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Duquesne Pilsener BeerDuquesne Pilsener Beer

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Duquesne Bottling Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of jifigz
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can poured into a pint glass. A buddy gave me a can of this so here is my review. This company was also at the Harrisburg Brewer's Fest trying to get their name out there, so here we go.

A: Not bad for an adjunct lager (or at least that's what it seems like.) The color is slightly darker than many macros and the head and head retention were significantly better than Budweiser or a similar product

S: This smells like ginger ale. Ginger ale is seriously the entire aroma to me, ginger ale and nothing but ginger ale.

T: The taste is also quite unique for an adjunct lager. The alcohol taste seems present in the finish, which I have never had while drinking an adjunct lager (this is only 5%.) The taste is sweet, with some ginger ale taste and grain, and then alcohol. That's about it.

M: The MF seems pretty standard. Not thick and full bodied, but not complete water. The carbonation is a little high but not bad at all.

O: This is one of the weirdest tasting beers I have ever had. I wonder if I am the only one who is making comparisons here to ginger ale, but that is seriously exactly what the taste and smell remind me of. Not terrible, but I won't ever buy it. If i were going to be having cheap swill, I would still be reaching for the PBR.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
2.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Been meaning to check this one out for a while - took me a year to get to it!

Poured into a pilsner: Pale golden yellow body, transparent, with a few strands of moderate nucleation under a finger of soft, foamy head that sinks to a thin coating & slowly slides down the sides of the glass.

Smells of lightly sweet & sugary graininess, like oat bran, with a mild mustiness like rain. A little lemony spritz shows up.

Sweet cracker & a zing like lemon soda lead the taste, flattening out a bit in the middle with a kind of bland bitterness while maintaining the cereal sweetness around the edges. Sweet in the aftertaste, too. After a bit, I get that lag that's kind of like eating plain oatmeal, not a great thing.

Active, crisp attack in the mouthfeel that thins out & gets a little flat, but ends firm.

Not blowing my socks off, but definitely would work in the right context: cook-out, late-night. I'd put it in the same league as Yuengling Lager: not something I'd seek out, but a squarely palatable alternative to the big boys. At the price point, it's definitely worth it.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to carlos for sharing, I read a while back this would be returning and was interested in trying it for myself since I never tasted the original. Tasted from a pint poured from the can chilled.

The color is golden and the lager has slight chill haze with a thick white cream top from a semi vigorous pour. The carbonation is visible with some gentle lace on the glass. The smell is slightly fruity with mild grain aroma, a mild yeast ester. The feel is sem-sweet slight malt and yeas smoothness with moderate cabonation and gentle diacetyl.

The flavor is a mild malt with a tinge of diactetyl in the taste up front. The malt is gentle and somewhat sweet and there is a mild hop flavor which leans more toward the citrus and noble type with a yeast element that is almost bready. I like the flavor enough to say it is on par for the style. I admit this style is not one I would go for that often but depending on the occasion this could be very drinkable and seems like it could be a decent summer refresher.

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Photo of Stanhagen
2.7/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a case when i went home to visit my parents. The price was right (about $16 a case). The beer falls inline with most macro tasting beers and I'd gladly serve it at a party instead of Bud/Miller.

The company I believe is trying to capitalize off of the old Duquesne name with a nostalgic brand resurgence. I am too young to have any connection with the Duke brand of beer and the quality of the beer won't have me running back to get more, unless I need a cheap case for a party.

in general the best part of the beer is the price point.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (TM) is about to indulge in some nostalgia following the hiatus to align the bottle and on-tap numbers. This was a Pittsburgh beer that went away before I came along. It has since been revived by a couple of lawyer-types and is brewed in Latrobe. I met one of their sons at the Pints for Pets fest in Altoona recently, but I think that this CAN was courtesy of tone77.

From the CAN: "The Finest Beer In Town!"; "Born out of a hard work ethic & a pride in craftsmanship Duquesne Your Hometown Beer"; "Sealed In Purity"; "Prince of Pilsener".

It is pronounced "Duke-Cane" and one of the old tag lines was "Have a Duke, Mister!" I believe I will and I only wish that I could be on the incline while doing so.

Ah, the sweet sounds of the Crack & Glug! It is nice to be drinking CANned beer again, if you CAN believe it. The massive foaming head was French Vanilla in color and sat atop the beer like the top of a sno-cone. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and lots of CO2 bubbles in evidence. Nose had a bready sweetness to it and the best part - NO adjuncts! Mouthfeel was medium with a biscuity malty flavor on the tongue. I really like these types of beers in a CAN, especially after so many AALs. Not much going in the way of hops, but I'll forgive that in lieu of everything else that I do like about this beer. Finish tended more towards sweet than anything else, but not in a cloying way. You CAN bet that this will be going into the cooler!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Duquesne Pilsner pours a very light gold color and is completely clear. The white head looks pretty good, and the retention is OK, but I don't really get any lacing.

The aroma has some light, grainy scents, and even a little bit of hops.

This beer is better than I expected. Lightly sweet pale malt, with some cracker flavor to it. The finish has just a hint of hop flavor to it, in the form of a low bitterness and some earthy flavors. The flavor overall isn't too powerful, but it is decent.

