Pfeifferhorn Lager | Epic Brewing Company

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82
good
52 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Pfeifferhorn LagerPfeifferhorn Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A full strength and quaffable American lager with a hint of European flavor. Pfeifferhorn lager has a subtle malt flavor, and clean, crisp finish. A fine spicy and slightly herbal noble hop profile which barely lingers on the palate.

Added by Wasatch on 06-13-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
52
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
14.65%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mohawk Bend in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear light yellow with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is very subtle with some slight grain and grass aromas. Taste is of grain, herbal/grass flavors, and some citrus zest. There is a mild amount of bitterness with each sip. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good lager that has a pretty nice hop presence in the flavor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a very standard yellow beer type lager, nothing unique at all, and honestly not a whole lot different from the blueski lager, save the pilsener malt. this has a similar color, yeast, and feel, perhaps a bit more body here, but a very familiar beer here. clear and well carbonated, it smells of american and european malt, a little sweet, a little bready, a little dusty. its all the lager yeast can apparently handle, as this is sweet in flavor too, with just a gentle hopping for bitterness, maybe a tad underdone. very drinkable, but a bomber has bored me half way though. only a true lager head would buy this more than once, because there just isnt that much to it, but i do like the tickle of euro pale malt for flavor and texture. nothing i really need to drink again, but its well enough made. one thing about epic coming to denver is that some of the sex appeal has worn off for me. their high end beer is still world class, but beer like this is proof that they put out some average stuff too.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz glass at the tap takeover at Beer Revolution - 8 selections, which is actually more in tune with the concept.

This beer appears a mostly clear, medium golden yellow colour, with one finger of puffy, melted marshmallow bone-white head, which leaves some chunky hovering Casper the friendly ghost lace around the glass as it quickly falls away.

It smells of grainy, crackery, and lightly toasted pale malt, white grape juice, and leafy, floral, and grassy hop bitters. The taste is bready, doughy, and crackery light cereal malts, a further wayward yeastiness, ripe red apple and green grape fruity notes, a tame flinty stoniness, and mild leafy, herbal, and grassy hops.

The carbonation is nice and active in its swirling frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, nothing pushing the matter, as such. It finishes off-dry, the inherent malt sweetness pitching for overtime pay, while the lesser fruit and hop essences start to fade.

Overall, a pleasant and flavourful lager, enjoyed on an unseasonably warm late January day, all sunshine and slushy streets. Anyways, the beer - a well-made version of the style, with a few nods to old-school examples that I am too busy/lazy to research right now.

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Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An adequate robust lager with a nice spangle of hops. Pours a golden amber in the tall wine glass with a winning head. Rich mouthfeel with sparkly carbonation on the tongue.

Plentiful aroma of flowery hops. A good hit of resins in the initial taste. Hops abound with a likable spiciness. A little sweetness to the abundant malt. Aftertaste is that resiny flavor with a fading bitterness.

Thoroughly drinkable and quite flavorful. From the 22 oz bottle bought at the Utah Liquor Store in Sugar House.

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Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Clear bubbly golden yellow, excellent lacing

SMELL: Clean, herbal, minty, bready, slightly bisucity, fresh grass

TASTE: Very smooth, crisp bite, ample hop bitterness, lemony, minty, herbal, nutty, grainy, bready, green apple skin, clean, dry hoppy finish

Pretty kick ass for an American Lager, not as clean as I expected it to be but damn tasty. Very balanced and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of tdm168
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - bright yellow with a thin, white head that disappears quickly

S - bready, faint lemon

T - bready, cereal grains, lemony, kolsch-like

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a nice, lighter, refreshing lager that has decent flavor and drinkability. This beer comes across like many Kolsches that I've had with a nice lemony, citrus note to accompany the malt presence. Overall, this is a nice beer. I'm not sure this is a beer that I would buy again, but I'm definitely glad I tried it once.

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Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer #65 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

Thick malty sweet tone to this one. Kind of a mild biting acidic thing on the backend. Very thick, for a lager. Gets bitter as time goes on. Not really something I would go for, if I were prone to go for lagers - which I am not.

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Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz. Bomber
Classic Series
$3.69 ea.

Pours a pale yellow color, carbonation, with a foamy white head, some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with slight hop note, and some spices. The taste is malty, sweet, slight spice note. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry/bitter. Not Drinkable.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Zorro
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden colored beer with a thin white colored head.

