Kaiser Pils | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by aaronh on 02-03-2003

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Ratings: 200 |  Reviews: 94
Reviews by Zylod:
Photo of Zylod
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jimmys
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into hardywood tulip glass.

A: very clear, very bright gold body. carbonation is streaming. head is bright white with good retention and fantastic lacing. very good looking brew.

S: spicy and earthy. green tea. herbal. chalky.

T: plenty of hallertau hop flavor on the body makes this very refreshing. maybe a little metallic towards the finish? tin-y even. the finish lingers with bitterness, but not heavy.

M: plenty of carbonation on a light bodied brew.

D: this and their st. nick's bock are my 2 favorites thus far in brews i have tried from Penn Brewing Co. these guys can definitely brew a good lager and i certainly recommend this brew.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visit Penn's restaurant and brewpub whenever Iam in Pittsburgh,I have had three of there beers on tap and liked all of them.Poured a really nice golden color with beautiful pillowey head that stuck around for some time.Spicey hop aroma with malt background,good spritzy element to this beer.Spicey/zesty taste with a good hop smack,really goes down easy.One of the best pils I have had either from this county or from Europe.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.68/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This guy was just gorgeous! It’s a light yellow in color but not that transparent-looking piss-water color. The head was white as the driven snow and showed good retention. It never did go away and left a nice film along the inside of my pint glass.

Smell – The light grain aroma is sans the nauseating sweets and creamed corn that you find with most pitiful efforts at the style. There’s not much else to this bouquet and there doesn’t need to be.

Taste – The grain flavor is tremendous. It’s one of the best that I’ve had. It's like stripping grain straight from the husk. There is actually a bit of husk flavor in this beer, which is just how I like it. Boy, you can really tell the difference between this and the Add-junk beers on the first sip.

I enjoyed the lack of sweetness here. There is just a touch; not any more than you’d get from eating cooked grain, and it’s very mild like maybe what you’d get from licking a cut green apple wedge. It is a very clean flavor that really made my day.

Mouthfeel – This is actually a bit bigger than light-bodied. It is crisp and refreshing with just the right amount of quality carbonation. The finish really lingers on the palate, too, ending with a mild bitter tap.

Drinkability – This is one of the best American-made Pilsners that I’ve had to date. The beer just disappeared from my glass in leaps and bounds.

Comments – A super-big BA thanks to skyhand for dragging this one all the way back from PA for me. Cheers!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerIsland
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Penn Kaiser Pils
I, too, bought (2) growlers from Bierkraft on 3 May, at around 1300. They had a lot going at that time and it took a little dexterity juggling the many growler orders coming in. The first of these was consumed right away; a delicious beer! I didn't really get a chance at it until today, Thursday 7 May 2009.
This beer is still in good shape. Very nice in the glass, decent fluffy head, smells of central European summers. Extremely flavorful and so easy going. Might have had this beer once before in a bottle,; as the recent NYT review indicated, not to be missed.

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Photo of frenchblood21
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- Very pale yellow color. Looks like sparkling lemonade. Small paper white head that goes away quickly.

Smell- Hops, orange and fresh cut grass, in that order.

Taste- Very hoppy, lemon and grapefruit and straw

Mouthfeel- Buttery is the best way to describe this beer. Coats the whole mouth and throat when swallowed. Great texture

Overall- Not a game changer, but what pils really is. A slightly above average beer from a good brewery. If you find it on tap its worth a try.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Capones. Pours a clear yellow. Thin head with nice lacing. Fairly hoppy smell. Nice bite in taste. Mouthfeel is smooth & very drinkable. I would put this a notch below Sly Fox/Victory/Troegs but a quality pils overall. Recommended.


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Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received in the May shipment of my Beer of the Month Club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pale, clear gold with some head and lacing. Expected look for a Pils, but needed more head retention.

Smell: Bready malts and some noble hops. Smells fresh but a little too mild.

Taste: Slightly sweet bready malts countered by a nice touch of spice bitterness. Bitterness is pretty low overall, but has a metallic bite to it. Very crisp and perfectly balanced - fantastic. Maybe this is more like a Southern German Pils (Bavaria), as I am used to the lighter, drier, more bitter Northern German Pils.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body (fuller than I expect for a German Pils), somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: Perhaps the most drinkable Pilsner I have had, likely due to the perfect balance.

Note: this beer was shipped with the Penn Pilsner label (their flagship beer, which is actually a Vienna Lager). I emailed the BOTM company as I had expected the Kaiser Pils. They said the labels weren't ready yet for the Kaiser so they slapped the Vienna label on there instead. Idiotic. That's okay, the beer is so good that all is forgiven.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Penn Brewery in a pint glass filled to the rim with just a coating of white foam,Clear,golden color fair amount of carbination with some strings of tiny bubbles.

Moderate hop aromas Perfumy/floral with a light sweet maltiness with a bit of nuttiness and some fruityness. Clean and inviting aromas.

Toasty with light sweet malt tastes,grassy,tart,finishes with a clean,crisp cirtus rind feel.

Light body with some rough,grainyness. Very drinkable and refreshing. A great beer for summertime.

