Local Option

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German Pilsner
Ranked #54
Ranked #14,815
3.95 | pDev: 12.41%
Local Option
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Notes: Outlawger is designed to deliver fresh German lager to American soil. What’s the secret you ask? It begins by getting a famous German brewmaster wasted on American double IPA’s at Local Option, and then fooling him into revealing the most classified methods of making perfect Deutsch Pils. Consider this beer another victory for the Allies.
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 46
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a really splendid pilsener type here, the first beer i have had from local option in a long time, and just a total drinker by any measure. its pale and clean looking, frothy headed from the tap and visibly well carbonated. it smells like clean and crackery european pale barley, pils type malts, slightly raw, organic and earthy and highly compatible with a doughy and flavorful lager yeast strain thats been allowed to contribute. there is a sort of rustic charm to this, not totally a keller type, but with some more character overall than so many of these have, not overly cleaned up or anything, which i think is very much in its favor. some relaxed hops in the finish, noble tasting to me, subtle lime zest and hay and grapefruit, well behind the grain and yeast but adding something intangible here. smooth but high energy feel to it, refreshing and dry but not at all flavorless in the finish, evolved and somewhat bold even for what it is, but drinkable to the highest possible degree. its been way too long since i have had anything from local option, this is a great interpretation of an old world style, authentic and yummy and distinctive. great brew!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Local Option. Clear golden. Smells of bready and pilsner malt. The faintest spicy hop. Tastes of sweet pilsner and bready malts. Lightly spicy hop notes in the back end, but otherwise pretty bland. Medium light. No fermentation problems at all, but it is a pretty malty and uninteresting pilsner.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yet another Chicago brewery whose wares I had not tasted. Until now. Good, clean lager. Had on tap at Xoco.

5/31/17 Re-Had. Also on tap, but at famous burger joint, Cheval.
Looks appealing. Smells balanced of light malts and just enough hops. Tastes that way also with an initial sweetness giving way to the spice and letting it take over. Feel is cleansing; good with greasy food.
OA: I will have this again as a refresher or with a sandwich.

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Photo of FBarber
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear crisp effervescent straw color with a nice thick frothy white head. Head dissipates over time leaving some sticky lacing and a thin white film on the beer.

Smell is a nice array of aromas including pilsner hops, cracker malts, floral notes, and a slight sugary sweetness with notes of spice coming through.

Taste is slightly sweet, floral and crackery with a nice hoppy bitterness that tastes like German hops. slightly fruity notes such as apple and pear come through with a nice malt backbone.

Feel is very crisp with medium carbonation. Sweetness slightly coats the mount but is not overly noticeable.

Overall a really fine German Pilsner - one of the better ones I've had. I'll definitely be revisiting this one over the summer.

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Photo of JJackson615
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours straw with a slight haze under a persistent, clingy white foam collar. Very lacy.

S: Slight biscuity grains with some spicy, floral hops.

T: Crisp, dry and lightly tart with light grains, spice.

F: Medium light body, medium high carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

O: A refreshing, full flavored lager.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours straw with a slight haze under a 3” persistent, clingy white foam collar that reduces only by 1/3 after 5 minutes. After 10 minutes a 1” mound of foam remains. Very lacy.

S: Slight grains with some spicy, floral hops.

T: Crisp, dry and lightly tart with light grains, spice and a trace of DMS.

F: Medium light body, medium high carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

O: A refreshing, full flavored lager.

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Photo of corby112
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow color with clear straw colored edges and a two finger white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Excellent retention with a pillowy cap that slowly fades, coating the glass with large streaks of soapy lacing. A little light but otherwise pretty nice looking.

Crisp floral hop aroma with grassy saaz, pine and subtle resins countered by light fruit esters, bread, straw and hay. Pilsner malt sweetness with bread, biscuit and apple and pear sweetness. Nice complexity with a very pleasant grassy hop presence followed by pilsner malt and sweet fruit. Smells really good.

Lighter end of medium body. Clean, crisp and refreshing with a grassy hop bite that lingers over the pale malt and sweet fruit notes into a slightly sweet, dry finish. Grassy saaz hop bitterness with hay, straw and subtle resins quickly countered by bread, biscuit, cracker and apple and pear eatery sweetness. Really well balanced and very easy to drink making this an extremely sessionable American interpretation of the style. Excellent hop presence nicely balanced by the malt and esters with out being overly sweet or funky. Very nice.

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Photo of LacquerHead
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is one damn good German style pilsner. Very smooth and easy to drink. It has everything one would expect in a pilsner. Clean, crisp, flavor that can be consumed in quantity that doesn't sacrifice quality.

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Photo of steveh
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Never seen this small Chicago brewery in bottles before, thought I'd give it a go.

500ML bottle with no clear date to be found.

A -- Slightly hazy, pale straw color with a very dense and immense head.

S -- Spicy, peppery, herbal hops up front with a citrus fruit character and light malts back.

T -- Somewhat soapy character up front with some light, bready malts fighting to balance against herbal, near to harshly, bitter hops. There's an odd citrus fruit flavor running the backbone of this beer, unlike anything I've ever tasted in a Pilsner. The finish is grassy herbal with a sharp, back of the throat bitterness.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light body.

O -- Another small U.S. attempt at a classic style that falls short in my book. This beer is trying more to be an American Pale Ale than a Pilsner.

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Photo of friendofbeer
4.78/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed so many drafts of this while in Chicago I decided to take a bottle home with me from a Binny's location in Chicago.

This light lager pours brilliant yellow with a brilliant, persistent head. Slightly hazy, beautiful, playful carbonation. Rich bread and biscuit notes are followed by a wave of floral and grassy noble hop notes and slight peppery notes Hoppy as a north German pilsener should be. Super drinkable, dry finish, big mouthfeel. Puts other lagers to shame.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

As this was inexplicably on sale at my local, I had no choice but to pick up a bottle. It pours a clear brass topped by a finger or so of dirty-ish white foam. The nose comprises white bread, miscellaneous greenery, a touch of old lemon rind, and a hint of hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, the thick greens swimming playfully amidst a sea of bread, balancing very nicely. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a thickly fluid feel. Overall, a pretty nice beer, something I could easily see downing plenty of during my next visit to the Option (if it is indeed available at the time, of course).

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Photo of emerge077
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After the first taste, I happily recognized this to be the same as a mystery Pils I tried awhile back at Local Option (Prospect Pils). A tongue-in-cheek homage to Outlaws MC maybe? Anyway, it's a home run if I ever saw one... this is really great stuff. Sad that some are so myopic they don't know a great lager if it hits them in the face...

Pours a bright saturated gold, perfect clarity. Fluffy head of foam, rings of lace in the glass.

Bready malt and floral hop aromas, trace dried lemon.

Extremely smooth, soft and supple pilsner malt in perfect harmony with grassy, herbaceous noble hops. Dry, lightly bitter aftertaste. Extremely well balanced and tasty. Drinkable by the bucketful, this stuff is great. Planning to seek more out this summer for sure.

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