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From:
Paulaner Brauerei
 
Germany
Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #279
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
84
Ranked #23,424
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 11.76%
Reviews:
238
Ratings:
245
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 17, 2022
Added:
Oct 18, 2001
Wants:
  20
Gots:
  55
SCORE
84
Good
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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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Rated: 3.55 by brewerburgundy from Virginia

Sep 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.48 by Zuggz22 from California

Sep 16, 2022
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Very clear pale light gold color.
Body is around medium carbonation with about the same for the body.
Aroma is a really nice mix of cereal, grain, malt,earthy,yeasty bread.
Taste for the most part follows the aroma. Slight earthy hop bite with some mild bitterness that persists in the aftertaste.
An excellent beer that I would look for again.
Sep 03, 2022
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Picked up a 500ml can from TW-Greenville, SC 6-8-22 for $2.49. Canned 10-26-21; best by 10-26-22; consumed 8-30-22.

Beer poured pale golden with a beautiful long lasting white head.

Nose is nice, crackers and white bread.

Taste is a light crackers and bread malt base what is balanced very nicely by noble hops that lend a touch of white pepper leaving a light touch of sweetness and pepper spice.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and very refreshing.

Overall a very nicely made Pilsner, very true to the style!
Aug 30, 2022
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Reviewed by LanceBiggums from Canada (AB)

4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Looks as good as any other pilsner, with its clear straw colour and two finger white head. The smell is huge. Big biscuit dough malt, huge earthy hops, and a hint of spicier hops all promise a great flavour. And the flavour delivers too. A nice light, pale malt backbone allows a heady blend of hops flavours to shine. Earthy, floral, and then mildy peppery hops make their presence felt, and the bitterness on the finish is noticeable and long-lasting, but quite mild. Less bitter than many other pilsners, especially Czech ones, this could pass for a somewhat hoppy Helles. It's super refreshing, easy drinking, and clean. Overall a good Bavarian Pilsner.
Jul 26, 2022
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Rated by LukeGude from Iowa

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
On tap at Goosetown. Very smooth.
Jul 23, 2022
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
On tap.

Maybe it’s an old keg, but it just seems off. Not as bright or hoppy they are in Germany (or a fresh local). White head with lace. Cloudy golden color.

Bready and toasted crackers. Pretty malty with little hops showing.
Jul 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.72 by bankboy66 from New Jersey

Jul 03, 2022
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Attractive clear gold appearance with a large white head and a fair amount of lacing. Spicy, floral bouquet that is true to the style. Crisp, grainy taste with a pleasing bitter edge. Dry, medium bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel leading to a lingering finish.
Jul 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
(500 ml can, 10.26.2021; purchased single off shelf at Total Wine... poured into a 14 oz mug)

L: polished-clear, pale brassy-amber liquid; attractive crest dome of rocky, crystalline white caps... but the head don't hold, laces little

S: pretzel: the crust, dough, and salt?... mellow undertone of perfumy, floral noble hops... overall intensity just short of captivating

T: lots of hops at the top, with a spicy, delicately peppery accent to the leafy floralities... round, malty underbelly, bulging up front, giving way to the lovely grassy bitter bite in the finish... loving the bracing pungency of them hoppins

F: fair amount of lively carbonation, partnering with the pointed hop bitterness to lift and stun the palate in sequence... yes, rounded and inflating upon impact, expanding and cutting in its aft; so excellent contrast in sensations

O: why am I just now getting around to trying (or just reviewing?) this for the first time?... kind of on par with Bitburger?... its bitterness slowly won me over, but it overall has a blurry expressiveness; could be its age... I'd certainly grab one vom fass (1892)
Jun 11, 2022
 
Rated: 3.23 by Wer34truh from Minnesota

Jun 06, 2022
 
Rated: 3.6 by BeerWasp from Germany

May 18, 2022
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Reviewed by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
From a 500ml can dated 10/26/21-10/26/22 into a tulip.

Pours a translucent golden yellow with about three fingers of white head. Very good retention and lacing.

Smells of corn bread, cracker, pepper and herbs.

Taste follows but is more muted. Pepper dominates. Grainy flavors in the background. Ever so slight skunkiness.

Carbonation is quite noticeable within a thin mouthfeel. Spicy, grainy aftertaste.

Overall, a nice pils especially for the price ($9/4pk).
May 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.71 by craigbelly from Iowa

May 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.41 by Beecham from California

May 07, 2022
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Rated by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appreciate the crisp bitterness but the overall feel is just too light and watery. Overall a 4 is probably a touch generous.
Apr 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Nvrmind16 from California

3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Tastes kinda dark tasting for a pilsner, pours clear and golden,hop forward but easy to drink, but tastes closer to a Stout than a classic pilsner. Maybe I have been biased by American pilsner.
Apr 15, 2022
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Rated by Jsteez from Utah

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I love this clean and easy drinking beer. So good
Mar 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by leinie13 from Ohio

Mar 11, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.58 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

Feb 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.02 by soarinsteven from Illinois

Feb 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.73 by bottmfeedr from Texas

Feb 01, 2022
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2022-01-11
500ml can served in a pint glass. Dated 04.19.2021 and 04.19.2022, which I assume are the canned on and best by dates respectively.

