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Pilsner - German
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3.62 | pDev: 14.64%
Griesedieck Brothers Brewery
Missouri, United States
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Notes: Premium Golden Pilsener is a tribute to our family’s German heritage, having modeled it after the great pilsener beers of Southern Germany. Made with all malt and noble hops, this pilsener has a medium yet dry body with a slight hops bitterness that finishes clean.

23 IBU
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FBarber from Illinois

3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a bright gold color. Completely clear. Thin white head dissipates quickly leaving no residual head.

Aroma has notes of sweet cereal grains, maybe a hint of corn? Light herbal grassy hop notes peep through.

Taste has notes of grain, sweet cereal malts and a strong herbal bitter hop note. That bitter hop note lingers into the finish and then just sits on the palate.

Feel is light, crisp, and easy drinking. Bright movers ate carbonation.

Overall it’s a solid beer - really more reminiscent of a classic American Pilsner.

Sep 01, 2019
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dcotom from Iowa

4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Very attractive appearance, with a semi-aggressive pour yielding three fingers of dense white head atop a clear, deep-golden colored body. Good head retention, with lots of sticky lacing as it settled. Big aromas of bread and light caramel, with grassy and herbal overtones. These carry over to the palate as well. Lots of pleasant bitterness, a peppery spice kick, and a crisp, dry finish round out the flavor profile. Well executed, and a very tasty and satisfying beer. Prost!

Aug 13, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

so the story goes that this was a brewery a long time ago, went defunct, and has now been revitalised. well, the beer is pretty darn pedestrian, little more than a simple pale lager, but i appreciate the sense of trying to bring back something local, minimalist, and old. the beer is super sweet for me though, like corn sugar, yellow and summery, but also sort of cheap and thin at the same time, theres not much between the ears. weighty for the style which at first is endearing, but as it warms it becomes a nuisance. smooth in some ways, and i can taste the lager yeast almost too much, but bubbles rule at the end of the day, and this is well fizzy. its also really one dimensional, which makes it a thoughtless crusher, and as long as people continue to drink beer all day long, there will always be a place for a beer like this. i wanted more from it, wanted it to be craftier, but i will tolerate it as it is, and see it sort of similar to some of the walters stuff out of pueblo, colorado. resuscitated old lagers that dont mean much in the grand scheme but garner enough local enthusiasm to stay in production...

Jun 01, 2017
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Suds from Missouri

3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Golden and clear, I expected a macro lager. In fact, this is a wonderful, hoppy, lightly malty brew. Spice, bread, and a little grain and grass. Not great, but better than expected. Medium in body and easy to drink.

Nov 24, 2016
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JLaw55 from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice local pilsner. This would be a great, more flavorful replacement for any Macro lager. Not going to knock your socks off, but it hits all the right notes and is a nice go to easy drinking beer. This is on the sweeter side, instead of dryer side, which I prefer.

Would drink again: Yes
Would purchase again: Yes

Mar 06, 2016
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a strange)
A- This beer starts as a slow motion gusher that pours a near full glass of off-white foam that sticks to the glass in sheets. There is a clear deep yellow body with a Champagne carbonation.

S- The clean nose has soft field corn notes an dry woody green hop hints in the finish. There is a hint of bee’s wax that grows in the finish aswell.

T- The dry Pils malt is followed by a touch of green bitter, woody hops in the finish. There is a dry candy hint that comes through and a pungent bitter bite in the aftertaste that is enhanced by the carbonation.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp fizz prick.

O- The malt is almost nonexistent and the only real hops is just bitterness but I don’t taste any sulfur or infection. This beer has great drinking potential of it only had a bit more malt flavor.

Apr 30, 2013
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GossageBrewery from Missouri

3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this German style Pilsener from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a nice hazy golden color, produced a nice white head, above average retention and a nice amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma consisted of malted grain and some floral hops. Light in body, malted grain base, sweet/bitter, finishes semi dry. Refreshing thirst quencher, decent session beer- a lot more character then a macro brewed lager. I would rather pop a top on one of these then a "Bud" any day.

