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Ãœber PilsÃœber Pils

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by meathookjones on 01-15-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 234 |  Reviews: 214
Photo of cubedbee
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22 oz bomber into a pilsener glass. Pours a pale honey-golden color with an inch of bright white head. Nose is very sweet and malty with just a bit of citrusy hops coming through. Taste is simple but refreshing--crisp malts up front with citric hops finish--more lemon than anything else. Crisp clean moutfhfeel is perfect for a pilsener. Overall this is a wellbalanced beer, but because of the lemony flavor of this I can't say I could enjoy that many of these.

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright gold into glass. There is a very slight chill haze. There isn't much aroma but maybe that's because I've got the beer fairly cold. A warmer beer might have more smell. First sip reveals a crisp tasting lager with a fair amount of hops flavor. Hops without the IBU's though. It reminds me slightly of Sam Adams but with a different hops varietal. Another comparison is to Pilsner Urquell with more hops flavor. It is a beer which could bring me back to a style that I had given up on.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow do I love this beer.
A: Pale honey color. Clear. Initial 1" head is now a thin layer of clingy suds. Looks good.

S: Malty, with a bit of orange zest in there. Faint smell of bread. No sulfur or DMS.

T: Superb. Crisp and clean. Malts and hops are just about perfectly balanced. There's a spicy undertone here. Finish is a nicely lingering hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, a bit dry perhaps. Alcohol feel is low, carbonation couldn't be better.

D&N: I may have a new favorite beer. It's hard for me to find fault with this one, but I feel funny sometimes giving straight 5's. This beer looks and smells great, the taste is just incredible, and this is the first time I've opened a bomber, so now that this pint is finished, I know I have more just waiting for me. Outstanding beer, and highest recommendations to try. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of RootedFool
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this bomber at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Poured into a tall pilsner glass, the head is impressive -- frothy, feathery, whipped-cream white -- retention is good. Narrow streaks of lace hold to the glass as the head deflates. Body is bright gold with lots of tiny bubble bouncing around within.


Like a true pils, has a sharp almost grassy spiciness upfront, followed by a gentle musty yeastiness. The finish is buttery -- browned butter -- just a whiff, with the subtle spiciness lingering along the edges.


Bitter-sweet at the start, right on the very tip of my palate, pulling back into a sour lemon-rind bitterness, with a middle of toasted french bread, a small daub of butter, that slides down into the finish that is all lemon zesty hop bitterness that holds through the finish. As the bitterness recedes, the slightly buttery malt sweetness remains along the edges, along with the tart yeastiness.


Perfect for a pils. Clean. Carbonation spot on.

Don't be fooled by the "uber." This beer is well-balanced.

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Photo of moocey
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hot damn. This is one tasty brew!

It smells of sweet, sweet malt and just a hint of crisp hoppiness.

Appearance? At first I'm double checking my bottle to make sure I'm still drinking a Rogue, because this is the lightest Rogue I've ever seen. It's a gold/yellow color. However, I notice that despite it's light color, it's a translucent cloudy Rogue thru-and-thru. I can't make out my hand through the glass.

Taste - Such beautiful simplicity. Lightly sweet malt up front, crisp, spicy floral hop flavor, and a crisp, moderatly bitter finish. I can't imagine it tasting any better.

Drinkability? This is the very definition of "session beer"

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a transparent deep yellow color with a 2 inch white fuzzy head.

Smell: At first, the sweet hops hits you. There is also a lemon or otherwise citrus element mixed with a light malty smell.

Taste: The taste is very sweet at first, bringing to the surface a smooth malty flavor. Then the beer twists into a crisp bitter hops finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: The body is very nice - thick, present in the mouth throughout each sip (or gulp!)

Drinkability: This is a surprisingly easy pilsner. It actually reminds me a lot of drinking an ESB. Delicious.

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Photo of beersarang
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the classic pils golden straw with a white head.

Smells fruity, crispy.

Light malt grain flavor and a dominating fruitiness that I really did not expect. The fruit aspect of this beer almost makes it sour? I have never had a pils taste like this.

Good carbonation, and pretty drinkable, but not my favorite rogue brew.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

the looks: Clear golden hue, thick, frothy white head. The perfect pils appearance and then some.
the aroma: subtle, delicate, but brimming with hops, crisp, and classy. Near-perfect, for the style.
the taste: clean, light, yet zesty, to a point. Soft grainy feel, small fruit flavor, some bright apricot and pear, ...a very nice pils, great to see Rogue, the ale masters, approach this style, but curious about where the "uber" comes from?
Exraordinarily drinkable, smooth and clean, just enjoyable enough. Can't really imagine that I'd ever choose this above any of rogue's other fine brews, but hooray for it's existence anyway.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thrasher suggests, “results may vary”. He’s right. I sat next to Thrasher as we each downed a pint of Über Pilsner at the Rogue Public House in Portland. Mine showed a matted, pitted head with dispersed threads of lace. Thrasher’s showed neither head nor lace. Same tap, same beer, served minutes apart. I must have gotten the cleaner glass.

