Trumer Pils
Trumer Brauerei Berkeley

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #67
Ranked #21,762
3.86 | pDev: 12.69%
Trumer Brauerei Berkeley
California, United States
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Notes: Trumer Pils is an exquisite pilsner brewed with dedication to craftmanship that is signature of its proven heritage. Trumer Pils’ aromatic nose, vigorous carbonation, and dry finish will satisfy the most demanding palate.
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brewerburgundy from Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

19.2oz can, white wine glass, best by 11/6/21.

Crystal clear light gold with a loose, large bubbled white head.

Pilsner malt through and through. Slight noble hop spice.

Hit of earthy, spicy hops up front followed by that bready, grainy malt. It’s super clean with a moderate bitterness and a little sulphur.

It’s a bit soft for a pils. The body is right, but the carbonation is softer than usual.

It’s clearly a good pils.

Jul 26, 2021
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barneyrubble from Colorado

3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L=Lemonade yellow/light gold and about 85% transparent. Small 1/2F head of white foam settles quickly with no lace.

N- Fresh rye bread, some spicy hops.

T- Light bitterness at first with some barley as a secondary note. Drying green hops prevail with a roundness form the barley. No cereal taste but rather a laid back underlying hint of sweetness masked by the hops. A light yeasty tang is easier to detect as the beer warms a bit.

M- Medium carbonation with very fine bubbles. Dry metallic feeling on the tongue. Some fullness due to concentration of carbonation, and a bit of cloying thickness on the back of the throat.

O- Nicely balanced with no sharp edges and a dry overall character. Definitely warming up to this beer over time.

Jul 06, 2021
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

How is this not a world class rated pils? I had heard good things about it at a bar or two but then it really caught my eye after winning Beer Temple's pils comparison a bit ago. Being in Chicago we have our pick of great beers and the Beer Temple guys know a thing or two about beer. So after trying it, I can see why it won the competition. It has the perfect balance of sweet/bitter and soft/crisp mouthfeel. It's a pretty beer that wouldn't scare off even the 15 year old neophyte beer drinker. It could use a longer finish maybe but aren't pilsners supposed to be crisp and short in the pallet? I could sip this all night long and never get bored or tired of it. I love the 12 pack of 12oz cans too. Don't pass it up. Just because it's not from a New England brewery doesn't mean it can't be world class.

Jun 26, 2021
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5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love Pilsner and this is the best Pilsner that I’ve ever had. It’s got perfect happiness and a great finish, I’m just sad that it’s not sold in Arizona.

May 27, 2021
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I could have sworn I review this but guess I missed it, time to rectify the situation. Had on tap. Crystal clear golden body with a white head, visible carbonation. Smells grainy with grassy hops with a cereal malt sweetness. Taste is almost oaty, with cereal sweetness meeting lightly bitter grains, grassy and floral hops. Crisp, clean, light, and generally an easy going beer. Little thin and sweet for more pils preferences but ok

May 15, 2021
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A local brewery that revived a 400 year old Austrian recipe. Last night I tried out pilsner urquell which is the flagship czech lager, now it's time to try the German variety of Pilsner. Happy to try this out of cans as I am leery of the skunking caused by the green bottles. Champagne like body. Wow, the nose on this one is different from most pilsners i've had. It has a wine or grape like scent. Detect some lemon and tart character and then it's grassy and a bit of noble hops. The malt backbone is cracker. Light bodied but not thin or without personality. Champagne like. Goes down easily with only a tinge of bitterness. This is perfect for warm weather. I would call this a session beer but the wine like aroma does throw me off a little bit. I wonder what's causing that? I guess I can get over it, as it gives it a slightly sour like quality which I like. Trumer Pils is graded a solid B.

May 01, 2021
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lighter golden in body. Crisp, clean, mildly floral, not watery at all, light cracker and pilsner malt. Lighter medium in body, crisp carbonation, mild bitter floral and touch of lemon that gives way to grainy malt. Pretty solid, though not spectacular.

Oct 21, 2020
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden clear color with nice white head. Nice looking beer
Smell is a bit of bread, grass and pepper lemon.
Tastes is crisp and clean with just a touch of all of the flavored in the nose. Nothing over powers it. Very little bitterness. Crisp and clean as hell. Easily one of the beat pilsners in the world.

Aug 13, 2020
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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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Jugs_McGhee from Oklahoma

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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