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American PilsnerAmerican Pilsner

Brewed by:
Grand Canyon Brewing Company
Arizona, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 76
Photo of TLWalsh
3.22/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this on tap at a chain restaurant at the bar. Poured a pretty gold with a modest white head. Smelled a bit grassy and somewhat fruity. A little thin in the mouth. Had a semi sweet malty taste with a mild hop finish. Don't know that I'd buy this again.

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Photo of NewMexJim
3.68/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A high quality American Pilsner perhaps a tad more golden and with a lot of taste. Pours a very good head that is not lacy but also not too heavy or sticky. Has the good, fresh, slightly grassy scent of a good bodied Pilsner with a nice hit of hops on the tongue. Altogether a good American Pilsner.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured to weizen glass

Pours crystal clear golden, thin finger of white head settles quickly to an active film.

Aroma is pretty complex, some nice floral hops, toffee, warm bread and oranges.

Taste is overly sweet to me, a nice malty breadiness, no noticeable bitterness and not much CO2 bite.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for the style. Doesn't strike me as refreshing.

Lagers generally aren't my thing, but when the temps hit triple digits I'll give 'em a try. Overall fine brew, and undoubtedly a good gateway to wean mainstreamers off corporate beer, but not hitting my pils sweet spot. Not refreshing enough to call it a good lawnmower beer, and lacking the mounds of crisp white head evident in euro pils. But it looks good and smells good... I'd like it better if the flavor followed the nose a little more closely and it had a bit more carbonation..

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Photo of Auraan
3.26/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a rich, clear golden color with a thin white head that receded to a thin cap of white with abundant carbonation bubbles visible. Quite nice and very true to style. Scents sweet malt and grain with slight lager yeast aromas and a very faint trace of hops. Not a horrible aroma, but lacking in character. Flavor begins with sweet malt, which sustains throughout and a very faint hint of hops. Middle adds more grain to the flavor profile and the hops become a little more noticeable, though still faint for the style. The finish is sweet malt, grainy malt and a low level of floral hop flavors that is now more in line with a low level hopped example of the style. Aftertaste is grainy malt and low levels of floral hop flavors. Not a bad flavor profile, simple, crisp and refreshing, though too low in hop character for a pilsner. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation and a smooth, almost creamy feel. Not crisp like a pilsner, and a bit under carbonated for a lager. Not unpleasant, but not to style. Overall this is a decent lager that is good for a warm Arizona summer's day or night. The flavor is nice enough and the mouthfeel makes it easy to drink. The aroma is a bit too mild however and it doesn't fit into the pilsner category very well. It's alright.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.19/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle marked 07/01/14 at 45 degrees into standard pint
Slight aroma of flowery hops and caramel(?)
Head small (2 cm), white, dense and creamy, quickly diminishing to a 1.5 mm layer
Lacing forming complete rings of small bubbles, sometimes connected vertically
Body is light amber and hazy
Flavor is very malt forward with a distinct diacetyl presence; no hops, no alcohol.
Palate is medium, watery, and has lively carbonation.

A surprisingly good take on a pilsner, very flavorable despite lacking the crisp freshness of the typical pilsner. I guess if you can call it an American whatever, then all standard style bets are off.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.53/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Warm days are here again. Time for a pilsner beer. On to the beer:

This is a yellow-orange colored beer with a little haze in its body. Topping it is a thin head with retains just a thin lace of itself, leaving spots around the glass. It smells like raw grass, husky grain, a note of ethanol. Could be confused for something coming out of a big brewery.

I can't say that I'm excited. This American Pilsner tastes almost like an ale to me. Not even the mouthfeel (medium, slick) is to style. It's not clean and crisp per style, having a vague diacetyl layer, mild Saaz hoppiness, bland cereal grain base. It doesn't taste horribly offensive though, which keeps this beer going into my mouth and not my sink.

I hope beer drinkers don't look at this beer the same way that they do the Grand Canyon. I'd rather have an Original Coors.

