Rev Pils
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Pilsner - German
Ranked #115
Ranked #24,796
3.84 | pDev: 8.07%
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
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Notes: A Rev Pils is a traditional German pilsner that we've brewed with a slightly American approach. All-German malts join in with our Bavarian lager yeast for a crisp and exceptionally clean pilsner.
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy, straw gold with a one finger, off white head. Plenty of carbonation.
Smells of lemongrass, yeast, malt and slight hop.
A very light tasting Pilsner and watch nothing really stands out. Slight hop, yeast and brattiness on the backend.
Crisp and refreshing. Good enough for a Pilsner.

Jan 05, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Clear golden body with white lacing on the surface. Grassy, slightly grainy, and plenty of pilsner malt in the smell, clearly german by the aroma. Taste has a touch of lemon in it with everything from the smell, sneaky yeasty and somewhat cereal like in the finish. Easy drinking, but no pushover, good thickness for style but ending could be a little cleaner.

Aug 30, 2019
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DanielAron from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice toasty malt with a hint of minty hops on the nose that follows through into the flavor. Finishes almost bone dry with a mild bitterness in the very end. A nice example of the style.

Aug 21, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a clear royal golden color as you would expect, but a strong and slightly foamy head.
Aroma: Aroma of floral hops. There's juniper, pine, dried flower, with some citrus bloom.
Taste: Initially hits you with the noble hop flavors. Moderately bitter and finishes with a honey-flavored pilsner malt finish. A slight bitter astringency lingers on the tongue.
Feel: Medium bodied. Respectable carbonation. Drinks very balanced between the hop bitterness and malted body. Just enough malts to satisfy before the bitter hop astringency is left on the tongue.

Overall: A well made German pilsner. The right balance of noble German hops and pilsner malts that is quite refreshing. Great flavor. Even better body and finish. Why would I expect anything less from Revolution.

Apr 05, 2019
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11/19/18 (Chicago): $6.63 1/2 liter draft pour into large Pilsner glass. Clear blond pour, light white puffy head, leaves nice lacing. Strong malt and bread aroma, strong, pleasant and very nice. Light crisp clean taste and mouth feel, peppery bread the predominant taste, malts used were very good. Clean smooth refreshing drinking. Very good Pilsner, I liked this offering and I'm glad I paired it with a meal, went very well.

Nov 24, 2018
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StoneTSR from Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Golden straw color with a stark white head that foams up to about a finger and a half. Beneath the surface the beer is lively. Thousands of small bubbles are rushing up from the etching at the bottom of the glass while dozens of large, well-organized bubbles cling to the bulb of the glass. A very slight haze, but mostly transparent.

SMELL: Hoppier than expected, with citrus notes and a bready back bone. I expected a far more subtle aroma than this, but was pleasantly surprised.

TASTE: The citrus from the nose really pulls through along with just a touch of sweet bread. There is a little pine flavor here too. It has some hoppy characteristics, but is still light and thin enough in the mouthfeel to not be an IPL.

MOUTHFEEL: This might be perfect in the mouthfeel department. Despite the slight sweetness mentioned above, it dries on the finish and I would describe this beer as dry overall. The body is light and the carbonation is strong, but not so strong as to irritate the palate. It is extremely refreshing and creates the urge to gulp. A small sip is simply not enough of this beer.

OVERALL: Rev Pils is one of the more satisfying beers I’ve ever had. Wish I could grab a sixer of this anytime I wanted…just have to rely on old friends from Chicago and trips back home once in a while.

Aug 12, 2016
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My neighbor brought over a Rev Pils. It poured a clear golden with white head that did not leave a lace . The scent had hints of saaz hop. The taste was evenly balanced with touch of grass and crispness. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid pils.

Jul 17, 2016
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz, canned 03/29/16
A - sticky white head slowly fades to a thin foam atop a pale golden colored body
S - biscuity pilsner malt, grassy hops
T - grassy & spicy noble hops take charge while being counter-balanced with tart pilsner malt and some lager yeast
M - lighter bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes spicy and modestly bitter
O - well put together German pilsner. I'd probably buy this again if looking for a locally brewed pilsner.

Jul 16, 2016
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PBIU from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Late for this review as this beer has been out for months, but here we go.

Look golden hue with a frothy white head. Some nice lacing.

Smell is grassy with a nice malty biscuity undertone.

Taste is a bit strong in the bitterness department for a pilsner. It lingers a bit longer than other comps. Thinking Prima Pils here with the amount of hops, except that beer is a lot cleaner in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit viscous for a pils. Almost like an IPL but not quite, somewhere in between.

