Kaiser Pils | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: German Pilsener

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
193
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
21.69%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
28
For Trade:
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Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 193
Photo of Sammy
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
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 metter98
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bready and grainy malts in the nose along with some notes of floral and grassy hops.
T: Flavors of bready malts stand out in the overall taste; hints of sweetness are present in the initial taste while the finish has notes of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is rather sessionable, especially on a hot summer day.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A standard American-brewed Pilsner with a grain/malt mix and timid hop spice.

The standard straw colored beer gives a highly carbonated activity. Somewhat fizzy, the beer gives a formitable head that displays light lacing. Bright clarity. It's the standard pilsner look.

Aromas show mostly pilsner malt notes but a grain scent does show through. Bready and sweet, the nose is tempered by a lightly spicy noble hop balance.

Flavors fare much the same, with the emphasis of the malt complex based on the pilsner maltiness. But the grain character shows just a bit too much. Sulfur character gives a slightly harsh match-stick flavor and is quite minerally. Hop flavor isn't as prevailant as in the nose but the bitterness offsets the sweetness without bring undue attention to itself.

Still, a bit too grainy in the mouthfeel for my liking and the sulfurs create a rough texture to accompany the crispness of the malts, astringency of the grains, and dryness of the hops.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tedwarhc for this bottle. Served in a COAST tall pint.

Pours a moderate golden-yellow color with a two-finger white head that is quite fluffy. Good retention and lacing. The nose is a bit odd in that there's some strong grain and a bit of tannin, but also smells a bit skunked, even though it's in a brown bottle. The flavor is better, but doesn't quite hit the level I'm looking for in a German Pilsener. Mostly grain in the front followed by a pronounced bitterness on the back-end. A bit too grainy and slightly skunkish. Light body and high carbonation with a good bitter finish. Drinks well enough, but doesn't rival the best versions of the style.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed multiple servings of this at PA Flavor

A very clear golden straw color with visible carbonation and thick snowy creamy looking cap w/ tight bead. The head retention is good and lace sticks well. The aroma contains a good amount of noble hop aroma -very floral and herbal scented with mild pils malt accent and mild fruit from the yeast. The feel is good with some spice notes and mild sweetness with a high carbonation and rather dry finish.

The taste is excellent - loaded with hop flavor and only a mild level of astringency is noted, plenty of herb notes in the taste with fresh quality and gentle spice with the light toasted elements of the pils malt backing up the light acidic quality of the hops. The carbonation keeps the flavor fresh and the yeast is very clean overall with slight accent in the dry finish. I am very impressed with this pils, one of the best PA has to offer in a state where the bar for pilsners is very high already.

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Photo of smcolw
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick, lasting head despite the bar pour. Leaves plenty of blanketing and chunky lace. Straw color with a very mild chill haze.

Has a bit of a stale brewery aroma.

Starts with a grainy pale malt flavor that is quickly overtaken by a "green" hop bite of paprika. Long lasting hop-pellet aftertaste. Creamy body for the style but the higher carbonation counters this nicely. Perhaps too bitter for the style; it comes across harshly. Still, I very much like this beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
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 RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a nice white head. Nose is sweet grains with a minor grass. Flavor is bringing a lot of grain tones as well. Nearly inky taste on the backside. Definite earthy aftertaste. Feel is smooth on liquid and carries a vibrant carbonation. Easy to drink. If you like earthy and inky pilsners, this is for you.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.85/5  rDev -24.6%
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 Gavage
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with a big fluffy two finger head.

Smell: grassy tones dominate the nose.

Taste: nice balance of malt and grassiness. Bitterness is quite noticeable. Some light fruit tones arrive late.

Mouthfeel: light-medium bodied beer. Very crisp throughout with a dryness arriving at the finish. Nicely refreshing.

Overall: a very tasty pils that would quench anyone's thirst.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Light yellow with a fierce crackling head that disappears to nothing.

Smell is of light bready malts and a whiff of grain and some distant noble hops

Taste follows the nose with a cracker like malt/yeast componant and a very light herbal hop bitter.

Light bodied, spritzy carbonation.

A fair attempt at a true pilsner, I was hoping for a little more hop character. Decent but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a light grainy malt and a smattering of noble hops.

The taste was well balanced and all around light. Some hop spice creeps in toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a standard no frills pils. Fresh taste was key.

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Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The one special Penn offering that I neglected (at least to date) to track down in bottle form. That may change...

