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Tucher PilsenerTucher Pilsener

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Brauerei Tucher Brau

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 40
Photo of Dentist666
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into lager glass.
Clear golden beer with decent white head, good retention.
Smell - grainy, earthy.
Taste - grainy, strong woody and rather rough bitterness.
Light body, medium carbonation.
Good pilsener.

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Photo of titvs
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 1B). Draft @ Heilig-Geist-Spital. AROMA: clean lager profile with a mild sweet cereal aroma. APPEARANCE: pale straw colour and translucent. thin white head with medium-low retention. TASTE: clean lager flavour with mild sweet cereal notes. low bitterness with a semi-dry finish. PALATE: thin body with low carbonation. OVERALL: an average bulk german lager.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tall half-litre bottle: BBD 15 Feb 14. Bought in a local cheap supermarket (B&M) and poured into an embossed 'Cobra' pint glass at home on 18 Dec 13.

Pale golden, bright and clear, very clean looking: on top a large white foaming head.

A hop bite to the initial taste, some hop esters in the smell, grains also. Better than a lot of the 'mainstream' German lager/pilsners in both aroma and taste. Once into it you realise It is sweeter than a lot of the well known German beers in this style, which is maybe why I've enjoyed it so (my sweet tooth coming through again).

Refreshing and somehow wholesome in it's make-up. Evokes memories of happy times in Nurnberg and Germany in general.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014. Acquired a little while back from my local B&M. The bottle says Pils on the front label, and states that this beer is 'Kaltgehopft'.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear golden hue with medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before subsiding. Aroma of grassy, spicy hops with hints of light malt, pepper and faint fruitiness. More depth than the average macro lager.

Tastes of light malt and leafy hops, with a crisp bitter finish. Notes of grass/hay, subtle spice, mild grain, earthy yeast, a faint fruitiness and a hint of stewed hops. Dry, followed by a piquant bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with peppery hop oils stimulating the palate. Good body for the style, but a shade undercarbonated. Mildly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of leafy, grassy hops, yeast esters and faint malt.

Rather nice - a tasty German pils and probably the best bottled version I've encountered over here. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour have a delicate hop character that suits the style perfectly. Decent body; could be more effervescent. The dry-hopping has a discernible impact on the flavour. Goes down all too easily - worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of bigrzman
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Big soft white head, straw yellow color, almost no carbonation. Pilsners are vibrant not dead. However, the head is phenomenal.

S:Very clean with some grass notes. Correct to style.

T: Grassy grains, some spicy hops, and sweet pilsner malt.

M:Smooth and watery. Dry back finish. no carbonation.

O: Not bad not great. This good drinkable beer. Not the best Tucher product.

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Photo of stan66
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Pilsener is refreshing, dry and crisp. It pours a nice yellow tone with high carbonation. Head is high with good retention. I enjoyed this in a hot day, so I find it very proper for thirst quencher. Nice beer, not the greatest but I can drink two or three easily.

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Photo of karait95
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very very light and clear straw yellow color with a medium to rich carbonation that forms a medium head that dissipates not too fast and maintain a permanent layer of small and compact bubbles.

S: Good aroma, malts and some hops also, with not many defects or incorrect variations such as too much alcohol.

T: Full malty body, very classic not very complicated but very straight as high should be.

M: Very refreshing and easy drinking beer, with a medium lasting ending not very bitter nor sweet with a little dry sensation.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.5L, in Germany, best before 7/30/11.

Standard Pils pour: effervescent, clear yellow-gold, with an above-average eggshell head and very good retention and lacing.

The aroma is earthy, lightly spicy, and of moderate hop dankness.

The flavor is just dandy and clean. This is a well-balanced and well-crafted Pils. Grainy malts combine with a woody-spicy hoppiness and a tea-like bitter finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and soft, with fine medium carbonation.

Well, what'd ya know? Another well-made Pilsner from Germany.

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Photo of katan
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a light golden to almost straw color. Head formation is light. Slightly hazy at times.

