Polly Want A Pilsner
Hop City Brewing Co.

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #537
Ranked #42,425
3.52 | pDev: 8.81%
Hop City Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
Notes: German and Czech pilsner mash up. Pouring blonde and clear, our Pilsner has a medium body and a clean, refreshing finish. Floral and spicy, crisp and crackery – Polly most definitely wants this Pilsner
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Roby923 from Canada

3.19/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured like a fizzy soda. Strong banana scent on the nose. Grassy aftertaste. Full bodied. Good for summer drinking. Not the best pilsener but worth a try.

Aug 13, 2017
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D-HopSupreme from Canada

3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dull yellow body with a bit of head that dissipates almost immediately. The scent is a bit hoppy, with earthiness and a bit of malty breadiness coming through. The taste has a fairly sharp hoppy tone to it at the front of the tongue, balanced by grainy and grassy flavours in the middle before another large finish. Overall a good beer, though not my favourite pilsener.

Aug 20, 2016
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PorterPro125 from Canada

3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 473 mL Can

A- Pours a pale golden topped with a foamy 1 finger white head with decent retention. Fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S- Bready malt and grassy, floral hops. Pretty standard stuff for a European-esque Pilsener.

T- Subtle bready malts, grassy hops, and a slight earthiness. Not extremely exciting, but pretty decent.

M- Light-Medium Body and moderate carbonation. Smooth body.

O- Good interpretation of the style and an outstandingly creamy mouthfeel for a Pilsener. Nothing that would beat the Germans, but great for the price.

Aug 06, 2016
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TerryW from Canada

3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Average brew from an average brewery. Pours a big head over a clear pale yellow brew. That head is gone ASAP and leaves nada, clean glass all the way down. Hoppy, grassy, slightly earthy. Yup, kind of a weird finish flavour, so I concur with an earlier reviewer. Bit of a puffy mouthful somehow. Better than an industrial grade macro, but otherwise uninteresting.

Jul 14, 2016
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DaveBar from Canada

3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around the $3.00 mark for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that films out within a minute. Very light gold colour and filtered clear. Reminds me of a Bud

S- Not a lot at all here

T- Funny metallic aftertaste. Not good at all. Before that going down it has a nice malty backbone but the after taste is horrific.

M- Creamy for a pilsner

O- Not a very good brew. Will not buy again.

Food Pairing

This ok at best brew would go well with....... Pretzels or anything salty to get this thing down


Jun 20, 2016
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can served cold into an MGD pint glass. Purchased from the LCBO for $3 CDN.

Appearance - pours a pale golden straw coloured beer with a nice finger of eggshell white coloured head. Good retention and loads of lacing left down the sides of the glass.

Smell - grainy and grassy with an unfamiliar spicy note in play too.

Taste - mildly bitter and clean refreshing taste. A little earthiness with some fine light grainy flavors. A little heavier on the hops than many classic pilsners, but not overboard. Some underlying malty sweetness, adds up after a fee sips and may be overkill.

Mouthfeel - clean and crisp, light on the palate and modest carbonation.

Overall - Polly want a pilsner is a fine well- hopped pilsner that is refreshing and clean and stands up to many of Germany's best. Worth a try.

Jun 12, 2016
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thehyperduck from Canada

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallboy can from the LCBO; dated Mar 1 2016 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a clear, pale straw-yellow colour, capped off by one inch of soapy white froth that dissipates within the next couple of minutes. A few scattered patches of lace are produced, in addition to a thin, bubbly collar and a soapy film on the surface. Looks like yer average pale lager. Grainy malts, doughy crackers and biscuity sweetness on the nose, with notes of floral, grassy hops and some herbal spiciness.

A respectable pils, if nothing else. The flavour profile follows the nose - grainy pilsener malts, crackers and a light, biscuity sweetness that is briefly overcome by familiar continental hop flavours on the back end. Wet, grassy hay, along with some floral, leafy, slightly earthy notes provide hoppy bitterness towards the finish; this is followed by a relatively clean aftertaste, with some grainy malt sweetness that quickly fades from the palate. Light in body, with appropriately assertive carbonation levels that prickle the tongue with each sip. Crisp, refreshing, and a solid pilsener all around.

Final Grade: 3.75, a B+. Polly Want A Pilsner is one of my favourite Hop City beers yet - though as a big pilsener fan, I am probably a little biased. PWaP matches up to most of the German and Czech imports, but at around $3.00 per can, it also costs noticeably more. I have nothing against Moosehead, but premium lagers such as Czechvar, PU, Bitburger and Jever are everywhere in this market, comparable in quality and priced anywhere from 10-33% less than Polly. Recommended for pale lager fans, but probably not something I'll pick up routinely.

Jun 03, 2016
Polly Want A Pilsner from Hop City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 33 ratings