Pilsner | Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ggaughan on 07-16-2006

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Lucular
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ryser2k
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of DNICE555
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of eagles22
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of thain709
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The body was a clear, golden-orange...two fingers worth of head stood white and creamy in appearance...good retention led to nice lacing

S - Very grassy and earthy from both the hops and the malts...some notes of sweet caramel...the malts stick out a little more than the hops

T - Malty up front but with a nice crisp sweetness...grassy flavors are very present throughout...caramel lingers to sweeten things up and take the edge off the hops and the earthiness...the hops are giving off hints of lemon as well as that earthy flavor

M - Medium bodied...creamy and crisp...refreshing

O - This one had a little too much earthiness to it...I would have liked to see some more lemon stick out or even a little pepper...you can't go wrong though ordering it from Selin's Grove

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Pilsner has a clear yellow body with a few strands of carbonation bubbles moving around. The head is a pretty solid white tower that leaves behind some good lacing.

The aroma has a lot of zesty citrus hops and a bit of earthiness. The pale malt is in the background, and it definitely plays a supporting role to the hops.

The hops are every bit as assertive in the flavor as they are in the aroma. A lot of citrus and lemon zest combines with a grassy, lightly herbal flavor. Some earthy flavors are in there also. There is a good bit of bitterness. The pale malt does just enough as a backbone to balance the hops a little. Light sweetness in the form of crackers or biscuit.

The mouthfeel is a little prickly from the all of the hops. Highly carbonated.

This beer is pretty good, but there is something that is missing for me that I can't quite put my finger on. Certainly worth a try if you like a hoppy pils though.

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Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's Pilsner season, time to try SGB's take on the style. Poured into their unique pilsner-like glass at the brewpub, it appears a gazed golden yellow color with a fluffy white cap. The head slowly recedes leaving thick patches of lace on the glassware.

The aroma of this brew is spicy with herbal hops that turns a bit grassy. There is a solid bready malt background which imparts a light sweetness that mixes well with the grassy, spiced aspect of the nose.

The taste is grassy and herbal with bold hops. Overall it is quite spicy with a faint bready or biscuit-like grainy sweetness. It has a lasting power of clingy herbal and spicy hops. Somehow it maintains a snappy spiced finish which urges you to keep drinking. I found my glass to be emptying at an alarming rate.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp and very easy drinking. It is very spicy with a light tingle of abv warmth across the back. 2 years ago this was a standout example of the style that left me absolutely wow'd. Reading through the past reviews (which sadly look like they only occur once or twice a year) lead me to believe my suspicion of batch variation and/or experimentation. Regardless, this is well done. Keep up the fine work.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the SGB on 5/15/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold, capped with a thin covering of frothy bright-white head. This stays rich around the edges, leaving a good bit of spotty lacing that dots the sides of the glass. The aroma is spicy and citric, with the thick grainy biscuit smell of that Pils malt really giving this some presence in the nose. The sweeter notes of the nose seems to mostly be coming from the citric character that is present.

The taste is floral, earthy, and bitter with fruit. The grittiness of the citrus and the graininess of the malts really drives this with a deep heady feel on the palate. Dryness, spice, and earth finishes this off and REALLY lingers long and hard. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mostly crisp feel to it. I'm also picking up some underlying alcohol beef that seems to accentuate the sharper aspects of this, especially all of that spice.

This was OK I guess but it got WAY spicy after working on the glass for a while and the ABV felt a bit larger than 5%. Both held the drinkibility of this back some for me but in the end I was able to still able to finish this without much trouble. I'm thinking that this is one style here that gets played around with a good bit, so I'd be willing to definitely check this out again down the line.

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Photo of Deuane
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Bright, crystal clear light golden yellow with a thin white head that held on strong and left generous lace.

S-Spicy, herbal hops with a touch of lemon citrus zing. A nice supporting dose of biscuit malt in the background.

T-Spciy, earthy hop bite up front with a kick from lemon rind bitterness too. Excellent support from the clean, non-invasive biscuit malt.

M-Light bodied, sharp and very crisp. Nice, long lasting drying bitterness.

D-About as good as a German pils I have had in the USA. SGB can simply do it all and do it all well. This one is a tribute to Hallertau hops. Sharp and biting with the pleasant citrus zing I like in a pils. Well done!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the excellent Selinsgrove brewpub

A: Crystal clear light yellow with a thin white head, great retention and lacing

S: Spicy, earthy herbal hops with a hint of lemon. Crisp, witha very faint sweetness, lightly biscuity in character

T: Opens with a massive hop bite, really intense Hallertau character, with earthy petrichor-like flavors. Mildly mineraly. Lemon rind bitterness on the finish, dry and bitter,

M: Light, very crisp, excellent carbonation. The finish is a tad more bitter than I like

D: My half pint disappeared in about 3 minutes

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Photo of ffejherb
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at SGB on 12/21/07.

A - Beautiful clear, pale golden body with one finger of foamy white head. Very modest carbonation. Minimal head retention, but lots of intricate lacing around the glass. Very classic-looking pilsner.

S - Crisp, pale malts and grassy hops abound. Nice balance that's par for the style. I also detect some citrus hops reminiscent of lemon rind. Faint fruity aroma (apples and pears) as it warmed up... interesting.

T - Crisp, bitter taste with grassy hops and lemon flavor. Fairly long, clean bitter finish. Hops linger for a while.

M - Light body with crisp, clean mouthfeel and mild bitterness across the tastebuds. Carbonation is quite soft. Only mildly prickly on the tongue for a pilsner. Dry, crisp finish.

D - Easy to drink, as I find most pilsners are. A bit more fruity than others I've had. Very nice bitterness.

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Photo of Sammy
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The first of a series of good brews by this brewpub couple. Fruity aroma. Light yellow with lace. Above average crabonation, malty at first and then the hops are tasted, but balance is on the malty side. A bit sour like lemon. Drying aftertaste.Fresh.

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Photo of BeerIsland
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer a long time ago when visiting the brewpub and wasn't real impressed. I get more excited over the Czech styles and favor the hoppier Pilsners found in the PA-MD-VA Piedmont. As a German style, the hops would be more muted which is one of the reasons I feel these beers are out of favor with today’s aggressive palate. I was on my way up to Potter County this weekend and found it on tap again. An initial taste for growler purchase lost out to the Special Bitter (which is a very nice beer!) but on the way back, I felt like I owed it a try. I picked up a growler and we were off to the races!

This is a pretty beer. It's a hazy amber in the glass and topped with a frothy head that slowly settles and laces well. The aroma is malty with floral notes. The initial flavor is also malty and floral but with a nice full mouthfeel and light carbonation. It's soft in the mouth, which is very nice for a pils and the finish tends a little toward the bitter so you know the hops are definitely in this beer. Extremely drinkable and a decent representation of the style.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the Selin's Grove Brewing Co. on a recent trip. Their pilsner poured a pale yellow color with a thin white head and some good carbonation to the body. The aroma was a good kick of the "generous amount of German whole Tradition hops" that have been added to this beer and they serve it well. There are also some yeast notes to the nose. The taste has an unfront hop kick that gives way eventually to a clean and crisp taste that is easy on the palate and makes for one easy drinking summer beer.

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