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Holy City Pilsner | Holy City Brewing

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11 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Holy City Brewing
South Carolina, United States
holycitybrewing.com

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by jsanford on 09-06-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
77
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
50.38%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
11
For Trade:
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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 77
Reviews by jpro:
Photo of jpro
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
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!

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Photo of whitekiboko
1.5/5  rDev -62%

Photo of crwrunner
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of ordybill
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Apicius
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of emerge077
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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 thoigh clean. Taste is dry with a light grassiness and mild crackery malt. Light and crisp feel, slight astringency. Overall this was nice and drinkable, paired with chicken waffles.

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Photo of SeriousALEment
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of pjhalifax
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jsanford
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of wedge
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Wmbolling
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of IcemanCometh
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Schmidty3
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of MightiestBeard
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of HollyHops
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of CarolinaKev
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of modernartblues
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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

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Photo of HighRollerII
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of nmann08
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

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Holy City Pilsner from Holy City Brewing
3.95 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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