Be that as it may, I can’t say as I’m charmed by the style. I like pilsners as the delicate, nuanced gems that they are. The style calls for a small bodied but crisp, flowery beer, not the muscular powerhouse of an Oregonian überbräu. But if I were unduly constrained by stylistic standards I would never drink Rogue in the first place.

The Über Pilsner has a slightly greenish hue to its otherwise golden body. It is coolly clouded and has a raw grainy aroma with a wortish essence. The aroma is potent, exhilarating, and oddly reminiscent of rye bread. The taste reflects these wortish properties though I wouldn’t go so far as to suggest low attenuation. The flavor is also crisp with a lemon-pine-straw bale element that works nicely. Pilsners don’t often boast of mouthfeel and Rogue’s is no exception.

This is a hearty beer with a particularly enticing smell. As with other Rogue beers, it’s best to disregard all expectations of style and simply enjoy.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

beautiful golden pilsner appeearance with a 2 inch pearl white head, that leaves intricate spidery white lacing all the way down the glass.

Smells like a helles with a solid, unique german malt scent, with fruity esters that somehow hide the hops presence behind the malt

The taste is classic pilsner, yet somehow unique. This is far from my favorite style but an excellent rendition of a style thats one of the hardest to do well because it hides no impurities or off tastes. This is a highly carbonated brew that hits with the malt first and finishes off with a dry hoppy finish. The sterling (most harrington i think) hops really shine through even though i would say it's not the most prevalent flavor, and makes it a well balances easy drinking pilsner with more flavor than you would believe. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean just like you want a pilsner to be. I feel like this is the beer pilsner urquell wishes it could be.

The drinkability is high though this beer is far to expensive (paid $4.49 for a 22oz bomber) to be considered a session beer in any sense

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Photo of Thrasher
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a draft pour at Rogue's Portland outpost, this beer tasted fantastically fresh. Pour quality was variable from pint to pint, which affected appearance and mouthfeel scores. It's a full-flavored beer with little pilsner qualities and felt not far different from a regular Rogue Ale despite use of lager yeast. My pint was misty gold, very dark for a pils, with a head that looked high at first but completely disappeared and left not a whiff of lace. Your results may vary. There's a good, elusive aroma of shortbread and perhaps berries. Many intriguing qualities in the flavor: cereal, honey, graham cracker, lemon, dune grass, a solitary tree in a meadow full of wildflowers... maybe I'm reaching too far with that one. There's also a sharpness deep down that might indicate the possibility of spoilage if the beer goes too long, knocking off a half point for taste. The mouthfeel was thick and full, like many of Rogue's beers which aren't generally filtered; perhaps this should be considered a kellerbier. Do to my inferior pour, however, the mouthfeel ended up a bit flat. Drinkability is good and this is an interesting, unconventional pilsner, well worth a try even if you shy away from the style.

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Photo of nomad
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue making a lager, and a hoppy one at that? Sounds good.

This pils pours a paler than pale gold-yellow as clear as a glass of spring water. Head is soft, fluffy, and almost mousse-like, retained well through out the session and leaving some lacing down the glass.

Smells like hay, ground-up dried lemongrass, and that hop essence only called "Noble." Since Sterling hops are an American attempt to recreate Saaz by cross-breeding those with Cascade and Mt. Hood its hard not to read in to the more citrusy aspects of this varietal, and the overall pungent character (versus the more effervescent tone of the Czech original). Regardless, a fine smelling beer with some shy notes of crunchy almost husky malt.

At first taste, served fairly cold, the hop flavor is concentrated and crushing, with explosions of spice, zing, citrus, and a crunchy snap to end. In time, though, this beer warms to show a demure pils malt base with a spare apple note, a true sign of the Czech yeast advertised on the bottle. This last bit really impressed me, for Rogue knows very well how to maximize hop flavor but is not known for expressing large yeast character in their creations. Pacman yeast can't do it all ya know? Mouthfeel was somewhat rounded, medium, and smooth as can be. Last impression was an almost-bready, honey-tinged layer of malt in a moderately spicy and dry finish.

A good shake at the style, bringing back memories of a jaunt through Prague a few years back. If anything they get points for producing an under-appreciated style of beer in a fairly classic mode. Something seemed missing, though... don't want to blame the Sterling, they're a great twist though not as snappy as some Noble hops, but the malt firmness and rounding is not to the level of a Victory Prima Pils. Regardless, a commendable job by an ale-obsessed brewery. I will gladly buy another one if I can assure its freshness.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice straw golden color with a fluffy white head that retains and laces excellently. Nice spicy hop aroma with a bit of biscuity malt and a hint at fruitiness, but the hops prevail the majority of the aroma. Big, malty mouthfeel with a good, bittering finish. Definitely bigger than your average pils*. I enjoyed the bitter finish, it detracts the drinker from the larger mouthfeel this beer has, for a pilsner. A little husky and hully in flavor. Certainly Über. I liked it a lot. True to its roots, just a bit bigger. The usage of Sterling reminds me of a German beer that's from "the hills".

