Trumer Pils | Trumer Brauerei Berkeley

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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 elNopalero
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This pours a light golden color with thin foaming.

There’s an aroma of faded hops and aspirations, pun intended. The flavor has a musty character that makes me think of green apple cider and grains, with a bit of wet grass. I can’t help but wonder how much more this beer could be if it wasn’t in green glass.

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Photo of tomsamarati
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

When I want a light hot summer weather pilsner I often choose Trumer. This beer defines Crisp! I love the clean mouth feel this beer delivers. The nose is bright and welcoming. I find a good crispy salad and fresh fish tacos are complemented by Trumer Pils. When on sale at my local market for $7.99 / six pack, it's a bargain!

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

Pours an absolute crystal clear. Very light gold. Decent head with lace that remains a few minutes. Mouthfeel is smooth, carbonation is perfect for this style. Aroma is a mild skunky, not pungent. Taste is right on. Touch of grain, crisp hops. Flavor does dissipate quickly -would be nice if it lingered a little longer. Could drink this all night and never tire of it.

As i get further down the glass, it seems a bit mild... so i dropped the rating a little. Still a very good beer.

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Photo of ranger7
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought from Central Market in a Pick 6.
Poured from bottle into a pint glass.
(Review from notes)

A - Gold and bright. Great big white head, which proudly sticks around long after the first sip. Some good carbonation here, goes well with the style.

S - Skunky. Reminds me of a Heineken, which is not a good thing. Never been a fan of that smell.

T - Hop/floral front, smoother back.

M - Nice and carbonated, fizzy mouthfeel.

Summary - Kind of undecided on this one. Trumer Pils has a great presence (minus the smell), but it kind of disappoints me. Not as good as I was expecting, maybe I expected too much. Still though, an average pilsner.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful yellow with a white head and incredible clarity. Smells of fresh cut grass, lemonade, and a faint sweetness like animal crackers. Tastes similar with the slight lemon up front with a pils malt sweetness; not too dry or too sweet or too tart or bitter. Just well balanced. Also an excellent drink ability here. Pints go down super easy. An excellent American Pilsner!

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Photo of BearslikeBeers
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Living in Berkeley I see these all over the place but had never really sat down to review it on here.
Trumer pours a very clear yellow and is highly carbonated so a big, fine, head forms without too much lace. The aroma is bready and malty and reminds me of more common Euro Style Pils. Very pale malts lead to a very bitter flavor that is nice but a little overpowering by the end of a bottle or two. Overall it is drinkable but there isn't anything that really stands out or really draws me back to it. Trumer Pils is a little too carbonated for my taste and the bitter after-taste comes in a little too strong for the style of pilsner I am used to.

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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 soju6
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light golden color with a big Pilsner head that fades to some lacing.

S: Mild citrus aroma with some malt sweetness in the background and bit of grain.

T: Taste of a mild malt sweetness and fresh grain. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp smooth and refreshing.

O: Decent drinker that goes down easy.

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Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells strongly of toasted grain and straw with a spicy saffron scent. Fairly yeasty with a faint sulfur scent.

Starts out mildly sweet with a mild bitter after taste. Good noble hop flavor a combination of straw and saffron.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a well made German Pils.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Raul's chilling out on the low on this gorgeous Sunday afternoon at The Playground in Santa Ana, CA. So to keep up with the golden and light theme of things, Raul is going deep on a Trumer Pils.

All kinds of aite down the line. Nah, I'd say better than aite, but it's like Cameron Diaz in the 90's; if it was in front of me and ready to go, sure, Raul would hop on it - but he wouldn't exactly seek it out.

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Photo of jdhowe
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Time to review something local.

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: About what I'd expect of a pilsener, a light amber body with minimal bubble white head that rapidly dissipates. A small continuous bubble stream from the base of the glass, but not enough to sustain anything other than a flimsy lacing along the outside of the glass. As I drink this, there is a surprising amount of lacing left down the glass for something with such minimal head.

S: Bready malt backed by a little bit of yeast and hop. Nothing I am excited about, and something small I am not able to label that just isn't doing it for me.

T: The bready malt dominates, light hop bitterness shows through. Some alcohol is evident, but doesn't contribute strongly to the flavor as one might expect from something so light. Something showing up in the middle of the sip that is mildly fruity in the same way as a cider, but not nearly as strongly. Not typically a pilsener fan, I find very little engaging here, but I didn't really expect to find anything. Markedly average. The strange pungent thing from the smell showed only slightly in the first sips of this beer, but vanished once I really got into this beer. Overall it drinks fine.

M: Crisp, refreshing, and while it's tough to uncouple from the flavors I'm not really a huge fan of, the mouthfeel of this beer is quite good for its style.

O: Just fine. Not something I would seek out to serve to myself or others, but not a beer choice I could fault someone for making if looking for something that is "light and refreshing" but not miserable. I won't go out of my way to revisit this beer, but could see myself picking this up preferentially out of common offerings at social events.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint.

A: Pours a light golden yellow with a huge dense bright white head that slowly faded into a faint scum leaving a network of streaky lace down the glass.
S: Light crackery malt, mild lager yeast, crisp earthy hops and peppery spice.
T: Follows the nose with bready malt, a light sweetness, spicy leafy hops, and doughy yeast. Crisp overall.
M: Medium-light body, slick clean crisp mouth, perfect creamy carb.
O: One of the best you can find in a six pack. Easy to drink, flavorful and clean.

