Phil's Pils
Half Pints Brewing Company

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German Pilsner
Ranked #78
Ranked #16,139
3.96 | pDev: 7.07%
Half Pints Brewing Company
Manitoba, Canada
Very Good
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Notes: Phil is a friend of good beer, so Phil’s Pils must be an impressive ode to good taste. Thankfully (Phil would say) it’s the opposite of most Pilsners available today. Brewed using two-row pale, melanoidin, and crystal malts, this lager is chock full of malty goodness on top of German hops. His Pils actually tastes like malt & hops – what a novel idea!
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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 32
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasting notes: Interesting pils-euro lager hybrid? David Miller in his book on "Continental Pilsner" might dub this a "Dutch-Scandinavian pilsner", less dry than the Czech and German takes, and less hoppy as well. Actually, this is quite hoppy. It has some Czech features, at least to my palate. Who knows, really. Pungent grape-like fruity flavor, nutty cereal, grass. Quite a bitter finish with a lime-like mineral bite, notable after such a sweet start. Even getting a little pine. Slightly buttery with moderate carbonation. Pale straw color. Rather enjoyable initially, becoming a little cloying and caustically bitter, an odd combination of traits.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a very unique take on the Pils style. I really enjoyed the combination of dry hops and honey. The beer pours with an unexpected cloudiness, but delivers a very satisfying combination that is extremely drinkable. Try it, you'll like it!

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Photo of leaddog
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden straw with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - grassy hops, straw, toasted grains, citrus, bready malts.

Taste - Starts with the grassy hops followed quickly by the straw, toasted grains, bready malts, and citrus.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes crisp and dry with pleasant bittterness from the grassy hops.

Overall - An interesting concoction that tastes like a combination of a pilsner and lager. What we have is nothing really fancy but is definitely an easy drinker.

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Photo of bylerteck
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint at the Yellow Dog in Winnipeg. From notes.

A - Poured bright and medium to slightly dark golden. Strong carbonation and a two finger thick white head that left good lace rings and a finger of retention.

S - Grassy, soapy, lot's of noble hop.

T - Lot's of noble hop again with orange, lemon, soap, and grass. Quite soapy but it works.

M - A nice little bitterness is there with a creamy medium body and strong carbonation.

O/D - I always enjoy a good pils. This did the trick. It was easy drinking and really flavourful. Can't ask for much more. Another goodie from Half Pints.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of kjyost. Poured in to pint glass.

A - Light yellow/straw colour with one finger of bubbly white head.

S - Crisp bitterness up front with some light floral notes and some bready/grainy malts in the background.

T - A nice crisp bitterness with some floral and light citrus notes and some bready/grainy malts in the background. A somewhat dry finish.

M - Light body; moderate carbonation.

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Photo of BasementBer
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic. This is definitely the beer i look forward to most, which i can count on being released by the brewery.

reviewing spring(it sure doesnt feel like summer yet!) 2011 edition.

A: Light straw yellow pale body with good head retention and medium carbonation.

S: Grainy and sweet malts, the honey notes add to the multiple effects in this lager.

T: One of those tastes that makes you check the glass again to see that your not drinking a brown ale as the sweet malt is really uncharacteristic of the pilsener in the name. Very good hopping ratio as only great pils can deliver.

M: Bitter rests in the pockets and the sweet malt plays a bit of jazz on the tongue.

D: Phil's gonna be a happy camper if hes anything like me.

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Photo of marty21
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep golden with two fingers worth of white fluffy head. Settles to a nice cap and left quite a bit of lacing.

S: Good amount of hops in the nose with faint light malt in the background.

T: Initially a good amount of hops but then the grains take over. With some honey and grains for the after taste.

M: Light to medium carbonation with a light body.

O: This is one of my favorite beers from Half Pints. You still get a good amount of hops but it’s light enough for a hot summer day.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 1/29/2010. Bottle thanks to DalzAle. Pours a slightly hazy dirty light orange with a small white head. Aroma of light fruits, melon rind, crisp pale malts, honey. Flavor is initially rather sweet - honey, sweet malt, floral hops, light fruits, light citrus hops, tons of herbal notes - with a toasted pale malt and bitter finish. Very nice pilsener with lots of complex flavors. Much more interesting than your average pilsener. Well done!

