Popcorn Pilsner | Sun King Brewing Company

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Popcorn PilsnerPopcorn Pilsner

Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Lukafer on 11-07-2010

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 81
Photo of tempest
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crisp and light (not too light or watery) with an earthy hops finish. There's a hint of corny DMS, but this beer is brewed with popcorn after all. A fine summer beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a Libbey style pilsner glass. Pop 18th May 2015, so it goes.

Bright dark brass yellow body and crystal clear with a minimal amount of rising carbonation. Head is very soapy but manages some good three fingers of froth and sudsy creation, and even manage a bit of a thick bubbled collar too with and concave indentation.

Mild nose for an aroma, a bit of grass hop bent with a little bit of spice. Not much malt character coming off of this or classic density, but some light airy crisp qualities might be coming. Not clean but also somewhat thick sensing but not easy to pinpoint. Doesn't hint of butter interestingly.

Palate matches alright on taste. A good first taste hits well, clean and full rich mouthfeel but relatively basic and solid. Palate doesn't have much malt character to it and almost comes to slight adjunct sweetness but not much. Hop hinting angle on the nose is lost on the palate with a real simple finish, mild grains and relatively tame.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this, but it comes off as more of just a real basic muted lager with nothing really that unique about it. Decent, but also forgettable, but better than a lot of other things out there for sure.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can pour at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.57/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an unusual beer. and very unique at best. Poured into my pint glass. Golden color appeared not much head. The taste of lightly salted butter popcorn filled my mouth and very addicting to that matter. The Pilsner taste was not existant as the popcorn taste over powered. One of a kind beer and worth trying

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Photo of pmorey
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from pint can into imperial pint glass (after breaking my one and only Pils glass). Color was a deeper golden than I was expecting with a thick two-finger head. Pretty standard inch or two of lacing as it goes. Not a whole lot of aroma, a bit of citrus of the hops. Taste was pleasantly sharp on the tongue but smooths out quickly in the mouth and throat. Next to no aftertaste. Never got any popcorn notes either in taste or smell, but I had it with a meal so maybe it was over powered. Very good beer that gets better with each drink. Not sure if they still have this at Victory Field, but seems like a great ball game beer. I would be happy to have it anytime!

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Photo of DCon
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ Thr3e Wise Men in Indianapolis, IN for $4.50. Poured into a 16oz Tonic glass and enjoyed this after a 2oz sample.

Aroma- Perfect filsner aroma but no popcorn hints...

Appearance- Clear golden body with a 1 finger head that dies down quickly. Has almost no lace on the sides but not a big deal.

Flavor- Buttery, great amount of malts used, but may not be appropriate for the style...

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Light Carbonation, and decent for the style.

Overall Impression- Popcorn beer? Had to try. Now onto the Raskeller beer garden. Prost!

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Photo of HosP
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up my first growler from Sun King. Had to try this when I heard they brewed with so much popcorn in this beer.

A- Poured clear and light golden in color. Big fluffly white head that left lots of lacing down the glass.

S- Nice crisp hop smell. Gives off a lighter beer smell. Very slight popcorn smell.

T- Light hop flavor, with a small amount of spice to it. The popcorn taste isn't there like I was expecting. Dry finish to it.

M- Light body with lots of carbonation.

D- Good pilsner with a good idea behind it. Still a very easy to drink beer. Would rather go with a Sun King year round beer next time. Good idea though trying popcorn.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

grabbed at the brewery about a week and a half ago. poured from the growler to a sun king shaped pint glass a crisp clear sunlight gold with a 2 finger white head with nice retention.

aroma of your dad's favorite beer that he picked up on the way home from work like 30 years ago. a very familiar, very comfortable, standard old american beer aroma.

wow. very nice. i wasn't sure what to make of this one after the 3oz taster at the brewery, but a full pint clears it all up for me. this is the beer that budweiser wishes it could make for the masses. it's a standard everyday beer, perhaps nothing special, except it is.

creamy, light, highly carbonated, barely perceptible bitters in the way back.

dirnkable - uhm, yeah, very.

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Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I hate to break it to whomever posted this to the site (or to Sun King's awesome marketing department... which I assume is a single guy more than it's a department but whatever), but this ain't no German Pils. This is an American Adjunct all the way, and good lord what an adjunct it is. It-it's like Budweiser on crack. It's kinda what Dogfish Head was trying to do with their Liquor de'Malt, only without any attempt at being ironically artisansal. This, my friends, is a beer brewed with popped pop corn. You can't beat that kind of ingenuity.

Pours a stupendous deep dark golden with a white head that doesn't dissipate nearly as quickly as I assumed it would. Smells like a pre-prohibition style American pils. The adjunct is firm but the hops are still present. It's a very rich and crisp aroma and, sappy as it may sound, whenever I look at an old print ad for American beer this is what I smell.

Tastes very good, but excessive carbonation throws off its balance (which is a minor and understandable hitch, all things considered. I hope to god that they give this one another couple tries and really perfect it.). The adjunct corn is simultaneously as strong and as pleasant as any I've ever encountered.

Normally when someone says a beer tastes like veggies they mean it in a not-so-nice way, like it tasted like boiled greens. That's how Rolling Rock and PBR taste. This is completely different. I only know it's corn because I've drank a lot of beer and have been trained to sniff out corn.

This doesn't taste like veggies. It tastes like adjunct corn. And believe it or not my friends, that tastes fantastic, like if cornflakes were meant to be savory and also got you drunk.

This is very good. Not perfect, there's still a few kinks that need to be worked out, but this is like 95% of the way to being a mindblowing, world-expanding beer.

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Photo of salvo
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear light pale golden with two inches of foamy head that dissipates slowly. Smells mildly of herbal hops with air-popped popcorn scent clearly discernible.

Taste is dry pilsner with astringent hops, ending with fresh corn and popped corn at the finish. Almost like cornbread or distilled corn alcohol. Yup, the corn is clearly noticeable both in smell and taste. Light mouthfeel; highly drinkable.

Nice gimmick for an Indiana brewer, and it sets apart the pilsner from others. Solid, clean tasting pilsner and well worth trying if it lasts long enough in the tasting room.

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Photo of Lukafer
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

A somewhat vigorous pour yields 3 fingers of white head. The beer is a very light gold, very clear, lighter than apple juice. Smells are some spicy hops and a little alcohol. At first the taste is what you'd expect in a pilsner, then there's a nice hop finish and you can get the popcorn they brew it with in the aftertaste. Very solid pilsner, very sessionable, solid brew

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Popcorn Pilsner from Sun King Brewing Company
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