Aass Genuine Pilsner
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Aass Brewery
German Pilsner
Ranked #386
Ranked #25,097
3.64 | pDev: 17.31%
Mar 31, 2022
Apr 15, 2002
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Rated: 3.81 by 12ozfan from Illinois

Mar 31, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by gritz147 from Louisiana

Mar 03, 2022
Rated: 2.43 by SFC21 from Florida

Feb 01, 2020
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Reviewed by chitoryu12 from Florida

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Look: Clear gold with half a finger of white head that quickly dissipates. Small amounts of rising bubbles inside.

Smell: Sweet, biscuity malt with a mild fruitiness from hops.

Taste: Biscuity malt, mild hop bitterness with that same light fruitiness and a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth body with high carbonation.

Overall: An excellent, refreshing drink.
Sep 02, 2019
Rated: 3.59 by Jakem883 from Ohio

May 23, 2019
Rated: 3.37 by MJ64 from Mississippi

May 03, 2019
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Golden hues with excellent clarity. Moderate lacing. There’s a fingernail of dishwater white on top. The aroma is of corn. I’m tasting corn and faint grassy hops.
Apr 10, 2019
Rated: 3.67 by robotic_being from Florida

Oct 15, 2018
Rated: 3.69 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Jul 16, 2018
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Reviewed by ONUMello from Ohio

3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured on tap into a pint glass
A: Yellow with a 1/2 finger head
S: Pilsner malts, light hops
T: Matches the nose, rather light
M: Light-bodied, crisp
O: Average pils but refreshing
May 31, 2018
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Pours crystal clear and golden, with a good (3/4 finger) snow white head. Retention is good, and lacing is nice.

Classic pils on the nose, without some of the skunky notes that often accompany the style. Grassy and slightly earthy, with sweet cracker notes from the malt.

Flavor follows: nice balanced bite up front, pale grains and peppery hops mingling together quite well; slightly sickly sweet pils malt finish. Doesn't overdo the earthy pungency of some pilsners.

Crisp and lively. A touch sticky on the finish.

If you're a fan of pilsners, this beer should go on your must-try list. It's an excellent and nearly flawless representation of the style.

If you aren't a fan of pilsners - and I fall into this category - this beer isn't going to change your mind on the style. I would not grab this over an IPA, but it's a solid choice to pair with an appropriate meal.
Oct 28, 2017
Rated: 3.62 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

May 23, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by whatsgoody from Vermont

Feb 09, 2017
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Purchased in a can (Green) in Oslo. Shows an abv of 4.7%, not the 5.5% listed here.

Pours staw-gold color. Excellent starting head that settles relatively slowly. Leaves ample spots of lace on the glass. Crystal clear.

Smells of lighter grains, both malted and unmalted. Mild but floral noble hops in the background.

More hoppy on the tongue, meaning a bit of white pepper. The pale malt is subdued and less creamy than some pilsners, but it seems to work pretty well. If I were to have a criticism, it would be the very high carbonation level--a bit too soda pop for my tastes.
Jul 14, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by Chronark from Norway

May 23, 2015
Rated: 3 by Stigh from Norway

Nov 15, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by DaveMiller from Minnesota

Mar 30, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by Saksis from Norway

Jan 12, 2014
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Reviewed by Devanatha from Norway

4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Generally considered the best macro-pilsener in Norway. And it is, by far.

Looks just like a great pilsener should, bright golden, very slightly hazy, beautiful, salt-white lace.

Summery smell, cut grass and barley fields, a little spicy and sour.

Citrusy, peppery complex hops. Not much malt-taste at first, but the aftertaste balances things nicely.

A very satisfying lager indeed! Beautiful in every way, and also among the cheapest here.
Jun 16, 2013
Rated: 4.75 by ArfArf from Minnesota

Dec 12, 2012
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Reviewed by Tepsitola

4.8/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
This is the first beer Ive ever tasted.
It is brewed in my hometown Drammen and its from norways oldest brewery- AASS. (Iknow.. norwegian ass beer)since 1834.
Pale lager.. Yellow.
Tastes best in bottle as all other beers.Exports to all other nordic countries.
Aug 31, 2012
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Reviewed by MoFro from Norway

3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Out of the can it looks high carbonated that gives a good dense white head. Colour is a light, almost straw like yellow. It's clear with fizzly bubbles.

