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Steam Whistle Pilsner - Steam Whistle Brewing

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Reviews: 133
Hads: 377
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 7
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of william_971
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From Canada, ive bought a huge spectrum of beers, and surprisingly in Canada, if you buy cheap you taste cheap. Canada is really overated for beers, but steamwhistle along with beau's gives me some hope. Steamwhistle has not much a smell, but the taste is somewhat decent hoppy,floral like, with a nice smooth grassy taste throughout, you get a lot of nice mouthfeel. I don't get the whole notion of it having a watery taste, its not overly rich which is perfecttt on a summer day when you know youre having multiple beers. I gotta say personally, this stuff puts heineken, to shame , it felt so watery after experiencing the steamwhistle. Way to be guys, i needed a good weekend beer i could drink in numbers, this fits the ticket perfectly, plus its non-gmo, so I like they;re taking pride in the brewing process from seed to glass. (835 characters)

Photo of akdo
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Look: In terms of style, the Steam Whistle Pilsner is true to a Czech Pilsner. It is dark gold and produces a one-finger head which vanishes after a few sips. The natural carbonation is very low.

Smell: The microbrewery behind this beer didn't try to make me believe that the aromas are akin to any given fruit, spices or woods. I'll give them that. To my surprise, the skunkiness in the smell is weak even though the beer comes in a green bottle, which lets light in.

Taste: Nothing special. According to the microbrewery, we are supposed to feel some grassiness. In actuality, drinking this feels like buying a bottle of natural spring water at the grocery which has been made bitter with some hops and malt. Lagers or pilsners are just not my type.

Feel: The only detail setting this bland beer apart from other industrial lagers and pilsners is the lingering bitterness in your throat after a sip.

Overall: I reiterate that lagers and pilsners are not my type. This is the worse Canadian craft beer I have tasted. If the brewer's objective was to make an easily drinkable beer, then kudos to him or her. It is just an upgraded version of a lager or pilsner because of the lingering bitterness in your throat. This is the last time I drink this. (1,252 characters)

Photo of racingkenny14
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml can into nonic pint. "PKGD APR 14/15" on the bottom of the label. served to myself on april 24, 2015

a: transparent golden yellow with three fingers of white head

s: sweet grainy bread, slight floral hops and maybe some apple scent

t: sweet honey and white bread all the way through, with a light-to-medium hop bitterness at the end. no off-flavours

m: light-bodied but not watery. carbonation is less than moderate -- i would like a bit more

o: a fine pilsner, will be a go-to for me at ontario bars with mediocre tap lists (538 characters)

Photo of ssmack
2.84/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Clear golden yellow. One inch of white head that became a ring. Little carbonation or lacing.

Mild bready aroma with a grassy Czech hops.

Mild taste. Slightly steely hops and faint malt taste.

Light feel. Watery.

This is a lightweight lager. Not a good example of a Pilsner. The hops were just too low. (306 characters)

Photo of Rukasu
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Poured from a can on a Porter flight. Big, strong, dry biscuit flavor and mildly astringent hops. Not particularly memorable, but could be refreshing in a hot day. But man, that branding really makes one think they're drinking a Rolling Rock. (242 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a decent head that leaves a bit of lacing behind. Carbonation is light but steady - it's a decent looking beer. There is nothing "off" but nothing amazing here. It is a solid, understated pilsner. The dry finish leaves a lingering hop taste in your mouth - nothing overbearing, but definitely fuller-bodied than most mass-produced beers. This is a nice, sessionable beer, likely best enjoyed on a patio, at a backyard gathering or on a camping trip. (460 characters)

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

Purchased at The Beer Store for around O$2.80 for a 473ml can. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens ok and pours all right.

S- Not much there at all

T- See above.

M- Ok at best

O- Typical mass produced beer. Frankly this rating is better than it deserves

Food Pairing

This ok pilsner goes well with any food you want to eat with Bud

Enjoy! (356 characters)

Photo of BeerBateo
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It has been a while since my last confession. Oops, sorry I meant to say my last review :p
See: This beer looks pretty darn good.
Smell: I smell beer!!
Taste: Taste like a Black Jack game on a Thursday night back in 1991. Great Canadian Casino rocks the fort!
Mouthfeel: Numb, because I had a Faxe 10 before this review.
Blanket: I think this beer would go good anywhere, mostly because it makes my heart fly like an eagle. I am also hearing the birds singing!
PS: Must follow a can of Faxe 10 :) (496 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
2.61/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 500mL can into a pint glass. The look of the can makes me think that this is the Canadian Rolling Rock -- we shall see!

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light effervescence and no haze. Head pours two fingers of pillowy white foam that has decent retention. Not too bad!

Smell: quite grainy, and it seems there's even a little skunk present -- unusual since this is a canned beer. There's a bit of cooked corn aroma in there, too, which does detract from the overall effect. I mean, the style doesn't ask a lot, but cooked corn should not be on the list.

