Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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German Pilsner
Ranked #32
Ranked #11,535
3.96 | pDev: 8.33%
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Missouri, United States
Very Good
Notes: Stammtisch is an informal group meeting held on a regular basis – more directly translating to ‘table for regulars’. Our Stammtisch was brewed to celebrate this idea of community and socializing. It’s a traditional German pilsner featuring a blend of Hallertau and Strisselspalt hops, and we think it’s the perfect accompaniment to any friendly gathering. Help us make it a ‘regular’ around here!

35 IBU
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 88
Photo of champ103
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a brilliantly clear golden/yellow color. A dense two finger white head forms with excellent retention and lots of lace left behind. This is a looker.
S: Cracker malts and bread, almost sourdough like. Herbal, grassy, lightly citrus hops. Nobel hops for sure, but subtle. Everything is subtle, and really enjoyable.
T: Again, cracker like malts, light grains, sourdough bread, and bit of sweetness. Herbal, grassy and light citrus hops in the finish. Really well done.
M/O: A light to medium body with a great effervescent bite. Supper clean, and while there is some sweetness, finishes very dry. A great Pilsner to drink. Thats it, just drink it in big gulps.

As should be expected, this is an excellent and to style Pilsner. This has been surprisingly hard to find when I travel up for some reason, I guess I am not that close to St. Louis, but anyway glad I found some and is excellent. Highly recommended.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25


Big thanks to Will_Edgar for sending this one as part of The Open golf BIF. Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from a 16 oz can into an El Catador teku glass.

A: Crystal clear, brilliant light straw to gold. Modest amount of visible carbonation – a bit lower than expected – but a beautiful dense white head with very good retention. This is very attractive.

S: Light sweet malts, with only a mild pilsner sulfurous quality. Some grassy and earthy noble hops, and a light sweet honey sweetness. Smells as it should, and fairly appealing for style here.

T: Crisp cracker malts, and the earthy and grassy herbal hops and accompanying bitterness. Some honey sweetness, and again only a mild pilsner malt-y DMS sulfur to my palate (which is a boon for me). A mild yeast estery sweetness in the middle. The malt sweetness is balanced (and maybe even exceeded) by the noble hop bitterness in the hang – but close to balanced.

M: A light crisp body, with good carbonation sensation and very low alcohol presence.

O: I’m really impressed. Wonderful balance, clarity, and minimal sulfur/DMS character is huge for my preference (even though I realize it would be within style guidelines). Maybe I’m just in the right mood tonight, but this was really a clean, refreshing, very well-made beer. I wish I could find something like this around would be a regular drinker. I think the key to styles like this…for most craft beer drinkers…is to not drink it after DIPA or Imperial Stout, where all the inherent crisp, nuanced interplay of a Pilsner disappears under the avalanche of those other beer’s flavor. Scores are given for style. Perhaps 4/5 for my personal preference overall. I’m really happy with this one.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of biscuity and bready malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has additional notes of grassy hops, which also contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer starts off nice and malty but the finish is nicely balanced off with hops. It is a good American representation of a German beer style.

Serving type: can

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Photo of ExMachina1
4.74/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great example of a German pils. Nice straw gold with a white, semi-rocky head. Nose full of noble hops. Crisp and hoppy on the platte, with just a kiss of maltiness in the middle to remind you that you are drinking a Continental lager. Emmenantly quaffable

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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been drinking this one regularly for a good while now, can't believe I hadn't wrote another poor review. Canned a month ago, dumped half into the glass and left the rest in the can for my back porch. Crystal clear yellow beer, bubbly 2 and a half finger head that lasts. Lacing covering good chunks of the side. Smells like a good pilsner, light malt and yeast with earthy, bitter hops and boy do those hops sing in the flavor. Hints of spice join for a good time. Crisp and leaves a lingering bitterness. Drink them if ya can.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

arguable the best american made pilsener i have ever had. its right up there with the very best of them, and has really set the standard for brewers here. this is textbook, traditional, and flawless pils, golden bright and super bubbly in the glass from the tap at their brewery, sporting over an inch of lasting white head, and bursting with fresh pale barley malt and grassy bittering hops, balanced as can be in the nose, and with an old world lager yeast strain fermented perfectly. the flavor is great, light cerealy pils malt up front, clean hops on the back end, soft citrus, light bread, essentially german. dry, lighter medium bodied, and carbonated aggressively. shocked to see this doesnt have higher ratings here, if you dont like the style fine, but from a technical standpoint, this really cannot be improved upon. maybe it doesnt travel as well in the package as it tastes at the brewery, but still, its a beer i could drink all day long and be neither sloppy drunk or bored of it, and thats a tough pair of tasks to accomplish with one beer, especially a pale lager. as good as any out there, one of the quintessential urban chestnut beers, and one deserving of far wider praise and appreciation. huge fan!

