Half Acre Beer Company

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German Pilsner
Ranked #116
Ranked #28,186
3.77 | pDev: 10.61%
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Notes: Pony Pilsner is a firm take on the classic German style aimed to quench the masses.

German hops and malts are braided together to release the crisp awakening your summer self needs.
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #87 (Apr 2014):

Balanced, Quaff, Delicious

This tallboy American brewed German Style Pilsner comes off extremely complex, nice hop bite meets a full graininess and then a faintness of sulphur to keep things interesting. Its clean enough to be well within style and the hop character sticks to the palate for a good while.

STYLE: German Pilsner | ABV: 5.8% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a stemmed strange)

A- This beer pours a pure white creamy head with a clear golden yellow body that has a swirl of micro carbonation working toward the surface.

S- The touch of sweetness to the pils malt gives it a nice fresh quality with some flinty character to follow. There is a dry hop note in the finish and a hint of corn cereal aswell.

T- The hint of mineral water gives way to a clean lagered Pils malt followed by a green hop bite in the dry finish.

M- This beer has a light crips fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer is a great American Pilsner and very sessionable, especially as the weather warms. Perfect in the 16 oz. cans or growler.

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Photo of joe1510
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint Can
Binny's Willowbrook

Another Half Acre package with the typically awesome Half Acre artwork. Pony is a bright golden pilsner with that handsome glow. Slightly hazy throughout does nothing but accentuate the shimmer. The pure white head is crackly, craggy, and firm with impressive stick-to-itiveness. The foam leaves behind thin, sticky lace that will have to be scraped from the glass.

The nose is runs along those typical German pilsner lines. Clean chalky grains lead the way, freshly husked, some a little damp. The hop profile runs mostly fresh cut grass and hay with a nice, clean, buzzsaw effect. A squeeze of lemon brightness bolsters the entirety. Enticing for sure.

While the nose is enticing the flavor cleans up even more, becoming crisp and pure. Freshly cracked grain starts it off with a solid lemon brightness. The fresh grains push throughout, you can taste the sun, while the grassy finish leaves behind a lingering bitterness that leaves you wanting more. Very good!

The body leans toward the moderate side of medium and light and when combined with a lively, but cushy, carbonation makes for an incredibly easy beer to put away in mass quantities. Soft sweetness upfront gives way to buzzsaw bitterness that lingers long after each sip and the drying finish accentuates that bitterness. Drinkable to say the least.

Half Acre seems to do everything well, Pony Pils is no exception. It's clean, to the point, appropriately hoppy, and unquestionably drinkable. Being able to find a Pilsner of this quality from a local brewery this fresh is a treat indeed and it often graces the shelves of my fridge. Way to be Half Acre, way to be!

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Photo of bwood06
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My parents came up and visited myself and my wife just recently so we took them out to a new beer bar in the suburbs. It was a blasted hot day so I figured a good, light bodied beer was in order.

This beer pours a slightly hazy (possibly chill haze) golden hue that is topped with a white, foamy head that dissipates slowly to a thin lacing. A high amount of carbonation is easily visible with bubbles racing to the top. 3.75/5 The aroma is typical of the German Pilsener style with grassy, noble hops, peppery spice, and a good amount of light grain. There is a light lemony zest to the aroma that is quite nice as well. 4/5 The flavor profile is just like the aroma with light grains, grass, pepper, and lemon all coming out nice and strong. All seem to work quite well together here. Bitterness is moderate and lingers for quite some time after swallowing. 4/5 This is a crisp, clean, drying beer that is light in body. The dryness sticks around for a good while after swallowing. 4/5 This is really a very good representation of the German Pilsener style, albeit with a bit more lemon than I deem to be normal. However, the lemon is a nice addition to this beer and gives just a little extra umph in the flavor profile. 4/5

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light Orange with a one finger white bubbly head. Not a big smell, but has a lemon smell at first. A very bold tasting Pilsner with much malt presence. Slight citrus hops makes more complex. Crisp with the German skunk bite finish. I love Half Acre! This is a great German Pilsner and I think they can do no wrong!

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Photo of coz
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 3-19-19. Pilsner glass.

A: pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with two fingers of rocky bright white head and streams of tiny bubble carbonation. Some spotty lacing. I don’t like haze in a Pilsner. Call me old-fashioned.

S: some lager yeast and floral hop aromas if you look for them. Even after 10 minutes out of the fridge the smell is still somewhat muted.

T: bang! Makes up for it there. Sweet, bready, slightly sulfury Pilsner malt leafs the charge, with strong but restrained noble hops popping up mid palate and lending a mellow bitterness at the end. This is easy drinking Pilsner beer.

M: moderately chewy, lighter end of mid weight, lager crispness, higher carbonation but well within the style.

O: an easy drinking yellow fizzy beer with a whole lot more going on than your standard AAL, and appropriate to the style levels of hoppiness. If I lived in Chicago, I would drink this a lot. But I can find better local and imported to scratch this itch for the money.

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3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeWard
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can into a pint glass. packaged 8/8/16, so about a year old.

pours a hazy pointing toward cloudy yellow with hints of yellow body. Good foamy white head which persists in some form all the way down. Good lacing as well.

Not getting much of anything on the nose, faint yeast is all.

A good honest mouthful on this warm day reveals a medium bite and a sour aftertaste. likely the age has not helped this one, but its still a decent enough drink.

mouth is above medium, finish is quite sour.

Overall, a decent thirst quencher, would prefer the sour aftertaste was dialed back a bit, but that may be age related. did the job for me while cleaning out the basement.

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a pale, lemony color with a strong, crispy head.
Aroma: Strong aromas. Lots of lemon and grass. Some sweet tropical orange, pineapple, and peach aromas too.
Flavor: Very grassy, but some slight deep, dank, sweetness too. Lemon and orange citrus. Bitterness is attenuated. Not too much pepper. Definitely a sulfur smell too. Almost a rusty flavor. Pale cracker malts.
Feel: Crisp and clean. Medium bodied, undercarbonated. Malt focused and leans sweet on the palate. No bitter astringency.

Overall: Not really a fan of this one. I definitely like the citrus hop twist. Must be some American hops in here too. But It is undercarbonated and lacks yeast or hop bitterness so it sort of has the flat, juicy sweetness to it. Lemon and citrus flavor are too forward and it lacks any zest or bite. Strong flavors though for a pilsner.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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