Trumer Pils
Trumer Brauerei Berkeley

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #44
Ranked #18,492
3.86 | pDev: 12.95%
Trumer Brauerei Berkeley
California, United States
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MattBeer from California

5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've searched quite a while for the best easy-drinking, well-crafted pilsner/lager. Firestone Lager is fantastic and is solidly in the second tier, which has 5-6 beers in it. STS is delicious and is probably tier 2/3.

Trumer Pils is the best. You could have one or you could have five. People with sensitive tummies can enjoy them. The price is right ($9 for 6) and the cans look cool and classy but not overdone.

And the beer! Holy crap the beer. I'm still looking for the best hazy IPA, the best dunkel weisse, the best quad...but I've got the best pilsner right here.

May 29, 2020
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AleManDan from California

4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! This is a Pilsner with some character. Bready but not sweet. Noble hops give it some subtle yet peppery hop bite and the mouthfeel is soft but finishes dry. It’s a hot day here in So. CA. More please!

Aug 24, 2019
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cjard from California

4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour- A nice bright yellow color with about two fingers worth of egg white-colored head

Smell- Was a pleasant almost lemony scent with a spicy hop characteristic.

Taste- Easy to drink with a light bitterness that lingered after. Very refreshing flavor with a subtle citrus flavor.

Feel- Very good carbonation that helped bring out the characteristics of the beer.

Overall I'd say this beer is a great representation of the pilsner style and is also a very good beer in its own right.

Jul 05, 2019
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beer_truth from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A great pilsner, has that bit of bready character but doesn't taste sweet. Just a touch of the malt sweetness and a little bite from the traditional noble hops. Perfect for sitting outside, eating fish tacos on the water, tasty but not filling or overpowering. A great example of a great style when done right. This one is done right.

May 22, 2019
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dtownbeerlover from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

There is not a better example of a true Pilsner brewed in America. If you like traditional pilsners with a slightly sweet finish but no lingering residue in the mouth this is the one. It is not going to please those who like the new style pilsners that have a hoppy characteristic to them, but for the majority of pilsner drinkers just looking for something crushable this is it.

Apr 22, 2019
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Myros from Washington

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle to a Stange. Enjoy by 3/30/2019.
Pours a brilliant, straw with a copious thick white head with strong retention.

Aroma is water-biscuit-like malt, moderately sweet. Light honey. Light sulfur. Moderate herbal and spicy hops. Very inviting.

Taste is a sweet, grainy malt with medium- high hop bitterness, and grassy noble hop flavor. It is highly attenuated and clean. Sulfur is moderate and appropriate for the style. A bitter aftertaste leaves me wanting another gulp.

Mouthfeel is a medium light body, crisp, refreshing, and medium high carbonation.

Overall, for an American-produced German pils, this is exceptional. We are lucky to have it available here in the states.

Feb 03, 2019
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farrago from New Jersey

3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finger’s worth of brilliant white foam, loosely woven and gone swiftly enough, based off of that the all but total lack of lacing not unexpected. Pale metallic sheen to the yellow gold colored liquid, mildly translucent, random solitary bubbles seem lost. Nose of spent yeast, corn syrup, toasted grains and even the grassiness comes off as dappled in something sweet, rich apricot, yellow apple to pear scents, lemon drop candy, lactose, finishing with a cleansing mineral water burst. Medium-bodied, good roundness which adds presence and palate coverage. The honey and malts control the attack but after that the bread dough, yeast, cracker to lemon pulp takes over. Oddly, seems more grassy here than in the nose. Soft floral notes help extend the apricot, red apple, pear to melon fruit. A lowkey and classically styled beer that surprises with its retronasal strength. Not much change as it warms, yet a solid chill helps the drinkability a lot. The best praise one can give it is that it tastes German.

Sep 04, 2018
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mehak from California

2.36/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

L: hazy, dark yellow. No head but I could have screwed up the pour.

S: light hops smell.

T: stronger hops but way less than an IPA. Unfortunately, it still seems to overpower anything else I might taste. I don't think this is the beer's fault but my poor taste.

F: light-medium body

O: it is a little refreshing but too hoppy for me (it isn't very hoppy, just too much for me).

Aug 18, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tall hefe glass. Slightly cloudy pale yellow color with good head and lacing. Sweet lemon smell. Slightly sharp grassy taste, crisp and refreshing. Good beer!

Jul 07, 2018
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beerman18 from California

4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I like the bitter IPAs but bought this beer for a customer we were having over for dinner. He mentioned he enjoyed Pilsners so I had my local beer purveyor recommend something and Trumer was at the top of her list. I have to say, to my surprise, this was a very smooth and flavorful beer. Blended beautifully with the beach BBQ we served. I might try this on my own some time.

Jun 22, 2018
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Purpleurkle from California

5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you live in the Bay Area and you like Pilsner, this should really be all you buy. Sweet nectar of the gods. Tastes like sour dough bread with a honey finish. Top quality.

May 29, 2018
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samtallica from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I had on my recent trip oversees. If there is such a thing as a perfectly balanced pilsner, this is it.

Body was light, but not too light. Hops were assertive, but not too assertive. Everything seems to mesh into a perfect crescendo of deliciousness.

I had many different beers in Germany and Austria, but this one stood out as one of the best. Please give it a try if you get the chance.

