Birrificio Italiano

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German Pilsner
Ranked #19
Ranked #8,769
3.99 | pDev: 12.53%
Birrificio Italiano
Very Good
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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Premo88
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can poured into pilsener
(courtesy of @TongoRad)

L: yellow with slight twinge of gold, about 70% clear and topped by a huge fluffy head of white foam that's over an inch and a half tall; the head alone is artwork — the head percolates into a dense stack of tiny bubbles packed tightly, then over time the bubbles seem to grow and become bigger and looser as the head upacks; it takes the head a few minutes to dissipate, and even then it never really does as the activity in the glass maintains a full collar and skin

S: sweet peach, dusty yeast, tarter lemon/lime, earthy lemon/lime peel; the bread malt aroma gives it a sweet base with the other notes playing off of it

T: bitter ... the hops attack right away and they're very earthy at first, then they start tasting "green" ... lemon, cilantro, maybe some lime or lime peel; the malt that shines in the nose is subdued in the flavor, adding only a light sweetness that offers some balance with the bitter hops, but it's still very hop forward

F: fantastic, light, fluffy yet crisp

O: among the hoppier pils I've tried, yet it's not in any way tricked up ... everything here stays within the lines of what you expect from the style -- the hops are simply no joke is all, and the bread malt, while adding quite a bit of fruity sweetness in the nose, has barely a supporting role in the flavor; if this beer lived in my distribution area, it would definitely jump in my rotation of favorite pilseners, especially when I'd be in the mood for a big green hop bite

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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can at Metzger Bar and Butchery, Richmond, VA

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left a narrow collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bready and grainy malts are present in the nose along with hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste has flavors of grainy malts and grassy hops as well ash hints of bready malts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This pilsener has a nice balance between the malts and hops.

Serving type: can

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Photo of smcolw
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double pour was necessary to finish the beer. Hazy, golden color. A few broad streaks for lace.

Leans sweet to the nose. Mild hop. Perhaps closer to a Helles than a Pilsner in terms of smell.

The flavor is more like a Pilsner with the delicate hop showing up more pronounced. I still get some sweeter pale malt up front which gives this beer a fuller body than most Pils. Typical (meaning higher) carbonation for the style. Overall, a decent entry.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Churchkey in D.C.

Hazy yellow body with a quarter inch of white head. Ample steady effervescence. Loads of bitter hops in both the scent and flavor. Delicious with aggressive bitterness.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap @ Moor, Bristol - Pours clear golden with a medium white foamy head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma - sweetish, malty, grass and hay notes. Taste - Sweet and malty forefront, light hop feel, grass and hay notes, crisp bitter finish. Solid malty pils.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.27/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From 32GP. In Teku glass. Afte dinner. Very grassy and herbal, more malty than usual in the style, with a bigger body. I have the feeling than drinking more units will make it much more appreciable for me

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Photo of Beginner2
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Second time I have Had Tipo Pils. First was from a bottle in Italy and I was not in the mood to enjoy, wanting something more refreshing.
This time it was on tap at Beer Temple and I could appreciate how dry this lager really is.
This beer is on the "1001 Beers To Drink Before You Die" but arguably should be replaced on the list.

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Photo of chinchill
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Appalachian Vintners.
Lacks clarity but otherwise a fine looking pils, especially the white head.
Hints of honey and faint spices in the nose.
Very light body would be watery if not for the medium+ carbonation.
Mild flavor, to the point of being a light pils. No major flaws but seems distinctly less than world class.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, yellow colour. Smelled of faint earthy hops, slight whiff of malts. It tasted well-carbonated, crisp and clean. Slight presence of earthy hops, a bit of clean malt; light to medium-bodied, with a clean finish.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.44/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

400ml on-tap at Il Santo Bevitore, Venice (€7):
This one was an odd beer, it seemed quite refreshing & was fairly easy to drink with plenty of floral & citrus flavours but I'm not entirely sure it's one that I'd go hunting for. There was a nice balance between the sharp citrus flavours & the pilsner type malts but in truth there wasn't a whole lot else going on with the beer, enjoyable in the sun whilst in Italy but it's not a classic.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at W J Kavanaghs, Dublin.
Lively trails of bubbles in platinum with a lumpy white carpet. 4
Crackery grain, slight wildflowers, and grass on the nose. 4
Sweet grain, then grass, slight cardamom, and lime hops. 4
Slight anise and herbal dry linger.
Light, soft, snappy. 4.25

Dah-um, that Italian mouthfeel again! Put a solid lager around that creamy body and you’re good. Maybe a touch sweet, but the hop character is there. Italy wins again. 4.25

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Photo of BT_Bobandy
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

3 week old keg served on draft at Lizardville Beer Store in Cleveland, OH.

Tipo Pils is a very hoppy, resinous pilsner with a slightly barn funk nose. Sticky lacing leaves the glass covered from top to bottom. Very forward grain/grassy profile as well. Given the freshness of the keg, the hops were flavorful and bright. The Italians rarely stick to the script and this is no exception. A truly unique take on a classic style. A+ for creativity. Luck enough to try this beer fresh so thanks to Lville for scoring this keg!

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Photo of Zraly
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light straw color with a white meringue head. A bite of spice and flowers in the nose. Growler filled at The Birch.

Cracker flavor -- likely just straight up 100% pilsener malt in this one -- that is just a touch sweet and is super clean. No diacetyl, which is a high mark for style. A bit of body but not too much, keeping the mouthfeel relatively light. Crisp, clean, slightly grassy hop finish. Refreshing.

A good pilsener is hard to make and make right -- I know because I've tried at the homebrew level. But when successful, the pay off is well worth it. This is a great example of hitting the pils mark on all fronts; excellent representation of style. Amazing for warm weather or pairing with fleischsalat.

