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Steam Whistle Pilsner - Steam Whistle Brewing

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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steam Whistle Brewing visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
We believe that world-class results require focus and dedication, so we developed a distinctive recipe for our single brand based on Europe's renowned brewing standards yet is brewed fresh locally at our independent, Canadian Brewery.

We use traditional brewing techniques and only four natural ingredients including spring water, malted barley, hops and yeast - all GMO-free. There is a fifth ingredient in every refreshing bottle, and that is the passion of our dedicated Brewmaster and staff.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2002)
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Reviews by Hornet2003:
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +15.7%

Appearance: Drinking out of a bottle I'm not quite sure. However, this type of beer is the only one I can justify drinking out of the bottle. Great looking bottle though! Green, tall 341mL.

Smell: Very German smelling-dry, grassy hops and a nice bready aroma.

Taste: Floral hops, almost grapey in flavour. It starts out with the hops and ends out with the nice biscuity, dry malt.

Mouthfeel: Dry and crisp. Carbonation is spot on for the style-not too prickly but nicely balanced. Nice hop bitterness.

Drinkability: Off the charts. The only limiting factor is perhaps the bitterness. Otherwise, this is a great session beer-Low ABV, clean flavour.

Overall: I was always a little sceptical of this beer, being a relatively mass-produced micro pilsener in Canada. But I'm beyond impressed. This is a great beer that keeps you interested but doesn't kill your taste buds.

02-13-2010 19:33:19 | More by Hornet2003
More User Reviews:
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Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -6.1%

Appearance: attractice heavy green bottle with retro printing. a pale golden pour, very clear, little carbonation, average looking head. looks the part of an average pils.

Smell: mild hops, sublte malts, and some floral notes.

Taste/Mouthfeel: sweeter than i would have expected. a weird sweetness. maybe a little bit corn-like but there seems to be a bubblegum sweetness in there as well. a smooth mouthfeel with a rich cream finish. minimal hop bitterness.

Drinkability: hmm, not really a traditional Pils as it claims to be but on the other hand, it's not half bad. i admit this isn't a world class pils but it is drinkable and less offensive than most generic macros.

08-13-2004 20:55:49 | More by Popsinc
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Newfoundland (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.8%

10-01-2013 00:58:54 | More by cam477
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +16.3%

04-04-2013 13:15:15 | More by H8B8
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -3.2%

A: looks like a standard, like warsteiner. golden yellow, with a fast fading head, low carbonation.

S: a bit skunky on first crack, after that, it's doughy with some hop coming through.

T: not bad, like a hyrbrid of Warsteiner and Lowenbrau. it's hopsy for sure.

M: about average, it's pretty flat and thin for being 'premium'.

D: it's smooth with minimal bitterness, much enjoyed!

05-25-2010 01:46:12 | More by EsoxLucius
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Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%

Served in a glass from a green Steam Whistle bottle. Love the shape and lettering, it has an old-timey feel to it.

Poured a light gold with a foamy, loose half-inch think head. Faint on the nose, a touch of airy hops and some malt. The head dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing and a ring of foam on the beer as I drink it.

Not much here when it's cold, but gains some character as it warms up. Initially, there's some straightforward malt, but lacks some body. Piney, woodsy notes show up, with a grassy character hiding in the back. The malt had a likeable, straightforwad feel, and hops kick in with a slight bitterness on the finish.

Overall, it's lacking some of that crisp, hoppy character that I like about the Pilsener style, but it's still enjoyable, and would be excellent on a warmer day.

10-28-2008 02:21:59 | More by niangelo
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1/5  rDev -70.9%

10-07-2012 22:54:13 | More by Dalia
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3.43/5  rDev -0.3%

Green bottle pours a crystal clear golden body with a small white head. The head quickly falls to a ring and leaves only a few spots of lace. Aroma has a hint of spicy noble hops and some wet grain. Light medium body has plenty of carbonation. Taste has a dominant sweet bready maltiness that is balanced by a nice hop presence that is spicy, slightly floral, and has a hint of skunk. Drys out at the finish which saves drinkability.

07-22-2010 13:54:58 | More by merlin48
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a pale gold, with a thin white head.

Nose is of hops, bread and grains. Fairly standard for a pilsner of this type.

The taste is surprisingly balanced with sweetness and hops with a touch of honey and bread. Mouthfeel is typical for a standard, medium carbonation.

A very drinkable pilsner, one that I've always enjoyed on summer afternoons. A bit sweeter on draft, but still great for a session.

10-26-2009 22:08:13 | More by JohnnyBarman
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

04-27-2014 17:42:13 | More by andrewdanks
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.8%

12-13-2011 21:23:09 | More by Swedes21
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9%

07-01-2014 20:56:34 | More by DannyBaldoni
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

11-20-2011 02:37:23 | More by chickenm
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Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.8%

04-07-2014 00:11:50 | More by LDuke
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9%

11-19-2012 04:51:53 | More by djcreepshow
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +9%

07-19-2013 16:44:40 | More by dcbeers
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +16.3%

10-26-2013 01:15:04 | More by MJ63
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Last summer, while in downtown T.O. for work, I planned a Saturday afternoon visit to the Roundhouse, and of course arrived there just as the Blue Jays game was letting out across the street. So, massive crowds of already primed sports fans made for a less than optimal experience, and the small plastic cup of their eponymous pilsener that was proffered didn't help things much. This tourist left unimpressed. Now, in much more laid back environs, let's give it a proper shake.

341ml bottle. This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden amber colour, with two pudgy fingers of loosely foamy, soap sudsy off-white head, which leaves a few instances of isolated webbed lace around the glass as it quickly dissipates.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy, slightly biscuity cereal malt, a hint of aged lemon, and mild floral, grassy hops. The taste is grainy, gritty pale cereal malt, and earthy, leafy, and mildly grassy hops. Dead simple, and mostly the better for it.

The carbonation is generally quite laid-back, and not really all that perceptible at times, the body a fairly solid medium-light weight, and fairly smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, as the cereal malt expands a tad to include hints of corn bread.

A decent enough Canadian pilsner, if one a bit too obvious in its pandering to the BMC crowd. Easy to drink, and worthy of a go if your other options are the usual, sub-standard fare.

04-04-2009 21:38:16 | More by biboergosum
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

02-26-2014 02:24:57 | More by Griffith
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4.1/5  rDev +19.2%

Aside form the biasing factors of the brewery's cool location (in an old locomotive repair warehouse in downtown Toronto near the CN tower and Sky dome) and the functioning steam whistle that they let you blow at the end of the brewery tour, this beer is quite good. While it is a bit sweet for a pilaster, possibly explained by its extra long barley mash, it is hopped enough to give good balance. Seam Whistle Pilsner has a lovely golden color and a nice sweetish smell, piney notes are followed by a citrus laced finish.

02-12-2003 17:15:48 | More by Bcant
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Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -11.3%

Ok beer in a retro green bottle. Enjoyed best at their brewery where there is often hoopla. Sweet floral taste with dry astringent aftertaste. Would have enough rather than a national Canadian brand but rank is weak compared to other microbrewery peers.

12-09-2003 17:12:16 | More by Sammy
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

04-03-2012 06:50:01 | More by traumaqueen
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

12-20-2013 13:53:06 | More by AwesomeAgain
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

07-31-2014 02:07:47 | More by Jgb-special-0577
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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

12-01-2013 03:20:54 | More by Gonzoillini
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Steam Whistle Pilsner from Steam Whistle Brewing
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