Pils | Garrison Brewing Company

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Garrison Brewing Company
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Garrison "PiLs" draws inspiration from several classic styles by blending Czech Saaz hops, German lager yeast and Bluenose spirit to create this crisp, refreshing brew. "Na zdravi!"

35 IBU

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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 34
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - perfectly clear golden, tall head dissipated slowly leaving some random lacing
S - light citrus and herbs, peppery, toasted grain and light butter
T - hops much like the nose with citrus, pepper, and light grass, buttered multigrain toast, with a slight mineral like finish
M - light, crisp, clean, bitter, and refreshing, classic pils
O - a very respectable true to form Czech Pilsner, I would like to see this as a 6 pack offering from Garrison if it is not

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Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Garrison Pils first appears golden until a bright afternoon sun reveals it to in fact be school bus yellow. Closer inspection also suggests that its density derives from the naturally foggy complexion and, seeing how strongly it supports its head, the use of ample malt. Despite the tenacity, however, the suds leave no markings.

The aroma may be more malty than anything but does have a moderate and pleasant pungency, with hints of grass clippings and flower petals. Perhaps a little lemon zest too. While it isn't boastful it definitely distinguishes itself as a true pilsner (as opposed to just another golden lager). Definitely a beer you want to enjoy from a glass.

With Czech hops and German yeast, this pilsner really covers all the bases. Mind you, neither makes too much of a mark. The hops add textural variety more so than actual flavor; an earthy and lightly spicy bitterness lingers. Good carbonation and high sulfate content in the water also contribute to the crisp, drying effect on the finish.

Traces of graham-cracker and oven-fresh wheat are evidence of really good quality malts and the supervision of an experienced brewer. No adjuncts spoil this clean and well structured beer and, equally as important, neither do any errors in brewing such as diacetyl. People underestimate how difficult it is to make a high-quality lager.

Garrison Pils has just the right amount of character to negotiate that tricky line between having solid, respectable flavor but not too much of it so as to make the beer agreeable only in small serving sizes. This is a good quality beer for everyday drinking. Mind you, the $4.25 I paid for this bottle kind of hinders the prospects of that possibility.

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Photo of SebD
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice clear yellow/golden color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down slowly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of bready malts, grains, grassy hops, and a citrus/lemon zest.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a bready and grainy malt presence, grassy and floral hops and spicy noble hops. Decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff looks perfect. A huge, pillowy head that lasts forever and ever sits atop a deep gold brew. Tight streams of carbonation bubbles race to the top. Sea air and grass mixes with salteen crackers in the nose. The taste is very generously hopped with the aforementioned sea air and grass flavors and an awesome eucalyptus juicyness. Bready malts provide a sufficient balance. The mouthfeel is full bodied for the style with very active carbonation. The finish is long with great bitterness.

This is a stand out Pils in my opinion, very great depth of hop flavors and fantastic balance. I'll seek this out again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color pilsner with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light dry floral notes with some clean cereal notes. Taste is a good mix between some floral notes with light dry hops and some good cereal notes with light grainy aftertaste. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Well done though you can feel how fragile those pilsner can be since it is already showing some tired signs after being moved across the country.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Appearance: poors a huge head that doesn't want to quit, suds continuously flowing like a storm; crystal clear and golden orange

Aroma: the usual light, slightly bready scent; some citrus hops

Taste & Mouthfeel: super crisp and clean; more bitter than expected, covering the mouth and lingering with a pleasant dryness; perfect medium carbonation; hint of grass and spice, caramel

Overall: a supremely refreshing beer that is gratifying to the last drop; as great to look at as it is to drink

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Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour, finger of big bubble head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Light grassy hop notes, hints of citrus and lemon rind, buttered bread and a bit of wheat.

T - The grassy hops dominate, but the fruity citrus hop notes come through nicely on the finish alongside a healthy dose of bready malt. Great balance.

M - Lighter bodied ale that can come across a tad prickly, and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty rendition of the style. I love the subtle citrus hop presence, as it adds a unique twist on a classic style. Very drinkable and well worth grabbing. A truly appetizing summer ale.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this in the LCBO a few weeks ago, opened it today. This poured a bright yellow with some white foamy head that reduced to a nice thin layer very typical of the style. Smell is sweet and grassy with a touch of hops. Taste is very bold, all the flavors that are evident in a pilsener are there but amplified. Very flavorful, but lacking that refreshing aspect that most of this style exhibit.

Overall, a nice flavorful brew, I would certainly get this again.

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Photo of DaPan
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from the LCBO brewery feature. Tasting on February 19, 2012.

Golden and clear appearance. Some retention on a finger of head.

