Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
American Lager
Ranked #38
Ranked #19,972
3.82 | pDev: 8.64%
Jul 25, 2022
May 26, 2016
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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Rated: 3.94 by Metalgod666 from Michigan

Jul 25, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Aug 25, 2021
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Twas an easy pickup when I saw one of these 15 packs next to the All Day 15 packs at the grocery store. Something like $1 a can in softball season? Hell yeah.

Pours pilsner golden yellow. Decent clarity. 1/3" white head. A decently hoppy nose for style and a light yeast presence.

Taste reveals this might as well be an IPL. Its nicely hopped, so much so, with the varieties and amount, I come to the IPL reference. Hoppy Pilsner, IPL, whatever, let's move on. Good pine lemon and grapefruit rind presence alongside veritable pilsner maltings. Carbonation on point. Its not hopped to the level of what The Dissident was, but that was an imperial IPL. This is just a well hopped with American hops pilsner.

15 of these were crushed with the quickness. Great drinkability. I'd absolutely hit this up again, but it didn't make it out this way come summertime. Stuff like this really has me over the $20 and up bottles.
Aug 12, 2021
Rated: 3.85 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois

Mar 06, 2021
Rated: 3.79 by cgrunin from Texas

Feb 27, 2021
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Reviewed by skisonic from Maryland

3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Pours a translucent, paleish straw, an attractive shade. Smells like a typical pilsner, dank. A light-bodied softish mouthfeel. Prominent flavors are malty, piney with a note of sour. Its smooth and easy to drink.
Dec 19, 2020
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Reviewed by JRed from New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Light haze in this straw-colored body. White fluffy head. Aroma of honey, light citrus, lemon, and light pine. Tastes of light citrus, light lemon, honey, grass, light pine, nice clean bitterness. Light bodied with very active carbonation.
Nov 21, 2020
Rated: 4.05 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania

Nov 19, 2020
Rated: 3.02 by CreightonSM from New York

Sep 23, 2020
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Reviewed by maxpower from Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
12 oz can pours hazy golden-straw color with a good fizzy white head that doesn't last long, not much lacing, light grassy and flowery aromas. Cracker and grainy mild sweetness turns bitter with some dryness in the finish. Light bodied with a soft but crisp carbonated mouthfeel, very clean and crisp, very nice.
Sep 05, 2020
Rated: 3.53 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Aug 31, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by DruC4 from Michigan

Aug 24, 2020
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Reviewed by hefe300 from Oklahoma

3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Royal Gorge souvenir pint glass. White head dissipates quickly, leaving minimal lacing. Color is yellow with mild haze.
Smells like citrus hops.
Taste like citrus hops up front. Not much malt to balance. Finished with the fading of the hops.
The bitterness is not pilsneresque. It's all citrus and I guess that's where the "American" in American Pilsner comes from. It's a good beer that is acceptable for cooling off on a hot day or paired with a spicy bowl of chili.
This has the hoppiness of an American Pale ale but is a lager with the malt bill of a pilsner.
Aug 22, 2020
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Currently ranked #29 in the "Lager - American" Beers list.

12 fl oz pull-tab can ran me $1.20 USD plus tax at a beer store in New Orleans, LA.

"American Hopped Pilsner." 5.5% ABV. 45 IBUs.

A nice IPL, but calling it a pilsner is just plain disingenuous. Chinook is showcased well. Centennial not so much (where's the pine? the oils? the resin?). Cascade - sure, I get floral flavour. Crystal I'd never pick out in a blind tasting.

Very drinkable. Soft. Smooth. Refreshing. Coating.

Aug 18, 2020
Rated: 3.49 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Aug 01, 2020
Rated: 3.8 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Aug 01, 2020
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Rated by sunsjammer from Arizona

4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz can from Craft Beer Hop Shop
Aug 01, 2020
Rated: 3.89 by Bruno74200 from France

Jul 27, 2020
Rated: 4.01 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Jul 07, 2020
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Reviewed by John123will from Indiana

3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
L- Big white head with small bubbles. A pale yellow color like straw. This specific one being reviewed might have some chill haze. Overall, good head retention and a pretty beer.

S- Grain and malt are present on the nose with citrus and floral aroma typical of American hops. Reminiscent of casacade. Overall a mild aroma.

F- Prickly carbonation and a light bodied beer.

T- Centennial hop taste more present than in the aroma. First taste malt and slight toasted flavor, then the earthy centennial bitterness, followed by a sweetness, and finally a grainy aftertaste.

O- Decent crowd pleasing beer. Not amazing and not a traditional pilsner with the American hops but an easy drinker someone can pick up.
Jul 05, 2020
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