Propeller Brewery

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Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #120
Ranked #29,762
3.78 | pDev: 9.52%
Propeller Brewery
Nova Scotia, Canada
Notes: Pilsner is a style of lager that originated in Plzen (pronounced Pilsen), Czechoslovakia in 1842. Prior to that time, most beers were made with top-fermenting yeast and were dark in colour and somewhat hazy. In 1842, an innovative Czech Brewery used a ground-breaking technique of methodical bottom fermenting with a new strain of yeast. The resulting brew, Pilsner, was a refreshing golden and bright beer that has now been adopted by breweries all over the world.

Propeller Bohemian Style Pilsener, is a refreshing brew in the classic lager style of Bohemia. Made with a blend of Canadian and European malts and prized Noble hops, Propeller Bohemian Style Pilsener displays classic Euro-lager characteristics: a slightly sulphurous nose, distinctive Continental hop aroma, a light malt sweetness and a refreshing bitter finish.

27 IBU
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 38 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery.
Golden body with excellent clarity but a weak head. The aroma seems a little off but the flavor is quite good, leans to the hoppy side more than the average Canadian pilsner.
Medium body with somewhat crisp carbonation.

Jun 04, 2016
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours like most Pilsners do. A light aroma. A bit watery. Light on hops. Bready and yeasty. The flavor is also light, easy and rather smooth. Its a bit grainy. Definitely bready. The lager yeast flavor is noticeable and one of the more important flavors. Light, watery body. I found this to be pretty decent. Could put back a few. Not huge on any specific flavor.

Oct 11, 2015
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Kadonny from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at a bar called HFX in Halifax NS into a pilsener glass.

A: A medium straw color with a two finger white head. Nice lacing.

S: Bready malts, lemon, cracker, grains and some honey sweetness.

T: Cracker and bread malt flavor mixes with huge grassy leafy flavors and some lemon. Some honey sweetness mixes in with the cracker and bready flavors, the finish is bitter with floral hops and dry and grassy. Nice beer!

M: Prickly, bitter, dry as a bone but medium bodied. Nice carbonation.

O: On my 4 day trip to Halifax, this was far and away my favorite beer. I'm a pilsener guy (being from PA and all) and this was a fantastic pils. My only problem was I couldn't find it at more bars! If you get a chance, this is an excellent representation of the style.

Aug 21, 2015
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mick303 from Canada

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A tasty and all around good quality pilsner. Aromas of bready malts, and floral noble hops, hay. Taste is clean, grainy, again a clean noble hop spice, earthy and fairly flavourful while being quite light in body. Grainy and bready, with some yeast flavour coming through. A decent session option and quite true to style but not an outstanding pilsner.

Jun 07, 2015
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the source.
Pours a crystal clear deep straw color with a smallish but long lasting bubbly white head. Aromas of sweet bready pilsner malt with just a touch of toffee and some spicy floral hops to counter. The flavor is rich sweet bready and toffee pilsner malt with just enough spicy earthy hop flavor to balance nicely. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Nice pilsner I enjoyed it.

Jul 18, 2014
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souvenirs from Canada

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle bought at the NSLC in Windsor, NS, and split with my Dad.

A: clear gold with about a finger of head and obvious carbonation. Good retention.
S: mild, a little bit grassy.
T: sour, grassy, pale malts.
F: good. full-bodied, but not overly so. maybe a bit too carbonated?

Would I buy it again? Nah, probably not, but I don't regret giving it a go. I think this is more that this style isn't to my preference rather than that there's anything wrong with this beer in particular.

Aug 12, 2013
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ludachris from Canada

4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I thought a locally crafted Pilsener was perfect for the first day of summer.

Crystal clear with a golden straw hue. Just over a finger`s worth of whipped white head floats on top and retains itself quite well. A good level of carbonation is apparent based on its appearance. As the head recedes, sticky legs of lace cling to the glass. This looks like a classic Pilsener to me.

The nose is rich with fresh bread and a pleasant honey-like sweetness. Fresh biscuit accompanies some orange zest. The hops come out as leafy and grassy. For a Czech Pilsener, the hops seem a bit understated but I have yet to take a sip.

So bready and so rich but clean at the same time. A honey/biscuity sweetness is prevalent throughout which helps to tie everything together. The hops zip to the back and leave a subtle leafy zing in the finish. They're there more for balance as opposed to being the highlight.

The mouthfeel is incredibly rounded and clean. This could have easily gone overboard with the sweet breadiness that is at the forefront of this Pilsener but the hops give the body a dry and to the point feel.

