Honey Pilsner | Madhouse Brewing Company

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Honey PilsnerHoney Pilsner

Brewed by:
Madhouse Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Light and crisp, our Honey Pilsner has great flavor for an easy drinking beer. It is golden in color, with subtle fruit-like flavors balanced with noble hops. A delicate floral aroma is achieved with addition of honey, which is sourced from the Ebert Company, an Iowa-based apiary. Drink carefully, you might catch a buzzzzz!

20 IBU

Added by AmericanGothic on 07-22-2011

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 43
Photo of Strike00
2.72/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

L: pours a hazy light gold, more on the yellow size with an off white head.
S: you can smell the honey but it has an unpleasant funk to it
T: The taste is light and sweet. Malty with the taste of honey in the back. It's alright
F: Creamy with nice carbonation.

O: I didn't like this beer too much. Not a drain poor but not something that I would buy again.

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Photo of beechrturbo
4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

Excellent beer! However you get more of the honey taste out of a keg as opposed to the bottles, such place like the Iowa Cubs game at the concession stand. Very clean and smooth, and the pilsner style hops compliments the honey.

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Photo of Ejayz
1.65/5  rDev -51%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1

I drain poured this one as it was not pleasant to drink at all. All kinds of off flavors and it was just a mess all the way around. I am a home brewer and if I brewed a batch that tasted like this I would not have served it to anyone let alone bottle it. I am a huge fan and supporter of Iowa beer but this brew like all the other they make needs work!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 7/1/14. Comes in a large 25 ounce single bottle for $3.99, though the bottle doesn't show the ounces (I measured it). Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a tall veissber glass.

Pours a nice golden honey in color with a small white head. Some light spotty lacing is seen with each sip but doesn't last. Lots of streaming bubbles rising up from the bottom and sides of the glass. The aroma is right up front with the malt with just a hint of honey. Pretty much same with the taste. Mostly the malt flavor with a wee bit of honey. Not bad but needs more honey in my opinion. No harsh or bad aftertaste. Not a bad brew overall, just wish it had more honey. A decent beer for the summer months.

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Photo of TSJ4000
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall this beer is above average because the use of honey in this beer is really nice. I am disappointed thought because I didn't taste much of the Pilsner. Pilsner is difficult to brew and covering up a mediocre Pilsner with honey shouldn't be the answer. I well intigrated honey flavor with a traditional Pils would be very difficult. I think most people will find this beer approachable and delicious. I'm just a picky beer nerd. I will say this though: they honey taste is spot on without being too sweet. That's difficult and the guys at Madhouse nailed that one really well. I've had a lot of honey beers that have a much worse honey flavor than this one.

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Photo of bismarksays
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light honey/golden color. Good carbonation, about a two finger head which disappears shortly. Little to no lacing.

S- Malt foward with a fresh honey nose, a little floral as well. Not overpowering, but intriguing.

T/M Taste is similiar to nose, Sweet malt, honey, a bit of grassiness but not much. Mouthfeel is that of a session beer, neither too full to make you slow down nor too watery as to bore you.

O- Interesting enough for a true craft drinker, straight foward enough to share with your bodies that drink strictly macro. Does it redefine beer? Certainly not. Is it a good option for a warm day playing bags with your friends? Yes indeed.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light, clear honey color with a fairly large, thick, bubbly white head. Head disappears quite fast leaving almost no lace.

S - Sweet fruity aroma. Touches of peach and pitted fruit. Some apple and clove honey with a slight herbal aroma. Sweet malt is the strongest. Sweet fruit is the strongest aroma though with a subtle Belgian Pale aroma.

T - A lot like the nose. A cross between a Pilsener and a Belgian Pale Ale. Sweet bready malt with hints of honey compete with sweet apple and pear fruit. Subtle citrus and lemon flavors. Overall the fruity flavors beat out the sweet malt.

M - Light to medium body. Average carbonation. Pretty smooth.

D - Easy to drink and while it is sweet, it isn't cloying. It doesn't really excite me to drink more, but it is easy to put a couple back. Fairly balanced and not hints of alcohol.

Notes: Overall it seemed a little confused about if it was a pilsener or a Belgian pale ale. Sweet fruitiness was quite strong. Some honey flavors as well. Not bad but not great.

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Photo of pigc
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 22 oz. bottle pours a light blond with a small one finger head that disappears quickly.

S - Lemon, grassy light hop followed by the slightest bit of barnyard funk.

T - Lemon, light bready hops. Ever so slight honey touch.

M - Very light and thin. Good carbonation.

O - Nothing outstanding but this is a very easy drinking summer pilsner.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pilsner glass. The color is a clean and clear gold with slight amber tones. Two fingers of eggshell-colored head dissipated immediately to leave a thin lacing and ring of foam around the edge.

Smell: I could smell the honey and grassy hops immediately after popping the cap. Sure enough, both are there in force in the glass. However, the honey gives way to a very flowery aroma, which I suppose is fitting. There is fruit sweetness in there as well, which reminded me of strawberry.

Taste: The flavor runs a gauntlet. Up front is the honey/flower from the smell — which, for whatever reason, made me think of honeycombs. Next comes an alcohol sting that lasts for just a half second. Then, at the end, comes a mellow citrus/metallic bitterness reminiscent of a mild pale ale.

Drinkability: Honey Pilsner is not a bad brew, but… You get the idea. It’s another “next step up” brew from Madhouse.

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Photo of daledeee
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bomber from an Iowa brewery.

Pours a bright clear gold with white head. Some lacing a little head retention.

Nose is hints of yeast and flowery.

Taste is sweet with a malty background which is similar to wheat beer. Not bad but different than many Pilsners I have had. Beer tastes pretty fresh and is not bitter. Mouth feel is pretty wet with easy drinkability and a hint of alcohol warmness at the finish. This beer is OK but leans toward a macro.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Hy-Vee served in a SA glass

I was happy to try a new release from Madhouse but unsure because it's a pilsener. It turned out to be one of the better pilz I've had. A light copper brew with a bunch of white foam. My nose picked up the alcohol but it wasn't offensive and seemed to have a bit of fruit to it. The taste was good for the style, the honey was present but not making it overly sweet. It has a mild crispness. There's no metallic taste at all, I'm not disgusted, there's actually a good pilsener out there. Hurray!

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Photo of cpolking
2.48/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is made with Iowa honey from the Ebert Honey Company apiary. The beer pours honey golden with a half inch of pure white foam that leaves light lacing down the glass.

The aroma is slightly sweet, a touch of honey, lots of clover, a bit of yeast banana ester, over a smooth and malty grain.

The taste is clover, yeast banana ester and a touch of citrus.

The mouthfeel is flat, this needs a lot more carbonation.

This would make a semi-interesting yeasty Belgian-style beer, perhaps a saison, but it is not at all what I would expect from a pilsner. It lacked the carbonation, the grain, the "funk" and the crisp, bitter finish of a pilsner. A honey pilsner makes me think it will be a slightly honey sweet pilsner, and it was not that. This was a beer fail for me based on how it describes itself.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, golden color with one finger of nearly white head. Good retention and lace, active carbonation.

S: Sweet, bright aromas, a little fresh hay, mellow hops.

T: Leads with some light lager malt/ester flavors, round sweetness that seems to have a bit of honey-like spice, not at all cloying.

M: Smooth and medium-light.

O: A very pleasant beer, perfect for the hot weather we're having in Iowa today. Well done, Madhouse.

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Honey Pilsner from Madhouse Brewing Company
3.37 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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