Jan 27, 2013
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TippySelenoid from Missouri

3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner.

Golden color with a thick white head. Tons of bubbles can be seen rising to the top. The head has nice cratering and lacing. Awesome head retention all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Not too strong of a smell. Noble hops and some malt sweetness.

The flavor is ok. There is a nice malt backbone balanced by the bitering hops.

This beer feels good. It's light bodied, crisp and smooth.

This beer isn't huge on flavors but it's highly quaffable. This would make a great session pilsener.

Jan 06, 2012
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soju6 from Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden color with a large head and nice lacing.

S: Aroma of fresh grain with a hint of sweetness.

T: Taste of fresh grain with a mild sweetness. a nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp, clean and refreshing. Nice balance.

O: Easy drinker, a good any time beer.

Nov 13, 2011
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never heard of the Griesedieck Golden Pilsner is a decent beer. My neighbor brought some back from down state IL. The beer poured orangish copper with slight haze into my tulip glass. Decent white head that is lace. The smell is almost non-exsistent. Taste starts a bit sharp then relaxes towards the end. Definite hops and barley present. The mouthfeel is good....can't really complain. Is this the best pilsner I ever its good.

Oct 09, 2011
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard small pint glass. Poured golden tan and clear, tons of soft carbonation rising at all times, monster head that lasted forever and left huge, sticky chunks of lacing.

Smell is peppery grains, hops, wheat, not real strong but quite nice.

Taste is softer than you'd expect from the smell, with a great blend of hops bitterness and sweet malts.

Light bodied, plenty of carbonation, and a slightly slick aftertaste.

Overall this is a damn fine beer and I'm going to try to get more of it to drink myself. Great job!

Jul 27, 2011
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came across some fresher bottles (@ Liquor Barrell in Benton), so re-reviewing to give it a second try. Poured straight down the middle into a Duvel tulip.

A finger of white foam collects at the top. then leaving a solid ring of drippy lacing. A floating island of skim floats in the middle. Good clarity with a slight haze to the saturated orange beer. Soft bready aroma, with a mellow sweetness like shortbread or sugar cookie. As it warms there are grassy, floral hop traces.

Straightforward flavors of light apple or pear, soft grainy bread, grassy noble hops. Hits all the style hallmarks and has an overall pleasant character. Soft carbonation, light in body. Very crisp and clean, easily sessionable. Glad I found some fresh bottles of this, it's a solid tasty pilsner.

01-25-2011 B- / 3.43 rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Purchased at Piasa Winery in Grafton, IL.

Bottle has inkjet "9340" printed on bottom, never got a response from Sand Creek as far as the date. Cool retro label, though it's contract brewed in Black River Falls WI, at Sand Creek.

Voluminous head when poured into a slender stange glass, about 3 fingers width of head. The lace is sticky, and it remains for the duration of the glass. Slightly hazed pale gold, with visible carbonation. Some yeast sediment was present in the bottle, leading me to believe it's bottle conditioned.

Clean grainy pilsner malt nose, slightly tea like.

Firm bitterness in the taste, again similar to tea. Husky grain, dry crackery aftertaste. Reminds me of pre-prohibition "all malt" lagers i've tried before. Clean with no off flavors, with a mild bitterness true to the German tradition. Dry feel with light carbonation. Probably nice in warmer weather, i'll have to revisit a fresher bottle.

May 23, 2011
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TheSarge from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice to see another pilsner put into the mix.

Produces a massive amount of off white head that retains quite nicely and has a golden clear body.

Aroma is grainy cereal in the way of Grape Nuts, and has what I perceive as a metallic Saaz hops presence.

Has a hearty cereal grain taste, with an ample amount of spicy hops. It does have a kind of tobacco like flavor, but a very interesting trait.

