Blue Pants Brewery

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Pilsner - German
4.1 | pDev: 10.98%
Blue Pants Brewery
Alabama, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Blue Pants presents our German Style Pilsener: Featuring a blend of hops from the Hallertauer region, Premium German Pils Malt, and yeast that comes from a famous brewery in Bavaria.

33 IBU
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 74 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Served up a richly-hued yellow body, great clarity with an inch of white foam. Sufficient lacing.

Smell: Pilsner malt housing a faint kiss of wildflower honey sweetness, a hunk of dough and a pinch of powdery grain dust.

Taste: Pils, just a little honeyed sweetness, with a lightly astringent grain accent in the background. Light lemon for a touch of citrus, peppery spice and a bit of leafy greenery from the hops. Mildly bitter. Finishes nicely dry and fairly crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Fairly decent.

Jul 04, 2019
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm trying this at the brewery. It poured a clear yellow with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had faint earthy hop notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with grain and peat finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Feb 12, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can (not dated) poured into a 16 oz Full Sail pint glass.

Mild haze to this one, a nice hay colored body with a tall creamy cap of 2 fingers. Nice lace left up and down the sides of the glass in streaks.

Aroma is both clean and funky at the same time. Very green grains here, with a slight honey-cereal sweetness and grassy hop.

Flavor is prominently grassy, with baked grain, slight pepper, lemon peel, and grapefruit. Some odd tart thing going on. Nice herbal bitterness as well.

Feel is crisp, not really clean, kinda palate scrubbing.

Overall a pretty darn good Pilsner. I heard this was like 4th in the nation, but there's two pilsners in Nebraska that beat this hands down (Brickway Pils and Blue Blood 6-4-3, my personal #2 and #1 respectively). Still, check it out if you find it.

Jul 24, 2018
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gopens44 from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shocked to find the rating as low on this as it is. Perhaps that's because it toes the line between German and Czech (IMO)? Even so, this is a great product, hands down. Starts off a little too excited as the foamy white head explodes up the glass, leaving behind circles of sticky white lacing. The beer itself is a touch more hazy than what I've typically seen in a pils, but still golden and nearly clear after some haze fades off.

Crisp, bright nose full of sometimes earthy, sometimes floral and sometimes grainy aroma but always a peppery undertone.

Taste is massively floral upfront with an extremely bitter component that ends up becoming slightly balanced out by an earthy finish and that same pepper in the nose making up most of the bitter aftertaste.

Thin in a drinkable (not watery) way makes this beer just a terrific treat.

Aug 29, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.11/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Received as an extra in a trade. Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear straw hue with a thin wispy head that fades to leave nothing.

S - Aromas of light grains, faint light cracker malts, faint tartness.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of cracker, very weird tartness. Same for a weird bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

O - Overall this was a very mediocre beer. Really really underwhelming.

Serving Type: bottle

Aug 11, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

2.98/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 4/11/16

Pours a light fizzy head fades instantly, slight hazy yellow pilsner color.

Nose weird, little mineral and sulfur, strange flowery chalky aroma, mild lemony tart, hint cereal malt, more like a gose, hint grassy floral hop.

Taste mild sulfur minerality, weird floral herbal hop fair bitterness, chalk, briny little toasted pilsner malt, touch doughy, weird lemony tartness. Finish more sulfur tartness lingering and spicy herbal bitterness.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb, tartness little flemmy even.

Overall terrible.

Aug 11, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pilsener glass. It's pretty old, with a stamp saying "born on 2/25/2015." It's quite an attractive pour: a cloudy, golden-straw color with an enormous, fluffy, gelato-like head of cream color, and significant lacing that didn't dissipate. Adding to the appearance are myriad tiny, champagne-like bubbles quickly surfacing, adding to the head. It has a rather hoppy nose for a pilsener with a nice aroma of lemon and biscuit. I'm impressed with the depth of flavor: it begins with sweet pils malt that gives it almost a vanilla taste, followed by citrus, biscuit, and a crisp, bitter, hop finish. This beer is light and crisp but it also has a creaminess I didn't expect. At 5.6% ABV, It's easy to drink, particularly on a hot day. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. This is a well-crafted pilsener. It's not marketed in my area but hope to find it again some day.

Jul 24, 2016
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle, stamped born on "02/09/2016," into Pilsener glass. Brewed from all German ingredients, this is a big, malty but 5.60 ABV Pilsner that rivals "imperial" pilsners for depth of flavor.

Jul 18, 2016
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Dper from Alabama

4.87/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crystal clear straw with a nice head. Smells hoppier than your normal Pilsner. Almost like a pale ale. Tastes like a light pale ale but finishes crisp like a lager. Finishes clean. Overall this is a great beer. Clean and crisp with great flavor. My new favorite Pilsner.

May 28, 2016
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the slightly warm bottle, it pours golden with a large white head (due to the warmth, I suspect). Hops is noticeable in the nose and the Pils bitterness comes through. Enjoyable.

May 20, 2016
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Davidstan from Alabama

3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice pils.
A. Yellow straw
S. Some floral notes and crackery hints
T. Great hop taste and crisp finish
O. Will buy again when in the mood for authentic German Pils

Apr 30, 2016
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beertunes from Mayotte

3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RichJ1970 for including this in the great box he sent as part of NBS BIF #3. 12oz bottle, born on 2/9/16, poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy yellow, with 1/2 inch of white head that had good retention and light lacing.

