Holy City Pilsner
Holy City Brewing

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Style:
Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #242
ABV:
5%
Score:
82
Ranked #41,277
Avg:
3.62 | pDev: 17.13%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
80
From:
Holy City Brewing
 
South Carolina, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  12
SCORE
82
Good
Notes: The first flagship beer in the Holy City arsenal is our version of a traditional Bohemian-style Pilsner, with significantly amped-up hops, imparting a wonderfully sharp bite to what’s already a dry, crisp affair. This beer will quench your thirst and please your palate all in one glass…but we bet you’ll want a second.

45 IBU
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 80 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft at The Rarebit.
Hazy gold pint with racing carb streams, compact layer of white foam and flecks of spotty lacing dotting the glass. Mild grassy hop aroma, mild crackery malt and lager yeast. Fairly nondescript with a clean profile. Taste is dry with a light grassiness and mild crackery malt. Light and crisp feel, slight astringency. Overall this was nice and drinkable, paired well with chicken & waffles.

Sep 20, 2016
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HopsForBrains from North Carolina

4.64/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know why this only had a score of 80... By far the best American pilsner I have ever had, not malty like Oskar Blues Mamas Little Yellow Pils but nice and crisp like a Czech pilsner!

Apr 10, 2015
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

They bet me I would want another, well they are mistaken. Not that it is terrible, but it is not a good pilsner. Has a saltine like taste and feel and dries out the palate too quickly. The smell has some nice slight lemon so that's neat

Oct 03, 2014
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ordybill from Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Holy City was the first pint I sampled when I went to visit the brewery. What a homerun at the first at-bat! The beer was served in a pint glass and had a fantastic golden color with anice inviting aroma. the first sip was awesome and the mouthfeel and swallow gave no hint of any unwanted aftertaste or dry feeling. This is a well crafted brew, I wish they sold it in my part of the country. An outstanding choice for those who like pilsner beers.

Jul 16, 2014
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welldigger888 from South Carolina

4.82/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Glorious hazy golden hue that screams DRINK ME, with a huge fluffy snow white head leaving sheets of lace down glass. Wonderful!

Harmonious blend of sweet fresh grain and floral earthy noble hops. Well done from some that KNOW how it is done.

Grainy sweet earthy floral nectar that coats the face holes with grand goodness. OOOHFAH! Outstanding styling from a hard hitter in our local market.

Wonderful way this fills the mouth then leaves a crisp tart finish that begs for more poured in to gullet.

I have not had many freshys from across the pond, if any, and this is my new measuring stick. OUTSTANDING czech pils. No real need for me to attempt this style unless at the source as these cats have nailed it. BRAVO!

Oct 26, 2013
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clearish yellow gold with decent head on top of a subtle, pils malt aroma with touches of citric hops. Beer is light, easy to drink, has a good pils taste and a touch of sweetness. Not watery but is light and somewhat nondescript. A simple, enjoyable summer beer that finishes with a crispness that is pleasant and is enjoyable.

Jul 28, 2013
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wedge from North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not completely clear yellow-gold, maybe a little chill haze. The head is loosely foamy, leaving behind some webby lacing. Nice, warm biscuity malt aroma with a mild noble hop spiciness. Tasty pilsner malt, grassy and straw-like hop bitterness, and some lingering graininess. Light and mostly crisp in the mouth. Simple and good...surprisingly, it was the lagers that impressed me most from this brewery.

Jul 18, 2013
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jpro from Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler at the brewery over the weekend. Poured into a shaker pint glass...

A: Slightly cloudy, straw-gold; one-finger, white head that leaves some stringy lace.

S: Rustic bread crust aroma; wheat / husk; cracker; and a touch vegetal.

T: Starts bready with a transition to some husky grains; quite hoppy and bitter towards the finish; kind of abrasive for a pilsner, but still good - it definitely smooths out after you've had a couple.

M: Medium mouthfeel; high carbonation; a little full for a pilsner, but that's OK.

O: Even though its a pretty robust pilsner, it's still quite drinkable. A tasty brew.

Nov 17, 2012
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GossageBrewery from Missouri

4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this beer on tap at the brewery. Served in a pint glass, poured a clear straw color, produced a average white head, great retention and left ample lacing on the glass. The aroma of consisted of malted grain and piney hops. Medium in body, this classic German Pilsener contained a foundation of malted grain, lemon zest, and citric hops. Very nice amount of hop flavor for a German Pilsner. Great session beer, more hoppy then normal for this classic style- Makes this a must try if you are in South Carolina!

Oct 02, 2012
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modernartblues from Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a new COAST Snifter

A: clear golden body, head recedes leaving a nice white ring, plenty of splashy lacing

N: herbal notes, excellent hop presence, simple but effective, touch of marijuana

T: excellent, smooth pilsner taste with a wallop of herbal bitterness closing

M: smooth and light, plenty of carbonation, perfect for the style

O: a favorite from the Charleston beer scene, one of my favorite pilsners from an awesome new brewery

Mar 31, 2012
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Had this beer on-tap at Oak Barrel Tavern. Had a pale yellow color and a mostly clear consistency. There was an inch of fluffy, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A sharper smell than I expected, with a lot of hops evident.

T: This is a surprisingly hoppy beer (for a pilsner), but that's not necessarily unwelcome. Also had some malt and a hint of lemon. A pretty decent, likable flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: While not exactly a classic pilsner (it has a lot more hops), this is a well done, drinkable beer.

Oct 16, 2011
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jsanford from Georgia

3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler filled at CBX. Poured into a Pint Glass.

Pours a clear straw-gold with a huge fluffy white head that leaves some spotty lacing as it recedes. Crisp aromas of honey, malt, and lightly grassy, herbal hops. Very clean. Lots of grainy toasted malt in the taste with some slightly sweet corn and more floral, grassy hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly slick and crisp, with a medium body and decent carbonation. Not a bad Pilsner overall, and nicely sessionable on a hot day.

Sep 06, 2011
Holy City Pilsner from Holy City Brewing
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 80 ratings