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Presque Isle Pilsner - Erie Brewing Co.

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Presque Isle PilsnerPresque Isle Pilsner

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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:
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(Beer added by: allboutbierge on 09-27-2002)
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Photo of nick76
3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is malty and watery with a hint of grassy hops. The appearance is very pale gold with an average head that falls pretty fast. The flavor is like the aroma with more hops than expected with adds some semblance of balance. The palate is thin. Overall this is a good example of the style. Its pretty refreshing.

nick76, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of sinistrsam
3.95/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

sinistrsam, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of kinger
3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crisp, light, and completely quaffable. Light straw golden color with a tall white head, splotchy lacing, and lively carbonation. Considerably creamy and well received. Flavor is nice but relatively basic for the style. Nice light maltiness, I detected a touch of sourness toward the end. A handful of these could quickly and easily vanish, this is one drinkable brew.

kinger, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spouthern German pilsner style.

A: Pours a pale golden straw color with a fluffy white head.

S: There is some light herbal hopping on the nose and along with some fresh grains.

T: The hopping is spicy for flavor and the malt is light cereal grains, german malt based. The palate is crisp and refreshingly light with decent flavor per style.

M: light with some a touch of lemony citrus and sourness in the finish.

D: Overall a good german pilsner, light refreshing and easy to drink.

beerthulhu, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.95/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean golden/ yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet maltiness, pils/ saaz hops, and touch of skunkiness until it warms up. In the taste, sweet to dry maltiness, small saaz hops all the way through. A small bitterness and a medium to small mouthfeel, with a dry small hop aftertaste. Nice hops all the way through, the touch of skunkiness scared me, but it went away. Nice, but just about average.

OWSLEY069, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of MmmIPA
4.1/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

MmmIPA, Sep 08, 2008
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 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 bluejacket74
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear bright straw gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is a bit light, I can smell sweet and bready malt along with some grassy/floral hops. Unfortunately the hops don't show up much in the taste at all. It tastes mostly like sweet and some bready malt, I think it tastes more like a regular macro lager than a pilsner. However, the taste isn't offensive at all. Mouthfeel/body is light but not watery, and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. Overall it's a decent beer, but it's not something I would go out of my way to seek out. With that being said, I would drink it again and it is enjoyable to drink on a hot day.

bluejacket74, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Presque Isle Pilsner poured a clear yellow wheat color with very little foam head with the tiny bubble emanating from the bottom of the glass.

The smell was buttery. The taste was mild pretty similar to some of the great American macros. The mouth feel was faint with not much in the way of leaving much. It did leave some tingling on the tip of the tongue. Overall a fairly plain Pilsener.

cswhitehorse, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is see-through straw yellow. A half finger of Italian ice head separates it from a Bud. Otherwise, it's a Bud Light twin.

The smell is a bitter Hallertauer-ish hop aroma. Has a decent lagery but bready pub beer aroma. Decent.

The taste is sour apple in the first sip; could be the yeast or the softening of some hops. There is a slight bitterness to the hop that is flowery and a little grassy. There is a butterscotchy note toward the end. Pretty good.

The feel is buttery and medium bodied. A little bit of ginger ale fizz. It's a sorta watery bittersweet drink. Sour apple & butterscotch. A decent, pleasant pils.

williamherbert, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of perfectkaos
2.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another Erie Beer that I used to drink a lot more frequently, but haven't tasted in years. Picked this one up in a mix a six pack mostly to add the bottle to my collection.

poured into my Circus Boy The Hefeweizen! weizen glass... its pale yellow with about half an inch of white foam head. smell is uninteresting. typical american lager aroma.

taste is pretty mild. pretty much akin to any american maco lager or euro lager from the good parts of europe (aka not dutch)

this is pretty much a micro clone of a style thats been played out by the big three american breweries. its not bad, but its not spectacular either. The only reason to buy this beer instead of a cheaper more mass produced lager is the fact that it gets its "house flavor" from clean unfiltered Erie municipal water. mmm

perfectkaos, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of demitriustown
3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle: Minty hop aroma, pilsener malts, and a little bit of sulfur. Bottle has a half finger worth of head and a clear straw color. Taste is clean and crisp. Light Orange/lemon taste, graham cracker pilsener malt characteristic with a bit of honey. Palate is wonderful. Overall, This is a really good pilsener in my honest opinion. This is an excellent session beer and would be better at any party than a Bud Light or miller. Cheers!

demitriustown, Jun 17, 2008
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 animal69
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear light yellow w/ a fluffy white head which dissipates quickly leaving a decent lacing in my pilsn glass ; not a strong smell at all, some faint diacetyl and floral hop aromas, a hint of steely grain ; flavor is a bit watery, a bit crisp at first with more cereal grains and hints of butter and minerals, some noble hops present but not really noticeable, crisp finish ; dry light body with a great deal of co2 ; a quaffable brew for sure, but not really an impressionable pilsner...

animal69, May 25, 2008
Photo of mhewes
2.73/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

mhewes, May 08, 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 RedBaron
4.45/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

RedBaron, May 07, 2008
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 sulldaddy
3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle a little bit ago and am sampling it at cellar temp poured into a pint glass.
The beer pours a bright clear gold color almost like champagne. A fizzy bleached white head foams up 1.5 cm and fades gradually to a sturdy and rocky surface layer.
Aroma is slightly grainy and a little sugary/corn syrupy. Not too much of a hop profile, maybe some floral notes.
First sip reveals a light body and very fine fizzy carbonation that tingles on my palate with each sip.
The flavor is fairly sweet and sugary up front and rolls to a bit of herbal and grassy finish. The flavor that lingers is a little herbal but not really bitter.
This is a decent beer but it is a little too sweet for me. No hint of ABV and it is very easy to drink. Not sure I would buy again, but it is an ok beer.

sulldaddy, Mar 02, 2008
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.

johnnyirishman, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of iceball585
3.85/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

iceball585, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of cooncat
2.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving from a fresh bottle, poured into my special Sam Adams glass for optimal reviewing.

A vigorous pour produces only a half a finger of paper white head, which dissipates completely in short order. There is some sheeting upon swirling the glass, but even this lacing disappears. Color is a very pale yellow gold, which you could achieve by placing one drop of yellow food coloring into 16 oz. of water.

The nose is very light. What I can detect of hops is faint and non-descript (due to its lightness). A light butter cookie sweetness is also detectable, which, I assume, represents the malts.

Taste follows the nose, i.e., very light. This tastes like a low carb light macro lager. About the most constructive thing I could say is that it is balanced ... neither hop nor malt make any showing (and obviously, the 4.2% abv doesn't show either). Mouthfeel is thin and light, disappointing even for a pilsner. I would say drinkability is average, as it probably would be refreshing on a hot day, if water isn't available.

One can do much better for a Pilsner for the same money as what this goes for ($28 case). I would suggest my favorite pilsner, Victory Prima Pils or Pilsner Urquell for the same money, and for a much better beer. Sorry to say that I cannot recommend this, except for perhaps someone looking for a "lite" beer that isn't labeled as such.


cooncat, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy straw color with a short-lived thin white head. Aroma is lightly sweet with malt and notes of noble hops. Taste is some malt early followed by a little hop bitterness that actually lingers some. Not a real crisp finish here.

Light to medium in body, well carbonated and pretty smooth overall. Good drinkable beer but it seems off target.

ZimZamZoom, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of dmamiano
2.15/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

dmamiano, Nov 18, 2007
Presque Isle Pilsner from Erie Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.