Kaiser Pils
Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #191
Ranked #33,098
3.76 | pDev: 14.63%
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Kaiser PilsKaiser Pils
Notes: A German-style Pils with pale gold color and good body, this crisp, clean and very bitter beer has pronounced hop aroma and is made with the famous Hallertau hops. Kaiser Pils is brewed with triple decoction mashing. A beer worthy of an Emporer.
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. NO freshness dating.

clear very pale yellow body, enormous white fluffy head, thick generous lacing.

had to blow a hole in the head to get a nice hit of lager malts and yeast.

biting flavor, you can feel the hops, but the overall impression is pretty understated.

a little above thin on the mouth, slightly bitter on the finish.

overall, a decent enough beer. not a style I'm in love with, a but a nice enough quaff with tonight's curry.

Jun 03, 2017
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a custom shaped glass: color is straw gold, head is bright white with fine bubbles presenting about 1/2 inch thick and lingering well with a top and deeper ring along the glass, some lacing on the glass.

Smell is bready, crackery, grassy hops thought subtle.

Taste is similar with bready, crackery flavor, some biscuit like taste, then some grassy hops and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated, a bit strong on the tongue.

Overall a very good pilsner, true to style with pleasant bready/biscuity qualities and moderate hoppiness.

Jan 25, 2017
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: September 4, 2016... OCCASION: Watching Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief with the family... GLASSWARE: Warsteiner pokal... a thick, crisp, pure white head tamps down and cakes to car wash soap suds... the body is beautiful clear, golden yellow with a steady stream of effervescence... a gentle, pliant aroma of Hallertau and soft cracker make for an alluring combination... a buttery, smooth, inviting body that has little effervescence or life... sippable, slammable, and 4.5% ABV, finished as fast as it began.... the taste profile is thin, with soft hops, flowery hints, refreshing though light... overall, not much to add other than this is a worthwhile sampler mate that fits well with all-day summer drinking... it definitely has its role...

Sep 11, 2016
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DrMullet from Florida

3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light pale yellow color...
Smell is a grassy malt. Taste is mild and bitter but malty.
Not much hops. Dry and bitter.

May 15, 2016
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Jon_Hendricks from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a pale, clear gold color.

Overall: The aroma is a light refreshing hops. The taste is well balanced. It has a noticeable hop character, very nicely done, along with a leveling maltiness. Solid beer that is very crisp, clean, and refreshing.

May 05, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some malt sweetness comes in. The hops presence is mild and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

Jan 23, 2016
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Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia

3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow hazy color with very little head. Little to no lacing but plenty of carbonation. Initial taste is light, crisp and pleasant. Definately a nice summer brew

Dec 07, 2015
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pianoguy from Washington

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another one from the beer of the month club
12 oz bottle

Pours a pale yellow color (Didn't want to say urine but it's accurate)with a smallish 1/4 inch white head that disappeared quickly. No visible lacing.

Smells of spice, maple and a bit of honey

Taste is very crisp and light with a nice little bitter aftertaste

Prickly feel. Carbonation lasts up to the last sip

This is a good German pilsner . The Hallertau hops are interesting. Would be good on a hot summer day after mowing the lawn...

Mar 22, 2015
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hopflyer from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty average pilsner. Has some more bitterness than expected but not bad. Carries all the typical grassy Pilsner tastes and finishes clean and semi dry. Would have again but would not seek out.

Feb 09, 2015
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mtvolkens from Florida

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. A light yellow color, just a film of head, lots of carbonation. A real hoppy smell and taste. Tasted orange zest up front with a hoppy profile, the carbonation leaving with a tingle on the tongue and a clean palette. A very hoppy Pilsner leaving a great tasting palette! Wouldn't be my favorite, but I would drink it again.

Feb 01, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked 17081434B10515 at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried shaker
Aroma of wet malt
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to 3 mm frothy ring and layer
Lacing poor – few small streaks of tiny to small bubbles
Body light yellow, clear, effervescent
Flavor begins slightly bitter with some malt sweetness following, some disulfide noted: no hop taste, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5 (for the style), Palate 3, Overall 3.5. But I still don’t like it.

Jan 27, 2015
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seedyone from New York

3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Aug 2013 On tap Rattle n Hum. So now it's summer & I'm thinkin' pils would be perfect. This contradiction of flavors leaves me wanting. Sure it's got crispness that I'm looking for, but it's body, as noted by the creamy head has it lingering on the tongue. Between the bitterness & the body, I'm looking for a glass of water on the side.

03/15/12 Solid body with a slight bite. Wholesome pilsner but not for summer drinking IMO. Better for fall.

Aug 01, 2014
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BMMillsy from Florida

3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from trade and sampled with 3 other Penn beers side by side. Pours clear light golden colored with a small white head that recedes quickly. Sweet yet slightly skunked lager smell, some hay, maybe a little honey. Flavor is light and crisp hay with a honey sweetness in the background and the slightly unpleasant finish I get with any lager. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Overall a decent pils.

Mar 30, 2014
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright yellow in color with absolutely perfect clarity. Poured with a tall snowy white foam that quickly reduced to a thick cap. Earthy herbal hop bouquet with grassy, lemon, butter and sweet biscuit notes. Medium bodied with rich, refreshing carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Malty, biscuity flavors down the middle with herbal hop flavors around the perimeter that close in through the middle. Tangy lemony hop bite from the middle to the end with biscuity notes. Finishes crisply and dryly with a lingering herbal hop bitterness.