The mouthfeel is light, fairly well-carbonated.

I expected this beer to be horrible, but really it is fine. I would certainly reach for this before I grabbed a standard macro lager. Not too flavorful, but not offensive and easy to drink.

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Photo of jmshulk
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Duquesne Pilsner pours a light, crystal clear, golden color with a solid white head that lasted for a bit, but dropped to a ring and didn't leave much of anything interesting in the form of lacing.

Aroma: It has a strong malty/bready scent, with a little hint of earthy/spicey hop aroma tucked in.

Taste: It really hits with a strong malty sweetness right off the bat and doesn't really go anywhere from there. Right at the end there is a hint of hops in the aftertaste.

Feel: This seems to have lower carbonation than expected. It feels a little slick and light bodied, may be a little watery.

Overall: For a beer that is far from crazy in the way of complexity, this is surprisingly refreshing. It's probably good for a quick lawn mowing break or at a ball game with a burger or dog. A descent smooth, quick drinking, refreshing beer. Not sure why but there is definitely something about the label that I really dig.

Serving: 12 oz can in shaker
Date: 5/31/2011

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Photo of THECPJ
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: bread, lager yeast,

taste: malty, bread, lager yeast

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body,

overall: nice crisp refreshing beer to enjoy on the deck or at a BBQ. Glad I got to try it since I never heard of this brewing company before.

the CPJ

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Photo of tone77
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, some grains. Taste is crisp, malty, a bit sweet, very refreshing and easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall considering the low price tag, this beer was a pleasent surprise and worth seeking out.

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

Golden appearance--almost transparent--with a decent rim. Steady carbonation bubbles rise to the top.

A dry sweetness in the nose; hay-like; grains & floral hops. Fairly mild.

Taste is attenuated with a syrupy body. Hops are a little reserved, but do provide for a lot of the flavor.

Medium-bodied with discernible attenuation.

Notes: A good-for-the-price kind of beer, plus some. A poor man's pilsner. Duquesne Pilsener Beer comes off like Pittsburgh Brewing Company's Augustiner (Vienna Lager) without the brown sugar, sweet amber flavor. Incidentally, I think the two brews are brewed by the same brewery or at the same location.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.8/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wegman's was offering this out as free samples when I was there one day. This beer was very over hyped by the lady serving it there. She was talking about how wonderful it was and this and that about everything.

I proceeded to look at the sample she poured me while she was trying to spoon feed me her story and thought to myself... Could this beer be any lighter in color? It was very light yellow with a pitiful little head on it. I took my first sip after smelling virtually nothing but some faint aroma of grain. The taste was very muted, I started asking myself could this be worse than Coors Light? There's such a minimal amount of anything in this beer I really couldn't formulate much for this review.

The beer is extremely cheap too, I think it was like $5 for a 6-pack. I wanted to cry...

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Photo of PAvolksbiermann
3.86/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer is a revival from the old brew that shutdown in 1972. They started making this again recently and it is pretty good! Made in the old Latrobe brewery since Rolling Rock was bought out and moved.

The beer is a Pilsner and has a smooth taste, no bitterness, and no malty taste to it. It can almost be compared to an Iron City beer in taste with more barley taste and more body to it probably since they use extra malting somewhere along the way. The average beer drinker should like the taste of this beer along with the seasoned beer drinker.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.12/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours "beer yellow" with a nice little fluffy cloud of a head. No lacing and light carbonation.

The smell is of fresh grain, sweet bread, and straw.

The sweet bread and fresh grain are followed by a nice crispness in the finish.

The feel is light, yet creamy. Nice amount of carbonation. Not watery in the least.

Overall, this is a pretty damn good beer.

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Photo of therica
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I actually remember the original stuff and this rebirth is close, although with some differences noted below, if my (rather good) memory serves me correctly.

I actually suspect that the difference is because it's now brewed in Latrobe at the former home of "from the mountain springs to you" Rolling Rock, rather back in the Dahntahn Burgh with rusty pipes carrying good ol' iron-hard water!

A= golden blonde, nice foamy active white head, settles into a rather decent foamy rim with lacing and pooling.

S= really really nice, strong in fact for a Pilsener. But I recall the original being a bit stronger on the old-style hops dryness and musty malts. Plenty of sweet malts on the nose, biscuit, some light hops florals, slight honey.

T= sweeter than the original which was a bit more dry yet bold. Excessive carbonation on the first pour resolves quickly to a nice balance. Decent sweet malts, light hints of caramel, light hops bitters but balanced for the style. I'm still missing the old-style rusty musty malt taste, though.

M= slight honey, slight dryness, some light but chewy malts.

D= very drinkable, especially for a simple table-style or party-beer. Better than the US macro's out there.

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Photo of MirkoCroCough
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Bottle into pint glass. Funny label and packaging.

Really clear and yellow.

Bready and sweet. Almost like fresh pastry.

Extremely light and crisp with a bit of syrupy sweetness. Snappy dry finish.

Bit of fizz early but goes flat.