Pours crystal clear golden yellow with a medium sized head and plenty of active carbonation. Head fades to a moderately thick layer with maybe a centimeter of rough-edged lacing encircling the glass. Smell is grain tea, maybe grain husk, a little lemon and a bit of grass. Mild, moderately sweet.

Taste is a rearrangement of the same notes as the aroma. I get a little honeysuckle sweetness and some lemon, pronounced grassy/earthy bitterness, grain tea a clear note throughout.

Mouthfeel is light, clean, not quite crisp but fairly dry. Very nice.
Jan 12, 2022
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Reviewed by gvickery from Texas

3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
Looks beautiful, crystal clear light gold. Medium white head.
Not much aroma, mostly mineral water.
It tastes ok, hop forward, lemony, slightly tart. The Pilsner malt is overpowered by the hops, at least to me, it needs more balance.
It has an extremely clean finish, very dry and crisp. It should be very refreshing in hot weather. Well made.
Dec 29, 2021
 
Rated: 2.97 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

Dec 12, 2021
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Reviewed by eatsluggs from Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Great malt and yeast smell.
Fine light taste of malt, little bitterness.
A tad low on carbonation for a Pils.
Expected a bit more from Paulaner.
Yet, overall it's clean and refreshing. Perfect for a summer evening.
Dec 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4.11 by NightINgale from Russian Federation

Nov 19, 2021
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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
The pour is straw colored with a steady flow of carbonation. The taste is white bread, white pepper, & a slight hint of lemon near the finish. Cheers! B
Sep 28, 2021
 
Rated: 3.85 by 60sFolks from Texas

Sep 11, 2021
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Reviewed by Mitchster from Michigan

4.52/5  rDev +20.9%
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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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

to Lift Bridge Getaway Pils 9/24/21: Pours a darker color. Stronger aromas. More lemon, bread, Munich malts. Less apple and citrus. More yeast and bready. Stronger body and carbonation.

to Summit Keller Pils 10/19/21: Similar color, milder head. More bready and earthy flavors. Less dry grains/yeast. Finishes more smooth and malty. Somewhat similar.

to Dakota Soul 11/23/21: Pours a lighter color. More authentic German grains. Less wet and salty bread malt. Slightly lighter and cleaner. Overall, similar.

to Fairstate Pils 12/19/21: Pours similar. Stronger aromas. More German bread malts. Less dry grains, cracker, grass. Finishes with a fuller and more smooth body. More yeast too.

to Bahaus Wonderstuff 1/21/22: Pours similar with a larger head. More earthy German pale malts and yeast. Less citrus, grass, sweet bread.

to Une Anee Pils 4/21/22: Pours clearer, milder aromas. More German bread malt. Less lemonpeel.

to Blackstack Fugazi Pils 5/9/22: Pours similar. More earthy toasty German malts. Less lemonflower.

to Radeberger Pils 5/22/22: Pours similar. More sweet lemongrass and cracker malt. Less dry yeast. Sweeter.

to Weihenstaphaner Pils 5/27/22: Pours identical, similar aromas. More yeast and bitterness. Less smooth bread malt.

to Pinkus Ur-Pils 6/8/22: Milder aromas. More grass, lemonflower. Less bready. Lighter and crisper.

to Jever Pils 6/13/22: Pours a hair darker. Similar aromas. Similar yeast, but more bread malt, and less bittering yeast. More balanced here.

to Veltins Pils 6/24/22: Pours a similar color. Milder aromas. More smooth bread malt. Less yeast and Munich malt. Smoother.

to Bitburger Pils 7/6/22: Pours a similar color, stronger aromas. More lemonflower, biscuit malt. Less dry earthy yeast. More flavor. Winner: Paulaner

to Ayinger Bairisch Pils 2/6/22: Pours slightly darker. Stronger aromas. More European pale and German bread malts. Less German cracker malts and delicate honey. A fuller body.
8/23/22: More crackery and yeasty. Less smooth earthy malt. Cleaner and more carbonated.

Overall: The standard and my go-to for a 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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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Reviewed by highdesertdrinker from Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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
 
Rated: 4.09 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Jul 19, 2021
 
Rated: 3.94 by fflopps from Iowa

Jul 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.15 by Techichi from Texas

Jul 16, 2021
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Reviewed by German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
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
 
Rated: 3.93 by KT3418 from Colorado

Jul 03, 2021
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