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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Photo of FortyouncestoFreedom
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Was really looking forward to this beer. Huge fans of Founders, that is for sure. Excellent tasting beer. Absolutely delicious. However, tastes more like an IPA than your everyday IPA does if you ask me. The finish is definitely better than the everyday though. Great beer, I could see my self enjoying quite a few as I am mostly a hop head and this is right up my alley. Tastes similar in the hops Pilsner category to Hardywood Pils which I think is a great hoppy Pilsner. This one was even hoppier.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This is a highly quaffable, thirst quenching beer that rewards repeat and session drinking.

An incredibly easy to put down pilsner with a huge american hop profile of juicy orange and grapefruit that finishes with a gentle, lemon rind and biscuity malt taste.

It's not really meant to be fussed over or scrutinized too much. Just to be crushed and enjoyed.

Is it good? Yes, very.
Is it going to make you rethink your entire existence and everything you've ever known about beer? Probably not.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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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 Wer34truh
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow appearance with moderate visible carbonation.

Smell consists of a collection of citrus; lime, lemon, and a wee bit grapefruit.

This is an incredibly smooth beer, both in taste and in mouthfeel. The taste is subtle, but delightfully so as there is plenty of complexity here; it's just subtle. Both the hops and malts are noticeable, but without it becoming distracting. Marvelous combination of flavors. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is perfect.

This is among my favorite lagers, I just wish it was available in the summer. Even though it might be better that it's not since I would drink way to much of it.

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Photo of MargotDarko
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this easy drinker. It's fresh, clean and bubbly. It has some really interesting flavors going on, but nothing overpowering. It has become my trusty back up - when I try something new and don't like it, I pour this instead. Excited that Founders has changed their schedule for 2017 and that this is coming back in the Spring/Summer in 2017 instead of the Fall/Winter. It's going to be awesome drinking this fresh on a hot day.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
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 descobar
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

straw colored lager with thick white head that dissipates rather quickly. perfectly clean and clear with solid carbonation. on the nose, bready light malts and faint earthy, grassy hoppy aromas. flavor is all approachable and crisp pilsner malts with smooth bitterness from the US grown hops. body is medium with slight astringency and creamy texture. finishes dry with a significant bitterness that lasts.
great job mimicking the noble hops with US varieties without losing the essence of the style. this is no IPL.

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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 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 mjurney
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gold-straw color, hazy. Medium-high carbonation. Thick bright white head.

Citrus, herbal, sweet, bready, crisp, clean.

Sweet pale malts, bready, cracker, faint honey. Medium hop bitterness, mostly herbal-citrus, some floral. Finish is very clean and crisp, slight dryness. Light bodied, crisp, clean, ultra-drinkable.

It's a very nice American Pilsner!

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Golden yellow, cloudy, 1 finger of head and some nice lacing

S - Citrus hops, pilsner malt, oranges, and grapefruit

T - Definitely a pilsner, but a very hoppy pilsner. Great spin. Very tasty.

F - Crisp, well carbonated

O - An awesome hoppy pilsner. Definitely takes the pilsner up a notch with all the citrus hops added

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Photo of matcris
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A very slightly hazy, lemony/golden with a finger of foamy white head that very slowly settles down to a thin layer. Decent amount of medium bubbles rising. The aroma is of crackery malt. strong citrus, mostly lemon, and a small amount of pine in the background. The flavor has a nice bitterness up front that lingers throughout followed by sweet bready malt and a strong lemon note. A little bit of a spicy note overall. The beer is quite dry all the way through the swig and medium light in body, with full carbonation. Spotty lacing down the pils glass. This beer has a stronger lasting bitterness than most European pilsners, but it is a very nice twist on this style. It smells pretty sweet, which comes out in the flavor, but not as pronounced as the bitterness. Very good and interesting brew.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

PC Pils | Founders Brewing Company. Poured from the can into a pint glass, this brew's head is two fingers thick, with spottier lacing, and a clear medium golden body.

I smell a pleasing blend of honey biscuit malts and the hops mentioned on the labeling.

Tastes pretty much like what I expected: a clean, crisp pilsner with the aforementioned malt profile going on with lighter-yet-noticeable hints of the citrus, pine, and dank hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with mild carbonation.

I'll give PC Pils | Founders Brewing Company an overall rating of a 4.25. An interesting take on a classic style that doesn't try too hard.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear straw, plenty of visible effervescence, with a foamy, soapy white head that leaves a residual film of head and excellent lacing.

S: Delicately floral, soft pine, slightly soapy, dank resinous character, light crackery sweetness with hints of honey, some red grapefruit and citrus zest.

T: Zesty red grapefruit with the pith and the peel, well-balanced against the smoothness of the malt of crackers and honey. Light but with lip-smacking flavor, slightly floral, finishes with grass and pine needles. Quite crisp, and clean, but, briefly lingers with a slight grapefruit/orange peel bitterness before a dry ending.

F: Light, but not watery. Perfect level of carbonation. Drinks super easily. Nicely dry finish. Would pair well with spicy, greasy food, or enjoyed by itself.

O: It's pleasantly crisp, and perfectly clean. This beer would be perfect for camp outs, picnics, tailgating, and parties.

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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 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 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 wedge
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

PACKAGED ON 10/20/16

Straw yellow color topped with a slim layer of white foam. Hoppy aromas definitely leaning towards the classic "C-hop" character: flowery grapefruit and spicy pine resin. Flavor is equally hoppy - brisk, sunny grapefruit and lemon citrus, hay, and peppery flowers over a bed of cereal grain. Crisp light body, super easy to drink. Nice to have a 15-pack of this in the fridge for drinkin-beer purposes.

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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 allengarvin
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Bright, pale gold, with a moderate head of airy foam.
S: Grassy, lightly citrusy hop notes in the nose, little malt.
T: Excellent flavor! Plenty of bitterness up front, with hops exuding a light citrus flavor. Malt is quite restrained. Very clean finish.
M: Medium bodied, lots of carbonation.
O: Very quaffable beer, a decent session beer indeed.

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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 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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