Extremely high. Would give it a 10 if possible. Very cheap too. Not bad for what it is, a light easily drinkable, unoffensive beer. Will buy again when I feel like sitting down and crushing a case. May they put it in cans one day.

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Photo of Deuane
3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, nostalgia! The return of a long lost Pittsburgh icon! Last brewed in 1972 this favorite son has been resurrected by Burgh area attorney Mark J. Dudash and is being contract brewed by City Brewing in Latrobe, PA.

A-Brilliantly clear, golden straw yellow with a medium bright white head that slowly reduced to a thin cap and leaves a surprising amount of decorative web like lace.

S-Light biscuit malt sweetness, cereal grains and a touch of spicy floral hops. But let's not get crazy here, this one is fairly subdude.

T-Lightly sweet crisp cereal grain and biscuit sweetness with a balancing back end of a mildly sharp spicy hop bite. Certainly not an aggressive bite, mostly balanced and unoffensive.

M-Light bodied fairly sharp and crisp with a decent lingering bite and a drying finish.

D-I will not lie to you this one gets a bump for homerism and nostalgia. A quality, all malt, American lager using German Hallertau, Czech Saaz and Washington Magnum hops. Sure, this is one primarily made for the masses but I cannot dismiss a quality made brew even if the style is less than my preferred. This one has all the qualities of well made, support your local, back yard BBQ, lawn mower, have a brew after a long day type of beer!

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Photo of ezec
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow with a thin head that clings a bit but doesnt hold up for long.

S: A little sweet with some astringent qualities.

T: Not a lot on the front but that quickly changes to a mouthful of biscuity, bready goodness.

M: Slim and perky on the the mouth with a nice light carbonation.

D: Could go deep with this one.

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Photo of muskiecf
2.97/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Highly carbonated. Fizzy finish. Very yellow in color. Has a smooth light flavor. Not to confuse you as this is not a light beer...light flavor, delicate profile. It's a decent beer and the price is reasonable. I'm not in love with it nor do I get excited about it...it's good not great.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright yellow color with a golden haze. Has a nice foam head with some spotty lacing. Looks good in a pilsner glass.

S: Some pale malt scents, lightly toasted bread as well.

T: A very clean and crisp taste. Nice sweet pale ale malts with a light undertone of hops.

M: Light and crips on the palate. Nice carbonations.

D: This is a nice easy to drink Pale Lager.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12-oz twisty into a pint glass.

Light golden straw color, with a fizzy pure white head that actually sticks around for a bit. This beer is bubbly.

Earthy, grainy aroma, sweet with some adjunct qualities to it. The taste is a sweet graininess, subtle hop presence in the middle and some bitterness in the finish. Really a nicely balanced macro style lager here.

Medium bodied, with a great smooth feel that surpasses what one might expect from this beer. I'd drink this beer if offered under any circumstance.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a clean looking gold with minimal head and no lacing what so ever
not much in the nose, prhaps grainy with hints of hops
taste is very mediocre, but not bad
slight malty and metallic with afaint kiss of hops.
worth a try, and on Thanksgiving when bro in law walks in with a case, it was a must drink!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.59/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, small pilsner hop, but quite faint. In the the taste, sweet malt and a small hop bite. A small bite, but quite smooth and light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry and clean aftertaste. Standard lager, a bit sweet and a nice small hop bite.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The long defunct, recently revived beer "Original Recipe" $17.00 a case.

Appearance: An old school bottle with the "prince of pilsner" holding up a glass of good swill. Bright yellow and fizzy,

Smell: Spent cereal grains.

Taste: Grainy, a bit gritty, biscuity malt and little hop presence. Drinks like a "decent" macro lager.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and light bodied.

Drinkability: It is what it is. A cheap hometown beer for those fascinated with nostalgia or just short on cash. Surprisingly decent.

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Photo of Schmidts
4.17/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked a couple of 6 packs up in Clarksburg WV.
Served from a bottle in a chilled beer mug. A-Golden straw color with small very white head.
S- sweet malts and sweet corn.
T- sweet malts and tasty corn for a beer this cheap, $5.99 a 6 pack it is very flavorful, way better then Bud, Coors and the other over marketed regular beers, they can not be compared to this one. Makes me think about beers like Ortliebs when I drink this or Schmidts of Philadelphia, this is old School in taste.
M- very nice mouth feel no bad after taste goes down smooth.
D- Highly drinkable a great beer on a hot day after many hours of work. Goes great with a sandwich. Revisited this beer and had to say for what it costs it is wonderful!

I am very surprised how tasty this is for a cheap beer. Hoping it will get down in the eastern Pa area soon. As it will be my regular go to beer if it does.

Give this Beer a fair try It will grow on you the more you drink of it. It is so much better then the normal regular beers.

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Photo of stunman
2.05/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

The widely hyped reincarnated beer of Pittsburgh's past atlast. Well, I would presume the hype sold a lot of cases, but this is just a lame beer (forgive my subjectivity). Reminds me of Stroh's, Shlitz, Old Milwaukee, or even a waterdown PBR. Nothing to get excited over.

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