobs
S - grassy and herbal hops with some adjunct, gentle citrus, and bubblegum aromas
T - crisp grassy and light pepper hop notes, toasty grains, slight metallic, with grassy and herbal notes lingering, very classic flavour
M - crisp, clean, light, with a pleasant dry
O - a quality pils with a noticeable softness, classic flavours, and chuggability, well done

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz picked up in Lewistown Montana... poured into my makeshift pint glass...

Rocky white head... good lace and retention... the brew is a polished golden.

Aroma is clean pale malts with a nice punch of spicy hops.

Flavor is everything I expect out of a good fresh German pils... pale malts with a little bit of bready malt sweetness... grassy/sorta spicy hoppiness mid palate with a good bitterness out of the gate... very quenching and certainly drinkable given the heat... lite body and perfect carbonation beg for another sip.

Overall... pretty damn good beer... Bayern is putting out some classic German styles... too bad.. I don't feel the brewery and the styles get anywhere near the respect they deserve.

Photo of jwc215
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by July '09 notched on the label.

Poured into pils glass:

Pours hazed, almost cloudy, light yellow (not quite golden). Too unclear for the style. It has a thin white head that holds up for most of the duration with some traces of lacing. Okay head/retention, but could be much clearer and more golden.

The smell is of sweet greain with a touch of floral, grassy hops.

The taste is very dry. Sweet grain pushed to the back by floral hop dryness. It's a bit aspirin-y with some yeast/chalk.

Despite tight-bubbled carbonation in the appearance, the carbonation doesn't really show much on the palate, giving it a bit of a watery character.

It should be dry, but this is a bit too imbalanced. Moreover, it seems to have some yeast issues, as it shows to much for the style. If it weren't for the yeast in the appearance and taste, and with a bit more grainy balance, this could be much better.

Photo of BigBry
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Bayern Brewery on our Montana Beer Trip, and brought back mixed 12 pack. Nice scenery label, BB date notched. From the neck label "Bayern Pilsener is an authentic Bavarian lager. Brewed in strict accordance with the Reinheitsgebot, this beer is golden in color with a crisp, hoppy taste and a beautiful crown. We think that you'll agree that Bayern Pilsener is one of the finest pilseners brewed on either side of the Atlantic". Big words - let's see:
Clear, golden color, small white head, thin string of lacing left on side of glass. Although small, the foam was thick and creamy. Smells a bit grainy and some sweet malts. Nice full flavored pilsner, flowery aroma. Tastes of malts and a touch hoppy. Nice sweetness throughout. Good mouthfeel, well carbonated, clean tasting. Nothing spectacular, drinkable, but a good example - what I expect of the style.

Photo of hopdog
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle labeled best before Oct. '05.

Poured a lighter and slightly hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of we grass, grain, banana and somewhat fruity. Tastes of banana, grain and a little doughy. The body was stronger compared to the other Pilsners of late (may have been the doughy/breadiness to it).

Notes from 11/25/05

Photo of froghop
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thin head, some sediment floating around, just a little lacing.

smell is faint and simple, lemon, grain, and corn.

taste is crisp, slight funk, sweet grass, lemon, and some hops in the back, ends on the oily side.

Photo of kgotcher
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. 10/05 date so maybe on the verge of freshness.

Pours a straw color with a white head. Sweet malt and hops aroma. Smooth mouthfeel, a bit more body than a typical pilsners. Sweet malty taste with good hop bite finish. A nice example of a true German pilsner with a bit of American malt and hops attitude.

Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a gold color with a 1/4" white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a sweet, malty scent that boasts of pale malts as well as some Munich malts. It is light with little hop aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a solid malt base which boasts of pale and Munich malts as well as a mild German hop flavor. It goes down easy with some residual sweetness and finishes bitter and dry. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low/medium bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is a decent brew, but nothing to get excited about.

Photo of harrymel
2.23/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best by Sept, 2011

Have had this many times via tap and growler and have really dug it. Although this review does not bode well for the beer, I can vouch for my loyalty to the beer on tap. Perhaps this beer was simply too close to the best by date as the crispy taste touch and smells have died out.