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Photo of kwc017
2.87/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Coronado Brewing Company pint glass. A bit cloudy, yellow gold ish color. Smell was definitely grainy, corn and some sweetness as well Taste about the same as smell except there is some sweetness that is a bit weird. Overall it's not a terrible beer but it's not something I would seek out. Better than the macrobrews but that's about it.

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Photo of Tawnos
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into glass.

Golden yellow color, quickly dissipating head and minimal lacing. Doesn't appear to be a lot of carbonation present.

Light smell of noble hop spice, grain and corn-like sweet undertones.

Very lightly carbonated, under-carbonated even. Creamy, but needs more bubbles.

Sweet palate, very little hop bitterness comes through. Slight diacetyl butter flavor.

Overall: it's decently drinkable, but not really a pilsner, American or otherwise.

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Photo of mactrail
3.26/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden color poured into the tall narrow Belgian glass. Average head and overall it's attractive enough. The usual spritzy carbonation, though nothing to jack up the refreshment quotient. Smells faintly beery, but that's about as good as it gets. This seems like more of a Blonde, but it's almost entirely unlike a Pilsener.

There is just a hint of cracker flavor. This seems clean and well made, and I suppose the fuller body and the hint of flavors distinguish it from mass manufactured lagers. Maybe this is a style that works for their market, but seems hardly worth the bother with so many actually taster light lagers around. From the 12 oz bottle bought at AJ's Fine Foods in Phoenix.

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Photo of chinchill
2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. purchased near brewery with a Sept. 2013 date stamp.

A: Clear; golden yellow color. The white head faded fairly quickly to a ring and partial coat. Barely visible, fine-grained carbonation.

S: Saaz hops and malt, without much strength..

T: A fairly balanced mix of hops and malts, although the hops dominate by the finish. A bit mild and under hopped for style.

M: Light and watery body; very soft carbonation for style.

Overall: a mediocre pilsner.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Small to maybe medium white head settles into a nice lacing above a clear rich straw golden colored beer.

Light aroma of grasses, light grains, a little bit of hops, and it's just slightly floral.

A slight hops bite in the taste that goes along with some lesser grains maybe grasses in here that I taste.

A light dry aftertaste with a very slight hops taste lingering around with this light bodied beer.

This beer might do the trick on a really hot summers day or night and since it's from Arizona I guess their playing to the right audience, or hopefully so.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a pretty hazy orangish-gold with a fair amount of carbonation rising to the two-finger, white head. Head is reduced to a ring of bubbles about halfway down the glass. Leaves a nice web of lacing splotches on the top three-fourths of the glass.

S - A tiny hint of clean grains and orange cream-sickle.

T - A little bit of orange and clean grain upfront. The body is a solid balance of clean malt and spicy Saaz hops with a large dose of musty orange flavor in the background. Flash of Saaz hop spiciness as the beer passes over the back of the tongue that quickly shuts off to reveal a slighter bitter orange and grain finish.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied with plenty of lively carbonation.

Why is this pilsner hazy? Why does it have orange notes? A lot of questions could be asked regarding how well this beer conforms to the Pale Lager Style, yet it is one of the better ones. The taste is complex enough to hold my interest through more than one bottle and I would be mildly tempted to pick this up again at the Grand Canyon. All in all, it reminds me Full Sale LTD #2 which I had years ago and they have since quit brewing. Hopefully all of those foreign tourists that visit the Grand Canyon will purchase this instead of the big three for their "American Pilsner" experience.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a nice-looking beer with a light orange body and pretty, pure white lasting head.

Smell - The grain is delicate at the nose but the hops are lacking. The overall aroma is pleasing just not balanced for a Pils.

Taste - Again this beer has some nice, pleasant grain but the "hint of Saaz" mentioned on the brewery website is nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel - I enjoyed the light, tingly feel of this lager in between the cheeks although it could have been smoother.

Drinkability - This is not a bad beer but is "style-awkward". It lacks the smoothness one expects from a lager and most certainly is not a Pilsner of any kind. The style classification here on BA, American Pale Lager, is much more appropriate than the one on the bottle.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Standard golden pilsener with decent foam and ok carbonation.