May 23, 2018
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FBarber from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can. Beer is a bright golden color - completely clear and quite effervescent. Thin fizzy white head dissipates steadily leaving no residual head or lacing.

Aroma is quite bready with some mildly sweet notes and a touch of grassy earthy hops on the back end. On point for the style.

Taste follows the nose with bready malts, some grassy hops and a light spicy touch. A hint of honey sweetness comes through.

Feel is light bodied with vibrant carbonation. Smooth with a mostly dry finish.

This is a classic example of the German pilsner style. Frankly it might be the best one brewed within the USA - figures since its an Austrian brewer. I will certainly be picking this one up again.

May 02, 2018
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CJNAPS from California

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Don't understand why it took me so long to try this one. Delicious !
Clear yellow color, head fizzes away pretty fast. but its one of the best flavored Pils I've had

Aug 27, 2017
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brief impression from a green bottle:

Clean looking and obviously filtered. Bright vibrant yellow beckons the drinker.

Ludicrously drinkable with dazzling subtleties throughout. Subtly spicy Noble hops lend this some nuance, help setting it apart from the pack - but it still has your traditional grassy hallertau character. Pilsner malt backbone. No off-flavours or faults. This is true to form fare.

Light-bodied. Crisp yet soft. Assertively carbonated yet not overcarbonated. Smooth. A bit dry, accentuating its scintilla of cracked grain.

A beer for all occasions, and a testament to the popularity of the pilsner style. This Austrian-American transplant would fool me in a blind tasting; it tastes exactly like the original (or, at least, my memory thereof). A classic that will please discerning drinkers and casual drinkers alike.


Aug 24, 2017
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TroubledMonk from California

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Solid Pils. Makes a soft visual impression but tastes like a contender. Definitely top 10 pills and love that it's a Cali native. Drink up ye sons of glory.

Jul 22, 2017
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Mason_Savoy from California

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super clear pilsner. It's the Crater Lake of beer clarity.

It's a go-to local beer. Generally a very good taste, though every now and then there's a bit more aftertaste, ever so slightly metalic.

Jun 01, 2017
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williamphelps from Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a light urine yellow gold color with beautiful little bubbles freaking up to a thin foamy full head. Aroma is of hoppy bread fresh bright and clean- lemon, lime, yeast, vanilla yogurt. Palate is also quite clean with citrus, pineapple, and tart grapefruit notes into some sweet doughy bread, yogurt yeast. Body is medium minus and really crisp and smooth. Pros nice bubbles and head, really nice balance of malt and hop notes, very little bitterness, effervescence is bright and tingling, super easy drinking and sessionable. Cons to some it might be too simple ("tastes like a beer"), a little sweet corniness on finish that I don't love. 92/100.

May 24, 2017
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a thin lacing of bubbles. Floral and lemon smell. Light body, not too much carbonation. Lemon and floral flavors with a little hop bite. Not my favorite style, but this is well done. The one departure from style is that it barely has any head.

May 15, 2017
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Flight at Uncorked at SFO, and at RAISE conference.
Hard for me to get to 4 w a pilsner but this is one of the best.

A) Bubbly golden clean body, with a bit of lace and retention.

S) Sunny cut hay, lemon, and biscuit.

T) Lemon herbal hop with a solid bitterness. Hop flavor lingers over dry malt base. Finish makes for excellent first or salad or seafood beer.

F) Moderate body with a long dry crisp finish. fresh

O: One of the best you can find. Up there with the best: König, Würzburger, etc.

May 12, 2017
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JayDubTrub from California

4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A PIls true to type, both thirst quenching with enough hop flavor to style - not sure if single hopped but expect a combo (Saaz, Hallertaur?). Brewed nearby in Berkeley so readily available...I served kegs at my wedding mid-July and they were tapped before we got through the ceremony, greedy peeps. My go to session beer, serve cold.

Apr 13, 2017
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tmiso from California

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

When not drinking an IPA I prefer a beer with strong good taste. Trumers, a Pils, meets the challenge. My go to pils in the past was Pilsner Urquel, but after the merger something changed.

Mar 07, 2017
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Phil-Fresh from California

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Grainy Pils malt with moderate flowery, floral hops.

A: Golden color, clear, with a uniform white head that quickly dissipates into the glass.

T: Moderately crisp, with a moderately malty flavor, with light sweetness followed by a moderately high hop bitterness that lasts through the finish with a dry finish.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Tasty; the beer has a clean and well attenuated malt character, but could be a bit crisper and the hops could be a bit more floral.

Feb 22, 2017
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz draft poured into a pint glass exhibits a pale straw yellow body and floats a 1/4in white head.
Aroma is flowers, lager yeast, and a hint of cracker malt.
Flavors are even more subtle. Slight lemony citrus within a nice noble hop and lager yeast balance.
Mouthfeel is clean and clear. I expected more crispness, but a fine pilsner, regardless.

Jan 25, 2017
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breadwinner from California

3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Herbal on the nose, there's some odd undercurrent of sourness throughout, almost like sourdough bread perhaps. Pils malt character less prominent than I'd anticipated. I dunno. Heard so much about Trumer as one of the few American* breweries to do lagers right, but this one never fully came together like I'd expected. Good pieces there, though, and maybe a fresher pint would do it more justice.

Dec 28, 2016
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