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Presque Isle Pilsner - Erie Brewing Co.

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73
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179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 18.47%
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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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 metter98
3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

metter98, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of brentk56
2.2/5  rDev -29.9%
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

brentk56, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.15/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presque Isle is an average Pilsner that hardly pushes past the flavor profiles of many American industrial beers.

A part-malt, part-grain flavor and aroma profile balances toward the grains with a light vegital flavor, light butter, and harsh mouthfeel. Somewhat empty; makes me wonder if the beer is all-malt or just under-malted.

Hop aroma is very subtle but brings out a nice floral, almost fruity character. I just wish there were more of that. Bitterness is a bit high and amplified by the harsh grain bite. A little grassy, herbal, and floral.

Light esters help out the hops and give a light lemon and apple note burried behind the grains. Pesky butter notes just won't go away. Sulfurs of match-sticks also give a harsh note to the otherwise aroma and taste of fresh baked crackers.

Standard yellow, the beer is just a hair off of brilliant. The filtration has stripped away anything that would help the fizzy head formation, weak retention, and non-existent lacing.

This is the first of a series of beers that I'll be reviewing from the brewery. Let's hope they get better than this.

BEERchitect, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
2.3/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Knapp85, Jun 02, 2011
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 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 RblWthACoz
3.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a nice white head. Nose is almost wine like. Cheap white wine really. Grapey and like something that has alcohol in it. Taste is kind of skirting on the same parameters. Calms down a bit after being open for a few minutes. Stays slightly sweet and a touch grain-y. A bit too sweet though really. Feel is slightly thicker on the liquid for the style. A so-so pilsner. Not really bowled over by it, but it is drinkable enough I guess.

RblWthACoz, Aug 17, 2009
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 nickfl
3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A full finger of loose, white foam on top of a clear, yellow body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Sweet malt with some grainy notes. Very light hop aroma.

T - Grainy malt but no pilsner richness. A bit of hops flavor with low bitterness, otherwise clean.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad but not really a pilsner. This is very light and clean, more like an all-malt premium lager than a German Pils. Nothing offensive about it, just a bit bland.

nickfl, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
2.45/5  rDev -22%
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.

Slatetank, May 21, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
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

StonedTrippin, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of WesWes
2.65/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

WesWes, May 29, 2006
Photo of smcolw
2.85/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

smcolw, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of Gavage
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear pale yellow in color with a 1/4" head that breaks apart immediately. No lacing develops.

Smell: grass, hints of fruit sweetness, and a touch of bitterness are tough to pull out of the glass.

Taste: grainy malt is pretty mild here along with some grass, a piece or two of lemon zest, and a soft bitterness that creates a dull and slightly unbalanced beer. Just a bit too sweet as it needs a bit more bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Clean aftertaste. Lighter side of a medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: very average pilsner IMHO. After having the Heritage Alt from Erie, this was a bit of a letdown.

Gavage, Nov 13, 2007
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 stakem
2.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

stakem, Jun 03, 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 Georgiabeer
2.78/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Georgiabeer, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of akorsak
2.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 12 oz bottle served at Rotelli's in State College, PA.

A: The pils is a pale yellow color with a thick fluffy head.

S: The aroma is a thin grainy malt aroma, no spicy earthy hops.

T: The taste is a thin, grainy malt. The dirtiness of the earthy hops never quite emerges, leaving a cereally malt that is not very good.

M: The mouthfeel is a grainy, ordinary malt body that is quite thin and quickly disappears.

D: Pass on this one, the hops never emerge, leaving the flavor flat.

akorsak, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of Zorro
3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled through ClockworkOrange and CA - PA BIF.

A clear sunny yellow colored beer with a strong white head.

Smell is sweet and bready with a lot of yeast aroma, there is a bit of biscuit too. Hops are herbal, grassy and lemony and not too strong.

The taste starts out very bready and malty with a lemony hop after taste. Quite grainy with a very mild hop flavor that keeps coming up lemon. Really more of a lager but it is good.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer I guess. I would have expected more of a hop bite but this is OK.

Zorro, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

ejimhof, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +27.4%

wrightst, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Stinkypuss, Jun 20, 2012
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Presque Isle Pilsner from Erie Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.