Taste: quite corny, with a little malt sweetness and a light bitterness. I thought this might be the Canadian Rolling Rock -- actually, it's worse.

Mouthfeel: light body with a bit of carbonation and an OK foaminess. Not creamy and delectable, not prickly and refreshing, but at least it's not flat.

Overall: I'm a bit disappointed here. Other ratings aren't so bad, but for me this beer is too corny to be really worthwhile. (1,001 characters)

Photo of dancarter
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of box299
1.75/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

I do not understand the fascination with this beer. Locals in Toronto all point to it as an exemplary craft beer. I find it barely drinkable. I think I heard a story that the owner of the brewery is a local celebrity. I also think he came from one of the major breweries.

If I didn't really want a beer on my Porter flight back to Chicago, I would never touched the stuff in the first place. thinking that it might have been in a bad mood that day, I ordered one up to give it a second chance. I was right in the first place. This is NOT a good representation of a growing craft beer scene in Ontario. It's a shame that government controlled monopolies get in the way of opportunities for consumers to try new beer. This is also a poor example of a Pilsner. You are just as good drinking an AB-InBev product like labatt blue.

smell:grassy
feel: leaves an unpleasant after taste
taste: no real hop taste and very light malt

thank goodness the Porter light isn't very long. (976 characters)

Photo of Mountainmanbrewing
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was offered this in a can as a free drink on an internal flight. Ryanair, take note.

Firstly, it had surprisingly good carbonation, even at whatever height in ft. we were in the air, which gave a good head and and lacing that sticks fairly well to the glass (yes, a real glass in an airplane).

The aroma was very grassy with a similar grassy, lemony or peppery taste balanced by a biscuity backbone. A very nice tasty beer with a bitter base and nice hop flavour. (468 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark yellow/tree sap with two or so fingers of white foam. Aroma is subtle biscuit and weak apple juice, little to no hop aroma. Palate is sweet cornbread with a touch of noble hop spice. The hops do exert a subtle wintergreen effect on the palate. A bit of baker's yeast. Quite sweet for a pale lager and admittedly enjoyable on this level. Fairly dry finish and the hops do assert themselves a bit as you go. No frills North American pale lager, non-offensive but not distinguished except for being sweet for the style. (529 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can from LCBO for $2.85 CDN into a pint glass.

Appearance - Beautiful golden color that is very clear is poured into the glass. It is one of those beers that looks crisp even before tasting. 1 finger of head that recedes quickly, leaving some soapiness on top. Quite a few bubbles continuously flow to the top throughout the consumption.

Smell - Grainy smelly, some bread. Malts and hops are detectable but faint. Some grassy notes as well.

Taste - Bready, little bit of spiciness which is surprising. Balanced between hops and malts is nice but they offset each other to an extent that neither is dominant.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation and smoothness. Watery in that your thirst will be quenched, but not too thin either. Dry finish with a significant lingering aftertaste.

Overall - A very nice Pilsener that makes me keep wanting to go back for more. (865 characters)

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type - 500ml can poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - Pours a straw/golden colour, crystal clear with a moderate amount of carbonation visibile. Two fingers of soapy, sad looking white head linger for a few seconds and fade away.

Smell - Grains and cereal and grains and more grains. Some extremely light floral bits as grassy notes are in the mix as well.

Taste - Some faint hop bitterness up front, followed by grains and cereals and light floral bits. Just like the nose, only better.

Mouthfeel - Very light body, medium carbonation and an extremely crisp and satisfying end.

Overall - 3.25/5 (616 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a nice golden colour, finger of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Grassy hop notes, bready malts, bread crusts and sweet corn.

T - Much like the nose, sweet corn, bready malts, the grassy hops and wheat flavours linger alongside a hint of honey.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - Easy drinking, decent flavour profile and one of my go-to brews in a pinch. Nothing mind blowing here, but it'll easily please the masses. (454 characters)

Photo of Nikolai070
4.77/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

An absolutely fantastic Canadian beer! This is my absolutely favorite beer and I would recommend it to anyone looking to try. The color is pale, the carbonation is refreshing, the smell is intriguing and the taste is phenomenal. I've got all of my buddies drinking it now and anyone who tries it seems to say the same thing: it's an all around awesome beer. (357 characters)

Photo of moniz
4.19/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Is it the best Pilsner around? Probably not. Is it the best in Canada when compared to the macros? Absolutely!! Pale straw color, crisp refreshing mouthfeel, dry, slightly bready aftertaste, but still refreshing nonetheless. It's the beer that got me into micros. It's one of my go to beers always in my fridge ,from where I expand and experiment with other micros. (365 characters)

Photo of atr2605
2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours yellow with a white head with good retention
S-sweet malt and corn, no hop presence
T-Has a strange vegetable metallic element to it. Not pleasant.
M-light bodied
O-looks and feel is right but the strange flavor throws off its crispness. Very possible it got like struck due to the green bottle (303 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Alright, I've had more then enough of this beer to give it another shot. This is a review of the bottled version, vs my previous can review.

