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: 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:
#14,648
Reviews:
193
Ratings:
689
pDev:
8.36%
Bros Score:
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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Brewing Co. "PC Pils"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 04/04/17..." and sampled on 08/04/17
$2 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Look: Slightly hazy golden body beneath a finger-thick head of bright white that drops shortly but leaves some nice "branches" of lace rising along the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Citrusy and mildly piney with with the three C's of American brewing (Cascade, Chinook, and Centennial) over a grainy malt base.

Taste: As the aroma suggests, the hops float over the lightly sweet and grainy malt base with notes of citrus (orange/tangerine, light lemon, sweetened grapefruit), and soft pine. A firm bitterness balances it and helps to dry it in the finish.

Feel: Medium bodied and gently crisp.

Overall: Quite enjoyable. 1/2 American pale ale, 1/2 pilsner.

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Photo of tyronegangsta
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nosquatch
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hoppytobehere
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can dated 5/30

I get that they're going for some new age hopped up pilsner, but this was too one noted for me. It was all hops, no balance, and no body. Drinks a lot like a session IPA, which is a style I avoid. But hey it's cheap!

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Photo of jbehlar
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Bierwolf
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a "wheat" shade of gold with a 1/2 finger of fizzy white foam that dissapates to a thin froth. Very clear, you can read through it. Well carbonated.

Aroma: I really wasn't getting a malt aroma. More piney and citrusy.

Taste: Again more hoppiness than anything else. A little fruitiness and a slightly bitter lingering for a short time.

Mouth feel: Medium light in body. Nicely carbonated and very smooth.

Overall: I was expecting something different but this was a very quenching and tasty ale. Getting more net to time I hit the store.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jldoyle89
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of untitledeuphoria
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FrancisM12
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tomesco
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of TSuthard
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coudy copper in color with a frothy head that lasted pretty long. American hops come up out the glass. While the beer is refreshing, the hops cover up any Pilsner flavor.

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Photo of sjrider
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

PC Pils from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 689 ratings