Smell: Nice sweet floral notes, and that's about it. Not terribly hoppy overal.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Nice floral hoppy notes with caramel malt background. Nice balance, but gets a bit flat.

Overall Drinkability: Nice subtlety for a pilsener. Probably one of the better American pilsener's that doesn't overwhelm with hops.

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Photo of Jinholic
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I lived in this dust bowl for years and never heard of this place.

Appearance - Clear gold straw body with a bright white head only a half finger tall.

Smell - Grainy notes with malts and hops basic pils.

Taste - Better than the smell everything is fairly balanced with the hops and malts it doesn't lean to either at all with that grainy taste backing it up.

Mouthfeel - A bit fizzy with the carbonation and a little dry.

Overall - Not a bad beer but not much good about it though it is the first pils I've though didn't suck. That said go grab one and see for yourself.

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Photo of joecast
2.06/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear golden color, maybe a shade darker than expected. Light carbonation. Thin unstable head disappears after a few minutes.

Not what is expected from a pilsener. Smell (and taste for hat matter) reminds me of a low abv Belgian tripel. Sort of a yeast twang which I may be confusing with corn adjunct sweetness. Not enjoyable.

Taste again has a strong adjunct character. It really dominates the taste with a corn and yeast influence.

Struggled to finish the glass. The bad points way outweighed the good here. Disappointing.

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Photo of Phelps
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed during a tasting of pilsners, this was poured from the bottle into a small tasting glass.

Light honey in color, and just a bit hazy. A white, silky layer sits thinly atop, leaving a tiny bit of spotty lace as it moves.

The nose: a balance of lightly spicy Saaz hops, apples and pale cracker malt.

The flavor expands nicely upon the nose. Lots of pilsner malt reminds of lightly toasted bread. The hops have receded a bit, but impart some of spice and a small amount of bitterness before the nice crisp finish.

The body, interestingly, is a heavy medium, velvety and in contrast of the light, prickly carbonation.

This was the favorite of the tasting but it's a bit too heavy and not carbonated enough to be a true pilsner to me. Still, I wouldn't turn down another bottle.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color with contrasting white head. Not sure if they intended a cloudy pilsener. Nose has some base grain aromas that is reminiscent of a BMC product. Cereal grain sweetness on the palate too with some prickly hops towards the end. Has a dryness on aftertaste. Light bodied but not outright watery. No good features.

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Photo of nickfl
3.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - LIght, grainy pilsner malt sweetness with some herbal hops.

T - Husky malt up front with light sweetness and some honey flavor. More malt flavor in the middle with earthy hop flavors. The beer finishes with dry, but rich malt flavor and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad, the malt character is pleasant enough but it isn't on par with really high quality examples of the style. The hops are a bit on the sour side and there is a hint of astringent, husky flavor in the finish. An enjoyable beer, but the selection would have to be pretty meagre for me to buy a full six pack of this.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw color with a fast rising white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of grainy sweetness.

Tastes of the grain with some grassy hops. Grain notes are accompanied by honey like sweetness. Hops have some light earthy notes as well. Fairly balanced, but it seems a little watery/weak overall.

Mouthfeel is light with an effervescent amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Lucklys
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Being inspired by the falls, the color of this brew is a light golden color with honey-yellow accents. Once poured, it formed a nice thick, bright head fed by the early explosion of carbonation in the form of large bubbles that seemed to expand as the seconds ticked on. They reminded me of soap bubbles, swirling with colors. There was no haze to cloud the liquid, rather it was more clear and watery-thin.

There were a few different scents in this one, all of which worked very well together to form a crisp aroma. First was a delicious sweetness followed by a malty caramel, then an infusion of light spicy hops and a twang of saccharine yeast. Mostly simple, but still quite delicious in my nose. I'm trying to get back to embracing the candidness of the brew, rather than the clutter.

