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Presque Isle Pilsner - Erie Brewing Co.

Presque Isle PilsnerPresque Isle Pilsner

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164 Ratings
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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 17.63%

Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: allboutbierge on 09-27-2002)
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Photo of Slatetank


2.45/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

I purchased this at Giant, consumed chilled in a tulip shared with tenderbranson69.

The appearance is tarnished hazed gold with thick creamy white head with copious lace. The smell is off -very vegetal..like cooked green beans or cabbage, not good. The feel is just as bad if not worse -creamy low bitterness moderate carbonation and semi-dry finish yet slightly buttery smoothness.

The flavor is not only bad it is offensive to the originators of the pilsner style, very vegetal taste lots of dms and a light toast accent...not much hop flavor but a little yeast adding some sulfury taste to the mix. Overall this beer should be seriously avoided if not removed from the market since it is obviously flawed in many ways. I suggest if you like your taste buds don't make the same mistake I did.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 18:51:21 | More by Slatetank
Photo of lsummers


3.7/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I've had this a few times now, and I know the reviews haven't been stellar but dang I'm enjoying this one.

Looks great with its golden cloudy appearance and its white head that leaves a touch of lacing.

Smell is almost the best part, the fruity characters that come through are awesome. Also leads to some of the malty ness that comes through more in the taste. But mostly just Fruit!

Tastes like the fruity smell mixed with a pancake. Quite pleasant, and drinkable. The malty favors come through on the back end but their still very subtle. As with any pilsner the palate has to be very clean to taste the subtle flavors they offer.

Mouthfeel is a bit overly light, I wouldn't mind some thickness on this one since i do feel its a bit sweet.

Overall I feel it's a fantastic pilsner, and probably my favorite Erie brewing brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 08:09:18 | More by lsummers
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.2/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lighter golden color with a huge billowy white head. The head fades relatively fast to leave a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a nice blend of a bready and caramel smell. Mixed with these are a lighter aroma of tropical fruits and some yeast.

Taste – The taste begins with a lighter bready flavor and a lighter caramel sweetness. As the taste advances further a light citrus flavor greets the tongue. These flavors take the taste to the end, and with a light hoppy flavor and a weakening of the caramel sweetness, the combination of flavors leave a crisp taste to linger on the tongue. Overall the flavor is rather subdued.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather light (as would be expected for a 4.2% abv. brew) with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Very appropriate for the pilsner style and it makes for one very easy drinking brew.

– The flavors of the brew are a little watery and not to exciting. With this said however it is rather refreshing and quite easy to drink. While nothing to go out of your way for, this beer does make for a rather decent session brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 01:43:56 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of 57md


3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light golden straw color with a thin layer of white head. The nose is quite bland - perhaps there is some yeasty notes, but that is it. The flavor profile is quite light with a little sweetness from the malt. The body is thin, even for a pils. There is some hop dryness on the finish which is nice, but not enough to save this offering from its well-deserved mediocre grade.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 13:33:03 | More by 57md
Photo of jman42

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A = Nice golden color. Good head which retained nicely. Decent lacing.

S = Malty with a touch of underlying fruitiness.

T = Crisp. Nice balance between hops and malt. Refreshing.

M = Good. Not too creamy/not too watery.

O = I found this to be a nice example of a pilsener. Was a bit less tart than some of the ones that I remember from my days living in Germany, but since I didn't appreciate that tartness, that's a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 13:17:27 | More by jman42
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.2/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presque Isle Pilsner
Erie Brewing Co.
Style: German Pilsener
ABV: 4.20 %

LOOK: Clear gold with lots of carbonation bubbles. Head is short livid but did leave lace. Honestly, it looks like a pilsner beer.

SMELL: Aromas of grains, buttered bread, lemony citrus, hay, and green apple.

TASTE: Light bready malts, just enough hops to make an impression. Malt, grains a little green apple. Upfront sweetness yet fairly bitter, simple but agreeable beer.

FEEL/IMPRESSION: Medium bodied, good but not super crisp carbonation. Not the cleanest example but not bad either. This is a lawnmower beer, but there are lighter examples with better flavor out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 21:41:13 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of DaveBlack


3.98/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden in color, with only a little bit of head, and that dissipates pretty quickly and doesn't leave a trace.

S: Grainy, slightly malty smell, but there really isn't a lot going on in the nose.

T: Taste is surprising, considering the lack of smell. Up front is a lot of maltiness, with a nice caramel richness. The finish has a nice grainy taste and just the teeniest touch of hops.

