Pausa P.I.L.S. | Birrificio Pausa Cafe

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Brewed by:
Birrificio Pausa Cafe

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by smanders on 10-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by smanders:
Photo of smanders
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was found on tap at Rustico in Alexandria. Possibly one of the most complex ales ever enjoyed considering the aging in Slovenian oak barrels. Wow. Every sip is something new. Sweet malt, oak smokiness, a tad hops. Very crisp and light. I can't compare this to anything...

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Photo of pat61
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%

Prying off the cap releases a big herbal, floral, spicy hop nose that you can smell from an arm's length away. The beer pours cloudy gold under a 2" finely bubbled bone white foam cap. Light grain and a hint of fruit from the hops guide the palate to a spicy, earthy hop finish. Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Birrae Domus in Rome.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with large amounts of floral hops and lighter amounts of citrus hops. There's also something that I can put my finger on providing a certain beefiness to the aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Thick pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of citrus hop flavors and milder amounts of grassy hops. The citrus flavors fade midway through the sip and the grassy/earthy hop flavors carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was a very interesting pilsner; it had more meat on its bones than most others. Worth a shot.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at at Tap and Table in Emmaus. This is from notes taken on 5/6/10 (a week ago). Basically this beer comes off like a super Pislner Urquell. As in, similar pils, but more hops. Lots more hops. The beer is full of spicy, orange rind, floral character with a bit of cut grain. I'd like more malt presence in the flavor, but those herbal, citrus hops are big and delicious. The flavor, in fact, is a bit big for the beer. But it's still a wonderfully hoppy beer.

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Photo of ordybill
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 33CL bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a big malt, hop and yeast aroma, not bad.
Appearance-A murky orange-amber with a huge white head.
Taste- Has that malt and yeast flavor mixed in with some fruit, pretty good.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with heavy carbonation with a creamy texture.
Overall- I thought this beer was OK, nothing awe inspiring. I would drink it again but I wouldn't search for it.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a cloudy orange amber with a half finger white head with good retention and some lacing. Nice aroma of sweet and bready malt, Belgian yeast and perhaps some spicing, slightly floral. Flavor follows, a mixture of bready and biscuit malt, light fruit, Belgian yeast, light citrus and light floral hops, finishing biscuity with nice grassy hops. This is quite a nice flavor for a pilsner. Somewhat mildly hopped, but nicely integrated. Very nice medium, creamy body, surprising mouth feel for the low ABV. I really like this, but had a bit of sticker shock from the small bottle. I'd definitely pick this up again if the pricing was more in line with other good pilsners.

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Photo of vacax
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium gold with a problematically large white foamy hard, dense sticky. Aroma is highly floral and tropical with chamomile, pears, mango, and papaya. Taste is heavily floral with jasmine, perfumey hops, horsey, cookie, papaya, goaty, cookie malts. This is billed as a pilsener aged in Slovenian oak, though there is definitely some brett related funk in here and some saison-like flora. Reminds me a bit of Boulevard Saison-Brett but not quite as delicate. Feels light, high yet soft carbonation, lingering funk on the palate. Interesting brew, I wouldn't mind trying it again.

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Photo of CHickman
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange amber color with no head, and I mean zero head, which was very strange; basically no lacing either, but a lot of sediment at the bottom of the bottle and floating in the beer.

Smells of citrus hops up front, with orange peel, grapefruit and lemon, followed by sweet malt, grains, yeast, caramel and a funky alcohol-like aroma; seems like a cross between a Belgian pale ale and pils.

Tastes like it smells, but sweeter with the citrus hops mellowing but still showing up as each sip washes down; the flavor is dominated by sweet malt, orange peel, grapefruit, floral hops, and then there's some grains, caramel and a bready yeast taste, like wheat bread.

Mouthfeel is average and actually on the heavy side for a pils; smooth with little to almost no carbonation and a watery feel.

Interesting and tasty, this brew is a little odd but was still enjoyable to me. Quite drinkable, overall it was very calm and subdued but it still tasted good. A bit expensive, but worth trying. Picked this up at Eataly in NYC.