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Photo of olfolxholme
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into Trumer Pils signature style flute (the tube looking one)

A - Crystal clear golden beer with bright white foam. Pours with a big head which slowly slowly dissipates until your next sip. Some patches of lacing. Good looking beer.

S - Nice zesty hops, and some classic "lager yeast" aroma. Acceptable mineral presence.

T - Super clean flavor. Zesty, herbal hops and a golden shortbread flavor. Nice bitter finish that lingers.

M - Appropriately light, with a nice little bite that fades away. Aftertastes buzzes a bit.

O - Very drinkable. Nothing fascinating about this beer, but it's nice. This beer appeals to a lot of non-beer drinkers, BMC drinkers, and the ilk... But it is actually a very nice beer. So, you don't have to feel like a total sell-out if you bring this to the party. Definitely worth trying, especially if you are a fan of the style.


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Photo of magictacosinus
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 12oz bottle.

Presents itself in a golden-yellowish color with a decent 1.5 finger head. Lots of big, bubbly carbonation bounces up towards the top of the glass in a playful, festive sort of way. Head reduces considerably into a good ring but lacing remains to my surprise all around the edges of the glass. Very clear in appearance. A good take on the style so far.

While not the most powerful around, there's (as expected) an overall grainy, sugar cane filled aroma overall. I can easily sense the malts on the nose, as well as a slight, lemon-y zest, but there's an undeniable skunkiness that serves as a backdrop after all of these flavors waft away. However, in my past experience, this usually is not a problem, and in this case, it ends up producing a mellow, flavorful aroma at the finish.

The flavor retains the slight yeasty skunkiness, but it ends up complimenting the initial waves of hoppiness and grains. The sugary malts really seem to prevail here, even in the aftertaste. It mostly ends up grainy, but there are delightful yeasty flavors and a smidgen of booziness that confort the neck at the finish. This is surprisingly thick, especially for a beer as sessionable as this. Tons of carbonation explode on the tongue at every sip, yet there is a slight astringency that makes it only so uncomfortable to drink, perhaps caused by an imbalance on the hops' part. Nevertheless, this is very balanced, and so easy to drink it could be easily finished quicker than expected if consumed in a passive manner.

A great take on the style, and as simple and subtle as this beer is, it's wholly enjoyable. Years ago, I didn't seem to like it as much, but after a long busy day, I would happily take one of these to set alongside myself as a doze off to the late hours of the evening. Good stuff, and local too!

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Photo of flagmantho
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz green bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a clear body and a strong effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy white foam without much retention. Mean for the style.

Smell: medium-light malt with a touch of grain. Pretty clean, but there is a light skunkiness to it as well.

Taste: lightly malty with a little bit of grain and a pretty satisfying flavor of noble hops. Clean and tasty.

Mouthfeel: light body with a good level of carbonation and a nice, refreshing prickliness. I like it.

Overall: a tasty and drinkable Pilsner. Not a show-stopper, but decent enough that I'd have it again.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Great carbonation, but beyond that not much. Standard yellow pilsener.

Smell: Basically grass. Maybe a hint of lemon. A fairly mild smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Crisp beer, but mostly fresh grain in the flavors. Again, pretty standard.

Overall Drinkability: Not really impressed, but not offended.

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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 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 colforbin73
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

outstanding PILS! can;t believe i haven't reviewed already.

pours a fizzy champagne color and white fizz. the smell is dry, a little peppery -- grassy malts and a touch of hops. very clean and inviting.

the taste is superb! dry and fizzy on the tongue, the sting of hops and a good foundation of perfectly mashed pilsner malt.

i wanted something light and session-able tonight... and i just met my new summer beer. TRUMER PILS.

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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 rawfish
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very promising pale straw, crystal clear with a creamy soft two finger high white head. Good retention but no lace on the glass.

Floral for a pils, light and airy straw, lemon grass and slightly biscuity, great aroma from a pilsner.

Earthy crackers, hay, and grassy with a zip of lemon zest on the finish. Slightly bittering with a touch of tart spice.

Affected negatively by temperature. Light body that fails to dry out as the beer warms. Average carbonation that compliments the spices well. Smooth all the way down.

Drinkable and the aroma was near perfect for a pilsner. One that has the markings of being specialized and well crafted. Care need to be taken with how this one is served.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden with a white foamy head. Retention is good and leaves some pretty good lacing.

S - Bright citrus and flora hops with an edgy grainy quality that gives it a little roughness. Mostly a natural earth like nose.

T - Extremely grainy. Lots of lemon grass in the taste as well.

M - Damn refreshing and smooth as hell.

O - This is from Cali? Not bad at all. I could knock back a six pack of this stuff no problem.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light wheat color with a soapy white head. White lacing remains on the glass as the beer is consumed. Tart hard candy and, perhaps, some notes of banana. Very nicely carbonated. Sweet ripe banana notes balance the tart fruit. Very good pilsner.

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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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Trumer Pils from Trumer Brauerei Berkeley
3.81 out of 5 based on 601 ratings.
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