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Photo of barnzy78
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, dated 04/17/17
A - fluffy white head caps a slightly hazed pale golden colored bier
S - earthy, grassy hops, pilsner malt, grain, yeast
T - traditional German Pilsner flavors: grassy, earthy, and spicy German hops lead the way with pilsner malt, yeast
M - lighter body, very creamy and a dry modestly bitter finish
O - one of the best American brewed German Pilsners I've ever had. Spot on.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau pilsner glass from a 16 fl oz can on June 6, 2017. Canned on 04/03/17. A near perfect representation of the style. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of jkblr
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz canned 4/17/17 poured into a .5L krug at fridge temp. The beer is a slightly cloudy straw yellow with off white head. Think kellerbier more than NE cloudy. The residual head is substantial as is the lacing. Aroma is part floral and part grassy hops. The taste is perfectly balanced German malt with noble hops. It starts with crackery malt and finishes dry with grassy hop notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation. The finish is dry. Overall, outstanding. Too get this much malt and hop flavor in a pilsner and have the perfect dry finish is not easy. This beer is amazingly well crafted and perfectly suited to the 16oz pop top cans. Recommended for any pilsner lover.

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Photo of FBarber
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a completely clear crisp gold color. Very effervescent at first, but the bubbles gradually subside. Frothy white head dissipates steadily leaving no residual head other than a ring of foam along the outside of the beer.

Smell has notes of bready cracker malts, some floral spicy hops, bit of grain - very nice and appropriate for the style.

Taste follows the nose with a nice bready malt flavor present throughout. Spicy hops up front giving way to a grainy herbal bitterness on the finish. Touch of sweetness appropriate for the style. That bitterness on the finish is quite pronounced especially as the beer warms, but its a spicy herbal bitterness that you'd expect from the german hops.

Mouthfeel is a tad heavier that I'd expect, almost a bit syrupy or oily? I think Id' prefer a bit more crispness. Mild prickly carbonation.

Overall this might be the best American brewed german pilsner I've had. Very true to style and very well crafted. Another excellent offering from Urban Chestnut.

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Photo of steveh
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a big fan of Urban Chestnut's German-style beers, I've been wanting to try this Pilsner since I saw it introduced. Lucked on a 4-pack of pint cans ($10) at a small local today and I'm excited to jump in.

Poured into my short Becher glass. No ABV info on the can, and I'm hoping the date on the can's bottom is a packaged date: 04/03/17.

From the UC web site, added after my review: 5.4% ABV, 35 IBU, Hallertau Merkur, Hallertau Mittelfruh, Hallertau Hersbrucker, and Strisselspalt hops -- yikes. Malts: all Pilsner.

L -- Pale, slightly hazy straw to golden color with a firm, sudsy white head that is holding up well.

S -- Mild DMS up front with lightly spicy hops back. Some light, bready malts come through at the end.

T -- Herbal, spicy hops right up front with a good bready, crackery malt character following quickly behind. The finish is the same balance of crackery malts with herbal hops that come on with a strong bitterness toward the end that lingers long into the aftertaste. The bitterness is of the sort that usually stunts my palate, but the good malts help balance the dry bitterness.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp -- even slightly syrupy, with a light-medium body and dry finish.

O -- A very nice rendition of the style from a stateside brewery. The balance of malts to hops is very tasty, even when the hops win out in the end. The bready to crackery malt character that defines the backbone of this beer is very traditional and takes me right back to Germany. While the hop bitterness puts this up there with the Nouveau U.S. Pilsners of the day, the hop character is all traditional, not American. And the malt flavor is completely German in style.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is German malts/hops, grains and slightly earthy. The flavor is grainy German malts, light citrus,slightly earthy and a spicy German hop finish.