A: pours a nice light grainy ale with hazy clarity. No head formation. No lace. Nothing to look at.

S: Sweet creamed corn with soft yeast tones. A wee bit of grassy hops in there. Not nearly as clean smelling as I recall.

T: Grain, grass, yeast, hint of bitterness, creamed corn again. Some metallic tones here and there.

M: Medium bodied with sharp carbonation and an off-dry finish.

O: This beer is not so nice in the bottle, but I will contest that on draft the beer is much better.

Photo of GClarkage
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

06/27/05- Purchased at Osco Drugs in Billings, MT.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a drink by July 2005 notched on the side of the label. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Small 1/4 inch head with a light yellow pour. Light lacing along the sides.

Smell- A bit of grain, a bit of malt. Maybe a bit of sweetness in there. Typical pils scent.

Taste- Fairly heavy on the malt and a few hops floating around. Just a tad sweet towards the finish. Has a bit of an odd taste I can't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation.

Drinkability- Very crisp and clean. Went down easy. Nothing bad about it, but nothing to really be impressed about either.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a darn good beer as it is, and for the style.

Light golden pour, clean and clear. Fluffy white head, a bit rocky, and comes to a nice collar. Some lacing clings around.

Aroma is full of malt, hops and spice. Tada! That's really it. The mild malt and sweetness blends well with the grassy hops and lemon-y spice.

Flavors follow the nose. Sweet up front, malty in the middle. Grass and spice on the end with a quick lemon zip before the carbonation lifts it away. Dries out to the point of quenching.

Darn good beer from 'Tana

Photo of Elimination
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very clear yellow, fizzy looking, little white head.

Smell is slight grain, sweet, little hops, a bit of bread.

Taste is a crisp blend of sweet malt, lemon, citrus, really all of it is very light tasting nothing stands out to much.

Mouthfeel is a nice light thin crispness that has a strong carb.

good drink, a definate lawnmower beer with a little more kick to it

Photo of beerguy101
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden color with a whitish medium head. Aroma is malty and a touch spicy. A medium bodied pilsner. Mild malts and hops. Well balanced. Very tasty. Nice tasting beer for a pilsner. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Photo of beernut7
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I do not think I have ever given one brewery’s beers all such a good rating aside from Alaskan. I am not at all a pilsner fan, but I really liked this brew. This has a very tasty bolder-than-usual hop presence with a crisp German malt character. The medium body supports the great melded flavors. I hear Bayern sometimes puts out an unfiltered version of this beer and patrons cannot get enough of it.

Photo of Iguana
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thought I would give this one a shot today since I have been doing some work around the place, needed a good refreshing beer. Poured a golden yellow color with a small white fluffy head that settled down to lacing fairly quickly. Would rate appearence higher, but really looks like piss in a glass. Smell I cant really detect anything, just some lemony zest but its faint. Taste is lemony, watered down, lager. Quite refreshing, but not really any depth to it. Mouthfeel is slick, and near non existent, which may be a benefit to it. Drinkability, well I could see myself drinking a heck of alot of these during the summer on hot days, so i'll remember that for next summer. Not too bad of a beer, just dont expect much more then a refreshing beer out of this.

Photo of loren01
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours light golden color, decent sized white head, slight lacing down the glass
S: Smell is lemony, hop scent is present. Smells like fresh cut grass/hay.
T: Sweet malty taste with crisp hoppy bite at the end. Sweet honey aftertaste as well.
M: Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, goes down very easy.
D: I normally would say most beers I've had from Bayern are below average to average, however this is an excellent pilsner. I don't even normally like pilsners but this is my new favorite from Bayern.

Photo of therica
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, this is odd- I just went to review this beer as I'm sitting with one in-hand (7-14-2008), and see I reviewed it 2 years ago after our last trip thru Missoula MT where the brewery is located. I think this experience is just slightly more positive.

A= light golden-yellow not far from an American Macro, modest head, almost no lacing.

S= lots of scent this time, banana, hops florals etc.

T= sort of a banana-tangerine taste on the first gulp, some banana and mixed citrus, floral hops notes and hops bite throughout. Maybe something like wild strawberry or mock-strawberry, some grassiness.

