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 BeerDawgs
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Golden yellow, cloudy, 1 finger of head and some nice lacing

S - Citrus hops, pilsner malt, oranges, and grapefruit

T - Definitely a pilsner, but a very hoppy pilsner. Great spin. Very tasty.

F - Crisp, well carbonated

O - An awesome hoppy pilsner. Definitely takes the pilsner up a notch with all the citrus hops added

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Photo of Beejay
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale yellow in color, very hazy, with a nice white head.

S: Lots of hops in the aroma, sweet with orange peel, juicy tangerine, maybe grapefruit or tropical fruit.

T: Sweet and clean with a lot of hop character. Taste follows aroma with tangerine and grapefruit, with a slightly spicy finish.

M: Light bodied, with moderate to high carbonation.

O: Overall a pretty good drinking beer, and something I would dig on a hot day or jamming on a pack while grilling out.. but sometimes this style seems to be a bit why bother.. I mean, it's basically just a lager with so many hops you can't tell it's a lager.. why not just make a really clean IPA. It'd save time and effort.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy straw golden color with a one finger, foamy, bright white head. Retention and lacing are minimal.

Smell is lemon, orange, grapefruit and floral hops. No malt presence.

Taste is juicy grapefruit and orange up front with a hint of lemon, which transitions to floral flavors in the middle with a piney bitter finish.

Feel is light and juicy. Really lacking that classic dry pils finish.

Overall a decent beer. I prefer classic pilsners though. I thought this and Saranac Citra pils were similar in the fact that the American hops give it a fruity juiciness and they really lack the classic pils feel and a dry finish.

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Photo of Eric_Smith
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Straw to light gold pour. Mildly hazy.
Head is small, 3/4", quickly fading, leaving almost no lacing.
Aroma: Initial impression is white bread and grapefruit. Some lemongrass and orange zest following.
Flavor is medium-to-high intensity, tart kick, grapefruit and pils hops dominate. Bitter hops follow, with long flavor folllowing. Acidic up front, with a long, slow acidic, bitter finish. However, the bitterness does not build throughout the session.
Overall: The tart is a bit overpowering at first, but the balance becomes even mid-drink as the bitter takes over. Could be a bit sweeter to counter the bitter but maybe that is Pils, Hey, I'm a noob!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

(12 oz bottle, poured into a fluted goblet)

L: mostly-clear tanned-yellow liquid... sticky, gummy spit foam - collapses but maintains steady shell atop...

S: smelling hops at the crown pop... lemon tart, with hints of pineapple and orange... moderate lip-balm medicinal note... not much malt poking through - all fruity-grassy greenery

T: not as spicy as expected - very mellow bitterness with a delicate, unfolding peppery swell in the finish... clean, lightly-toasty pale malt flavor in its foundation, relatively high presence (not level) of husky grain in the aftertaste... vague dry grass and/or tobacco ash flavors build along the way

F: fantastically dry on the back end, but not quite thin altogether - the body up front has a lovely, light, quasi-silky viscosity - sort of like a kellerbier... delicate powdery texture, surprising medium lingering warmth (hops may be accentuating it)

O: 'American pale lager'?... good, but sort of brew-pub quality... I haven't been keeping up as of late, but are pilsners the latest thing?... I'd expect a lil more from Founders

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Photo of arizcards
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Craft Beer Hop Stop the first of October for $1.16. Canned on 9/6/16.

Beer poured golden with a very nice white head that had some hang time.

Nose has hints of citrus and pils malt.

Taste is a citrusy pils base that combines with floral hops leading to a peppery-piney finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean in the finish in tune with the style.

Overall a very nice beer with an interesting take, curious that the seasonal release is not in the summer...perhaps made for tailgates?

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant dark golden yellow with a bit of chill haze and a bubbly finger and a half of straight white foam.

Toasted malt sweetness right up front with a bit of herbal/piney/citrusy american hop notes dancing in the background.

Sweet and fruity notes of citrus, pine, and earthy hops blanket a lasting toasted malt sweetness.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, crisp, tight carbonation, smooth.

Overall, this certainly lives up to its name as being a "perfect crushable" brew. The 15 pack format ain't bad either, keep this one around!

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Photo of jkrich
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. bottle: faintly hazy, light golden-yellow with a quickly fading and foamy white head.

The sharp American hop aroma is not typical of the usual euro-centric pilsner.

The refreshing, astringent and steely hop bitterness is truly an American style pilsner. While the malt takes a back seat, there is some mild cracker like sweetness as well as some lemony zest.

The light body is standard for the style and the mouthfeel is slick, zesty but short-lived.

