Evil Twin Low Life | Evil Twin Brewing

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BEER INFO

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Amalak on 12-23-2012

BEER STATS
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63
Ratings:
331
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
24.59%
 
 
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Photo of psoriasaurus
4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything I could ask for in a pils... Beautiful golden hue out of the bottle, carbonated as F***, complex fruit/citrus nose and taste that follows. Glorious, slowwwwly dissipating white head that I am thinking about submerging my face in or around. Looks quite appetizing. This is as refreshing as beer gets, pick up a 4 pack on a hot day.

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Photo of Jree261
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-Foggy yellow orange to bright gold with cream color foam.

Smell-toffee and stone fruit. Light and summery.

Taste-Follows the nose and adds citrus fruit on the finish.

Mouthfeel-Light body and good finish on the front palate.

Overall-One of the better Pilseners I've had recently. Clean and crisp with good complexity and evolution of flavors and aromas.

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Photo of danxbar
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Firstoff, this is an unapologetic pilsener that is slightly hopped up and it definitely lives up to the title. Jokes about the name aside ("the golddigger of beers") the color is cracker yellow, body is clean, the flavors are balanced between bread and grass, and the finish is crisp. No apparent skunk from this round of bottles, and perfect for a hot evening with some legit Mexican food.
Worth the $12 for a 4 pack ($3.00 a beer)? I would pay $3 for this over any mainstream lager or most German pilseners, including Jever, given the choice. In conclusion, this is a refreshingly dry pilsener that lives up to its claims and not anyone else's.

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Photo of becktone
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all I have to say I love this beer for poking fun at Miller High Life...The red logo on the can and the name, pretty clever.

Eye: Really don't get much better than this. Beautiful gold color, lively carbonation, and a nice rocky white head. The head does fall rather quickly though leaving some spotty lacing, but that could be my glass.

Nose: Nice malt aroma. Clean and balanced. Hops don't stand out, but this isn't a malt bomb, and it shouldn't be. I would like to see a little more hop character in the aroma though, I mean its there, but I think a little more would just make this one a bit better. I mean some spicy noble hops are there, but I would like just a bit more to balance out the sweetness I'm picking up from the malt.

Mouth: Noble hops upfront, malt sweetness and then it finishes with some hops lingering in the aftertaste to balance it all out. Quite a nice beer. What wasn't there in the aroma as far as hops go is certainly in the flavor. Hops are upfront in flavor and with bitterness. Very nice. This tastes like a German Pils and is authentic in my opinion. Kudos. This is one I'd highly recommend if you are a fan of REAL PILSNER beer, not the HIGH LIFE kind hahah. Light body with appropriate carbonation.

Drinkability: This is one that I would highly recommend. Very drinkable and just overall an outstanding Pils. I'll be coming back to this beer no double about it.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant gold with a 2” bone white finely bubbled foam collar that drops to 1”.
S: flowery hops, very low background DMS, clean, no fruity esters, no diacetyl
T: malty graham cracker palate crisp dry finish, some light sugar in the background behind the malts
F: Creamy, light medium body, medium to medium high carbonation
O: Much more satisfying than a standard industrial lager.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy blonde color with a whitish hue on the sides. Decent head that is quick to fade. Looks marvelous.

Lots of malt in the nose. Grainy. Decently hopped too. I would say that this beer fits my mood as it is.

The hops are restrained, allowing the grainy malt base to dominate the palate.

Things get watery towards the back of the throat. Either that or the malt just doesn't hold up as much.

Well worth a try. I've had nothing but good experiences with Evil Twin.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold with a bubbly, fluffy white head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing around the sides of the glass.

S: Aromas of biscuits, honey, straw, minerals, herbs, grass, lemon, and lime are present on the nose.

T: Malty notes of caramel, crackers, biscuits, minerals, and honey are joined by flavors of lemon, lime, straw, grass, and herbs on the palate. The finish is hoppy, but balanced, featuring a pleasant mixture of grass, honey, mineral, biscuit, and straw flavors.

M: Medium-to-full in body and relatively dry. Carbonation is crisp and firm.

O: A nice take on a traditional German-style pils. Very well balanced with a great integration of malt and hop flavors. I could see this becoming a regular in my summer rotation.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy orange in color, 2 fingers of frothy white head with great retention, slow dissipation, and nice lacing. Smells of sweet bready sugary cereal, grassy hops, a hint of lemongrass.
A very flavorful beer for a pilsner, sweet up front, with notes of grassy hops, honey, a soapy flavor comes out a bit. Crisp, refreshing, high carbonation.. Medium body on the lighter side though.