* 13° Plato ≈ 7.07% ABV.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden tone. Slightly hazy. Thin ivory white head. Nice bready malt based aroma with a shot of spicy hops as well. Very enjoyable nose and quite pronounced. Bready malts lay a nice foundation here. Hay like properties accent. Some snappy hoppiness compliments nicely. Peppery, flowery and grassy. Very agreeable pilsner. It really cut through the aftermath of a day long eating session of chocolate, ham and hard boiled eggs quite nicely.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle

Appearance: This brew was a crystal clear, golden-amber color. A very heavy bead gave it a nice sparkle. The white head rose up huge, to at least three fingers with little provocation. It fizzed away quickly at first, but then it became dense and somewhat rocky and slowed its dissipation. There was a ton of sticky lace left behind, with some thick, chunky clumps left in some areas.

Smell: Right after the pour, the smell was all thickly sweet grasses and green hay. There was a subtle earthiness to it. After the head had settled, these aromas continued but were joined by spicy hops and hints of spicy alcohol. Oddly enough, I picked up hints of cinnamon and allspice. None of the sulpher-like smells that accompany many pilsners.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light-bodied, but not too light. I had a nice presence in the mouth. Lively carbonation tickled at the tongue, but the beer was never rough.

Taste: Grass, pils malts, and honey were sweet on the tip of the tongue. Then the hops kicked in with a strong spicy character. Their bitterness really emerged on the finish where the beer dried out. The aftertaste was light sweet malt with strong floral and herbal flavors along the sides of the tongue. There was some vanilla intermingled in the aftertaste as well.

A good pilsner to say the least. I'm not a big fan of Saaz, so I had no problem with this all Sterling version.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue can always be trusted to deliver a satisfying beer, and this one is no exception. I'm not exactly sure how "uber" it is, but it is quite enjoyable, and quite authentic. The clear, deep golden body is capped by a full head of frothy off-white foam that holds exceptionally well and leaves walls of coral-like, big-bubbled foam about the glass. Grainy malt and spicy/grassy/floral (and even slightly pine & citrus-spritzed) hops combine in the nose welcoming you to imbibe and taste the bigger version of the same. The malt is fuller in the flavor, however, although the hops are still there; and it's bitterness is solid and balancing (but not quite as rock hard as some of the best German versions). If there's a drawback here, it's that it could be slightly crisper in the mouth.... and even that's minor. Well done!!!!

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Photo of marc77
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pellucid deep golden hue. Ample frothy head leaves wisps of lace. Mild doughy malt with a floral hop twang. Hint of citric, lemony volatiles. Clean aromawise. Gentle cracker like malt upfront in flavor. Mid palate is dominated by burly, but rounded and lightly drying hop bitterness. Pleasantly grassy hop flavor arise late concomitantly with gints of black pepper. Lightly bodied with a suitably brisk and effervescent mouthfeel. Finishes mildly minerally, salty and with lingering grainy, slightly husky notes. A well crafted pilsner, albeit a bit shy in malt backbone. A vehicle for the hops, but that's no surprise from Rogue. Tasty and thirst quenching.

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Photo of sweethome
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep gold color with a fluffy white head. Provided nice lacing.

Nose is quite floral, with a hint of honey. Bready. The aroma is similar to other american micro pils, such as Blue Paddle from New Belgium or Prima Pils from Victory, but kicked to a higher level. Perfume lingers.

The mouthfeel is very soft. The sweet malts are lush and soft, then the bittering come in. Very easy to drink and satisfying. The sweetness comes back on the finish and can't quite be cleaned out by the hop attack.

Plenty of flavor. Hoppy enough to be a Rogue. It just falls short of completely coming together for me due to the cloying sweetness on the finish. I prefer a pils to clean out the palate.

All in all, another Rogue victory by turning up a classic style and giving it an Oregon take.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearence: Pours a wonderful glowing gold with a thin, bubble white head. Clarity is perfect.

Smell: The smell is a well rounded malt and hop smell, with a slight fruity tone to it.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is incredibly crisp and refreshing. Very smooth, clean, balanced and still interesting. The balance achieved is wonderful for a pilsener, not very hop focused, but it still works. The floral and earthy notes really pull it all together in the end.