Nose is a little sour malt that at first is a little offputting, but it makes more sense after the first tasting.

A clear bitter taste with high carbonation that hides the little sweetnes there is until the end. It also has some bread like grain features.

The feel of the beer is light and fresh with a lasting aftertaste. A refreshing pilsener great for those hot summer days.
Apr 03, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by szmnnl99 from Michigan

Mar 24, 2012
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Reviewed by TheDeuce from New York

3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Aass Pilsner…on tap at Norean Bar and Restaurant in Bergen, Norway

Appearance-clear gold, white head that is surprisingly small for a pilsner, still a radiant color and lots of bubbles, looks traditional, moving on.

Smell-The aroma doesn’t have much skunkiness which according to other reviews really hurt this beer, actually I’m getting a mostly sweet profile. A little malt and grain as well, not bad at all.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light to medium mouthfeel, interesting taste that is sweet and grainy while also more full than I expected. I think I may now understand the complaints of skunkiness, because while it is sweet there is one off-flavor that I taste repeatedly that I dislike. This is also the last flavor on my tongue when the beer is finished.

Overall-a fine beer, except for a small off taste note, a shame as it could’ve been a great one. Give it a try to see if you agree.
Oct 04, 2011
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Reviewed by atomicben from Canada (ON)

4.7/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
**NOTE: First beer review so I won't sound like you experts but we all gotta start somewhere eh?

When I went to Norway for a couple weeks on business years ago I had the privilege of tasting this wonderful beer. I loved it. There were other beer choices (Ringnes/Carlsberg, Hansa Borg) but nothing came close to Aass.

While there I only had it on tap. When it's on tap it's called Aass FatOl which means 'draught beer'. In cans off the shelf there's Aass Ol and Aass FatOl.

I found the beer very enjoyable on-tap. It had a nice golden colour (medium yellow) more 'real beer' taste (I warned you I was a beer review noob). I could just tell that they used some top notch ingredients not adjuncts. It has a crisp feel but is not over-powering.

When I was coming home to Canada I grabbed a case of king cans which cost me 700NOK/$100 US but I didn't care because I was brining home one of the best lagers I've ever had and I could't wait to explain to my friends that it wasn't "Ass Beer" but was pronounced more like "Ohse Uhll".

Unfortunately the canned stuff was never able to replicate what I had on tap back in Norway. When in the can there was a metallic taste that put me off. It became more of a novelty to me than the FatOl I loved.

According the the official website it's good with Salad, Fish, Chicken, Beef, Venison and Cured meats like ham (cured meats are huge in Norway and beer is the drink of choice when indulging). I think it's great with Gravlax (cured Salmon).

In closing, I'd love to have this beer available in Ontario on-tap but I'd even take it canned.
Feb 13, 2011
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Reviewed by ohoh from Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Had on tap at a lovely café at Observatoriegata, Oslo.

Light golden yellow, an inviting, white foam leaving some lacing.

A very fresh smell follows. Nice, this is what I want from a pils.

First impression of taste is that it's not very rich, though I get the general hint of citrus, but also the more pronounced taste of lemon zest.

The bubbles are hard but dies quickly. Easily drinkable, more so than the rough average of German pilseners. I think this beer, along with Spaten, should be the flagship of the category.
Jul 08, 2010
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Reviewed by kmeves from Wisconsin

3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Skunky aroma (or at least what beer drinkers refer to as skunky as an actual skunk smells way worse than this, enough so that I wouldn't put it to my mouth) with a slight hint of hops. Golden colored. Medium head, malty flavor. Nice light finish. A decent Pilsner but pales in comparison to Aass Bock.
Jan 14, 2009
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Reviewed by yngvar from Norway

2.14/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
Bottled. Clear, pale golden with a small white head. Aroma is malty, but with some grainy notes. Quite sweet, malty and light flavor. Medium to light body and a finish with some bitterness. This is one of the best Norwegian pilsners, and in Norway it is only 4,5% ABV due to alcohol-taxation in Norway.(060216)
Feb 16, 2006
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Reviewed by connecticutpoet from Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This beer poured a slightly cloudy pale yellow, with a short head. Pretty inviting Not having had a Norwegian beer, the novelty of this drew me forward (that, the money I spent on it, and the cool label)

The aroma was of nice rich malt and was surprisingly nutty. Rather delightful.

