Über Pils | Rogue Ales

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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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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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Photo of maxpower
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden-straw color with a good creamy white head that doesn't last very long with some lacing, grassy and flowery aromas. Bready, cracker like flavors with a mild sweetness that turns hoppy and bitter with some dryness in the finish. Medium bodied with a soft but crisp carbonated mouthfeel, very clean and crisp, very nice.

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

Appearance – This one showed off a medium but very retentive white head in keeping with the style. The body is a bright orange or maybe even orangish-gold in color. It sure looks like a German Pils.

Smell – The Sterling hops mix well with the malty backbone.

Taste – This is nice. The malts are a bit big for the style but have that “Graham cracker” flavor so desired from a good German Pils. The hops are slightly grassy but very crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel – This is in fact medium-bodied as the bottle suggests. It is very crisp and clean and refreshes the palate.

Drinkability – This made for an excellent “first beer” of the day. It’s balanced and very well put together.

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

Pours a rich deep golden hue with a smallish white head. Very nice carbonation - the bubbles keep coming for a very long time after the pour. Nice crisp, clean aroma of spicy hops and German yeast. Beautiful, rich palate of fruity hops, tempered by a light maltiness and a touch of fruity yeast. Flavor mellows into a slight hoppy bitterness towards the back of the mouth. Mouthfeel is wonderful - smooth, slightly creamy, and a tad buttery. Wow, if it weren't for the $4.99 price tag, I'd drink this every day.

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

Pours a dark golden colour with a decent white head. Smell is not much. A bit bready with maybe a hint of dryed orange peel. A little buttery, but not oft putting. Taste is smooth and crisp nice and round at first. Finishes dry and hoppy. Not as hoppy as the Moto Pils, but its nice more manageable. Good carbonation. Very smooth. Its an Uber Pils not an Imperial Pils. So dont go looking for huge blast of ABV and hops might need to look else where. Drinkability is good. Some have said its like a Macro with more hops.. Pisshaw I say. This has far more flavour and is what a nice Pils should be

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Photo of avylover
3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Beautiful looking beer here. Clear & golden with a nice cascading head as I pour. The 1/2 inch white head holds steady. The aroma is very inviting, with lots of citrus rind hop aromas and a sweet maltiness backing this up. Quite interesting taste here. This reminds me of "Budweiser meets Hops." There is a real heavy underlying macro lager type taste here, only with some hops thrown in for flavoring (not bitter) The two tastes clash more than anything - this is not a happy marriage. Also a distinct heavy diacetyl flavor in the aftertaste (which I honestly don't mind). Mouthfeel is nice & slick, but the all over the place taste of this one puts a big damper on the drinkablity

...perhaps Dominion has spoiled me....

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Photo of necoadam
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a nice golden color with a nice head that laced the glass.

Smell was wonderful. Nice dose of hops with a underlying flow of malts which balance the beer out.

Taste was great. Big hops explode on the palate, great spice and grass notes, with a touch of earth in as well. Malts come in the middle, but only to make an appearance and nothing else.

Mouthfeel was medium with a good check on carbonation.

Wow. What a great german pils. This one could go head to head with germany's finest for sure. Too bad there was only one bomber at Half-Time.

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Photo of Zorro
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold colored beer.

Smell is spicy Saaz hops all the way. Pleasant grain scent and an earthy aroma from the hops.

Taste is a bit sweet with the Saaz hops on your tongue from the first taste. Spicy and a little bit of sourness from the hops are the main flavors here. Ballsey use of the hops here, sort of a Czech version of a hop monster. Fairly bitter aftertaste that cleans the palette very well.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable, but this isn't just another lackluster Pilsner from an American brewery. This is a Pilsner that hasn't been dumbed down and throttled back on the hop levels. I could drink a lot of this if it were a bit cheaper. For the price I don't want another Pilsner Urquell imitator; I want something that is bigger than that. This is most certainly "Bigger Than That."

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

Presentation: 22 oz bomber - painted label. Description of the beer on the back, including ingredients. No freshness info or ABV. "Dedicated to the Rolling Thunder in each of us."

Appearance: Clear golden color with a huge billowing white head. Good head retention, lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Nice sharp aroma with a bit of hops and a nice maltiness.

Taste: Very smooth mouthfeel - low carbonation level. Nice hops bitterness throughout with a very good finish.

Overall impression: Great example of the pilsner style that is slightly hoppier than most. Very nice drinkable - quite tasty!

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

Sampled from a 22oz bottle 1/14/05. Appears a crystal clear straw yellow with an inch high head of white foam. Spotty lacing was left around the glass as the head dropped quickly. Aroma is crisp with spicy hops and a nice doughy malt backbone. A good amount of earthiness from the hops was present. Biscuity malt with spicy hops hits you all at once on your first sip. Notes of floral hops are there as well. Ends with a bitter spicy hop bite. Mouthfeel is about medium and fairly crisp. Pretty good Drinkability as well. Overall a nice example of the style.

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