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Craft Pilsner | Almanac Beer Co.

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3.81/5
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43 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
almanacbeer.com

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Crisp and crushable craft Pilsner dry-hopped with Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra & Mandarina Bavaria.

Added by westcoastbeerlvr on 05-19-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,772
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
43
pDev:
11.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by TrojanRB:
Photo of TrojanRB
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden color with a nice fluffy white head...excellent retention

Smells of honey, melon, herbal notes, citrus

Tastes piney, a little peppery, some grapefruit, very light toast

Wonderful west coast pilsner....definitely hop forward, but really well balanced and crisp.

Very drinkable

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Lingenbrau
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, and Mandarina Bavaria in a Pilsner! Yes please! Unfortunately, I feel, in a style that could easily showcase these hops, they fall short quite a bit. Looks like a beautiful golden pilsner with a nice rocky white head. The faintest of citrus and melon hop aromas barely sneak by the bready malt and yeast. The flavor loses the malt and hops to a buttery party crasher. Feel is crisp, light, and balanced, but overall, I was sad to be disappointed by this beer. Cheers!

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Photo of Futbolmanby
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of tone77
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the prince of pilsener, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of lemons, tangerines. Taste is lemons, hops, light malts, very easy drinking. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a highly refreshing beer.

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Photo of Boilerup
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden amber with a huge four finger head with good retention and a lot of lacing. Aroma of bready malt with light biscuit and grainy notes; a bit spicy, citrus hops with a hint of pine and dry grass. Smells nice. Flavor is pale, slightly grainy malt, citrus and grassy hops, grapefruit and lemon rind, light fruit juice. Finishes in perfect pilsner style with continental grassy hops, which taste remarkably fresh. Medium bodied with sharp, active carbonation; perhaps just a bit over-carbonated. A very pleasant pilsner. I rarely buy this style any more because my tastes have moved towards Western and Northwest hop styles and the old European flavors have lost their luster. I was recommended this at the beer store and am glad I gave it a try. This is nicely balanced, has a good traditional pilsner profile, but the hops and a malt are both more to my taste. Perhaps the use of local hop styles have brought me into the pilsner camp again. I liked this quite a bit and was not expecting to. Good job.

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Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bubseymour
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer is a cloudy pale yellow color with 1 finger sudsy head. Virtually no aroma that I can pick up at all. No idea what kinda beer I'm drinking here. It feels/tastes like a lager but is like some whacky homebrew where you just throw a bunch of ingredients in that you have laying around and see how it turns out. Its a fairly easy drinkable beer with the low ABV, but nothing is really working here that is noteworthy at all.

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Photo of Mleblanc25
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a relatively clear pale yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation and faint pale golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of half finger thick pillowy film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit zest, tropical/honeydew melon, and herbal hops over the top of light aromas of bready + grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of bready + grainy malts with a hint of grainy sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of pilsner yeast and light to moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit zest, tropical/honeydew melon, and herbal hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades away fairly quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: An interesting concept, hopping a pilsner with some fairly popular hop varietals (Simcoe, Mosaic, and Citra) but it just did not come off that successfully. There are some really pleasant hop aromas but it tastes almost like 2 separate beers - first pilsner, then an IPL. Wanted to like it more than I did.

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Photo of R11415
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of baklo
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Biggtriksta
2.39/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Either this beer is immensely carbonated or it has been shaken in transit because it nearly exploded as I popped the top. After I was able to clear away all of the excess head, the beer actually looks pretty nice in the glass. It is a pale straw color with a little bit of light coming through. The thick white head is lingering. I'm not really picking much up in the nose. Very small amounts of hoppiness and pilsner malt. I think there was something off with this can. It's either infected or been shaken too heavily. There is little to no taste on this and the carbonation is overwhelming. This will likely be a drain pour.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bankboy66
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hoppy citrus-y and fizzy.....all the things I don't look for in a Pilsner. A for effort though as it's definitely something different.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into lager glass, no can dating. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of lemon, grapefruit, orange, pear, pineapple, melon, citrus zest, light pepper, light honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, grapefruit, orange, pear, pineapple, melon, citrus zest, light pepper, light honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, grapefruit, orange, pear, pineapple, melon, citrus peel, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance, complexity, and solid robustness of citrus/fruity hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and slight lingering hop astringency near the end of the glass. Moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Very clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and lightly grainy/resinous mouthfeel that is good. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a good Americanized German pilsner. All around good balance, complexity, and solid robustness of citrus/fruity hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, refreshing, and fairly crisp to drink. Feels a bit watered down with less malt flavor than I expected; but has a nice hop profile that isn’t overdone or too bitter. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gotti311
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMH73
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy straw color with a massive, we'll retained white head that left tons of lacing (aggressive pour). Smells of pine and hops. Taste is quite hoppy, in the best way, slight sweetness, a hint of pepper and light malt. Well carbonated, light bodie, clean and crisp.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best pilsner I've had yet (excluding imperials).

On tap. Nice bright and hazy golden brew.

Aroma is clean and bright with a mild but definitive hoppy tone. Taste is clean and crisp with a good balance of sweetness and hops. Mouthfeel pairs superbly with the other attributes of the beer.

Excellent!

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Photo of utopiajane
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours very pale gold with a slight haze from dry hopping. Beautiful bone white head that lasted very well. it went down with w fight clinging to the glass all the way. Nose is powerful with spice and there is a light burst of tangerine. A bit of cattiness from simcoe and a nice breaddy malt scent like an underpinning to the beer. Clean no diacetyl, no alcohol, no fruity esters form yeast, light dms. Taste is good. it's a bit bubbly for a pilsner but that helps to mitigate the strong combination of hops in this beer. Drinks with the flavor of tangerine and the simcoe help to keep an herbal quality in the flavor. Dry. very good! i think this is one of the most successful uses of the fruity hops in the pilsner style. What these hops don't do is encroach the middle of the beer with weighty, oily feeling mouthfeel and oily tasting fruit peel. The fruit flavor remains light enough so that it is refreshing and even though a touch more bubbly I would rather have this than one that is sweet or has too much abv.

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Photo of jack-ruby
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can

Pours slightly hazy yellow gold with a creamy white foam head. Smells like lychee, blueberries, mango, peach, apricot, orange citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, melons, pear, some crackery bready honey malts, mild minty tobacco spice, with dank floral earthy herbal grassy resinous pine. Tastes like lychee, blueberries, mango, peach, apricot, orange citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, melons, pear, crackery bready honey malts, some minty tobacco spice, with dank floral earthy herbal grassy resinous pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and smooth with crisp moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice hoppy pilsner.

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