Uber Ursa Pils | Atwater Brewery

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Uber Ursa PilsUber Ursa Pils

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 05-10-2011

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3/5  rDev -11%

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2.2/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep straw semi hazed hue with a bright white head forming thick, fine evenly spread lacing on the sides of my glass. Aroma is quite pleasant with herbal/citrus/grassy hop highlights and some warm biscuit/malt notes arising. Flavor has some caramel and some rough grain notes, keep in mind this is an uber ursa pils whatever that means, Big Bear? Next hops are muddled and the malts have a really serious husk/graininess going on this should be a relatively cleaner style even if it's a double pils. The hops are more of an unrelenting hop pellet bitterness very herbal/earthy in nature, and the malt sweetness does come out a bit more with each sip, no discernable or unrelenting booze on the palate. Mouthfeel is dry finish, a bit fuller in malt body than the average crisp pils but again it's an amped up version. Carbonation really no complaints there, only issue would be a bit of a cloying residual malt aspect that is felt on the palate between sips, overall an interesting beer that I'mm glad I tried I keep trying the Single Batch series even though their standard lineup hasn't really impressed me yet.

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3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, a souvenir from Michigan Avenue shopping in Dearborn a few weeks ago. I fucking hate label dating that doesn't indicate whether the displayed metric is 'bottled on' or 'best before' - rabble, rabble, rabble...

This beer pours a hazy pale golden orange colour, with one fat finger of foamy white head, which leaves some random specked, streaky lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of sweet grainy malt, kind of in the vein of malt liquor, some wheat cereal character, and some skanky, weedy astringency. The taste is mildly toasted cracker malt, warming alcohol, and leafy, musty hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, sturdy, steely, and relatively smooth if you're into things gratifyingly edgy and metallic. It finishes fairly sweet, in the soused malt sense, graininess and alcohol, of the somewhat upper class sort, the order of the day.

While only my second example of the style, I have to say that this category of our favourite elixir does not exactly blow up my skirt. Tastes essentially like a boozy pils, of dubious quality, with none of the extra backing characteristics capable of hiding such alcohol intransigence.

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Photo of BierFan
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Thin white head that clings to the sides of the glass on a hazy peach colored body. Some flowery nobel hop aroma, but a pretty weak smell overall. The taste, however, doesn't disappoint(assuming you like bitter beers). Uber Ursa has a nice dose of cheek-puckering bitterness. This beer is okay, but it would be a little better with more carbonation and a little less sweetness.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Atwater's Uber Ursa Pils a couple weeks ago for $2.59 at The Lager Mil. I was in the Pilsener mode and I haven't tried this beer yet so I decided to give it a shot, so lets see how it goes. This bottle was notched May 2011, I wish I would have checked that at the store before I bought it, I hope it's still good. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pilsener glass.

A- The label is pretty typical for an Atwater beer and is pretty plain and nothing that will catch your eye. It poured a slightly cloudy golden orange color with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some nice lacing. This is a pretty good looking Pilsener.

S- The aroma of this beer starts off with loads of malts that have a low amount of sweetness and impart a lot of biscuit, bread and grainy aromas. After that comes a light amount of fruits like apples and pears. At the end I pick up a light amount of earthy and grassy hops. A pretty straightforward and nice smelling Pilsener.

T- The flavor of this beer is pretty close to the aroma, it starts off with loads of malts that taste slightly toasted and impart those typical Pilsener malt and biscuit flavors and they have a light amount of sweetness. After that comes the hops which impart some grassy, earthy, and a slight bit of those fruits that I picked up the aroma. The hops impart a high amount of medium bitterness. The finish is slightly bitter with a grainy, and earthy hop aftertaste. This Pilsener tasted good and it had some good balance to it.

M- Smooth, medium bodied, and it had a high amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice but the carbonation could be toned down a little bit.

