Angel City Pilsner | Angel City Brewery

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Angel City PilsnerAngel City Pilsner

Brewed by:
Angel City Brewery
California, United States

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Gold Line Pilsner

A crisp golden lager brewed with traditional German and Czech hops, resulting in a slightly dry, hop-forward finish.
We can’t polka, but we can brew great beer. So in a city as diverse as the cars on its freeways, Angel City Pilsner is our homage to Los Angeles’ lager-loving Germans. The pilsner style, which was inspired by the traditional German lager, has been providing refreshment to beer drinkers since its humble beginnings inthe mid-nineteenth century. Today, pilsners have become some of the most popular beers in the world, so it only makes sense that we’d brew one for LA and beyond.

Added by Tone on 11-16-2013

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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by illy44:
Photo of illy44
2.08/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Angel City Pilsner advertises the use of German and Czech hops. So, you would think this might be a good Pilsner.
Was I wrong. Did I mention that in the fine print it talks about a hoppy finish?
If you like IPA and bitter hops, that's the beer for you. If you expect a good quality Pilsner, stay away.
It tastes bitter and hoppy like an IPA. No relation to a Pilsner. Good marketing from the Angel City brewery, I won't buy it again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Brim2theDregs
4.32/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As far as Pilsners go, this is on the more hoppy side. So if you're looking for a light hoppy brew this might be a good place to start. Aroma is bright/citrusy - rather pleasant for a pilsner. The taste is crisp and malty, but not overly so. It doesn't taste like a traditional German pils but it is a great brew nonetheless. I would say that reminds me of a pale ale and a lager mash up. Definitely worth a try if you're a fan of pilsners.

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Photo of adwband
3.99/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trubeernick
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kirbyderby
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mrcraft
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Gregaroo
2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Newport Coast Villa's pool bar. Confirmed why pilsners aren't my first choice in beers.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey golden color with a creamy foamy white head and nice dancing bubbles.

Smells of white bread, biscuits and crackers with some hop background.

The taste was great! A bit of a spicy peppery play across the tongue with a very crisp finish that has some bitter hops tailing the finish.

Mouth feel is light with a nice crisp finish.

Overall I was very happy with this pilsner! I have had some bad luck with this style as most of the pilsners I have come across have been skunked. This was almost a solid four rating with the taste popping up to four and a quarter. Good beer I look forward to purchasing again.

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Photo of mpalestino
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of evbro
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow with a medium sized white colored head.

Smells way spicy noble hop is strong in this one. Grassy and a little soapy. Scent of saffron and a slight sourness.

Starts out sweet and fairly bitter in the finish. Sweetness disappears and you get hit in the tongue with a lot of noble hop. Taste of saffron, grass and hay. Medium level of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a damn solid Pilsener and THIS comes from LA?

Wish they sold THIS at LAX instead of Gordon Biersch!

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BabaBeer
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hophead723
4.23/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I got a sixer of this to enjoy after work. I like the fact that it is brewed right here in LA.

Look: Pours a nice and clear golden straw color with a white wavering crown of lacing, lingering head. The richness of this pilsner is made apparent with these characteristics, as it indicates a hearty brew. The carbonation streams upwards in long strands from tiny nucleation sites at the bottom of the pint glass, forming pearl-like strands of minuscule bubbles that cling together like subatomic particles as they race upwards to fuel the head like a nuclear reaction.

Taste/Smell: The aromas and flavors of this pilsner are both unique and familiar, simultaneously subtle yet rich with a nutty honey malt right off the bat. Each gulp yields a crisp yet medium-bodied maltiness that reminds me of warm sunlight hitting amber waves of barley. But the hops are brilliantly on display here, with interwoven bursts of citral suggestions and pleasant pine backing up the overarching malty characteristics, subtle as they may be.

Overall: All of this flavor takes place in a zone that rests below ales but is in no way compromised due to its overall exhibition of the style which has gained a reputation for some as being too light and flavorless. This is a good example of how brewing beer properly can make something as enjoyable as a well-executed Pilsner.

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Photo of crob3888
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nugganooch
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery – Los Angeles Arts District
Served in a taster glass - 01/11/14

A: Golden blonde body with some visible chill haze and a healthy head of eggshell froth on top. Remarkable retention efforts here with loads of sticky ribbons and dots adhering to my glass.

S: Grainy bread like aromas from some undeniable Pilsner malt mixed with a bit of floral spice hops. Not terribly sweet on the nose with a pretty dry and clean scent overall.

T: Flavors follow suit with a steady malt base of grainy pilsner with some floral and herbal spice hops. Mild Lager yeast character is noted and there is a moderate amount of hoppy bitterness to the beer. The finish is fairly dry with no alcohol presence. Pretty refreshing and well crafted Pils.

M: Medium body hanging on the lower side with a lively carbonation and nice crisp drying finish. Slight dry bitterness to it but rather clean in the end.

D: This is a nice refreshing Pils and surprisingly good. With those very familiar characters of grainy bread, peppery spice hops, and Lager yeast.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brianmandell
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beermazter310
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Jstarr2517
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of floral hops. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hops, and a hint of adjunct (maybe). Overall, simple, weak flavors, and possible adjunct equate to an average pilsner, at best.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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