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Pig Pen Pilsner | Allentown Brew Works

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9 Ratings

Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by tempest on 08-12-2007

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of LoveStout
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Knapp85
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a clear looking yellow color with a a very thin white fizzy head on top. The head leaves no lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer isn't too grassy smelling but still only has some light aromas of grains to it. The taste of the beer is decent, I can't really pink up anything too special here. The mouthfeel is drinkable and easy going, it's very light. Overall it's not a terrible beer just not something I really enjoy drinking.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brew-pub, Allentown location.

Bright, clear yellow body with an almost non-existant white head that obviously doesn't hang around long or leave any lacing.

The aroma focuses on some rather sweet, bready malts and a touch of noble hops.

Some fairly good bready pale malt sweetness and just a touch of spicy noble hops. Not a bad beer, but somewhat bland and unexciting (I love pilsners, so yes I am comparing it to other pilsners).

Smooth, crisp, medium carbonation.

Fairly drinkable, a decent beer overall.

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Photo of rkcrozier
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although not a fan of pilsners, I was impressed that I found it on tap at an Iron Pigs baseball game (AAA affiliate of Phillies) in Allentown PA. As a previous reviewer stated, I would much rather drink this over any of the big beers at a ballpark. I was glad that the park was supporting a local brewery.

As for the beer, it was unmemorable. I can't recall any distinctive flavors or smells that come to mind. I have been to the Allentown Brewworks pub/restaurant and remembered not being impressed with the beers I had there as well. I only give the higher scores for the perseverance in getting their beer on tap at a ballpark.

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Photo of beerhawk
4.75/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled this and the Porter on my recent visit. Extremely clear filtration and bright yellow/gold color. Easy to drink and will go down nicely at an Iron Pigs Baseball game. The reason it is called the Pig Pen Pils is because it will be on tap at the new Coca-Cola park where the phillies AAA team the Iron Pigs will be calling home now. The bartender told me they are the only microbrew on tap there. Good to see baseball supporting their local brewery and not selling out to only the big domestics.

Just the right amount of crisp hop bitterness for a Pils. Great refreshing German lager taste. May not be exactly to style but exceptionally drinkable. The Brew Works Brewer knows his stuff and I would drink this over the bud at the stadium any day. But I guess that is a given for most beer snobs. Drink good beer!

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3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at ABW on 1/26/08.

A - Clear pale golden body with short, rocky white head. Very minimal head retention and lacing.

S - Pretty weak nose with some faint bready malt along with some grain and grassy hops. Also some lemon zest notes.

T - Primarily bready malts and mild grassy hops with some lemon zing and honey sweetness.

M - A tad watery and thin with some grittiness. Pretty clean, crisp bready malt finish.

D - Decent pilsner. Far from outstanding, but still drinkable. A pretty solid light offering from ABW.

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Photo of Deuane
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little lacking to consider itself a true European pilsner. Nonetheless it was still a pleasant. Not much to look at, nice clear golden color but not much head to speak of. Smells of typical grassiness hops one would expect in a pils. A still nice little sharp, grassy hop bite, so you know it's a pils. A decent rendition of this classic style, a nice clean, crisp "light" alternative.

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not entirely true to European tastes, but it's still a great drink. Certain elements of the malt just seem more American, like it was brewed with pale 2-row or something. There's a still a nice little tang to it and grassy hop bite, so you know it's a tasty pils. A nice lighter option, that's not lacking in flavor.

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Pig Pen Pilsner from Allentown Brew Works
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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