Overall, a fantastic Pilsener and my favorite lager I've had out of Nova Scotia. It's rich in taste but clean and crisp in the feel. You couldn't beat this on a hot summer's day. Well done Propeller!

Jun 21, 2013
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andrenaline from Canada

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first brew in the east coast...

A -Pours a pale golden colour, finger of head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Mild with grassy hop notes, toasted biscuit notes, light caramel and a bready finish.

T - Crisp and clean with a solid grassy hop presence and the slightest bitterness. Hints of citrus alongside a bready biscuit malt. Surprisingly flavourful.

M - Medium, smooth and wet.

O - Quite flavourful for the style and quite refreshing. A great start to my east coast visit and certainly recommended for an afternoon session ale.

Aug 24, 2012
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive starting white head. Settles to a single layer of tiny bubbles; large bubbles regularly float from the base. Leaves a blanket of lace on the glass. Clear and golden in color.

Quite grainy smell--it's as if raw grain was added to the finished product. Little hop nose.

Much better balance in the taste. Starts with a soft pale malt flavor--delicate. The hop stays in the background until the swallow. It does not overwhelm but it creates an interesting pepper finish. Full bodied for the style, but the carbonation does compensate.

Aug 21, 2012
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biegaman from Canada

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This daisy yellow offering comes complete with bubbles, clarity, and side-sticking suds - all three of which are entirely desirable qualities for a beer designed to be easily quaffed and greatly enjoyed. All indications are this is a well-crafted pilsner.

The zested, grassy, ephemerally floral scent rivals any perfume you'll find at Saks or Macy's (especially when it's combined, as it is here, with a maltiness that smells like warm, soft dough). This aroma is certainly not bursting at the seams, but it's got the exactly the brand of grassy hop aromatics that have - on more than one occasion - put me into a trance.

The flavour is so dough-y and biscuity that you'd think it was made by a baker. Wholesome and pure, lightly-sweet but fairly dense, the flavour tastes like bread that was just taken out the oven. It's quite a treat! In lieu of butter, it's topped with a smear of sulfur-y minerals, a few dry flower petals and a just a spoonful of morning grapefruit.

Perhaps the best thing this beer has going for it is that it's fresh. It's been in the bottle less than two weeks, meaning that its hoppiness, though a tad conservative, is easily appreciated on the palate both in flavour and texture. A distinct grassiness is sensed along with bitter, botanical notes, giving the pilsner its patented refreshment.

Brewing a clean, high-quality lager is a process of remarkable difficulty, the end result of which is, ironically enough, a product of remarkable simplicity. Big breweries have proven themselves incapable of making a hoppy yet balanced, unadulterated lager like this. It may not be reinventing the wheel, but it's a beer worth going back to time and time again.

Aug 11, 2012
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wordemupg from Canada

4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into tulip 15/6/11

A golden yellow with a decent amount of bubbles feeding a off white two fingers worth of head that fall to a thin film leaving random patches of lace

S floral honey with a little grassy hops, pretty much on par for the style

T not far from the smell but with a little lemon and dry cereal

M light and refreshing with the perfect amount of bubbles and a fairly clean aftertaste

O a good Pilsener from our East Coast, I could drink quite a few of these if the sun was high in the sky

Odd that BA's own spelling of Pilsener triggers the red squiggly lines but other then that this brews pretty good and worth trying.
thanks to cjbmcdon for sending this one my way

Jun 15, 2011
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maddmaxstar from Canada

2.72/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Propeller Pilsener

A - Pale Gold/Yellow. 2 finger head, sticks around for a bit.

S - Faint Fruity Hops. Almost Chicken Soup smell, smells are very faint.

T - Smelly carries into taste. Mild hop taste, has an almost semi-grain, brothy taste to it.

M - Watery but decently carbonated. Crisp.

D - Not quite as hoppy bitter as other Pilsners I've tried, like Pilsner Urquell, Warsteiner or even Molson Old Style. Can't say I like this one as much - but it would make a decently refreshing beer served right cold on a hot summer day. For me, I can't quite get over the aspect of it that reminds me of Chicken Noodle Soup.

Rating 3/5 (B-)

Apr 17, 2011
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ritzkiss from Canada

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of bobsy, thanks man!

Pours a light golden straw with a little bit of sticky lacing. Clean nose, hints of grain and grassy hops, light sweetness. Taste is clean, hint of lemon, grassy hops, light spicy zing, edgy carbonation, balanced malt bill, moderate hop bite in finish. A real easy quaffer and a well made pils, probably among the best Canada has to offer. Thanks Robbo!

