Birrificio Italiano

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Birrificio Italiano
Pilsner - German
Ranked #23
Ranked #10,320
4.02 | pDev: 11.44%
Jun 23, 2022
Jan 02, 2003
Notes: Produced by infusion with Caramunich- and Pilsner-type barley malts, brewed with a popular German bottom-fermenting yeast. German bittering and aromatic hops used both in warm and cold hopping (dry hopping). It is coarsely filtered to remove some of the yeast. Intense yellow-golden in color, it sports an abundant, fine, thick and persistently lacing white head. Initial citrus and grassy hop aroma with hints of fresh yeast are immediately followed by flavors of honey and cereal coming from the malts; crowned by floral hints of chamomile and dandelion.

An initial, fleeting, hint of sweetness stikes the palate quickly giving way to a diffused bitterness that tickles your mucous membrane. A lively carbonation and a strong (yet never invasive) body mouthfeel complete Tipopils’ range of sensations. A flavour one can never get tired of: this is her secret... A beer of great character in its apparent simplicity, its drinkability and low alcohol content often make it impossible to avoid having "one more".
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3.92 by oberon from North Carolina on Jun 23, 2022
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3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Taybeh from Minnesota

From a 11.2 oz bottle, no date.

Jun 06, 2022
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3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

11.2oz bottle. No dating information found.
Unfiltered, deep gold colored body. Fluffy, two finger white head. Leaves behind partial rings of lacing.
Aroma of floral and citrus hops and lightly toasted biscuit malts.
Taste has a mineral quality, with biscuit malts and slightly sweet citrus and floral hops. The hops also provide a touch of bitterness, somewhat like citrus pith. All flavors fade off together in the aftertaste, leaving a bit of the yeast and malts.
Frothy, kind of thick mouth feel. Very smooth. Excellent carbonation.
Easy to drink, more intense hop expression than expected.

May 07, 2022
3.93 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Apr 23, 2022
4.18 by ColForbinBC from New Jersey on Apr 11, 2022
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3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

Went to a Eataly restaurant in LA a few days ago and beer guy recommended this beer. Tried it and found it very different from what in drink here in the USA. Once I got past the initial WHAT THE HELL, I kind of liked it. Easy to drink, subtle tastes and am glad I tried it.

Apr 10, 2022
4.04 by loganburgh from Michigan on Apr 06, 2022
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3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by buschbeer from Ohio

11.2 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a becker glass

This beer pours golden with a slight haze. It is topped with several inches of off-white head that leaves rocky lacing.

It has an earthy, minerally smell with some dank, but light, citrus.

Light, crisp flavor. I get some of that earthiness I smelled. Dank, slightly bitter aftertaste.

Medium bodied with an effervescent mouthfeel

This is a very easy drinking lager. It went down real fast. Very nice beer.

Mar 27, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mothman from Minnesota

On tap in Rome. White head with lace. Clear golden color.

Sublime. Fresh cut grassy hops. Earthy and floral. Bready and biscuity malts. Crisp, clean, and done to style. Light bodied, but big flavor.

Mar 27, 2022
4 by bigred89 from Maryland on Mar 27, 2022
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3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

750 ml stubby bottle, non-pasteurised, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5.2%. Very pale yellow colour, big white head. Lovely aroma of flowery, herbal and fruity hops. The flavour is crisp and fresh with a moderate sweetness, herbal and floral hops throughout. Fine bitterness in the finish. One of the best pilseners I’ve had.

Mar 19, 2022
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4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by pkalix from California

i really like this

Mar 19, 2022
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

L: Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle. No date. Mostly clear, gold body. 1 finger white head dissipates to a thin ring.

S: Bready malt, floral hops, lemon zest

T: Balanced with the malt backbone holding up well to the zippy hops.

F: Crisp and light bodied with a dry, semi-bitter finish.

O: Great pilsner but not worth the price you’ll have to pay in the US.

Mar 13, 2022
4.25 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania on Mar 12, 2022
4.14 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania on Feb 23, 2022
5 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on May 10, 2021
5 by drewmuni from California on Jan 18, 2021
4.08 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania on Oct 02, 2020
4.25 by bouncepass from California on Mar 15, 2020
4 by BEER88 from Washington on Feb 08, 2020
4.25 by emerge077 from Illinois on Jan 19, 2020
4.28 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois on Jan 10, 2020
4.28 by Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts on Jan 03, 2020
4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Nov 18, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

Flies into Boston every now and again - hard to find but I ran into a four pack. Expensive but wanted to give it a go. Interesting that this is considered a German Pilsner since you hear Italian anytime this beer is mentioned.

More clear than cloudy - 80/20 with that slight haze. Golden body with a cap of thick white head. Beauty.

Light in body with not in taste - there’s a nice hay, grass, doughy bread profile accentuated by the beer’s creaminess. Balancing bitterness followed by a crisp snap. Worked through the four pack with ease. Great beer.

Nov 17, 2019
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3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

I had toyed with hieing out to Bistro on Bridge in Phoenixville for their 10th Anniversary Party today, but then it dawned on me that such excursions are how I built up my backlog in the first place. I'm staying put, watching TV, reading books & drinking beer. That's a good day!

