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Presque Isle Pilsner - Erie Brewing Co.

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Presque Isle PilsnerPresque Isle Pilsner

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BA SCORE
73
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180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 18.15%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

kkipple, Aug 24, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear dull lighter yelow with a spritzey looking bone white 1/2 finger head that was gone rather quickly,not much aroma wise a touch toasted grain and some residual sweetness.This really at least in my mind has no pilsner qualities it is overly sweet with some diacetyl butteriness wich I didnt find over appealing in the pilsner a huskiness sits underneath but as I drank more the sweetness became overbearing.Eh not very good and not a pilsner, I find some domestic macros and big Canadian mass produced lagers to be better than this sad to say.

oberon, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of generallee
2.8/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

generallee, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ouncer, pours clear and very light/golden amber (basically fizzy yellow beer...) white head, minor staying time and then just fine spot of lace. Grassy and light malt nose. LIght brew tastewise, perhas some light maltyness picked up, also light drying, somehow German tasting hops. Not a lot of characteror complexity going on here. Light and fairly tasteless, just a notch above you know who...B/M/C...

Billolick, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Kraken
3.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes, consumed 5/7/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Firm pour evokes a very short lived bright white head. No lace. Color is of a filtered pale watered down apple juice.

Nose- Muted and mild, nothing is standing out as a defining characteristic. Hints of apples, apricots and a touch of lemon zest. Very subtle.

Palate- Very active, apple and pear stand out. A faint and peppery spiciness. Finishes very clean.

Mouthfeel- active refreshing, crisp.

Drinkability- Good, could have quite a few of these on a hot day.

Kraken, May 23, 2009
Photo of Osiris9588
3.63/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, not date. Pours a pale golden color with a four-finger white head, showing decent retention and spotty lacing.

The aroma is dominated by grain, along with some sulpher, and a little hoppy herbiness. The delivers the grain, a lemony oily-ness, but some more hops might be nice.

It's light bodied with good carbonation, crisp and refreshing. It has a nice dry finish, but a little more hops on the end would add some depth. Very drinkable, but overall, it's a slighlty above average pils.

Osiris9588, May 20, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a great adaptation of a truely classic style. There is no suprises served up by this beer.

Appearance is the stereotypical golden color that beer is known for. It pours a nice head that dissipates rather quickly.

Nothing is outdone here, balance of the Czech saaz hops are evident with the aroma and crisp taste. A very drinkable session beer, which deserves respect for being a great summer beer that stays true to its roots. Can't ask for much more from a beer, cause this one is as loyal as a dog.

WVbeergeek, Dec 19, 2002
Photo of tallfellapgh
3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

tallfellapgh, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Zonian1
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Zonian1, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of Brenden
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours a clear, pale golden color with some very active carbonation. The head pours well but seems a little thin and foamy and dissipates quickly. It does leave about one finger of dense foam and some nice sticky lacing, at least part of the way down.
The aroma's interesting. Almost like a sort of sweet hops bud rather than raw and bitter. A little bit of salty rind aroma. There's some herbal grassy smell as well.
The flavor is much the same, but something in this is odd and I can't place it. Hops are very weak and it's like a watered-down flavor. I really don't detect much by way of malt. Citrus is there, but again, more like a salty rind.
It's fairly refreshing, but not as much toward the end. The carbonation is heavy at first, in fact too heavy, and then it just dies. It loses some of the crisp bite, though it is fairly smooth. Mouthfeel is light and it's a bit thin as it goes.
I wouldn't say to avoid this one, but it's not very good.

Brenden, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of brewQ
2.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color and effect is Euro Pils or Macro yellow. A creamy white head teases a bit.

SKUNK! Bursts out then vanishes. That must take some talent to create. Generally, grasses and grains comingle.

The taste is somewhat sour although it does have a certain effervescence.

On a hot day this might be deemed drinkable.

Perhaps I should have grabbed one of Erie's other brews from the single coolers.

brewQ, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of wander4
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

wander4, May 30, 2012
Photo of Dave128
3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Dave128, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Sammy
2.33/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Mr. Goodbars. Hoppy though no aroma. Yellow and lacey. Not too drinkable and too much carbonation, interaction with saaz makes it into a club soda with a bit of beer. And this dried out the mouth. Not representative of style. Below average for sure.

Sammy, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

tdm168, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale yellow with decent carbonation. Excellent foam and carbonation as well. Thumbs up!

