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Pilsen | Fabricas Nacionales De Cerveza

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fabricas Nacionales De Cerveza
Uruguay
fnc.com.uy

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mooseisloose on 01-19-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,770
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
42
pDev:
24.54%
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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of Nadaquever
3.85/5  rDev +41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden bodied beer, and poors nicely with a decent head. Taste very slightly sweet, and a bit of herbal hops. Pleasant amount of bitterness, and a nice hint of malt.

Moderately carbonated, and a moderate body.
Very nice honest brew. Clean and crisp; easy to drink. Enjoyable beer. Great beer to pair up with a nice steak dinner.

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Photo of CKzo55
3.83/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clean refreshing beer. It paired well with grilled chicken steak, pasta, and seafood while in Uruguay. A very easy to drink pilsener, and although not an amazing or complicated in taste or texture.

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Photo of Qrstuv
3.75/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of Hidalgo55
3.71/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pilsen is like Uruguay's Budweiser (I hope it is a reasonable comparison). However, in my opinion it is much less harsh, and easier to drink thank Budweiser. I think this is a solid no nonsense beer for any occasion. Much better than the mass produced American Lagers like MGD, and Miller.

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Photo of nickfl
3.68/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. Good head retention and lace.

S - bready malt and a hint of graham cracker. Some herbal hops with a hint of sulphur in the background.

T - grainy malt up front with some honey in the middle. Moderate bitterness, and a hint of herbal hop flavor in the finish.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - this is surprisingly close to an actual pilsner. The malt character is light, but has some actual character to it and the hops provide a pleasant bite. Quite good for what it is.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.52/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A gift from a client tonight who just returned from Uruquay. This one was really a bit of a surprise to me. I liked it quite a bit as simply a very drinkable and approachable Pilsener (not my usual preferred style) with some real nice characteristics.

Clear yellow/light gold with a lovely white head that quickly fades.

Nice fruity yeast nose that is quite pleasant, albeit simple.

Very short in the mouth but with a pleasant feel. The mouthfeel that is a bit thin is highlighted by nice simple white bread/yeasty character that is rich and appealing. This would be nice basic brew with just about any food. In fact, it's really very drinkable and universally appealing. This is a lighter beer but one with some real character to it.

Finish is a pleasant fruity/yeasty/biscuit-white bread character. This is a very decent brew that would really go well with a lot of food profiles.

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Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of mklisz
3.49/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dicahomebrewing
3.41/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew on tap in Uruguay, where I go every year for two weeks. Very light in body and color with some hints of corn and malt. The taste is very crisp and clean with very generous corbnation. Hops are present but not overpowering. It is the perfect beer for those hot summer days.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.08/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Haven't had this stuff since I was in Uruguay, surprised to find it here.

A: Not bad for a macro. Decent retention.

S: Not much to write about here. Faint smell of corn cereal.

T: Smooth taste. For South American macros, this is one of the better ones.

M: Creamy, well-carbonated. Light-bodied.

O: Beats the pants off of Argentina's Quilmes.

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Photo of janubio
3.05/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 ml. bottle, it pours a clean golden colour, with a decent compact head that fades quickly, leaving a thin cloak on the surface for a little while, then it's like golden water.. Nothing much in the aroma, just grains and some citrus. Crispy palate, medium to strong body, taste is clean and carbonated, nothing complex or special. Anyway, it's refreshing and you could have some of them in a hot weather. I'd say it's better than many of your typical industrial beers.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.01/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 1.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From estucerveza. In Teku glass. Playing Broken Age. Light body but enough bitterness to not feel watery. Some white grapes, reminding a cava, dry, with light lemony/funk notes. No foam at all.

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Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of mwar
3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Nerudamann
3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Look - straw-like in color, clear, with about two fingers of off-white foam that dissipates slowly. Good carbonation.

Smell - typical light lager type of smell. Not much else to it.

Taste and Mouthfeel - also typical in the light lager type of taste. Not much of a German Pils in this one. Texture is also typical, well-balanced in general, but more toward the watery side.

Overall - a bit of a lackluster beer. Not much too it, but not bad either.

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Photo of tgatort
3/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of biegaman
2.95/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pilsen is an attractive and clear beer with a very soft yellow colour, one almost identical to that of the Sun of May on Uruguay's flag. Its head is nearly non-existent despite a visually aesthetic stream of fluttering bubbles. The beer looks suited to such a sunny, warm weather climate.

The aroma is light and airy, with barely perceptible notes of straw and cereal grain as well as a trace of sweetness. It's not at all objectionable - especially not by Latin American macro standards - but fails to arouse a reaction any stronger than "meh".

The taste, likewise, is dull as dishwater but, even more importantly, is clean; despite a long and concerning list of alpha-numeric "adjunctos cerveceros" (additives) listed on the back label, this lager is free of any syrupy sweetness or overly corn-y taste. (Mind you, it's free of virtually any taste at all...)

Pilsen is an agreeable offering so long as you're willing to accept the bad with the good. It doesn't have any of the qualities I prefer in a lager (i.e., crisp bitterness and broad maltiness) but it also lacks the off-putting characteristics that distinguish most mass-produced industrial beers (principally the two outlined above).

All things considered Uruguay has a much more decent national brand lager than many other countries. I don't entirely believe that lacking the good things is made up for by also lacking the bad, but in some situations that's sadly the most you can ask for. Those living or traveling in that part of the world could do worse than Pilsen.

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Photo of metter98
2.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that died down a bit, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet, bready malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of bready malts with bits of associated sweetness and hints of grainy malts. A slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is simple and very easy to drink without any "off" flavors.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.9/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate to significant amounts of very active visible carbonation and light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall bright white head that reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of bready malts with a light amount of sweetness that is followed by some light notes of grassy and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of bready malts with a touch of grainy sweetness that is followed by some light flavors of grassy and herbal hops. Light amounts of bitterness which fade rather quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This one is pretty easy to drink and lacks the skunky flavor/smell that is often found with imports in this style. Easy to drink and seems like it would be pretty refreshing on a warm summer afternoon.

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Photo of dannydetox
2.81/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pilsen. one of three similarly styled beers readily available in Uruguay; i tended to prefer this one over Patricia and Nortena, though they could be interchangeable like bud, miller, and coors.

appearance is golden-yellow with a tight white head and medium bubbles. i get a faint hint of cereal grain in the nose, but very little overall. this is straight up pilsener style beer found all over south and central america. somewhat crisp, but with a note of sweetness on the back. very easy to drink while cold (no surprise), and reasonably priced at around $2.50 per liter at the corner shops. this beer has more body and bite than the american macros, but in the end it fulfills the same roll: accessible beer for the masses that quenches thirst, delivers alcohol, and doesn't make you think.

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Photo of VitorDamasceno
2.78/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Pegasus
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Clear pale golden color with a small, coarse and fleeting snow-white head and thin, fine lacing. Sparse fat bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Moderate noble hop aroma is most prominent, moderate adjunct aromas are also notable. There is a slight mineral note also.

Taste: Opens with a burst of fairly substantial herbal hops, these dominate the taste from start to finish. Beneath the hops there is a mild, toasty, biscuit-like hop presence. As the taste progresses, the hops never yield dominance, lingering on past the close.

Mouth feel: Somewhat thin, Thin, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A mediocre example of the style, forgivable in light of the low purchase price.

Presentation: Packaged in an eleven point two-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at Spec's in Texas for $3.99 plus tax for a six-pack of eleven point two-ounce bottles.

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Photo of dandy14
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of smithj4
2.71/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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