Potosi Pilsener | Potosi Brewing Company

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Potosi Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mynie on 04-27-2009

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a stange glass it pours bright straw gold, with a fluffy cap of white foam that rises above the rim in a convex dome. Slow rising carb trails. Some spotty lace in the glass, and a thin skim across the surface. Delicate arcs of lace.

Aroma is lightly sweet with pilsner malt, soft lemony hop impression, mildly grassy and sulfuric when swirled.

Lightly bitter and grassy, minerals, crisp and dry in the finish with some soda cracker flavors lingering. Pretty snappy and refreshing, quaffable. Clean with no off flavors. Something you can have a few of when it's hot out. Seems like a pre-prohibition revival style, brought into the 21st century with a light hop character. Simplicity is underrated these days... Drink fresh or forget it. If you're reviewing it out of season, chances are it's too old. 6pk Bottles - February - July. I'll continue to buy this when in season.

edit: 2012 availability: 6pk Bottles - March - December

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Photo of Tone
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, sight sweet malt, hint of hop, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsener. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, sight sweet malt, slight piney hop, and a hint of yeast. Overall, the best of the three Potosi's Ii had, by far.

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Photo of drpimento
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad, not great. With an aggressive pour there was a small to medium sized white heead that soon disappears and no lace. Color is a clear yellow gold with a few bubble trails. Aroma is going in the direction of the Czech Pils- malt, grain, grass, hop. Flavor has gone a little too far in the butter diacetyl direction, plus the nose qualities. Body is ok and carbonation is just a touch soft. Finish is like flavor and of short to medium length and a bit of sweetness in there too, that is nicely balanced with the tang. Servicable.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz screw-top bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
6% ABV, "All profits to charity" Cool!

A - The tall pour gave it a chance to get ahead...heh heh. Anyway, the white foam, two-fingers tall, lowered pretty quickly leaving little lace above the crystal clear, low carbonated golden brew.

S - Authentic from the first whiff, this pils is filled with the style-iconic malts as well as a hard mineral water aroma. Mild noble hops add a hint of presence and straw finishes it out.

T - Sweet pils malts are big in flavor here. Bready, toast, full with a low hop balance. Sure, the noble hops are there but remove little attention from the malt until half-way through. It picks up a bit and more noble, floral, grassy presence comes forwards. Class hard mineral water finish.

M - Fuller than I expected, it's a medium-bodied pilsener with a crisp, well-carbonated finish and lingering hard mineral presence.

O - Overall, it's a good pils with pretty good drinkability! It'll satisfy the seasoned beer geek with the classic flavor, provide refreshment, and substitute as a BMC in non-craft drinkers swill-loving hands.

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Photo of mynie
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the website:

"Steve Zuidema has just finished a great new beer, Potosi Pilsener, now on tap at the Potosi Brewery. Steve is excited with his new brew and is confident that it will be well received by our customers. The Potosi Pilsener is a very light bodied German Style Pilsener with distinctive malt flavors. We think it's a hit and we know you will too. Come on down to the Potosi Brewery and get a frosty pint of our new Potosi Pilsner."

Well that's not very helpful. But notice how they spell Pilsener the right way once and then the wrong (American) way near the end. Oddly enough, that's little typo more or less sums up this beer. It's a bizarre cross between a modern European pils, with crisp weediness and aggressive, dry hops, and an American macro pils, with adjunctiness and lots of grainy sweetness.

This, my friends, is an old-school American pils. That is, a combination between the two contemporary varieties of pilsen(e)r.

Pours filtered sparkling gold with a solid white head.

Smells of dry hops and pleasant adjunct weedy sweetness. Crisp and exceptionally well balanced.

Tastes like it smells--a great blend of styles, exceptionally well balanced and loaded with flavor in spite of being light and drinkable.

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Photo of cokes
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale golden with a rise of white suds that fades rather quickly, leaving spotty lace. Visible cyclones of carbonation are steady, not fizzy nor short-lived.
Dry, grassy, herbal aroma, milkweed and hay, with a twist of lemon- or at least lemongrass. A backing cracker-like malt base keeps thing dry but adds offset.
Crispy saltine maltiness as it hits the tongue. It toys with a lemon fruitiness as the hops grab hold. It then goes all prairie field: full of dry stalks of grass, pulpy weeds, and interspersed flowers. It ends with the hops lingering amid a forward mineral note.
Bitterness is moderately high, but the taut carbonation and body propel this down the throat. This strikes a crucial balance of real refreshment and flavor complexity, just as a great Pilsener should...which this absolutely is.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.01/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Quite light, hazed lemon color. Full sized, smooth, creamy, smooth, tight, ivory white head. Good retention leaving a nice lacing.

