Gilde Pilsener | Brauerei Gilde

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Brauerei Gilde

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2002

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by Latarnik:
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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Photo of Weizenmensch
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A brief review.

The first pour is exceptional - perfect rate of head formation, looks absolutely great in the glass - liquid gold. Full marks for appearance. Smell is nice, grassy, above average but not exceptional. Taste is very satisfying - bitter, a little herbal, even a little bready, but clearly a fine beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and very nice, and drinkability is exceptional, apart from the slight skunkiness lingering in my mouth (although this is clearly due to the imported sample, and would not exist on tap).

Overall, this is not a pilsener to be overlooked. Not the holy grail, but way better than its demure label might suggest.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of vinivini
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice golden color with a bright white head that holds well, then drops to a nice collar and leaves some minor lace. Surprisingly, this is a fresh bottle that hasn't been skunked! The aroma is mainly of spicy hops backed by a grainy maltiness. My guess would be that the hops are Saazer, although I wouldn't be surprised if there's some Hallertau or Hersbrucker in there as well. The body is medium-light with a very fine, and quite crisp carbonation. The flavor is a balance of spicy hop flavor and grainy maltiness, backed by a solid bitterness. The finish is dry and lingering with some maltiness, light hop flavor, and definite bitterness. An excellent German Pils, but in all honesty, I prefer Bitburger for it's sharper crispness or Warsteiner for its more rounded edges. Still an excellent beer at a great price. If only more Heineken drinkers would try this and learn of its finesse!

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Photo of tone77
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a rich gold color with a 1 inch head. Aroma is mild and slightly sweet. Tasteis so-so. Hoppy and a tad bitter. Feels light and bitter in mouth. Drinkability is average. Overall this is a mediocore beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.23/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured a clear gold with a thin, frothy with head that soon dissipated leaving a slight rim lacing. Visible carbonation was light.

S: There was a slight skunkiness upon opening which thankfull didn't translate to much to the actual nose. There was some light grains, fresh barley but was extremely light and had to work to get much of a scent.

T: light, with some dried sweet buttery grains, with a grassy finish. There was some cabbage as well with some hay notes coming through as well.

M: light, buttery, with a slight sour hopping and fresh grass on the swallow with a soft carbonation presence.

D: A pass on this one is simple enough

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Photo of Kulrak
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a small amount of creamy/bubbly head that takes a while to fade and laces the glass. Smells faintly of noble hops, but otherwise fairly clean. Tastes kinda dry but with a lot of noble hop flavor and enough bitterness to finish a little sour. Mouthfeel is very soft and creamy, very good. Overall, one of the better german pilseners I've had.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Odd to find this at the Ironwood Grill in Indiana. Pours a very light peach with a white head. Head goes quick but leaves some decent lacing. Smells very strongly like a pilsener. Fruity and spicy at the same time. Tastes very crisp and fresh. An impressive contrast between the malts on the top and the hops at the end. A nice well rounded Pils. Feels lite and crisp with a great aftertaste. And this is a beer I could pound for a bit. Not a bad brew at all. Very clean and fresh.

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Photo of djcira
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of joecast
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

best before 12/06.

typical clear light yellow. highly carbonated with thin white fizzy head. pouring in the last third of the beer increases the head slightly.

aroma is nice, but lacking some strength in the hop profile. a bit of grassiness comes out more as it warms, but still nothing too impressive.

pretty good taste, but im easy to please. hops are evenly spread between bitter and flavor (have i said that before?), but niether really sticking out. backed up by enough malt to make it interesting, but not too sweet.

yeah, pretty standard overall. like most though, i wouldnt mind them being a bit more upfront with the hops.

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Photo of drmeto
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned Version
-pours a clear straw golden with a medium to big,foamy,grey head
-medium carbonation visible
-grassy,fresh grain,spicy,herbal,green apple
-honey,chalky,grassy,spicy,fresh grain
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
A really solid North German Pilsener.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rare foray out of CANdy Land and into Green Bottle World for yours truly. I spied it in the cooler at New Danville 6-Pak and was so intrigued, I shelled out a whole $2.00 to give it a shot.

