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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of mirnsd
4.67/5  rDev +39%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This stuff is good in bottle but quite simply great on-tap if you can get it.

Served in a pint (568ml) nonic glass in The Saint, Stockbridge, Edinburgh

On tap this beer is still very refreshing but a lot of the sweeter and fruitier notes which hide in bottle format come out to play here.

As a result of this beer being pulled from handpump rather than tap the beer wasnt very carbonated. This played with my mind a little as you expect a clean and fresh pilsener to have a bit of light carb to it. This didnt effect the quality of the product though and rather it made it quite interesting.

It proved that you can make a clean and refreshing lager without the carbonation ripping off your tongue!

If you like this on bottle try to get it on tap its a totally different beast

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Photo of smcolw
4.14/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly no head and what is there settles to a single layer of rim bubbles. No lace at all. Deep straw color and crystal clear.

Fruity with an undercurrent of unmated, untoasted barley. Very light hop.

Better hop in the taste. This is a spritzy beer with subtle complexity. Relatively dry, but there is a fruitiness as well. The hop comes on with force in the swallow. The aftertaste provides a flowery mouth. The body is light as one would expect for this style.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wherein lies the 'juxtaposition' in this brew? In the northern European production of a central European specialty?

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden orange hue, with one finger of creamy ecru head, which leaves some decent thick spidery lace around the glass in its wake. It smells strongly of crackery grain, and bitter, floral Saaz hops. The taste is quite in line - crisp, crackery, bready malt, a bit of lemon pepper, and leafy, bitter noble hops. The carbonation is on the low side of moderate, the body medium weight, smooth but for a bit of expected prickliness. It finishes quite dry, the zip and crispness setting you up for the anticipation of the next sip.

A very enjoyable hoppy pils, up there with the best of the German and Czech offerings I've experienced. Maybe it's just the freshness, tho - best before Oct 28, 2011.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a light amber colour... white head poured pretty big and foamy then faded to decent frothy layer which was maintained throughout by a good steady stream of carbonation... some light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Some caramel mixed with biscuity malts, peppery and grassy hops, light candy sugar, doughy bread, light almond nuttiness, some spicy tropical ripe fruits (orange, light peach)..

Taste - Good strong peppery and grassy hop bitterness, biscuit malts, juicy fruits (pears, orange), some soapy traces, very light toasted bread, light floral honey sweetness, faint chalkiness, some graininess...

Feel - Crisp, sharp and dry... Light body... A very quaffable pilsener...

Overall - A good clean crisp flavourful lager... One of Brewdogs best offerings

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Photo of Sigmund
4.02/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 4.9%. Golden colour, moderate white head. Moderate carbonation in the glass. Pleasant aroma of fruity and grassy hops, notes of grapefruit. Zesty flavour with fruity hops (Amarillo), citrussy notes, ending in a formidable burst of bitterness, lingering into the long aftertaste. An excellent lager!

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.02/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright gold with bronze highlights and a thin white film that trails. Honeysuckle malts and cut grass hops on the nose. Straight pale malts up front with slight golden syrup, followed by hay, coriander and slight orange blossom hops. Sharp metallic finish, tight spicy hop linger. Light, super crisp, dry.

Just about the driest lager ever. Given the minimum of English malts and what tastes like some very Burton-y water, this lets cutting hops and knife sharp finish shine through.

Probably the most assertive Prima-type pilsener you'll find outside the US and different enough from Trashy Blonde to compliment nicely.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a best-before date of Nov 2011. Label features the usual modern Brewdog branding; the contents are described as a juxtaposition pilsner.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A pale golden colour with slight haziness. Considerable carbonation and a thick fluffy head which lasts for a few minutes before fading away. Smells of light grainy malt and hops.

Tastes of golden malt and has considerable bitterness for the style. Lovely fruit and grass notes from the hops; this is a prominent component of the flavour. Smooth, astringent mouthfeel with some tingling from the carbonation. Leaves a pleasing bitter aftertaste. Tasty and very drinkable.

An excellent beer - not sure how true it is to the traditional pilsner style but it is very nice. Much more flavour than your average lager. Would definitely have this again.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Though not quite the Platonic ideal of pilsner picturesqueness, this would stand out in a lineup of other light lagers, somewhat darker than average and crowned with a nice, satiny crop of ivory foam. Big botanical nose that might appeal to gin drinkers, with juniper, mint, orange blossom, and even a bit of bay saturating the milquetoast malts. Crisp and hoppy on the palate, well balanced and blah blah blah it's good, but this doesn't taste like a pilsner. With its hint of diacetyl, over-toasted malts, and herbal hops, this is more like an English golden ale shot through a pilsner lens. The crispness is there, the sprightly carbonation is there, but not the perfectly yeast-free focus of a truly good pils. Plus it is ever so slightly too thick. This is a good beer, and an interesting one, one I wouldn't mind drinking a six pack of - it just has a bit of an identity crisis.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a clear light golden color with a tall white head. Typical pils aroma of biscuit malt, cracker, and light hops. A nice yeast note, mild esters, and floral hop aromas. Lightly sweet, too. The flavor has just a touch of grass to go along with the floral hops. Bread, biscuit, and cracker malts give a soft sweetness. Light yeast and some hints of apple esters.