Smells malty and a bit on the sweet side. Mild noble hop aroma mostly I get grass. Mildly floral and flowery smells quite tame.

Starts out tasting like beer, not as sweet as it smells. Biscuit malt with a slight hint of metal and a medium strong level of bitterness. Decent lager with an unusually high level of bitterness. Could pass for a Pils.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is an OK lager. I have had better but they brew this stuff 1 mile from where I work. Will buy again.

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Photo of Donkster46
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of maximum12
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After the big beer craze consumed me for a while, had an excellent lager at a recent beer fest, & it re-ignited a desire to sample a few. So here we are, 22 oz. bomber stripped of its top, two empty glasses. Yo, bitch - let's go.

Pour is pure lager legend, dead grass yellow that allows the lazy river of carbonation to be easily viewed. Puffy. Slightly acidic, bready, big dash of Grandma's spice rack in the nose. And damp barn. Red one.

Pfeifferhorn Lager is faithful to the nose. The lovely spiciness, almost a rye component, has the upper hand here (& I'm a big fan of rye!). Sweet malt in the middle dunked in white bread. Moderate hop snap rounds out a simple, very delineated brew. Crisp & true in the mouth, this is a drinker.

Lagers! Who knew in 2011 they still made these! Seriously, very good lager & a beer that was made for sippin' on the boat. Too bad the lakes will ice over here soon.

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Photo of drpimento
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at a good temperature with a large, foamy, frothy, off-white head that slowly settled and good lacing. Color is a clear, dark gold with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma has, at first, a bare whiff of skunk, then malt, hop, fresh beer, minerals. Flavor's like nose, carbonic tang and malt sweet are in front with a quick smart bringing up the rear of bitter. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, pleasant, and very drinkable. Too bad I only have this bomber. And no more access.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy pale golden color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of pale malt with a hint of spicy hops. However, it is a very weak aroma even for the style. The taste is similar to the aroma, but the less hops. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a watery texture, and high carbonation. Overall, I will pass on this beer next time even though I am a big fan of golden lagers.

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Photo of Brenden
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pfeifferhorn is a mnildly hazy pale gold in color topped by a pure white head about a finger tall. It's frothy and pretty dense, and ultimately leaves some good, thick, patchy lacing from the very top of the glass predominantly that spreads some webbing as it goes.
The aroma offers the lightly sulfuric, herbal, grassy and crackery malts notes of a euro pale with a bit more strength and, seemingly, an addition of earthy and leafy hops.
The taste offers more of the same; this is like a stronger, somewhat deeper version of a modern European pale lager. In the flavor, a bit more green apple skin tartness comes out along with a very gentle spiciness. Otherwise it's got a nice balance between biscuit, light sweetness, grassiness, a bit of lemon, something slightly nutty, and fresh leafy and herbal hops.
The feel is something else entirely: it's good enough for any beer of a lighter style, but for a pale lager, especially a light one like this, it's as good as it gets. Crispness is absolutely perfect; any sway very slightly to less or more takes away. Combine that with just the right level of carbonation, semi-dryness that's not too dry, a "bold for a light lager" medium body, and a creamy, rolling smoothness, and you've got all the elements for a mouthfeel that no beer of this kind can rival.
While the big guys love replicating light lagers and dumb them down significantly, and craft brewers shy away from them for that association, kudos to Epic for going for it and making a fine version and one of the few of its kind that's well crafted.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Clear medium yellow color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is about average or a little better and a good sized ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Dry and grainy with a dried out hay bale grassiness. Smells fine and is very clean, but there isn't all that exciting.

2.5 T: Not as dry as the nose suggested. Indeed, there's a decent grassy sweetness to it. However, the sweetness is no match for the bitterness, which is fairly aggressive despite the lack of hop flavor. Lightly grassy with a good amount of breadiness. Not as clean as the nose.

3.0 M: Medium body. Lacking crispness, which I like in these types of beers. Lightly creamy with good carbonation.

3.0 D: Not horrible, but it's less than clean and lacking crispness.

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Photo of birchstick
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of emmasdad
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this one up for a little over 3 bucks at the Utah State Liquor Store in St. George, Utah while passing through in late March. Poured a golden color with a little white head. Aromas of bready malt, light grassy hops and caramel. On the palate, fairly light bodied, with bready malt and grassy hops.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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Pfeifferhorn Lager from Epic Brewing Company
3.55 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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