Presque Isle Pilsner - Erie Brewing Co.
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4.45/5 rDev +41.7%
What a delightful pilsener, yes PILSENER, from an American craft brewer.
Appearance: Light, translucent golden, with a nice, rocky(ish) head.
Smell: light hop, but nice, zesty malt accents. Smells like an Alpine summer day!
Taste: Soft, crisp foretaste, malty middle, nice dry(ish) finish.
Mouthfeel: Incredibly balanced beer, with an excellent aftertaste of crystal malt freshness.
Drinkability: Quite high. This beer reminds me of a long-forgotten (sort of) pilsener beer brewed in the Chicago-area back in the early-to-mid 90s called 'Baderbrau'. While I think Baderbrau probably was the best damn American-made pilsener ever (that I've tried), I think Presque Isle may be its 1st cousin. I picked up the Presque Isle in the unlikely location of Kendallville, IN on a recent trip to a friend's wedding (2.5 hours east of Chicago), and this was certainly an astonishing find. Or, could it be that not many American craft brewers (that I know of, anyway) develop a passion for a true, south-German style pilsener? It's interesting that other BA'ers say that it was "slightly skunked". Again, perhaps I had just happened to stumble on dumb-luck, and found a fresh six-pack, or perhaps the whole hop-over-the-head-ale" craze basically defaults lager beer to something much less interesting, but
whatever the case, Presque Isle from Erie, PA (!) is a classic pilsener. Wish I could get it in Chicago. Find it where you can.
05-07-2008 02:05:36 | More by RedBaron
4.43/5 rDev +41.1%
Longneck with no indication of freshness anywhere on the bottle. Pours a clear light golden color in the glass with a solid white head. Extrordinary soft, crisp, delicate grainy malt aroma with a touch of herbal hop. The purity and simplicity of the grain is a pleasure to the nose. Flavor starts off very clean with perhaps a touch of sweetness and goes into a grassy bitterness just to balance, finishing off with a beautiful soft grainy taste that lingers nicely. Carbonation is at a fairly high level, but it is not stinging. Mouthfeel is on the medium side, and the drinkability of this lager is very good due to nice balance and clean, defined, delicious flavors.
I don't know if I just caught this at its peak of freshness, or my taste bud are lined up for this style and this beer at this particular time, but this is one of the better American pilsners I have had to date. I love it when I have low expectations of a beer and it just blows me away like this. I normally am into styles that offer more intensity in the flavor department than the pilsner style, especially this time of year. For some reason, the simplicity, crisp, consice malt flavor, and freshness of this beer knocked my socks off. A great take on the pilsner style from a brewery that I am going to have to start seeking out more.
01-13-2009 23:06:09 | More by kkosmoski
4.43/5 rDev +41.1%
I had this on tap at 6 pack west in Erie and I bought a growler of it. After finishing the growler I bought a case of it. It is a great lighter beer for the 90 degree days, very refreshing. Light mouthfeel and easy drinkable nature. Some faint grassy, straw notes in the scent. Mild hops and malt flavors peek though. This is certainly an all summer long beer. Great for warm days and cook outs.
07-10-2010 15:15:02 | More by mtnbikerpa
4.28/5 rDev +36.3%
I had this on tap at the Sandbar on Route 832, also known as Presque Isle Boulevard, in Erie,Pa. On a beautiful Memorial Day just about a quarter mile before the entrance to Presque Isle State Park. On an outside patio in a 22 ounce pilsiner glass.
I've tried most of the pilsiners/kolschs from Eastern Pa. and I think this holds its own. It's very light but had nice hoppiness. It was extremely refreshing after a night of pounding scotch ales in a great brewpub down in Titusville.
I'm not going to bore you with a flowery desciption of the taste but I did pick up a case to go at the beer distributor down the street, appropriately named 'Presque Isle Beverages' and had a few ice cold ones on my front porch here in Buffalo,NY. This is a good one and I could drink it all day!
06-01-2010 01:07:53 | More by Borishare
4.1/5 rDev +30.6%
Very light golden color.Small head that didnt last long.Very nice carbonation.Fruity,hoppy and bready notes.Sweet to the taste but the hops take the malt down.Nice brew and very nice carbonation.Very easy to drink.Clean after taste.I like this beer quite a bit.Ide have it for sure again and great abv.
09-08-2008 00:11:08 | More by MmmIPA
4.05/5 rDev +29%
Poured from a cellar-temperature bottle into a goblet. Light golden color with a skim of white bubbles on the top and tiny bubbles rising vertically like a champagne. Aroma of earthy malts with a light sweetness. Flavor is light and slightly sweet, with a floral tone that reminds me of jasmine. There is no noticeable hop character, and nearly no bitterness. Plenty of carbonation keeps the flavor light, and there is little lingering flavor. This is a light-bodied beer that feels refreshing in the mouth and pairs well with food that might be overwhelmed with a bigger beer. This is a subtle and tasty pilsner, very drinkable, but its subtlety would be lost on someone looking for one of the louder, hoppier pilners currently on the market.