Overall, this is a classic American interpretation of the pilsner; it is quaffable and refreshing. Well worth a second try.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This is a highly quaffable, thirst quenching beer that rewards repeat and session drinking.

An incredibly easy to put down pilsner with a huge american hop profile of juicy orange and grapefruit that finishes with a gentle, lemon rind and biscuity malt taste.

It's not really meant to be fussed over or scrutinized too much. Just to be crushed and enjoyed.

Is it good? Yes, very.
Is it going to make you rethink your entire existence and everything you've ever known about beer? Probably not.

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Photo of Ri0
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into pint glass. It is golden clear with a 2 finger white head that leaves a ring and lacing. Aroma is cracker malts, light grain and floral notes along with the hops. Flavor is Pils like with clean craker malt that balances some light citrus hops. Clean and crisp with a light dry finish for easy drinking. Very pleasant.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in a pint glass. Golden color, nice white carbonated head on the beer. Crisp, clean, and refreshing, as expected for this style. The touch of American hops adds a nice variety to this beer as well.

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

I picked up a bottle of PC Pils for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. I'm always down to try a new beer from Founders and I'm interested to see how this one will turn out, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's got a simple and clean look to it and it isn't that eye catching. It poured a fairly clear golden orange color that takes on more of an golden color when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of creamy and bubbly white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed to the end and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a very citrus fruit and citrus rind like aromas with a little bit of an herbal hop and light floral hop aromas showing up in the background. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast which leads into a little bit more of a fruity aroma which leads into the malts which impart a sweet malt, pale malt and slightly bready like aromas. This beer has a gooda roma, the hop profile is more intense and fruity than most Pilsners.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but this time it's a little lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they are a little lighter than they were in the aroma, but they still impart all the same aspects with those fruity and citrus rind aspects still sticking out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma with a nice clean malt flavor to it and there's just a little bit doughy yeast showing up in the background. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness with a citrus rind hop, bready and grainy like aftertaste. This a good tasting pilsner, it's well balanced and the hop profile makes it interesting and unique.

M- Smooth, a little clean, pretty crisp, a little prickly, medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

OVerall I thought this was a good beer and good and unique example of the style, it had most of the aspects that I would expect from the style and it had a hop profile that reminded me of a westcoast IPA, i thought those two aspects worked well together and in my opinion it made this beer unique and memorable. It's got nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of them without getting bored of it. What I like the most about this beer is the hop profile and how well it worked with the pilsner base. What I liked the least about this beer is nothing, nothing really stood out as not fitting in. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a pilsner with a hop profile of a west coast style IPA. All in all I was happy with this beer and I was a little impressed how well they go the two different aspects to work together. It's not a favorite Founders beer, but it's one of the better and most unique pilsners I've had lately. Good job guys, this is a tasty and unique Pilsner, keep it up.

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Photo of argock
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light and easy to drink with somewhat soapy, herbal, lemony, floral aromas not well-blended moving to a better composed grapefruit, grassy, and honeysuckle hops on crackery pale maltiness. A little bit of tannin-hop polyphenol in the aftertaste. Reasonably sessionable but I'd pick Bitburger or FW Pivo Pils any day.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, pours a hazy, straw color with one-finger white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: flowery aroma, there is an earthy note and then somewhat soapy.

TASTE: the earthy and fruity hops are dominant then bread , there is a slightly soapy taste as well.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a decent beer but I found the soapy taste a little off-putting, this is not a traditional European Pilsener by any means but, it was crisp and something different, worth a try but would not seek it out again.

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Photo of moodenba
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled can of Founders PC Pils poured into a glass in October, 2016.

I should have read the label closely. I'm always looking for a good european style pilsner, and the description actually tells me that this is NOT that beer. It tastes fine, but it might have been clearer had they marketed this as an "IPL" india pale lager, since the hops align with the domestic IPAs. Good beer at a good price, though,

I let some of the cans sit in the basement (55F) for a month, and the beer acquired a slight haze. The taste is not affected. I think the haze might be a positive sign (the beer is not over-processed).

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Photo of Sparty1224
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Great Lakes Brewing pilsner glass. Bottled on 9/7/16, making this just over 2 months old.

A: Pours a nice, clear straw-yellow color. Minimal bubbly white head.

S: Kind of a bright, floral aroma. Subtle fruitiness. Missing is the classic noble, pilsner hop aroma.

T: Definitely get that cascade and centennial hop flavor, tiny citrus note. Little bit of dry, piney finish.

M: Medium body, quite dry, moderate bitterness.

