Grieskirchner Pils - Brauerei Grieskirchen AG

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Grieskirchen AG visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Absumaster on 05-03-2006

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Reviews by gunterheidrich:
Photo of gunterheidrich
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this Austrian beer as a six in the bottom of a fridge case in the corner of a 'bottle barn' while working a stint in Fargo, North Dakota of all places. I look for it now and then when I go into distributors on the East coast but I've not been able to find it anywhere else since.

Grieskirchner's definitely one of the better pilsners I've ever had. It doesn't look like much more than a dubious quality obscure foreign label or a straw coloured lager coming out of the bottle; and as I recall it smells a tad foul in a glass as well (thought that it might even be skunked initially), but it has a distinct pilsner bite and a solid sourdough taste to it that completely redeemed itself.

That said I'd advise just drinking it in the bottle. Have it with a pizza/grill-food or something and save yourself the snooty glasses for some other time.

More User Reviews:
Photo of AdvocateFan
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium pale straw color capped by a brilliantly white head. Plenty of sulfur notes, appropriate for lager yeast. When you get this fresh, there will be a very aromatic, cannabis-like hop quality. This fades a bit when consumed as an export outside of Austria or with some age on it. The lengthy transit to the US is not especially kind to this beer. It holds up ok, and remains an enjoyable Pilsner, but the freshness in its country of origin makes this seem like a different beer. It's got a slightly musty tone, with notes of wet grass, white bread dough, cardamom and a faint note of lemon pith. On the palate, it opens smooth, only mildly sweet at the start, with grains coming through as the sweetness fades. That fade continues from sweet to grainy to moderate bitterness, in perfect pilsner form, with small flashes of lemon, grass, tobacco and a slight hint of apple and apple skins in the finish. The bitterness in the finish intensifies as the beer warms. A fine beer that I'd be happy to make my regular pils if I could find the stuff on tap locally.

Photo of kirkpjr
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a BOTM shipment.

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a thin, pale, straw yellow color with half a finger of head that disappears quickly.

S: Very faint, mild spice. Classic pilsner smells - crisp and light. A little white grape scent.

T: Light and clean malt. A faint, but present sweetness. Also maybe some hints of honey.

M: Light body and moderate carbonation. Refreshing and crisp.

D: Easily a very sessionable beer. Great for a hot summer day.

Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, light copper with a fine white head that leaves some lace on the glass. Floral hop notes and untoasted grain with hay in the aroma. Grainy and bready tasting with a blast of mild herbal hops. Light bodied and effervescent. An above average pils.

Photo of Rivarol
5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mediocre pilsner, but wonderful memories.

Photo of Globetrotter
2.55/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Found in a Vienna supermarket, the green 33cl bottle looks just like the one in the picture. No useful ingredient information. Best before 5/7/07, I opened it on 11/26/06.

Can you say "macro"? Pours a clear straw color under a very short-lived 1/2 finger off-white head that instantly fades to spots of film, leaving no trace of anything on the glass. The nose screams adjunct, with sweet malty tones but definite rice elements and just a hint of skunk. The mouth is light and very prickly - yawn! The taste is bland and run-of-the-mill. There's some malt here, sure, and an undertone of slightly tinny hops that leaves a bit of dryness in the throat. It is a fairly typical version of a Euro-standard pils, and is not horrible in the strict sense of the term, but there are far better things to spend one's time on. I'll pass.

Photo of JayS2629
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Skunk ruins another good intention. Nice sweet biscut malts with some grassy, citrus, lemony notes of hops. Its a clear, golden color with great head and awesome rentention and lace. Creamy walls of lace. The smell is musty, lemony, and skunky with an underlying malty, biscuit and toast background. The taste follows the nose with biscuits, toast, honey, and lemon, citrus, earthy elements, and a mineral water taste. Skunk joins the mix and ruins it all. Light, refreshing, nice carbonation, on the watery side.

Photo of Absumaster
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this from Martin, he got it from a cousin who visited Austria. Thanks! I love these kind of typical German pilseners, with alll that maltiness and hop flavours!
It pours a standard pilsner, golden hue with a stable head and lots of carbonation.
The smell was excellent, a malty backbone with resinous and pot-like hoparoma. A real sniffer with some faint diacetyl notes.
Taste was a bit less impressive than the smell, malty and resinous with marihuana, it tastes like fresh raw hops smell. Being a pilsner, this is very drinkable and without a doubt a very nice hoppy pilsner, but there are better German pilsners out there (like Jever).

