Trumer Pils | Trumer Brauerei Berkeley

very good
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Trumer PilsTrumer Pils

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date of 2/12/12.

Pours a murky yellow with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, grass, and some slight skunk aromas that start to go away after I pour the beer into a glass. Taste is of grain, herbal hops, and some alcohol. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the skunk aroma blast I got when opening the bottle was not too pleasant.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i almost never like beers in this style too much, but this one hit the spot for me. coming off a big playoff win in beer league hockey, one of the boys broke out a case of this stuff. ice cold, i enjoyed the first couple right from the bottle. great malty nose that promises refreshment. flavor is balanced but the german malts are on display here. extra crisp finish that leaves you needing another. the feel though, is what makes this beer for me. its very bubbly and majorly light in the body, but without being watery and flavorless at all. its a perfect post-athletic beer, and you can drink a fair few of them without much trouble. this is up there for me with the better american pilseners that ive had. some of the micro gurus wont want to hear that, but in the right setting this is a very very solid beer. see for yourself!

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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 BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's ok Pilsner. They are trying to do some things to make it more interesting, but they clouden the picture trying to do so. The typical pilsner malts show nicely, but seasoned with (citrusy) hops that adds a bold bittering and grassy quality that I quite liked. The beer gets a bit estery and bite-ey maybe because of higher temp fermenting. The beer remains malty, but thins in the body throughout. A light alcoholic heat follows up in the end with a light solvent-like flavor. I rather enjoyed the beer, even with a few off-flavors.

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Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a nice white head that leaves good splashy lacing

Smell: Earthy Saaz hops dominates the aroma; smells like wet hay

Taste: Slightly sweet lemon flavors up front with a grassy bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice example of a German style beer brewed here in the states

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshly arrived box from a beer-of-the-month club, still very cold. Thermometer reads 41.7º after sitting inside for awhile.

Pale yellow, fizzy with constant trails of bubbles. Two fingers of foam in the Gaffel stange glass, with intricate lace around the edge. Head retention isn't the greatest, but the lace and carbonation make up for it. After each tilt of the glass, a swarm of bubbles push to the surface. Clean malty nose with a bare hint of floral noble hops. Light crisp taste, mild breadiness with a light but firm bitterness in the end. Feels clean, crisp and lightly drying. A good pilsner, probably fresher than some German imports, but not really my first choice for a pils.

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Photo of largadeer
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into the cylindrical Trumer Pils glass, this beer is bright gold in color with brilliant clarity and outstanding head retention. Exceptionally clean, grassy and fresh; prominent dry malt flavors with the perfect balance of bittering noble hops to back it up. Very crisp mouthfeel, with a mild and dry finish that doesn't linger on the palate; all-around very drinkable. One of the better American examples of a pils, and very true to the style.

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Photo of zeff80
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a pale, gold color with a white, one-finger head. Left no lacing.

S - It smelled of corn and grain adjuncts.

T - It tasted of corn and grain. It also was rather sweet.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty descent pils. It is nothing outstanding but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of oberon
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy straw hazy for whatever reason not sure maybe just a chill haze with a nice fluffy head.I picked up some iron on the nose as well some herbal/grassy hops very fresh aroma appetizing.Taste is lean with hops dominating I think a thin malt backbone doesnt quite stand up to the herbal notes of this beer.A light easy drinker a nice one to try but pretty uninspiring.

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Photo of mactrail
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear and golden color in the pint glass at the Lumberyard in Encinitas. Initial taste is both flowery and salty, a savory sort of light beer. Even a hint of honey.

Not so well carbonated on tap, but makes a nice gulp when it's icy cold. Watery and pale, light weight stuff. Seems to be clean and well made, though neither delicate not interesting.

Slightly bitter aftertaste. Hint of floral hops. Zero malt flavor.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Einfach Leben!" (Simply Live!)

--neck label

Sparkling lemon with variously sized particles, some of which sink and some of which don't. The bright white cap doesn't look outstanding, but it gets the job done. Unfortunately, no more than a few blips of watery sudsiness end up on the glass.

Bad choice to go with the green, Euro-look bottle. Cap cracking led to a blast of skunk even though the bottle wasn't that close to my nose. It fades fairly quickly, however, and we're left with the classic lemony grassiness of Saaz hops. Not bad, not bad.

Actually, Trumer is a pretty good American-brewed German pils. Time and drinking will tell if my first impression of the flavor score (3.5) deserves an upward bump or not. So far, I like the beer's cleanliness and its crispness. I'm sure it helps that the bottle is fresh, unlike a lot of what makes it here from overseas.