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Photo of andrenaline
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden orange colour, finger of head with mild retention, and some nice sticky lacing. Carbonation in the body is visible and very appetizing.

S - The grassy malts are complemented by some sweet lemon iced tea hops. The sweetness is predominant on the finish and is quite pleasing on the nose.

T - Again, grassy malts dominate off the top, but the bitter hops come through very nicely, almost overpowering the pilsener flavour. I love the hoppy twist on the Pils and quite suiting of the Euro Pale Style. They've nailed it!

M - Mouthfeel is perfect, medium bodied, nicely carbonated and the finish is only slightly dry, leaving craving more. Given the bitterness I would've expected something much drier, but this is just perfect.

D - I could pound these for hours. Nicely balanced offering with the malts coming through and a generous blast of hops on the finish. Yet another winner by Half Pints. Now, if only it were offered year-round!!

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

grabbed a single at Zyn, had the wax top coating
A - very bubbly, slightly hazy golden straw, nice tall white head retained very well with the consistent rising bubble
S - toasty pale malts, strong resiny herbal hop notes, slight touch of honey, very pilsnery
T - toasty grainy malt flavour, grassy herbal hop kick, mild honey and peppery finish
M - generous carbonation, light breadiness quickly followed by a nice dry that lingers
D - very crisp clean pils flavours kicked up a notch with the hops make this delicious and very easy drinking, happy to final see this in Calgary

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Photo of Shadman
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

says pils on bottle EPL here...been waiting for awhile for this beer to show up in the 'Hat.

Nice aroma. Biscuit malt, grassy, herbal hops. Slight cheesy smell.

Tasty. Kinda citrusy with some nice spicy/weedy hop. Sweet malts with the advertised hint of honey follow. Finish is slightly dry and bitter in a Dandlion sense.

Nice smooth body with carbonation that let's the flavours come through easily.

Too bad summer is over because this would be a great patio/deck brew

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Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle. Don't know who this Phil fella (phella?) is, but I'm glad he has a hand in Half Pints taking a stab at producing a pilsner.

This beer pours a mildly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat fizzy off-white head, which leaves a bit of sudsy sheet lightning lace around my new Yukon pint glass as it gradually melts away.

It smells of biscuity, crackery, and breakfast cereal-heavy pale malt, grassy, leafy, and kind of spicy hops, an ethereal honey sweetness, and fresh-cut hay. The taste is fairly strong up front with the bitter grassy, zesty floral, and light citrus hop notes, followed closely by a still not so sweet grainy, cereal maltiness, and a touch of earthy honey, which all contribute to a pleasantly robust flavour.

The carbonation is on the lower side, generally, but has a tendency to rear up on the palate at times, the body a decent medium-full weight, mostly smooth, and even a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, and clean, with the hops taking a firm hold of the reins, a minor lingering honeyed graininess kicking about.

Wow - a very savoury lager, if I ever saw one - big and tasty all around. Perhaps this doesn't fit into either the German or Czech definition of a Pils, but s'alright, it's all the more enjoyable for its unique Canadian re-jigging of things. I could easily have multiple rounds of this on a summer (next year, I suppose) patio/deck/balcony, whatevs!

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Photo of cratez
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle at Bar Volo in Toronto, ON. Dark golden in colour with a thin ring of white head that dissipates to nothing. Bubbly carbonation in the body, no lace on this pour. Smell and taste are bread, grainy malts, honey, lime, grassy and herbal hops, citrus, light Noble bitterness, and a lemony sourness. Brief flash of wheat in the aftertaste, which disappears instantly. Medium, crisp mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, mild hop bite precedes a malted finish. Tasty and refreshing enough to be interesting. 30 IBU seems accurate, as the hops add flavour but contribute very little bitterness. Best in class for a Euro pale lager, just don't go into it expecting a pilsner (as the name infers).