S - Pretty faint aroma. Some light, pilsner malt. Pretty grainy. Touches of grassy hops but it's pretty faint.

T - A bit bigger than the nose suggested, but pretty similar. Quite grainy, with a touch of breadiness. Faint grassy hops. Ends up being pretty faint toward the end of drinking this beer.

M - Light body. Slightly above average carbonation. Pretty crisp. Standard for the style.

D - Pretty easy to drink. Crisp and quite refreshing albeit not all that flavorful.

Notes: Not a top noch Czech Pilsener. Could use a bit more hops. It was pretty refreshing regardless.

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Photo of Soneast
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, golden color, grows a 1/2 inch white, bubble head that dissipates fairly rapidly, leaving small amount of lace.

Aroma has that classic european lager aroma, slightly sulfury, ultimately crisp and grainy, like bread, and an appropriate spicy saaz finish.

The flavor is right in line with classics of this style, basically grainy and cracker-like, with a hint of sulfur and a spicy, saaz presence. The finish is well balanced, a nice noble hop presence and a crisp grainy flavor.

Lacks a bit in appearance, not quite brilliantly clear, and very little head nor retention. Everything else is pretty much dead on for some of my favorites in this style, overall quite delicious, thirst quenching, quite quaffable. You like a crisp refreshing beer after mowing the lawn, you say? Well put down the Miller High Life and reach for something like this!

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Photo of bashiba
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a nice clear golden yellow, with a very thin and light head, quickly leaving just a white ring.

The smell is fresh crisp with some nice European lemony noble hops and a touch of light grain.

The flavor is decent, a nice bit of light malts and crisp light citrus and grassy hop finish, there is a bit of an off metallic flavor just sneaking through like a hint of oxidation, not a good sign since I quite sure this beer is reasonably fresh.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp with more carbonation in the feel than there was in the head.

Not a bad Pils, if it didn't have that slight oxidization character and lack of head might have been really good.

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Photo of crossovert
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Says "Czech style pilsener". Well 6% abv is already a bit high. 12 oz twist off bottle purchased cold from the brewery.

It pours pretty much like a czech pils, hard to get that one too wrong.

It smells like a blonde ale, not a czech pils.

The taste is closer to a czech pils than most but it still is too sweet and too undeveloped.

American brewers REALLY need to taste czech and german pilseners, because they are reaching when they call their beers czech or german style.

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Photo of Ri0
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass. It is a yellow gold color with a white head. A thin ring around the edge with spotty lacing. The aroma is rather sweet with bready malts, not what you would expect. Ugh, the flavor is way too sweet for a Pils. There are floral notes and a big sweet bready yeasty taste. Not sure what this is as it is way too sweet for what I want in a pilsner. It needs to be dried out a bit.

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Photo of beagle75
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a mug.

A: Clear, light golden color with one finger of white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Crisp and acidic, with plentiful grassy hops backed up by light cracker and corn chips.

T: Begins quite off-dry, with heavy yet fairly character-less pilsner malt and moderate hop aromatics that are bright and jammy with lemon. Acidity is restrained even at its most intense. Flavors turn more plant-like in the middle, weakly grassy, backed by chalky white-noise grain. The finish is mild and slightly spicy, vanishing fairly quickly.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, too sticky on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This craft-brewed Wisconisn pilsner falls well short of noteworthy entries into the category. While a traditional and metered hop profile is faithfully projected, the carbohydrate bill comes across as much too sweet and generally heavy-handed. While it is not without flavor, it is not any more refreshing that a typical pale ale.

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Photo of daledeee
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewery is starting to make a footprint in our area. We always talk about Pilsner beer but they are somewhat hard to find.

This beer pours a clear bright straw gold with a medium head and a little lacing.

Nose is mild with a little hops and some hints of citrus.