From the CAN: "Brewed in Italy[,] cold shipped by tank container[,] dry-hopped and CANned fresh in Oxford, CT"; "Seize the Moment Seize the Essence Self-Consciousness"; "Unfiltered, Unpasteurized, Unparalleled: Beer as It Is"; "Since 1996"; "Italian Pilsner Brewed with Noble Hops"; "Enjoy! Agostino"; "Tipopils tells tales of golden barley fields and redolent hop gardens."; "Its balanced aroma is rich in suggestions of malted grains and herbal Noble hops. A dry and embracingly bitter finish conjures another sip. Against the laws of standardized global markets, Tipopils takes the dare to return to the origins, and brings you back to long-lost sensations."; "This beer, if kept cold and away from sunlight, is best enjoyed within 5 months from CANning. Don't let its aroma wither, drink it at #THERIGHTMOMENT !"

No worries there as I took very good care of this one from the moment that I bought it in Hunger-n-Thirst's bottle shop. I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. It puffed up mightily to form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention, slowly falling away to wisps while leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was a hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose had a pleasant grassiness along with a biscuity maltiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was definitely driven by Noble hops, but even the inclusion of the biscuit malts did not help it to add up to a GER Pils. It was in the neighborhood, but not at the front door. Finish was dry and refreshing. It was a decent beer, but there are just better imported examples in the style, IMHO. YMMV.

Sep 28, 2019
4.07 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Sep 24, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jlindros from Massachusetts

No can date but just picked up a couple days ago
Nice creamy foamy 1/2 finger dense head with great retention and soapy lacing, semi hazy golden color, wish it was a bit clearer

Nose grainy sweet cereal malt, pilsner malt with light corn notes, fresh but mild floral herbal hops, touch of sulfate and minerals

Taste mild sweet grainy malt, little pilsner malt and hint of dough but not cracker or bready, light malt and soft lager with big juicy noble hops, very floral grassy and touch herbal, light fruity note, doughy golden malt coming through late, medium light bitterness increasing to medium on the dry finish, crisp bitterness with light sulfate note

Mouth is med to lighter bod, soft but crisp lager feel and medium carb

Overall not bad, good base malt, great noble hops, clean, crisp, tasty

Aug 29, 2019
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3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some lemons and malts. Taste is of lemons, balanced malts and hops, ginger, highly refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a beer that I could easily crush several of on this humid summer night.

Aug 21, 2019
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4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

Can. This is a great beer. A really robustly flavored pilsner. Still maintains a light, drinkable body but the aroma and flavor are rich and fulfilling. A great malt backbone, grassy hop profile and (the kicker) an excellent yeast strain. The yeast character is zesty and vibrant. Body is smooth but not too full. A quality import that I hope to see more of.

Aug 09, 2019
3.44 by acurtis from New Jersey on Jul 23, 2019
4 by paulish from New York on Jun 24, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by MNAle from Minnesota

Fresh, zesty aroma. Bright lemony hops and yeast.

Yellow, bright clear appearance; just a very slight haze; late pours are hazier, with the last pour being nearly turbid. Vigorous bubbles rising to a 1 inch white thick, creamy head, receding fairly quickly, but unevenly. Very thick residuals from the head cling to the side of the pilsner glass. Plentiful bubbles rising.

Moderate to thin body.

Nice bready flavor, with a brightening from the hops. Bitterness begins in the middle, continuing on through the finish and into a nicely bitter, lingering aftertaste. Despite the "dry hopped" aspect, it is well balanced. Solid bready malts, nicely bitter, good hops flavor and aroma.

May 20, 2019
4.31 by ElGallo from New Hampshire on May 18, 2019
3.61 by ninaturner from Florida on May 01, 2019
3.72 by UCLABrewN84 from California on Apr 29, 2019
3.05 by brandonld23 from Massachusetts on Mar 03, 2019
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4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by GreesyFizeek from New York

Can purchased at Deep Ellum in Boston, MA.

This one pours a clear light yellow color, with a small foamy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like fresh cut grass, lemon zest, pine, a lightly sweet breadiness, and minerals.

This is one of the absolute best pilsners I've ever had - it's nearly perfect. It's got an assertive hoppiness - cleanly bitter and very grassy/piney, with a supportive and doughy malt character. Lots of hoppy pilsners don't have the malt complexity to back it up, and end up tasting like an IPL or something like that. That's not the case here, at all, to my delight.

This is light bodied, super clean, and unbelievably crisp and drinkable. It's a fun beer to drink for sure.

This is easily in the top 3 pilsners I've ever had. It hits every note that I want to be hit in the style.

Feb 04, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DefenCorps from Oregon

12oz can from John's Marketplace. $5.69/can...ouch! Given I haven't seen this beer in 6 years, I felt comfortable splurging.

A mildly hazy light yellow with a large, white head with excellent retention and lacing this looks excellent. The nose is uniquely soft and doughy, with a blend of white honey, light bread dough, a lemondrop hop character, a slightly dusty hop note and a general malt softness. As it warms up, the hops really sing.
The palate opens very bitter, pungent and resiny in nature, clean and crisp with lemon, lime leaf, a mild shisho like herbal bitterness, as well as a minty, earthy bitterness. This is followed by a beautiful, suffuse malt character, with honey, doughy, mild cracker and again, a softness I can't describe. Drying, bitter on the finish, this beer is crisp yet creamy on the palate. The long lasting finish is a great segue to the next sip. Exceptional.

Jan 26, 2019
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4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by keithmurray from Connecticut

Appearance - clear pale straw body with white head

Smell - lemon zest, biscuit, floral hops

Taste - biscuit, lemon zest, cracker, grass

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, biscuit upfront, lemon zest and floral feel from the hops on the back end. Crisp and clean with a dry finish

Overall - this was my first time with an Italian pilsner and this didn't disappoint. Very good pilsener that is worth a try

Jan 16, 2019
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