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Downright Pilsner | Port City Brewing

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3.51/5
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118 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port City Brewing
Virginia, United States
portcitybrewing.com

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mdfb79 on 06-20-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,461
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
118
pDev:
11.97%
Bros Score:
3.93
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of navin
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of delta490
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a clear pale gold with a creamier white head. Great retention and some effevesence

S-rich biscuit tones and mild earthy hops

T- rich malt flavors, big bread balanced against the milder noble hops. There's a pleasant fruity aspect on the finish

M-a little thinner, but with a nice fullness to it. No noticeable "bubbly" feeling from the carbonation

O-a really good, lighter but full-flavored Pilsner.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- pale yellow/orange with plenty of carbonation and a 1 finger very nice white billowy head and great retention.

S - Pleasant grassy and earthy scents balanced with some bready notes.

T - A fine and easily drinkable pilsner with a nice flavor profile of hop crispness in finish (but not out of balance), with malt/bready back to it.

M - Very good moutfeel for a light pilsner style.

O - I think Port City made a very nice summer beer here. Its got a fine balance of drinkability and flavor to make it quite a refreshing Pilsner to enjoy.

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +14%
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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Photo of DOCRW
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmisiewicz
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer with a conflicting smell

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of DuaneL
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Navalartichoke
4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a couple of sixers for a recent Halloween party I hosted. Finally getting around to trying this.

Served in a DFH, ribbed condom glass.

A: Poured a light orange color with a lot of fog pouring off this bastard. The head was small.

S: Infinitely bread with some understated fruit funk in there as well.

T: I'm glad this wasn't an overly sugar, Americanized version of this style. As it stands, this was pretty tasty: European flair with a hint of grapefruit just to let us know that Florida is indeed a state in the US of A.

M: Thick bubbles in terms of carbonation bill, which I appreciated. Mild splotchy lacing. This one rests well on the palate.

O: Not much love for this one on here. I suspect lots of outer homerism might be to blame.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewery tap room in Alexandria, VA.

A: single finger and excellent lacing on a slightly hazy bright golden body.

S: grains, pale malts, saaz hops.

T: nice degree of bitterness throughout but remains clean. Very nice malt and grain base to this one.

M: lighter side of medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is a very nice flavorful and bitter Czech pilsner. One of the better brews from this brewery.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
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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Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +12%
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 KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev +12%
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 BeerIsland
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Keene
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LoudRed
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of siege06nd
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to nonic pint...

A. Pours a fairly cloudy, pale straw gold. About a half finger of eggshell white head, tightly beaded and uniform. Lacing is pretty good as well.

S. Grains, bread, and some mild spiciness from the hops. Little bit of lemon, no real grassiness.

T. Pretty good, with more grains, bread crust, and a good does of herbal bitterness on the finish from the hops. Very nice.

M. Crisp, refreshing, light.

O. This is pretty damn good. Wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised by the pleasing grain bill and a nice hop and herbal character. Impressive.

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Photo of lordofthemark
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbalbrecht
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. It poured golden in color with a foamy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Nice looking lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma is crisp with a mix of pale, grainy malts and some earthy, slightly peppery, European hops. I get a little bit of a sweeter, light fruit qualities to it as well.

The taste shows a little more of the herbal, peppery, European hops throughout. It's crisp and a little bit fruity and grainy up front, but the hops give it a little more of a bitter kick in the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being a little above average. Overall, it was a pretty decent and drinkable beer of the style. It was light, crisp, flavorful and showed a good amount of hoppiness to it for the style. Pretty good beer overall.

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Photo of tclipse
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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Downright Pilsner from Port City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 118 ratings
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