Propeller Pilsener | Propeller Brewery

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Propeller Brewery
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by markaberrant on 01-28-2008

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by djcreepshow:
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of MattCampbell
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CurtisD
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ritzkiss
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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Photo of ludachris
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

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Photo of maddmaxstar
2.72/5  rDev -27.5%
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-)

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of nighthawk
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Long813
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of lgmol
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of ewpass
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a good head. Lemony, bready nose. Light malt body, a little slippery feel. A crisp hoppy finish. A good Pils.

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Photo of Viggo
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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Photo of bcrocker
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of andrenaline
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of MMansfield
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
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

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Photo of Cris4545
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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