Appearance - A clear gold color with ample carbonation works with a thumb's worth of head which regrettably did not retain, but did manage to produce some lacing.

Smell - Crisp, but light as a mild staw and biscuit malt takes backseat to some mild moist hopping. Warming didn't help it's case and it's just not very potent.

Taste - It starts with grainy malt as it ebbs and flows to, a floral and earthy hop bitterness the mildly eases down, leaving a crisp end. Simple and crisp, as a good pilsener should be, not with a lot of bells and whistles.

Mouthfeel - It does leave a bit of a dry aftertastes but the transitioning is well done, as is the carbonation.

Drinkability - Apart from the dryness, this beer is quite good as far as drinkability is concerned, its the lighter end of medium bodied, and calms down and goes down smoothly.

Final Thoughts - Now that I've looked back on this one, it becomes clear that my old can review was likely infected, as this is the overpriced Steamwhistle that I've come to moderately like. This is a beer that your macro drinking buddies will enjoy, but overly complex it is not and if the brewery didn't put such an effort towards environmental sustainability, having cool marketing and being a general comrade of the craft beer movement, I'd call foul on the price. It's worth trying though, no question. (1,492 characters)

Photo of Maverick25
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is very much a summer beer for me. Love the carbonation factor, the clean crisp finish, and the mild hops in the aroma and taste. A simple beer, with a nice mouth feel. Airy and light . Although I really like it in the bottle, I do not care for it in the can, or on tap as much. (283 characters)

Photo of zachloveshisbeer
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

People rant and rave about this one as being the best pilsner they have ever had. Well, those people have never been to Germany or the Czech Republic, heck, even Hungary makes a better pilsner than this one; however, I can appreciate what these guys are doing and I give them credit for changing hearts and minds. The beer pours a straw yellow, with nice lacing and it's got that sweet citrus aroma that most pilsners do. It looks like your typical Canuck lager but it tastes much better than any adjunct lagers out there. This is the beer you give to someone who declares that they will "never drink that expensive craft beer", and the price point is right in line with the big boys of the world. (697 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 500ml can into a canadian Bushwakker glass I purchased in Regina, SK when I was 19 (gotta love that drinking age up north! And yes, I was into craft beer back then) The description on the can states: "Steam Whistle brings you Canada's Premium Pilsner." Bold words, let's see how it stacks up...

Appearance: Crystal clear gold color with visible effervescence. There was a one finger head but it has dissipated into a thin film of white foam.

Aroma: Like popcorn tea. Although not in the blatantly adjuncty way that most macro-pilseners smell. It's more of a yeast influenced aroma that is actually pretty nice. Just a hint of sweetness. Hoping for some crisp pilsener bitterness.

Taste: Finally a pilsener that actually tastes close to the original style! That popcorn tea aroma is present in the taste, but once again it is not the usual corn taste of macro-lagers, it is a full bodied yeast influenced flavor that stays on your palate. The second half and finish are very crisp from the hops. I think it is missing a slight bitterness that would bring it to a whole new level of flavor, but the hop presence is headed in the right direction.

Mouthfeel: Despite the bubbly look of this beer, it is surprisingly smooth. It is also medium bodied, if not slightly above, but still attains easy drinkability (credit for this goes to the crispness of the hops).

Final Thoughts: Canada's Premium Pilsner succeeds were others (macro-lagers) fail. They stick to four basic ingredients: spring water, malted barley, hops and yeast. This is evident in the flavor and overall drinking experience. A beer like this one puts all macro-brewed 'pilsners' to shame! It doesn't boast any fantastic qualities, but it also doesn't have any off flavors. It is simply a beer that's easy to enjoy. (1,790 characters)

Photo of maclean25
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank a pair while on vacation in Ottawa. It has been recommended to me several times in the past and I've had it before - I remember it not living up to the hype. The first beer poured (into a tall, slim glass stein) with no head and the second with a small amount of white, creamy head that stayed there entire time. The body is clear yellow, with a slight golden tinge. The aroma has apple, grape, and grain (presumably from the hops). The taste has that noble hops quality continued. It is a lightly flavoured beer; the flavour is similar to buttered bread. It is light to medium bodied with an almost perfect carbonation (little bit more would have been great). It feels very smooth. Overall, I find it to be a good, decent pilsner. I would gladly drink it again (would be a good session beer). I think I understand its popularity: it is light enough for mass appeal, but with a distinctive enough taste for people to think it is something unique and amazing. (964 characters)

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Steam Whistle Pilsner from Steam Whistle Brewing
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