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Photo of hiphops24
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jk3
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of superdoopersauce
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Travlr
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy yellow with a massive head and tremendous lacing.
S: Aroma of black pepper and lemon.
T: Big malt flavor, with a whole lot of spice - coriander, pepper and rye, with a bitter finish.
M: Good body.
D: A very strange beer, interesting, but can't drink a lot of it.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How will this do against the Italian pilsner I had before this. On to the beer:

Take a pilsner, and don't filter out all the yeast. A little cloudy in the body, aroma brings to the tables apricot skins and pilsner malt, taste is...hmmm....I'm split. I like the fruity elements this beer brings, but I'm also getting faint notes of band-aids. Light bodied, easy enough to drink, but one that could take a little getting used to, as it's a little different from the usual pils.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at a local beer bar in a pilsner glass. This beer is described as being aged in Slovenaian Oak Barrels. Beer is light yellow and hazy. A thin white head forms made up of small bubbles. Carbonation is moderate and the head leaves lacing on the glass.

The aroma is somewhat of a shock. Its sour smelling. A very tart citric / lactic smell emits from this beer. Not at all what I'm expecting, now I'm really confused / excited / scared to drink it.

I wasn't expecting a sour when I ordered a pilsner but that's exactly what I got. I was so confused I asked the bartender if he gave me the right beer. He went and got a small sample of the beer I ordered and gave it to me, yep definitely the right beer. Very citric in flavor. Low bodied, finishes cleanly. Its not watery but there isn't much more than the flavor. Drinkability is high and mouthfeel is good. It was an odd and unexpected pleasure to sample this beer. I would recommend it.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finished the keg of this at the Tap & Table when they had it there. I was lucky to have had at least half a glass of it. The beer was a clear yellow color with a foamy white head on top. The smell was hoppy and had some aromas of cut grass. The taste was crisp and had a solid bit to it. It had a good amount of hops to cover up most of the earthy flavors it had. The mouthfeel was clean and dry, easy going and light bodied. Overall I thought this was a pretty damn good brew.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Beginner2
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the "1001", but should not be. Another example of Italy over-represented on the list.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of WDJersey
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bought from Times Fukiokas 11.2oz $1.99
Cloudy orange amber color
Smells of brown sugar
Light carbonation
Light mouthfeel
Taste sweet like molasses
Overall not a great beer. It could be old, but there is no date on the bottle.

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Photo of stcules
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite dark appearance for a pils. White head, not too creamy.
In the smell malt and honey. Not bad, but the hop?
In the label it says Saaz hop flowers, but the hops it is barely detectable in the smell. Full malty, sweetness, honey. Tisane notes.
In the taste a bit more hop, but still absolutely not enough. Too full bodied.
More hop in the aftertaste.
Presented as one of the best italian pils, we had a lot of expectations on this beer. And you must also count in the price, high also for the italian craft beer.
Well, the social side it's save, but for the rest, a disappointment.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a clear yellow with a finger of white head, good lace.

S: Hops and wood, rather light.

T: Sweet herbal hops, very elegant. Lightly astringent (in a good way) woody flavours, rather bitter on the back end. Complex for the style.

M: Medium-bodied with the wood character and creamy.

D: This is an outstanding pilsner and harkens back to 150 years ago when all pilsner lagers were aged in wooden barrels.

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Photo of StaEva
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

don't think this is a limited-to-one-time brew, as I am able to buy this currently from my importer.

Regardless, poured a bottle into a pilsner glas and observed a cream-colored head form to about three fingers in depth. Looks creamy like fluff.

Smells like a more German-style pilsner—slightly peachy, but dry at the same time. Nice doughy-yeast quality and mild pine-hop aroma. Crisp and clean with a hint of candy or caramel.

Tastes so damn creamy! The mouthfeel is noticed before the taste! Great pilsner breadiness with wonderfully balanced and crisp hop profile. Touch of grass quality along the sides of the tongue. Did I mention that the carbonation dissolves into the creamiest texture you could ever imagine? Amazing mouthfeel on this beer.

Find this one. It is incredible.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

short stubby bottle received in the latest with my good friend genghis22 thanks James...poured into a wide mouth wine glass..why not

a-hazy golden color...lots and lots of finger head that fell to some nice suds on tops with a fluffy collar..

s-whoa bigger than i ever thought a pilsner could smell...lots of sweet malt and a faint hint of tartness..there is a little woodsy smell...with some definite spice....the faintest hint of earthy hops present themselves and lend a little spice

t-sweet malt and come caramel meet you first...there is a faint vanilla wood taste lingering throughout as well...the slightest bit of tartness on the tongue...finishes a bit earthy and spicy ..i would contribute that to the hops..

m-believe it or not it is a medium oily body and coats the mouth well...the carbonation is spot on and makes this easy to the spiciness left on the tongue

d-have no idea how much this cost a bottle but if it were accessible i could make this a main stay in this house..a very delightful and easy drinking beer...goes down way to fast

overall the best pilsner ive ever had...hands down

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