Overall I thought that this was a good beer and a slightly above average Imperial Pilsener. This wasn't a very complex beer, but it did have some nice simple flavors and aromas that were just as they should be and pretty well done. This beer has pretty good drinkability, usually these Imperial Pilseners can be pretty bitter and not that drinkable but with this beer the bitterness is kept in check and I could see myself having two or three of these. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance, it looked really good poured into a Pilsener glass. What I liked least about this beer was the higher amount of carbonation and the fact that they call this an Imperial Pilsener, this beer was more American Pilsener then Imperial Pilsener, it didn't have the high amount of bitterness and hops that I associate with that style. I would buy this beer again when looking for a good Pilsener, but at $2.59 it's a little pricey for what it is. If your a Pilsener fan this beer is worth giving a try but don't expect this beer to be as intense as most Imperial Pilseners. I think this beer held up pretty well and wasn't to affected by the age, but I would still like to try a fresher bottle. Atwater has been hit or miss for me lately and this beer proved to be more hit then miss, all in all it was a solid Pilsener that was pretty smooth and had a good flavor, good job with this beer it's got just about everything that I look for in a American Pilsener.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Uber Ursa Pils pours a hazy golden color that is on the way to amber. It has a bone head that is nice and frothy. Head retention is very good and the foam leaves fairly decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is pretty much what one would expect from a big pilsner. It has plenty of pale malt sweetness and is spiked with some noble hop aromas. I also detect just a hint of golden fruit mixed in with the sugary sweetness and grassy floral hops.

The flavor is not nearly as pleasant as the aroma with a bitterness that seems disproportionate not only to the malt sweetness, but to the actual hop flavors as well. I can taste the pale malts and the grassy hops, but only through a harsh mix of hop bitterness and some alcoholic heat.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium with a nice amount of carbonation. The finish is a bit tacky though and the bitter hop character that lingers on my palate is more pervasive than it is pleasant.

This is a beer that started out looking and smelling quite nice, but really disappointed in the taste department. I am usually a big fan of imperial pils, but this one just did not measure up. I would definitely not recommend this brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

Photo of bigkingken
4.19/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden color with a healthy, frothy head with a fair amount of haze. Can smell the hops eminating as it is pouring. Extremely floral nose with grapefruit and a touch of sweetness pouring through the odors. Very sweet at first immediately turning to notes of bitterness and malt. All the traditional pilsner flavors are there, but they’ve taken the best ones and boosted them. Thin mouthfeel with the perfect amount of carbonation. Flavors continue to linger, meld and change for as long as a minute after it goes down the hatch. I really liked this one, but haven't had many imperial pilsners.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TCgoalie
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow with uber carbonation and a frothy 1.5 finger head. The head appears to be living as the bubbles manouver to the top.

Smells of wheat and candy like malt round out the smell. It isn't far off from an adjunct aroma.

Wheat like malts back a steady mild skunk bitterness. The balance is nice and refreshing. Given to me to me blind I may think that this is a European brew as the hops suggest it.

A light, water like mouthfeel leads a chalky dry aftertaste.

Not a bad offering from a brewery that has yet to impress me. This beer adds some more credibility in my mind. Don't be afraid to give this one a shot.

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Photo of jlindros
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fluffy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, over slightly hazy golden banana yellow colored beer.

Nose has lots of sweetness, some light pilsner malts and wheat like aromas, but a syrupy almost extract aroma as well, light herbal hops and hop extract, somewhat fake like aroma that I can't really put my finger on, and very slight bubble gum.

Taste starts with toasty malts, some pilsner like flavors, light malts, somewhat sweet and light syrupy, then more hops and very light fruit flavors, light grainy malts with some light herbal earthy hops, almost spicy, fairly bitter but not heavy bitter, very light estery flavor too. Finishes still semi sweet and gets quite bitter, some herbal hops, light spicy hops, long finish and a bit sticky sweet.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall kinda meh, some off aromas and flavors, not much of a pilsner flavor just some light toasty malts, fairly bitter and kinda overpowers the whole uber pils effect.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Atwater Uber Ursa

Pours a clear pale gold color with a white foam collar and plenty of lacework. Aroma is grassy and piney, with hints of bready malts underneath. Lots of hops and a good level of bitterness, the Atwater take on an Imperial Pilsner tastes alot like an IPA. Citrus, rind, alcohol and malt sweetness all mix pretty well together. Mouthfeel is at a light/medium. Overall, a decent big pilsner, with bright hop character.

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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gordavidson
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A lightly hazed yellow-orange liquid with a few streams of rising carbonation. The white head is on the thinner side but provides uniform coverage and has decent retention.

S- Biscuity malt, apples, pears, and a touch of grass. Simple and clean.

T- The hoppiness hits right up front then the malt sweetness comes through on the finish. Much hoppier than the aroma lead me to believe.

M- Smooth but abundant carbonation with a longering bitterness on the finish.

O- Very flavorful considering the "lower" alcohol content for the style. Tasty.

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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