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 dsa7783
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Bonds Tavern in West Orange. Pours a golden, effervescent hue with moderate frothing and carbonation. Hoppy aroma reminiscent of lite pines and spruce. Similar flavor profile.

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Photo of SHDoyle
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Description: Light, straw color with a finger of white head. Head appears 'foamy' with large bubbles. The smell is hoppier than I anticipated for a Pilsner and I picked up a light pine aroma along with sweet, baked bread. The breadiness came through more prominently on the smell than the taste and I didn't pick up much of the pine. A little bit of bitterness on the finish but this is one where the smell is better than the taste. Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation.

Suggested food pairing: Sushi/tuna

If you like this beer you should also try: Sapporo

Overall: One of the better Pilsners I've had but maybe that's because it didn't taste like a normal Pilsner. I can see that it's regarded as an "American Pale Lager" here and that might be more fitting. There's a bit of hoppy bitterness that I usually don't find in a Pilsner and it works pretty well. If someone offered it I wouldn't necessarily turn this beer down but it's not worth making a big effort to seek out.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 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 dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
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 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 Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color with a short airy white head. No lacing on the glass.

The aroma is lightly hoppy. Some grapefruit and some grass. A bit fruitier than a traditional pils.

The taste is lightly fruity with the grapefruit hops. Some grassy notes as well. Malt is very light. Tastes more like an IPA than a Pils.

The feel is light and crisp. Slightly sweet quite balanced. Not much of an aftertaste. Easy drinking.

A nice beer nothing exciting.

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Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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 hardy008
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours pale straw gold with a one finger white head, which as good retention, and leaves decent lacing. The aroma has citrus and floral hops, There is also cracker and biscuit malt. Tastes like it smells. Nicely balanced. I like the citrus hop flavor and aroma. Tastes like a combination of oranges and lemons. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A nice drinkable beer, for a warm autumn day.

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Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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 buschbeer
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a Michigan Wolverines pint glass

This beer pours a golden color and is topped with two inches of off white head that leaves some decent lacing.

It has a pleasing citrus and floral aroma.

I taste grapefruit rind and pine. It reminds me of All Day IPA with more flavor.

Thin to moderate mouthfeel

This is very refreshing and flavorful. I wish I would have gotten a 12 pack instead of a six pack. I could drink a shit ton of this beer. It needs to be a summer seasonal.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear gold body with a decent white head which never really fades and leaves nice tight rings. Beautiful.
S - Light sweet malt, balanced well by the piney chinook and some other spiciness.
T - Awful lot going on here. It's got some fruity aspects which I mistake for esters if this was an ale. Some piney resin and a little background malt. It almost seems like too much but the crispness of the style cuts it off before it gets there.
M - Only drawback the body is a little heavy. There's high carb and it dries out quite nicely.
O - This is an excellent variation on a Pils. They didn't just take a Pils recipe and dump a boatload of hops. The type and quantity work very well with the malt.

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Photo of Jraiona
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Clear pale yellow capped by a thick white head with decent retention.

S- Yeast and even pouring a good 2 feet from my nose very distinct citrus notes particularly grapefruit were quite prominent.

T- Smooth and crisp mouthfeel with a nice level of carbonation. A pleasant level of hopiness with malt tones and a residual sweetness on the back end. The flavors of pine and citrus come through with just a touch of lemongrass.

O- Refreshing and quite sessionable. Smooth and nicely hopped with malt tones. A nicely balanced beer.

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Photo of tdmccarthy
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I usually try everything Founders puts out. They are amongst my favorite breweries easily. For that reason I went ahead and bought a 15 pack of cans of their new Pils. The smell is fantastic but the feel and taste just don't match up. It's way too thin. It's basically a Session IPA in pilsner name only. It's fine but pretty disappointing.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale yellow with a fluffy layer of bright white head. Nice retention and clings to the glass after each sip.

S - Yeast, grass, bread dough in the nose, citrus, piney, clean scent.

T - Malt base that builds with crackers, bread dough, lemon grass, balanced with dry hops, piney, light citrus notes. Medium bodied, and a smooth feel.

O - This brew is profoundly crushable indeed - this will be a nice alternative to some of the other session options. Nicely hopped and truly stands out in this style as it toes the line of pale ale. Nice balance and I love the aggressively hopped pils.

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Photo of tempest
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A crisp and pleasant pilsner, but the bar for craft lagers is getting higher and this doesn't surpass peers like Sierra Nevada Nooner or Firestone Walker Pivo. With that in mind, yes, I'd absolutely bring a 6-pack to the beach. The hops are floral and biting, on par with a good pale ale but followed with that snappy lager finish.

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Photo of Buck89
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2-week old bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. Crystal-clear straw color with a fluffy white head that had great stamina, reluctantly leaving friendly lacing. The first whiff delivered a burst of citrusy hops - grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple, and a bit of resin - not much malt. The taste was as expected: crisp citrus flavors with some earthy tones and finally some crackery, bready Pilsner malt. Clean, bitter, dry finish. I enjoyed this beer immensely and I would not call it a Pilsner, as there is not enough malt showcased, but who cares?

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Photo of Zorro
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells of citrus flowers. Scent or orange mostly. Bitter scent of willow tree. Very faint scent of pilsner malt. Little bit of pine board scent.

Starts out dry and a little savory with no particular after taste. Medium level of bitterness and a bit dry and woody. Slight sweetness to it and a little orange taste but it is quite dry.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall this is a dry beer that is more aromatic than it is flavorful. If you like a bone dry beer this will be a good choice.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Nice crisp hoppy pilsner. Actually tastes like a mild IPA. But its not!
Look is very clean and clear. Head if very nice and lasting with a lingering lacing thru out. Smell of strong hops is present. Tho the taste is very laxed and easy going. Nice balance of flavors here. Citrus floral and piney for sure but mellowed out. Nothing extraordinary about this one but still an awesome brew. Nice Job guys!

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Photo of ribby
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This a a decent beer. But it is way too hoppy for a pilsner. The malt flavor is much too subdued. he hop flavor is floral and spicy. The beer pours a clear light amber, with good thick head. I am really wondering what the point of this is in Founders' lineup with all day and pale.

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Photo of BB1313
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 9/14/16. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a light golden with a subtle haze and has bubbles racing upwards; fluffy white head that falls leaving nice bubbly retention and decent lacing. The aromas have some cracker and citrus notes. Lemon and lime is there along with some floral notes. The flavors are citrus and hop forward without dominating. More lemon and lime with some hints of grapefruit. Fresh grass giving it an earthiness to it. Solid bitterness. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light with active carbonation. It's fluffy and creamy. Refreshing, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a very nice hoppy pilsener. The hops shine, but still stays true to style for the most part. It doesn't come off as an IPA. Very enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Bartleby91
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really pale yellow, like straw. Aromas of pine, citrus, and some tropical fruit as well. Tastes are pretty similar with a nice crispness from the pilsner malt. Has a nice lighter mouthfeel with some lingering hop bitterness as well. Overall a nice hoppy pilsner that goes a different direction than most in the style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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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