And I'm happy to see this is rated at least "Very Good" on BA. It is very good -- these higher scores are not just reserved for badass RISs that have been aged in bourbon barrels or DIPAs straight off the hop bine. Don't get me wrong -- a large portion of my favorite beers tend toward the heavier side. However, there is something to be said for beers that are made well regardless of style and I appreciate Birrificio Italiano's effort.

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.25/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Served in a tasting glass the Firestone Walker Beer Fest. From notes. Reviewed 1 June 2013.

Honestly, I didn't care for this one bit. It's a pils. And not a very exciting one at that. My original notes have my final assessment double-underlined: "crappy lager." Perhaps that's a little harsh, but I just don't think Tipopils can hold it's weight at an American beer festival. Little flavor, grainy sweet, and it's best quality was its moderate carbonation.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clearish yellow with two finger head that died slow and left some lace on top of a pilsy malt aroma that had a wet, grassy accent to it. Pretty much a standard pils, enjoyable, clean, simple, not too much in terms of the pils malt that makes it top notch but I did detect a little more sweetness as I drank the beer and a dryer finish than your typical pils. There's nothing more to add other than this is a good beer and worth having on a hot summer day when you're not wanting a heavier/boozier beer.

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Photo of mmmbirra
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a 0.4 liter footed pilsner glass.
More than a little bit cloudy. Odd for a pilsner.
Very fresh hoppy nose. Herbal, grassy, and spicy. The best our continental hops have to offer. Really nice, though the dry-hopping give it an intensity and freshness uncharacteristic of a pilsner. Even so, it's undeniably awesome.
More herbs, grass, and spice when I take a sip and a nice smooth sweet malty presence.
A little full for a pilsner, and not very clean. It's unfiltered and only lagered for 2 weeks, which is probably why. Still, a very very good beer, and one of the best "craft" pilseners you'll find just about anywhere..

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at birch.

Nice straw color, with lots of head.

Hints of floral smells, more malts than a lot of pils.

Yummy and smooth. Goes down like a delicious glass of . . . really good pilsner. What can I say?

Lots of body (like a golden Jessica Alba).

Like most pils, it's not the most complex beer you'll ever have, but it is so smooth and refreshing. Just perfecft on a rainy night.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a slightly hazed golden yellow with a tight off white head. Nose has a nice pilsner grain profile with lightly peppered aromas and notes of honey. Citrus hops and a hint of alcohol come in behind. The grain subsides in the taste a little and the brightness falls slightly, the hop sweetness is still there but again slighlty muted. Body is light with soft carbonation and a creamy feel with a clean finish.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Farmer's Cabinet, Philly, PA

I've heard so much about these brewers, and I was glad to finally try one of their brews, this one being the first I've had from them.

Poured into a nondescript pint glass, a hazy straw-yellow with a nice rocky, white head that retained well and left some nice lacing. Probably one of the best looking pilsners I've seen. Aroma of toasted grains and pils malts, with a distinct floral hoppiness. Very tasty, with the characteristics of the aroma following through in the taste. Grains and light malts, toasty and crisp, with pleasantly flavorful hops. Light bodied yet still very smooth and flavorful, and quite easily drinkable.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served on draught into a half pint glass at Ma Che Siete Venuti in Roma, Italy. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a three finger head which is devoid of cream, of fair thickness, and retains for about four minutes. A cloudy transparent yellow colour.

Sm: Lemon zest, cream, and full barley. Mild in strength.

T: Lemon zest, a barley foundation of moderate fullness and depth, and out of place unwelcome cream. Somehow, the cream violates the essential purity of this beer's taste. Built simply and imbalanced. It's not horribly refreshing, either.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but too much cream loaded on the third act. It does complement the flavours of the body to an extent.

Dr: Average ABV and pretty drinkable. Quality is questionable. I'll never have it again, especially at 8 euro a pint.

NOTE: It's actually 5.2%.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.87/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I think I ordered this 5 times while at Eb's for the Belgian Fest. Obviously, it must be good when you are choosing a 5% German Pils over the couple Black Damnations, Cantillon CdC, and other ridiculous things on tap.

The beer gets to me with a small white head and a golden straw yellow shimmering in the body. The smell is beautiful. Lemony hop, grassy aroma. Slight malt sweetness.

Taste has a crisp and clean hop profile. The flavor dances on the palate with bready malt and that perfectly executed bohemian hop flavor. Dry crisp finish. It's hard to imagine how drinkable this beer is. It does not get old.

I've been aware of the Italian breweries doing big things lately. This one really opened my eyes to their potential and that a simple beer like a Pils can still wow you.

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Photo of ImperialStoat
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Golden-yellow hue, a finger of delectable looking white froth sat atop; persistent lacing.

Smell: Lemon zest; an abandoned farmhouse; honey; mowed lawns; Saaz-hop juice; a botanical gardens in Summer; the Higgs boson particle.

Taste: Think of the last truly great pilsner you had, and then remove any of the hesitation about it tasting slightly watery. As I intimated in the 'Smell', this beer is the distillate of pure Saaz hop glory - lemon rind; honey; grass; and some mercurial, rustic brilliance that I could never hope to articulate.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with a carbonation that doesn't fizz in your mouth but tap-dances down your gullet as you're still thinking about the remarkable citric-spume that lingers on the palate F O R E V E R.

Overall: I've had this beer several times but am only now reviewing it due to its absurd B+ rating. Obviously such a grade isn't poor, but if people on this website were genuine about reviewing to style then Tipopils would quite easily carry an 'A'.
A truly, truly wonderful beer, and one that fits snugly into my all-time top 10.


Edit: ...And now it's into the 'A' bracket! Huzzah!

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