Feels well carbonated and moist to the palate. Overall a pils I'd try again in a heartbeat.

May 11, 2011
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meatmallet from Tennessee

3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a darker golden color with a huge white head with great retention. Steady stream of carbonation can be seen rising from the bottom.

Smell: Fairly light and nothing special. Grain and wheat and a little bit of caramel malt.

Taste: Sweet at first with a bitter hop finish. The wheat and malt fill in nicely in the middle. Kind of a little soapy.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Very crisp with a light body and some very lively carbonation. Fairly impressive.

Jan 03, 2011
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bort11 from Missouri

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a standard shaker pint glass. Tight and frothy head eeks over the edge of the rim. Good legs on the head and chunky circles of lace clings to the glass. Color is a clear golden straw yellow.

Smell has toasty and husky grain. It has a mild skunk aroma, but more like a cheese than a light strike. Taste is till grainy, but is enhanced by a clean grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp, but has a heavier grainy finish. Overall nice offering. I see this as more of a beer you would have while eating out.

Jan 31, 2010
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MTNboy from Germany

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It has a nice gold color the head was nice at first but disappeared quickly only to leave little bit of white lace. This beer also started of hazy but cleared up fast. There are some real tiny bubbles to the body. It has a typical crisp pils aroma nothing overly special. The carbonation bite dies down fast. It has a very clean crisp flavor. The usual macro lager. A little bit grainy aftertaste. Overall not bad.

Nov 21, 2008
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat, cloudy, straw-yellow color. It had a two-finger, foamy white head.

S - It smelled of grains and light caramel malt. There was a subtle floral aroma, too.

T - It tasted sweet and of grains. It had a slight hop bite.

M - It was very crisp, fizzy and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a very easy drinking pils. Not a great taste but pretty good for the style and sessionable.

Jul 27, 2008
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Monkeyknife from Missouri

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy straw yellow with a thin, but bright, white head.

Sweet, hoppy aroma pilsner aroma.

The clean taste is follows the aroma with a well balanced combination of the hops and malts. Fruity up front with light breadiness at the finish.

The mouthfeel is clean and tight with moderate carbonation.

I am pleasantly surprised by this pilsner from Griesedieck. In fact, I'd say it's the best pilsner made in St. Louis. Sorry Schlafly.

May 20, 2008
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ch473 from Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice and golden. Thick foam head that sticks. Lots of smooth, active carbonation.

Nice hoppy and sweet smell.

Spicy and sweet taste. Bright and refreshing. Flowery. Very nice. I haven't had a lot of pilseners but this seems like a very good one to me.

Goes down smooth. Creamy head feels great on the lips.

I could definitely go through 6 of these in a night.

This is a great beer, and reasonably priced ($7 at Dierberg's near St. Louis). The GB Brewery appears to be in High Falls, WI, not St. Louis. It's too bad these old St. Louis beers (like Lemp) aren't actually made in St. Louis, but I hope they come home some day. They do the city proud.

Jan 17, 2008
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stagman from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a decent amount of carbonation with small beads of foam that slowly fade over time, leaving some lacing down the side of the glass.

Has a flowery aroma from the Saaz hops, which blend nicely with some sweetness from the all-malt base.

The flavor is smooth and well-balanced between hops and malt. The malt has a bit of sweetness, but gives the beer a firm backbone. The hops add a decent amount of bitter spice but not too much to turn one away.

True to its style, this is the best pils I've tried so far. I'm glad the Griesedieck Bros. are back in business, and it's good to see them come out with a pils that's true to its style. A definite MUST.

Dec 18, 2007
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Vancer from Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found some bottles, and away we go: Clear straw yellow, with a firm white head that generated some sticky laces. Soapy malts in the aroma, and a pleasant taste to boot, not a tasteless crap-light type pilsner. Sharp and crisp with a decent amount of malts. I would not have a problem with a pilsner of this caliber.

May 15, 2007
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