Founders Brewing Company

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American Lager
Ranked #47
Ranked #20,641
3.84 | pDev: 8.33%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Notes: Always brewing to taste and rarely to style, Pilsner is the culmination of our love of American hops and appreciation of easy-drinking styles. Where traditional Pilsners typically feature European Noble hops, our version celebrates some of our favorite American varieties: Chinook, Centennial, Cascade and Crystal. Crisp and bright, with notes of citrus, this Pilsner is refreshingly untraditional. 5.5% ABV.

The recipe is exactly the same as PC Pils. We wanted to give the beer a refresh as far as the name and packaging go – something that spoke better to the beer inside. Pilsner will be available in 15-pack cans and draft from June-September in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Indiana and New Jersey.
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Photo of mnj21655
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brilliantly clear, pale yellow-good in color, short lived somewhat forty white head. Aroma is a little earthy and citrusy, pretty clean, not much malt character. Taste hits the same notes as the aroma but is more muted, this skews dry, finish just leans bitter. The hop character here reminds me of an old school west cost IPA. Medium-light body, moderately high carbonation. A decent pils, definitely not brewed to style. The hop profile doesn’t quite do it for me.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, hot damn. I’m feeling this one. Thing pours beautiful and clear like Downtown LA after a rainy day. I’m not getting too much on the nose, but hell, there are worse things in life. The reward is when you take a sip. It’s like Ariana Grande singing God Is A Women, except for Raul, at this moment, God is Founders Pilsner.

Get it!

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Photo of Mitchster
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5.5% ABV, 42 IBU.s
Hopped with Chinook, Centennial, Cascade and Crystal.

Pours out to a slightly hazy medium-light golden, forming a thin white head with poor retention and lacing. Medium carbonation, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose is quite hoppy. I definitly get chinook and centennial, but I swear I smell citra too. At any rate, piney, MJ skunk, fresh floral, spicy, very nice. No off aromas. No DMS, Subtle at best sulfur as the hops drown it out, but there is some there.
The mouthfeel is prickly, easy to drink, medium bodied, pleasant acidity, The taste is mostly forward hops of the piney and skunky variety. The malts are pretty much overwhelmed, very little malt character, Lingering bitterness, firmly bittered (I'd prefer about 10 IBU less), cleanly fermented, no off flavors.
A nice hop forward lager, although I wouldn't call it a pilsner (albeit it says "American hopped pils" on the can.) This is more like an baby-IPA w/o any crystal malts. Still it's quite good as I wasn't expecting a German or Czech pils. If you like IPA's and want a nice beer to go with your burgers and brats, or around a summer campfire, this would do nicely.

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Photo of Told
2.15/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This doesn't even resemble a Pilsner. It's a thin IPA over-hopped to unpleasantness. The hops are so heavy and sharp; they overwhelm the weight of the beer.

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Photo of Judgie
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased 15 can pack with canned on date of 03.27.20 from grocery during a rare trip away from home. Pours light straw color and provides a huge bright white bubbly head. Smell is "beer-like" with typical but light fragrance of c-hops. Flavor is crisp and nicely bittered. Citrus notes are there but faint and compliment the clean beer nicely. Mouthfeel is thin, crisp and refreshing. Looking forward to drinking this thought the summer if the availability continues.

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Photo of TommyTuneUp
4.89/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is surprising. As a resident of 10+ years in Germany, I can say without a doubt that the authenticity to the true Pilsen brand of brewing is there. Just enough of a hoppy zing to grab your attention and an aftertaste that is like a dream. You can feel it descend in your throat!

At 5.5% it is actually a firm pils above the average - certainly in the States and also in Deutschland! Did I mention Ales are for Wimps? We are Craftsmen, for gosh sake. Not garage fermenters . . . . . . .

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some hops. Taste is hops, grassy, light honey and malts, very refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer that I may need to revisit during the summer.

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Photo of 57md
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw color with a thin layer of head. The nose has some citrus notes but nothing indicative of pilsner malts. The flavor is straight up hop bitterness - which isn't bad, but also isn't remotely true to style.

This isn't a hoppy pils like Prima, it's a straight up IPL. Which is fine, but just call it that.

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Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Growler fill from Albertsons. Pale golden, slight haze, thick foamy head. Aroma is grainy and bready, like a pils. Taste is where the hops come in, and when you know this is an IPL. A bit more variety in the house character than the normal Saaz bite.

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Photo of Scrapss
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from 12 oz can

A: straw yellow with a nice tightly bubbled head. Head is 4mm and solid edge to edge

S: faint grassiness and a hint of very light malt. It says american hops but it hearkens Noble hop varietals.

T: Light grassiness, light malt like carapils and maybe a honey malt slightly added. Nice.

M: slick on uptake, then medium-light creaminess and then a super clean and light bitterness on finish then it is gone except a pleasing light toast, like toast mom would make with weak tea when you got sick as a kid.

O: solid as heck. Much better than any run of the mill AAL. I'd drink this any time I had a hankering for lawnmower beer.

Edit:. After reviewimg I read some others and some said 'IPL light'. I would agree with that.

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Photo of jgido759
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hard to describe this as an actual pilsner, more like a pale ale "lite".

Pours a clear yellow with a slight white head that dissipated quickly. Taste is that of a lite beer (although my wife, who is not a beer drinker, tasted it and said it was very "bitter"), so having more than one is not a problem.

