PC Pils | Founders Brewing Company

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PC PilsPC Pils

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pleasantly crisp, perfectly clean and profoundly crushable, PC Pils is our take on the classic Pilsner style. While Noble hops have been the preferred choice of Pilsner brewers around the world, we went with some of our favorite American varieties. Piney Chinook, pleasantly citrus Cascade and punchy Centennial make this an easy-drinker with floral hop characteristics. Pretty cool, if you ask us.

45 IBU

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Reviews: 123 | Ratings: 447
Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy yes, crisp yes but compare it to IPA's, MGD, Canoe Paddler, or Genessee Cream Ale I'd rather have those so just isn't something i'd buy unless it was on a hot summer day partying with friends and intention is to get wasted. 15 pack for $15 is a great price for this but I am glad I bought only 1 for $1.89. Worth trying but unlikely to get again. For if I want hops I'll buy IPA. Nevertheless it was a good effort by Founders.

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Photo of DIM
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a pils purist, but I appreciated this different take. The mineral-y, biscuit-y malt base of a pils is thankfully still prominent. The pine and citrus rind of the American hops were certainly noticeable, but not overwhelming. I think I'll seek out a few packs this summer.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall is very nice German pils with the exception being the aroma which has a old school (15 years ago) Am. pale ale or IPA quality. Earthy and some fruit, some pine and floral creating a unique and enjoyable presentation. Solid streak of bitterness in the taste stays consistent with style and the hop flavor more closely resemble the traditional German taste. A nice drinking pils.

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

Picked up a 15er of this bad boy as Founders never disappoints. Popping the top I get a waft of cascade hops and grapefruit not unlike an IPA. Pours into a Founders nonic with bright straw yellow with a bright white pillow top foamy head. On the taste this brew is light and refreshing with a nice hop kick up front that rides on throughout and fades to a bitter aftertaste. I think after hundreds of beers I haven't had alot of pale lagers. Kind of like an IPA light as it packs the punch but is lighter and more refreshing. A Winner.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

A: clear pale yellow color with a white head. Looks like standard pilsner

S: earthy grains, an herbal leaf-like aroma, grass, and a sweet malt base

T: classic grainy pilsner flavor in here followed by a pretty significant noble hop-like bitterness. There is a sweet grass presence in here behind the bitterness. There is a slightly floral note toward the end here. Bitterness is more pronounced here than other pilsners

M: light with high carbonation

O: this is a bitter pilsner. A little too bitter for my taste. The malt base is nice, but I wish it was a little more balanced. I like a touch more sweetness in the pilsner

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Photo of Sabtos
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yet bright gold, with a large, white foam that dies to a thin blanket and thick collar, leaving no lace due to a fluid body.

Smell is actually quite cannabic and dank, with grass, onion, cirtrus and rubber--it's very potent for a pils, probably moreso than some of the most renowned, respected and aggressive American style Pilseners.

Taste is a little more grounded, but still aggressive, which I am surprised by for a Founders brew. I get cannabis, pine, grapefruit, bread, and grass. It's very tasty. As others have mentioned, this is essentially an IPL.

Crisp, medium body, with a nice frothy fizz.

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

12 oz bottled 3/16/17 poured into a pilsner glass at fridge temp (5.5% ABV 45 IBU). The beer pours bright straw yellow with short lived white head. A bit of lacing left as beer is consumed with a ring around the glass at beer level. Smell is citrus which is expected for a beer claiming Cascade, Chinook, & Centennial hops on the label. Taste is citrus and pine mix. Mouthfeel is dry and sharply carbonated. Overall, very good if you're looking for an American hopped IPL. I would prefer this over almost any session IPA that I have had for summer refreshment or extended sessions.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BOD 9/12/16. Clear golden pour with a slight bit of amber. World class head volume. Quite outstanding lacing and outstanding retention.

Quite outstanding nose that is surprisingly citrusy, floral and lively. Orange is the most noticeable but lemon hints lurk underneath as does a dash of pineapple. The base is a mixture of bready and toasty malt. The floral aspects are nuanced and float beneath the citrus.

The body is light medium and a bit heavier than a typical pilsner. The texture is smooth and has a bit of slick oiliness. The carbonation / body balance is world class. Effervescence is lively from the middle on and makes the flavors pop. The finish is a rousing finely bubbled prickly rush.

The flavor profile is outstanding. All flavors of the nose make an appearance. Bitterness is mild and tends to be spruce like. The middle on is where the action takes place. Prior to that, it is just a mild spruce vibe. The base is just sweet enough to make the flavors pop but not deliver a sweet note. It comes across as more bready than sweet. Later, the base shifts to biscuit towards the finish. Orange arrives first with a lemon undercurrent. Pineapple arrives next at the sweetest point. Floral elements appear just before the finish as bitterness begins to take center stage. The finish is more smooth than crisp and a light bitterness lingers (rind, spruce).

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm drinking a six month old can, do I'm sure some of the hops have faded. The pour is a really nice yellow with a short, thin, soapy head that left very little lacing. The smell is floral, bready, and citrus, mostly lemon. The taste follows nicely. Even at six months this is hippies than most pilsners as I really like it. The mouthfeel is medium with heavy carbonation, as expected. Overall a very nice beer for lawn mowing or pool sitting.

