Old Pavilion Pilsner | Marshall Brewing Company

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Old Pavilion PilsnerOld Pavilion Pilsner

Brewed by:
Marshall Brewing Company
Oklahoma, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Old Pavilion Pilsner was inspired by Brewmaster Eric Marshall’s time as an apprentice brewer in Germany. Crisp and clean with a distinct and pleasurable hop flavor and aroma, Old Pavilion Pilsner is brewed in the North German “Pils” style. Brewed with American malts, a mixture of American and German hops, and fermented with a German strain of bottom-fermenting lager yeast, this beer is crafted with a deep reverence for one of the world’s most successful beer styles..

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 75
Photo of Tone
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, gold color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of slight floral hops, hint of pine, slight citrus hops, yeast, and pale malt. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, slight sweet malt, slight citrus hops, and a hint of pine. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Pours a hazy golden color with a white, two finger head that leaves lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma is spicy hops, yeast, and malts. Taste is a yeast and malt body with notes of malt and citrus rhine before a spicy, noble hop finish. Medium body and medium carbonation with a very clean feeling throughout.
A well done and successful pilsener that is simple but spot on. The noble hops, yeast, and malt backbone hold up and make a smooth drink. My favorite year round Marshall beer.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a nice rich white head that laces well and persists with no less than a 3/8" head all the way down. Aroma is spicy German noble hops and light pilsner malt. Flavor is a very good balanced combination of light pilsner malt base that is unobtrusive and good, strong noble hop acid delicious bitterness. The hop aromas, flavors and bitterness play well off each other with a crisp spicy/herbal/grassy note that is a welcome departure from piney/citrus/resiny PNW fare. Finishes dry and hoppy. Mouthfeel is very good. Overall, just about the best German Pils made in the USA.

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Photo of champ103
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this many times, just recently on tap at Big Orange in Little Rock.

A: Pours a perfectly clear golden/yellow color. A large, pillowing white head forms with excellent retention and rings of lace.
S: Saaz hops are big. Citrus, grassy, lightly bitter. Toasted and biscuit malts. A light bitterness in the finish. Simple, really well balanced, and excellent.
T: Again, just a well balanced and simple beer that hits all the right spots. Grassy, and citrus hops up front. Bread and biscuit malts. Lingering bitterness. Really well done.
M/D: A light body that is perfectly crisp and effervescent. Incredibly dry, crisp, and clean. A real treat to drink. So enjoyable, easily all day with this.

An excellent lager that is simple but incredibly well crafted. Maybe just slightly less than Great Lakes or Live Oak. Though still one of the best lagers made in the country IMO. Highly recommended, and I wish I could get this more often.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden color with a beaten egg white head; nice retention and lacing

Smell: Grassy, with a hint of lemon; bready underneath

Taste: Clean, up front, with the grassy/lemony hops quickly moving to the forefront; crisp finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Well-executed with a lot of hop flavor

Thanks, BlueOkie, for the opportunity

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

The beer is a darker straw yellow color. A white sudsy head slowly dissipates, leaving a film and lots if thick soapy lines of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of lemongrass, faint grains, citrus notes, and a touch of hops. The beer tastes really refreshing with lemony notes coating over any hop bitterness. There's also a slight touch of grapefruit in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied.

Overall, a refreshing pilsener for sure, an excellent touch of lemon brightness in this.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, golden orange color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled earthy with some caramel and toffee.

T - It tasted spicy with earthy, grassy hop bitterness. Nice caramel flavor adds some sweetness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice pilsener. Another solid beer from Marshall.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

P: Placid body of clear golden thin liquid that sloshes nicely. Thin streaky lacing that slides down the glass when swirled.

S: Fruity hops, sweet malts, salty, subtle spices, maybe coriander, pears, timid citrus and small whiffs of yeast.

T/M: Taste of corn, salty, orange rind and grapefruit are laced in this lightly bubbly and thin body. Refreshing with slight yeast mustiness in the back of the throat on this dry finish.

O: Hats off to Eric Marshall for gracing us with this delicious Pilsner. A great session beer that goes down smooth and delivers amazing flavors. This is a Pilsner that will be in abundant supply in my house. Marshall does a solid job with all of their offerings.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner.

It's a hazy, unpasteurized gold. White head that leaves a nice lace.

It smells floral and piney, a touch of malts.

It's very floral. There is a nice bite of bittering hops. This beer definitely has an astringent/alcohol flavor, but it fits nicely into that euro pilsner style.

It's a bit thicker than I anticipated and has a good, bubbly carbonation.

This is one ofthe better American pilsners I've had and it came from Oklahoma(?!). There are good things happening in that state with regard to beer.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A ~ Hazed & Unfiltered in appearence, this Pils pours the color of watered-down honey.

S ~ Earthy & Piney hops with a bit of proofed dough.

T ~ Earthy & slightly piney hops right off the bat backed up with pale malt & soft bready notes. Hints of grass & pepper throughout with a splash of Tonic Water. (there's a flavor reminiscent of Quinine)

M ~ Excellent bitter feel with scrubbing carbonation that cleanses the palette of malty cloy. Not too dry for how hoppy it is. Very assertive favors.