S- Pilsner malt all the way - sweet but yet grainy and astringent. Is there an easier style to judge?

T - Starts off with the strong pils malt bite. Turns to a more bitter and balanced flavor through the addition of some yeast breadiness. Some of the bitterness becomes overbearing at times. Strong retained pils aftertaste.

M- Light to moderate body. Beer is light, but the carbonation brings it back. Clean finish.

D - Easy and manageable ABV. Smooth drinking. Flavors get a bit wearing due to the strong bitterness at times.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear beer with just a touch of yellow discoloration. It looks like lightly steeped chamomile tea. A standard German head rises two fingers in a soapy white tower of foam.

Smell is lightly grainy with some Nobel hops in the background. Weak and watered down but not gone.

Taste is smooth and clean sticking to the Pils style. A stable malt structure with a delicate bitterness to the finish.

Just a simple good clean beer. Why mess with something as perfect as water, grain and hops. Tucher is a perfect example of a Local German Pils. Clean, crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow, lots of carbonation, and a full, frothy head; everything looks normal except the head, which is much healthier looking than I'm used to; (canned Sept. '07, so this is more than a year old beer); some healthy lacing left

A bit grainy, but not a whole lot of aroma; after it warms, aroma becomes bigger with bread notes appearing

Taste & Mouthfeel
First thing that strikes me are the hops--I can actually taste them! That's especially remarkable considering this is a year old (making me a believe out of cans). In addition to the hop bitters, there's some other bitters either coming from either the mineral content in the water or the yeast; it tastes somewhat sulfury, but not over-the-top or bad like say Heineken; body is light and smooth, with a slightly oily texture; malts become noticeable after it warms

A nice pilsener with character. I will definitely drink it again.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bought in beijing. imported by the same company as several of the other german brews i've had over the past couple months.

500ml can

clear, light golden straw color. decent head soon fades to scarce wisps and a thin ring. lacing is very nice however.

aroma is a bit faint, but you can pick out some noble hops, a subtle maltiness, and maybe bread or yeast.

palate brings a little more flavor. a decent mix of noble hop spiciness and bitterness, with a surprising amount of malt presence, esp. given the light color and muted aroma of the beer. in the end, the bitterness is pretty dry and does have a slight dominating effect on the other flavors. maybe a trace of overcooked veggie or DMS? well, it's just borderline, so not really noticeable unless you overthink it...

feel is ever so slightly watery, but smooth. the carbonation is very prickly, almost overdone, but acceptable, and depending on the mood, can be refreshing, i think.

ok, but not something i'd deliberately look for again

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Photo of Absumaster
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A golden beer with a thin head.

Smell is light malty with a little grainy smell, which reminds me of opening a big drum of barley. There is a slight green vegetable smell in the back.

Taste is light and appears to be mostly pilsmalt, light and a little grainy. The beer has a very minor fruitiness and a little vegetable. Body is thin and drinkability is good. This beer is clean and non-offensive, but nicely brewed.

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Photo of JohnW
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in the Tucher Brewery Bar/Restuarant on the Nuremberg City Walls, just 10 walk from the main Railway Station in September 2006.
Pale gold and brilliant white big head, dry crisp slightly nutty aroma, typical for the style. Has a dryish crisp taste as expected from the type, some bitterness of the hops in the finish, only very little sweetness or malts in the overall favours. Was very carbonated in the pour, which may have added to the dry finish and aroma. I enjoyed this, thought it refreshing, though I would not class it as one of the best pilsner beers, but worth having on tap when in Nuremberg, both at the Tucher bar and in the many outlets thoughout the city.

B'ham UK

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sun-washed gold topped by a large cotton white head that displays multitudinous bubbles standing shoulder to shoulder on its upper surface. There's enough sticky lace adhering to the glass to keep visual interest from flagging... although not enough to truly impress. A good pilsener look; clean and pure.