Smooth and goes down easy. I would not refuse if offered to me however, I would not go out of my way to look for it again.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy effervescent pale yellow. Nose is very hoppy, citrus, tropical fruit, some grass notes. Flavor is lemon-lime along with a biscuit sweet underpinning of flavor. Decent but not one that I would have again.

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Photo of drh88
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Founders Pilsner - the rebranded PC Pils. Kind of a hybrid style - more hoppy than a pilsner, taste is more like a session IPA, but with more body. The finish is smooth and lager-like. This is an interesting and tasty beer.

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Photo of GregBlatz
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden and clear with a thin white head that settles.

A lot of fruitiness from the hops, a whiff of caramel from the grains. No hint that this is a pilsner.

Nice taste but nothing makes me say Pilsner. Hop flavor is fresh and delicious. The only hint of lager comes in the finish with a dry somewhat salty ending.

So this is a good beer that I would buy again but if you are expecting a pilsner this isn't going to make you happy. I would call it a session IPL and you will enjoy it.

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Photo of mpyle
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, slightly hazy. Pours white head, medium sized and with okay retention.

Strange aroma, possibly hops? A bit earthy/piney. Doesn't have me excited to take a sip.

Quite fruity in the flavor, maybe some pineapple. Fairly well balanced - not overly bitter. Would be interested to drink this side by side against something fermented with a clean ale yeast. Might just be the hops, but really tastes more like an APA than a lager to me.

Medium body, and medium-high carbonation. Either the carbonation alone or in combination with the hops gives it a tangy harshness.

A little too harsh and weird for me. Mouthfeel was the biggest issue, but the flavor is just a little too weird for me to consider it a pils.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Platinum; grass, wax, + slight lemon; slight cracker, lemon boiled sweets, flashes of honeydew, touch of herb, and tangerine linger; crisp + oily.

4 4.25 3.75 4 3.75

Chinook, Cascade, Centennial

All lemon - but deep hoppy lemon, like Lemondrop or El Dorado. But low IBUs, no grass, and invisible malts. Falls short as a pils until it opens a bit; the fruity notes give this legs.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a two finger head. Smell is a little citra and a little hops. Taste follows...very clean not bitter but pushes up to a session IPA hoppiness. Not bad.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow straw with moderate, bubbly head that quickly reduces to a decent ring. Smells like floral and citrus hops, particularly Cascade. Nice smooth flavor of light pils malt with the hops. Lightish bitterness. Moderate carbonation. Easy drinking, clean, and refreshing.

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Photo of NJHophead4
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A Pilsner for the IPA lover. This is a really solid beer, with a perfect malt slash hop compliment. At around the same price as Yuengling, this is an absolute steal. I don't begrudge the hard-working craft Brewer from getting two bucks a bottle, but at about half that price, you can have a really satisfying hop forward beer with this one. The biggest problem with this beer is that it is very hard to find, even though it's better known Brothers of All Day IPA and Centennial IPA can be found pretty easily. This has become my go-to beer, which means a lot since I normally do not like pilsners.

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

As I do when I review any lager, I must state that I am generally not a fan of lagers. This Pilsner, however, could make me a fan. This poured from can to pint glass clear yellow with a nice amount of carbonation and a 2 finger white foam head that left a small amount of lacing on the glass. The first thing that I noticed upon smelling the aroma was that this did not smell like any other pilsner I have ever had. It had a lemony aroma, mixed with a little floral thing going on. I really like that. The taste was very, very clean with a surprising amount of lemony flavor that I certainly have never had in any other Pilsner...not that I have had a lot of them. There is a sufficient amount of bitter that says with you after each mouthful as well. Much more enjoyable than a classic pilsner, at least from what I remember. Will certainly be drinking this more.

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Photo of Wolvmar
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour: 12oz can poured into 10 oz hotel tumbler at Bay Harbor Inn. Golden color with some depth to it. 1 ginger white foam head that quickly dissipates with no remnants or lacing.

Nose: slight lemony hops. Not much else.

Taste: lemony flavor with notes of pine and grapefruit. Surpringly bready malt backbone. Not thin at all. Slight bitterness but relatively clean taste. Not as crisp as a traditional Pilsner.

Mouthfeel: fairly rich, moderate to high carbonation. Clean finish.

Overall: a summer, or anytime, go to beer for me. Light enough but with substance some pilsners lack for me.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.07/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The hops are certainly notice on this Pilsner - mildly floral & herbal, packing a sharp bitter punch on the back of the palate, the foundation doesn’t jump-out as a Pilsner, it is pretty non-descript & seems more like a pale wheat beer or pale ale.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

CANNED ON 05/03/18 stamped on bottom of 12oz can, poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Hazy yellow body. Small white head. 4

Smell - Grassy. What I remembered my earliest beers smelled like. Something fresh and floral, and after a rain, but mildly so. 4

Taste- Hoppy and smooth. Much more potent than I'd expect from a pils. 4

Mouthfeel - Smooth and only mildly alcoholic but forceful- 4

Overall - Very enjoyable and even a good session beer, despite its strength. 4.25

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Photo of Impetuous
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden body with good white head and light lacing.

Flavors are floral and citrus and some biscuit malts, ending in generic bitterness. Strong carbonation.

Generic but good.

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Photo of Siwa154
3.07/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hazy tan-yellow. One finger head, disappears after a minute or two but leaves fluff. Pretty good taste, more like an IPA than a Pilsner, fruity, hoppy, taste.

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