Aroma is very gentle, not too much up front on this one.

Taste is mild, virtually no bitterness at all, not detecting any saaz hops. Almost reminds me of lemon tea.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and not heavily carbonated.

Extremely drinkable, given it's smooth mild body and virtually no bitterness. Glad to have tried this brew,but won't rush out to by more...

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Photo of Kartoffeln
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright, clear golden yellow with a sizeable, rocky head of bubbly foam. Good retention, settling to a foamy ring and leaving substantial lacing.

S: Crisp, slightly sweet pilsner malt with toasted grain undertones and a hint of yeasty breadiness mingles with floral, slightly peppery noble hops.

T: Rich, moderately attenuated pilsner malt with toasted grained and biscuit undertones. Floral, earthy, and somewhat spicy noble hops plus a yeasty note in the finish.

M: Light-bodied with typical carbonation, crisp and light on the tongue but a little gassy. Excellent balance, though, and quite sessionable altogether.

D: A solid, tasty pilsner worth trying, but it could do with slightly milder carbonation.

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Photo of Stocean1
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful bottle, typical for Garrison, poured a three finger fluffy white head with good retention leaving patchy lacing, upon a golden yellow body.

Smell is bursting with grassy hops, grain malt, lemon, and light fruit.

Taste follows the nose with lemon and tea notes and something I can not quite put me finger on, but very tasty.

Medium bodied, this is very crisp and refreshing with a nice amount of bitterness that lingers long into the finish.

This is a top notch pilsener and another example of the supreme quality of Garrison brews.

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Photo of mintjellie
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold in colour with brilliant clarity, topped by a large meringue-like head. Good retention and spotty lacing. Aroma shows shows fresh bread, floral, and light grassy notes. Malty, mildly sweet, up front with a note of white bread. Floral and lemon zest flavours are also present, as well as a mild bitterness that lingers in the long finish. Mouthfeel is rich yet light, with good carbonation. A simple and well-crafted pils.

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Photo of jbonapar
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Love Garrison, so had to try their Pilsner. I have to admit up front, i'm not a huge pilsner fan, but I do try to appreciate them...

Poured golden and, super clear with a thick head for such a light beer....watch the foam stick around for a minute or two..
Smell i grainy with subtle noble hops and some other smells, almost a lemon or citrus....

Taste is very interesting..something i can't put my finger on. A sweet malt backbone with mild noble hops. Vanilla in there for sure..a touch of woodiness. Pomagranite in the background...i know thats weird, but i totally taste it.

I wonder if they used a unique mix of hops with this one, very different for sure.

For a Pilsner, i like it..not my fav cause of the style, but worth trying like all the Halifax beers by both Garrison and Propeller.

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Photo of bryehn
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very nice and clear golden colour with a moderate-sized soapy white head that sticks around as a collared film. There isn't much lace, but there are streams of fine carbonation.

The aroma is made up of soapy and floral hops, with a subtly sweet grain backing and hints of corn and yeast.

Very crisp and clean taste, with floral and grape-like fruit notes coming to the forefront. The backing has a light bread-like quality and just a touch of sweetness. The finish is quite dry.

The mouthfeel is very crisp, with a fairly light body and a high carbonation level. Slightly creamy yeast character on the tongue. The aftertaste is mildly sweet, with hints of the floral and fruit notes returning, along with a bit of oiliness.

A very drinkable Czech pilsener that pairs well with all types of foods, but one that doesn't manage to stand out from cheaper, more readily available European options. I love most of the Garrison beers I've tried, but this one I only like and won't bother seeking out more.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to pint glass.

A - Light yellow in colour and very bright with one finger of bubbly white head. A lot of visible carbonation.

S - Crisp floral and earthy hop bitterness up front with bready malt base.

T - Big hop bitterness up front that is fairly assertive for a pils. Floral and earthy flaovurs accompany the hop bitterness. Bready/grainy malt base provides a touch of sweetness.

M - Light body; a touch creamy. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle; packaged on December 7th 2011. Glad to see Garrison being featured by the LCBO; if their Oktoberfest Brau and Imperial IPA are any indication, they know how to brew a solid beer.

Pours a clear, bright golden-blonde colour. A frothing eggshell white head erupts on the surface, nearly two fingers thick at its maximum. Epic retention for the style; it's still around over 10 minutes and many sips later. Lots of nice sticky lacing is left behind on the sides as it gradually seeps away. A very attractive lager. Bready aroma of fresh biscuity malts, with some accompanying light lemon citrus, and wet, grassy hay.

