Low Life
Evil Twin Brewing

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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #339
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #40,848
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 10.63%
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
371
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Evil Twin Brewing
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  9
Gots
  58
SCORE
83
Good
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Notes: A clever woman once said; ‘fair is foul and foul is fair’. On that note we threw in a young, unacknowledged hoppy pilsner gave it a limp, wrinkly flavor and finished it off with an insulting high price that will give you a foul feeling in your mouth. That’s why we name Evil Twin Brewing’s Low Life the Golddigger of Beers.
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Steve555 from Wales

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale amber in colour, slightly cloudy, smallish head, medium to soft carbonation. Floral hops aroma. Slight bitterness in the hops and medium maltiness, medium body. Smooth slightly dry mouthfeel. Refreshing. Excellent subtlety of a great pilsner. Best pilsner outside of Germany or Czech Republic I have tried. Often craft breweries over hop lagers but this is well balanced.

Jul 04, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It is shaping up to be an interesting day! I am to be interviewed for a documentary later and then the local homebrew club is having a soiree this evening. In the meantime, there is work to be done for The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "A clever woman once said; ‘fair is foul and foul is fair’. On that note we threw in a young, unacknowledged hoppy pilsner gave it a limp, wrinkly flavor and finished it off with an insulting high price that will give you a foul feeling in your mouth. That’s why we name Evil Twin Brewing’s Low Life the Golddigger of Beers."

The Crack! was rather exciting as it revealed a brimful craft CAN, leading to some foaming through the vent. I immediately CANmenced emergency Glug procedures to alleviate the problem, causing the formation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, soapy, eggshell-white head with very good retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose was very bready, slightly yeasty with a Noble hops bite that rendered it interesting, at least. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but definitely big for the style. The taste was very grassy & hay-like, more towards a Czech Pils, IMHO. Still, that is not really a CANplaint as I prefer my Pils to have some bite, rather than being entirely malty. I really found myself enjoying this one, although I CANnot remember what I paid for it. If it was a reasonable cost, it would be great in my Summer cooler, but given the brewery, I CAN imagine that it was spendy. Finish was actually pretty dry, mostly thanks to the hops. It was lightly bready, but not enough to offset the inherent dryness.

Jun 26, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Evil Twin Brewing "Low Life"
1 pint can, coded "BATCH#035 14:08"
$3.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's quite hazy for a Pilsner, but hazy beers are in right now so I guess that's OK. I'm quite sure Germans would think differently. It also has a finger-thick head of rocky white above it, which is nice. It seems to be holding quite well. The aroma is pleasant, expressing floral and grassy hops and grainy malt, although there is some yeast there which I find distracting. There's some yeast in the flavor as well, though not nearly as distracting, partially because there's so much grainy malt there. It's fairly full for a Pilsner, but there's enough hop flavor that it's properly off-set, and a bold bitterness to balance it. The dry, bitter, and hoppy finish lingers. It's fairly aggressive, which is OK, but it's also not that refined. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp then smooth.

Mar 14, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a light yellow to copper color with a light almost transparency to it. Stiff one and a half finger's worth of white foamy head slid off at a moderate pace. Not much lace.
The aroma had a white bread to biscuit-like maltiness flowing over some grassy to spicy hops.
The flavor was slightly sweet with the spicy hops trying to make a decent play to come in underneath. Mild bready aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt on par. ABV felt as projected. Smooth bready finish.
Overall, pretty good pilsener that I could have again.

Oct 20, 2017
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pilsner glass: color is gold, hazy, not dense but not clear; head color is off white with small to medium size bubbles, presenting about 1/2+ inch thick then dissipating to a frothy 1/8 inch top.

Smell has a light crackery/biscuity malt component, but its overtaken by some spicier hops.

Taste is a little sweet, not too dry: flavor is neutral malt, I don't get much pilsen flavor; hops are bitter and moderately spicy. The beer flavor is good, but it does ring true to pilsner to me. There is some light esters and the stronger bitterness leans ale like beer.

Mouthfeel is on the sweeter side for pilsner but not bad; fairly solid bitterness on the sides of the tongue and cheeks.

Overall, a slightly different take on german pilsner style: a bit bitter, moderately sweet and neutral to sweet malt flavor. Lacking the dry, crisp punch of many others.

Jul 25, 2017
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can into Pilsener glass. No date.

L: Hazy gold, finger width white head has average retention.

S: Grainy malts, some floral and herbal notes of hops.

T: Again, grainy malts, bready in a way. Grassy herbal hop is the majority but this also has a floral and fruity twist to it that is nice and refreshing.

F: Light, crisp, clean.

