Holy City Pilsner | Holy City Brewing

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87
very good
78 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
78
Reviews:
11
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
18.69%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 11
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of welldigger888
4.82/5  rDev +21.7%
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!

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.64/5  rDev +17.2%
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!

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Photo of Fettpopps
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of modernartblues
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
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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4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at rutledge can company. Clean crisp, dry finish.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Wmbolling
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of CarolinaKev
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ariceclemson
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Blakec23
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nickfl
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lovely85
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of IcemanCometh
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
3.88/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of wedge
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
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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3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Holy City Pilsner from Holy City Brewing
3.96 out of 5 based on 78 ratings.
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