A: The pils is a pale straw color, brilliant and unremarkable. A decent sized white head insulates the body of the beer.

S: The aroma is primarily grainy, lighter malts. The aroma is highlighted by a spicy herbal noble hop aroma.

T: The body is a strong continuation of the nose, showing off a bready malt side that has a peppery finish. The hops are crisp, cutting through the malts with a noble, grassy herbal taste.

M: The mouthfeel runs thin at times but generally is robust with malt flavors throughout.

D: The beer is not as strong as it would let on, so I can envision polishing off a bottle.

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Photo of dar482
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Has a very hazy colored pure yellow with a half inch of foam that turns to a very impressive ring with sticky lace.

S - Smells of pilsner malt, slight grassy malt, and a bit of grain.

T - Pretty sweet actually, at first but then turns to a mild bit of grain and a pretty impressive hop bitterness.

M - Light to medium pretty drinkable.

Overall I think this is the best thing they have but I just grabbed this for the tick. Still a very solid brew but couldn't see much session ability.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. No date or info. Thanks to Nerofiddled for this one!

A - Crystal clear deep straw yellow with minimal carbonation rising up. The head didn't rise up too high and had low retention but it was a bright white, densely packed foam that left a little collar of lacing.

S - Crisp and clean aroma that's lacking a punch of anything at all. A bit grainy in aroma with a light noble hop smell. Very faint overall.

T - Well hopped pils with a very faint malt presence. Crisp and clean, it leans towards the noble hops fully. Kaiser finishes dry and bitter. Floral and a touch citrusy. Just plain.

M - Crisp and light-bodied and very refreshing with a watery feel and a dry, hard finish.

D - It's easy to drink but doesn't offer anything else as far as flavor or aroma. Just a very plain beer that would make for a great sessioner. One-dimensional and boring.

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Photo of Suds
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at the brewery. It’s a bright yellow colored liquid with a respectable white head. It’s completely clear with moderate carbonation. There’s a slight hop aroma, maybe a little less aromatic than I hoped. Still, the smell is nicely spicy and flowery. Taste seemed a little grainy, with a distant maltiness. The centerpiece of the beer is a bitter, crisp, peppery hoppiness. It finishes with a teriffic lingering bitterness. Very refreshing and clean. I could certainly have a number of these with a plate of German Potato Salads.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a dryer malt and a small hop, very clean. In the taste, dry and refreshing malt and a nice hop, again really clean. A smooth and light bodied mouthfeel, with a dryer saaz/ pils hop in the aftertaste. Clean, fresh, and damn tasty.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
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 DavoleBomb
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

4.5 A: Clear pale yellow color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Good retention and a tall ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Huge aroma for the style. Plentiful grassy and earthy hop aromas. Neutral malt sweetness accompanied by graininess and a light biscuity component.

4.0 T: A hefty bitterness for the style, but well within the desirable range. Noble hop earthiness and grassiness. Biscuity malts with balancing sweetness.

4.0 M: Light, crisp body. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth. Appropriate for style.

4.0 D: Good beer. I'm glad to see that not everything in the Penn lineup has taken a dive in quality.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a light bronze color, also could be termed a light gold. Nary a spot of foam to be found. No lacing.

Very mild smell, maybe a hint of fruit but nothing else. Empty.

Solid German pils taste with malt start and familiar bitter close. That bitter finish is maybe a touch firmer than others.

Well balanced carbonation good mouthfeel.

Tasty, smooth pils, quite drinkable. Another nice offering from PBC.

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Photo of blackie
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pilsner glass, two-finger head steadily falls to leave a nice layer behind, the beer is a deep golden in color, good lace

s: dulled grassy hops carried on a body of pilsner malt that shows hints of bread and a mild sweetness, lacks the zesty hops I love in the style and really comes out a bit clumsy, but it's a pleasant if simple sniffer

m: carbonation on the lighter side leaving to body to drag around on the palate, should be livelier and more snappy

t: much like the aroma, the pilsner malt carries a touch of bread and a sweetness that seems heavy with no crisp hops to back it up - just a dull herbal flavor with a pathetically limp-wristed alpha acid slap in the finish, far from the "royally-hopped" pils it is billed as, grainy breads linger

d: down for a few, enjoyable overall but not good enough for a long session

picked up a six from Norm's in Vienna, VA, for July 4th...consuming the rementants

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