The aroma featured a nice grain scent and some gentle hops. Fairly typical for the style. The taste profile was pretty similar, just with the features a bit brighter. The body was smooth and even, but perhaps a bit fuller than typical. Not that it hurt my enjoyment at all. ;)

Drinkability was very good, this is one of those smooth and easy drinkers that you can pour down all day. Overall, a very nice, solid, and enjoyable example of the style. Certainly worth your time if get the chance to try it..

Apr 06, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap at the brewery into a pilsner glass. The appearance is a clear golden yellow with a small white head. The aroma is a light hop smell. The taste is a smooth hop flavor.

Mar 07, 2016
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T_Hass from Georgia

3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Golden wheat with a small ount of a light fluffy head.
S - grainy with a hint of hop character
T - grainy, slight alcohol on the back end
F- light, crips, great carbonation

Overall I don't drink a lot of pils so i dont have much to compare to but this is one of the best that I've had.

Poured from a bottle into a mason jar. No dating.

Jul 25, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Born on 4/5/15 at 41 degrees into shaker
Aroma of grain and hops
Head small (1.5 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to 2 mm ring and layer
Lacing – poor. Small archipelago of small to medium bubbles
Body straw-colored, clear, effervescent
Flavor grainy with hop bitterness as an aftertaste; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, dry

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

Jun 26, 2015
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: crystal clear with beautiful straw color. Huge fluffy head. Great retention and complex lacing.

Smell: prominent Pilsner malt followed by subtle spicy noble hop aroma. Not overpowering but enough to make me want to immediately take a drink.

Taste: Fantastic. Bready malt taste with crisp, mildly spicy bitterness. Very clean, crisp and dry finish.

Feel: light-bodied with medium carbonation, seemed appropriate for style.

Overall: outstanding. Clean and delicious. This went fast. Gonna be a staple here in the hot summer.

May 31, 2015
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Vestlake from Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an average American style German Pilsner. IMO, the hops are too prominent. There are better American and imported pilsners. Not sure why the rating is so high.

Apr 25, 2015
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grumpygerman from Alabama

4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pefect North Geman Pils, a little harsher and hoppier than South German Pilsener with faint malt sweetness and a dry clean finish. Love the hops, the head lacing, the bready smell, the crisp finish. It takes me to Germany but only a few Pilsener in Germany are still of this high quality.

Apr 11, 2015
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BeerSnobBrianPharmD from Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Modestly poured into pint glass. Nice head and lingering lacing. The color is as as pale as a macrobrew (now skeptical)! The smell is spot on, though, with hops and malts both competing to satisfy your olfactory sensorium. The taste is also spot on; manifesting the quintessential flavor my palate is expecting when I open my trap to gulp a refreshing pilsner after a little time out in the Tennessee spring weather. Feels great in the mouth and on the way down the gullet. No heavy feeling either. I am left with a pleasantly bready and subtlety spicy aftertaste. Great beer that I will buy again! Proof that extremely clear, blonde beer can bring the flavor. 5.6% ABV to boot. Cheers!

Apr 11, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blue Pants Brewery "Pils"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BORN ON: 2/25/2015"
$1.50 @ Trader Joe's #664, Nashville, TN

I'm sufficiently impressed. What I look for in a pils is pilsner malt flavor, and a proper balance of the right hops. Clarity, head retention, and lacing are important as well, but those are easy. With that said, I actually find it straddles the line between a Czech Pils and the stiffer, more bitter German style - although it clearly leans towards Germany. It's peppered with spicy and floral hops with a bit of lemon. It's balanced to allow some of the sweet notes of the malt to appear upfront before the hops step in, followed by the solid bitterness which leads to a dry, hoppy finish. I'll look for more of their beers.

Apr 07, 2015
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richj1970 from Alabama

4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A: Crystal clear sunshine yellow with enormous 4-5 finger soapy white head that lasts forever and leaves nice chunky lacing.

S: Cracker malts and baked bread. Light lemon and floral notes. Just a hint of spices.

T: Light cracker malts, a little honey sweetness, and a peppery spice.

M: Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Finish is light and crisp. Very refreshing to drink.

O: Pilsners are not a normal style for me, but this one is very well done. If all pilsners were like this, I would drink them more often.

Mar 01, 2015
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andyboy252 from Alabama

4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type: 12 oz. Bottle poured into a footed Pils glass.

Appearance: Spot on for what a German Pils should look like. A nice white head with tight bubbles, perfectly clear, and as light of a color as I've ever seen an all malt beer.

Aroma: Lemony, noble hop spiciness, lightly floral, and crackers. Definitely on the upper level of hoppy aroma. Very distinctively German hop aroma that I love.

Taste: Fantastic. All the noble hop punch that you need followed by a cracker like Pilsen malt flavor.

Feel: Very clean, crisp, and well carbonated.

Overall: This is the best American brewed Pils I have tried. Everything about it reminds me of sitting in a pub in North Germany. Very well done.

Feb 21, 2015
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FUMath from Alabama

4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a bottle

Look: Crystal Clear, Beautiful Head and lacing, the bubbles don't quit.
Smell: Clean noble hop character, lots of nose
Taste: Hoppy in a unique and awesome way, touch of light clean bitterness to augment it. Sweet Biscuity malts
Feel: Excellent carbonation that really complements the hop character and the pilsener lagery notes. Light and pleasant

Overall: Wonderful beer. Just every detail is spot on.

Feb 21, 2015
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