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

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of mick303
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

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

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of IanSpindler
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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 TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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 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 djcreepshow
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of lgmol
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -20%

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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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 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 biegaman
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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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