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Sudwerk Pilsner | Sudwerk Brewing Company

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3.77/5
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109 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sudwerk Brewing Company
California, United States
sudwerkbrew.com

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,350
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
109
pDev:
10.88%
Bros Score:
3.96
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Photo of DogFood11
2.46/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

suitable head, chill haze, golden. Appetizing appearance.

Heavy on the malts, Coarsely hopped and it saves the day. I've had success so far with Sudwerk's beer, this is the exception. The crispness and thirst quenching ability is missing. Watery with some sweet malted barley combine for an unsatisfying debacle.

Not for me.

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Photo of brandoman63
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of projhex
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of StoicBeast
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.09/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew poured a light straw color with practically no head. What little head there was went away quickly leaving no lacing on the glass. While I expected pilsner-like carbonation, this had practically no bubbles working up the glass.

The smell was interesting with a strong grassy hop note along with a more subtle malt and a sweet apricot-like note. The taste was pretty much the same as the smell, a complex combination of hops, malts and again, apricot. There was no crisp hop finish as one would expect.

Mouthfeel was nice for an ale, full bodied and slightly syrupy but this isn't an ale. This beer lacked that crisp, clean pilsner touch that I was hoping for.

Overall, not a bad brew - I'll probably drink it again. Next time I'll be expecting something more ale-like and won't be quite as disappointed by the lack of crispness. It did have some nice complex flavors and certainly kept my interest throughout the entire glass...

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks goes to arbitrator for this beer. Another one of your extras. Poured into my pint glass the beer is crystal clear super pale yellow. Freakishly pale. A huge two fingers of bright white head almost escape the the glass. After settling the glass is covered in thick lace webs.

The aroma is full on saaz hops. Which of course imparts a corn like aroma for me. Light citrus and fresh cut grass as well. Just a touch of biscuit malt in the finish.

The flavor is a shadow of the aroma. Light saaz hops and a bit of grass. That's it. Basically flavorless.

Light crisp body with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall another loud barker with no bite. Maybe the bottle is old but I only have one so I have to stick with my review for now.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured with a no head that and no lacing.Color is a very light yellow.

Smell: very flowery with no hop aroma.

Taste: smooth with no real flavor that stands out.

Mouthfeel: light bodied average beer.

Overall: slightly sweety and refreshing. Missing any hop bite at all.

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Photo of ToriBug13
3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Privatebrauer Sudwerk Pilsner: Davis, CA

-ABV not on bottle (always bugs me), but it was a sample bottle, so you never know.

-Poured into a Sam Adams Beer glass

-Appearance: Fairly clear, wheat/straw colored, lots of carbonation visible. Thin head, expected more foam with the amount of carbonation seen.

-Smell: Doesn't smell as malty as I had expected. Actually, it smells more like a corn based beer product. Tried desperately to smell -anything- (and I have an excellent sense of smell, I taste for a living!) Just not much there.

-Taste: Light, crisp, hint of florality, which was sadly missing in the smell. Much better than the smell would have let on. Good carbonation, a little sweet on the finish. I actually very much enjoyed this beer, I just wish the smell had matched the body.

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Photo of illidurit
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Pours clear pale gold with a fluffy white head leaving some spotty lacing. Aroma is nice fresh bread, none of that corny character you get with lesser pilseners. Very bread crusty. Flavor is grainy and bready with light floral hops, maybe even a miniscule fruity tinge. Not really a snappy crisp beer; body is a tad bloated for the style. Minor bitterness, a little sticky on the finish. Nothing special.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MikeDre
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of njbusa
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of sneezye
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of vacax
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub. Pour is a clear pale straw color with a meager bubbly white head with little lace. Aromas of straw, with light floral notes. Tastes grassy with straw and lots of earth with some biterness. Light to medium bodied with a robust carbonation. Nothing really special here, a little bland for a pils.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a clear light golden yellow color. Small bubble streams rise to the top, giving it a lively appearance. A creamy, one finger, white head sticks around for quite some time.

S: The first scent that I pick up on is a corn and grainy aroma. Not very inviting. Luckily, some grassy, floral and barley aromas come through, but aren't enough to come through significantly against the overpowering corn smell.

T: Strong floral tastes come through initially. Grains and barley follow and it leaves a slight grassy aftertaste.

M: It has a medium body on the lighter side. A moderate amount of carbonation fits well. And it has a sort of oily feel.

O: Not a bad pilsener offering. The smell is a little off putting, but the other aspects are solid. An above average pilsener.

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Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light color. Nicer than average head, and what you'd hope for in a pale lightweight beer. Main impression is the sharp, acidic flavor. Lingering bitterness. Best quality is a spiciness. Touch of raspy flavor along with the hoppiness. Very light body with not much mouthfeel.

An odd beer to be served in cask, I thought, after tasting it. Serves up warmish, which is probably not ideal for an overly crisp lager style. I have not had this in the bottle. but probably would be better for carbonation and chilling.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a golden straw color with a medium head that disapated fairly soon. The smell of hop's and citrus was pleasant enough, but not really outstanding. The taste was just average as far as the citrus flavor and hop's. Nice balance on the sweet/bitter after taste, with the after taste of bitterness staying on the tongue for awhile. Good average beer, nothing outstanding here for a pilsner!

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Photo of Branlott42
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gobzilla
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a translucent pale golden yellow with a thin head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was pretty variou grains with citrusy, sweetness from the malts, and slight spice. The taste was more citrusy with very very mild hops, grainy character, and mild dry zesty notes. The brew was light in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild hoppy, citrusy, and dry finish. It drank good but was too dry for me considering it was a pilsner.

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Photo of NJTransplant
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of AAIIEE
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice golden yellow although the head did not stick around very long which doesn't seem to be very characteristic of a German pilsner.
S: Hoppy with some yeast and a slight floral touch.
T: Similar to the smell. The residual sweetness was very apparent initially. Kind of grainy not so much in texture but in taste. Oddly reminded me of cereal.
Overall: Pretty good pilsner although there wasn't so much of that spicy floral taste/smell I've come to expect from pilsners.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle Date of 07.18.07, Sampled September 2007
Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, lightly tanned, white colored head that sits atop a brilliantly clear, gold colored brew. The aroma is fairly grass-like; the hops mostly accentuate this character, but even the malt contributes to it. Other aromatic notes of lemon grass, soda crackers, crushed pale malt and a touch of something like fresh cut weeds / wild flowers are also found in the nose.

Crisp, with a nice hop bit. The beer tastes quite dry up front, but does pick up a touch of malt sweetness towards the middle. The beer finishes with a clean, biting bitterness that really cuts through the palate. Touches of herbal hop character join with a hint of lemon zest, but I definitely feel like this could use a bit more late hop additions to round the beer out a bit. This is quite in line with the German style of Pilsner though. The malt character is fairly simple and plays a supporting role here; a touch of soda cracker malt character, hints of biscuit notes and wisps of honeyed malt sweetness. This is nice and light on the palate, and with its light body is quite easy to quaff a couple.

This is a pretty decent version of a Pilsner, one which I will be happy to drink again. It just seems to not hit the level of a great Pilsner though; something is a bit lacking.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer after is disembarking the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the Pilsner glass a luminous gold with a towering bright white head and the texture semi-creamy, as it erodes the left over lace a thin but concealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is the prototypical pilsner crisp and clean, sweet malt with the start perfectly malted and slightly sweet, the top is light to moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is biting in its acidity, the hops archetypal and the aftertaste desert bone dry, a drinkable beer.

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Sudwerk Pilsner from Sudwerk Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 109 ratings
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