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Photo of --Dom--
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a perfect pils. Let me first say, I am a true lover of Pilsner Urquell, That said, I understand that Pilsner Urquell is a Czech pils where this is a German pils. Nevertheless, I had never had anything made in the U.S. that came anywhere near approaching the technical perfection and life-changing crisp-liciousness of Pilsner Urquell until I had Stammsitch. It's not surprising to me really. Urban Chestnut has blown me away with Zwickel for years. Stammtisch to me is just the obvious evolution of where the brewery was headed. The light malt body, the crisp unapologetic snap of the pils yeast, the pronounced yet balanced bite of the German hops...... If you haven't had it, try it. If you've tried it and don't love it.... There's something wrong with you. If you can't get it... I feel sorry for you. If you think I'm crazy and all you drink is IPA..... I was once where you are young man.... keep drinking.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Full pour at Union 50. Golden body, slight haze but quite clean overall. Head is white. Lots of lacing. Nose is quiet, a smidgen of grain, but not much more. The flavor is sweet, with a honey note, strong cracker core, and a very mild bitterness in the close. Delicious, and an easier drinker.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold with rising carb trails, sturdy head of white foam with a creamy surface texture and sticky lacing.
Aroma is grassy with noble hops backed by dry crackery malt. Crisp feel with light grassy bitterness, smooth and clean.
Assertive crackery pilsner malt, light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Lingering hop bitterness into the aftertaste. Great feel, very easy drinking. Closed out the Great Taste with multiple pours of this.

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Photo of bwood06
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap

A - slightly hazy and golden straw in color. tall white frothy head that dissipates slowly. 3.75/5

S - white bread with slight caramelization. slight buttery note. grassy hops. 4/5

T - well hopped and clean flavor. balanced sweet caramel with good amount of hops. very simple but very flavorful. 4.25/5

M - moderate high carbonation with carbonation burn. medium light body. 4.25/5

O - Excellent pilsner. very flavorful, way more so than most pilsners that I've had. 4/5

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a massive head perched atop the clear golden liquid; very impressive stickage and gobs of lacing linger

Smell: Bready and somewhat floral

Taste: Bready malt undertones lay the foundation and the grassy, floral hops add a nice level of bitterness; crisp, clean finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is quite an impressive take on the style; so good when fresh from the tap

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Photo of TH28
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Light golden and clear, with a thick, frothy foam head with nice lacing. Aroma: Light breadiness and hint of floral hop. Taste: light cracker maltiness that gives way to a strong spicy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel: Light body with crisp carbonation Finish: Spicy hop bitterness dominates the finish. Overall: Great version of a German Pils. Lighter maltiness and body than a Czech Pils, with a dry, sharp hop bitterness. It’s freshness makes it better than it’s German counterparts

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Photo of Suds
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Urban Chestnut has never disappointed me, and this beer isn't an exception. Bready, slightly sweet, mildly bitter hops, slight sulfur and a lot of flowery hops...nice. Crisp, clean, and flavorful. The beer is golden-yellow, with a very slight haze. The head is enormous, white, and solid. Malt, bread, and flowery hops smell. Very clean finish. Great!

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Photo of humuloner22
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Better than most American Pilsners but this is not a spectacular beer.

Appearance: Hazy light gold color. Very clear, some head retention but not a great amount.

Smell: Bready malts some hops but very mild. This is one of the better Urban Chestnut beers in regard to flavor.

Taste: A little bitterness but more bready yeast and malts are dominant. This is an alright beer but like the rest of the lineup its not specatular. But this is one of the better of the lineup.

Overall: I don't think I would seek out this brewery again. These beers are not that great. For the money I would rather have a macro version. They just don't do what a quality beer in this category should. I wish I could say these are better but they are just not.

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Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Poured out a clear, straw-yellow color with a good-sized, white head of foam. It smelled of caramel, floral notes and a touch of citrus. Sweet caramel with a sharp bitterness and a clean finish.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with excellent clarity. A fingernail of off white head rests on top. Moderate Brussels lacing. I smell grassy German hops and earthy pilsner yeast. The taste is sourdough bread and light malt. The mouth is crisp and dry.

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Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours a cloudy maize color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong wheat, strong pale malt, hint of hop, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong wheat, strong pale malt, hint of hop, and a hint of yeast. Overall, great appearance and feel, but lacking complexity, and too much wheat flavor.

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Stammtisch from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 88 ratings