Smell: Fresh grass with some hay and a hint of cherries. Not a whole lot of hops. It's kind of a fresh smell. Not very strong, but I think it smells pretty good. Wish it were stronger.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts out pretty well. Wet hay and definitely cherries, something that definitely pervades when this beer warms a bit. My big knock on this beer is that it gets kind of sour and sticky and is kind of watery in the finish. That said, it feel alright initially.

Drinkability: I'd say the mouthfeel makes this awkward and kind of average. I kind of nursed the one I had.

Overall: A good idea, an average finished product.

tjsdomer2, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly hazy orange-tinted golden. The short and creamy bright white head drops rather easily to an average collar. It does, however, leave some nice lace which adds to the appearance. A touch of DMS in the nose distracts from the sweet malt underneath and the limited hops are fairly hard to pick out in the background. What hops are there appear gently spicy. The body is surprisingly full for the style - firmly medium - but a fine & median carbonation does lend a crispness to the mouthfeel. More "creamed corn" appears in the flavor along with a soft round maltiness, a thin layer of hop flavor, and a balancing bitterness. It finishes dry with a soft lingering note of sweet malt. I'd like to review this beer again with a fresh bottle as something seems "off".

NeroFiddled, Dec 25, 2002
Photo of cjgator3
2.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a slightly hazed golden yellow color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is grainy malt with a hint of fruit sweetness and a touch of hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is grainy malt with a touch of citrus. The malt is rather sweet and I kept waiting for the hops to kick in to balance out some of the sweetness but they did not arrive in the manner I was hoping for.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Pretty thin.

D- Overall, I'm not very impressed with this one. I would probably pass on it next time.

cjgator3, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm calling this one underrated. It also tastes, to me, like a Czech pilsner. It's colored a clear straw gold with a short white head that leaves lacing. The aroma has the trademark crisp, bready malts with a hint of sweet frosting. The flavor follows those malts with a mild herbal hop bite to provide balance. Sure, the flavor is a bit mellow, but this could easily be straight out of Europe and fits right in with the Czech options.

tempest, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of DerekP
3/5  rDev -4.5%

DerekP, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of cpac22
4/5  rDev +27.4%

cpac22, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of aluskungs
2.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this from a friend who brought it back to New England from Michigan. He said that it is pretty good, I tend to disagree with him.

Pours and looks great. Good visible carbonation and a small thin head is always there with a lot of lace on the side of my glass. The color is a little off. Hazy yellow pale color that looks like you know what, not that appealing.

Has a corny skunky smell. I can't smell any hops, just a malty sweetness. I would like some hop aroma from a pilsner!

The taste is more like bud meets a cream ale. No hop bite or crispness. This beer is limping across my taste buds. Over cooked vegetables come to my mind for some reason. More corn taste and sweetness. I guess there is some hops, there has to be, but damn if I can tell. There is some lingering bitter aftertaste, but it's more like a husk bitter than a hop bitter.

I was expecting a good beer, my friend knows beer (editor of a beer rag) but this beer didn't excite me, in fact i'm glad this beer and review is over.

aluskungs, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of shbobdb
2.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At 4.20%, the beer is pretty low alcohol. Not much malt generally translates to not much flavor, and that rule of thumb holds true for this beer.

It pours a very light gold. More akin to a BMC-beer as opposed to a proper pilsner.

The taste manages to actually float between American Macro lager and European macro lager. It isn't necessarily bad, but I'd rather have a Stella or a Grolsch, if that is what it is going for. The beer is light and watery and the start. It progresses into a nicely malty middle, plenty of sweet pilsner malt and a nice bit or earthy hops, followed by a very metallic, soapy-dishwater finish.

It still tastes better than adjuct laden American Macro Lagers, but it has some of their other flaws. Not a big winner.

shbobdb, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of marcobrau
3.35/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours strikingly yellow with a good amount of carbonation which creates a fluffy white head settles quickly to fine layer of foam. Some bits of sticky lace are left behind. The aroma is interesting enough, lemony and grassy. The mouthfeel is a bit spritzy, accenting a dry finish, but a watery middle and hint of adjunct knocks some points off. I wonder if the brewer's intention was to brew a Classic American Pilsner. Overall, not a bad pilsner, but I think there are better out there. Props to RedBaron for the bottle!

marcobrau, May 07, 2008
Photo of woodske1
2.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Way too watery for a microbrew. I know its a Pilsner but that doesn't mean it shouldn't have a taste. The appearance is also nothing special but has more color than a coors light.

Microbrews shouldn't make beer like this...its too normal and tastes like Coors should make it...not a small craft brewery.

woodske1, Mar 03, 2009
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Presque Isle Pilsner from Erie Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.