Classic American
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #82
Ranked #44,288
3.27 | pDev: 14.98%
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Notes: Light in color, this American style domestic lager is made using the traditional rice and corn cereal decoction method, resulting in a beer that is lean and crisp.
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tectactoe from Michigan

3.72/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Kuhnhenn's brewery in Warren. Classic American Pilsner comes out very pale, we're talking Taylor Swift and Kristin Stewert pale, here. Straw-yellow and apple juice with exceptional clarity. The stark and bone-white head recedes to a foamy collar and leaves a few spots of shabby lace on the side of the glass. Decent looking for a pilsner.

Heavy grains on the initial whiff, with some mildly sweet corn, light citrus zest, and a nice bit of bready malts that bring up the rear. There are some finishing, earthy hops that become more noticeable with time. For what it's worth, the aroma is quite nice, soft, refreshing, and relaxing for the style. Miles better than typical "macro" lagers. Not as delightfully wonderful as many German pilsners, but still on-point for the style.

The flavor is a nice personification of the aroma; barley, grains, lemon-y citrus flavors with a very faint tartness that nails the back of the tongue. The flavors get overrun by an incoming, earthy and dirty hop bitterness that body slams the palate - this little devil is more bitter than you'd think.

There's still a good balance of sweetness from the malt and a very light corn flavor. Lots of bready malts and grains, again, with a finishing citrus zest, though the bitterness is still present in the aftertaste. Thin bodied, heavy carbonation, and a crisp, clean, and dry finish. It feels great for a pilsner, and it really doesn't taste all that bad, either.

I know everyone on this site seems to have a problem with pilsners, but I don't see why the rating for this beer is so low. In my opinion, it's a very good and very enjoyable pilsner, and it emulates the style better than most. If this doesn't speak towards the redemption of American Adjunct Lagers, then what will? Underrated, in my opinion. Something that would be nice to have in large quantities on a summer fishing trip.

Jul 22, 2013
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at the Kuhnhenn brewpub in a pint glass. A lager made with "rice and corn cereal decoction". This batch was 4.8%.

A - Finger of foam settles to a thin cap and a few spots of lace. Clear dark urine color, akin to golden straw.

S - Cereal grain, corn, fruity notes. Pretty convincing macro lager, but thankfully not nearly as skunky or metallic. There's perhaps the faintest hint of floral hop (could this be triple hops brewed?).

T - Taste is pretty clean and smooth, with light fruit and honey malt, and a light bitter finish. Aftertaste is that of generic beer. Pairs well with the free popcorn.

M - This is where the beer shines in comparison to typical macros. Much less of the harsh carbonation, and a crisp light body that is only a touch watery. Light residual stickiness in an otherwise clean finish.

D - It's an above average adjunct lager. Might be a nice way to ease macro drinkers into the brewpub, as not everyone is ready for Fourth Dementia or Solar Eclipse right away. You could drink a lot of this, but I can't see any reason why you'd want to do so.

Sep 15, 2010
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Kuhnhenn Brew Pub.

Poured a medium and clear golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of corn, grainy, and some cereal. Tastes of corn and grainy. Nothing really stood out for either the good or the bad (is that bad for a Pale/Light Lager).

Jan 03, 2009
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Mitchster from Michigan

2.43/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

4.5% ABV. Brewed with rice and corn. Pours to a pale straw golden, forming a sparse white head with poor retention and no lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. Definite corn and rice in the nose with that funky sweetness and associated off-flavors. Light bodied. Tastes like my first homebrew where you use about 3 lbs of malt syrup and 3lbs of corn sugar for a 5gallon batch. Ugh. Zilch bitterness. At least add some hops if you're gonna brew a beer like this. Slightly cloying.

Apr 27, 2007
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Crosling from Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on draught @ Kuhnhenn Brewing Company in Warren, Michigan. Light yellow color. Doughy aroma, exploding with cereal, corn and pale malts. No off flavors, crisp and clean with a moderate light fruit flavor. Pretty tasty overall. Blows the macros away.

Mar 15, 2006
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Frozensoul327 from Michigan

3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a growler of this to take home... I'm suprised no one else has reviewed this beer yet. (NOTE: if you're at Kuhnhenn, give it a try, it's worth it). In any case, the growler version was not as good as straight from the tap. Notable differences were a very "cooked egg" smell and taste that was not apparent when had on tap. Not bad, but different, and not what I was expecting after having straight from the source. Still a good beer.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Benjie dug this one, and even though he didn't dig the smell that much, I got him to try it, and he quickly emptied the bowl and headed for my glass. Lil' bastard... Once Peaches realized that her brother was knocking things over to get more beer, she decided that it might be good. She then was offered a sample and got right into it.

Dec 24, 2005
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Beer rating: 69 out of 100 with 14 ratings