D ~ Fantastic pils! Hoppier than its German predecessors, but this is, after all, an American interpretation of a German style. Will definitely revisit!

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Photo of Cavery
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle compliments of BeerBoy9960 as extra in a recent trade. Bottle was shared with SundaySour.

Poured into tulip taster glasses.

A: Looks like a pilsener that had some ice cubed in it, that since melted. There's a real waterline in the appearance towards where the head should be. The pour was actually quite violent in trying to coax a head, but to no avail. Flat as pond water. Not even a foam rim-line.

S: Flaky grains with a moderate sweetness. White sugared oatmeal that is overflowing with water. The smell is consistently cut by this wateriness, but otherwise the nose is pretty good. Under all that water are some pretty crisp crunchy grains with a natural sweetness. An unusually bright note of pecan like oat clusters in the end. Not bad minus the water.

T: Whoa, a weird mix of hops and grains that meld together for a bitter hemp cereal bite. Dried grains in the taste, but with a wetness that makes the crispness fade a bit to mush. Sweet breads with rustic crusts make for an unusual taste. Cork wood in the finish, with a hazelnut skin complexity. I have to admit, I think this is pretty good.

M: Really quite flat, I think this beer might have had some age on it or lost some of its life in transit. A little bit more body would have done this light bodied brew some good. This is the area where it's really just hurting right now. A pathetic showing of bubbles.

O: The flavor on this beer was so much better than any other category that it just made for a mildly heartbreaking experience. It's like seeing an amazingly athlete past his prime. You know he was good, but what's in front of you is all that's left. A relic of former glory, and he is nothing more than a nostalgic symbol. In this case, I know this beer must be better than I how I had it. That said, I still think it tastes pretty good. Some bubbles in here and it would return to its former athletic glory. A likeable pilsener flavor on a decrepit flat body.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #50 (March 2011):

Pours a bit cloudy, though still a very bubbly brew with a thick head on top. From grape skin to mild biscuity grain, to lemony, spicy hops, this hazed Pilsner has quite the nose. Crispness under smoothness, and smoothness is big. Hops are on the charge with a firm bitterness and thick herbal flavor, with some lemongrass coming through. The malt character does not turn a cheek to the slap of hops, but hits back with a fistful of grain. Yeast drops in and stays neutral in the semidry ending. Very much like a Kellerbier or Zwikelbier, pick your flavor ... aside from the cloudiness, this is a pretty amazing lager.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Ilikebrew for this state tick. Another state under my belt. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Slightly cloudy golden yellow hue. Huge four fingers of stark white head that set up like meringue. Thick lace rings and exceptional retention.

S: Loads of lemon and buttery bread are the main things I pick out. Hops abound once past the initial malt and yeast.

T: Again citrus is the main thing I taste. Mild pale malt and a sharp hop bite in the finish. Grassy.

M: Medium to light body. Creamy yet brick carbonation.

O: Pretty much right in line with the style guide lines.

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Photo of Riggo
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours straw to very light golden in color. A soft white head that falls to a thin cap. Minimal lacing.

Very compelling aroma. Bright and citrusy, spicy and herbal. Some soft mint and perhaps lime zest. Some light honey notes. Orange.

Taste is juicy--lemon, orange--and minty, with mineral notes and a nice snap of bitter hops at the end. The finish is quite dry. The soft carbonation contributes a smooth mouthfeel that has its own charm but I personally feel the carbonation needs to be bumped up (both for the style and I simply think it compliments the sharp bitterness here).

Many Pennsylvania craft brewers (Victory, Troegs, Stoudt's) showed Americans how exciting the pils style can be. At its heart, the style showcases an austere mineral/herbal/bitter character that is very refreshing and full of complexity at the same time. Very, very few American craft brewers have been willing or able to rise to the occasion and make a great pils. Now we can add Marshall Brewing from Tulsa to that list.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours a hazy straw gold with a 1 finger head of foam. The lacing is pretty impressive for a Pils.

The smell is very much on the sweet side; pretty big sugary smell that throws me hints of fruit.

The taste has its sweet side with a residual bitterness that's on the grassy side. Not much meshing of flavours so I'm thinking this is a pretty "rough" example of the style. When I wait a few moments after sipping and swallowing, the aftertaste is actually quite good.

There's nothing wrong with the mouth feel. Nice lightish carbonation and on the low end of medium bodied.

And..no problems drinking it at all. If only the beer tasted more like the aftertaste while drinking, it would score a lot better.

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

What a killer little pils!

A: Pours a rich golden with some copper richness. Great head and persistenmt small bubbles.
S: Golden. No, like a Belgian Golden. Yeast and some bready richness. Orange zest.
T: The breads, yeast, grain come through here too, with a cleansing citrus hop note on the finish.
M: Very nice. Strong Duvel like carbonation that seems to evolve on the palate. Refreshing, delicate and distinct.
D: Easy drinklable and refreshing. 'Nuf Said.