02-15-2010 21:58:18 | More by Ladybugger
4/5 rDev +27.4%
Poured a medium straw hue with a finger and a half pillowy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.
The smell was authentic to the style. A nice noble hop aroma and clean grain bill.
The taste was also very authentic. A solid grain base that featured a mildly spicy hop element. Excellent biscuity aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was creamy and clean.
Overall a very nice representation of the style. Very quaffable. Nice effort here.
09-24-2006 20:14:31 | More by plaid75
3.98/5 rDev +26.8%
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.
03-09-2012 00:09:56 | More by DaveBlack
3.98/5 rDev +26.8%
you can just keep drinking it. smooth and pleasantly crisp, it goes down like magic. it would be a great barbeque beer, or a brew for the summer. a little touch of hops, but definitely no kick in the pants. it is a wonderful beer.
10-16-2002 11:58:04 | More by ElGuapo
3.95/5 rDev +25.8%
This pouted a nice light gold with a medium white head.
The aroma was mild grassy floral hops with just a touch of malty, doughy-ness.
The taste was buttery with the grassy hints I find really pleasing in a good pils. The malt was not overdone but balanced the mild hops nicely.
The feel starts almost bittersweet and faces into a tongue-coating smooth finish. Very nice.
I'm going against the grain here but I think this was a pretty damn good pils overall, and I'm a hard man to please in the Pils department. Hats off to EBC.
12-04-2008 21:03:47 | More by sinistrsam
3.93/5 rDev +25.2%
12oz long neck. Consumed 01/12/10
A) Pours with a two finger head - fizzy and white. Quickly settles to thin lacing on top and sticky on the sides of the glass as you drink it down. Clear body with upward carbonation. Straw gold in color.
S) Light grain aroma with a base of mellow malt and citrus fruit.
T) A mellow grain and subtle sweet in the front then moves to a sweeter middle - caramel and nutty. Finishes with dry grain and a hint of hops.
M) Fizzy. Crisp. Clean. Light body.
D) A nice pilsener. I'd drink another.
01-13-2010 21:32:59 | More by u2carew
3.93/5 rDev +25.2%
Appearance - About as good as most other pilsners. Golden appearance, good carbonation going on. Just enough lacing on the head to remind us that it's a pilsner.
Smell - Just by smelling this beer one can tell it is not your typical pils. Erie obviously like the malts and the aroma of this beer drives it home. Very malty with extremely subtle spice notes. A nice forewarning that this is not your average budweiser or pilsner urquel
Taste - Relatively sweet for a pilsner, but not overwhelming. A whole lot of malty, yeasty sweetness up front then the flavors almost evaporate from your palate. A completely unique attempt at a pilsner. I know many other BA's have shot the beer down due to its lack of hoppiness or dry finish but I honestly find this beer refreshing.
Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is just as good as any other pilsner. Very light and not hard to gulp down at all.
Overall - The aroma sets you back for a pilsner. I completely understand how some palates can be confused by this effort. However It's nice to have a pilsner that isn't a copy paste of everything else on the market. Extremely flavorful and drinkable, for that reason alone I give it
a good to very good score.
04-23-2014 22:30:02 | More by alucardswordlol
3.88/5 rDev +23.6%
Poured a slightly hazy golden color with monstrous white puffy head.
Smell is very mild with a light fruitiness.
Taste is also very mild with some notes of fruity sweetness combined a light hoppiness.
Very refreshing, but little taste retention.
A pleasnt enough beer. Would be could for a hot summer afternoon.
03-17-2007 23:18:52 | More by tgbljb
3.85/5 rDev +22.6%
A- Pale straw yellow color, cloudy, thin white lacy ring around the glass, lots of fine sediment floating throughout
S- Citrus (mostly lemons), wheat, grains, pale malt, yeast
T- Oranges, lemons, wheat, light malts, yeast, grains, fairly mild taste
M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, light and mild
D- Good session beer
This is a very good german pilsner. I wish they would have gone a little stronger on the flavor because it is very tasty.
01-12-2008 01:12:53 | More by iceball585
3.83/5 rDev +22%
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.
07-08-2012 13:17:27 | More by jman42
3.8/5 rDev +21%
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.
12-19-2002 16:38:58 | More by WVbeergeek
3.78/5 rDev +20.4%
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.
09-02-2008 17:06:59 | More by tempest
Presque Isle Pilsner from Erie Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.