O: A very refreshing Pilsener and a very good beer too.

Jun 28, 2017
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CNoj012 from New York

3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy golden yellow color with a huge, fluffy off white head that sticks around forever as a rocky, one finger cap. There are hanging rings of lacing as well.

Smell is fruity, herbal, spicy and a touch of crackery malts and grains.

Taste is very similar with an herbal lemon tea flavor on the finish.

Feel is light and very drinkable. I just wish the finish was a bit more crisp.

Overall a good pilsner. Some of the flavors are a bit weird for the style, but I like it.

Oct 11, 2016
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utopiajane from New York

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy and yellow but brightly yellow with a cream colored head of foam that is tall and persists until the end of the beer. I pint so good I get to really drink it. Smells fruity with lots of spice. It is canned 33715 and these hops still entice the nose and smell bold. They show floral, fruit, spice and plenty of earth. Malt is underneath and firm, breaddy. Taste is generous with bread and hops but hops are exotic. Floral and fruity the also give plenty of spice and earth. It's soft overall and the bitterness is crisp. No diacetyl no dms, no alcohol on the nose or on the palate but as it approaches 6 percent you can see how the hops take a different place in the beer. The alcohol does give a bit of sweetness to the finish and the malt is round and firm and stays forward until the end. I liked this a lot. Mostly dry finish and pushes right up to IPA type hops on a pilsner malt style. Excellent.

Jun 11, 2016
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tomghiley from Canada (ON)

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very good Pilsner. Only problem, is its expensive...and it's a Pilsner. There's not too many pilsners I've had that I prefer more than this one, only problem is that each one that I DID prefer more, was half the price, so no, I won't ever be buying this one again.

Apr 21, 2016
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Todd from California

3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crisp, Grainy, Hoppy, Bready

Bright golden, with a massive creamy head and a deep, grainy nose. Very crisp with prickly carbonation. The aroma is floral with a soft hoppiness, a bit of rind, browned apple and herbal spice. Light sweetness with a dry, bready finish and biscuity grain linger. Low Life isn't what you'd expect from a Pils. Refreshingly odd and hoppy.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #110 (March 2016).

Mar 24, 2016
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I really dont get the pandering irony of the brewer's description. But I liked this better than I thought and worlds better than Bikini.

A- Tall boy delivers a hazy light golden pilsner brew into a wine glass. The head is white, frothy and retains well. Large sheet of lace glaze.

S- Pilsner profile, with more herbal and spicy hops lending a top to the the pale malt tones of white bread and cracker. A bit grassy and pale fruits.

T- The hops gain traction on the palate - grassy, herbal and spicy. Hints of pale fruit, like grape, cereal grains and bready cracker. Balanced. Good food beer - tonight with sushi.

F - Light bodied and crisp. Sprightly carbonation.

A solid pilsner, a notch below Sit Down Son or Yacht.

Mar 06, 2016
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irrevjim from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

from a can to a pilsner glass
look; pale yellow sunburst, a hint of reddish orange towards the center, very bubbly. 1" white head that fades and leaves a thin covering and lacing
smell; herbal hops, yeasty, a little grassy, a little fruity, hint of honey malt and noble hops
taste; herbal tea, herbal hops, hint of classic noble hops and pilsner malt, a little grass, a little sugar, pretty good combination
feel; carbonated but smooth, a little malty, medium bodied feel which isn't heavy but feels a little heavier than it tastes
overall; very nice, drinkable, interesting, i like their descriptions on their bottles and cans, a must read.

Feb 22, 2016
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headlessparrot from Canada (ON)

3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intensely curious, as far as German pilsners go--here's a beer that's far from crystal clear and whose hopping seems far from noble (and far from subtle)--and yet also very tasty, blending as it does some feature characteristics of the pilsner style (a nice crispness, a bready, biscuity malt backbone and some vegetal, noble hopping) with some new-wave pizazz in the form of that delicious citrus hopping, lighter carbonation, and a really tasty hop presence.

Dec 22, 2015
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Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured. Pours a golden color with a thin fizz head. Grain, corn and hints of fruit on the aroma. Flavor matches closely with some hops that come in late. Grainy linger. Easy drinking. Pretty good.

Dec 15, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to woodychandler, whose large package I received just before I left PA for the winter is still being sampled. This is one of those beers. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, light sweetness. Taste is malts, grains, some floral hops, touch of sweetness, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing beer.

Nov 27, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a flute glass at the Iron Abbey in Willow Grove, PA. The appearance is a hazy golden orange with a moderate sized white head. The aroma is full of malt with some biscuit and hops added for fun. The flavor is big on malt and bread, a really nice flavor. Overall, a really good beer.