I gulped the first bottle (poured into the snifter) down fairly quickly without registering how easy it was to drink. The tastes that lingered on my tongue were very reminiscent of the fragrance, powered by the same sweetness, which turned out to be more grain-like in my mouth (not to be confused by grainy as it was actually quite smooth). Along with the sweet grain, there were also notes of honey, caramel, and spicy hops that were further exacerbated by the fabulous carbonation. The same carbonation also heavily contributed to the light body, keeping it from tasting watered-down or as thin as it looked in the glass. The biggest difference between the smell and the taste was that with the smell being so crisp and spring-like, I expected the mouth feel to be the same; instead, it only felt like it wanted to be crisp, but was holding on to something that kept it from being more quick and refreshing.

Of course, that's not to say that this American Pilsner wasn't refreshing, because it absolutely was and by the end of my second and last bottle, I wished that I had bought a few more. This is a beer best enjoyed with chicken or fish, nothing too heavy, although I'm sure it would work just as well washing a juicy medium-rare steak down as it would a thick fillet of whitefish on a bed of butter pasta. I would consider this a spring beer, but again, as I am really fond of it, I might consider this a spring to fall beer, just to keep me cool all summer.

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Photo of humuluslupulus8
2.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer was a transparent, golden yellow color. There was a white bubbly head that faded fairly quickly; it wasn't "creamy dense" as stated on the bottle.

S: I mainly just smelled the saaz hops and malt. Neither was particularly memorable.

T: The taste was fairly balanced like most pilsners I've tried, and it kind of had a biscuity tone. There was also some background flavor that made the beer seem not as pure or crisp as it could have tasted.

M: There wasn't really anything special about the mouthfeel. I would have preferred that the specific gravity were a little higher.

D: Overall, this was a pretty mediocre pilsner. I don't know if I would buy this beer again, but I would drink it again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a couple fingers worth of pale tan colored froth. The beer is a pale gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, very light gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sweet grain up front, followed by a hint of lemon-like hops, perhaps a touch of herbal notes and a corn-like note that I can't tell if it is from the grain or from a touch of DMS. At times there seems to be something here that reminds me of peanut butter. Not a bad aroma, and for something labeled as American Pilsner, it is far better than the pale, macro-type lager that I though this was going to be.

A light bitterness doesn't quite balance the sweet grain flavors that really come to dominate the finish. The bitterness leans towards herbal at times (even a touch of menthol) and the malt sweetness suggests hints of honey, sweet corn and grassy pale malt. No big flaws are noticeable, and this seems fairly clean, though it does seem to lack the crispness that a good lager should have. The body, while not thick, can seem a little heavy for such a light style too; though if this was substantially hopped the body would be fine in a Czech Pilsner.

For a Pilsner this is severely lacking in the hop department, at least a firm bitterness is needed if not a substantial boost of hop flavor and aroma. As a Macro-Lager this does quite well, but seems to have a touch too much flavor for the style. Caught somewhere in the middle, not sure where it should reside, and ultimately not something I will ever revisit, it is certainly not bad, just forgettable.

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Photo of Jedimaster1
2.62/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On-tap at the North Rim's Grand Canyon Saloon.

The beer pours hazy and with a thin head. And can I say it tasted very malty, too malty for a pils. Tasted very sweet with little-to-no hop presence. Just sweet malts and nothing else.

Like the reviewer below stated, with so many other beers to try why have this one.

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Photo of JBogan
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Cruiser's Cafe on Route 66 in Williams AZ.

This Pilsner is a seasonal offering at the restaurant which is located directly in front of the small brewery.

Appearance was very light golden with a one finger head which soon became a thin film and left almost no lacing on the glass.

Taste and smell were of mild grains, and seemed somewhat grassy as well. There were also mild floral scents present.

Mouthfeel was very thin, with only mild carbonation.

Not a bad beer by any means, but there are countless other beers of this type which better represent the style. If you're in the area you might want to give it a try, but you're not missing much if you don't.

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American Pilsner from Grand Canyon Brewing Company
3.11 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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