Oct 07, 2010
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PEIBeerGuy from Canada

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale and clear straw / gold colour. Little head from my easy pour, but it still laced all the way down.

What smell there is is kind of sweet... a bit of fruit and toffee / sugar.

Taste is nice, but nothing exceptional. Hints of fruit / melon (don't know why, but that's what I get), wheat, and that toffee / light caramel sugar.

It feels fine. Just the right amount of carbonation, a little smooth and not watery at all. A bit of a dry finish.

Subtle in what it gives, making it an easy-to-drink beer that is still refreshing.

Aug 21, 2010
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MMansfield from Canada

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 30/12/2007

Appearance: Poured a golden, blonde colour. Fluffy white head after vigorous pour. Loads of lace, moderate-low retention.

Aroma: Very bready, floral hops, grassy, grainy, bit of sweetness.

Taste: Honey, bready malts but some graininess to it. Bit of caramel. Touch of dryness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, light bodied.

Final Statement: Not a pils/lager fan. I've only had this a couple of times since this was initally reviewed.

Jul 07, 2010
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a gold color ale with a medium white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of medium sweet malt with some dry floral hops presence. Taste is also dominated by nice fresh medium sweet malt with a nice dry Saaz finish. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation. Refreshing and easily drinkable with maybe a tad too much malt which limit my consumption when I would be willing to drink more on a hot sumer day.

Aug 18, 2009
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Seanstoppable from Canada

3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On a recent trip to Propeller, I realized I had yet to try their pilsener. While pilseners generally aren't my thing, Propeller usually is, so I went in hoping it would sorta balance out.

Pouring it into a glass results in a golden brown color with two fingers of long lasting bubbly head.

Scent is of some bready malts and maybe a hint of citrus.

Taste is smooth and crisp, with some light hops in the initial taste followed by a nice mellow malt flavor. Overall, slightly sweet, which carries over into the aftertaste.

Overall very drinkable. Propeller has succeeded in creating a pilsener that I don't mind drinking!

Aug 15, 2009
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nighthawk from Canada

4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341 mL bottle poured into pilsener glass. Production date of late October notched on the label.

Pours a clear yellow with some orange hues. Several fingers of rocky, bone-white head are produced and take their time settling down. Sticks to the glass in clumps here and there, all the way down the glass. Very good retention.

Nose has bread malts, spicy floral hops, and a hint of honey citrus.

Solid bread and caramel malt backbone to this beer. Hops are lightly spiced, plenty of citrus and floral and grassy on the finish.

Smooth body, light on the carbonation, medium-light body but crisp and clean.

Very refreshing, very high drinkability.

Nov 14, 2008
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bobsy from Canada

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Radiant deep gold body, with a fluffy white head that sticks around for a while. Sweet malty aroma with grass, caramel and honey. The flavour is pretty malt heavy, but with som light citrus hops balancing it out. The predominant flavours are honey, caramel and bread. Busy carbonation and a medium body. This is a really good pils, an the type I could session all night long. Awesome job!

Jun 14, 2008
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Viggo from Canada

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to NASH for sending this my way. Brewed the first week of January - FRESH!

Pours into my Warsteiner pilsner glass, bright and clear golden amber, medium white head forms, quite thick, quickly settles down to a thin layer, leaves some decent lace. Smell is sweet and malty, honey, grass, nice citrus hops, bread, nicely balanced, bit of spicy hops. Taste is nice and malty, honey, caramel, bready, quite sweet, grainy, but nice floral/citrus in the finish, solid balance. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very refreshing and smooth, nice tang to it. Not sure why they release this in the winter, it would be a perfect patio beer! Thanks Greg!

Feb 01, 2008
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markaberrant from Canada

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to NASH for the bottle!

A - deep gold, brilliant clarity, big gentle bubbles of carbonation. Fluffy white head persists til the end, leaving gobs of lace down the glass.

S - soft floral nose, light grains, clean.

T - more soft malt and hops, gentle but full flavoured and well rounded. Cracker in the finish.

M - creamy, average body, dry finish, easy to drink

D - highly quaffable, with enough complexity and flavour to keep me interested

Having been on a Urquell kick over christmas, I am more than happy to sample another pils in the middle of a frozen winter. This is a great little beer that stays very true to style. The bitterness is slightly lower than the Urquell, and I actually prefer it in that regard. This one also has a fresh grainy finish that is very hard to get in an imported beer. I like this very much.

Jan 28, 2008
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