Drinkability and Overall: A wonderful, wonderful pilsener. One of the best I've had to date. Incredibly refreshing. Unbelievably so. Rogue really kicked some ass with this.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the website: A German style Pilsner, pale gold in color, medium bodied with a malty aroma and a crisp hop bitterness (100% Sterling hops). Uber Pils is brewed with three Great Western and two Weyermann malts, Czech Pils Yeast and Free Range Coastal Waters.

Measurements: 13-degrees plato, 35 IBUs, 77 AA, 6 degrees lovibond.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear dark golden to light honey-colored amber, forming an impressively sticky bone white head with superior retention and gorgeous lacing. Carbonation is moderate and not overly spritzy like many Euro-pils can be. The aroma is just beautiful and trademark quality pils with fresh floral hops, super clean ferment with a trademark pils yeast profile, and freshly cut hay. Brisk and clean refreshing mouthfeel with a wonderfully zippy bite. Wow. This stuff is amazing. The taste begins with very abundant floral hops, more aggressively hopped than is traditional for the American rip-offs but closer to authentic German Pils. Tons of hop flavor, but when combined with the clean and brisk mouthfeel, the freshly cut hay and delicate malt body, it all comes off like...like...an Uber Pils! (and not a pale ale or IPA as one might think based upon my description). This is very interesting as I would have told you Saaz by the nose and taste, but the Sterling hops are just perfect for this brew. The finish is dry and makes you want to drink more with a distant reminiscent sweetness lingering on the tip of the tongue.

This is just wonderful stuff from a world-class, top-notch brewery. Rogue never ceases to amaze me with the consistently high-quality stuff they put out. One of the best Pils I've ever had, up there with fresh Blue Paddle on tap. Amazing!

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Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light, yet malty scent that boasts of pale and a few other light carapils-style malts along with a slightly fruity yeast aroma. It also has a nice hop aroma as well. The taste is good. It has a sweet pale malt flavor with a soapy citrus hop finish. The palate is complex for a pilsner. It offers a number of different malts and a wonderful fruity yeast aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. Rogue just keeps producing cutting edge brews with loads of character and outstanding drinkability. This one is no different.

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Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle pours a clear, goldenrod hued body with a modest, creamy white head that retains well. Spotty patch lace all over the glass. A great deal of carbonation activity is apparent in the glass, with a persistent rush of micro bubbles rushing to the top. Aroma is biscuity malt, a vegetal note from the yeast, and floral and spicy hops. Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Taste begins slightly sweet with some caramel notes and bread dough. Moderate hops bitterness from the Sterling hops quickly takes over, imparting a floral, lavender taste. Very interesting taste for a pilsner, but it works very well. Well balanced, tasty, and very sessionable. My only suggestion would be the addition of some German hops to compliment the Sterlings.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 ounce Roguish Bomber. Red, White & Blue façade with the words Über Pilsner. The geeky beer blurb lists this as a German-style Pilsner on the bottle, but its vital statistics are more scientifically expressed as 13° Plato, 35 IBU, 75 AA, 6° Lovibond.

Appearance: Exhibits a lovely almost perfect golden body that is crystal clear. Thick mildly off-white head, clumpy at first it forms some really nice lacing in my 1 Litre Stein. The head soon settles to a tasty looking ½” thick cap but it never gains any uniformity, it remains a whippy creamy mass at all times.

Nose: Malts and Hops mix well in the nose, crisp, clean and very refreshing the aromas are of a fresh Pilsner with some earthy hints and a touch of grain.

Taste: The use of Sterling hops is intriguing, it adds somewhat of a cleaner feel than say a more bitter Saaz would. As such it gives the grainy malts more a say in this offering. Dry finish with a hint of floral hop. Clean unfettered lines.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium feel to the body that is perfect for the style. Malty and Hoppy at the same time. Bitter dry finish lingers.

Drinkability: Nicely balanced and a very drinkable Session brew, the 22 ounce bottle didn’t last too long.

Overall: A different kind of Pilsner but a refreshing slant on a tried and tested theme. Works well. Über Pilsner indeed.

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Photo of Troyone
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dirty blond piss like color with a three inch head that has lacing and some evidence of carb movement.

Caramel malt smell with grapefruit orange aroma and hints of a cheesy light vinegar.

The taste is a moderately sweet and slightly acidic toasted caramel malt; light sruce, resin, grapefruit, and lime hops; and hints of a light cider in the background.

Light body, dry texture, soft carbonation, and a slightly metallic finish.

A definite session beer.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hoppy, hoppy; joy, joy. What a fantastic pilsner. Excelllent bright white head and golden color with zesty, spicy aroma. More spicy hops on the palate with a dry and bitter finish. Dextrin malts firm up and fortify this pilsner allowing it to support plenty of IBUs for the style. I may have a new favorite Pils. A very refreshing pilsner beer.

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Über Pils from Rogue Ales
3.91 out of 5 based on 234 ratings.
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