PC Pils | Founders Brewing Company

PC PilsPC Pils
BA SCORE
68.2%
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3.83 w/ 617 ratings
PC PilsPC Pils
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by BEERchitect on 05-26-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,443
Reviews:
178
Ratings:
617
Liked:
421
Avg:
3.83/5
pDev:
8.09%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
100
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 617 |  Reviews: 178
Reviews by hopsputin:
Photo of hopsputin
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It couldn't be more old world American on the "malt" front, nor more new world American on the "hop" front, Founders latest politically correct beer brings both worlds together in a taste that's familiar to the wash of American lager but advanced with those pacific northwest spicy little cones.

PC Pils pours a brilliant and bright canary straw color with impressive carbonation and an arid, loosely-knit swath of sea foam. Citrus and spice overcome the nose with a decidedly floral overtone while its taste is dry and cracker-like even in its terse grain sweetness.

Its sweet impressions are volatile and sweep away easily on the middle palate. Flavors of rustic grain and cereal remain while the hops come to steal the show. Its floral upstart turns to the citrus taste of white grapefruit, orange peel and light lemon before turning resinous with pepper, pine, lemongrass and citrus leaf to close.

Its peppery and sprucy bitterness easily overshadows the malt even though their use is moderate. The beer's remarkable dryness and elevated carbonation keeps the beer highly drinkable and refreshing with simmering warmth, trailing into a lemongrass finish with hints of mineral-rich seltzer.

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Photo of AngryDutchman
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Color: honey, not straw. Good head and lacing.
Aroma/Flavor:not unpleasant but hoppier than appropriate for style. It is a tasty enough beer and will probably pair well with the hot wings once they get here...but calling it a "pilsener" is a stretch. Premium American Craft Lager.
Mouthfeel: good, follows the head retention Not creamy and gets knocked down because of the bitterness in the aftertaste.
Overall: an okay beer but the implication of not living up to the "politically correct" suggestion of this as a "Pils" indicates that the naming committee needs to reconvene. "President Trump Bitter Blonde Lager" would work for me, not that there's a mandate for this sort of change.

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Photo of crwrunner
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you like Sierra Nevada torpedo you will like this. If you are hoping for a traditionalPilsner you will be very disappointed. I am very disappointed in this beer. This taste more like a pale ale than a Pilsner. Very citrusy. This beer is basically what every other american brewery is brewing now. Citrusy hops in everything. What's wrong with just trying to make a very good version of a traditional beer. Yeah I know that with out trying different things we would never get anywhere new but this comes no where close to a Pilsner with a different hop selection. I don't know how to rate this beer. Should I rate it off flavor which is actually pretty good or should I rate it in trying to be a Pilsner? I will rate on flavor but do not buy this beer thinking you are getting a Pilsner with different hops.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Dated 8/3/2016. Poured into a willi becher glass.

Pours a clear, lighter yellow straw body, one finger white head, fair retention time, no lacing. Smells of grapefruit, a bit of bread, floral, pine. It's pretty much hopped up, without much breadiness or crackeriness to the aroma. Flavour is similarly hop-forward, without much bready pilsner character to it. Floral, grapefruit hop aromatics with a piney bitterness. It pretty much tastes like a slightly breadier All-Day IPA, a bit more malt and depth to it. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, good carb, fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish. Essentially a pale ale with a bit more malt to it, I would like more of the classic pilsner character and crackery breadiness that I've come to expect from pilsners in general.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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 woodychandler
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This may be one of those rare occasions on which I get to review one beer from two different serving styles. Our local rep laid a CAN on me recently, then I scored a bottle. This site used to allow us to review by serving style, but no longer. That is why I try to always identify such a thing when writing a review.

From the CAN (since The CANQuest (tm) is paramount): "Brewed for us."; "Crack it. Pour it. Love it."; "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."

