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Kaiser Pils | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
pennbrew.com

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:
92
Ratings:
194
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
21.43%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
28
For Trade:
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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 194
Photo of Falzi87
1.5/5  rDev -60.3%
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.

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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 thecheapies
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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

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Photo of Jimmys
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
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 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 deltatauhobbit
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear looking golden color with a thin white head, fades quickly, leaves some patchy lacing on the glass though.

Smell has a good deal of hops on the nose, citrusy with a good amount of grassy notes.

Taste starts out with a hint of sweet malt but that is soon overshadowed by the grassy hop presence, the bitterness is just the right amount for the style since it doesn't overwhelm, finishes clean and dry.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.57/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an A-B flute on 3/6/12

The color is a dainty, golden rod and straw; looks watered down, but is pretty much clear. Three finger head of fluffy foam collapses slowly scattered trails of raised lace that really starts to collect halfway down the glass. Thin retention.

Noble hops are all over the aroma - grassy and herbal/floral with spicy and soapy undertones. Hints of lemon peel zestiness. The malts offer a slightly grainy, biscuit note. Clean enough.

Kaiser Pils tastes ok, if a little one dimensional. Moderate hops kick and an accompanying spicy twinge are mainly relegated to the front with toasted grain in the center. From there it flavor falls off quickly to a slow, tapered decay.

The feel is the weakest aspect, being too light and watery; at times it seems lifeless. Same thing with the carbonation; half-hearted and lacking brilliance. The finish has a stale lingering and vapid feel. I'm not too impressed.

Though I remember this fondly from on tap a few years ago, this just isn't living up to my admittedly unlikely-to-be-attained recollections. Ah well.

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bright yellow beer with a thin, sudsy head. A few bits of lacing are left behind as the glass is drained. Aroma is a little faint and consists of grass and citrus. Has a tart, earthy flavor with notes of lemon rind and sweet dough. Very dry, and a little rough around the edges.

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Photo of frenchblood21
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
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 hustlesworth
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- ultra clear pale golden with a loose soapy white head and spotty lacing.

S- bright and hoppy, hallertau grassy floral and lemony aroma. a bit of cracker like pale malt tartness.

T- a wonderfully hoppy and zesty pils, clean malt flavor and bitterness with notes of lemon, apple, grape skin, prosecco, and white bread.

MF- crisp and dry, but not sahara dry. bitterness lingers in the throat and on the cheeks. light body with lively carbonation.

D- this one is a well rounded true to style hoppy pils. i could easily drink it on the reg.

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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 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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from cosmo4u. Thanks Chad!

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - semi-hazed bright yellow color with a white head that left some trails of lacing as the beer went down.

S - bitter Euro-hop aroma.

T - bitter blast of Hallertau hops from start to finish.

F - light/medium bodied with a crisp feel.

O - a very good example of the style.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A golden yellow pour with a small, wispy, white head and nice lacing. The smell was very light and slightly hoppy, more grassy hops than piney ones. I must say that my ability to accurately describe the smell was hindered a bit by the fact that I was sitting around a nice campfire when it was consumed, I’d say it was a win/win regardless. My taste buds, however, were in perfect working order. Following the smell, the taste was light, refreshing, and hoppy, very much like a pilsner should taste. It was very nicely carbonated and crisp, you could hardly taste any alcohol. Wonderful drinking beer, whether you’re at a campfire, a ballgame, on the lake, wherever, you can’t go wrong here!

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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 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 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 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 rousee
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

These guys arent available in MA -or at least I think they're not. Picked up these in NYC. They are definitely contract brewed and it sure inspired a lot of commentary here when I asked the pa locals about it. I know no other than these from this brewery so that is my only opinion of them.

Nice gold color, frothy white soap like head. Excellent fresh german/czech hops on the nose. The breadiness that I like is front and center. Quite drinkable.

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

On tap at Penn Brewery.

A: Pours a bright clear yellow color with a thick pillow of white foam head. There is plenty of lacing.

S: A nice amount of buttery crackers, grassy hops and some white toast. Smells very clean.

T: The taste is quite balanced throughout. Lightly toasted white bread, crackers and some grassy hos all blend well.

M: Extremely crisp and clean taste on the palate. A very nice light body.

D: This is an easy to drink, nicely balanced beer. A really enjoyable Pils!

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Photo of nukem5
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale golden coloration with little or no head.

S: Light scent of hops just picked this beer up yesterday and still tastes fresh and crisp.

T: Light metallic flavor with a nice hoppy citrus backing.

M: Slightly alkylyne with a light body.

D: Could drink a few of these but will ration them in ,my growler for the next 2 days.

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Photo of crossovert
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz twist-off bottle.

It pours a somewhat bland gold, the head is very nice however forming a round white globe around the rim of my pokal.

There is a nice noble hop smell up front, it has a subtle fruitiness and a bakery like malt scent.

The taste is well balanced. It has a noticeable hop character, very nicely done, along with a leveling maltiness. It still seems a bit more hop-forward but it is pretty balanced overall. There is some metallic flavor at the beginning but it fades after the second quaff.

The mouthfeel was pretty spot on for the style, rich in body, but also with a persistent carbonation.

This pilsener is one of the few american examples that isn't a butchery of the style.

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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 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 wisrarebeer
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is old school before the sale of the brewery. Probably 2008ish. Traditional Penn brewery labeling for Kaiser - an upside down Penn Pils label for the front, a Weizen label in back, and a neck label that is just a blank piece of white paper!

A: straw-colored, crisp and clean
S: not a huge amount of nose, but definite German maltiness and nice balance of hops
T: for a 5% ABV this beer held up very well, no noticeable oxidation or aging in any way, great malt with good smack of bitter hop finish -- one of the best pilsners in America, a bit more bitter hops than a high-end German pils but still very good
M & D: lively and very easy drinking, extremely smooth

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Kaiser Pils from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 194 ratings.
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