Trumer Pils | Trumer Brauerei Berkeley

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Trumer PilsTrumer Pils

Brewed by:
Trumer Brauerei Berkeley
California, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-11-2003

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Photo of JayDubTrub
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of tmiso
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.81/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of degueulasse
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The scent and taste of toasted herbs permeates this beer, a light and amply carbonated but flavorful drink that gives off the sense of fresh plants while also having a sort of musty flavor that seems like it might combine well with a cigar.

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Photo of John1985
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bought this in Whole Foods in Dublin so I'm not sure about the freshness. Nice gold color with decent finger of head; skunky aroma (green bottle) which eventually cleared. taste was pleasantly bitter and malt balance. Passable, but Just not that impressed considering the quality of beers available.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great summer beer. Nice straw color. Aroma is rather hoppy, especially since the hops are very subtle in the taste. Crisp, not heavy, and a surprisingly full flavored. One of my go to beers with meals, at it complements almost any dish.

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Photo of jcruelty
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I hate to use the cliches "crisp and refreshing" but real talk: this beer is crisp and refreshing. I'm drinking it straight out the bottle which probably diminishes the head and smell but it still tastes great. Cool that this is brewed in Berkeley. Need to check out that brewery sometime. Sometimes you just want a clean, direct pilsner and that this is!

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Photo of Beginner2
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an authentic Trumer Pils cylinder.
I tend to prefer the German Pilseners over the Czech because the Germans are maltier and fewer hops.
Trumer Pils has hops out of balance; so much that it really didn't even go with a light summer meal that included a slaw made mostly with cabbage.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!".
Truer Pils also is reviewed in "1001"book and, arguably, others could take its place.

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Photo of bofarr
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great little pilsner. Nicely hopped without being over the type. Crisp, refreshing and not too carbonated in the mouth. Excellent warm day brew or session beer for a late night at the office.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very faint yellow pour, good clarity, solid brightness, 1/2" white head. Aroma was strong lager yeast but without the skunking that I've simply come to enjoy in Euro style pilsners.

For being a noble hopped lightish lager, this really drops a bunch into flavor territory. Its a worthy beer in a lot of situations whether that be session drinking, bottle share palate cleansers, hot weather, sporting events etc. . .

Well done and adheres to tradition and style guidelines.

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Photo of donspublic
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pilsner glass, absolutely beautiful beer. Still releasing bubbles from the bottom. Poured with minimal head, nice pool hanging out on top. Clear straw yellow to look at. Smells of malt, but mainly grassy hops. Taste like it smells, love this beer, shiner needs to steal this recipe and start distributing this in Texas. Great finish, would be a great summer pounder

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Photo of jws7968
3.07/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This bottle may have been a little older, but I just could not wrap my head around anything that was going on with this one. Would not want to try it again.

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Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Beer 39, San Francisco, CA

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of grassy hops, along with hints of bready pilsener malts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down rather easily and has nice aromas and flavors of grassy hops, the smell of which is a little stronger compared to the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw golden in color with a hazy complexion. I smell Hallertau hops and lemon zest. The taste is just as advertised in the nose with Hallertau hops and lemon flavor. The mouth is crisp, refreshing, and light.

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Photo of keninla
4.76/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Trumer Pils in Berkeley, CA has succeeded in brewing an authentic German-style Pilsner on the West Coast. If you enjoy the crisp, not-too bitter bitterness of German Pilsner, I highly recommend Trumer.

German Pilsner is my favorite style of beer. I've sampled Pilsner throughout Germany as well as dozens of domestic Pilsners. Trumer is the first domestic Pilsner I have encountered that successfully replicates the taste and mouth-feel of classic German Pilsner. If I did not know Trumer was brewed in domestically, I would have guessed the beer was imported from Northern Germany.

Look: golden with a thin head
Smell: grassy and aromatic
Taste: authentic Pilsner: subtly hoppy, slight bitterness, refreshing & smooth
Feel: light, refreshing, moderate carbonation
Overall: an excellent classic German Pilsner produced on the West Coast

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Lots of carbonation clear, and yellow. Perfect appearance for a Pils. Light body and smooth. Very drinkable. Crisp. Light grassy malt up front, a little earthy in the middle, and a bitter finish. Very pleasant flavor. Nose is pretty toned down. Maybe a little hay and grass, but not much of anything. A refreshing and drinkable beer.

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Photo of Catalina
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It must be admitted up front that I don't love pilsners, but this is one of the best I've had - maybe because it is more smooth and still crisp - if you like that part. I'm girl with a big sweet tooth so the maltier beers speak to me more, but this one is OK. I'm surprised the ABV is 4.%. I've had a few and don't notice a thing. Then again, I'm used to beers 7% and above.

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Photo of Holygeez
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Very clean German pils. Very subtle initial sulfur aroma with crisp, slightly malty taste. A little bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Very refreshing.

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Photo of loubar
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from Safeway. Pours light yellow with a white head. Flavor is dry, grassy hops and biscuit malt with light lemon and citrus hops finish and a tiny bit of skunk. Light bodied with nice peppery carbonation. Crisp, refreshing and very easy to drink. A light yet classic German pilsener. Great balance. Really nice.

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Photo of silverevo9
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this brewery specializes in one thing...pilsners. Which is good because this is really great. Has the typical Euro smell but the taste is very smooth. The taste is where this shines. From nose to mouth to finish is wonderful. As far as first impressions...Do get that slight hop smell up front. Definitely smell the Saaz. Nice speckled residue in the head. Lacing...looks like its snowing out my window. Very clear and light...Very good pils, but pricey...

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Photo of SmashPants
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Format: a standard 330mL green bottle with a pretty decent macro label.

Appearance: a clear light amber colour with light visible carbonation. A finger of white head that drops to a thin film.

Aroma: a fairly light aroma of some decent grains with light grass hops. Okay.

Taste: some bread malts with the grass hops and clean grains. Okay, but not amazing.

Aftertaste: some sweetness from the grains coming through with the light hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: a light - and a little bit thin - body with a moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is pretty much just a lager, but one that is AU$72 for a case of 24. completely unacceptable for a beer that really isn't all that good or exciting.

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Photo of EStCharles
3/5  rDev -21.3%

A: Lite-yellow, clear, urine like.

S: Lite-Sweetness, hoppy, grassy, fresh, alcohol.

T: Lite malts, refreshing, clear and smooth, hoppy, grassy, and skunky.

M: Lite, thin, refreshing, crisp, clean, lite carbonation.

Overall: I think it is too skunky and thin for me. It is a decent beer, but I wouldn't drink it regularly because the hop profile is too skunky and the beer is too thin.

P.S.: I'm not sure if the skunkiness is attributable to the green glass bottle or hops.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new one to me, acquired a single bottle of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a miniature Victorian carriage adorned pint glass.

A - It pours a nice clear straw yellow colored body, lots of active carbonation, excellent clarity, and one finger of frothy white foam head. Looks very nice for the style. 4

S - The aroma is grassy, herbal, & hoppy, with a good biscuity malt presence. Nothing extraordinary happening, but very hoppy and aromatic for the style. 3.5

T - The taste follows the nose - crisp, bready, malty, with good grassy / zesty / herbal hop presence. 4

M - The feel is crisp, clean, and dry on the finish. Mildly refreshing and easy to drink, I'd say. Medium bodied with good carbonation. 3.5

Overall, an interesting German pilsener, definitely one of the more memorable beers in this style category that I've had in recent memory. Recommended for sure.

Trumer Pils -----4/5.

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