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Photo of wordemupg
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into Stella glass jan28 2010

A a cloudy golden yellow with a solid thumbs width of head that has good retention but left only a patch of lace.

S a little sweet with lots of floral hops

T as it smells but a little grassy with some citrus and enough malt to balance things out a bit, lots of flavor for a lager I was surprised with this one

M quite full for a lager a little creamy with just a little bite

D this is a great value for a beer and I will be drinking it again

this is one of the better lagers I've had in recent memory, big flavor and well rounded. Half pints is brewing some of the better beers out west and I hope the rest of their stuff is as good as the few I've already had

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Photo of kjyost
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampling the limited 2009 edition that sadly came and went in the blink of an eye. It's a shame that St. James Pale Ale's brewing cycle has pushed this great brew out of a long summer run. It finally showed up come September this year.

The beer pours a nice and rich lightly orange hue and a decent head. The beer gies off a slightly hoppy odour with a floral hint.

This is the reason I fell in love with this beer so many moons ago... Yum. Hops fall across the palate, kicking you more than you expect from such a beer but in line with what a good pilsner should be. There is also a light malty note with a fruity character, with a comfortable level of bitterness kicking you at the end.... If only this were summer, I could drink this forever.

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Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A serviceable lager. Light coloured with initial white foam that quickly disapears. Initially cheeesy aroma that gives away to solid malts and European hops. Medium mouthfeel, certainly drinkable with a decent mild bitterness. Thanks Piscator for theis bonus.

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Photo of elricorico
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange gold in colour with what looks like a bit of chill haze. Half a finger of white head with lots of carbonation rushing to it.

Smell is a little bit fruity, light like a melon. Flowery hops to mix in. Not a strong aroma but nice enough.

Maltier than I expect for a pilsner. Bread and fruit tastes from malt. This leads into a finish that is fairly crisp but has just a bit of an herbal edge to it. It tastes good, but I think the name is just catchy and less of a description of the style.

Fuller bodied than your average lager, with plenty of carbonation. Works well for this beer.

An easy drinker, though not quite the quaffer that some lighter pilsners are. Worked very well with a simple meal of chicken sandwiches and salad w/ italian dressing. I'd have it again.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tall chunky, tight spongy head with excellent retention, seems like it's here to stay for the long haul. Hazed golden amber in appearance. Thick rings of lacing.

Attractive aroma, sharp biscuity malt, mild metallic grains, leafy, floral, grassy hops, tame herbal notes.

Ping! That's the way to do it! A very earthy yet balanced flavour profile. Bready malt up front, light musty grains in the middle, and a harmony of mellow yet poignantly blended hops. A pilsener in fine harmony with itself.

Mouthfeel is seductive as well, smooth, medium-bodied across the tongue and palate, light carbonation, velvety and silky.

What a great treat to come across, it holds its own as a pilsener while marching to the beat of it's own uniquely balanced drum. Nice to have this available in Alberta now, I'll be buying lots more.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample from 12 ounce bottle- dark golden amber, good clarity, fluffy white one finger head and soay lacing. Nose- spicy hops, citrus and grass. taste- rather thick bready/doughy malts cut with saaz hops. Medium to heavy body initally which thins out with a fairly dry and grainy finish. Carbonation is moderate and drinkability is good, perhaps tad heavy.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Piscator 34: Poured a deep golden color pils with a nice medium foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of crisp hops and floral malt is quite sublime. Taste is a well balance mix between some floral malt and some light dry (maybe a tad too dry) crisp hops which provides a very refreshing taste. Body is quite full for the style with some good carbonation and nice creamy texture. Very well done and something that I would love to have more often in the summertime.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tasty and interesting brew. Thanks to chonyr for bringing this east, and thanks to rudge75 for making this fine brew.

A clear bright amber lager capped by a half finger off white head. Somewhat mildly carbonated. Not much for head retention or lacings, although some fine intricate lacings present intitially.