Feb 16, 2014
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Foam from Pennsylvania

3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Have a few of these in the "gourmet selection" variety case that I bought.
Kaiser is a thinner / lighter and more bitter counter-part to Penn Pilsener.
Probably more similar to Victory Prima Pils .
A text-book clear golden color when you look at the glass in front of a daylight lightbulb.
A nice looking foamy sudsy head that lingers a while . (is there anything more troubling than beer that loses it's sudsy foam quickly ?)

A bit too bitter for me (I don't get into big-hopped beers at all . give me the malt sweet-ness, please.)
Despite that, a good session beer with the low 5% abv .
Probably a good one with spicy foods.

Nov 17, 2013
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dar482 from New York

4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a beautiful bright goldenrod that is quite hazy.

The aroma has some crisp lemon notes, some wonderful bready malt, and lots of grass and spice.

The flavor follows with lemon and tangerine, a bit of pale cracker malt, the finish hits with a lot of spice and then tons of grassy bitterness. It’s an extremely bitter beer for the style.

It’s a bit too bitter and could use more cleanness throughout, though still a clean pilsner. This beer really does the style well, especially with its huge spice and grassy bitterness on the end.

Sep 17, 2013
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markleyc06 from Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

About the beer:

A- beautiful golden clear straw color.

S- Grassy, malty, and that typical spicy hallertau sharpness.

T- Bitter up-front with lots of malt character followed by a lingering bitterness that leaves your palate refreshed and wanting more.

M-Good body for a session strength beer with ample carbonation to round things out.

Overall- A classic and fantastic example of "GERMAN PILSNER". This truly is one of the best and most flavorful pilsners out there....especially in the pittsburgh area. It is extremely discouraging seeing people who give this beer a bad review and clearly don't understand what this style is supposed to be. Look at the medals its won at GABF...those judges know their styles! Overall if you're in the pittsburgh area Penn Brewery is an absolute must if you like traditional german style beer. These guys master their craft and do it day in day out.

Feb 15, 2013
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a light yellow gold with white suds for a head.

Smells of grassy malts with some notable hop bitterness.

Grassy malts, a bit of bready character, and a dry hop bite.

Crisp light body with a sting of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Another solid pilsner offering from Penn, I like this one better than their standard pils. Another good one to pair with food or session. Doesn't try to do much else than that, but does what it does just fine. Definitely worth trying with food or as a thirst quencher.

Feb 02, 2013
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is pale yellow and hazy. It was topped with about one and a half inches of off white head.

S - A pleasant lemon scent fills my nostrils. I also get some grass.

T - The lemon grass comes through in the taste as well, but is overshadowed by a skunk flavor.

M - Thin to moderate

O - It is not a bad beer aside from the skunk taste. I enjoyed the lemon aroma.

Jan 23, 2013
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-11-23 in Pittsburgh at the brewery

A - Clear gold with a 1.5-finger white head and mild lacing.

S - Lemon, grass, saltine cracker

T - Good, bold flavors of lemon, hallertau grassy spice, pale malt, touch of lightly-toasted white bread. Finishes dry and with some lasting bitterness.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O - Really enjoyed this with my meal at the brewery. It also held up well earlier in the day in a Pilsner-palozza, coming in 3rd behind Victory Prima Pils and Troegs Sunshine Pils in an all-Pennsylvania shoot out.

Nov 25, 2012
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TownDunkel from Texas

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pennsylvania Brewing Company... one of the first of their beers I had the pleasure of joining. Got to love free beer!

Appearance - A calm yellow with slight carbonation. It is clear and about right for the style

Smell - The scent is a bit weak for me but has the definite hop scent.

Taste - A bitter hops and malt that then kicks up with extra bitter goodness in the second round. The flavors have almost a chocolate to dark fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel - A little more carbonation would help with the nice long lasting flavor.

Overall - This is a good beer, but boy you have to be in the mood for the bitterness.

Sep 10, 2012
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Alchemist from Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Of all of the Penn beers, this is the one that I get the most bready malt flavor from that I associate with good German-style lagers. I know that I am in the minority on this one, but I think the hops are just right for this style of beer. I think that some other very highly rated German style pilsners are over the top on hops for the style,i.e. Prima Pils. I like Penn beers and this one has always been a favorite of mine.

Jul 11, 2012
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Falzi87 from Massachusetts

1.5/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Got this beer out of my beer of the month delivery. Anyone getting a buttered popcorn from the movies type taste? I do like buttered popcorn from the movies...just not in my beer.

Average beer at best. Shocked to come on here and see it has decent grades. This beer should really be called Kaiser Piss. Next time I'm in the mood for a nice cold bottle of piss, I'll be sure to pick this up.

Jun 23, 2012
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WoodBrew from Ohio

2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color with a slight off white head that is about a finger thick. The smell is of floral hops with sweet malt and some bread malt also. The taste is of a sweet malt backbone with a little bit of sweet bread, the hops are present throughout and are floral in nature. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. You could drink alot of this beer there is nothing to turn you off from it. For a pilsner it has some flavor and some complexity which you dont always get with this class.

Jun 15, 2012
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic cup at the Trib Total Media Hall of Fame Club at PNC Park during the first of a three-game vs. Cincy. Lovely sudsy head. Spray painted lacing inis my cup. Deep golden body. Looks fantastic on a hot day. 4.0

Crisp minty German hop aroma and a beefy pale malt backbone. 3.5

Bitter and fruity. Nice tart tangerine citrus in the hops. Woody character to the malts. Little yellow grapefruit and background apple tart. Crackery dry malt. Nice hoppy finish. 4.0

High carbonation provides bristles in a solid body. Refreshing on a hot day. 4.5

Another exceptional German product from this PA brewery. Let's go Bucs! 4.0

May 28, 2012
Kaiser Pils from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 205 ratings