There isn't much contribution from the pilsener malt in terms of either flavor or body. Just a fresh, untoasted graininess with no attendant huskiness. That allows the hops to dominate, as they should in beer of this style. As in the nose, they're lemon zesty, with an appealing grassiness and a white pepper spiciness.

Due to the relative lack of malt sugars and the abundance of fresh hoppiness, the beer has a snappy, crisp, bracing bitterness that is growing on me with every mouthfeel. This stuff is good solo, should be good with most food and should be sessionable. What else is there?

Although the mouthfeel is fairly light, it fits the style and the purpose. Besides, it firms up a little with warming and the sparkly carbonation is lively without being annoyingly fizzy. In other words, the amount and quality of the bubbles are a perfect match for the flavor profile.

Trumer Pils is quite the tasty little brew. I have no doubt that most *fresh* German pilseners would taste at least this good, if not better. Forget the first two scores, this is quality beer and is an easy recommendation.

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Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Has this on tap at the falling rock

Poured golden with a 1" white head. Minimal head retention & good lacing

S: Grass & not much else, a little one dimensional in this olfactory aspect

T: Grass, sweet malt & breadyness up front. Finishes with a really impressive hoppy crispness

MF: Medium bodied, good carbonation levels & balance

This would be too easy to session on, a easy drinking pils that seems moderate in the abv-range, but big on flavor

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up a an extra in a trade recently. Had never heard of it to be honest, but it looked decent enough so what the hay. Twelve ounce bottle served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 09/28/2008.

The pour was about as light as could be. Very light and golden straw color with a semi nice carbonation profile. A decent head of about an inch of white froth came up over the top immediately but then settled right back down and left nothing behind in its wake.

The aroma was rather light, bland, and overall just uninspiring. Not really sure entirely what to think or make of this one as there was just not much to go by. Some light grains, a bready malt aroma that again was too light to really take notice of. The flavor was more of the same. Light grain and bready malts, nothing really spectacular at all here. I was just not impressed. Not to say it was bad at all, just nothing really to write home about. Decent carbonation and a very thin, light bodied ale made it easily session able.

Overall though there was nothing about this one that is going to make me come back for it again anytime soon. Just not enough originality or anything really separating this one out from anything else. Not bad, but nothing great.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this bottle at Whole Foods in Fremont CA, poured from the green bottle chilled in a mug.

The color is golden clear with thick white cap and small bead with a good amount of lace. The smell is decent with a slight skunky yeast/hop odor with grassy odor and mild sweet malt presence, not great but the green bottle probably made the slight off aroma which is mild in comparison to the pilsner attributes. The feel is good with light body and medium bitterness with moderate carbonation and mild sweetness with a clean dry finish.

The taste is very good with slight hop flavor up front with low astringency and mild grassy aspect with gentle herbal noble type flavor with mild malt sweetness and gentle yeast in the taste with some low diacetyl in the finish making it seem smooth. I like the noble hop character I get in the taste which makes the hop seem less bitter in taste. Overall this is a pretty good pilsner, a nice example of the style and I think it is a good value if you like German lagers.

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Photo of Jason
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with raised glass of “Trumer Pils” around the bottom of the neck. A faint laser printed freshness date of 072505 is on the neck of the bottle.

Appearance: Bubbly golden straw hue, decent lace with a good retention. Clarity is perfect.

Smell: Fresh cut hay, lemon zest and a faint biscuity maltiness.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Moderate body with a long drawn out crispness, fresh lemon herbal hop with a solid bitterness. Hop flavor seems to linger for a good while. Firm dry malt character leaves a small trace of sweetness and very little in the after taste. Faint hops in the dry finish.

Drinkability & Notes: A pretty remarkable German Pilsner being that it is brewed in the US. Right up there with the rest of my favorites; König Pilsener, Organic Ur Pils or Würzburger Hofbräu Premium Pilsner.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The beer pours a very pale yellow color with a fizzy white head.

S: Sweet pale malts to begin with a very fruity ester profile. There are lots of floral and earthy hops to the nose as well as a light cracker malt aroma. Just a touch of grass in the background.

T: As with the flavor, sweet pale, cracker malts with plenty of fruity esters. The floral and earthy hops are plentiful and give a nice flavor to the beer. A light bitterness and slight dryness on the finish.

M: Fairly light in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Always a good choice for a refreshing beer. Solid stuff.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tall stange at The Firkin.