M: This is one of the few beers that I'm actually knocking off a little on mouthfeel, just because I wish it was a little crisper, body is medium light and ever so subtly sticky and the carbonation is made of tiny little bubbles.

O: This beer is really easy to drink (As a pilsner should be), good flavors and goes down easy. A thoroughly drinkable beer, if not particularly exciting.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 00:09:56 | More by DaveBlack
Photo of Dave128


3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - A rigorous pour yields a finger head that dissipates quickly. Slightly cloudy golden straw color. No lacing and barely any head sticks around.

S - Smells of grassy grains and noble hops.

T - Rather inoffensive and clean. I can't really taste the hops...

M - Light bodied with heavy carbonation.

O - An easy going pilsner that is clean but doesn't really present anything special to the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 22:50:11 | More by Dave128
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow with a thin lacing of loose head that has little retention. The smell is soapy at first, but once the head settles it's a little more grassy. The taste is light malt, grassy hops, and a slight lemony note. The mouthfeel is very light with a good amount of carbonation.

This is a rather weak, lightly flavored pilsner. I probably would look for something with a little more flavor and body.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 02:09:46 | More by tdm168
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

found this to be quite a worthy pilsner. smells is malty, definitely german in nature, with a well rounded hop aroma as well. taste is faile generic, but its undoubtedly a well made beer. the mouthfeel is what made this one for me, fuller bodied for a pilsner, great carbonation, and a quick crisp finish that begs for another sip. really sessionable and would be quality all year round. nice beer from erie

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 16:59:44 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of micromaniac129


2.83/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy golden color, moderate carbonation and a very little foamy cap.
Aroma is lightly smelling of malts but has a more ale scent then pils.
Taste a bit like a pils but watery or washed out. Also notes of toasted malts and biscuits.
I did't really care much for this beer. It doesn't know what it wants to be.
Appearance was off aroma was boring and taste was... well it was in general a rather lackluster beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 13:44:43 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of Boto


3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle: Last of 4 in a variety case. This one pours a clear, golden yellow color. There was a bit of a white head on it. It lingers awhile and leaves some lacing. Milder aroma. Faint grains, grassiness and maybe a hint of lemon. The taste is a bit thin also. Just a faint touch of bitterness, with a lighter body to it. Decent enough, but fairly unexciting. It would make a good lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 20:25:15 | More by Boto
Photo of chefhatt


3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured the beer into a pint glass, it has a golden body with a white fizzy head. The smell has some grain smell and a little lemon. The taste is crisp, with a hint of hops, and some citrus. The mouth feel is dry and crisp. Overall this is a average beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 03:19:47 | More by chefhatt
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presque Isle is a fairly serviceable, if rather pedestrian, take on the German pils from way up in Northern PA. No bottled on date on this Pilsener makes me sad.

The Good:

Good clarity, an attractive bubbly beer with a head that sticks around even after faltering. Fine sharp carbonation, mineral-water body, drinkable. Fairly balanced. No off flavors.

The Not-So-Good:

No German hops detected here, fairly American-standard bitterness, not very subtle or complementary. Odd mash tun-esque grainyness, husky. Clumsy, but not bad. Easy to drink, but not very well crafted.

I dunno... this is a pretty good local, American German Pils... I mean if you live in PA or nearby and can get this cheap, I would drink it again. It doesn't really stand out, though. Simply decent, needs tweaking to really be a contender.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 03:26:28 | More by kkipple
Photo of Tone


2.93/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly, hazy maize color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of grain, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hop, and a hint of butter. Overall, good aroma, but the butter flavor is a major drawback.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 20:45:22 | More by Tone
Photo of stakem


2.93/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with no indication of freshness, thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing. Poured into a pilsner glass, this brew appears a clear straw yellow color for the most part. However, a closer look reveals some small particulate stuck in suspension. There are lots of fizzy carbonation rushing through the solution in support of the finger of white head that initially appeared and then very rapidly dissolved. A light swirl brings less than a finger of head composed of large sized bubbles.

The aroma of this brew is strikingly fresh with a scent of grain smelling like a brew day where the grains are crushed and the water is just introduced into the mash. An absolutely fantastic aroma but seriously unexpected for this style of beer. Initially there was lots of sulfur and "green bottle beer" smell which fades away and is hidden by the fresh quality of the malt in this brew. There is little to no hop inclusion in the aroma, im stretching to find any characteristics and I faintly pick up on some grassy quality.