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Photo of kindacold
3.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly cloudy with almost no head. Tan in color.

Smells beautifully hoppy and light.

The taste is as they advertise: an alternative to mass marketed lagers. Taking that into account, I'd say it's a relief that this beer is, indeed, pretty good. There are some pleasant hop flavors, with a decent balance of malt, though I would prefer kick in either direction with the malt...either make it hoppier, or make it a bit maltier. Anyway, not bad.

Feels like sparkling water in my mouth, I can down a dozen of these and not notice it.

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Photo of thepeter
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a golden orange darker than I would have guessed. Small thin head that goes and retains a film for the rest of the beer.

S - Pale malt dominates but there is a bit of floral citrus and hops as well.

T - A very hoppy pilsner! But I guess I should have known coming from Brewdog. Again the Citrus is there and overall it is a strong tasting pilsner.

M - Medium bodied, great carbonation, heavier on the palette than most lagers but I thought it was nice.

D - Easy to drink and although I like a sweeter, more malt dominated pilsner it was still a good beer that I will pick up again.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've been looking forward to a BrewDog for some time now, the allure of a company that touts the strongest beer in the world has been brewing inside me (no pun intended).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip pint.

A: BAZZAM! This beer does not like being kept under 4 degrees in the fridge - it came bursting out of the bottle like it had something to prove before the slightly tan head died down to nothing. Body is a cloudy honey orange. 4/10.

S: Smells like various herbs and cannabis... a party waiting to go down. The grains are bludgeoned to death by the hops in this so-called Lager. There is also a hint of cut grass (grains?). 7/10.

T: The hops dominate with a spicy/herby character that finishes dry and soured. It's like a challenge thrown down by Brewdog, a gauntlet slapped across the face of US micro-brewers saying "Oi! We Scots can brew complex hop driven beers too"... I like it. There are much stronger beers out there that have much less flavour than this. The only thing that detracts from the taste is that it doesn't really qualify as a Pilsener in my books - it's more of an APA in flavour style... bit of false advertising there. 8/10.

M: Maybe as a result of the explosion of foam that came out of the bottle when I opened it but this beer is fairly flat (making it seem even more like an Ale), not that I have a problem with that. 6/10.

D: It does say "Juxtaposition Pilsener" on the bottle - perhaps that's the juxtaposition (that it doesn't taste like a Pilsener). Who cares? It's a decent beer that goes down well, that herbaceous character is at home with my taste buds any day of the week. 8/10.

Food match: I would juxtaposition this brew with a gourmet pizza and be quite satisfied... in fact I will!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The third BrewDog beer I've reviewed, but the first tonight, during my BrewDog evening of five new beers.

Brown 330ml bottle (like all the others I've seen of theirs), loads of life left according to the label. Poured into my huge 'Judas' glass.

Deep golden colour, clear and with a medium sized white head sat on top. The head soon died to a wisp.

Hoppy aroma for a pilsner/lager, some yeast esters as well, better than most I've had my nose in over the years.

Sharp, crisp and refreshing taste, very dry aftertaste though.

The 4.9ABV seems less than is felt in the mouthfeel, I would have gone for 6.0% at least.

Interesting, but a bit to dry for my taste, nothing wrong with it, just a tad dry. I've had many pilsners/lagers, and from all over the world, this one stands out from the crowd because of its darker gold colouring and its dryness.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant drinking "pilsner" obtained from the brewery itself. Pours medium yellow with ridiculous malty foam. decent for the style. Decent mellow bitterness, but I get a significant sweetness. Average mouthfeel but good drinkability. More balanced in bottle had from Zyn a year later.

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Photo of ADZA
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

For a pilsner it nearly pours spot on with a feint,feint yellow see thru hue and bubbly champagne carbonation and some little lacing here and there,the smell is a mix of aromas of lemon zest and herbal hops,it has a very light mouthfeel which could have more body in my eyes and has tastes of citrus,lemon zest,barley and of course finishes with a grassy,herbal hop finish with a tiny tinge of bitterness,overall not the best example of the style i have tried but not a bad attempt at all and would always down this before some macro swill as i really do like this brewery.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled purchased and consumed in London.
A: Clear slightly darker golden color. Finger and a half of rocky head. 4
S: Smells of fruity lager yeast. Some earthy notes, and even a touch of corn. 3
T: Tastes of apples, pears, grainy cereal like yeast. Fairly sweet with a straightforward clean and hoppy slightly bitter finish. 3.5
M: Well carbonated, medium bodied. 4
A solid lager that I would probably buy more often if it were available in the US.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden coloured with a very nice, bubbly head that has okay retention. It settles to a finger sized head with some nice lacing.

