Classic Pilsner
Blackrocks Brewery

Classic PilsnerClassic Pilsner
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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #135
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #21,545
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 11.57%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
28
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Blackrocks Brewery
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Summer
Wants
  1
Gots
  4
SCORE
85
Very Good
Classic PilsnerClassic Pilsner
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Reviews by pb9613:
Photo of pb9613
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: This beer pours a beautiful gold color with a nice white head that lingers but on close inspection it is a little cloudy.

Smell: Like a good lager, heavy on the malt but there is definitely a stronger hops pine undertone.

Taste: It is a nice crisp lager but with a little more hop bite than your average lager.

Mouthfeel: This has a lighter feel which is expected from the style.

Overall: This is a winner. It is too bad that it is a limited release (and probably only the one time). It is exciting to see Blackrocks coming out with seasonal in cans.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of strohme2
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shampoo
4.84/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutHunter
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a can of Blackrock's Classic Pilsmer for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. A Pilsner is sounding pretty good today and I'm interested to see what Blackrocks can do with the style. so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz can int a Pilsner glass.

A- The can looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a fairly clear golden yellow color which took on more of orange and gold color when held to the light with almost two fingers worth of creamy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking Pilsner, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with a distinct English ale yeast aroma being the first to show up with just a slight smokey aroma and it's followed by the malts which impart a bread, grainy and pale malt like aromas. Up next comes a slight doughy aroma that goes right into the hop which impart a light herbal and grassy aroma. This beer has a nice aroma, but the yeast and slight smokey aroma throws me off a little.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medum amount of sweetness with that yeast still being the first to show up, it imparts all the same aspects that it did in the aroma and it's the flavor that sticks out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart all the same aspects that it did in the aroma with no single one sticking out the most and there's some doughy aromas showing up in the background. On the finish comes the hops which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma and they are on the lighter side with hardly any bitterness and it yeasty aftertaste with just a little bit of hops showing up. This is a nice tasting beer, but I thought this yeast was a little too overpowering.

M- Fairly smooth, a little clean, crisp, light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of the style, it wasn't a bad beer by any means, but it seemed like the yeast threw it off balance and in the end that's what held this beer back. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, one is enough for me, I easily got tired of the overpowering yeast. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and mouthfeel, they were nice and the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the yeast, it was just too dominating. I don't think I would buy this beer again and I can't say I would highly recommend it either, but if you like a strong English yeast flavor it might be worth checking out. All in all I didn't hate this beer, but i didn't love it either, it kind of fell right in the middle and it's not really up to the level that most Blackrocks beers are at. It's one of my least favorite Blackrocks beer and it's just a little above average for the style. Better luck next time guys, this beer could use some work on the balance.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into lager glass; no can dating, but is a recent release. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, cracker, bread, light honey, light pepper, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt and citrus/earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, orange zest, cracker, bread, light honey, light pepper, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice robustness and balance of pale malt and citrus/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly grainy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent German Pilsner style! All around great robustness and balance of pale malt and citrus/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MacStinson
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TurboBrew
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crisp...clean.. pilsner.

German pilsen malt is the star here... and the appearance and mouthfeel of this brew are top notch. Easily sessionable and easy to kick a few back. This pilsner needs to be added to their permanent lineup.

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Photo of Tracker83
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can served into a willi becher glass. Pours a clear golden yellow body, one finger thick white head, fair retention, not much lacing, thin collar. Smell is bready, floral and a touch of lemon, with mineral. Classic dough and floral notes. Flavour is a clean bready malt with a touch of sweeter biscuit, light floral notes, even a touch of citrus. Clean and flavourful pilsner, no off-flavours, really quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, good carbonation, ridiculously flavourful with a nice mildly floral finish that imparts a mild lingering bitterness. Very clean, crisp and supremely drinkable pilsner. Enjoyed this a lot.

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Photo of chewy6935
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HardyA
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Cotton_27
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear golden lager with good head production and OK retention. Very lively.

Clean, sweet, slightly grassy and earthy nose. A touch of pepper.

Very clean on the palate, with little of the overdone earthy sweetness that ruins many a pilsner. Still focused on pils malt, with a slightly earthy, honeyed sweetness, and very lightly bitter with grassy hops. Slight peppery spice.

Clean and smooth on the palate, a touch oily.

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Photo of Billet
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An excellent and always enjoyable Pilsner. Smooth with an excellent balance of sweet malts and spicy hops. Flavor and texture is slightly on the larger side. Very well crafted.

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Photo of tommy5
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gemini6
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Desimoaj
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.42/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

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

Photo of mmmbeer89
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Classic Pilsner from Blackrocks Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 28 ratings