Evil Twin Low Life | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Low LifeEvil Twin Low Life

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

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

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Photo of CNoj012
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.55/5  rDev -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.

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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 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 Act25
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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 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 Roelleke1986123inkijk
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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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 EMH73
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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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 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 BeerWithMike
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.


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Photo of Lukass
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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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 cbutova
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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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 Goblinmunkey7
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Almost completely clear dark gold with a huge bubbly white head. Drops to a small loose cap and collar in short order. Some splotches of lacing. Lively carbonation on the pour. Looks like the real thing.

Smell: Grain and husk. Pale malt. A small hint of earth and dirt. Lager yeast. Super clean. Mild pale malt sweetness with a touch of rice. Very mild esters as well. Not a ton going on here. A touch of grass. A little dirty.

Taste: Oh those dirty earthy German hops. Clean, crisp malt body. A solid toasted bread crust. Some minor pale malt sweetness as well. Grain husk. A touch of cereal grains. Small touches of grass and something that reminds me of wheat. Lager yeast throws very minor esters. Very soft fruity esters in the back. Dirt and the smallest hint of bitterness and citrus buried in the back.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is on point. Ever so slightly smooth on the initial sip with a crisp finish.

Overall: Let's slum some time.

I get the joke, but this is a hoppier version of the beer on which it riffs. The carbonation is nice for the style and it drinks close to style as well. Well played.

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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 mdagnew
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a pale straw yellow colour... slightly off white head poured quite loose and frothy then faded fairly quickly to almost nothing... only the faintest trace of carbonation... some light lacing...

Aroma - Nice light citrusy and grassy hops, crackery biscuit and grainy malts, quite peppery, some rubbery notes, juicy fruits (grapefruits, pears and light mangoes), floral honey, cut wet grass and hay, faint caramel...

Taste - Light citrusy and peppery hop bitterness, some juicy fruits (grapefruits, pears), light biscuity malts, some sweet floral honey, grassy, sweet grains, lightly perfumed, quite herbal, light traces of chalk...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... Light body... An extremely quaffable pilsener...

Overall - A very nice example of a Pilsener... recommended...

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Photo of Moose90
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a clear and bright yellow hue, there is a thin white head that fades rather quickly.

S — Smells of pilsner malts and yeast, little bit peppery and grassy, but not much going on.

T — Taste is clean enough, but fairly straightforward notes of pilsner. Grassy, fresh, bright.

M — Light, crisp and clean, one of its few redeemable qualities.

O — OK overall, read the side of the bottle. . .Could be better, could be worse.

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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 barczar
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Resiny, bitter, and plasticy in aroma. There's a touch of floral hops and muted citrus.

Flavor is herbal and minerally, with a very earthy, bitter finish.

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