M= nice, a bit sour-bitter on the bite but enough mixed traits to ponder.

D= probably fairly drinkable if you're in the mood, and possibly depending on how the batch is, from seeing the great variance between my two experiences.


8-18/2006 REVIEW
3.0 3.5 3.0 3.0 3.5
I feel like a major traitor or loser, after reading the previous reviewers' excited notes about this beer. I'm just ambivalent on this beer.

It's a bit watery for my taste. It poured a huge white head, which didn't last for long. There's a nice smoky-apple hint in the nose and taste. Very little hops bitterness.

I've had Czhechvar as one previous reviewer compared this beer to, and I tend to feel the comparison to be that of a good generic chocolate to Hershey or Ghirardelli chocolate-- "it's almost the same" one might claim.

Drinkability is rather good, although I think I would be bored after a few bottles and looking for more excitement.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served as a special during Happy Hour at Living Room Theaters, downtown Portland. A pint glass for a paltry $3.

A: Aptly golden pour, almost clear. Carbonation is lax, a few languid bubbles rising singularly, disinterestedly. Short-lived head of white cream, quickly dissolving to a broken film and dappled lace.

S: A startling 'honey' aroma... seriously, it smells just like a fresh pot of the stuff: grassy, flowery, lightly spiced. A yeasty roll otherwise. Decent strength.

T: Mild spices, grass/hay and a light 'sourdough'. A pinch of lemon upon crackery-dry maltiness. Doesn't reinvent anything, it's just a solid version of a standard style. Taste-wise, it's spot-on Bavarian malts and hops...mmm!

M: Initially, fairly crisp and light, just about what you'd ask for from the style. After a couple sips, a duller feel takes over, a little on the slick side.

D: Yeah, it's just an 'OK' pilsner, but even a fairly average lager like this gets a higher mark for 'drinkability'. Easy on the palate, good balance, 5% strength - what's not to like?

Photo of ATLbeerDog
1.8/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours extremely light yellow in color with almost no head, no lacing and not much carbonation. Smells of floral hops, and fruits. Taste is severely lacking any flavor at all. Not worth boiling hotdogs in! If you did the resulting oily liquid would have a ton more flavor. This is not good at all.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light golden color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades quite fast leaving a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is of a grainy and light fruity nature with some grape and citrus. Along with these smells are some bready aromas as well as a little bit of a yeasty and greasy smell.

Taste – The taste begins a somewhat bready and lightly caramel and fruit sweetened taste with the fruit being mainly of pear and grape. As the taste advances yeasty flavors as well as a bit of a grassy and hay flavor come to the tongue. Other lemon and orange citrus flavors develop later on, with them replacing the fruity flavors and caramel that were present upfront. In the end, one is left with a rather pleasant, lightly grainy, and fruity but crisper flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on thinner side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. For the style, both are rather nice, and overall create an easy drinking and more crisp feel in light of the flavors of the brew.

Overall – A pretty nice and easy drinking pilsner with a somewhat fruity and grainy but still sweeter flavor overall.

Photo of woemad
2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane. Like the bottle of Bayern's Dancing Trout Beer that I just reviewed, it features a space for a freshness date, but unlike that beer, it hasn't been knotched, so who knows how old this is. Also, unlike that beer, this one does not feature a label with a person on it that seems to be taking the term "animal husbandry" to unhealthy extremes.

Poured a hazy, somewhat dark (for the style) straw color, and holding it up to the light made virtually no difference. A half-inch of bone-white foam made a brief appearance, but it didn't stick around for long. Sparse, spotty lace.

Crisp hoppiness was the first aroma characteristic that I noted. Then a bready maltiness kicks in that, while not unpleasant, is just wrong for the style.

In the taste, the hops turn out to be not as crisp as their presence in the nose seemed to indicate, and the malts are too big. There's also a mineral-ish taste in the background that, while not too obvious, is not terribly pleasant.

Too much body for something billed as a pilsener. The mouthfeel is too heavy for the style.

Drinkable, but only just. I'm kinda bummed, as I remember Bayern's doppelbock as being pretty good, but that was several years ago and it was probably fresher than this to begin with. I'll be avoiding this in the future.

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