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Presque Isle Pilsner - Erie Brewing Co.

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Presque Isle PilsnerPresque Isle Pilsner

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Ratings: 175
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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Photo of jman42

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 13:17:27 | More by jman42
Photo of MikalMick


3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

07-08-2012 01:42:48 | More by MikalMick
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 21:41:13 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of wander4

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

05-30-2012 22:02:41 | More by wander4
Photo of abcramer


3/5  rDev -4.5%

05-24-2012 01:58:49 | More by abcramer
Photo of dugly2ugly


2/5  rDev -36.3%

05-10-2012 00:47:03 | More by dugly2ugly
Photo of ejimhof


3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

04-09-2012 02:13:33 | More by ejimhof
Photo of DaveBlack


3.98/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 00:09:56 | More by DaveBlack
Photo of drperry11

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -4.5%

02-10-2012 00:22:37 | More by drperry11
Photo of blazinworm


3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

02-08-2012 00:24:29 | More by blazinworm
Photo of SATBMan


3/5  rDev -4.5%

02-04-2012 19:27:39 | More by SATBMan
Photo of Dave128


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - A rigorous pour yields a finger head that dissipates quickly. Slightly cloudy golden straw color. No lacing and barely any head sticks around.

S - Smells of grassy grains and noble hops.

T - Rather inoffensive and clean. I can't really taste the hops...

M - Light bodied with heavy carbonation.

O - An easy going pilsner that is clean but doesn't really present anything special to the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 22:50:11 | More by Dave128
Photo of Rob315


3/5  rDev -4.5%

01-06-2012 13:17:37 | More by Rob315
Photo of IdrinkGas


2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

01-04-2012 02:00:34 | More by IdrinkGas
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow with a thin lacing of loose head that has little retention. The smell is soapy at first, but once the head settles it's a little more grassy. The taste is light malt, grassy hops, and a slight lemony note. The mouthfeel is very light with a good amount of carbonation.

This is a rather weak, lightly flavored pilsner. I probably would look for something with a little more flavor and body.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 02:09:46 | More by tdm168
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

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 16:59:44 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of tclapper

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -4.5%

12-05-2011 02:43:23 | More by tclapper
Photo of YoItsBeerTym


4/5  rDev +27.4%

11-28-2011 00:16:46 | More by YoItsBeerTym
Photo of micromaniac129


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

Hazy golden color, moderate carbonation and a very little foamy cap.
Aroma is lightly smelling of malts but has a more ale scent then pils.
Taste a bit like a pils but watery or washed out. Also notes of toasted malts and biscuits.
I did't really care much for this beer. It doesn't know what it wants to be.
Appearance was off aroma was boring and taste was... well it was in general a rather lackluster beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 13:44:43 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of Boto


3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle: Last of 4 in a variety case. This one pours a clear, golden yellow color. There was a bit of a white head on it. It lingers awhile and leaves some lacing. Milder aroma. Faint grains, grassiness and maybe a hint of lemon. The taste is a bit thin also. Just a faint touch of bitterness, with a lighter body to it. Decent enough, but fairly unexciting. It would make a good lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 20:25:15 | More by Boto
Photo of chefhatt


3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured the beer into a pint glass, it has a golden body with a white fizzy head. The smell has some grain smell and a little lemon. The taste is crisp, with a hint of hops, and some citrus. The mouth feel is dry and crisp. Overall this is a average beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 03:19:47 | More by chefhatt
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presque Isle is a fairly serviceable, if rather pedestrian, take on the German pils from way up in Northern PA. No bottled on date on this Pilsener makes me sad.

The Good:

Good clarity, an attractive bubbly beer with a head that sticks around even after faltering. Fine sharp carbonation, mineral-water body, drinkable. Fairly balanced. No off flavors.

The Not-So-Good:

No German hops detected here, fairly American-standard bitterness, not very subtle or complementary. Odd mash tun-esque grainyness, husky. Clumsy, but not bad. Easy to drink, but not very well crafted.

I dunno... this is a pretty good local, American German Pils... I mean if you live in PA or nearby and can get this cheap, I would drink it again. It doesn't really stand out, though. Simply decent, needs tweaking to really be a contender.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 03:26:28 | More by kkipple
Photo of Tone


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

Pours a slightly, hazy maize color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of grain, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hop, and a hint of butter. Overall, good aroma, but the butter flavor is a major drawback.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 20:45:22 | More by Tone
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 23:57:34 | More by stakem
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2011 23:06:59 | More by Knapp85
Presque Isle Pilsner from Erie Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.