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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #686
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
77
Ranked #47,561
Avg:
3.33 | pDev: 15.32%
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
120
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Year-round
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77
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Troyone from California

3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with mininal white head, some action, and a bit of suspended sediment.

Some barley grain aroma with the grassy aroma of the hops used.

Has more of a weed/grass hop flavor and a blended barley grain taste.

Light to medium bodied, slightly buttery and some resinous feel, and a crisp comfortable carbonation.

The almost medium bodied blended hops and barley grain taste will probably suite this more as a session starter or an inline session beer.

Feb 25, 2009
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a rather odd selection for me, in that I had never heard of it and really did not know what to expect going in. Poured decent pale golden amber with a nice white foamy head on top and a good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom. A touch of side glass lace was present, but nothing to write home about. The smell was light, full of grain with a touch of rice or corn. Seemed to come off a bit muted to be honest. The flavor again was decent, but it too seemed to be a bit muted, like it was missing something. Lots of malt tones and a decent backbone of a bread like nature. Some small bettering hops could be detected in the finish as well as a bit of a light fruitiness. Very nice carbonation and a very light body made this about as drinkable as water. Overall it was not terrible by any means. A bit of an average pilsner for me, enough there though to get me curious about some of the other offerings the brewery may offer. May have to check them out sometime in the future if I get a chance to go out that way. But a good call, better then a macro for sure.

Nov 02, 2007
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rkuhnel from California

3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From Safeway in Eureka. Poured a bright yellow with a moderate white head. Minimal lacing. Nose of light malts and hops. Mouthfeel average. and flavors of malts, hops, and something odd. Not really the greatest pils, but then not a drainpour either. Maybe slightly below average

Feb 27, 2007
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grumpygerman from Alabama

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Mar 10, 2013
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t0rin0 from California

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Nov 19, 2012
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jneiswender from Massachusetts

2.34/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this beer on draft at the restaurant in the San Diego brewpub.

A-bright white head, old gold body and very clear.

S-clean and some faint fruit smell

T-clean, light grain flavor and some hop flavor at the end

M-light

D-overall a really weak beer. Not very flavorful and somewhat one dimensional.

Mar 05, 2010
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Durge from Connecticut

3.04/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a big 22 ounce glass at the Gordon Biersch "pub" at Dulles Airport and was surprised that it was showing very little head and almost no sign of lacing. A thin yellow-gold with a subtle nose of orange biscuit. A crisp taste of fairly classic peppery grain/wheat, but kind of watery. The initial carbonation that gives it a little bite seems to die pretty quickly, but it's still fairly drinakble. Nothing exciting here. Would rather gamble on another unknown than take another one of these (especially at $6+ a pop!) but it shouldn't hurt anyone's feelings. My experience at the brepub in San Jose is a little better than this but I don't think I have ever sampled the pils before so this will have to do.

Jul 21, 2007
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JBogan from California

2.93/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a golden yellow color with a moderate bubbly head which left slightly less than average lacing in my glass.

There was a fair amount of hops present in the smell, however there also seemed to be a slightly unpleasant odor also present which I couldn't identify.

The beer did have a better taste than smell, a pretty typical pilsner.

It had a slightly better than average mouth feel, just about the right amount of bite.

All in all it was a drinkable beer, just nothing I'd go back to again in a hurry. I would like to try one some other time, or on tap at my local GB brewpub just to see if that mildly unpleasant smell was still there or if I perhaps have a "bad" 6 pack on my hands.

Sep 16, 2007
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armock from New York

2.23/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap at the Gorden Biersch bar at LAX at 9:30 am before flying home.

A - Poured a straw color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Isn't very good its of grain and dirty socks

T - It doesn't taste any better than it smells even slightly sour

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

D - This is the worst beer that I've had from Gordon Biersch and I won't be getting this one anytime soon again stay away

Dec 06, 2009
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2010-05-24 at the brew pub in Kansas City, MO (from tasting notes)

A - Clear straw with a pillowy white head that settles out quickly. Mild lacing.

S - Not much. Some grain and perhaps a little grass.

T - Reminds me of a Pilsner Urquel with a balance of sweetness, noble hops and some grassiness.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a clean feel.

D - Pretty easy to drink but the flavor wasn't interesting enough to bring me back for another.

Nov 22, 2010
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: This is currently the spring seasonal (I am assuming spring and not winter since it is springtime) but I was told that this GB was phasing out one of their regular beers and was going to put this pils in regular rotation.

