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Pilsner - German
Ranked #196
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3.77 | pDev: 11.94%
Paulaner Brauerei
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Notes: The brilliant, bright yellow beer is crowned by a pure white, thick foamy head. The hoppy, crisp, clean taste delivers on the consumer’s expectation; this is a beer that expresses the master brewer’s years of experience in a traditional recipe.

The Paulaner Pils is brewed strictly in the Pilsener style - with the best Hallertau hops providing its typical bitter aroma. Paulaner beer lovers like to tell each other the anecdote while toasting, according to which the pilsner originally came from Bohemia, but was created by a brewer from Southern Germany. And the Paulaner Pils does justice to that.
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml can
date stamped 04.19.2022 4.19.2021
I picked this up on a whim for a family party, and lo and behold I’ve only given it a rating and needs a review! 2021 has been dedicated to going back to review beers I gave a rating to pre-2011…so there’s a chance I haven’t had this beer for 10 years plus
L: crystal clear golden bier is capped by a pillow of white fluff
S: biscuity pilsner malt, grassy & herbal hops
T: nice hop bite of grass, earth, and herbal nobleness; biscuity pilsner malt and light grain, mineral water
F: medium body, exceptionally smooth, dry and crisp finish with some herbal grassy hops lingering
O: I could easily drink a four pack of these on a hot & humid day like today

Aug 19, 2021
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Mitchster from Michigan

4.52/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a crystal clear straw gold, forming a large bone white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is delicate with freshly mown hay, a little but of pleasant sulfur, and some grassy hops. Very cleanly fermented. Medium carbonation, ~2.5 carbs. The taste is wonderful. Delicate pils malt with some huskiness, mild tannins, a very well balanced bitterness and delicate spicy/perfumy hops. Medium light bodied. No off flavors or aromas. Thirst quenching.

An excellent German pils, can't go wrong with this one.

Aug 10, 2021
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, light pale golden color with a strong white head. Bubbling in the body. SRM of 5. (4.00)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of toasty German breadcrums, cracker, bread malts with lemon, and grassy hop aromas upfront. This is folowed by some yeast an ddry grains. (4.25)

Flavor: Moderate flavors of German bread malts, crackers, bread dough upfront as it follows into a bitter lemongrass flavor that is spicy. It follows into a easy and smooth bread malt sweetness. It has a grassy bitterness on the end. Finishes dry. Medium body. (4.50)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Strong carbonation. Soft on the palate. Ultimately finishes crisp in the middle, but smooth on the finish. (4.25)

Compared to Warsteiner Pilsner 8/1/21: Pours a slightly lighter color. More hoppy and crisp and complex aromas. More cracker malts, yeast, lemongrass, and bitterness. Less earthy malts and honey. A more complex and dynamic German pils
9/17/21 (mislabeled blind): Pours a lighter color. More earthy notes. More flowery and less malty.

to Pryes Pragmatic Pils 8/15/21: Pours a similar appearance, milder head. Stronger aromas. More honeyflower, honey, bready malts. Less lemon citrus, and yeast. Larger and smoother. More authentically German.

to Inbound Laser Loon Kolsch 8/22/21: Pours an identical color with a larger head. More bread malts and spice. More bread yeast. Less tart fruity yeast and cream. A larger body.

Overall: A flavorful and complex German Pilsner. Exceeded my expectations here. This one has complex flavors of toasty German malts with a strong and lemon/grass hop profile. Nice yeast, and bitter and drying finish. Extremely complex and drinkable. I think I bought this one one sale because it was brewed last September and the best-buy (1 year mark) was approaching quickly. Glad I found this one. I already knew Paulaner made a good helles, and this may be the Gold-standard for German Pilsners as well.
(Final Rating: 4.39)

Aug 01, 2021
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From a 16 oz. can with a BB date of 04-19-2022. Sampled July 31, 2021.

Golden appearance under a short lived white fizzy head., Good clarity.

The aroma emits sensations of toasted biscuit and grassy and floral hop characters. Typical of the style.

Light mouthfeel.

It begins sweet and toasty and then the grassy and floral hops show up. Mildly dry ending. It is what one should expect from the style and I enjoyed it.

Jul 31, 2021
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highdesertdrinker from Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rating to style as much as possible it pours a light, clear gold with good head for a pils. It smells grainy, malty, with a whiff of hops. The taste is as I expect; noble hops, a little citrus, grassy, biscuits. It’s also crisp and dry. I still prefer Weihenstephaner over this, but it’s a good beer to buy when you can’t get it or anytime, really.