The taste was of lightly sweet malt, a little bit of nuttiness and a bit of white bread thrown in. There was no hop character whatsoever. But it was a very nice, very drinkable beer, even for this hophead.
Jul 12, 2004
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Reviewed by GeoffRizzo from Texas

4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Dull, cloudy yellow in color, a thin off-white head. Tender wheat scents and fresh grass graze the nose. Up front, very sharp flavorings in the form of malts, some noble/grassy hops and a bit of fresh spices, a terrific mouthfeel. The body is largely based on the sweetness of the malts, with some spicy and peppery notes as it un-ravels. Perhaps one of the more under-rated, difficult to find pilsners on the market, but a must find for BAs across the board!
Feb 08, 2004
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Reviewed by bobinverted from Michigan

4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Aass Genuine Pilsner is another delicious offering from Aass brewery in Drammen, Norway. Aass Genuine Pilsner is brewed in accordance with the German Purity Law and it shows in the taste. If you're down on Pilsners because you're used to American Pilseners designed for mass consumption you really should give Aass a try. There are no funky adjuncts in this beer, just Scandinavian malts, noble hops and Norwegian mountain water. Mmm.. delicious!
Dec 29, 2003
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Reviewed by inebrius from Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Aura of sopaipillas drizzled in honey and a side of kiwi fruit. Starts a husky malt that quickly tangs into a long bitter finish reminiscent of Kalamata olives. A little boozy for a Pils, but a smooth, satisfying body and a pleasing golden hue more than make up for it.
Nov 15, 2002
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Reviewed by Gusler from Arizona

2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
The beer pours a clear gold color, with a massive frothy white head, decent lace coating the glass. Nose is sweet malt and citrus crisp, clean as one would expect from a lager. Start is malt and lightly sweet, the stop skimpy, minimally acidic, sparsely hopped, dry aftertaste. Drinkable, but just and average “Pils/Lager” to me, but would make a nice session beer.
Nov 07, 2002
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Reviewed by ADR from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Clear darker straw color, does white get any whiter than a Pilsner head? Touch of skunk along with a hop aroma. Malt is sweet with some sense of hazelnut, and along with the aroma, a little sulfur. Crisp hops are a good balancer. I don't know, there's a lot of Pilsner appreciation discussion on the forum these days....this is certainly acceptable and refreshing to me, the bottle may have been a little past its prime.
Oct 29, 2002
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Reviewed by Dogbrick from Ohio

2.2/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Pale yellow colored and somewhat effervescent. Barely perceptible skunky aroma. Crisp flavor but not much character. Dry, slightly acrid finish. I am guessing the Bock is much better than this.
Oct 16, 2002
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Reviewed by putnam from Michigan

3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Tasted in a single-blind format with bottles of Warsteiner, St. Pauli Girl, Heineken, Grolsch and Bitburger.
Deep, mustard yellow color with tiny, intermittent bubbles leading to a sheet of foam. Aromas suggest a metal bread pan right out of the oven. Very sweet, sugary attack. Simply fruity with notes of cane, white grapes and canned fruit cocktail. Big and broad with slowly emerging candied grapefruit character. Very smooth with sugar reasserting itself on the long finish. I was very suprised with this beer. I had expected it to win hands down. It probably should not be compared to the other beers in this set as its big, substantial constitution will always seem odd in contrast. No indication of batch number or date on the bottle.
Sep 29, 2002
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Reviewed by Jason from Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Presentation: Slender green 11.2 oz bottle, it is stated on the bottle that this brew is lagered for three months before bottling. No freshness date.

Appearance: Rich golden hue with an excellent looking white lace.

Smell: Slight peppery hop aroma with a little fresh cut hay. Good combo of european malt and noble hops.

Taste: Velvety and mildly crisp, malty with some sweetness yet drying grain grows more and more towards the finish. Clean and lively, just enough noble hop bitterness to balance the malt, leaves a light peppery tingle on the tongue. Herbal hop and a touch of husky grain in the end.

Notes: A delight to drink, the long conditioning time before bottling shines in this brew. An exceptional brew that is nearly flawless upon my palate … a pils worthy of the gods.
Apr 15, 2002
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