Quite well balanced and very hoppy in smell. There is some grain like aroma in there too along with some citrus and herbs as well. Very nice, especially for a pilsener.

I felt this one tasted similar to Punk IPA in some respects, particularly with the pine like taste upfront and the hoppy bitterness that immediately follows. Very nice at the start although somewhat subdued in the finish, yet still a very nice beer.

Crisp in the finish although perhaps slightly too dry. It is smooth & highly drinkable and quite pleasant.

Quite unlike every other pilsener I have tried but in this case different is good. I enjoyed it a lot & is certainly one I'll come back to in the future. Worth a try & a beer that I recommend you try.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a minimum of head that still manages to lace the glass. Smells of noble hops, and slightly grassy. The taste is fairly balanced between the slightly malty sweetness and the slightly hoppy flavor. Mouthfeel is heavy and slightly fizzy. Overall, it's very drinkable and fairly tasty. I'll be looking for it again.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A slightly dark golden in colour, with a very active fluffy white head. Heavy yet fine carbonation.

Aroma: Potently hoppy aromas, much like Punk and Chaos Theory. There is also a citrus character, and slightly grassy elements.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, with clear hops, and a slightly citric twang. There are floral flavours, as well as mildly fruity. The base is sweetish, with a hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel: It's light and fresh, and lively on the palete.

Drinkability: A nice drinkable pilsener, with the trademark BrewDog hoppiness.

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Photo of marquis
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a regular lager drinker so didn't really know what to expect but to me it resembled a light mild rather than any lager I've sampled. The malt profile seems all wrong as if it's brewed from pale ale malt.It's difficult to grade it-should I assess it as a pleasant enough beer or what? Had it been a 3.5% light mild it would have earned more points but like all Brewdog beers I've sampled it fights well below its weight. But then so do most lagers anyway so we're back to square 1.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours golden with hints of gold. Large white thick head that stays for quite some time leaving lacings.

S: Malt and citrus, floral hops and faint bitter ones. It doesn't smell very german...

T: Malt and green apples with a hint of pears. Faint bitter hops (not very german). There are more surprisingly lots of floral hops - and they feels american - could it be?

M: Short aftertaste with faint sweetness and dryness. Medium body and rich carbonation.

D: Nice Pilsener from the U.K. But to little bitter and to much floral hops for my taste if we are talking about German Pilsener. This is more like a really nice Euro Pale Lager with a floral hoppy edge.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.0
A very firm pour still only yields a finger of white head that quickly reduces to a thin layer. Colour is an attractive, deep gold.

Smell - 3.5
A strong aroma of hard toffee, a little butter and zesty hops. Unusual but quite pleasant.

Taste - 3.5
A big malt backbone with toffee and biscuit malt flavours, as well as a little undesirable butterscotch. Hop bitterness comes on late and provides spicy and earthy flavour. Plenty of flavour, but a little off for the style in my book.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Quite flat, which is not at all right for the style, although not unpleasant. Medium bodied.

Drinkability - 3.5
I would certainly drink it again, but I probably wouldn't pay for it again.

OVERALL - 3.35
Not a textbook pilsener, but given the choice, I'd take this over a fruity and floral new world pilsener 9 times out of 10. Urquell, Budvar and James Squire make better pilseners, although this one was worth a try.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A fizzy, cloudy, bright orange colour. Thin head with next to no retention.

S - Orange, lemon, with some floral notes.

T - Follows the nose. A slight hoppiness adds to the citrus.

M - Highly carbonated (too much?), light in body, crisp and refreshing.

O - An OK but unambitious pils. A step up from the macros but I probably wont revisit it as so many others in the same price range do the same thing better.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served in a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow color forming a medium creamy and bubbled white head. Medium retention and many spotty lacings left in the glass

S: Malts and flowery hops. A bit sour too

T: Very grainy with notes of flowery hops. Dry and slightly sour. Mild hoppy bitterness

M: Light body and carbonation. Dry malty and flowery hops aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Not a bad Lager

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, stamped best before 13-7-11. Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a gold/amber color with a small 1/4 inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. Aroma is mostly bready malt, with some light caramel, apple, and citrusy hops. Luckily the flavor is stronger than the aroma. The brew tastes like bready malt and light citrus and grassy hops, and has a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a little bit slick and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent enough. I think this brew is worth a try.

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