Sterling Pils | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
ninkasibrewing.com

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
First Brewed: 2011
Starting Gravity: 1048
Bitterness: 30 IBUs
Alcohol %: 4.9
Malt: Sterling
Hops: Premium Pilsner

Added by beertunes on 01-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
43
Reviews:
12
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
10.3%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a sorta colloidal hazed golden... nice white head... good retention.

Nose hits with a nice hoppy bite that previews the coming bitterness. Crisp hoppiness that is a little more floral than spicy... Definitely more PNW than Continental.

Good bitterness from front to back... hops are again floral.. grainy pils maltiness.

Very drinkable... but I think this 6-pack is old... cannot find a decent date, but this seems not quite fresh... still pretty nice.. love a good pilsner.

3.5/3.75/3.75/3.75/3.75

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Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in bubble pint glass. Poured a clean, clear honey-golden yellow with about an inch of white head that had low/medium retention and left some nice sticky lacing.

The aromas were fairly typical for the style, nice earthy grains topped up with crisp hops. The hops were a it sharper and bolder than is the norm for an American take on the style, it seemed to me. On the tongue, the hops were even more noticeable. The grains, which I look for to take the lead, were definitely playing second fiddle to the hops. The malt did have a good presence after the upfront tang of the hops subsided though.

The body was fuller than typical, yet retained the crispness that I look for. The beer did have a slightly sticky finish. Drinkability was very good, I could see having a few of these as the weather warms (if this beer is still around). Overall, a nice take on the style and a nice departure from Ninkasi's tendency to be over the top bold. Certainly worth trying during it's limited release. I wouldn't mind seeing this brew in Nikasi's yearly seasonal schedule.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of dertyd
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A finger of head on a clear, golden colored body. Looks good.
It has a great grain aroma, pure.
It has a nice flavor: moderate bitterness that has been rounded out by a touch of malty sweetness. Finishes with a mild bitter note.
It has a crisp texture with moderate carbonation.
Nice flavor with a low ABV makes this a beer to have again and again.

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Photo of harrymel
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12MAR13 (glad to see bottle dates on Ninkasi!!)

It's a golden ale with a solid quilt of bone white foam. Nice, classic look. Smells of grain, corn, rice hulls, some herbal hops, some chalk, slightly sweet nose. Flavor is corn pops, some bitterness, a little wood and floral character and a good grainy base. Medium on full for the style with fine moderately low carb for the style. Overall I'm happy to drink this, if it were canned, I'd take it to the lake probably. Easy drinker for sure.

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Photo of woemad
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of MacStinson
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Spikester
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of powdersoldier
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of vkv822
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip
bottled on 3/29/13

Pours a clear, bright, pale-yellow with a thick, foamy white head that leaves pleasant lacing.

Spicy, grassy, herbal, floral hop notes. Crackery malt backing. Clean, crisp finish.

Medium body, fizzy carbonation.

A well done pilsner. Tasty hop profile balanced with a clean malt backing.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a very good amount of head which seems to have some retention. The head is almost cotton white (there are faint hints of yellow) while the body is a clear pale straw that glows a lemon yellow when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind and the retention is quite formidable.

Nose- Pretty much your typical pilsner aroma- sweet malt, grain, and faint hints of spice. Some sourness from the grain as well. Has some presence but little complexity. Rather boring but to be expected from the style.

Taste- Reflective of the nose but with some citrus notes (orange and lemon) and a lengthy hops note. The hops are grassy, earthy, and herbal with some spicy characteristics. The hop notes are very well integrated and only reveal their complexity as result of the long finish. There's nothing terribly special about this beer but it is a good representation of the style. A little bit of white grape gives it a bit of a vinous quality as well.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a nice smoothness and a slight vinous texture. Carbonation is light and well placed.

Drinkability- Very easygoing, borderline crisp and refreshing. I don't know if I would pay 9 bucks for a 6 pack of pilsner though. However, it is worth it if you are a fan of the style.

Overall- Solid beer and solid representation of the style. This beer won't wow you but is perfect for a summer day.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Sterling Pils pours a clear light golden color with a four finger foam head and semi sticky lacing that then disappears. The smell is spicy with floral notes and really biscuity. The taste has a nice malt backbone with bitterness that finishes on the top of the palate. It probably could have used a little more hops to be a NW Pilsner in my eyes. I consider the Prima Pils the standard in this category for American German Pilsners. The first one of the sixer was good we will see how the others finish out.

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Photo of neckbeered
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of zestd
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Zach122
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of irishgreensoda
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of KerryCummins1977
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Jameswoody
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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Sterling Pils from Ninkasi Brewing Company
3.69 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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