Propeller Pilsener | Propeller Brewery

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Brewed by:
Propeller Brewery
Nova Scotia, Canada
drinkpropeller.ca

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
34
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
10.08%
 
 
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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of maddmaxstar
2.72/5  rDev -27.9%
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 -20.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of djcreepshow
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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 -7.7%
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 TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
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 PEIBeerGuy
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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 -3.2%
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 Long813
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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 MattCampbell
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CurtisD
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mick303
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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 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 Seanstoppable
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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 andrenaline
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Viggo
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Propeller Pilsener from Propeller Brewery
3.77 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
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