Gadzooks Pilsner | Big River Grille & Brewing Works

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Big River Grille & Brewing Works
Florida, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-11-2003

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by Loki:
Photo of Loki
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served a pale yellow color with no head and no lacing at all.

Aromas of malt and Hallertauer hops. The hop aroma is distinctly Hallertauer. Not much else besides the hops and malt.

Tasted of malt and well Hallertauer hops. The body is very light and it is a refreshing beer, but there is not much there. Nothing that will wow you, or even really impress. Finishes very crisp and clean.

Much better than the Southern Flyer, but still leaves much to be desired. IMHO.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow in color.
Aroma of malts and Hallertau hops.

Taste is on the sweet side. Lacking in hops for a pilsner. Hops are present at the finish, but lacking prior to that.

Light body and mouthfeel.
Average drinkability.

Overall, a decent beer, but lacking the typical pilsner crispness.

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Photo of Kevincredible
2/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of Gmann
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of philbe311
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A pale golden color... A faint frothy latte like white head quickly fades leaving a delicate but enticing lacing... Moderate carbonation throughout...

S - Mild, but pleasant... Grainy with european hops...

T - Slightly sweeter than most traditional german pilsners... European hops... Mild grains... Crust... Perhaps the slightest hint of ginger...

M - Crisp and clean... Light to medium bodied... A very lush and enjoyable feel... Easy drinking...

D - A very mild, but still respectable pilsner...

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes from my trip to Florida.

#1 of the night. Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Came without a head. Super clear golden yellow.

3.5 S: Clean and grainy. Light grassy hops.

3.5 T: Incredibly clean. Light graininess and light neutral maltiness. Just a touch of grassy hop flavor.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Good moderate carbonation. Crisp and super smooth.

4.0 D: Incredibly drinkable. So super clean. Could be a bit tastier, but definitely possible to drink a few in a night.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
2.49/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a pils fan but this one was bad

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Big River Bar & Grille (Disney) in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow in color with moderate to significant amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: There is a light to moderate amount of graininess, moderate amounts of grassy hops, and light hints of citrus hops.

T: The flavors of the grainy malts combine nicely with the bitterness of grassy and citrus hops. There is a light almost spiciness in the finish with a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Very easy to drink, very enjoyable, and quite refreshing. This is a sessionable beer that I would be happy to have a couple at one sitting. In the hot summer weather in Florida, this beer is easy to drink and the lower ABV is appreciated.

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Photo of hopdog
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Disney World Boark Walk location.

Poured a lighter yellow color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas and tastes of grass and straw. Don't think it was the vacation, but I really didn't get anything else out of this one. Lively body. With the low alcohol and softer tastes, you could probably down a bunch of these on a hot Florida day...

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Photo of MPSTARR
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of griffiam03
1.75/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An average Pilsener but light on the distinctive Saaz hopping of European Pils. The body is a clear golden hue, the head is pure white, and the lacing is fairly modest. The light nose gives malt notes and the flavor is very bready and out of balance for a Pilsener style beer. Not overly sweet, but the body feel is less crisp than normal for the style. Drinkable beer despite its shortcomings.

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Photo of Huntor0
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Lare453
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of giblet
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is the beer that i kept going back to while at epcot. during a hot sunny afternoon this light pilsner quenched the thirst. pale yellow color with medium head and carbonation. good taste with mild hint of grain and hops. not a strong beer but one you can chug down and settle the dust!

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of kmpitz2
3.79/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Thsi beer poured a a very pale yellow color with a ring of head and a very active carbonation bubble. The nose had a slight spicey noble hop, but not a lot more in there. The flavor had a really nice saaz hop, with a bit of a grainey/grassey character, but with the hop it was rather pleasing. The feel was a nice moderate, with a little more body that I expected. Very refreshing and crisp. I liked the hop a lot. It all worked rather well together.

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Photo of Chincino
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap at the Big River Grille & Brewing Works in May 2010. It was a good beer for a hot Florida night because it was light, refreshing, and easy to drink not to mention the low abv. The beer poured a light to medium yellow with a small amount of white head. It had good carbonation and an earthy aroma. The beer had a slight spicy taste to it and was smooth to the taste. Again, a good florida beer.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.56/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden color with a pretty impressive pure white head.
Smell is sweet malt with a nice and mild german hop aroma.
Taste is pretty straight forward, very clean, crisp, lots of spicy hop character.
Mouthfeel is near perfect, very easy drinking and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of chilidog
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a good looking beer. Golden pale, white head that maintained fair. Lace was good and stuck.
The aroma had a hop to it with alittle grain.
The taste carried by the German hops with a backdrop of grass, matal and malt.
Carbonation was up on this medium bodied brew that added a soft, pillow like mouthfeel. It wasn't cotton like or whiped, just had a soft feel to it.
Drinkability, yes, refreshing cold.

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Photo of DIM
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a clear, very pale straw yellow color. It was served to me with a short, fizzy cap.

s: Moderate amounts of spicy hops and some biscuit.

t: On the mild side, but respectable. Spicy, dry hops balanced by biscuits and grains. Clean with no off flavors.

m: Fizzy carbonation and a slick body.

d: Pretty good pils, a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a pale yellow in color with a nice white cap

S: Faint, some light floral hops bit that is all

TL Taste is sweet, hops lacking, very offputting taste, some grains, stale, not crisp nor refreshing

M: Light body, low booze but the vlean crispness was not there and the taste was just flawed

O: Try if you must

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of allergictomacros
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A respectable brew. Sharp grassy hoppiness with some light citrus/grapefruit. and some graininess. Finishes decently bitter. Light body and color, some slight astringency. Not particularly challenging or interesting, but good, refreshing drinkability.

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