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Steam Whistle Pilsner - Steam Whistle Brewing

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Steam Whistle PilsnerSteam Whistle Pilsner

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136 Reviews
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Reviews: 136
Hads: 389
Avg: 3.41
pDev: 27.86%
Wants: 9
Gots: 52 | 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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Reviews: 136 | Hads: 389
Reviews by tfinn:
Photo of tfinn
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into an official steamwhistle glass from a fresh keg. deep straw gold and thick head. some previous "test pours" to flush the lines still had thick whipping cream heads after 20+ minutes of sitting at the back of the bar.

scent has some DMS, sulfury, but primarily malty, with noble hop notes. green straw and hay.

flavor is north american 2-row, probably Canadian. Extremely bready -- rich juicy malt balanced by green fresh leafy hops. like fresh grassy dew.

mouthfeel is very full with a malt tail that morphs strangely from malt to corn(?) before dissipating to a malty oblivion.

drinkable? I couldn't get enough of this on my trip. I wish somebody brewed a beer like this in Portland...

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Photo of racingkenny14
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Don't forget to take a tour of the brewery located in a old railroad roundhouse. You don;t have to take a tour to get a free small sample of Steam whistle Pilsner. But if you do take the tour ($) you get to drink a 12oz bottle while taking the tour. at the end you get to chose between a glass or bottle opener . i think most went for the glass.

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Photo of dancarter
3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Light, straw colour. Exactly what I want from a Pils. Thin, bubbly head, dissipates quickly leaving soapy top.

S - Fresh, crisp & clean, ever so slightly grassy.

T - Slightly citrus, fresh and cleansing. Touch of bitterness to the finish to provide crispness. Very little lingering aftertaste. A little one-dimensional for flavour, but I think that's the point.

M - Light feel, although touch of creaminess. I really like the carbonation - feels just right for Pilsner.

O - Crisp, clean and light tasting Pilsner. I drink this all year round, sometimes one or two, sometimes a good many more.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
2/5  rDev -41.3%

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

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Photo of Popsinc
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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3/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of EsoxLucius
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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!

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Photo of niangelo
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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1/5  rDev -70.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of merlin48
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Brian_Keating
4.29/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Steam Whistle Pilsner from Steam Whistle Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.