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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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Reviews: 214 | Ratings: 234
Photo of BlindPig
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Thick white head on a cloudy golden/orange body.
S- Pale german malts, nice crisp aroma, grass and flower hops come through, hints of lemon, and just one other thing I can't put my finger on.
T- Sweet crisp caramel malt body, hints of lemon and maybe a touch of orange, grass and flower hops, and a light wheat flavor. Medium bitterness lingers around along with a light malt and grass flavors.
M- Medium body with low carbonation.
D- I think it's the best pilsner I have had (not saying much though). It is tasty and could see me getting it again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle:
Pours hazy golden yellow with a thin white head that comes and goes with gentle swirling. No lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of light fruit, grainy and bready.

The taste is malty - bready with a touch of caramel. Yeast comes through in a bready way. Vague fruitiness comes through in an odd sharp way. Malt and yeast dominate the scene until a touch of bitter, slightly metallic hop bitterness comes through in the finish, with some sweetness rebounding in the aftertaste.

It is medium-bodied and refreshingly dry. Carbonation is low for the style.

Interesting choice of hops - 100% Sterling. It is smooth and has enough to it to be quite drinkable. Interesting interpretation of the style. It fits close enough, but can't say that it has what I look for (grassiness - only hinted at here, and crispness) in a pils. It's not a total flop on style, however, as the Czech yeast holds it together and the malty qualities with some hop profile are just about there. And, outside of style - well - it's decent.

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

A- Hazy gold. Lots of lace and stickage.
S- Very soft sweet malt aroma.
T- Great soft sweet malt with a slightly salty hop balance. Not like other pils I've tried. Not as sharp and salty; softer and slightly fruity(mango, but not much).
M- Soft crispness. Love the mouthfeel.
D- Excellent domestic pils. I'm sold on Sterling hops. Great taste and so different than a Euro-pilsner in a good way.

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Photo of TheBierBand
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The second beer I tried at "In Good Taste"; Sidney, OH was Rogue "Uberfest" German pilsener.... never even heard of that one before!

It was served up from a Bomber and proper glassware (of course). I poured it into the pilsener glass and immediately formed a 2" head of loose white foam... oops!.... careful....careful.... The liquid was a clear yellow with fairly active efforvescence. As the head dissipated and as I drank, pronounced lacing trailed down the glass. One cool thing about this beer: When I poured the last of the bomber... some spent yeast sediment from the bottom of the bottle was seen floating up and down in the glass propelled by the carbonation bubbles.... that was cool!

The nose was subdued. A bit difficult to describe.... light malty is the best I can come up with.

Taste: Very typical of a light lager. A light malty taste prevails with a very very distant hop bite in the background upon finish and swallow.... Tastes a bit "macro" to me.... (sorry Rogue...).... but certainly more substance when compared to BMC... This is a lot like most other German light lagers I've had before.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light bodied with carbonation on the low side.... (which is surprising given the efforvescent appearance of the beer). I guess that I would actually like a touch more carbonation in this case. IMO, that would make this beer more refreshing.

Drinkability: I don't believe that I will have this one again.... but it's only because a Pilsner isn't my favorite kind of beer... Nothing against Rogue... this is right on for style. If you like a light bodied lager, give this a try.

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

22 oz bomber.

Pours a hazy light golden despite leaving the yeast in the bottle. Very creamy looking off-white head settles quickly to a thin uneven cap, then decides to stick around for most of the glass. Above average looking beverage.

Nose is not nearly as clean as expected, not that that is a bad thing. A general breadiness and a surprising amount of light sweet fruit is evident, along with some light floral aroma. Taste is grainy, again a little floral, and the fruit (especially citrus) is more evident, but again light and sweet. Slightly drying in the finish, it could use a bit of a hop kick. I like it, but it is just short of what I'd call really good.

Nice crisp mouthfeel, with appropriate body and generally highly refreshing. Very drinkable.

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Photo of adowney523
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into the new Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass from a 22 oz brown bomber. Appearance is clear and deep golden. Head is white but dissappears very quickly leaving no lacing.

Smells strongly of grape skin, pear, and apple with faint alcohol.

Taste is very sweet upfront with hints of caramel and graininess. This fades to a strong floral and grassy taste that lingers.

Relatively light-bodied with moderate carbonation that finishes semi-dry with a slight alcohol burn.

A pretty decent pils, worth a try.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy gold with a thinnish head that maintains its form (thanks to the constant cabronation), and leaves some spotty lacing. The aroma in the malt department is bready and a touch worty. The hops give a good punch of hay, grass, and citrus. Flavor starts off with some sweetish, mildly toasty pale malts which is immediately followed by lots of hops: rather bitter and with flavors of flowers, lemon, and grass. Beneath the hops lie some honey and bread. Finishes somewhat dry. Mouthfeel is lively and on the lighter sides, but feels a tad sticky. Not a typical pilsner, but it sure is tasty.

