PC Pils | Founders Brewing Company

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3.83/5
Very Good
682 Ratings
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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:
#14,278
Reviews:
191
Ratings:
682
pDev:
8.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of cmukid87
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Goofster
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SkipZ
2.72/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of grainy biscuit malt, citrus and grassy hops (the latter surprised me because of the hop bill), mild lemon and orange citrus. Flavor of pale and biscuit malt, citrus and lightly piney with a light dry grassiness, lemon and orange citrus. Finishes with biscuit malt and citrus hops with a very pleasant light, estery lemon and orange flavor right at the end. Medium bodied with light creaminess and sharp carbonation. Wasn't sure what to expect here, but this hybrid worked out pretty well. The base malt smells very biscuity, but there are lighter pale malt notes in the taste. The hops definitely lean to North America with bright citrus flavors, but there is some grassiness in there to bring back the pilsner style. It's a little all over the place, but a quite drinkable pale ale, totally redeemed by the bright citrus notes in the finish. Refreshing with a wave at a traditional pilsner.

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Photo of coopdog1000
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JTuomi
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rickklein9
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bearman13
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tonyllau
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OneTuffPony
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of scott2269
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The PC Pils was new to the Raleys in here town. I was surprised how good it was when I bought it. It poured like a Pilsner with the normal straw color and a good 2-3 finger tight foam head. The smell was hoppy than normal and had a balanced sweetness. It is nice and light and I have been buying out the 15 packs while they are still around. This is one of my favorite hoppy Pilsners and am planning on cloning it.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle.

A clear yellow with a dense, white head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is bright and hoppy - more IPL than pilsner, there's fruity citrus, a mild pine and a touch of chalk. A little honeyed toast is present as well. The palate opens bitter with a blend of pine and citrus peel, along with a moderate fruit note. Grapefruit and a light melon note are present. Light in body, drying on the finish with a lingering bitterness, this beer is solid.

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

The PC Pils is good, with a crisp feel, and mild hoppiness. This refreshing, anytime beer is flavorful, light, and enjoyable.

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Photo of muswellbeerbelly
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brewnme
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KennyDerenbecker
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of AccipiterofBeer
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thehyperduck
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355 mL bottle from a six-pack purchased at the LCBO; best before Feb 4 2018 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a clear pale golden colour, topped with one finger of puffy, soapy, sparkling white head. Fair retention; it seeps off steadily over the next 2-3 minutes or so, caking the interior of the glass with a webbed pattern of delicate lacing as it recedes. A thick, foamy collar and spotty cap remain in place; this is a beautiful pale lager, with a fine aroma to match. Cereal grains and crackery pale malt sweetness underlie a medley of lemon zest, orange peel and grapefruit, rounded off with a potently floral and spicy hop note.

The taste follows after the nose, with clean, grainy pale malts and a lightly doughy, crackery sweetness playing more of a background role, acceding to the C-hops. Citrus flavours abound, with lemony flavours and grapefruit pith standing out most strongly to me, overlapping with slight hints of orange peel. Floral bitterness takes over the latter half of the sip, with touches of spicy hops and a kind of watered-down pine resin note in the aftertaste. Light in body, with zippy carbonation that aggressively tickles the palate, giving this lager a very crisp texture and a highly refreshing nature. It's only 5.5%, yet it still drinks as if it's lighter than that.

Final Grade: 4.24, an A-. I feel like a lager of this quality sort of speaks for itself, so I'll just say that PC Pils is one of the best of its kind that I've had in recent memory. Definitely an APL, not a 'traditional' pils - the hops are decidedly American, both in character and quantity of usage - so purchase accordingly. This is not a cheap beer in the Ontario market at $14 a sixer, but I will still be picking it up regularly because it is a fantastic multipurpose lager with some session potential. Cream of the crop stuff, up there with Anchor California Lager.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tankg
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | 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 682 ratings