Nothing matches the Crack of a CAN, and especially when followed with an inverted Glug. I had to go easy with this one as my awaiting Pilsner glass would quickly overflow. Sure enough, the head came rushing up to create two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head that looked like meringue atop lemon pie filling. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled more pronounced in terms of the Chinook pine scent, but the citrusiness of the grapefruit and lemon was still evident. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. Here, the citrus flavors were very pronounced, especially the grapefruit while the malt was not really a factor. Finish was dry, very citrusy with a bit of pine, but still not much in the way of discernible malt(s). I hate to say it, but I think that I enjoyed what came out of the bottle a little more. That said, I would not hesitate to fill a cooler with CANs of this beer.

From the bottle: "American Hopped Pilsner"; "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."

Ah, who asked yinz?!? Actually, I am quite hyped up to try this variation on a theme. I have been a fan of (especially Czech) Pilsners since my FerMentor, Lew Bryson, turned me onto the idea that Noble hops can be prevalent in a lager.

Here goes with the Pop! of the cap. I had my pilsner glass at the ready & standing by for my pour. I have Otterbein United Methodist Church directly across the street & I scour their monthly Attic Treasures rummage sale for glassware, like the one that I am using now. Gad, but this is one gorgeous beer! The cap of dense, bone-white head came right up and hung around like it was getting fed later. The color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-quality clarity & the tiny, effervescent bubbles made the entire thing look like a 1950's-era print ad for beer! The nose just made me laugh! I would love to know what malt(s) were involved, because this smelled fantastic! It was very citrusy, initially, with notes of lemon and grapefruit, followed by the pine of the Chinook, but I also got a biscuity maltiness, perhaps Pilsner malt (?). Mouthfeel was on the thin side, not exactly watery, but it was not winning any contests, either. The effervescence was a nice touch and opened up my taste buds. Other than the biscuity malt, I am not sure that I would have recognized this as a Pils. I like that this site is calling it an APL and there were definitely NO adjuncts in this beauty. The taste was a wild mélange of tangerine, orange, lemon, grapefruit and a pine tree falling right into the middle of the fruit basket! Ha ha. Finish was semi-dry, more fruity than pine, but wildly refreshing. Crushable? Heck, I could drink this all day out of my cooler! I haven't time to do the CAN review before Happy Hour, but I will post both reviews (as available) later.

Draft: Presented directly from the tap into a pint glass. Just under a finger of foamy, bone-white head with modest retention. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a lemony citrusiness along with a light grassiness. Mouthfeel was medium. Taste had an interesting combined bitterness of lemon & grapefruit commingled with freshly-mown grass or hay. Finish was dry, in that pleasant, lightly hoppy way that a Pils should evince. The only thing that I lacked was a pretzel or two.

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

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 9/6/2016. Pours slightly hazy pale golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/grassy/citrus peel bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero hop astringency after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately sticky, and lightly grainy/resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.5%. Overall this is a great American hopped German Pilsner style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DanGeo
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ledouge
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bsp77
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

While good, this is somewhat of a disappointment. This doesn't seem like an American-hopped take on a Pilsner, but rather an IPA with weak malts and a slightly off mouthfeel and finish. The hops have the expected citrus and pine components of Cascade, Centennial and Chinook, but just don't integrate as well as I hoped. Lots of complaining for a beer I enjoyed, but I expect more from Founders.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's a quarter inch inch of dishwater white. The color is bright gold with great clarity and heavy lacing. The aroma is of a light citrus hop nose. I'm tasting citrus hops and light malt. The mouth is a bit sticky for a pilsner,but quaffable enough.

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Photo of pat61
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
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 bpfrush
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A bready and juicy malt forward aroma with a scent of biscuit, grains, and citrus. Bready malt hints of biscuit, grains, and cracker with lager yeast. Solid hop presence with citrus hints of orange, grapefruit, and lemon zest. Also some grassy and floral hop hints. A very nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bready and juicy malt forward taste with notes of biscuit, grains, and citrus. Bready malt notes of biscuit, grains, straw, and cracker along with some lager yeast. Juicy citrus hop notes of orange, grapefruit, and lemon zest. Also some grassy and piney hop notes. A very nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and smooth.

Overall: A very good hopped up take on a Pilsner. Nice balance of biscuit malt and citrus hop flavor.

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Photo of DrKarl
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GOBLIN
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of moundbz
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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PC Pils from Founders Brewing Company
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