This is an awesome beer, and reasonably priced at $10 a 4pk. Had this on tap at torst and it was a bit tastier there.. Could've been a fresher batch?

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Code on the bottom of the can 11515. Hopefully a canned on date and not best before.

Appearance: Hazy golden/caramel hue with a pillowy white head of suds.

Aroma: Grain, dry/lagery yeast esters and hops.

Taste: Flavor follows the aroma with more intense hop character of spicy and earth. Moderate bitterness paired well with a light malt flavor of grain and a bit of honey. Simple but great depth of flavor, never watery at 5.5% ABV. Crisp finish and ebbing dry bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A surprising medium in body with smooth carbonation, given the style. Definitely sessionable with a low ABV and high drinkability.

Final Thoughts: The description on the can is so negative but I really can't find a bad thing to say about this one. Evil Twin is quickly becoming a new favorite to check out. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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Photo of tomghiley
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of dar482
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer has a golden color.

The aroma has some great pilsner characteristics with grassy hops, floral aromas, and some cracker malt.

The flavor has a good malty body, but then it assaults you with a citrus and herbal bitterness. It really is quite bitter for a pilsner. The flavor is really exciting with that surprisingly hop profile.

Not my favorite pilsner as it lacks some complexity, but the hop profile is surely a highlight.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Amalak
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a bottle at Beer Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

A. It has a clear gold color with some bubbles rising up throughout. It has a foamy white head that leaves some lacing.

S. It has a very mild malt scent to it.

T. This has a nice dark fruit taste, a kind of grape taste. There's a mild hop flavor underneath. It is quite sweet with a nice crisp aftertaste.

M. Crisp and refreshing, mild body.

O. The low life has unassuming taste. Some people may not like it because it isn't exactly flavorful, but this is really balanced and it has a good, clean taste.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 10/23/2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, cracker, bread, light honey, floral, grass, light pepper, herbal, and floral/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and clean yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, floral, grass, light pine, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, floral, grass, light pine, cracker, bread, light honey and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of hop and malt flavors with minimal yeast ester presence; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hoppy pilsner style. All around nice balance and robustness of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of spoony
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (bottled on June 6, 2013) into a pokal.

A-A normal pour produces a tall, three-finger head of long-lasting, dense, white foam. Retention is good and the foam leaves chunks of lacing on the way down the glass. The brew is slightly murky, and straw/light-golden yellow in color.

S-The smell is stronger than many pils with decent hits of citrus fruit and bready malts mostly overpowering the grassy hops. There is just a bit of pepper in there, too, but this brew trends toward sweet for a pils.

T-The taste is also impressive for its strength. Again, pale bready malts are the dominate flavor, along with some lemon and orange citrus. The hops start to assert themselves more as the brew warms up a bit. Pepper and grass peek through on the finish.

M-The feel (carbonation, in particular) is a little soft and heavy for the style, but the brew remains drinkable with a slightly wet feel.

O-This pils paired well with my simple pepperoni pizza tonight. The brew may be a bit on the sweet side for a true pils fan, and the amount of citrus flavor was a little odd, but I enjoyed the strength of the flavors and it is not a complete malt bomb...you just have to wait for the hops to creep in and provide a little balance on the finish. Also, the head on this one is especially impressive, so that has to count for something, right?

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Photo of Spikester
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Schaumburger pilsner glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a nice two finger white head with active carbonation. Aroma of biscuit malt with a light fruitiness. Flavor follows aroma with biscuit malt and grassy earthy hops. The hop component is much more dominated by dry herbal elements than hop bitterness or the bright herbal hopping of American IPAs. Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation. An interesting take on a the classic German style, with the dry grassiness of the hops perhaps a bit over-presented. Still enjoyable to drink and distinctly flavored while fitting within the style.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Todd
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
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).

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Photo of Tone
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, gold color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hops, citrus, floral, hint of alcohol, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hops, hint of yeast, and a hint of floral notes. Overall, good appearance, blend, and feel.

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Photo of Brenden
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clear, bright gold, Low Life's pure white head reaches a finger and sits fluffy on top, fading after time to a creamy foam and depositing nicely thick patching as it goes.
The smell is soft but nice, very bright and clean, with plenty of Saaz hops, though it seems to be hopped more to the Czech than the German standard. Still, it's not too soft.
The taste is the same, with a gentle malty sweetness up front and a base consisting of floral and lightly herbal hops bitterness. Dryness from a grassier character comes out underneath.
Light, crisp and refreshing, as one would hope for with this style, it's nonetheless consistent and deep. The carbonation is a bit high, but it doesn't overwhelm too much.

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Evil Twin Low Life from Evil Twin Brewing
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