Nov 15, 2015
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EMH73 from New York

3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little more hops than most pilsners that I have had as well as a little more carbonation. Both work for me. Very drinkable but nothing that makes it stand out as special.

Oct 21, 2015
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Spikester from Oregon

3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a Nonic pint glass yields four and one half fingers of white head that really lasts. Lightly hazed gold color. Lacing is plentiful.
Smell is grassy herbal hops with a dab of Pilsner malt.
Taste is grassy herbal hops of the noble type. Some bread crust malts but buried under the hops.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation and a crisp bitter finish.
Overall an easy drinking Pilsner with just a slightly higher hop level than that famous Czech Pilsner.
Good job E.T. Would I buy it again? If I'm in the mood for a nice Pilsner yes!

Sep 14, 2015
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Moderate amount of bubbles and about one finger of white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A crisp and bready malt forward aroma with a scent of biscuit, cracker, and floral hops. Bready malt hints of biscuit, grains, cracker, and lager yeast. Floral and spicy Noble hops along with a little grass. Subtle fruit hints. A pretty solid Pils aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bready and crisp malt driven taste with notes of biscuit, cracker, and floral hops. Pale malt with bready notes of biscuit, cracker, grains, straw, and lager yeast. Spicy and floral Noble hop notes. Also a little grass and subtle citrus. A solid balanced Pils taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and fairly drying on the finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Pilsner. Good balance of bready malt and spicy Euro hops.

Sep 07, 2015
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled last night on 8/26/15. Comes in a single 16 ounce can for around $3 or so from the Hy-Vee across the Missouri River in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in a tall 20 ounce weissber glass.

Brew pours a slight hazy apricot golden amber in color with a good 3-finger foamy wheat head that finally settles down to a 5mm layer after about 5 mins or so. Lots of sheet-like lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is of floral hops and grains for the most part. More going on with the taste as there is also a hint of light spice and light fruits also. Does have a crisp, bitter and dry finish and lasted more than I like. Lighter to medium-bodied with good carbonation. Not a big fan of this one. Overall, it was a one time try for me though.

Aug 27, 2015
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Evil Twin Low Life has a very thick, off-white head, a hazy (powdery sediment) apricot-orange-gold appearance, some bubble streams, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of tropical fruity hops and sweetness, and the flavor is of sweet, white bread, pale malt, tropical fruit pulp, and fairly strong hop bitterness at the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Evil Twin Low Life finishes mostly dry and mellow.

RJT

Aug 22, 2015
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Lukass from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A pretty good, hop forward Pilsner. Lots of earthy, herbal hop bitterness, giving it a sort of bitter, tea-like quality. As it warmed, the black tea flavors really came out in the hops. A sweet malty backbone with a frothy white head. This one has a very creamy mouthfeel. Not your usual crisp Pilsner. I really enjoyed a pint of this and would have it again. Evil twin has never put out a bad beer, IMO.

Aug 13, 2015
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MUTINY from Virginia

3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a clear straw/copper with 1" white head that fizzles out quickly. Retention is so-so, lacing is nonexistent.

S: Very pleasant sweetish malt with just the slightest hop touch. Straightforward & very enticing.

T: Comes on with more of that sweet malt & gradually increasing bitterness through the mid palate. Finish is perhaps a touch heavy-handed on the bitterness.

M: Perfect carb with a nice bready malt body. Finishes properly crisp.

O: Solid little Pils.

Jul 28, 2015
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Evil Twin Low Life

A- Tall boy delivers a slightly hazy medium golden brew into two pint glasses. The head is white, frothy and retains fairly well. Large sheet of lace at the top and a few spots below.

S- Fairly mild overall with herbal and spicy hops leading to pale malt tones like bread and cracker. A bit grassy and something reminds me of pale fruits.

T- The hops gain some prominence on the palate as they are grassy, herbal and fairly spicy. Hints of pale fruit like grape, light stone fruit, cereal grains and bready cracker. A bit sweet for me.

MF- Light bodied and the defining adjective I'd use is crisp. Just a bit puffy and frothy and would feel thin in any other style. High end carbonation.

Its a solid drinker but as the description ironically ironically suggests its not worth the money. Also doesn't touch the great Pilsners even the Western Hemisphere ones.

Jul 04, 2015
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very little aroma, just slight spiciness comes up at the nose. Beauty cloudy golden wheat appearance. Wonderfully effervescent, this really is a smashing pilsner. Plenty of flavor, but restrained. The hop presence here works in the traditions role o balancer rather than focus.

Jun 06, 2015
Low Life from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 371 ratings