The taste of this brew is strikingly sweet with a fresh grain flavor that matches the expected taste indicated by the aroma. There is a light touch of sulfur and a bit of a vegetal flavor that intertwines which is a bit distracting. Faint flavors are hops are evident with a slight grassy flavor across the backend. This brew finishes crisp but not as crisp as the usual pils offering, perhaps a bit confusing with the exaggerated amount of grain flavors in this brew.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a lively level of carbonation, not excessive by any means but fitting of the style. The 4% abv is noticeable but not distracting. Overall a fairly decent attempt at the style but lacking in hops which makes me wonder just how fresh this example is. A pilsner with all grain flavor and lack of hops to balance out the sweetness is ackward for me to get into and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 23:57:34 | More by stakem
Photo of Knapp85


2.3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out as a clear boring looking yellow with a fizzy white head with no lacing. The smell of the beer is grassy and had some malts in there. The taste was grassy, kind of had a bit of lager flavor to it also. The mouthfeel was very light and kind of boring. Overall just not an impressive pilsner.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2011 23:06:59 | More by Knapp85
Photo of avaccani


3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale yellow/straw with a bright white head that almost vanished as soon as I poured.

S - Lemon, citrus, pine, grass. Hops really shine, smells good.

T - Unfortunatly the smell was the best part of the beer. Taste is light, crisp, dry but it is harsh. Sharp on the tounge. After the initial sip they flavor fades into nothingness.

M - I liked the body of the beer, light, dry, very crisp.

O - This is a BMC lovers beer. It is drinkable, but nothing else.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 00:42:08 | More by avaccani
Photo of generallee

New York

2.8/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tall mug. The label only lists the abv (4.2%) and gives no other info.

Appearance: The body is golden with deeper orange like highlights and a slight haze. Its head is light, white in color and fades quickly. It leaves a thin film covering with a ring of lace at the edge.

Smell: The aroma is a bit off. It has notes of white bread crust with old leafy and oxidized hops.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor is off as well. There is a light base of doughy and bready sweetness with a stale papery cardboard character over leafy hops. It finishes flat and dry with minimal hop bitterness.

Notes: As it is this Pilsner fails in every way. I would have to think that this was an old bottle but without a freshness date there is no way to know.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 21:18:57 | More by generallee
Photo of smcolw


2.85/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very modest head that settles to only rim bubbles. There is a touch of spots from the "lace". Chill hazed with a straw color.

Raw grain aroma, nearly no hop; awfully close to adjunct lager from a macro.

The taste mirrors the smell: a general lack of hop, raw grain flavor. There's nearly no aftertaste, just a modicum of hop. The body is pretty accurate but the carbonation is amped up.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 23:54:25 | More by smcolw
Photo of metter98

New York

3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light straw yellow in color and has a low amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly dissipated into lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The smell is quite malty and has aromas of biscuits and butter.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite buttery and also has a bit of initial sweetness. No bitterness from the hops is detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
D: Without any bitterness to help balance all of the malty flavors, this beer isn't very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 02:22:29 | More by metter98
Photo of breweryaprntc13


3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light golden yellow with a large thin foam which quickly recedes leaving little lacing.

Crisp alcohol/ base malt pilsner aroma, but right for the style.

Base grains, wheaty flavor, esters.

High carbonation level, thin body, dry

Smooth and light but not much flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 00:41:54 | More by breweryaprntc13
Photo of stewart124


3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Plenty of visable carbonation. Golden yellow with a centimeter of white head that falls quickly.

Straw and cereal in the nose with little spice notes from the hops but very little hop traces.

The taste is fairly sweet with plenty of carbonation and there is a pleasant hop bitterness. The sweetness really takes over this beer and I do feel like I am drinking cornflakes. The dms really pushes through and takes over this german pils. It is hard to appreciate this for what it is worth with all the dms and the little bit of hops.

I feel this is a decent pilsner but really misses in hop bitterness and clean malt character.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 02:24:21 | More by stewart124
Photo of Ty1erC


3.73/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.*

a: it's pale yellow with some fine sediment suspended throughout. very little retention and no lacing.

s: sweet malt, slightly floral.

t: crisp and clean. the malt and hop flavors are very subdued.

m: light-bodied, low to medium carbonation.

d: this is a nice, low alcohol beer. something you could drink all day (if need be).

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 01:00:55 | More by Ty1erC
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright golden yellow, almost no head from an aggressive pour. Scent is sweet with notes of hay and lemon grass. Taste brings the sweetness and candied lemon to the front, notes of grass and light malts. Very undercarbonated and oily mouthfeel. A beer that tastes decent but falls out of style a bit... lack of carbonation kills it.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 15:25:53 | More by rfgetz
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Presque Isle Pilsner from Erie Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.