Trumer Pils | Trumer Brauerei Berkeley

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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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Ratings: 647 |  Reviews: 277
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear straw-gold color with a pale off white head that is held up by a moderate, persistent carbonation. The aroma is clean and spicy with a light herbal note that is all quite appetizing. The beer is smooth and clean as it first hits my mouth. It is fairly dry with a light toasted malt note, though the hops definitely are the major flavor contributor. The beer is quite floral and spicy. This is definitely a nice example of a dry German Pils, though it has a bit more fresh hop flavor than usual, which is just fine in my book. This is light, easy drinking, and full of bright refreshing hop flavors.

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Photo of Troyone
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light blond color, minimal white head, and some carb action.

Has a bright, grainy, wet straw, slightly banana malt smell with a pine and citrus hops aroma.

Lightly sweet/acidic/bitter, grainy, and wet straw taste with a pine/lime and grapefruit hops flavor.

Light bodied, dry slightly syrupy texture, soft and lively carbonation, and a smooth slightly metallic/astringent finish.

My glass is empty and no problem as a session beer. The wet straw taste is balanced well with the pine/lime and grapefruit hops, and the slightly metallic/astringent finish is balanced with smoothness however may not be desirable by some..

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Photo of ElGordo
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up mainly because there was a promotion that threw in two Trumer glasses with the six pack. Nice glasses, tall cylindrical with the logo on the side.
Pours a vibrant golden hue with a bright white head that sticks around for a while. Great carbonation - the bubbles don't stop. Aroma of slightly sweet malt, a touch of dry hops, and a hint of clean lager yeast. Crisp, clean taste that is good for a German (well, Austrian) lager - clean yeast, a touch of malt that isn't as sweet as on the nose, and a bit of spicy Saaz hops that give a touch of bitterness. The tanginess of the hops provides a bit of astringency in the mouth. Easy drinking. Overall, pretty nice.

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very excellent example of a European Pilsner. But it has the advantage of being brewed here in the USA so it is fresh. It is available on draft and in bottles. I had the draft. Sadly, the bottles are green. Why do marketing people ruin good beer with green bottles? The draft is excellent, I had it served it it's own glass that added to the experience. Beer was a nice golden color with a good thick marangue head. Aroma was delicate saaz hops with a malt background that was evident but not overpowering.

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Photo of sachsich
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i gave this one a 4 across the board.
appearance is good with a light golden color
smell is very good with a hoppy aroma
taste is also good. light on the malt and a strong hop taste
mouthfeel was good, maybe a little too overcarbonated
drinkability was very easy

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Photo of Chsyhkr
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A wonderful example if European Pils brewed in the USA. I have seen this around quite a bit lately in local bars. I did not like the green bottle, but the flavor and aroma seem to be unimpaired by the color of the bottle. I am hoping the beer is fresher than it's European cousins that come across on a boat.

Do not expect a Heinekin. This beer is hoppy from beginning to end with characteristic spicy German hops. All balanced with a graceful malty sweetness.

A real treat!

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very light in colour as expected.
The distinctive hops smell is tinged witha waft of spruce.
The caramel malt smell follows through the initial plapte but is overtaken by a lovely sharp finish.
It feels full in the mouth and the crispness is a delight.
Overall the crispness/bitterness was too persistent and needed a bit of fruitinss to make this a splendid beer.
Drink this whilst watching Clint Eastwood in the Eiger Sanction and eating toasted cheese sandwiches
Label: 5/10

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Photo of Luigi
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow with a large bubbley head. Head retention is very good. The smell is a grassy grain some lemon zest. Very clean smell. Taste is a lemon zest is paired it a spicy hop. A clean grainy malt and a lingering dry hoppy aftertaste. Light-medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. True to the style. Goes down very easy with or with out food. Not the best I have ever had but still a damn good Pilsner.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at The Bistro in Hayward, CA.

Appearance: Bright golden color with a thin white head ringing the top of the pint glass.

Smell: Thin malty nose with a light floral backing. Nice aroma but unfortunately there's not much volume to it.

Taste: Big, complex flavor with a malty sweet opening followed by crisp fruits. Peach, pear, fruity sweetness and a light bitterness near the end. Very tasty and fruity with a very subtle touch of sourness around the sweet fruit. There's an earthy component to this beer that is kind of grassy and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Very clean and light bodied with a crisp, refreshing character. Nice bready aftertaste.

Drinkability: A simply wonderful pilsner that has more to offer than justa generic malt flavor. Very complex and pleasing. I could drink this beer all damn day.

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Photo of misterscooter
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After my previous beer was poured without a head, I made sure to ask for some foam on this one. Good thing because without it, I wouldn't have liked the look of this beer. Of course, a pilsner is usually light but this one was a good straw color and looked even better with a one inch head of clean, white foam on top. It didn't last long but made it a good looking brew.

For a pilsner, this one is very straight forward. Very light and sweet smell and a light and sweet taste. I enjoyed this one. Refreshing with a great feel and finish. As with a lot of pilsners, it isn't my favorite but it is definitely on the upper end on my pilsner list.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the U.S. brewery in Berkeley. Not perfect, but fun to drink. Pours to a very pale color (think bud or miller) and creamy but thin head. Aroma is skunky ar first (thanks to green bottle) but skunk goes away and allows the spicy noble hop aroma and malty notes to come through. Flavor accentuates the spicy traditional pilsner hops balanced with sweet,very clean malt. Dry crisp finish with lingering spicy hoppiness.

