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Steam Whistle Pilsner - Steam Whistle Brewing

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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.99%
Wants: 4
Gots: 32 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2002

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.
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Ratings: 349 | Reviews: 135
Reviews by pootz:
Photo of pootz
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm a pils head! I had to try this beer because I try every North American pilsner hoping to find something better/ more interesting than the 3 Euro and 1 Canadian pilsners that I drink on a regular basis.

The 50s tinted glass, painted label, nostalgic crown caped bottle was NOT the eye catcher that got a 6 of this off the brewer's shelves and into my fridge. It was the recommendation of a friend. I'm glad for the heads up. I like this beer, it just wasn't what I consider a proper Euro pilsner. Also, the batch that produced the bottles I got had a distinct yeasty taste (filtering?). It hasn't got the flowery nose of say Beck's by a long shot but it does start out like a crisp pils until you swallow. Then the lack of hopping leaves that frigging yeast to culture on your tonsils until the next swig.

Very pale straw color, slight pils hopping and grain smell, a small head the quickly disappears to a lace, mild start, pleasnt slightly familiar pilsner taste to the mouth, mild tart finish then a strange yeasty-sour after taste.

I'm sure that the yeast thing is related to start up quality control issues and with the absense of that bug it would pass as a standard,Canadian style quaffing pils with a little character. Needs work to be called a real pilsner though.

REVISED: 5/02/05

Revisted this beer as a new brewmaster was brought on line at SW. This is now a very nive malt biased pilsner...I love the tart biscuit finish now....smutty yeast taste is gone and the maly body is significantly improved....this is a micro pils for those who like a malt accent to this style

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaftCaskBC
2/5  rDev -41.9%

If you like DMS, grab a bottle of this for its buttery taste.

Photo of Popsinc
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of cam477
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of H8B8
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Brainer74
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of EsoxLucius
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of niangelo
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Dalia
1/5  rDev -70.9%

Photo of megamass
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of merlin48
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of andrewdanks
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Swedes21
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Brian_Keating
4.29/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

By far the best Canadian brewed Pilsner I've tried.

Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of LDuke
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of djcreepshow
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of dcbeers
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of MJ63
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Bcant
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Steam Whistle Pilsner from Steam Whistle Brewing
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