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Presque Isle Pilsner - Erie Brewing Co.

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176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | 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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tugdriver7

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grass. Remember chewing on a stalk of grass or straw as a kid while enjoying a rest in the shade on a hot summer day? This beer poured a beautiful golden color in the glass, with a foamy head that happily impeded the first few sips. But the scent in the nose when I raised the glass to my mouth was grass--straw to be exact. Clean, fresh and summery. The mouthfeel was surprisingly full to moderate; and the taste as expected, clean malt with a hint of grassy hops. The malt peeked through a bit more as the glass warmed, but that's where the taste stopped. Not much more there. In fact, I kept wondering when the taste would show up. But just a tad watery on the end. That said, very fresh, drinkable beer that would be wonderful while... enjoying a rest in the shade on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 19:03:04 | More by tugdriver7
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cichief

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD. Pours a nice clean gold, with a beautiful white head. It has a slight malty scent, with a decent flowery-hops overtone. It begins slightly sweet for the style, but finishes fairly dry. Malty and hoppy, fairly well balanced. It was not overly carbonated, thin to medium on the tongue. A decent warm weather drink, but not a great pils!

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2007 01:34:04 | More by cichief
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Osiris9588

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2007 19:09:21 | More by Osiris9588
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I bought a mix case of Erie Brewing Company beer several weeks ago at Chester County Beverage. 8 each of Mad Anthony's Ale [awful] Presque Isle Pilsner [pretty good] and Railbender Ale [really good]. So for $29 it is almost a worthy purchase for 2/3rds of the case.

The undeniable truth is this beer drinks VERY easily. A little dull... maybe but, it has a few flaws but still is certainly easy drinking.

Appearance: Pours perfectly clear pale straw yellow color, with a big white head the rises to the top of my Brooklyn Flute Glass and fades quickly leaving no lace. The carbonation bubbles are big and rise slowly through the body of the beer.

Smell: Cereal grain and corn husks with odd almost tart fruity bitter hide in the bosom of the beer. The aroma does require some searching but is it not bad.

Taste: Start off with grain and corn husk bitterness that reminds me a bit of Straub. It has a Macro element but is pleasant in it own right. It is straightforward with a touch of sweetness and a sour earthy small Saaz hop element. That is my one complaint. A bigger hop character would add more depth to this Pilsener. The finish has a lingering sour grain bitterness that fades in short order.

Mouthfeel: Small. clean crisp uninspired but easy through the palate.

Drinkability: This is what the beer is about. Drinkability. It is a hot weather summertime chugger! poundable refreshing and at 4% you can drink a case and still stand.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 07:00:43 | More by Phatz
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- golden yellow in color with white head

S- hard to pick up. Malt? corn? I don't know

T- boring. some malt with a dry finish. similar to a BMC lager

M- light body with light carbonation.

D- this is an all around boring non-offensive beer with a low ABV. Its pretty easy to drink but hard to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 19:44:23 | More by PittBeerGirl
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 23:18:52 | More by tgbljb
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aluskungs

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 02:25:15 | More by aluskungs
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 13:53:47 | More by BuckeyeNation
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 02:01:55 | More by akorsak
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 23:22:10 | More by oberon
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

2.42/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 23:24:24 | More by JohneHoodlum
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 20:14:31 | More by plaid75
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dansm

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into 16 oz. glass
A-Nice, clear yellow color with a little white head.

S-Aroma somewhat grainy with a hint of citrusy hops.

T-Taste is a litte weak. Floral hints on top of malt.
Very light hops at the end.

M-Nice dry feel, with a bit of carbonation.

D-This is a pretty drinkable beer. Nice and light.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 22:16:59 | More by dansm
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ski271

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear, pale gold with a small, foamy, white slowly diminishing head. Smells of mild malts, moderate unimpressive hops, citrus, berry, grain and cereal. The taste follows suit but with some yeast and more berry. It has a light-medium body, lightly dry texture and very lively carbonation. This one had way to much floral & berry presence for me. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t anything worth having again.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 19:13:19 | More by ski271
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jsbrendle

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I just had my first bottle of this, I was unfamiliar with the brand & did not realize it had made it in to our market. I found the beer to have some hints of grain and grass in the aroma. I was unimpressed by the faint hopping. It seemed a bit sharp in its finish, perhaps a touch too much carbonation. It wasn't a bad example of a micro-brewed lager style beer. I don't think I would have called it a "Pils" though. I liked it well enough to want to try more of their product, but I doubt I'll be ordering it too often. Much better PA-made Pilseners to pick from (Stoudt's, Victory's & the badly-missed Dockstreet Bohemian, at least in my fading memory). I figure an overall rating should show it to be solidly "average".

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2006 16:08:54 | More by jsbrendle
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WesWes

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 21:45:23 | More by WesWes
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eze153

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 00:06:45 | More by eze153
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brewQ

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 00:35:59 | More by brewQ
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TheOtherMike

Michigan

2.15/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2004 17:25:50 | More by TheOtherMike
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JackTheRipper

Pennsylvania

1.68/5  rDev -46.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2004 21:10:30 | More by JackTheRipper
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Beerparrot

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Give me some of these beers anytime, when all you want is a beer with with a crisp taste, no aftertaste, nice aroma, slightly floral, slightly hoppy. This is an unobtrusive pilsner. Clean tasting and one that can go with pizza or fish or a sandwich. Don't let it get out of date though, I had some past their dates, while still drinkable they were not as crisp and clean as the freshly brewed batch. Still Erie Brewing does a great job of brewing.
Am I wrong or did Erie recently change brewers and maybe the formula for this beer. Seems I recall something happening the summer of 2003 that would account for thetaste change.
Still a decent drinking beer though not an exceptional one.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2004 04:46:58 | More by Beerparrot
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice bright golden beer topped by a decent white head. Distinctly hoppy aroma, but it seems restrained a bit. The taste starts off suprisingly bitter, with a bit of a biscuit maltiness in the mid that gives way to a bitter finish. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side for the hop levels. Lingering bitternes diminishes the drinkability. Decent, but the least of the three regular offerings from Erie.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2003 21:06:16 | More by aaronh
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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".

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2002 14:09:50 | More by NeroFiddled
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 16:38:58 | More by WVbeergeek
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2002 11:58:04 | More by ElGuapo
Presque Isle Pilsner from Erie Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.