Almanac Beer Co.

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German Pilsner
3.97 | pDev: 5.29%
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Vibes Pilsner is our hoppy NorCal twist on the classic Pilsner style. Brewed with California-grown and malted Admiral Pilsner malt, and dry-hopped with Hüll Melon, Citra and Motueka for dank lemon-lime aromas, this ultra crisp lager is all good. Drink it fresh for good vibes and high fives.
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 27
Photo of JRed
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright gold that almost hurts the eyes. It’s a beautiful drink. Creamy white head floats atop. Aroma of fresh grain, lemon juice in the background, mango ghosts dart in and out. Light fruit: mango, papaya, kiwi, lemon but without rind, sugar?, Honey Nut Cheerios, some dryness.

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Photo of stevepat
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely rich straw yellow with an active off white head.
Smells pop as soon as you open the can, sweet melon, pineapple, and tart citrus with just a light breadiness in the back.
Taste is light cracker with a little herbal spiciness. The fruits that dominate the aroma are barely present in the flavor other than to round out the malt sweetness to give the impression of a sweet biscuit, a bit like what a king hawaiin roll smells like. Really nice melding of the more traditional pilsener with the modern IPA, manages to balance the hop flavors well so that they don't run the show but instead compliment the crisp crackeriness of the malt.
Mouthfeel is great, very crisp without coming across as thin or watery. The can says 'crushable' on it and that is very much epitomized by the liquid in the can.
Overall this is a pretty tasty brew, and my can is almost 6 months old. The store it came from is usually pretty solid about storing stuff but still I imagine that this is even a bit more vibrant when fresher. Definitely a modern take on the style but still feels authentic and very enjoyable.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "CANNED" date 10/10/18.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, straw color with one-finger white head that slowly settled until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is heavy lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: sweet sugar, flowers, pineapple citrus and bread, very pleasant to the nose.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet then pineapple citrus and bread.

PALATE: light body and medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this is an unusual take on the pilsner style and it totally works for me, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone who enjoys beer, I would have this again no problem, well done!

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

Look: Pours with a hazy (though not opaque) golden yellow color.There is a respectable amount of lacing left on the glass (above average for the style).

Smell: Grassy, lemony, with almost a hint of melon. Some malt smell notes are noticeable too. Pretty pungent for a pilsner.

Taste: Sorta follows the nose with all of the flavors one doesn’t normally associate with the pilsner style. At the same time, a solid backbone of the Admiral Pilsner malts does remind you that this is indeed a pilsner. The use of Hüll Melon, City, and Motueka hops is indeed irregular for the style, but considering Almanac was going for some new-age hoppy pilsner element, I’d say they reached their goal. Personally, I’d rather have the traditional pilsner taste formed by the noble hops, but this is really not bad.

Feel: Light, highly carbonated body; no apparent alcohol. This is an easy quencher.

Overall: I’m choosing to hold on to my opinion that old-school pilsners are strongly superior to the new-age varieties, but this one is enjoyable. At almost 5 bucks per can, however, it’s also really expensive.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-opaque very pale yellow with a half finger of head that has great retention

Smells of honeydew melon, hints of lemon

Taste again is heavy on melon and citrus, a little grassiness

Low carbonation, slightly oily. Lingering hop finish.

Not at all a traditional pils, but still pretty tasty

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Photo of argock
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hoppy, oily lager with tropical fruit hop presence and soft grainy malt character. Hop aroma and flavor is stellar with tropical fruit cut with some grassy notes. Feel is more Ale-like in many ways, but i think that is more owing to the high hopping. Really accomplished IPL.

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Photo of Brad007
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light, yet bright golden hue with a thin head into my glass. Melon rind essence in the nose followed by rich buttery malt. Crisp and bitter, full of citrus and melon. Sweet at the back, a reminder that it's a pilsner and not an IPA. Easy drinking pils that you can't go wrong with. Pick some up!

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Photo of beergoot
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, straw yellow body; huge fluffy white head; creamy. Bright, nearly spicy hop aroma; grassy. Mild grain taste with a delicate fruitiness and hop bitterness. Light body; soft with a mineral bite.

A delicate yet tasty lager styling, crisp and clean but with a subtly satisfying richness overall.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

doesnt really resemble a pilsner except for use of the malt which is nice, good biscuity and grainy malt flavors, very clean yeast profile. fruity hops coming though for sure, plenty of orange and grapefruit, grassy and hints of tropical. slight bitterness keeps it really crisp. overall this one is delicious but im not sure its a pilsner really, too hop forward.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass, the appearance was a nice looking bright yellow transparent color with a light carbonation seen rising at a moderate pace filling a two finger white foamy head that slid off decently. Nice looking semi-thick running lace.
The aroma had a superb blend of crisp semi-sweet hop oily biscuity to cracker maltiness. Really nice blend. Light lemon/lime sweetness came in underneath.
The flavor yields to the sweetness of the prior mentioned aromas. Crisp hoppy grassy hop oils roll into the aftertaste pretty nice.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied, perhaps just a bit above, but not too much. Carbonation and ABV felt on par. Semi-smooth yet oily on my tongue. Touch of stickiness in the finish.
Overall, the aroma and flavor is what really assists in making this beer shine. Of course, I'd have again and preferably in cans while fishing.

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Vibes from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 27 ratings