Not true to Pils character if that's what you're looking for, but a very good brew more along the lines of a strong golden (with low abv) made to session.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden straw. 2 finger bone-white head.

S - Grassy hops, sweet grain, subtle yeast, lemon citrus, lots of fresh spice, a touch of honey. Bread comes out as it warms.

T - Crisp bitterness from the hops. Herbal and spicy. Some bready grain notes with a touch of sweetness. The underling yeast has a sense of coriander. Citrus notes provide a very clean finish. Citrus really comes out in the aftertaste.

A very refreshing pilsner. Crisp and clean. Excellent session for early season football.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy straw color with a fluffy white head.

S: Not the most pleasing of noses, I must say. Buttery and skunky with some slight fruit notes that seem to come out of nowhere.

T: A hint of skunk, but really a nice sweet fruit quality that sort of saves the beer. A biscuit malt base with a light bitterness and slightly spicy hops.

M: The body is on the light side, like you might expect. Highly carbonated, too.

D: I liked the flavor a fair amount but the nose was not doing it for me. That said, pretty light and easy to drink.

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Photo of climax
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Marshall's pils poured a murky gold with a very assertive head that faded with a crater very slowly. The glass was notched and draped with lace all the way down.

The nose was crisp and clean, floral hops with a pinch of lemon citrus were at the forefront. Softer flavors of yeast, spice, and coriander rounded out a very complex and refreshing aroma.

The noble hop happiness continued through the flavor, adding ample bitterness and grassy flavor throughout. Spice, diacetyl, and yeast hid under the hops.

The body was medium, with a creamy yet slick quality that all ended in a very dry finish, begging for more. The carbonation was generous and gave it a good crisp bite. This is a very refreshing pils that doesn't sacrifice complexity for drinkability.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of smoke on the crack, pours a cloudy light golden straw color with an impressive pillowy white head of over an inch. very thick foam that really sticks around and clings to the glass.

smells spicy and herbal. i'm detecting some sweet notes like light bready malts, maybe some banana, some hops. As it warms there is an almost Vegetable like smell.

There are some great hops in this beer for a pilsner. almost piney, with the malts taking a back seat. Almost reminds me of a slightly less hoppy Victory Prima Pils. This is a very tasty Pilsner with exceptional flavor complexity.

Moderate carbonation, lighter bodied, and very smooth.

This is a good beer and i'm glad I picked it up.
This would make a great session beer, I just wish I could get it cheaper considering it's a local brewery, i'd buy it a lot more often.

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Photo of tronester
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a thin white head. Smells of freshly cut hay and tart cherries. Taste is light bread flavors up front, with a hint of liqourice in the middle, and a grassy floral hop finish. Excellent rich bitterness levels. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly high carbonation. Drinkability is very good I would certainly get this again. This is an excellent example of a pils.

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Photo of stephens101
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There's residual chunks of lacing all over this mofo after it settles down in an unhurried manner. Color is a pale gold. Lots of excitable fizz clambers to the top throughout the session. You've got your usual suspects on the nose; grass, some lemon, a bit of caramel and faint hops. Sucker goes down easy, but doesn't fail to keep the palate interested with a good partnership between its satisfying sweetness and a long-lasting bitterness. Has a damn fine creamy intro with a semi-dry finish that makes me want to go mow the lawn, even though I live in an apartment. This beer is treating me so right tonight, and that's basically what it's all about. Sometimes the stars align and beer just fits the moment perfectly. No one night stand here baby.

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Photo of GeezLynn
2.53/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a somewhat dark and cloudy orange-cider shade with a faint white head that is fairly well-retained. Smell is not a strong point for this beer as I get a strong plastic character with some musty malt and light hops.

Flavor reflects the smell pretty closely. Initial hit of plastic (not the first time with one of their beers either) is followed by light bready malt and a nice bitter hop finish with a touch of citrus. Mouthfeel is light and fairly crisp. Is carbonated about right for being a little on the heavier side of the Pilsener category.

Finishing hop flavor on this was pretty nice and what you'd like to see in the style. But again, with several of these Marshall and Choc beers, I'm getting a plastic flavor. Not sure if it's their water or some other cause. Anyway, seems like this would be a decent beer were it not tainted by plastic or something similar somewhere in the process.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a somewhat hazy straw color with a bout an inch of white head. The smell is not very strong...I pick up extremely light floral notes with a very lo hop profile. The taste is initially very refreshing with some hoppy character. The aftertaste is kind of sweet. The mouthfeel is very crisp and refreshing. The drinkability is very high with a very refreshing finish. Great for a hot summer day.

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Photo of koopa
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received as an extra in a trade (from corby112 perhaps?)

Appearance: Pours a touch orange to my surprise with a soft foamy 1.5 finger crown that shows moderate retention and lace. Not very typical for the style imho but a decent looking brew nonetheless.

Smell: A touch of sweetness and a grainy quality. Minimal hop presence.

Taste: Grain and a light sweetness just like the nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: I'd score it higher if it had more flavor.

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Old Pavilion Pilsner from Marshall Brewing Company
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