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Downright Pilsner | Port City Brewing

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BA SCORE
83
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23 Reviews
Downright PilsnerDownright Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port City Brewing
Virginia, United States | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mdfb79 on 06-20-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
110
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
26.3%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 110
Reviews by HattedClassic:
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
The beer pours a nice bubbly and foamy white head that last quite a bit and leaves some decent lacing. The beer itself is a nice medium gold and clear.

Smell:
A strong bitter and floral with a nice pine hop note with a nice pale malt smell that is overpowered by the hops.

Taste:
The hops are a fairly bitter and come out strong into a lemon and orange (citrus) finish. The malts have a slight role that is barely noticeable but still manage to show up.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish.

Overall:
Much better. Probably worth picking up every now and then.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/24….pours a pale dirty gold with high white foam. Citrus nose, lemons and rinds. Sweet hoppyness, light pils flavor. Czech pils nailed. Perfect for the style.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Deep golden hue, mild haze. Lacing leaves some rings on the glass. Spicy hop and a toasted cracker-like grain in the nose, clean. Deep crispness within the moderate sized body, on the dry side for sure. Prick of hop bitterness, spicy with a faint orange rind flavor. Bread crust, crackers, grapenuts, & more spicy hop. Dry and clean finish with more lingering spicy hop. A pretty serious pils, drinkable too.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My nephew brought a growler of this up to Lancaster this weekend along with one of the Wit. It's a very pretty beer in the glass; a slightly hazy gold with a generous head that scattered into lacing. The beer is actively generating a nice stream of bubbles. The aroma is not the best characteristic of this beer but is malty and pleasant. I liked the flavor which is well balanced and not assertive. There is a decent, lingering finish that tends toward the hoppy. The conditioning is very good, just enough to perk up one's thirst quenching but not enough to crowd the subtle pilsner flavors. A good beeer to drink while writing on the porch.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, golden yellow color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with very strong aromas of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly toasted French baguettes or English muffins. I also get notes of caramel, black pepper, and lots of grassy, citrusy, herbal floral aromas.

Taste: Very nice! Lots of bready, toasted malt flavors up front, imparting some biscuity, pretzel-like flavors, followed by some orange and lemon-like citrus, spices of black pepper, cilantro, coriander, some caramel-like sweetness, finished with a touch of grassy, slightly piney hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and creamy, as there is very little carbonation. With an ABV of 4.8%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I’m not a real fan of pilsners, as I usually find them to be too hoppy and harsh. That being said, I really, really, really like Port City’s Downright Pilsner. It’s beautifully balanced between malt and hops, is very refreshing and is absolutely delicious!

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tclipse
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of HuntDaddy540
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice presence of malt, grass, caramel and citrus.
Appearance- This beer is a murky golden yellow color with a small white head.
Taste- Has a great toasted malt flavor with a bready aftertaste.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with low carbonation, has a creamy to oily texture.
Overall- A nice pilsner, that is well balanced.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Keene
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Barracudas
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of smakawhat
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Really nice looking pilsner here, a huge column of rising uniform pinhead bubbles, all lining up and dancing through an eighteen karat gold body. Head is a real nice clumpy bright white, with some staying power, the beer looks very inviting.

Real nice bready malts, with a big and controled hop floral action it seems. There's a little bit of woody smoke in this which is really odd but I seem to dig it. So far looking forward to this.

Dang what happened? Palate hits, but there's just nothing really going on. Mid palate doesn't really fill with anything, no sweetness, no malt taste, it feels completely empty. Finish has some mild hop bitter taste, and some slight bread dough. Mouthfeel is solid for a nice density in German territory, but the palate just doesn't come forward.

Overall, a bit of a disappointment compared to most German pilsners I've had, but an ok beer.

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