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Photo of revolution
2.83/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, straw-colored brew with a nice head.
Smell of malt and yeast quickly noticeable, but also a seemingly off smell of ...vinegar?
Initial malt taste is good, then a bit of sourness, then the bitterness, but the sour taste lingers.
Smooth beer, but does not have the crisp malt and bitterness typical of the style. Wouldn't necessarily reach for this one again.

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Photo of peabody
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy straw color with very little white stuff.
Smell is pretty strong Sugar Candy Yeast and Orange Peel.
Mabey some slight alcohol in the back there. You can smell this beer from a few feet away.
Taste is like sweet at first then immediatly goes to sour and dark then to sweet again followed by just bitter. I get an orange peel flavor every once in a while. Must be the Czech Pils yeast I am tasting here. Really good.
Mouthfeel is slightly dirty but in a good way.
Very drinkable and pretty nice brew from Rogue.

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Photo of bcm119
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a box of 22's of this at a rogue garage sale. Pale straw color with a thin white head. Aroma is light and fresh, hay and pale grain with a slight tartness. Well integrated, clean flavor. Light grainy malt with hops that are a tad juicy for a pilsner, sort of a star-fruit or champagne grape flavor, but they clean up quickly for a dry, very mild grain finish. Very drinkable, but odd enough to keep it interesting. A good weekday summer quaffer.

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Photo of rkuhnel
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bottle this poured a cloudy light yellow. Nose was of hops and light malts. Mouthfeel crisp and clean. Very nice flavor of caramel malts and citrus hops. Short bitter finish . A nice pils that tastes much like the ones I drank on an extended trip to Germany last year. Nice brew, and very easy to drink

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

Poured a nice golden yellow with a nice white head, that had a decent retention but eventually faded to a nice layer of lace that stayed down the glass. Smell was very grainy and had a slight hop nose to it, but more subtle aromas lay underneath. The taste was very well played for a pilsmer, and was more of an ale to me. Light body and feel, smooth flowing carbnation and a nice light grain and fruity flavor made it very enjoyable. Awesome summer session ale and another winner from Rogue.

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Photo of Gmann
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a nice soapy white head the left some real nice lacing on the glass. The smell is on the sweet side for a pilsner, citrus and some grassy hops. Has a cracker-like malt base, grassy hops, and a twang of lemony-citrus sweetness. The feel is light but not watery, finishes a bit too dry. A very drinkable and very good example of the style, very enjoyable though a tad too dry.

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Photo of prototypic
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a foamy one finger head. Short retention and light lace.

Smell: Very crisp and fresh smelling. Light citrusy scent. Nice malty aroma. Smells somewhat earthy and grainy. Floral hop presence is slightly noticeable.

Taste: Initially it has a sweet taste. Citrus taste is on the light side (maybe even a little banana mixed in). It is a bit grainy. Hops are extremely light. It does have a crisp bite on the way down.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, crisp, and would be nice on a hot day. Very drinkable. I'd call it a nice session beer if I liked it a little more. Overall, it's okay. Worth a try, but I've had much better from Rogue.

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

Appearance: Poured from the 22 oz bomber into a pilsner glass (took 2 pourings). The beer is a pale yellow color. I pour rather softly and still get a large head (nearly 2 inches). The fluffy white head takes a while to settle, never fully falling from a solid cover on the liquid that is nearly a 1/4 inch thick. Leaves some good sheets of lacing down the glass as well.

Smell: Gome sweeter malt scents, a touch bready, perhaps even a little yeasty as well. Some nice citrous and floral aromas as well. My experience with Rogue beers and the Uber attached to the name had me hoping there would be some good hops, but I get little in the smell.

Taste: Some good sweet malts, not overly sweet like a doppelbock, but good for a pilsner. Touch bready, with a citrousy twang. The lack of a big hop punch was a bit of a let down, but this is still a superb beer, especially for a German Pils made here in the states.

Mouthfeel: I guess I could call this medium in body, especially for a pils. Still it had good carbonation, was lively. Crisp, somewhat dry finish. Clean on the palate with no lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this beer,very sessionable without getting boring. Although not in the same style as a macro lager, this puts all of the BMC beers to shame. I would think you could pour this in a glass for any BMC drinker, without telling him or her what it is (or is not), and that person would enjoy this. I'm close to a 5 on drinkability, but I give it a 4.5 due to cost.

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

Light golden colored, immediately had me thinking apricots for some reason. Big, fluffy head with lots of staying power. Lots of carbonation racing to the top. Crystal clear. Excellent lacing. A little darker than other Pilseners I've had. Looks good and rich.

Fruity and slightly floral on the nose. Not much of an obvious malt presence, but seems to have thick backbone to it, even in the scent. Some pineapple and a hint of strawberry. A bit of apple juice. Not much from there. Seems to run out of depth. Still strong though.

