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Presque Isle Pilsner - Erie Brewing Co.

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Presque Isle PilsnerPresque Isle Pilsner

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Reviews: 120
Hads: 188
Avg: 3.14
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: allboutbierge on 09-27-2002

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Photo of JackTheRipper
1.71/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color. Clear. Scant head with just a trace of lacing.
S: The predominant aroma is a strange metallic smell. If you try hard enough, you can smell a faint whiff of malt.
T: Again, very metallic tasting. Not as bad as putting a penny in your mouth, but not by much. As far as "beer" tastes go, good luck finding them.
M: Oily, metallic. Yuk.
D&N: Hate to say it, but I'd rather drink a macro than this swill. Avoid this one.
Edit to add: In the company of Prima Pils or Sunshine Pils, this one really sucks.

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Photo of GordonQuid
1.96/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured a clear straw color with a fluffy 2 inch white head that did not dissipate, slight lacing apparent.

Smell.... Very little aromas present. Perhaps a slight grainy cereal smell is detected?

Taste is watery and grainy with very little hop characteristics. To be honest this thing is watered down and cheapened.

Extremely light in body. Perhaps drinkable on an extremely hot day and there is nothing else to drink.

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Photo of eze153
2.03/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This one poured a light yellow with a small head and then there was no lacing. The smell was like fresh in your face hops, which really does not do it for me. The initial taste is full of hops flavor but then a terrible mid-taste like metal rears it's ugly face and then the after taste is kind of clean and crisp. I don't know how I am going to drink the rest of these in my variety case. The mouthfeels is average, which is the only average aspect about this beer. I would not recommend this beer unless, you like hoppy/metal flavored beer. There is a possibility for this beer to be good, but Erie needs to get rid of the metal taste.

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Photo of TheOtherMike
2.16/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

They can't all be winners. Found some very good beer on a trip between Michigan and New York, but this was the inevitable "stinker". Found it in Erie, PA.

Appearance - medium golden color, clear, slight head. Well carbonated.

Smell - like a very basic beer. Nothing really stood out.

Taste - Fermented corn-bread. Very crisp.

Drinkability - no thanks. I choked-down one bottle and gave the rest away. I had too many other good beers at hand.

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Photo of dmamiano
2.16/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very light straw color. Small head that looks "soapy" instead of creamy. Diminishes quickly. Appears a bit hazy.
Very faint, nondescript aroma..slight malt noticed.
First taste I get is a bit of skunk if possible. No hop or malt really detected.
Not my idea of a good beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.17/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale gold with an abundance of fine carbonation leading up to a large cap of bleached bone white that is light and airy rather than creamy. The head deflates exceptionally slowly and leaves arching strands of thick lace when it does so. Preque Isle Pilsner has a bright, clean, uncluttered look. What's not to like?

The nose isn't so wonderful. I'm able to appreciate some amount of noble hoppiness, but it's swamped by a strangeness that I can't quite place. It smells like the Kellogg's cereal factory that I toured as a kid. Sort of an overcooked oatmeal smell with a little clay-like earthiness mixed in. Not pleasant (then or now).

Unfortunately, the flavor follows suit. It's a little more recognizable as beer on the palate, although something is seriously wrong with Erie Brewing if they think this is what a good pils should taste like. It isn't quite bad enough for me to think that it's infected, but it isn't feeling 100% healthy either.

Earthy, old grain (corn especially) dominates; inexcusable in a beer of this style. There's also a rotten pear flavor that, obviously, doesn't contribute anything of value. I give up. The flavor profile is too weird, too indecipherable for me to be able to figure it out. The only thing that matters is that this isn't anywhere close to good beer and will never enter my glass again.

The body/mouthfeel is on the lackluster side. It's midway between light and medium with a restrained amount of carbonation that doesn't help mouth interest in the least. At least it's a cut above the flavor.

Presque Isle Pilsner is my first Erie Brewing Co. beer. It won't be my last though since I picked up two others on my most recent trip to Ohio. I hope they have something more to offer than this sad excuse for a pilsener. It shouldn't be too hard since the bar has been set laughably low. Steer clear of this one.

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Photo of brentk56
2.21/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a modest head that drops quickly to a ringlet leaving just a few dots of lace

Smell: If I were holding a piece of cornbread to my nose, this is what it would smell like

Taste: From the sweet bready opening to the lack of grassy hops, this beer is devoid of pilsner character; tastes like a macro lager

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Right down the drain; sorry excuse for craft beer

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Photo of Knapp85
2.33/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
2.38/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.44/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy yellow gold, some initial lively carbonation, but a disappointing quarter finger head that turned into a oil slick within seconds.