Finally getting around to one of the more readily-available pilsners out there. It pours a clear straw topped by a finger of bright white foam. The nose comprises grass, light lemon zest, flowers, and straight wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grass and the flowers taking control, providing a nicely subdued bitterness throughout. The body is a hefty-leaning light, with a light moderate carbonation and a rather crisp finish. Overall, a great pils, one of the best I've found stateside. It's almost too easy to drink, really...

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Photo of woodychandler
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It arrived with a finger of bone-white head with low retention. The color was the real selling point - a beautiful pale golden-yellow with NE-plus quality clarity. The nose was phenomenal - lots of Saaz! This was like Victory Prima Pils, just dialed back enough to make it eminently drinkable. I love lager styles, I love Victory beers, but the Prima Pils is too intense for my taste. This was kind of thin on the tongue, but it had just the right amount of hops to tickle my taste buds. It is like putting your finger on the trigger of a gun or on a lover's nipple - do you mean to lightly brush it (right) or squeeze the crap out of it (wrong)? I totally dug this beer. The finish was dry, lightly hoppy, perfect. The low ABV makes it entirely sessionable.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was able to try the Trumer Pils on tap at the Kendall Pub in Yorkville, IL. The beer was served in a cylindrical .5L glass. It poured a golden clear color. A dense white head and plenty lacing occured on the glass. The scent was common of most pils with Saaz hop kickin it real. Taste is similar to aroma. Mouthfeel was great with medium body and great carbonation. Overall a very clean beer with a nice bitterness in the finish.

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

This is a nice German Pils. Kind of grassy, a pretty consistent character to it, and fairly smooth. There is some tang to it and what seems like a thicker malty sweetness to it as well. Overall it's a pretty easy drinker and a good alternative to anything yellow and fizzy. You can't really go wrong with it.

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Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mfielden for sending me two bottles of this!

Poured into pils glass:

Pours straw yellow with effervescent carbonation forming a pillowy white head that thins and lasts, leaving some lacing.

The smell is grainy with floral and grassy notes. Classic pils aroma.

The taste is sweet grain (hint of nutty from what I assume is Contintental malt) with flroal/grassy hop touch in the refreshingly dry finish.

Crisp, clean and refreshing, this is a nicely balanced, easy-drinking, sessionable tradtional German-style Pils.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

05/21/08- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berekely, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness indicator. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Very clear light golden colored pour with a one inch plus head which fades quickly. Leaves virtually no lace.

Smell- Very barnyard without the funk. Meaning lots of hay and grass. Large pils hop aroma as well as saaz hops.

Taste- Very well hopped with a lemony flavor. Grassy and early malt with a bit of a sweet flavor in the beginning.

Mouthfeel- Fairly dry and well carbonated. Hoppy bitter aftertaste, but not as much as other hopped styles.

Drinkability- Above average pils that I would buy again. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Poured from a 12 ounce bottle without a bottling date into a goblet. Beer is yellow and clear, forms a tiny white head and it disappears, no lacing left behind. Carbonation is steady and moderate. Looks like a pilsner.

Smell is clean, crisp, has a tiny malt character, again, it smells like a pilsner.

Clean and crisp taste. There is a slight aftertaste with this beer, almost a cereal, bitter aftertaste. Its not hops at all, in fact there is no detectable hop bitterness at all, but that's fine for this style. I don't have great criteria for these German Pilseners but this is similar and as drinkable as the others. Mouthfeel is good. Its a little thicker than I expected but overall its really nice.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Schaumburger pilsner glass. Pours a light straw amber with hints of gold. Thin white head disssipates quickly to a thin film and ring around the glass with light lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt, light lemon and citrus hops with skunkiness on opening dissipating to a hint of skunk in the open glass. Flavor is dry grassy hops and crackery biscuit malt, finishing with light lemon and citrus hops and sadly haunted by a wisp of skunk. Light bodied with nice peppery carbonation. A light pilsner hitting all the correct German pilsner notes in malt and hops, a bit drier and subdued than normal, but the dryness is nice for a change. How sad that how much effort was put into setting up a brewery in the US to produce fresher pilsner and then let it get light struck in a green bottle. Not bad, but I'll be looking for my pilsner fix elsewhere.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this one.

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger white foamy head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, slight hop, grapefruits, spice. The taste is malty, bitter, hoppy, grapefruity, with a nice touch of spice. Medium body. Drinkable, a very tasty Pils, thanks Bill.

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