PC Pils | Founders Brewing Company

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3.83/5
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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: 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:
#13,970
Reviews:
189
Ratings:
672
pDev:
8.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 672 |  Reviews: 189
Photo of Casey_L
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

7/17/17 can

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Photo of unclekeith
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joe12pk
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tastes nothing like a pilsner. This is a pale ale- and a pretty good one, especially on a hot summer day. Shame on you Founders for false labeling.

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

Photo of B_B
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Taybeh
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

All in all, using this hop bill for a pilsner just seems wrong to me, and even though I tried to keep an open mind and be willing to entertain a little experiment, style expectations kept interfering. Even if I didn't know it was supposed to be a pils, I'd be disappointed with the mouthful and finish, though maybe that's due to the fact that the single I've got was canned 4 months ago. It looks good into a pokal, shiny solid gold, fairly clear, with a 2 finger head and fairly good retention and lacing. The nose is fairly big, and I get lots of grapefruity cascade and piney and spicy chinook, which I like just fine in a pale ale, but the marriage to the pilsner malt here is just okay. All of that is going on in the taste, especially up front, but mid-way through it stalls out a bit and loses some definition. The finish is a little nondescript and not nearly as crisp or snappy as I'd like for a beer with this profile, whether it is a pils or something else, though there is a little lingering fresh cascade fruitiness.

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Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hasse67
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of steveh
2.72/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Was lucky enough to be gifted a can of PC Pils by my next door neighbor. I wanted to try it, but couldn't bring myself to pop for another American Pilsner -- even though I see this is listed as an "American Pale Lager," probably need to thank BEERchitect for that little insight.

Canned on 04/13/17 ink-jet printed on the can bottom. Poured into my short Becher.

L -- Pale, hazy yellow with a very spritzy, fast-settling white head.

S -- Could smell piny hops as I popped the can -- hmm. Yeah, big piny, resinous nose to this "Pilsner." Mildest of biscuit malt fighting through.

T -- Piny to citrus hops up front and all around, some mild spiciness. Getting a slight sweetness from malt in the middle, but the bitterness takes control.

F -- Crisp, dry mouthfeel with a light to medium-light body.

O -- Once again, an American Pale Ale with a Pilsner label. I can not understand why breweries have fallen into this pattern of wanting to brew a Pilsner for the marketing side, but opting to make it taste just like a Pale Ale. Very happy that I didn't spend money on the 12 packs that have been on sale locally.

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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueSpader
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ppvora
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle into a tall pilsner glass.
Light golden color with 2 fingers of head which dissipated quickly. Lots of aeration. Just a beautiful pour.
Aroma of honey, very faint ripe mango, and barley. Loved it!
Tastes mostly of barley, but there's a little bit of lime, honey and hops there.
Mouthfeel: Somewhat of a weird bitterness in the mouth...this is the only thing I didn't like about this beer.
Overall: For a warm day this is a super beer because it hits the right spot in terms of being refreshing with a touch of lime, but it's not lager-like.

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Photo of VikSTL
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice, smooth pils, perfect for hot days.

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Photo of G-R-Fracassa
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A little sickly in color but brightly aromatic with an across-the-board cleanness. Could stand to be a little stronger, considering its general weight.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Das Biergarten. Clear golden. Smells grassy with some corn sweetness. Tastes of Pilsner malt, light citrus, and then some grassy and spicy hops. Light bitterness, but enough to make the hops the lingering flavor. Light body. Good Pilsner, but it’s really hoppy, which wasn’t what I was looking for here.

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

Pours a bright yellow golden color with white head. Some citrus, light pine, wheat, other cereal grains, and some grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes very crisp and clean. Easy drinking, yet very flavorful pilsner.

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Photo of 98green
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DMcGirr
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 RyanK252
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Founders Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden straw with a frothy white head that settles to a light layer and leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Zesty citrus, lemon, grapefruit, floral and notes, crackery malt, and a touch of sweetness.

T: Bright, citrus, lemon and grapefruit, floral, grassy, a little pine, light fruit notes, crackery malt, and a touch of sweetness.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Sorta blurs the line between new style hoppy pils and IPL. Pretty crushable indeed. Nice summer beer.

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Photo of gruves33
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrGraybeard
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Head was modest and faded fairly quickly. Chill haze was pretty thick, to the point where the beer almost looked like a hefeweizen.

The aroma was piney citrus over crackers, not surprising with Cascade, Chinook and Centennial hops in the mix. The malts have a light, pilsener character, and there's an ample presence that drives up the alcohol content. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, even on the rich side for a pilsener.

The mix of traditionally ale hops in a lager makes the beer a bit of a challenge to rate. But chill haze is a definite defect, and I would have liked to see a more persistent head. It's very drinkable, though, and a beer I'd buy again.

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PC Pils from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 672 ratings