Pilsner Doehnel | Driftwood Brewery

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Pilsner DoehnelPilsner Doehnel

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Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by FondueVoodoo on 06-09-2014

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Niceroad77:
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, with one of the more difficult labels to read that I have come across of late - it looks like they used those gold-outlined markers, on a gold background - WTF?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and well-bubbly chalky white head, which leaves some chunky splattered cloud lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of grainy, crackery pale malt, muddled citrus pith, earthy yeast, a prominent petrol astringency, and leafy, herbal, and grassy hops. The taste is bready, lightly doughy pale malt, wet saltine crackers, a further table-top white pepper spiciness, fading gasohol notes, a conversely pepped-up citrus rind bitterness, and more leafy, weedy, and spicy grass hoppiness.

The bubbles are nice and light in their supportive and occasionally playful frothiness, the body a bare medium weight, and sort of smooth, the hops and that estery gasoline thing making a bit of trouble here. It finishes trending dry, the graininess trailing off a tad, while those grassy and herbal hops make a run of it.

A very true to style, robust beer-hall quaffer, I gotta say - lots of old-world flavours abounding. Nice to try such a thing delivered in a brown bottle, made in the same country (a big one, but still), and likely not that long ago. Here's to all my fellow Canadian BAs - Happy Thanksgiving!

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Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rutager
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Judging (love judging) by the style mainly here. Have not had any pilsners that really stand out in my mind ...though I don't think I've tried many tbh.

Appearance. Pours a fairly clear, lemony-straw with almost 2 fingers of white frothy head. Only a few bands of lace but that probably speaks to the quafability ...fuck I hate that word.

Smell. Citrus (mainly orange and lime zest) and bergemot, A bit of light grainy malt, lightly herbal hops with a very slight floral perfume note. Really nice actually but there's a very slight skunkiness that seems common with the hops.

Taste. Light citrus rinds, slight floral notes and a decent herbal hop bitterness. Just of touch of light graniness. Nice, again.

Mouthfeel. Medium light body, medium carbonation.

Overall. I really enjoyed this one as far as the style goes, can't say the same for most. Would buy again.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of findango
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of headlessparrot
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An absolutely delicious beer, but to describe it as a pilsner feels somewhat off--it's too cloudy, too fruity (estery?), has an almost "wheaty" character.

Pours pale gold, but quite cloudy; smell is malt, herbal, leafy, but with a bit of new world citrus/pine. Taste is much the same. Light body, light-ish carbonation. Doesn't really feel like a pilsner, but it is a tremendously tasty, tremendously drinkable lager.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Driftwood Brewery 'Pilsner Doehnel' @ 5.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $7
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to a clear yellow/gold in the glass with a medium size white head leaving a spotty lace along the pilsner
S-fresh local malt & hops
T-crisp clean tasting local German pilsner
MF-mild carbonation , medium body
Ov-ok beer , decent pilsner
prost LampertLand

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Derek
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Ericbeech_87
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Howlader
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Corson
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of wordemupg
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 3/11/15

A slight chill haze in a golden yellow body, two fingers of soapy foam has great retention slowly falling to a thick film leaving a few random patches

S dry cereal,spicy noble hops, grass, honey, almost smells sweet, sweet bread dough, comes out as it warms

T again the grains are a little sweet but has plenty of noble notes backing it up with some pepper I didn't notice on the nose

M light bodied, bubbles soften it up stopping short of foam, spicy finish

O solid pil that's easy to drink and fairly true to style, has some sweetness too it or I might just be going crazy

Maybe I'd love this stuff in the heat but on this chilly fall evening I think I'd rather have a Fat Tug off the same shelf for the same price

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Photo of GlendonTT
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jrempel
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of canucklehead
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A full flavoured pils from Driftwood that seems to focus on the locally sourced malt rather than the hops. The hops do come through buy I got a stronger sense of the malt than the hop. Better than most BC pils but still missing the greatness that I am still looking for in a world class lager

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Photo of Beervana
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZachT
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bunman3
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Part of my New Year's Eve sampling run, this came on the heels of a nice pale ale. The hazy, bright gold colour and light white head make this a nice looking brew. The taste is full of the crackery goodness I love in this style of beer. The finishing hops are just right and round out a lovely, light, but substantial beer.

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Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of seldomseen
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Coronaeus
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Pilsner Doehnel from Driftwood Brewery
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 30 ratings