Paderborner Pilsener | Paderborner Isenbeck Brauerei Haus Cramer GmbH & Co. KG

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Paderborner PilsenerPaderborner Pilsener

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Paderborner Isenbeck Brauerei Haus Cramer GmbH & Co. KG

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by paterlodie on 05-05-2006

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 36
Reviews by cambabeer:
Photo of cambabeer
2.31/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a big white persistant head that leaves some lace on the glass. Deep gold yellow body with minimal carbonation.

S- Normal, hoppy, spicy and a hint of malt. Fairly sweet a little metallic and watered down.

T- Very bitter hop front with an ethanol and metal middle and rusty bubble gum finish.

M- normal, medium boddied with big carbonation.

D- too gross to drink too much of but not that filling.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.57/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought this one home from a recent trip to Hesse, Marburg. It survived the trip ok. Not a hugely impressive beer, it comes in a nice size can and is decently drinkable. Disclaimer: Couldn't see the beer (drank it right out of the can) but gave it highest ratings anyway. I had it today as a special treat to myself while I plowed through the Sunday NYTimes. Unfortunately for us newspaper junkies, the .5L can lasted a lot longer than the paper did. They even reduced the overall size of the magazine section by 9% (but with a reduced but more readable typescript, no loss in text!). I would think you could even enjoy one of these in reading the morning paper, perhaps with a light sandwich. Prosit!

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Photo of Robertas
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.52/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a tall can to a tall beer glass the liquid is goldish-yellow with ok carbonation. The head is tall white and leaves some lace.

The smell is lightly hopped bread.

The taste is ok, a mildly hopped pilsener with a deep bready taste through out.

The mouthfeel is thicker then most, crisp does not come to mind. The carbonation is ok.

The drinkability is ok, not a bad brew, but it does drink more like an export style.


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Photo of wilsonbaron
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of F_riedrich
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.29/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

21st Sep 2013: sat in the sunshine on the apartment garden during a stay in 'Cochem' Germany. 500ml Can shared with the wife.

I remember this beer from years ago: a solid, if standard Pilsner with a good hop content and a dry refreshing feel to the whole thing. Well, I'm pleased to say nothing has changed: still a good example of a well made German Pilsner, clear, clean and bright with a crisp taste.

No features that make it stand out, but a good beer nonetheless. Pale gold in colour with the traditional white head that disappears fairly quickly, almost odourless and no flavours that are going to test your taste buds, this is 'your regular German Pilsner' with a morsel of class.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.07/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw gold, clear filtered, almost no carbonation, 4fingers of off white head that fades with nice lacing and big and small bubbles remencicent of many Belgian triples, though its obviously a pilsener .

S: Malt, citrus, childrens aspirin, vitamin c, somewhat floral.

T: Heavily malted, lovely corn like taste and a good bitterness to match and linger in your mouth. Oregano oil.

M: Medium, somewhat syrupy, but rather light, low carbonation.

O: Great Pilsener, not perfect, a little corny, no pun intended. Really good and stands up to the best of them though. Again, I forgot the uniquenss of a German Pilsener do to AA Lager disolusionment! Would suit any good German fare, or any sports match with salty snacks.

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Photo of david18
4.32/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was recently in Paderborn and had to sample the Paderborner the first time I saw it. The color was very light, which I found discouraging but everything else about it was quite memorable. The aroma was very hoppy and fresh. The flavor was surprisingly bitter, more like a double ipa than a pilsner. I had a 1/3 litre which I followed with a full litre. Very good. Would love to have it again.

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Photo of Douberd
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, 330 ml, poured into a footed pilsner glass. ABV is 4,8%.

Golden yellow colour, with great activity in the glass and three fingers of white creamy head with excellent retention. Stayed there for what looked like forever! Heavy lacing left behind.
Aroma is mostly of hops, typical pilsner smell only much more enhanced.
Very hoppy and bitter. This is one of the best pilseners I've ever had.
Thin to medium body, with the right carbonation and very dry on the palate.
I got this one on a recent excursion to Germany, I hope that I can find it again, fantastic pilsener.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew produces a nice tight ultra white head and has a distinctively golden clear body.

The light fragrance is mostly dominated by lemony aromas.

The taste is also light. Not bitter like most pilsners, but a little sweet and almost too light in body.

Not too bad for the cheap price. I obviously has quality ingredients, but maybe too much water.

