PC Pils | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

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

Added by BEERchitect on 05-26-2016

BEER STATS
Ratings:
493
Reviews:
144
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
8.05%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
74
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Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

huge fan of this, i love the northwestern type hops, and how well dosed they are. i am surprised more american craft brewers havent elected to bend the rules a little bit and use them in this style. the grapefruity high alpha freshness is so cool in the style, loved the light crackery pils malt, and are so decidedly different than the saaz and other noble strains we are used to in the style that it almost seems like a new style of beer altogether. dry and crisp in the finish still, this is still grain driven, and it definitely is still a lager, it hasnt been transformed into an ipl or anything, not at all. a wave of crackery pale european pils malt is followed by a bright citrusy hoppiness that is so neat in this platform, and there is quite a bit of bitterness in the finish too, i really like this element in the pils, it sounds odd, but it seems to even add to the refreshment value. insanely high carbonation is appreciated in the style, and in the end this tastes fresher and better than a lot of the imports, even the good ones. i could crush can after can of this, and along with all day ipa, i wish it were available in colorado, this is unique in a style where a lot off the craft examples of it taste the same. very well done!

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -1%
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 BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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 zeff80
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 jlindros
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent fizzy bubbly 1+ finger head that fades at a slower pace, a little lacing, mostly clear honey orange color.

Nose lager malts, raw bread dough, sour dough, cracker notes, little grainy cereal, soft lager fruits and grassy hops.

Taste brings big grassy hops out front, a little floral herbal, mostly grassy, into toasted grainy pilsner malts, more raw bread dough, cracker notes, soft lager flavors, crisp, finish is quite bitter though, way more bitter than it should as it overpowers.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, some soft and crisp lager notes, decent carb.

Overall not bad, started nice but the super bitter finish just destroys it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very fresh 12 oz bottle with a bottling date just over 2 weeks ago..
Clear, pale golden body topped by a moderate sized but durable white head. Very good lacing.
I've had countless pilsners, but I believe this has a stronger hop flavor than any of the others. More malt in the aroma than in the flavor. Moderate-high bitterness overall. Smooth, medium body.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint bright yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy foamy bright white head that quickly reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/lemon zest, floral, and grassy hops over the top of light aromas of grainy/bready malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of grainy + bready malts with a hint of grainy sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of citrus/lemon zest, floral, and grassy hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which lingers through the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially crisp with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Not quite as clean as I would have expected for a Pils based lager but still quite enjoyable and easy to drink - I think of this as a hybrid IPA + Pils. I think this would be a good beer for tailgating or grilling.

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Photo of billab914
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent straw color with 2 fingers of ivory colored head. Traces of head retention & lacing

S: Grassy, lemony & a little floral hop once warm

T: Follows the nose, dryness & a touch of breadyness, plus a little soapyness up front. More breadyness & grassyness, plus a little more soapyness as this warms, some lemon. Finishes dry, crisp & a little lemon & grapefruit

MF: Medium body, lively carbonation

A good take on the style, easy to drink, body is a touch lacking , pretty good balance

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Photo of duceswild
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tried this on tap at Federal Taphouse in Harrisburg, served in a pint.

The color is a lightly hazed golden with thick white head and fine bead with copious lace that sticks.
The smell is very herbal and yet slightly pine with a tropical and citrus hop smell. The feel is very good with moderately high bitterness and very dry finish with moderate carbonation
to be continued...

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Photo of smithj4
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdfb79
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
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 orangesol
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.85 out of 5 based on 493 ratings.
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