The scents of and from this lager is where things first start to get interesting. Mild, bready aromas from the pale malts, and a clean, almost toasty, nutty quality from the crystal malts. Hints of rich and dark fruits from the melanoidin malt also present and add an interesting nuance to this beer. In spite of the complexities inherent in the malts the hops shine and take centre stage. Pronounced floral character, with grassy and hay like aromas, as well as zestier scents that hint at peppery spice and lemon.

A tasty malty and hoppy treat. Bready with heartier accents of crust and toasted nuts. The richness from the melanoidin plays a subtle supporting role that adds depth without being assertive. The hops, on the other hand do a great job of asserting their presence with their green flavours of fresh cut grass and alfalfa, a mild pepperiness, and mildly pungent flavour of citrus zest.

Somewhat malty, but this almost medium bodied brew finishes refreshingly clean and somewhat dry with a mild yet persistent, lingering and almost peppery hop finish. More carbonation would have been appreciated, but certainly not required to enjoy this beer.

A great summer beer. Very drinkable due to its quality craftmanship and its inherent clean, crisp, refreshing and flavourful qualities. Approachable yet has great depth, a great and highly recommended beer that would fit nice at any social gathering.

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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bomber Thanks Trev.

Poured a shimering lightly hazed honey gold with a big puffy white cap. Good head retention and wonderful lacing ( lotsa protiens in this drink)

Aromas are a wonderul balance of floral hops and bready pale malts with light mustiness...nice!

Profile: delicious biscuit malts in the front are joined by a perfect balance of herbal hops which do not swamp out the subtle malt tastes...mid palate subtle complexity with some musty-earthy woody tones joining the herbal hopping and chewy pale malts give faint suggestions of biscuits and honey...finish is smooth and mellow with the herbacious hops comming a bit more forward...light bready after taste.

Impression: a well crafted delicate Pils that profiles the malts and has a judicial use of hops..very smooth, mellow and drinkable...Dave If I didn't know better I'd swear you abstracted Brickman's Pils recipe.

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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to oakbluff for muling this HP out to TO!

Pours a pretty clear golden, fluffy white head forms, big bubbles, some lace spots, settles to a thin ring. Smell is sweet and grassy, some caramel, bit of citrus, like a normal euro lager, except you can smell the malty backbone. Taste is very malty, caramel, sweet fruits, little bit of bready wheat, some floral hopping, actually very nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Mouthfeel isn't as light for a pils, but theres a lot of flavour. Nice effort rudge!

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Photo of canucklehead
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mid gold with a nice head this lager has a fruity nose coupled with a big mouthfeel. Not totally euro in style this beer is tasty but not full on Saaz on the finish. I like this beer in that unlike most other Canadian pils it has some malty substance in the midbody. What it lacks in crisp cleaness it makes up for in flavour.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

660ml bottle bought at the Osborne MLCC. Poured into a Pilsner glass...

Loving the look of this one... big 1 1/2 inch frothy head caps a unfiltered hazed straw coloured brew, lots of sticky lace. Lazy and mild carbonation. Aroma is delightfully hoppy, a bit peppery and spicy with some floral notes as well, heathery. Definitely a hefty malt presence here, with a biscuity/doughy note, not sure how it fits in, but we'll see when we take a taste.

Heavy malt bill in the taste, this is a big bodied pilsner, more so than I expected (maybe because the style usually dictates lighter bodies?). Hops are dominantly herbal, spicy, and floral. The Saaz shine through in the finish, it's very light, grassy, and heathery. Malt is grainy at first, then that thick doughiness that I'm a little confused about kicks around. There's a bit of arrowroot cookie sweetness as well. Make no mistake, this is a full-bodied, almost creamy pilsner, most likely the heaviest beer I've ever had in this style, which puts me off a bit, I'd like something a little lighter. The carbonation is dead-on though, even if it's not nearly as dry as I'd like. There is a dryness in the finish, but it's no match for the creaminess of that heavy malty body. Nonetheless, flavour-wise I'm enjoying this very much, lots of balance, which I appreciate, and it's easily the best lager available in Winnipeg right now. A good effort even if it pushes the style boundary a bit.

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Phil's Pils from Half Pints Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 32 ratings