Kaiser Pils | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Kaiser PilsKaiser Pils

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Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

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.

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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 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 goblue3509
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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, overall it is a solid entry.

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Photo of Chinon01
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Photo of ToddT
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear golden yellow with a off white head. Head falls quickly to a ring and leaves some lace on the glass.

S- Dry, crisp, and mild aroma of hops and a little malt. Not a very complex or strong aroma.

T- Mild bite of hops from beginning to end, a little malt and some notes of yeast provide a counterpoint.

M- Less than medium in body and good carbonation. Finish is dry and crisp.

D- Very drinkable and a session beer. At 5% ABV that was what it was aiming for and it hit the mark here.

Easy drinking pils for a hot summer day. The best pils I've ever had, well no, but it's nice and refreshing.

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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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Photo of bonbini26
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the BOTMC

Pours a yellow clear color, with medium carbonation, two-finger white head that fades quickly. Bready, grain some comes through with a tine of lemongrass. Crisp malty taste with some sweet bread flavors and light hops. The finish is semi-dry with some bitterness. Pretty smooth and clean, which makes it pretty drinkable. For the style its a solid brew, def. sessionable

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Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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 bonkers
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this as part of a BOTMC. The brew is a pale gold in color with a moderate white head. The aroma is bready and grassy. The flavor is crisp and pleasantly bitter, with a lingering after taste. The beer is easy drinking, light bodied, and has moderate carbonation. IMO a fine pilsner.

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Photo of BeerIsland
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
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 TheycallmeTim
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
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 hopdog
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml, foiled, bottle.

Poured a medium golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of wet grass, some breadiness, doughy, and grains. Tastes of grass, straw, spices, and a lighter breadiness. At 4%, would make a decent hot summer beer for sure.

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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 ffejherb
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Local 44 on 3/7/09 during Philly Beer Week.

A - Clear pale golden, sparsely carbonated body with a slim, creamy white head that receded into a patchy film and scant amount of lace, but popped back up with each swirl of the glass.

S - Grassy and herbal hops with a subtle citrus character paired with bready malt and some sweet caramel.

T - Grassy hops dominate the initial flavor, followed by a mild herbal hop bite and some citrus/lemon notes. Malt is a little sweet with a hint of caramel and some bready, grainy characteristics. Finish is moderately bitter and actually just a tad tart.

M - Medium bodied and a bit oily with moderate carbonation on the palate. Finish is mildly bitter on the tongue.

D - Solid effort from Penn. Is it the best pils I've had? No. Is it easy to quaff? Sure.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/20/08. Bottle. Pours a clear very pale yellow with a foamy white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma of light sweet fruits, wheat malt, and grassy hops. Flavor is much of the same--wheat malt, grassy and floral hops. Nice light fruity sweetness with a tinge of hops. Nice refreshing pilsener.
8/3/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

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Photo of number1bum
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a fluted pilsener glass, it's a clear, pale golden color with three fingers of dense white head. Keeps a chunky lace and leaves quite a bit of stick on the sides.

Smell is quite hoppy, with a lot of grassy and slightly spicy noble hops. Bit of citrus fruit and some apple and pear fruitiness, as well. Also some lightly toasted grain and even a bit of malt sweetness.

Taste also has a good deal of grassy hops, and some fruit. There is a subtle noble spiciness and a moderate bitterness in the finish. Perfect level of malt sweetness. There is really no grainy bite to this at all - it's quite clean and flavorful. If anything I would say it could even be a bit hoppier, but it's very well balanced as is.

Mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated and very smooth. It's extremely clean for a pilsener.

This is a really easy drinking pils. As I said before I think maybe it could be even a bit hoppier, but it's really nice as is. This is a top notch pils for sure. Pick it up.

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Photo of Domingo
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow color that isn't quite golden, but still bolder than a helles or euro macro. The head on this is pretty wild and rocky. Lacing is second to none.
The characteristics of a traditional German pils are there in full force. It starts off with a bit of sweet malt, but then you get a pretty strong hit of noble (saaz I'm guessing) hops and a bone dry finish. No buttery creamy notes, just straight forward malt followed by a dry hop finish. Clean, tasty, and spot-on compared to the German originals.
It's easy to drink and if price/availability weren't an issue this would be a great session lager. Definitely one of the best examples of this style brewed in the US.

It's a really good German Pils, but I'm not sure it needed to be in a bomber or priced where it is. That shouldn't make it earn a lesser score, but it's something to keep in mind. It's tough to justify a $9 bomber for a beer that really isn't designed as a sipper. The whole concept just seemed odd for an everyday style.

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

fairly clear yellow with a white head that holds very well and leaves very nice lace. bread and malt and hops in nose, just like it should. very nice. well hopped, well balanced, minty hop finish with just a touch of soapiness that drags the taste rating down a bit. mint with a hint of soap really lingers in the mouth, creating a very nice and long finish. medium light body that goes down too easily. great beer.

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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 SkinnyElvis
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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 Hojaminbag
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at the Penn Brewery.

Clear white body with a big white fluffly head that has good retention and leaves some nice sticky lacing on my glass.

Smells of nice floral hop notes and a light, pilsner style malty body.

Hoppy up front, a little piney and citrusy. Finishes out like a normal pilsner with light maltiness. I like this beer, it reminds me a lot of Troeg's Sunshine Pils, another pilsner I enjoy in the summertime. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent.

Pretty drinkable, light and balanced.

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Photo of Deuane
2.56/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Golden yellow body with thin white head that disappears quickly and leaves a thin ring of lace.

S-Sweet maltiness and the smallest wafting of hops.

T-Instant corn-like taste to me. Others say they have tasted hops in this brew but not me...maybe my hop threshold is too damn high anymore!? This is a very disappointing brew to me.

M-Medium-ight body and bit sticky with a slightly sour finish.

D-Not really into this one. Drinkable but barely. I want more crispness and hops....less of that damn corn flavour...quick, someone get me a Two-hearted!

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A pretty good beer, got this at the actual Penn Brewery restraunt this past weekend. Oddly flavored, a german beer with some hops. Pours a nice head, a medium body, very light color. Smells of piney hops, but just seemed average to me. Did not seem to be a style I can point to. I will try it again but not the best beer I have had. Never seen this in a bottle, like mentioned, had this at the brewery.

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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 PittBeerGirl
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Light transparent straw yellow body with thin head that disappears quickly. Little lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Smells of light refreshing hops.

T- Initial taste is somewhat bland. Almost like there is nothing there. Then the hops start to appear. The finish is all hops and a bitter hop aftertaste remains on the palate.

M- Light body and medium carbonation. Not watery.

D- This is a great refreshing brew on a hot summer day. Its very light and refreshingly hoppy. Good summer session beer.

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Kaiser Pils from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 196 ratings.
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