Penns Valley Pilsner | Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks

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Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ffejherb on 04-12-2009

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of MKrauss
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of orangesol
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled last Saturday while passing through Millheim.

A: The pilsner is clear, a light golden straw hue. Translucent to a fault, luckily I'm not seein' any. The first few pours had a moderate white head and thin lace. After transporting the growler home from dinner tonight, is hissed away all the carbonation, so the last few pours have no head.

S: Very bready, the malty side stands out at first. Crisp hops, earthy follow and quickly gain steam. Well-balanced by the end.

T: The hops are more urgent from the first sip, herbal and earthy. Their strength is deceiving, as the pils doesn't seem that strong. As the hops settle down, bready malts, very chewy with a light toasted taste segue in. The hops remain crisp throughout, a pleasant bite amongst the maltiness. The finish is fairly short; nothing lingers.

M: The mouthfeel is clean, a light toast flavor mixed with plenty of hops. The earthy dose of bitterness adds a nice punch.

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Photo of Deuane
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Bright golden yellow with a thin white head that reduced to a wispy veil and left spotty lace.

S-Biscuit malt up front with light grassy and lemon hop notes. Just a touch of sharp green apple in the background.

T-Biscuit malt chewiness with fruity/grassy hop kick coming right behind. Fairly simple and straightforward but good nonetheless. Drying finish.

M-Medium-light bodied moderately crisp with lingering bitterness and a sharp, dry end.

D-A decent pilsner but not one I would crave. All of the expected flavours are there but not a sharp and crisp as I would like. A bit too much biscuit up front for me.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Elk Creek on 4/11/09.

A - Cloudy, frosty golden body with short, white head that reduced to a patchy film and left modest lacing. Very lightly carbonated for a pilsner.

S - Subtle nose with citrus/lemon notes and some light bready malt. I also sense a slight melon fruitiness with some crisp apple notes. Hop presence is pretty muted with perhaps some light grassy and herbal notes pushing through a bit.

T - Melon and apple notes with some light caramel and bready malt. Some mild grassy hop notes appear in the finish.

M - Light to medium bodied with an oily texture and very lightly carbonated mouthfeel for a pilsner. Finish is slightly dry and somewhat clean, though not overly crisp.

D - Decent enough pilsner, but didn't have that crispness that I enjoy in the style. Not as refreshing as I was anticipating, but still pretty good overall.

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Penns Valley Pilsner from Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 6 ratings