Overall a nice offering for a pils. Different and would definitely get this one again.

Jul 01, 2016
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Redrover from Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a pint glass, the beer is a light gold with a slight chill haze. It has active carbonation (you can hear it) and a sticky off-white head.

It has an attractive aroma of grains, spice and citrus.

The taste is a nice interplay between semi-sweet cracker like malts, something mineral like, spicy hops and a slight twinge of something thing sour.

The mouth is crisp thanks to the nice carbonation layered over a solid malt backbone.

This is a really good pilsner. Slightly elevated hops profile, wonderful balance and lots of facets in the taste. I will never turn one down. I wonder how close this is to their old Mother of Exiles Pilsner?

Jun 24, 2016
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matjack85 from Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz can $1.67. A canned on date can be found on the bottom of the can. This one is stamped 4/7/16, so it's still plenty fresh. BA has the abv incorrectly listed at 5.0%. It should be 5.5% and I notified them to make the change.

The beer poured a slightly hazed lemonade yellow color with a big 3-finger head that hung around awhile but left very little lacing.

There's not a lot of smell to this, but what there is is pleasant. Mostly crackery malt with some noble hop aroma.

With all German malts I expected it to be sweeter but it's not. It's actually on the dry side with crackery malt and a noticeable amount of hop bitterness which lasts well into the finish.

Light bodied with medium carbonation.

It's an OK pilsener but I wasn't that wild about it.

Jun 24, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A slightly above average pils that I like for other reasons.
Looks undistinguished, gold and too little foam. Smells? So, this is what biscuits smell like ! (Eureka, I get it after reading that phrase for so long.) Some grassy hops, too. Tastes are a tart malt with just enough bitter from the hops. Mouth also is consistent with style, a drying finish. Refreshing when hot ... or needing a break. Also went well with my sandwich that had mustard on it.

OA: I give Revolution their biggest points for marketing and persistent. First, the Rev Pils can is laden with symbolism. The Sprite (a Frank Lloyd Wright statue that was a theme of the 1920s' germanic Midway Beer Gardens, the largest in the U.S.) has two full images on the can. One has the abstracted barley (or wheat) behind her. In the second image, she has taken the stalk down, clutched it in her hand and has a smile like she knows what to do with it. This period piece conveys the brewer's claim to being authentic to the pils tradition. Thoughtful and true and true to style.

I also note in this review that Revolution is coming of age as a business. It is now the 40th largest crafter in the U.S. and distributes in five Midwestern states pretty widely and in NY City. Their brewery on Kedzie in Chicago is second only to Lagunitas/Heineken. And even the name doesn't seem to scare Americans from drinking good brews.

Jun 23, 2016
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy straw yellow, streams of lazy carbonation, white head that fades. Nose is faint but includes sourdough bread, white pepper, and pilsner malt. The flavor adds lemon zest to the mix, restrains the pilsner flavor, and balances the bitterness for what I would describe as my first 'clean' tasting pilsner. Body is light and highly drinkable, alive with delicate background carbonation.
A great pilsner, good balance between pungent pilsner malt and the bitter, also pungent, hops. The touch of lemon was the real kicker though, elevating it beyond poorly made beers of this style.

May 19, 2016
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly chill hazed dark golden yellow.

Toasted malt, biscuits, noble hop earthy and spiciness.

Biscuity and toasty malt sweetness, earthy/mildly spicy noble hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp, dry finish.

Overall, a pretty solid pils and a nice change of pace from RevBrew.

May 09, 2016
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, canned on date 03/14/2016. Acquired a single can of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. "Chicago Pilsner" - ' All German malts & hops - Pure Lake Michigan water'. Can lists a 5.50% abv.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Cloudy gold yellow body, one finger of frothy wispy bubbly white head that falls to a ring. Appears adequately carbonated. Minor thin spotty bubbly lace that doesn't cling. Looks good for what it is.

S - Traditional German malts with an American hop twist. Bready, crackery, doughy malts, and fresh floral hop aroma. Hop aroma is bright, fresh, & floral, but feels out of place within the style guidelines of German pilsner.

T - Taste is the same: light, bready, crackery, doughy, malty. Fresh, grassy, herbal, floral hop flavors abound, making this one feel almost more within the territory of an American pale ale. It's a bit dry & bready, but I'm not finding any traditional earthy bready lager yeast flavor, not dirty, earthy, corny, grainy, or husky. Taste of clean pale / crystal malt is more dominant. A bit piney, herbal, grassy, minty, mild resinous hop finish.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, clean, easy-drinking, & light-bodied. Very well balanced and drinkable / sessionable stuff. Perfect summer drinking beer.

