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Elemental Pilsener | Lightning Brewery

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Elemental PilsenerElemental Pilsener

Brewed by:
Lightning Brewery
California, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by xlperro on 06-17-2006

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of Dfsd
4.98/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of michaelsmith11
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of d_kizzle
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kkjohann
4.36/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great clean pils. Best Pils I had in the US.

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Photo of Wildwood_Brew
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fatehunter
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is lemon and honey.
The taste is moderate lemon bitterness. A bit chewy.
The texture is softer.

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Photo of Safa1
4.53/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Let's be honest. Idiots abound who don't know good beer from bad beer. They just go with the common ideas. This is a fucking Pilsner. Like Miller fucking light. As a Pilsner goes, this one is god damned great. Nice and bitter lager. When reading the reviews it becomes obvious that the low scores come from people who don't know what a North German Pils should taste like. It's good. Real good.

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Photo of wulfie85
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GatorCoop
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of swanfungus
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of fox227
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Joshmistake
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of sunny289
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a decent head that leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Wafts of corn sugar and butterscotch; slightly grassy

Taste: Surprisingly sweet, up front, with corn sugar and butterscotch joining the grainy taste; some grassy hops in the middle, but the finish is a return to the sweet flavors

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A rather disappointing example of the style; doesn't have the hop character and clean finish I seek in the style

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Photo of johlac66
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light gold with a frothy two finger head that left a curtain of lacing.
Spicy grass aroma and flavor.
Nicely carbonated with an almost creamy bit more than medium mouthfeel. Slight zesty finish.
A very tasty pils!

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Photo of mrcraft
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of jcallover34
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of HP1975
2.24/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle, purchased in NYC and drove back to good old MA. SHHH don't tell the staties.

Appearance - Neon yellow color; looks like an energy drink? or something unearthly. Perhaps that is what they are going for?

Aroma - Cooked corn and sweet. A very faint hoppyness makes it smell more like beer than plain cooked corn.

Taste - Thin body with a sharp carbonation, sickly sweet corn taste with a light bitterness.

This beer is better as cold as possible (I think I enjoyed it the most right out of the cooler packed with ice. I would not suggest this for serving to any guests but if you need a cold beverage go for it.

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Photo of rawfish
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear bright yellow forming a creamy white head, 2 fingers high with long lasting retention. Surprisingly doesn't leave a whole lot of lacing on the glass.

Sourdough, grainy with hay and lemon frosting and a twinge of powder. Oddly sweet, touch of banana, flashes of inviting noble hops.

Begins with white bread, a bit of doughy sweetness but just as the really grassy and floral hop flavors kick in the palate is met with some astringent and metallic flavors, lime peel and powdery drying bitterness. Interesting lime peel and grassy hop flavors hold on.

Medium heft for a lager, adequately carbonated, and dries the palate well, quite bitter.

Not a great pilsner, lots of hops, not terribly clean and the astringent off keys are a miss. The lime pith is something I haven't had in many other beers to date. I've had an old and improperly stored bottle or two of this in the past and they were terrible, drink this fresh and cold.

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Photo of Bandi
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy light pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down a bit but consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose along with notes of sweet bready malts.
T: The taste starts out with faint bits of sweet bready malts, but these are quickly replaced with flavors of grassy malts that linger though the finish and also contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has nice grassy aromas and flavors, but is a little lacking in the malt department.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Handsome, creamy head on the dark golden beer. Poured into a Weston's Cider tall glass. Quite gorgeous, with the foam lasting longer than on most beers.

Substantial bitterness from the start. Resiny with some flowery hop aroma, and that fruity, tangy European hop flavor. More of a Pale Ale flavor with the browned biscuit taste. Rather sweet and spicy with a more substantial body than most Pilseners.

Really, this is a pretty decent brew. I keep sipping and it quite satisfying, though a little on the bitter side. They must have a fresh batch of this stuff in the stores, as the hop flavors are quite aromatic. I've avoided Lightning for a couple of years, since I never see any of their beers on tap locally, but apparently they're still kicking.

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Photo of ZionNation
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is quite simply an underrated beer as are the pilsners and lagers, too bad. this is a fantastic beer with great taste and body yet refreshing. goes great with food, seafood, tacos, anything really, nice hop presence. This is an awesome beer. Have had it ten plus times. I wish more craft brewers would brew a great plisner. definitely one worth checking out.

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Elemental Pilsener from Lightning Brewery
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 58 ratings
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