Aroma has some enjoyable noble hop spice to it, but there's a slight musky quality lurking in the background.

Taste starts with a proper sweet spot down the middle. Noble hops approach from the sides, but never deliver a proper bite and the taste comes up short. A clean finish that starts before the swallow.

Solid mouthfeel, maybe a bit on the firm side for a pils, but good. Drinkable though not greatly desirable.

While there are no major flaws, there is nothing to really sell this beer either. Far too many superior pilsners in Pennsylvania to revisit or recommend this one.

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Photo of 1000Bottles
2.45/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Light straw color with a thin white head. The aroma is skunked - and thankfully light! Flavor is very light and almost crisp, but getting past the aroma is a bit difficult. Over time, the skunky aroma fades and you are left with a very light but overall pleasant pilsner. Bottle of Bud anyone?!

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
2.46/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a dateless brown bottle into a pilsner glass after being well refrigerated.

Appearance – Light golden hue with a good amount of head and nice lacing.

Smell - Grain and faint hops.

Taste - A little bit of grain, malt, and hops equaling into a dull cardboard taste. Not much going on here.

Mouthfeel – I felt it had a little too much carbonation. Clean dry finish.

Drinkability – Drinkability is there if you’re not a fan of much favor. Better then the big guy macros, but that’s not saying much.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.47/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.51/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow color with a decent head to it. The smell is weak, it smells like an adjunct, with corn and a little malt. The taste is watery with notes of some floral hops and a little bit of cheap malt. The mouthfeel is watery with a little carbonation. The drinkability is okay, could you drink alot of these...yes, would you want to, probably not.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
2.56/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass.Very pale slightly hazy yellow almost water white.White fizzy heading that fizzes out to nothing.

Smell is kind of funky hoppy at first followed up by a fruity yeast funk that I can't quite put my finger on. There is a bit of metallic tasted in this.

Taste is flat,light,sweet and watery. A beverage with a slight fruity hop twang with carbonated water. Almost no taste besides what is written above.

Mouth is watery and flat but as soon as you move it around in the mouth it foams up immediatley.

Drink is not too good very hard to even finish this beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.63/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
2.67/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a hazy pale yellow with a 1/2" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a grainy pale malt scent along with a slightly dry and earthy lager yeast aroma. The taste is below average. It has a weak and watery pale malt flavor with a light hop bitterness and a thin finish. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a below average pilsner. It's weak and devoid of flavor and mouthfeel.

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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.

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Photo of johnnyirishman
2.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pale yellow in color with a small head, that dissapated quickly with little to no lacing
S, Some malt, citrus, yeast
T,M-Taste is slightly malty and a tad of hopps pretty well balanced but not at all strong
D-Its an ok beer...I wouldent buy it anytime soon unless they improve it on the taste level, which probably isnt gonna happen.

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Photo of oberon
2.7/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of mhewes
2.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A : Pours a nice golden color with a good white head that disappates pretty quickly

S : Not much going on here. I pick up a little malt and yeast but that's about it

T : The taste is pretty light. There's some malt, citrus and grainy flavors in there. I expected a little more hops in it.

M : Light with decent carbonation

D : It's an ok beer. Not one I'd really look for again unless they change it.

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Photo of garuda
2.72/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nothing too appealing about the appearance. It pours a clear very pale yellow, with a semi-fizzy white head, some retention and some lacing.

S - The aroma is very light with some pale malts and some grassy notes.

T - Light again on taste with some pale malts, some light herbal hops in the aftertaste.

M - Light body with a higher carbonation, gives an accurate mouthfeel for a pils with some roughness across the palate.

D - The light overall nature of the beer allows for a high drinkability in that respect. I'd grab one of these before a macro pils any day, but its not a beer that I would specifically seek out again.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours very pale golden with almost no head, even with a hard pour. Slight chill haze, and no lacing. Smell has some butteriness when first poured, and then some slightly sour graininess. Light grassiness as well. Taste is relatively clean with no hint of butteriness and just faint graininess. Fairly blah, your typical Euro style pilsner. Very faint floral hops. Mouthfeel is okay as well. Fairly soft and well carbonated, but lacks some crispness the style should have. Not the greatest shakes, but not terrible.

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Photo of association330
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date

A - Pours bright gold, with a fleeting eggshell head. Leaves a thin cap with little lace.

S - Funky/grainy pilsener malt, some lemon rind, some spicy hops

T - Sweet, with more funky/grainy taste. Not enough hop bitterness to qualify as a proper pils.

M - Medium-light bodied, with medium-low carbonation. Not crisp enough.

D - Tolerable, but not really desirable nor pleasant. I won't be buying this again.

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Photo of aluskungs
2.76/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Presque Isle Pilsner from Erie Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.