Overall, an excellent beer, though maybe more of a pale ale than a pilsner. Still, an excellent fresh offering from Revolution.

Revolution Brewing Rev Pils -----4/5.

Apr 08, 2016
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FBarber from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear crisp light golden with a sticky white head that dissipates leaving lacing around the head.

Smell is subdued but quite pleasant. Notes of hops, malts are there, but mostly a grassy hay scent is most noticeable.

Taste is a bit bread up front, quickly dissipating into the taste of resiny hops finishing with a slight lingering bitterness. Its a very nice tasting beer, but it seems off for a Pilsener. As someone else said, it drinks more like a mild pale ale the way this beer is hopped. Didn't get much in the way of the malts - considering they used only imported malts - would have been nice to showcase them a bit more.

Feel is light and crisp - very drinkable. I can see this being a perfect summertime beer.

Overall this was a good beer by itself, but as a pilsener, it was not my favorite. The key descriptor on this by Revolution is "a traditional German pilsner that we've brewed with a slightly American approach" only I'd take issue with slightly and argue it was a very American approach.

Apr 07, 2016
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steveh from Illinois

3.07/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Based on Revolution's description of all Weyerman malts used for this beer I was excited to try it. Based on the same description's mention of dry-hopping with Saphir hops (admittedly, not a favorite in a light lager), my excitement halved.

Canned on 03/14/16 -- can't beat that for freshness. Unless... it's a best-by date (packaged on, according to Fresh Beer Only).

L -- Clear, pale gold with a persistent, sudsy white head.

S -- Piny, spicy -- almost minty hops.

T -- Spicy, piny, resiny hops heavy in the initial taste. Ever so light biscuit malt back, but soon overpowered by resiny bitter hops. Finish seems like it will be clean, but the bitter hops take over the palate.

F -- Mouthfeel is lightly soft to crisp and dry. Body is light.

O -- The exclusive use of imported malts in this beer seems a waste to me -- they're barely present. This beer is all about the hop bitterness and dry-hop character. Revolution calls this a German Pils with an "American approach." Couldn't agree more, or like it less. If I was handed this beer blind, I'd call it an American Pale Ale. Rev says they aren't "heavy handed" in the hopping of this beer -- I don't think I'd survive one of theirs that *was* heavy handed.

But to be fair, this is a well-made, flavorful, drinkable beer. It's just so far from a German Pils in character that it disappoints me.

Apr 01, 2016
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can into a pint glass

A - Moderate pour produces a 1 1/2 finger head in height that is a very light froth in appearance and dissipates somewhat quickly and evens out at a thin layer that features large bubbles. The beer itself is clear and light golden in color. Carbonation is light in appearance with large but sparse bubbles rising moderately paced towards the surface. 4/5

S - The aroma is very subdued but there are hints of lemon fruit, noble hops, an extremely light malt, a bit of red delicious apple, and fresh hay. Unfortunately these are all hints with nothing really popping out to catch my nose. 3.25/5

T - Buttered white bread is the initial flavor that hits the tongue and this persists throughout the first half of the sip. A bit of lemon fruit, cracker, and black pepper comes through along with the butter and bread. The hops really come through on the back half and feature grass, fresh hay, and a citrus rind bitterness that is light to moderate in intensity but does not last for long after swallowing. 4/5

M - Creamy and velvety throughout with very little in the way of carbonation. Carbonation is mainly a very slight tickle at the forefront of the sip and allows this beer to be a tad heavier than the typical light bodied pilsner. Very much like Czech Pilsners in this regard. Only a slight drying on the back end but this does not linger for long at all. 4/5

O - Well executed and well balanced beer in terms of appearance, flavor, and mouthfeel. The only thing truly holding me back on rating this higher is the aroma. It's just too subdued for my liking in that regard. Light and drinkable makes for a beer that is easy to pair with food or drink by itself. 3.75/5

Mar 28, 2016
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Edit 10/15: 5% batch at the brewery.
Much more lemony and citric this time around, very crisp and dry. Grassy back end, light lingering bitterness. A lot better than I remember it.

Draft at the brewery.
Pale straw gold, rapidly rising carbonation. Lasting veil of skim on the surface and lace collar around the edges.

Soft grainy aroma, grassy noble hop, very understated and simple.

Taste is clean with a pleasant light grassy bitterness from the Hallertauer, crackers pilsner malt.
Light bodied and very drinkable, just not much there to contemplate. It's great on a hot day, but at the end of that day, it ain't no Hand Over Fist.

Thanks to Thomas & Jenny for this one!

Sep 04, 2015
Rev Pils from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 122 ratings