A solid golden body that was semi-see thru with a staunch one-finger head. Had somewhat of a roasty smell, with a hint of roasted malt (go figure) mixing in with some zesty hops and a bit of lemon citrus. This citrus is mixed in with the hops for a decent taste, although the hops and lemon seem to nullify each other. Still produces a smooth body with a somewhat dry finish on the backbite, although there seems to be a bit of graininess on the backbite also. I am not a huge pils fan but this is an alright pils that I could have occasionally while sitting outside on GB's patio in warm weather.

Mar 29, 2008
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xhcadamx from Maine

3.56/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light straw with a very foamy white head lots of light lacing.

S - Cereal with some noble hop spiciness. Smells like a typical Pils

T - More cereal and noble hop spiciness. Bitterness comes through at the end.

M - light with a good amount of carbonation ends on a dry note.

D - On a summer day I could see myself drinking these all day long.

Dec 20, 2008
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JDV from Texas

2.06/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light yellow pour with a little white head that didn't last. Kind of reminds me of a Carlsberg, and had no Pilsnery bite to it. It was too yeasty, bready and doughy for me, and not the crisp pilsner I hoped for. My least favorite of their beers possibly, but I think I've already said that about their blonde bock... On tap at the SF Gordon Biersch.

Jan 31, 2008
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HoppyMcStout from Missouri

3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured a straw-like golden color. There was a modest head that dissipated very quickly. The bottle said that is was "crisp" but this was lost on me. A Budweiser is more crisp than this brew. It had a decent hop kick, and smelled like any other pilsner to me. It clearly had a "skunkish" flavor to it that reminded me of St. Pauli Girl. I really don't know what else to say aside from the fact that I don't envision myself trying this one again - but I am not a big pilsner fan.

Sep 20, 2008
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Offa from California

4.2/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a tasty German pilsner.

Deep gold, it has a medium off-white head dense and slowly shrinking to a thin, foamy creamy top and leaving some lace.

The aroma is a nice pilsner, grainy with lemon, bread, hints of mineral, herb, and apple.

The taste is sweetish, smooth bread and apple at first, with a zesty, light herbal bitterness that builds to dominate the finish that includes underlying sweet bread. It's crisp, very clean, and leaves a nice, light, zesty, lingering herbal bitterness.

Oct 27, 2008
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spycow from Illinois

3/5  rDev -9.9%

Nov 15, 2014
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Feb 23, 2014
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DioS from Georgia

3/5  rDev -9.9%

Aug 28, 2012
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dpodratsky3 from Georgia

3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pilsner glass

A: Nice, bright straw gold, pure white frothy, foamy head, no doubt the glass helps the appearance

S: Standard pils aroma, pale malt, no sign of adjunct sweetness though, nice bright hops, the key word I would use here is clean just nothing overly impressive, but above average

T: Again those nice light hops, but a good dose of malt, very clean and true to style, just basic hops and malt, but again just above average

M: Nice and light, good carbonation, crisp

D: Just as easy to drink as those macro pilsners, but actually has flavor

Notes: A solid representation of the original pilsner, what it should be. Worthy of picking up if you're looking for a solid lighter beer, but nothing amazing.

Nov 26, 2009
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bpfrush from Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Nov 14, 2011
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mhaugo from California

3/5  rDev -9.9%

Dec 07, 2011
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EasyReader from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Dec 19, 2011
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wrightst from Maryland

4/5  rDev +20.1%

Jul 18, 2014
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

2.82/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Gold color, minimal head. Muted aroma, light biscuit nothingness.

Light body, touches of diacetyl, super mild hopping. Carbonation through the roof.

At almost $8 a 6 pack, I don't know why anyone would buy this, many better options. The beer isn't terrible, but it is expensive for what it is.

Jul 21, 2011
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scottfrie from California

4.78/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nonic pint on tap at THG.

A: Pours a crystal clear light golden straw color with a finger of white fuzzy foam. A fuzzy collar lasted the whole glass through and left wispy lace left down the glass.
S: Nose has a "snappy" crisp quality that only comes from a super fresh and clean lager. Bready malt backbone with hints of spicy/earthy nobel hops
T: Super fresh and super crisp flavors of clean malt and lager yeast. Very crisp. Light honey sweetness, light crackery. Noble hop is lightly spicy in the finish with just a kiss of earthy bitterness. Flavors are incredibly crisp and clean. No flaws or subtle off flavors. Light spice and bready quality lingers in the aftertaste.
M: Light body, ultra crisp and clean, sparkling carbonation.
O: Best American pilsner I've had in a long time, if not ever. Super fresh (keg hand delivered by Dan yesterday), and flawless.

Jan 27, 2016
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Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 120 ratings