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: 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

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Ratings: 575 |  Reviews: 169
Photo of antman27
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DMc8ride
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SamuelMiller
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rangerred
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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 tylerstravis
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tmcarter23
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lic217
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Light yellow and crystal clear, not much head
Smell: Hops, citrus (orange and grapefruit, some pine
Taste follows the nose, but starts sweet and ends with a powerful, but pleasant bitterness. I would like a little less hop flavor and bitterness to taste more malt. Get some light Amost cherry like sweetness at the back end as it warms. No alcohol taste.
Feel: Moderate thickness for style, nice crisp feel and high level of carbonation and with nice resin finish
Overall: I would prefer a lighter hopped beer, but overall a nice beer at a good price. Nice job. My guess is I will like the 15th can more then my first which is the one i am currently having. it seems like the kind of beer that will get better each time you crack a can, plus the hop flavor might fade a bit.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear yellow with smooth white foam. Smells of lemon and yeast. Taste follows. Classic salty and yeasty pilsner flavor. Slightly weak on body. Overall, a fairly stander pilsner.

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Photo of Gtg642
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kinmundy77
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skrumpy
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear, bright, golden color. Bubbly, white head that diminished quickly. Very little lacing. Aroma is floral, with hints of lemon and cracker malt. Flavor is light citrus and peppercorn, with some herbal and floral qualities. Very crisp and refreshing, decent flavor. A good beer on a warm afternoon.

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Photo of BeerMe8
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gajo74
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ahh, the art of the shower beer. Inspired by the Beer Advocate article, I came back from a workout. I took the Brothers'' advice by way of selecting a Lager. In my fridge it was a can of PC Pils and a bottle of Spaten. This won.
Eschewing the Brothers' suggestion of drinking from the can (for safety reasons), I poured it into a glass. It yielded a mostly clear but slightly hazy straw color with a pretty modest head that eventually dissipated entirely.
About to enter the shower, I gave it a whiff. Many things about this brew's aroma suggest IPA or Pale Ale, rather than Lager. The nose featured citrusy hops aromas, as well as apricot and mango.
As the warm water ran down my back, the contrast of the crisp and refreshing liquid going down my throats was lovely. True to form, it was Lager like with an understated cleanness and lightness. In addition, the stinging carbonation enhanced drinkability.
However, the similarities kind of ended there. Flavor wise, this one is more similar to a hoppy American style Ale. Although there is a sweet malt backbone, it is slightly hops forward. Notes of citrus and pine dominate, although in an understated fashion. In the mid palate there is a lovely lemony tone that is refreshing and delicious. The finish is dry and a bit grassy and resiny from the hops.
I thought this was a thoroughly enjoyable brew, especially considering the circumstances. American Pale Lager is rapidly becoming one of my favorite session styles. This would be my drink of choice if I wanted to invite Lager drinkers who want to pound six packs all night.

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Photo of rbrandt22
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 22Blue
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Pens1967
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of DaveCash
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IronLover
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow in color with a very slight haze. Poured with a short, soapy, white foam with medium low retention. Medium earthy pine and soft floral hop aromas with medium malt beneath. Medium light bodied with medium high carbonation and pleasant warmth near the finish. Medium high floral and pine hop flavors with medium light maltiness. Medium, spicy hop bitterness through the middle followed by spicy hops to the end. Finished with a crisp spicy bitter bite followed by lingering pine hop bitterness. Pilsners are fairly bitter, but the spicy and pine hop bitterness overwhelmed the malt character. I would've called this a pale ale if "pils" wasn't in the name. Reading the label they've strayed from the traditional noble hop profile. Pretty drinkable and tasty nonetheless.

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

Photo of Narthax
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

PC Pils from Founders Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 575 ratings.
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