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Photo of mkrass
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served up on tap at D's, was my beer I sipped on while hunting for new beers in the beer cave, and the second one was reviewed and then lastly after the review I found it to complement my Chicago style Vienna all beef hot dog. Appearance: Crystal clear golden nice frothing white head leaves nice uneven bands of lacing. Aroma: Slightly bready with some biscuit malt, and peppery Saaz very nice pils one of my favorite all around Penn brews just a great pils I would like to get a keg of this beauty for my house here in Morgantown I think it would go over well. Taste: What a crisp and flavorful pils I wish this one would replace the Penn Pilsner, great malty backbone a beer to be enjoyed especially if you like Saaz authentic German style pils, definitely a beer to be enjoyed when available. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied very smooth great carbonation. Drinkability: Incredible definitely one of my favorite microbrewed pils of all time, doesn't match up to Victory Prima but it's awesome.

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Photo of mrosenfeld32
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Bierkraft in Brooklyn poured into American shaker pint.

A--Yellowish-gold body the color of apple juice or some weak-ass brandy. Head is two fingers of white fizz that die quickly and leave more skim than I've ever seen in a lager. Bubble curtain remains throughout tasting even in a non-nucleated glass.

S--Bready, lots of dough and whole grain huskiness going on. Some muted diacetyls going on that I don't mind but shouldn't be there. A bit of grass and tangy lemon or orange coming through on the nose as well.

T--More malt. Beautiful barley spectrum represented here as this has been very carefully attenuated. Lots of breadcrust, whole grain, and cracker, even a little sweetish but mostly deeper bread flavors w/o being Marzen-like and getting all honey and caramel about it. Hops is pronounced in the medium-dry finish as a bittering agent, with a little tang from that nose coming through flavorwise, but mostly this is European-styled hopping. Very nice--super smooth and clean, with not a trace of DMS. Only beef is that those diacetyls pop up and make this taste a little too buttered popcorny, like a botched hefe. Not a big deal, and certainly not prominent, but not the best thing about this beer.

M--Excellent. Spritzy, scrubbing bubbles scour your palate each sip. And that's not just the alliteration talking. Super refreshing lager that's crisp without being watery.

D--Another winner in this category. You could drink this as soon as it got warm, or at a tailgate party, or just sitting in the living room no matter the weather outside. If you like your Pilsner a little more on the malt side rather than the spicy hopped-out side, as I do, then pick this up over Victory's Harvest or Prima pils.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
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...

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stigs
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Fathead's last Friday...reviewed from notes. 16oz pour into a standard pint glass.

A - very light gold/straw colored body. hoists about half an inch of lightly frothy slightly off-white foam. leaves some mild spotty lacing behind. a bit pale for the style - someone actually came up to me and asked me if i was drinking a ML.

S - subtle mostly grassy hops...bits of grain and a light crackery malt bed. floral with just a tiny speck of spice near the end.

T - the majority of the flavor comes from a somewhat bland (yet eerily pleasant) grain profile, the hops are definitely present (grassy, slight pine) yet struggle to really take hold.

M - lightish body, good active and present yet not overwhelming carbonation. leaves mouth feeling a bit prickly, refreshed.

D - highly drinkable, almost to a fault. a little "lame" for the style but still not all that bad. would be a good intro beer to show off a lightly-hopped, light body.

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Photo of Sammy
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewery. Staff raved about it. A good pils, good not get a scent because of a bleached glass. Bit of head. Good dryness and mouthfeel. Smooth and appropriate carbonation. Crisp, fresh and refreshing. This is the one to have in bottles.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of DerekP
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A few notes on Penn Pilsner's Kaiser Pils:

I bought a case in California, PA for $28.59 before tax.

Drank some homemade elderberry wine in celebration of my grandfather-in-law's 91st birthday before I tasted this brew, which unfortunately threw off my taste buds.

I didn't much care for it last night, so I opened up a bottle today to give it another chance and let it breathe in a nonic pint glass. The result was in the positive direction.

There's no freshness date on the bottle, so who knows if the age of the brew is effecting the quality. The head has disappeared, 3/4's of the way in.

The look is yellow-golden; typical pilsner. The taste offers very oily, bitter hops. The smell is a little grassy, pretty refreshing, with a hint of barley.

Medium body, decent mouthfeel, but personally a brew I'll drink less of. I prefer Penn Dark, Penn Gold, & Penn Pilsner over Kaiser Pils from the brewery in the north side of Pittsburgh, PA.

UPDATE 3/19/12: I've had this brew a few times since I bought the first case. Once on-tap, another out the bottle, and just yesterday I bought another case. Long story short, my palate now favors Kaiser Pils. Hoppy, bready and ultimately tasty, with a floral/citrus hops and cracker-like aroma. It's a definite go-to, when it's around (rotated).

UPDATE 5/21/12: One of the best beers Penn makes (Penn Gold is damn good)! Such a better brew than Penn Pilsner; wish it was more readily available than its more common brewery mate.

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Photo of mtvolkens
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Chinon01
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the maltiest German style pils that I've ever had. Quite bready and tasty. Similar to the malt toastiness I like from Hofbrau Original Helles lager. The hop finish is pleasant but not really complex and there's little to it on the back of the throat. I'd like to visit this beer again on tap.

Not bad

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Kaiser Pils from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 200 ratings