The nose is noble hops from stem to stern. You were expecting something different from a German pilsener? I don't speak German, but it was easy to tell from the website that Hallertau is in use. Spicy aromas are as evident as grassy ones, maybe more so. This isn't a nose that wows me even though there's nothing really wrong with it.

Tucher Pilsener is a good beer that, for better or for worse, pays as much attention to its malt as to its hops. For better, I believe. There's a hefty quantity of sweetish malt (considering the style) that adds another dimension to what can sometimes be a one-dimensional style. Hop flavor and bitterness are clearly the focal points, although their support is never very far away from the action.

The usual noble flavors apply, with bitter lemon making more of an impact on the palate than expected. This beer tastes like the beer equivalent of those salads that one is often served in trendy restaurants. The ones with spiky, weedy looking, bitter greens that have been tossed in lemon-balsamic vinaigrette (minus the balsamic vinegar in this case). I happen to like those salads and I like this beer too.

The body/mouthfeel is closer to medium than to light and is decently creamy in the bargain. The restrained amount of carbonation helps, but I can't help feeling that the (slightly) greater than usual amount of malt is the biggest contributor to what is a very nice mouth presence. The bitter-sweet balance, the lemony flavor, the light creaminess... it all adds to up to a drinkable (nay, sessionable) pilsener.

I've been pleased with each of the three Brauerei Tucher Brau beers that I've had prior to this one. All have been some variety of weizen and all have been delicious. Tucher Pilsener isn't the best version of its style that I've ever run across, but it disappeared with ease and I find myself wishing I had another bottle. This one deserves a look.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a chance to have this again, while in better physical shape than last time. Oddly, sampled at the same pub, the Zum Schmolzer, in Rothenburg. Clear, bright golden hued, with ample carbonation within. Puffy, white head tops things; easily 2". Lasts well, and laces things up real purty. Grassy, sharp nose, with light crackery malt. Medium bodied, but a touch rough on the tongue. Light, pale malt sweetness hits first, with good, grassy hops following, plus a touch of spicy character. A decent Pils.

overall: 3.9
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

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Original review of 13OCT02: The last bier on my German excursion. Enjoyed despite the onset of some food poisoning.... A rich, golden color, with a fine, bright-white head sitting atop it. The head opted to hang a bit, but left minimal lace. Had a strong, grassy hop nose....real potent. Body was in the medium range, but a smidge too prickly on the tongue for me. Minimal malt, as expected, with lots of strong, bittering hops attacking the palate...they aren't shy at all. Good, for a pils (though not my fave style)... and for #350. Prosit!! (3.5/4.0/3.5/3.5/3.5=3.60)


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Photo of Globetrotter
2.82/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tall half liter white can with blue markings. Purity law applies. Best before 8/20/04, I opened it on 2/15/04.

Poured a standard clear pale gold under a 1/2 finger white head that faded very quickly; shamefully quickly for a pilsener. The nose is mild and flowery.. The mouth has medium carbonation but is fairly heavy, almost syrupy. The taste opens with subdued malt, followed by a tinny metallic hops finish. There is some bitterness in the aftertaste, but this is a poor excuse for a pilsener.

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Photo of stoutman
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Typically average german brew with a nice all around malt and aromatic hop nose. Pale and bubbly, fine head. Malt dominates, firm bodied with an ok (but not great) bitter finish. Seems to be bit of a mix between a typical bavarian helles and a bohemian pils.

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Photo of maltydog
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Probably the most widely available beer in Nuremburg. Classic german pilsner - light, straw golden color, dense white head and extremely refreshing. Hop flavor is very dominant. This pils pairs extremely well with the beechwood grilled Nurnberger brats sold all over the city. Next time you are in Nuremberg be sure to visit one of the many snack stands (called Imbiss) located throughout the city and order "drei brats mit brotchen und ein Tucher Pils" for lunch. You won't regret it! If you would like to try this same experience in a "sit down" atmosphere, visit the famous Bratwursthausle which has been in operation since the 1500's.


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Tucher Pilsener from Brauerei Tucher Brau
3.53 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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