Jul 30, 2021
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Paulaner Pils from the 16oz can to my 20oz. weizen glass. This beer looks near perfect, a clear straw yellow, heavy duty carbonation, and a big pure white pillow of foam that doesn't give up.
The aroma is a light fresh bread lager malt.
The flavor is more fresh bread, lightly seasoned with pepper, and a very nice mildly hopped bitter crisp finish that cuts the sweetness perfectly.
The feel is a smooth medium feel.
This is so refreshing on this near 90 degree, muggy, Midwest, summer day. Very easy to drink, this four pack will be gone shortly!

Jul 05, 2021
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BigIronH from Michigan

3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love this. Pours a clear gold. Small head dissipates in a moment. Smell is honey biscuit with slight hop bitterness. Taste follows suit with so much malty bready goodness and a honey sweetness with the perfect hop backend. Feel is crisp and refreshing. This just became a staple in my fridge.

Jul 02, 2021
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keithmurray from Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear golden body with white head

Smell - bread, toasted grains, buttered biscuit

Taste - bread, honeyed biscuit, toasted grains, herbal hops on the back end

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly sweet upfront, herbal and slightly bitter on the back end

Overall - solid offering here from Paulaner, doesn't disappoint, crisp, refreshing, good representation of the style. Worth a try.

price Point - $7.99/4PK 16.9 oz cans

Jun 13, 2021
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steveh from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally got my hands on a 4-pack of cans -- in an unlikely spot; a local chain grocer that only ever carries Paulaner Weizen.

.5 liter can, packaged on 09-07-20 -- best by also dated at one year hence. Half-poured into my .5 liter Becher for aroma-swirl purposes.

L -- Clear, light gold with a dense and sudsy white head that holds up well in true Pils fashion.

A -- Light DMS and herbal hops.

T -- Light bready malts up front with some DMS or sulfur apparent. Followed by herbal, bitter hops that round out the finish. Some mild, lemony citrus in the finish and herbal hops in the aftertaste with that telltale Paulaner yeast character.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light body.

O -- A drinkable, if leaning somewhat to lackluster Pils. Good hop character and refreshing, but I'd like a little more of that Bavarian malt character. I imagine the overall thin character might be blamed on Pasteurization of such a delicate style.

May 20, 2021
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DrBeergood from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Golden yellow, filtered clear, quite lively.

S: Buttery biscuit with hop extract.

T: Pretty good. There is no shortage of bitterness, though I'd rather go with a Paulaner style that doesn't emphasize the hops so much. The extract in Paulaner Gold lager is hardly noticeable and it is in fact an excellent brew.

F: The hop extract sticks to my palate and build up on itself. It's light and crisp, and the grains were handled well however.

O: About 50% of the time you will get extract in your German imports. There are a few reasons for this, but most notably is they want shelf-stable product. The bottom of the can has a best-by date 1 year away from it's canned-on date. Hop extract will hold for months. A fresh hop picked from the vine is useful for 2 days. An unpasteurized fresh-hop brew lasts 2 weeks. Pasteurized, 2 months. Cold-stored, 3 months. In my state, it's law that if the retailer is unable to sell the beer, it must be returned to the distributor at cost. Hop extract is also cost effective and keeps the brew affordable for the customer (fresh hopped beers cost 40% more) and profitable for the brewer. You will notice the labeling is also regulated, and you can bet export recipes differ from local recipes. My recommendation is to enjoy it from the can. Although it's aluminum for transport and storage, the brewer went through the extra step of shrink-wrapping the cans specifically so you could drink from the can.

May 10, 2021
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jonphisher from New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light straw color with nice initial head, not a lot of retention. Some lacing as I drink down the first couple of sips.

Aroma is to a touch sweet smelling maybe slightly floral, with a touch of some refreshing citrus aroma.

Tastes follows the nose on this pretty closely with the added notes of some snappy light think crackers.

Body is on the medium side of light, a nice low to moderate bitterness. Despite the sweet initial smell this beer has no sweetness. It has a noticeable very welcoming clean and dry finish.

A very enjoyable pils that went down very quickly and much too easy. It is a beer I drank much faster than I intended too. I will repurchase this beer in the future for sure.

Apr 24, 2021
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GPaul from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was happy to see that PP was shipped to the states again even if in a can. The clean crisp taste makes it difficult to restrain oneself from guzzling the first pour. This tasty Paulaner product can be enjoyed year round, but will be especially good on a warm summer day.

Apr 16, 2021
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can, one sale for only $6 so I had to buy

A harsh grain appears as it warms, otherwise is it sweet, smooth, and well-hopped.

I love this. I think?

Apr 07, 2021
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MNJR from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A crispy, very sturdy and enjoyable Pilsner. The tastes are near perfect, white pepper spice, lemon zest, bread, and slightly dry hops. The feel and carbonation is spot on. Ranks among the best I've had. I was very pleasantly surprised at how good this was. Perfect for pilsner fans who like a dry and crisp drink. Full flavor. Less sweet and delicate than many others in the category.