This is a very tasty pils. Grainy, biscuity barley malts form the backbone of the flavour, but there is a very strong noble hop presence; herbal and grassy, with lots of lemony citrus notes. Lingering bitterness in the finish and aftertaste which encourages me to keep sipping. On the thicker side of thin-bodied, with a dualistic mouthfeel - particularly creamy before the head dies down, but crisp and effervescent with ideal carbonation levels.

This is a supremely refreshing Czech-style pilsener, superior even to a lot of the European equivalents I have so far tried. I am pumped to try the three other Garrison brews I picked up.

Final Grade: 4.01, an A-. I wish I could afford to session this stuff! The best domestic pale lager I have had in a long time, just narrowly edging out Grand River's Galt Knife. Pricy, but you get what you pay for - if this were available here year-round I'd probably get it once in a while.

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Photo of korguy123
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Crystal clear golden pour with a two finger soapy, snow white head. Lacing is minimal.

S- Slight noble hops, definite biscuit presence. Slightly sweet.

T- Floral hops, sweet biscuit. Definite grass and ceral.

M- Light bodied, light carbonation, dry finish.

O- good solid pilsner. Very middle of the road

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Photo of bylerteck
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours golden. Bright. Moderate carbonation coming up. Half finger of white head on top. No lace and a film of retention.

S - Noble hop, light sweet maltiness, oranges and another sort of citrus note, some corn and cereals.

T - Corn, graininess, light noble hop, wheaty light grain. Taste is less fruity and grassy than the aroma, leaning more towards grainy malt and a skunky note that doesn't seem to be produced from any noble hops.

M - Nice carbonation and a light body with a sweetness in the finish and a little skunk.

O/D - Not a very enjoyable pilsner for me. If more noble hop character was there I'd enjoy it more, but it's just too grainy and a little too plain.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fascinating blend of European pilsner characteristics that should appeal to many lager drinkers.

Pours a bright golden colour with decent white head. Small bubbled carbonation is attractive in the glass and lively in the mouth. The aroma reminds me of German pilsners, bready and sweet. The taste follows with biscuity sweetness, but the Czech hops provide a surprisingly dry finish, with more bitterness at the end than I'd hoped.

I would recommend this to anyone looking for an authentic (yet non macro) European style.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle - from the Rideau Street LCBO

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is no lacing. The head lasted for 2 or 3 minutes.

Smell - Grains, bread, corn, malts, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste malts mixed with light hops and a grassiness. There is also a bit of corn mixed with bread. It ends with a malty slightly bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall – A nice easy drinking well balanced beer. Nothing here that will blow you away, but its tasty and goes down fast. That being said, for the price of one bottle of this, I can pick up 2 cans of Radeberger.

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Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 15/6/11

A clear golden yellow with plenty of bubbles retaining a finger of foam well down the glass leaving a couple patches of lace on the way

S Nobel hops with some grainy dry cereal and lemon

T some faint honey on top of what I smell, decent for the style about what I expect

M light and refreshing with a clean finish, again about what I expect from the style

O nothing wrong with this one but nothing mind blowing either but good all around

another thanks to cjbmcdon for sending this one out West for me

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Photo of peensteen
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to cjbmcdon for the bottle.

Pale bright golden blonde, minimal white head with spots of lace on the glass. Smell is bright and grassy, biscuit, malt, lightly hoppy with a lemon zest like scent. Taste is a malty biscuit up front, notes of fresh cut grass, light caramel, slight citrus aftertaste, nice hoppy bitterness. Light to medium mouthfeel, slightly creamy at points, light body but not watery, carb is quite nice here too. Good overall, clean and quite sessionable.

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Photo of liamt07
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to cjbmcdon, 500ml into a pilsner glass. Thanks Chris!

Pours gold with a big fluffy, bright white head. Big bubbles here, but almost no carbonation visible in the body. Sticky lace and mild retention. Nose has some straightforward hops, some grasy and floral notes on top of this. Taste has some mild grain notes, some grassy hops, and a lemon citrusy-ness; not something I was expecting for the style. Light malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is light but way under-carbonated for my liking. Drinkability is ok, but could be substantially more refreshing with a more carb. Simple, and something I'd like to be crispier and drier.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice gold color with two fingers of bubbly white head. Head quickly evaporates to a crown.

Slight spicy and floral scent.

Taste consists mostly of hops. Some slight malt sweetness at the back. Overall fairly smooth and crisp.

Overall fairly refreshing. A good patio or lawn mowing beer, which makes it a shame that this was released in the winter and I believe gone at the time of this review.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden coloured body with lots of foamy head that slides down my erdinger glass. 500 ml. went down fairly quickly, good drinkability. Neutral floral aroma of saaz hops. Tongue tingling mouthfeel. No off notes, fresh, refreshing. Decent take on the style.

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