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Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
brewdog.com

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by PartyBear on 09-21-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
106
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
22.02%
 
 
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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 106
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 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 laituegonflable
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold colour, with slow and very light bead. Head is white with visible bubbles. Quite foamy, retains a thin crown. Lace is OK, as is the look overall.

Smells quite musty. Oddly sweet, with a buttery aroma slight citrus twang and mild cinnamon note. Not bad, but a bit blah.

Taste is a bit bland, with odd phenolic notes. Sweet on the front, quite buttery and corn notes. Bitterness comes through early and long, but totally unnuanced with just a long battery acid flavour. All one note and almost blaring, with not a lot to hold my interest. A bit too phenolic as well, needs something fresh to balance it. Not out and out bad but it's another mediocre offering from BrewDog.

Mouthfeel has an interesting texture- weird fizz on the mid yet mostly smooth. Not bad.

Lacking a bit, because of the intense bitterness. Some cleaning up would help and make this better than just meh.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pleasant bright golden colour, that's almost clear, but which has a very slight haze to the body. Head is weak, merely a froth of large-bubbles on the initial pour, which collapses to film soon after, and has disappeared by the end of the glass. Not overly inspiring all up, although it has some nice characters.

Nose is slightly spicy and organic, with a lilt of leaf matter, mulch and pine and an upturn of lemon rind. Slight ointment sharpness to it as well. The hops are certainly giving a slightly citrussy, slightly pointed aroma.

Taste is clear for the most part, with a biting, slightly nutty bitterness on the back that also gives a slight astringency; tannins and grain husk. Some harshness on the back, could be a combination of early hopping or some husky characters, but it reminds me a little of the unpleasant aftertaste of that notorious Australian hop Pride of Ringwood. Feel is clean, but very light and rather empty.

Eh, not BrewDog's best effort. It's probably a reasonable effort for a gateway beer to get people drinking craft, but it's pretty tame otherwise.

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Photo of Long813
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch: 292
BBF: 30-09-11
From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Clear orange body with two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is mediocre and leaves some lacing.

S: Hops, straw like grain, some citrus

T: Very light taste consisting of grassy hops and some sour citrus notes.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. A very dry and bitter finish.

D: Not the greatest, it was decent, some things were off, but I think that can be attributed to the BBF date.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 33cL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Head erupts as soon as I open the bottle, voluminously filling the glass, but it soon collapses in on itself. Urine-hued yellow, clear, slight bubbles.

S: Herbal, hoppy, aromatic. Vaguely similar to a spice rub.

T: Good for a lager, not for a pilsner. It's alright. Taste follows smell -- hoppy bitterness, mild herbal flavours, sharp carbonation, smooth sweetish malt to balance it out. Aftertaste is herbally bitter and rather brief.

M: Aside from carbonation, smooth and bland.

D: Not something I would drink often, but definitely drinkable enough. At this price though, you're better off going for a more popular -- if less tasty -- lager or another BrewDog beer (Punk IPA would be my choice).

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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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Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Poured from a 330ml bottle into a (non-real) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on September 18th, 2010. Pours a clear orange-gold with a three finger thin head that quickly reduces.

Smell: The hoppy, clean aroma of a typical lager but with a little pine. Not particularly appealing, but doesn't turn me away.

Taste: Opens fizzy, then a couple notes of pine that are a little unbalanced. The finish is fizzy but crisp. The body isn't built as well as it could be, but this lager is a few notches up from American macros.

Mouthfeel: It's a little overcarbonated, and this lends the beer a sharp coarseness that is unpleasant. The finish is wet, which works for this lager, but doesn't leave me wanting another sip and isn't particularly refreshing in its own right.

Drinkability: I wouldn't have it again. There are far better lagers at this price range. I'm pleased with its 4.9% abv, but the dealbreaker is its lack of ambition: this beer isn't trying to do anything special and while in its own right it's not bad, other beers do the same thing better.

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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 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 velkyal
2.21/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sight - light amber with a smallish head

Smell - heavy on the citrus, grapefruit in particular - American C hops?

Taste - citrus in your face with malty undertones

Sweet - 1.5/5
Bitter - 3/5

This was clearly not a pilsner style lager, hence the poor figures I give it. In fact it reminded me more of their Punk IPA, but perhaps bottom fermented and re-packaged. In no way is this an "artisan pilsner" as claimed on the label.

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Photo of Daniell
3.01/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: colour/lacing/retention fine for the style. 3.5

S: smells like apple juice with faint hops a la cooper's pale ale. Some vegetal stuff in there too. Very underwhelming. 2.5

T: Taste is substantially better because there's tangible hop bitterness in there and actually some pleasant contributions from the malt. 3.5

M: A bit thin maybe. 3

D: On the whole I don't really like this that much and don't think I'd buy again. 2.5

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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 CrazyDavros
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a small head.
Nose shows loads of caramel, cookie dough, tangerine and marmalade. Not all that hoppy.
Flavours are not so interesting, but show some caramel before a harsh grainy finish rolls through.
Nice light body and med-high carbonation.

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Photo of Asgeirr
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brew Dog's 77 Lager pours a clear gamboge-to-amber accompanied by a 2-2½ inches tall and frothy cream white crown which slowly dissolves eventually leaving remnants of lacing alongside the glass. Additionally, the bubbles are those of a small size, but what the lack in size the make up for in numbers.

Smell: Floral and fruity hop-characteristics (almost lice simcoe or cascade), sour notes of peaches and to a lesser extent some passion fruit intermixed with a malty backdrop.

Taste: First a sugar-cane-like sweetness, which diminished right off, then a somewhat bready maltiness appears. Finally we get a tad of diacetyl/butterscotch in the aftertaste otherwise dominated by the vivid zesty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat creamy for a pilsener, mild in carbonation, low-medium full in body. However, the carbonation could've been more alert.

Drinkability: To be perfectly honest, it's better than I expected with it's rich spectrum of characteristics in both the smell and taste compartments. I guess it would go great along with that much anticipated summer-BBQ.

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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 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 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 rarbring
2.66/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer is clear, golden with a white head that leaves quite some lacing.

The smell is citric, lemon, a bit 7up-ish or candy soda pops. A bit chemical.

The taste is sweet, with a chemical candy flavor of bananas, some biscuit from the malt. There is a hoppy bitterness at the end, possibly a bit alkaline.

A medium carbonation, and a dry feeling.

Hmm, I'm not convinced. It does not have the clean taste of a German pilsener.

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Photo of dgilks
2.86/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium gold colour with decent clarity. 1 finger foamy white head with decent retention. Effervescent. Looks nice.

The aroma is sweet and floral with nice hops. Low diacetyl.

This is nicely malty with a kick of floral hops and some moderate bitterness. While the base is nice, it is (like several Brewdog beers I've had) let down by the presence of slick diacetyl.

Medium body with nice moderately-high carbonation. Diacetyl adds a slickness to the tongue.

Not quite the crisp, refreshing pilsner promised. I'm sure that there are some bottles of this that are great but this one is a let down. Like the bottle of Punk IPA that I reviewed, this is riddled with diacetyl and it may be something for Brewdog to look at.

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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 ricke
2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden yellow with orange hues and a white head that settles after a while and leaves some lacings.

S: The smell is malty with notes of oranges, grass and butterscotch.

T: The taste is very sweet for the style. Malts, white bread, butterscotch, grass, sweet orange notes. The finish has some bitterness to it, leafy hop notes and a hint of minerals. Boring and some flavors seem off.

M: Light body, medium carbonation. Feels sheep.

D: Not a good pilsner. Slightly unbalanced with some off-centered flavors.

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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 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 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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