Apr 02, 2021
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barneyrubble from Colorado

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

L- Big white foam head that lasts and light lace. Beautiful jewel like light gold with effervescing bubbles.

N- Honey, Yeast, white bread, malted barley

T- Malted barley, honey and white bread crust, light hops with slight bitterness.

M- Clean, crisp, refreshing. Light dryness on the finish. Lots of small refreshing bubbles, about perfect level of carbonation.

O- Superb and one of my favorite German beers.

Mar 14, 2021
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fptan from Tennessee

3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 16oz can, imported

Aroma: Malt, straw, slight corn sweetness in smell. Very low hop aroma.
Appearance: Very clear, 1cm slowly dissipating head. Pale yellow/straw color.
Flavor: Firm bitterness, turns to a sweeter malt flavor. Spicy / floral hop character. Retronasal malt tones, sweeter than first taste. No fermentation characteristics (esters/higher alcohols/sulfur), clean lager profile. Clean bitterness that plays well with malt. Light mineral 'bite'. Flavors rush off, leaving a trace of bitterness behind with an essence of a bready malt flavor.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing. Moderate-high carbonation leaves spritzy mouthfeel and escorts flavors off quickly leaving a small touch of residual bitterness. Very light / thin.
Overall: Refreshing beer, well made. Nice muted malt character; complex yet understated. Malt flavors balance out nicely with bitterness and hop character. Sweet(ish) but not cloying. Could use more hop character in aroma and a touch more in flavor. May be muted due to age / import conditions. Head could be more firm. Classic example for style.

Feb 28, 2021
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VABA from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has slight hops and floral hints
Taste follows the nose with slight hop and floral flavors
A light bodied decently carbonated beer
A decent pils

Feb 27, 2021
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JayCheG from Wisconsin

4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a pilsner glass

A: Pours a brilliant straw color. Two fingers of white head linger for a bit. Beautiful effervescent bubbles flowing throughout.
S: Herbal noble hop aroma with some bread and lemon
T: Rich bread up front fades into a grassy, herbal hop character with a hint of crisp apple.
F: Light and crisp with just enough bitterness and clearing to invite another sip.
O: Light, clean, refreshing pils

Feb 05, 2021
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FBarber from Illinois

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

Pours a crystal clear bright golden color. Incredibly effervescent. Initially there is a thick four finger full white head on top of the head. That head dissipates slowly but steadily leaving just a thin layer of velvety white foam on top of the beer. Some velvety lacing is left on the glass as the beer is consumed.

Aroma is really quite nice - bright notes of sweet bread, notes of grassy hops, and a touch of minerality. Simple, straightforward, but really nice.

Taste has notes of sweet bread, a slight dried straw like quality, grassy green hops. The hops are quite bright providing a moderate grassy bitterness. This is obviously very fresh and as such the hops really are popping in this. I actually found it most enjoyable a bit closer to room temperature.

Feel is light, easy dinking, bright lively carbonation.

Overall a really nicely done pilsner. Its simple and straightforward - hitting all the hallmarks of the style and at the price point, you really can't beat it.

Nov 12, 2020
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3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Malt can be powerful to someone that isn’t a beer connoisseur. Potent aftertaste but silky finish. Taste and balance are above average, but aroma doesn’t match.

Dec 22, 2019
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Anacross from Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm still to find a bad or even so-so/average beer from Paulaner, but it's impossible. This brewery always outstands and sets the model to others with world class beers in every style.
This pils is perfectly balanced, delicious and a true gem of its type.

Sep 02, 2018
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright gold, ample foam that rises above the rim and laces the glass all the way down.

Malty aroma, white bread, crackers, a hint of bubblegum sweetness.
Crisp and clean, crackery malt with an undercurrent of mild herbal hops, dried grass.
Smooth and effervescent, texture is pretty light, mild lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.
Basically a prototype German Pilsner, and a standard bearer of the style.

Aug 28, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear light straw yellow color, with a small foamy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like sharp grassy hops, lemon, pear, and biscuity malt.

This is definitely a classic German pils, with a clean and firm grassy bitterness, a bit of lemony and pear-like hop flavors, crisp biscuity malt, and a bit of herbal flavors, too. It's clean and simple- just the way I want it.

This is light bodied, with a super clean feel to it, It's supremely drinkable.

This nails everything I want with this sort of style- it's crisp, clean, and drinkable, and interesting.

Jun 04, 2018
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pootz from Canada (ON)

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Bent Elbow...pale hazed straw color with a tight bone white cap...aroma is malty, spicy, floral...crisp dry character with fresh Pils malt in front and a clean spicy lightly bitter dry finish....the best of the commercial German Pils.

May 28, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Classic visual, great clarity & carbonation. Not much of an aroma beyond a thin cracker malt. Taste has lots of light crisp malt flavor, bready but not in a chewy sense, German yeast. Feel is exact.

Mar 10, 2017
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