Rich and creamy, mostly bitter, but it does have that strong malt backbone I suspected from the scent. Slightly fruity. Sort of a charcoal like bite to this one. Bread and biscuit on the malt side of things with a little cut grass and pine on the sides of the tongue from the hops. Finish gets a little slick at the back of the throat. Big and rich compared to most Pilseners I've had. Tasty.

A tasty brew. I'm not a huge Pilsener fan, but this could maybe find a place with certain foods.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours a golden-tangerine color with a large white head that receeds to leave very nice lacing.

Smell is interesting. Some fruitiness, but I'm not sure what fruit. Very sweet on the nose.

Taste is just as interesting. Very malty. Oranges and more sweet malt. Doesn't quite seem like a pils.

Not quite as crisp as I would like in the mouth. Overall a good beer, but not a typical pilsner.

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Photo of Butch
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 23 April 2007

22 oz bottle (45o), poured into 2 pilsner glasses

Color & Head: Very cloudy and opaque. Dark yellow with a great dense head.

Aroma: Very malty in smell. Much sweeter than other pils I’ve had, no hops at all.

Taste: Very sweet. Very malty. Not dry and crisp like most pils. Low hop character.

Notes: Different, but good. I enjoyed it a lot. I will definitely get this again the very next chance I get. I’m anxious to try it again.


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Photo of burnstar
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pils glass. Pours a clear bright straw with a nice head that quickly recedes- no lacing. Aroma is light malt a bit of a floral note. Taste is nice sweet light malt again some citrusy and noble hops with a lingering floral bitterness. This a pretty good pilsner. The Sterling hops have a really interesting and nice citrus element which is a bit different. Mouthfeel is medium with a nice carbonation. About what I expect from a pils. Pretty drinkable

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Photo of scarletfire79
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pale in color with a nice malty aroma, this was the highlight og the beer for me. the taste is smooth and definitly a better alternative to bud, but to be honest i found the two to taste very similar and quite frankly that made me slightly ill. probably my least favorite rogue beer.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber into pint glass.

Slightly hazy pale golden color with an off white thick head that holds well.

Floral hops with a strong buttery aroma. The malts only make a faint background appearance.

Bread-like malts set a base for some light fruity hop flavor. A touch of apricot comes to mind. Medium bodied with good carbonation. There is a slightly acidic feel. The finish has lingering hop bitterness.

The taste let me down a little on this one. The hops just don't seem to sit right with me.

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Photo of Sammy
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of machinery well oiled. Taste is thin not watery, smooth drinking pils. Not a lot of flavour, but some subtle plum, bitterness present at low IBU and it is balanced with malt. Satisfying in a subtle way.Serviceable. Understated carbonation. A bomber is a lot, good I shared.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy orange golden color with a small short-lived head of whitish bubbles. There are some bubbles rising, but they don't sustain the head. There is some lacing left on the glass after drinking the beer

Aroma: I get some sweet malt in the aroma of this beer and it comes across as more toasty sweet than anything, but there is a honey-like sweetness here that is a pretty big player. I get some oxidation here that gives the beer a fruity aroma with some apples and citrus in particular.

Taste: The flavor is really clean and malty, but has an odd citrusy hop presence that I am surely not used to with a Pilsner beer. It also has a considerable amount more body than even a Helles beer. The finish has some hops to go with the malt, but the malt has a slight edge to linger for a while. There is no alcohol noticeable except that I am feeling a little warm after coming up on the bottom of this bomber.

Opinion: This beer is OK, but it is rather typical for an American Microbrew interpretation of a Pilsner. This is more like a mild American Pale Ale made with Lager yeast. It's OK, and I would drink it again if I came across it at a beer meeting, but I seriously doubt that I will buy another bottle of this stuff.

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Photo of atsprings
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy straw yellow with a thin diminishing head that left almost no lacing. The aroma was normal for a pilsner, pale malts with a weak hop backbone. The taste was a good balance of sweet pale malts and slightly citrusy hops. The beer had a good level of carbonation and was light on the palate. This beer is drinkable for the style, but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass, received a small head and lots of bubbles. Golden color with good clarity; not the clearest beer ever, but definitely not hazy.

Aroma is fresh grass, wet hay, lemon, sweet malts, clean hops. Not an overwhelming fragrance, really light, really subtle.

Whoa...that's a malty pilsner. There are hops here, but I was expecting more of them and not so much malt. Can't complain, it makes this pils stand out from the crowd a bit. Some toffee is detected, also bread dough and lemon. Crisp hops bitterness coats the tongue in the finish, and the mouthfeel is a tad heavier than most pilsners.

Not the sharpest or hoppiest pils, and maybe not one for strict traditionalists or style-nazis, but it's one I'll remember over the many other good but faceless pilsners out there.

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