Photo of lightindarkness
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent clear golden appearance, a little light and pale in color though. Full white head settles to a thin film, but leaves some moderate lace.

Mild crisp grainy malts on the nose with some delicate floral hops. LIghtly earthy with some faint straw and a hint of sweetness. Very mild and faint nose.

Taste is also somewhat mild, but rather enjoyable. Starts round with mild sweetness, then moves into nice crisp clean flavor with a touch of zingy carbonation up front, opening up to some mild mid-range grain that brightens and even becomes lightly bitter in the finish. Nice light bready aftertaste.

Light body with just a hint of stiffness toward the finish. Active but unobtrusive carbonation. Leaves a nice film on the palate. Overall, pretty nice.

Interesting bitterness on this one in the finish, giving it just a touch of character. Generally a pretty standard pilsner, clean and crisp with decent flavor. Lacks depth in color and head retention, but a very drinkable beer.

Photo of HabiMendes
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Classic Pilsner appearance, a little bit paler though. The aroma is definitely more refined than in an industrial adjunct beer, without too much of an alcoholic character on it. The taste brings the usual bitterness of the hops expected here, although, in the same lines as in the aroma, with a more refined presence (compared to the brutal adjunct Pilsner beers).

Although not my favorite style in a formal tasting, it is my style of choice for an informal barbecue with family or friends. Maybe a Weissbier might do the job with more class, but I'm yet to try it.

Photo of woodychandler
4.55/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The Friendly Greek's singles collection continues to grow and it is always worth a stop in just to see what is shaking.

From the bottle: "Brewed with excellent barley malt and select hop".

I am watching the first Pens/Flyers game of the season and this will act as a nice nightcap. My pour created just over a finger of dense, French Vanilla-colored head with good retention that slowly fell, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was a deep-gold with NE-quality clarity (SRM = 5) and the trio of Croesus, King Midas and Mammon were at it again, hoping for a taste. Nose was simply redolent with Saaz hops! Man, I was ready. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste had an initial honey-like lager sweetness before the hops took hold and offset the sweetness with a beautiful grassiness. Finish was semi-sweet, beautifully balanced and a real torchbearer for the style. I may dream about this later tonight. If you are still not a lager convert, this may help to change yur mind.

Photo of MarkoNm
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a typical golden color, clear, and topps the glass with an average white foamy head that goes away rather soon.
The aroma is again nothing special. There are some malts and some (sweet) grains present.
The tatse naturally follows the nose. Sweet start, followed by balanced body coming together with mild (only just) bitterness.
Nice, drinkable, ordinary.

Photo of rfabian
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pils glass it produces a small head with a bit of lacing. The appearance is straw and clear. The aroma is of spicy hops. The taste is mildly bitter and slightly sweet with malt. The feel is light bodied with a clean finish.

This is a delicious and refreshing pils.

Photo of Salt-n-Beer
2.71/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not sure if I got a bad batch but this tasted just liked Coors Light. Hardly any flavor which was very surprising.

Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: golden straw color with a touch of haze and a thin finger of frothy white foam. Not bad.

Smell: sweetish malt aroma with a little bit of graininess to it. Again, pretty decent.

Taste: malt starts off sweet but ultimately dries out quite nicely. Hops have a little bite at the beginning and round out to a well-balanced bitterness. This is actually quite good!

Mouthfeel: light body but a good amount of well-integrated carbonation. Surprisingly good texture for a Pilsner.

Overall: quite refreshing and drinkable. One of the hallmarks of a good Pilsner is cleanliness, and the dry finish and biting hops make for a seriously snappy, clean beer.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a glass.

A- Yellowish golden with hardly a cap from a hard pour, no lacing.

S- European hops, some grassy scents, maybe some lemons, malted barley, a simple nose from a simple style.

T- A bit better than anticipated, bright earthy hops give a grassy taste with some citrus. Some pale malt and a bit of bread.

M- Light and hardly carbed, this is smooth and goes down easy.

