Tipopils
Birrificio Italiano

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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #18
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
88
Ranked #8,463
Avg:
4 | pDev: 11.75%
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
135
From:
Birrificio Italiano
 
Italy
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  31
Gots
  9
SCORE
88
Very Good
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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".
Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 135 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by BeerIsland:
Photo of BeerIsland
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Casey had this on tap the Tuesday after Belgian Weekend. It was not on the list but I saw the tap handle and thought, what the heck. If I have a knock against the taps at Max's, it's the lack of decent pilsners. So, I feel obligated to try them when available, particularly if new to me. This has to be one of the best smelling beers I've ever had. Luscious bready malt and flowery hops odors wafted up without having to stick my nose near the creamy head. It was amazing. The nose was so big, it was almost a let down when finally tasted. It was a similar flavor profile and way better than lots of domestic craft pilsners. It trended more toward the Czech than German style which is fine with me bit not "true" (IMHO) to either. All in all, a really fine beer and a great surprise.

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Photo of mmmbirra
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
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 ImperialStoat
5/5  rDev +25%
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.

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

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Photo of Zraly
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
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 deapokid
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours yellow with a fluffy white head, good lace.

S: Direct hop nose, grassy, fragrant.

T: Good balance, pretty standard pilsner taste, grassy earth Saaz flavour is nice, but nothing to make it stand out from the tons of pils out there.

M: Smooth and spritzy, light-bodied, kind of fizzy on the finish.

D: A solid good pilsner, nothing more. It's nice to see the Italians are making good representations of this much maligned style.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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 DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ....hooray to them for putting a bunch of Italian beer on draft. On to the beer:

Straw yellow color, leaves a bunch of lines of lacing in the glass. The nose brings a lot of floral hoppiness, and also a little hay. Likr the aroma, its flavor has a good amount of hay elements and a pleasant hoppiness. Grape-like hops. Clean and balanced, and easy to get down. Overall, one would think that this was a German made beer. A very pleasant pilsner, no matter what the origin.

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Photo of sbricker
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
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 clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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 bulletrain76
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draught at Rustico in Alexandria. Nearly clear straw body with lots of micro carbonation streams and a creamy, head that leaves ragged sheets of lace. The aroma has a medium intensity, with dough, bread, crust, honey, flowers, herbs, and grass clippings. The flavor is on the dry side, with yeasty, doughy, and bready malt, balanced by a delicate yet forceful spicy and herbal bitterness. Light and clean body with crisp but gentle bubbles. It's generally a bit on the hoppy and bitter side, but seems so well balanced and finessed. The kind of beer you can just relax with and sip comfortably on without end.

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Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa in Rome.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with good amounts of floral hops and lighter amounts of earthy hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp yet smooth pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined shortly by good amounts of earthy and lightly citrus hop flavors. The hops carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass very quickly and could have a lot more of these.

Overall this is a stripped down version of the style that is flawless. Nothing special except a very well made beer. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gn0sis
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of nmann08
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Beer Table, Brooklyn.

Pours a hazy dark yellow, fluffy white head that eventually disappears without lacing.

Nose is subdued, a bit spicy, herbal hops peek through.

Taste is a bit spicy, subdued biscuity malt with a very faint, musty yeast note, citrusy crisp finish with an herbal hop note that kind of emerges a second or two after the swallow. Really subtle, a lot going on for a pils. Delicious beer, utterly refreshing.

Crisp carbonation, slightly creamy, medium body.

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Photo of chinchill
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
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 Smakawhat
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont into a tumbler.

Dull light gold and green light with yellow hued edges, with a cloudy and hazy body. Top of the body is almost a brown orange, with a white collar that never leaves.

Bouquet is a simple light brwady malt, but nothing else jumps out and not particularly strong.

Taste is light breaded malt, with an orange palate and leant juice texture. Very quick hop bitter that fades and disappears. Slightly cracker like and dry in the palate giving some dry roof mouth.

Overall still pretty enjoyable, looks impessive with a better than average taste.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of mullenite
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MilanoItaly
3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Some Michelin 3 star chef should taste the foam of this beer : it can be a recipe itself, never saw and tasted something similar, it resembles to a mousse , no really IT IS a mousse, soft like whipped cream and very sweet. Maybe some other Birrificio Italiano beers show something similar, and my Tipopils wasn't perfectly clear in colour to give perfect 5/5, but the effect was so scenographic and you say, "exceptional" .

On-tap at Birrificio Italiano.
TipoPils is a good exemple of Pils brewed in Italy .
Not particularly crisp or bitter, medium-low carbonated but as they will explain it mainly depends on the German serving style they adopt here.
Above the average.

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Tipopils from Birrificio Italiano
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 135 ratings