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Photo of mjbrewboy
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A fine looking pils with absolute brilliance. Nice carbonation and great head retention. A fine example of a European pils, even with the skunkiness unfortunately. If you can get over the pronounced skunkiness the beer is well balanced with some nice hop flavor and slight malt character. I would like to try this on tap as I think it would be a better sample without the green bottle flavor.

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Photo of Jason
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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 stirgy
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am definitely partial to pilsners, and a great pilsner really gets my taste buds excited. The simplicity. The crispness. Well, this beer looked perfect. Bright golden straw colored, crystal clear with a solid white head of dense foam. The aroma gives off a strong bouquet of typical Saaz hops, or at least something similar. I love it – In this beer they are pungent, musty, oily and earthy. Hearty and warming. All those elements bond easily with a slightly sour graininess. The taste doesn’t disappoint – Light and grainy sweet with a warm bready character - very pleasant going down and has a soft bitterness. Lemony notes are detected. Mellow and extremely smooth with just the right amount of bitterness in the aftertaste – it leaves your palate wanting more. A world class pilsner that, IMO, is underrated here.

Get some!

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Photo of hslater
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear as clear gets and lighter in color than just about any beer I've ever had - extremely pale yellow. Very white head that doesnt last. Nose of hops, grassy and spicey. Full, nice carbonation without being too tingly. Finishes dry with a fair amount of biscuity malt present alongside the hops, which, though delicate, dominate.

I tend to ignore the style, but being in Berkeley means I get this as fresh as it comes - if every pilsener tasted like this I would drink a whole lot more pilsener.

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Photo of oberon
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
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 SeanChouffe
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a straw color with limited carbonation, a frothy white head that diminishes quickly, and leaves a light film and a bubbly sticky lace. Initial aroma is crisp and grassy. Gradually a malt presence is obvious with a background of hops. Palate is light, filmy and slightly creamy with low effervescence and a light bite at the finish. The flavor has a fair balance of hops and sweetness.
Lighter, sweeter and less crisp than many pilsners. Uncomplicated.

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A clear golden color with a small fizzy head the dissipated quickly.
Small amounts of lacing.
Lots of fresh hay in the aroma, slight hints of pale malt. Somewhat bready.
Tasted fresh and crisp although there wasn't much there. Slight amounts of malt and a grassy flavor up front. Finish has a grainy flavor with just a tad bit of zest thrown in there.
Mouthfeel is medium to light. Not bad.
This beer was better than I was expecting. Could see myself drinking more of this especially while summer sticks around.

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Photo of Rio
2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I picked this pilsner up when I stopped into a local liquor store yesterday. The guy who showed it to me said they were only making singles at the moment as far as he knew, but I figured a buck and a half to try a new beer wasn’t a big loss. At first, I was a bit reluctant – I’ve never cared for anything that came in green bottles, nor have I particularly liked any pilsners I’ve tried before, but, hey, you never find that really good beer if you don’t try a few new ones, right?

While I didn’t find this beer horrible, I did find my initial suspicions to be pretty much correct. The color didn’t bother me too much, though I find I enjoy the taste of darker beers much more, and the smell wasn’t near as bad as some of the ‘green bottled beers’ I’ve had in the past. The taste just hit me wrong, though. It just seemed to taste wrong to me, lacking any kind of real flavor that makes a beer enjoyable (you’ll have to forgive me if I’m a little bad at taste descriptions as of yet… usually worry more about drinking the beer than describing the taste to others).

As far as the feel of the beer, it was nice and smooth in my mouth. It had a good feel, though I do find I like a bit ‘thicker’ beer myself. I probably wouldn’t choose to drink this one again myself, but I wouldn’t turn it down if someone bought a round of them, and I would probably suggest it to anyone who does enjoy the taste of the pilsner beers. All in all, probably my favorite pilsner so far, even if that’s not saying a great deal, and I’d be interested to hear any suggestions on good pilsners that people have had.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33 cL bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear über pale yellow, not Mich Ultra pale, but close. Healthy bright white head that recedes to a small later of foam relatively quickly and leaves wee splotches of lacing.

Smell: Grassy and peppery Saaz aromas. Light aromas of bready malts and a slight twinge of DMS (at an acceptable amount).

Taste: Mildly bitter and grassy flavors dominate. A faint biscuity malt presence.

Mouthfeel: Very light in body with no appreciable aftertaste.

Drinkability: A very inoffensive and timid pilsener that's basically a Pilsener Urquell clone. Lawnmower beer. Just slightly above avrage, but not by much.

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Photo of koolk
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vibrant pale gold in colour with good carbonation and only a slight head.

Nose is Pils, pils and more pils. Heavy hopped smell meets only traces of clean fresh malt. Yummy!

Palate is full, slightly bitter and a decent amount of flavour. Good biscuit flavours with a nice hoppy aftertaste that is extremly well balanced.

Top drop. Great example of a Pilsner.

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Photo of BenConnery
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this one from a bottle. The colour is very typical of a pils, a bubbly pale gold, poured with a decent head.
A very crisp clean beer, not much hop taste, not to sweet a fairly typical pils in the Czech style, as opposed to some variations that can be found. I thought this was a very good beer that I could drink quite a few of without too much trouble...

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