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Photo of dee4maine
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one good American representation of Pilsner. Hopped just gently enough to give that extra bite to clean, crisp and bright flavors of grass, lime, pine and bread. Absolutely perfect easy yet flavorful drinking.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with greenish hues with a bubbly white head that leaves plenty of lace.

Smells of lemon, citrus, bread, and floral hops.

Taste is a nice lemon citrus pine hop punch giving way to nice floral notes. Crisp clean finishes dry with a nice bread malt undertone.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A refreshing take on a pils, especially for those looking for some pleasant, citrusy, and approachable hop flavor to go along with the standard "crisp and clean" business that typically attends to solid representations of the style. This would be a good choice for someone who is often underwhelmed by pilsners.

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Photo of pat61
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

S: Smells like citrus, berry, faint grass, pine and resin and light grain and white cracker.

L: It pours hazy straw gold under a 1" white to off-white sudsy foam collar with fair to food retention. Streams of rapidly rising bubbles replenish the head.

T: It starts juicy and citrusy with orange, berry, mild herb, pine, some bread crumb to light cracker and a nice moderate citrus rind bitterness. This rich, full flavored beer has medium to a little above on hop flavor, medium high hop bitterness and medium low malt flavor.

F: It is refreshing with medium to medium low body and medium to medium high carbonation.

O: An American lager for those who find American lager boring

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Photo of kevin3046
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a thick head that moderates but doesn't dissipate. Decent lacing. Mouthfeel is watery and highly carbonated. Strong grassy smell. The hops almost overpower the slight citrus and malt flavors up front. Very hoppy with little balance. It does get better as it warms. Very similar to an IPA in taste. Decent beer but not one I will actively search for.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a hazy yellow with a nice off-white head. Initial impression is citrus, bready malts, and pine. Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium. Nice refreshing finish. Good session candidate.

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Photo of TerryMills
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice hoppy pils. When done right like this one is its one of my favorite styles..

Bready,yeasty, citrus and floral notes ..
Goes down smooth with just a hint of carbonation burn.

I could sit around and drink several of these for sure , good sessionable drink. Will buy again at some point.

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Photo of tlema1
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: cloudy, yellow, big fluffy head, lots of carbonation
S: lots of earthy hops
T: the hops seem a little out of place,
F: look s of mouthfeel for a light beer
O: I remember really liking this last summer, not so much today

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Photo of Lagerlivesmatter
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, as a Pilsner I think this misses the mark. It reminds me more of a session IPA like Pinner from Oskar Blues. Their is a nice malt backbone, and the hops are smelt more than tasted. Pretty much fits the bill. This being a lager however would make it a session IPL I suppose.

That being said, if you can forgive the Pilsner on the label it is quite nice. Big piney hop aroma with a touch of citrus accompanied by a dryish mineral lager smell which I must admit is reminiscent of a Pilsner. Perhaps it's just an overhopped variety of one. Taste is more balanced than the aroma, malt is up front and chased by a nice zing from the hops. Aftertaste is very hoppy however. Overall a very easy drinker. If you like session IPA's or hoppy lagers this is hard to beat at $9.99 for 15 cans.

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Photo of mitch3114
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great, crisp, refreshing, hoppy, flavorful beer. Great that it comes in the 15 pack can format. Take cans on backpacking trips, and also great for the low ABV.

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

Yep no Pils here, IPA all the way. If your a hop head pick it up it, if not find something else. The US answer to beer making seems to be pour buckets of hops in and say yummy. I didn't mind it but no Pils to be found in this brew. Bad rating as a pils, not bad as an IPA.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy yellow-golden body with a few columns of tiny bubbles, white head wise soapiness turns me off somewhat. Nose is faint but offers decent citrus/spice hop notes alongside a bit of wheat and pilsner malt. The flavor is quite nice, again putting those restrained hop qualities alongside peppery pilsner malt. Body is crisp and drinkable but mildly astringent for some reason.
A pleasant brew, pretty cool as they say. The nose could use some work, but the hop/pilsner combo was tight. It ends up falling between being a thinker and a chugger, as a well made funtime brew.

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Photo of leantom
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is definitely an American pilsner. Woo - so overpowering. Here goes:

A: Very good. Head is massive and bready, leaving a lot of lacing. Body is hazy and well-carbonated.

S: Very spicy. Lots of peppers, grass, and hay. Also a lot of lemon. Almost overpowering in spiciness.

T: Follows the nose. Tons of grass and spices. A little too overpowering for a pilsner, however; it's not very refreshing.

F: Little too thick for a pilsner. Otherwise OK.

O: Good.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grains, wheat, dough. Pale yellow color. Overall a decent pils, not nothing that really stands out about it. Easy to drink and light, but wouldn't order it too often.

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Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and the sides of the glass and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrusy and floral hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a light to moderate amount of bitterness along with underlying notes of bready malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice version of a hopped up pilsener and is very easy to drink.

Serving type: can

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

Received a 12 ounce can from my friend Chad S in a beer trade in December. Clean aftertaste only. Up front flavor on the pallet was weak. Definitely more of a summer drink while mowing the grass beer.

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