My pour netted two fingers' worth of thin, bone-white head that was falling as quickly as I could pour. Color was a light golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled exactly as it should for the style - there was the characteristic lager sweetness initially, but then the Saaz hops made their appearance and my mouth began to water. This bottle had been well tended in its transit and the lightly skunky smell was hops, NOT light-struck. Fresh, too. No floaters or lees in the bottom of the bottle when I had emptied it. Mouthfeel was medium with a light, grassy hop flavor on the tongue. Grass and hay were the prevalent flavors. My my, this was really good. Finish was bone-dry, extremely refreshing on a hot afternoon. I would say that it is worth seeking out except that it only comes in a green bottle and you would be taking a chance on a skunked bottle.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What we have here is a decent German Pils; a bit light for my taste, I'm used to Belgians. But heck, I bought a case of it (reasonably priced) and have a Gilde Pilsener stemmed glass, so you can't say I'm not a fan of it. One might say that I'd drink a beer of this style as another person chooses to drink Lite.

This beer has a nice maltiness that lingers throughout. I prefer a Pilsener with a stronger hop bite to it, however, this beer has it's share of hops to it, something low alpha and non-noble like Hersbrucker. -Moreso in the aroma than taste, though- One thing that impressed me about this beer is the fact that it tasted fresh, I was afraid that the local beer distributor was possibly selling me an old skunked case. I guess I shouldn't doubt things so much. Anyhow, it's a good crisp German Pils.

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Photo of EPseja
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one after a hot day working in the yard, served at fridge temperature in a pilsener glass.

A: Pours a medium pale golden yellow color with an inch of uniform, meringue-y head. Decent lacing. Crystal clear body with moderate streams of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Very clean.

S: To repeat my last remark -- clean. Medium European hops (I have to study up and learn them better by name), and a slightly organic malt nose. Good, but not particularly noteworthy for the style.

T: The first thing on the tongue is the nice, lightly effervescent sweetness of the malts. In the middle, the hops make their appearance, and the finish reveals a crisp, medium dry sweetness with just a whisper of hops. Nicely rounded.

M: Slightly watery in the beginning, but opens up to a sheer-bodied smoothness that makes it easy to drink without sacrificing the fact that you're drinking a "real beer". Carbonation is active without being fizzy. Very nice.

D: The combination of the above described mouthfeel with the clean taste makes this one very easy to drink, and especially thirst quenching. Add to that the fact that you can get this above average pilsener for $5.00 a six-pack or $18.00 a case and you've got an excellent example of "drinkability synergy".

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Photo of jonb5
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of apintofknowledge
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This selection came in a “Beers of the World” 8-pack I received for Christmas. The beer poured a golden-straw hue, with a typical mild pilsner aroma. Much more flavorful than many pilsners I’ve had in the past. Nice sweet mild malt comes across first. Then, the hops, which were very present, not bitter but spicy, especially in the finish… a very nice surprise in the end. Good carbonation and mouthfeel for the style.

Just noticing from the small number of reviews that this isn’t a very commonly found brew… too bad, since its well worth seeking out...

I just recently saw it for $4.99 a six-pack at Shoprite Liquors in NJ... definetely the best "bang-for-the-buck" I can think of.

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Photo of AAG
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kdrobb2k
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was this or my in Laws macro. I purchased the Gilde and was pleasantly surprised. Poured like the macro kind of piss yellow. The aroma was slightly better. No lacing but who cares. The taste was somewhat hoppy and a little bitter. For the price this I can recommend this good basic Pilsner. It paired up great with a steak dinner. Do not expect great but it will be good.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of goindownsouth
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A surprising find at the local six-pack shop. A golden brew flowed from the 12 ounce green bottle. No freshness date indicated. The head was present, for a while, anyway, but quickly disappeared to a fine lace. A solid, yet medium body with surprising crispness, makes this a good brew for any occasion. Light malt and hoppiness are respectable on the finish of this Bier. A solid German pilsener, and well worth a try for the value it brings.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow gold body, alive with carbonation streams, maybe a slight chill haxe, topped by two finges of white micor-bubbles. Good lacing.

Asserive hay/grass aroma, but not skunked.

Small shot of malt on the tongue is quickly overrun by noble hops. Good thirst quenching nip at the swallow. Fairly clean finish, just some faint hop bitterness lingering on.

Light crisp mouthfeel. Refreshing and quenching on a hot August afternoon.

Keep the dreaded green bottles out of the light and you have a nice German pils with a bit of bite.

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Photo of skriv
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gilde Pilsener from Brauerei Gilde
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