Taste is nicely balanced with hops malt and some lemon back ground. This beer is very easy to drink and fresh tasting. A good example of this style.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
2.87/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

medium gold with a head that leaves fast; smells kind of “watery,” I guess due to weak malting combined with a lack of hop presence, strangely it smells like a cross between a pilsner and a typical American macro lager, as though I had mingled the two together in my glass (I may try that someday); on the palate this is very soft and rounded for a czech pilsner, with a supple sweetness from the malt not fully balanced out by an herbal hoppiness; the bubbles are pretty easygoing and the finish ultimately builds but not entirely in a good way. the earthy, herbal deal is there in the end, but something about the malt, water supply, or yeast is too dominant. it seems at times too fruity and ale-like, making me wonder if it was fermented a bit warm or with a less than ideal yeast, and underattenuated. but my last guess is tending toward the water characteristics being a culprit. not a bad beer, at any rate, but at 6% it is just not worth it.
3, 3.5, 3, 3.5, 3.5

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light, hay yellow color. good amount of carbination.

S-First smell malt and corn, very small amout hops, mostly a cut grass smell.

T- As i expected typical Wisconsin style Pils/lager. Very crisp, tasty great beer in the summer. Malty, no hop character which is shocking for a pils. I really tried to pin the hop taste but nontheless nothing.

M- Crispy and light carbination hits the mouth without the sting, but not watery it has a body.

O- Typical Wisconsin Pils minus the lacking hop character, I'd recommend this for a person who doesn't enjoy hops but enjoys lighter beers. i'll take this versus MGD anyday, but I wouldn't have it around all the time. It's an old brewery and a great place.

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Photo of imprezawrxsti
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Potosi, WI is not a terribly large settlement, boasting a population of 688 people. By no means is this pilsener-style beer from its namesake brewery a backwater brew, however.

I find this bottle of beer in a six-pack mixer brought back by my parents from a recent trip to Chicagoland. I believe this one may have come from the ubiquitous Binny's chain.

Pours a pale straw colour, with a faint head that rapidly vanishes in favour of slight lacing at the edges. The first thing it reminds me of is the haylike colour of PBR, but with slightly more opacity. Not the highest standard, but looks are deceiving in this case.

The beer smells very faintly of grain, malt and summer hay. I have to nearly stick my nose in it to get a whiff, but when present, it's a pleasing, fresh aroma.

The taste and feel are surprising; immediately crisp and effervescent, then giving way to sweet malt and almost citrus-like tones. This pilsener hangs on the tongue, but just long enough to let the crispness recede. Excellent for a summer beer. I could see a Blue Moon-style spiced variant of this beer capitalizing on those characteristics being very good.

Overall a good beer that is a pilsener with a bit more oomph. Of the beers I've had in the style, this seems a bit of a departure from tradition, but its small town Wisconsin roots give a bit of a body to a style which, for me, has always been a bit on the lighter side.

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Photo of workingclassbrew
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my "go to beers". Hands down, a damm good beer. Been looking forward to this review for a while.

View, a nice cloudy light gold, nice 3 fingers of foam. Left some patchy lacing behind.

The smell is quite light, yeast, malt, some sweet corn.

This was the first true Pilsner style beer I've sampled. Out of the many, it got me hooked on a style thats now my second choice next to a hearty lager. Its got the malt heavy upfront, and middle, hops with a slighty dry finish. This beer has a hard to describe fruity/herbal note in the background that most of the better pilsners have had that I have tried. Potosi says they use the traditional Saaz hops, this must be that distinct flavor. The hops, and malt are perfectly combined in this brew. As it warms both hop, and malt intensifies. Man, just a good beer.

I like the old style Potosi label on the bottle. It is always nice to see the old Potosi signs that still hang on many of the buildings in Grant Co ( Wisconsin ) from days long past.

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Photo of Kkasprzak
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light to medium golden color. A smooth crisp flavor. An interesting floral aroma. Delicious and light bodied. I drink it too cold. I believe it would've been better at 50°F as opposed to 45°F.

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Photo of Wolffy
4.93/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

OK this is a nice Pils and very clear, straw colored and nicely carbonated it has a bit of body as a czech pils shoud have.
nice hop aroma and nice bitterness I like this beer

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Potosi Pilsener from Potosi Brewing Company
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