D- A winner in my book.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color was a clear light yellow with a medium amount of foam, with a minimum amout of lace of the side of the glass. The smell of roasted malt and a hint of rye was evident, to me. The flavor of malts and a hint of spice touched the palate with a dry bitter/sour finish. Not a bad Pil's, but I've tasted a lot better.

Photo of KonigObHops
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this beer as a part of a Beer of the Month Club.

The appearance is slightly cloudy, and it has a straw color. The head is clean and white and about a half finger wide. It disapears quickly.

The aroma is a mix of floral notes and wet grass.

The initial taste is a bit more hoppy than most pilsners. It is slightly bready and has a hint of citrus.

It has a crisp texture, but not as crisp as other pilsners that I have had. In fact, the grainy taste seems to match the slightly cloudy appearance. The taste fades very quickly.

The beer finishes with a slightly bitter taste, and ends crisp and dry.

Overall, this was a very good pilsner. I have had better pilsners, but not many.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer sloshes into the pilner glass from its green twist-off bottle. The beer is a murky off-yellowish color with a thin head. It literally looks like a urine sample. Well, hopefully better things to follow. The aroma initially is starchy vegetables, but as the beer breathes it turns more into bready pilsener malt. The starchiness continues onto the palate. Luckily a nice grassy bitterness comes to rescue. This lingers on the palate and reminds me I'm drinking a pilsner.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A: Pale straw color with a centimeter-thick white head that settles quickly. The film on the surface is quite thick, and lacing quickly slides down the glass walls.

S: Bready malt aroma shows along with noble hop aromas. Pretty typical trademark pilsener smell.

T: Hints of honey and biscuit, along with some grassy notes are most prominent, backed with fruity undertones. Hops give the beer a slight bitterness and a clean finish.

M: Light and dry, but viscosity is actually high for the style.

D: This is a very solid pilsener. Easy to drink, and very sessionable. It's worth trying, and worth going back for in the future.

Photo of scoobybrew
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - super clear straw color with a decent head that is retained fairly well

S - noble hop aroma with a touch of grainy malt

T - hops of noble variety dominate that flavor profile from start to finish; the malt is supportive but secondary; very clean lager - no esters or phenols; crisp

M - light to medium body, moderately high carbonation

D - This is a very refreshing, crisp and clean pilsner. It fits the style quite nicely and is really a good example as well - thoroughly enjoyable.

Photo of ZAP
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in my beer of the month club...guess it just made its way to the U.S. Green bottle scared the hell out of me but it is good.

A-Very clear and clean looking....nice lacing along the glass.

S-Very bready/grainy...really nice pils malt characteristics...hops lend a floral aspect....some tobacco and pot notes evident...really smells good

T-Nice crisp maltiness...hops lend a spicy dimension....dryish finish..well done..

M-Crisp and clean...nice firm maltiness and a dry finish..

D-Never heard of it but as good or better than most imported Pils I have tried.

Photo of drpimento
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad, not great. Let it sit out of the fridge for a few minutes before opening. Poured with a medium sized, fine, white head that mostly subsided soon and a little lace. Color is a clear, straw yellow with some small bubble trails. Aroma is malt, grain, hop, fresh cut grass, and a hint of skunk. Flavor is clean, similar to nose, malt stands out and so does the carbonic acid. Body is good and crisp aided by good carbonation for style. Finish is like flavor and has some length. Serviceable beer. Would work as session.

Photo of chaz01
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from beer of the month club, poured into a German Pilsner glass. According to the BOMC, although Czech often gets credit for inventing the Pilsner, the first lager beers were brewed in Austria in 1941.

A: Clear yellow color with lots of thick foamy head (producing nice lacing) and many tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S: Grassy, floral aroma.

T: More grass notes with a bready, doughy (I keep thinking pretzel dough, but maybe that's from the beer's region) flavor. Pleasant tobacco hoppy bitterness in the finish that lingers forever.

M: Well carbonated, light bodied with a very dry finish leaving you wanting more.

D: Very nice session beer or beer to have on a hot day. Would pair nicely with a large pizza or maybe a cheeseburger on the grill.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light yellow, bubbles floating to the top, nice white cap

S: Grainy, light corn and floral hops

T: Sordove weak and standard. Light floral hops, grains, weak and light on flavor

M: Light body and boring, crisp

O: A pretty standard Pils. Probably wont drink again

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Grieskirchner Pils from Brauerei Grieskirchen AG
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