O: Interesting take on the pilsner from Founder's here. Removing noble hops and using their own hop profile. It's really only a pilsner in the mouthfeel and dryness, and that classic German pilsner feeling isn't here. I appreciate the attempt at mixing it up and being different, but this one ends up coming across as almost a dry pale ale masquerading as a pilsner.

Recommendation: If you're looking to explore the style, stay away. If you want a unique, hoppy take on the pilsner, maybe give this a try.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.00] Bottle lists the ABV (5.5%) and there is a clear bottled date (09/07/2016). The beer is a pale straw color. The head isn't sufficient to cover the surface. Just a small clump of chunky white bubbles.

S: [3.75] Corn, grassy notes, caramel, earthy hop scents.

T: [4.00] Really bright and clean flavor. Getting lemon rind, mild toffee, and crackers.

M: [3.75] Crisp and refreshing. This would be a "10" as a dock beer. Light and easy drinking but with enough body to still feel decent.

O: [3.75] I am a fan. This is a really tasty beer. It is not the ABV and hop bomb that is all the rage. But it delivers a lot of flavor with an ABV that puts it close to the session range. It does this without ignoring flavor and body.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pale golden, with a rich white head and little lace.

Aroma: Fresh citrus hops, most assuredly more so than a traditional pilsner offers. Nice!

Taste: Plentiful and punchy ramped-up American hops in a light-bodied and ultra-drinkable lager format. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from a Lazy Dog
Pours a fairly clear light golden color with a bubbly white head that slowly recedes. Aromas of grainy lightly sweet pilsner malt with spicy lemony citrus hops to counter. More sweet bread than cracker in the flavor with a solid hit of lemony spice and citrus hops. Pretty tasty and quite drinkable.

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Photo of KevCan
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a single 12 oz. bottle in a mystery 6-pack from Trader Joe's. Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Golden, straw-colored, healthy head with plenty of froth.

Smell: Lots of hops, sweet malt.

Taste: Very nicely balanced between malt and hops. Not too bitter. Clean finish.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation. Very slightly syrupy finish.

Overall: Solid lager.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice white foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer itself isn't that inspiring and looks a little dark for the style. It's a medium and clear gold.

The smell is decent. It's a nice pine and floral bitterness with a bit of light orange and a very light clean bread note from the yeast as well as a slight sweetness from the malt note.

The taste is decent. It's mainly a bitter hop note with a light bready note from the yeast in the finish.

The feel is decent. It's a light bodied beer with a nice clean feel to it but has enough weight on it to put on the border between medium and light bodied. The carbonation is tingling and ends with a slight dryness.

Overall, a decent pilsner and worth trying at least once.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Some nice lemony citrus up front along with light floral notes and some bready and grainy maltiness. Definitely not your typical pilsner nose

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a light citrus and floral hop undertone, followed by the bready and grainy maltiness that lends some moderate sweetness. Lightly bitter. Finishes with lingering grainy notes

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid, easy-drinking pilsner that is part American and part Euro. The hopping is definitely more American-styled while the malt and base is very recognizably Euro pilsner. Worth checking out for something different

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Photo of wedge
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

PACKAGED ON 10/20/16

Straw yellow color topped with a slim layer of white foam. Hoppy aromas definitely leaning towards the classic "C-hop" character: flowery grapefruit and spicy pine resin. Flavor is equally hoppy - brisk, sunny grapefruit and lemon citrus, hay, and peppery flowers over a bed of cereal grain. Crisp light body, super easy to drink. Nice to have a 15-pack of this in the fridge for drinkin-beer purposes.

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Photo of TurboBrew
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good beer.. should not be labeled as a pils. Its an APA all around.
Solid C hop backbone and snappiness. Not enough malt to balance it. its a apa. its a good beer just not for me.

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Photo of anchornm
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It is a fine beer -- bought it at Total Wine after being spammed on Facebook.
It was only available in 15 pack of cans - I drank it from the can while watching the Cubs game (would have preferred Heilemans Old Style - its a tradition).
Not at all what I expected. I am an avid beermaker, and I really try to avoid IPAs.
Its just a personal prejudice. It doesn't take much beermaking skill to over-hop a beer.
The fact that it was touted as a Pils got my curiosity up. This is a weak pils in an IPA overcoat.
Not enough malt character. Too much hops. Too high alcohol.
A beer judge would accept the ABV as OK for the style (Pilsner), The hops are all wrong (not Saaz), but they told us that up front. They said it was American hops. I actually really like the piney taste -- just ease off on it a lot.
American beer (Miller, Bud Coors) is what I expected. Needless to say, this tastes like REAL beer. I would have liked it better if it was more of a session beer (3.9 to 4 ABV) and about 30 IBU. Just me...

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