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Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of rale
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

50cl aluminum can acquired at a local Berlin Lidl and served into a Berliner Kindl Weisse glass in me friend's gaff in Berlin. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I've never had a beer from this brewery. Served cold and side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. 4.8% ABV confirmed per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: One finger wide. Off-white in colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Okay frothiness. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is above average - about 3 minutes - which actually isn't too bad considering the wide-mouthed glass.

BODY: Clear translucent pale copper of average vibrance. Clean-looking; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears adequately carbonated. It's not a unique or special appearance for a German pils, but there are no egregious flaws here. I'm generally optimistic about trying it.

AROMA: Clean barley, pilsner malts, muted generic floral hops. It's a pretty simple, bland aroma overall, and lacks the crisp freshness observed in the best pilsners. It's just not that evocative of anything in particular. Quite boring.

An inoffensive aroma of average strength overall.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

This is pretty unremarkable so far.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, lightly crisp. A bit overcarbonated. Medium-bodied. A bit too sharp and aggressive on the palate for a pils; it's not soft and supple like the best examples of the style, and I wonder even about the hardness of the water used and whether or not the brewer knows much about water chemistry - but that's just pointless conjecture. At the end of the day, this texture results in an unrefreshing beer that isn't real pleasant or approachable, and the texture is not a good companion to the taste. It's too thick, hefty, and weighty, limiting drinkability. And the absence of depth of flavour here makes the thick texture less justifiable still.

Not oily, gushed, hot, astringent, rough, scratchy, or boozy.

TASTE: Pils malts comprise the core of the beer, but there isn't much freshness or evocation here. There's some generic light hop bitterness, but the hops evoke little else - not even a floral note. Straw. No yeast character or spices come through (nor should they).

Shallow depth of flavour. Brief flavour duration. Average flavour intensity. It lacks any complexity, subtlety, intricacy, and nuance whatsoever, but I do kind of like it as a simple budget pils. The balance isn't great, even with as few notes as it has, but it's built okay.

It could certainly be cleaner and fresher, but luckily it's not metallic or watery - which is saying a lot at this price point.

OVERALL: It's the type of bland boring pils that you forget soon after drinking, but at this price point there's nothing wrong with that and to its credit it's not a watery beer by any means. It hides its ABV nicely. Drinkable, sure, though the overcarbonation and resultant sharpness on the palate does limit one's ability to quaff with abandon. I won't be buying it again, but it's a good budget choice for students and street alcoholics. Worth trying once, but ultimately quite unremarkable. Better than I expected for a budget pilsner.

Low C-

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Photo of paterlodie
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB 12-8-06. Nice and lasting thick white head persistant and very well lasting and a very light and bright golden pilsener. Nose is well malted, nice hoparoma remembering Hallertau MF and good and low yeastprofile.
Taste is light but with good dry maltnote, fine but moderately dosed hopbitterness and overall a pleasure to drink and fine example of a german pilsener.

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Photo of der_meister
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JTuomi
3.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of windowside
2.32/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of jonb5
2/5  rDev -39.6%

Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Brabander
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very decent German Pilsener! Paderborn is a place in the north of Germany. I used to come there a lot when i was in the army. There on the German moors the Russians would attack us. Now the Germans brew a good beer there.

Poured in a Dutch beerglass this beer looks like i should. Good smell with some orange which i could detect a bit in the taste. Brewed by the Reinheitsgebot this is a classic German Pilsener.

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Photo of BenBreeg
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MechMessiah
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of drpimento
4.08/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, I've been loving the German pilsners here in Frankfurt so far! This one poured with a huge, fine, thick, foamy,white head that lasted a while and good lace. Color is a clear pale yellow. Aroma is hops, malt, very slight skunk, spice, bread dough. Flavor is similar, but in place of the slight skunk there's a slight metallic. Little on the sweet side up front with bitter cutting in and taking over. Body is a bit round and soft with good carbonation. Finish is like flavor. Session beer for sure.

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Photo of WMBierguy
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had a few of these during a recent trip through the Ruhr region of the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen. The city of Paderborn is located in the region, and this seems to be the region's unoffical "cheap beer" (a roughly 20 ounce can cost a little over a Euro) It's a typical German Pils. Nothing too remarkable, but a very solid beer. It's a sad commentary on the state of American pilsners that a 3rd rate German regional beer is better than most American pilsners.

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