Von Pilsner
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #13
Ranked #8,878
3.99 | pDev: 8.52%
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Von PilsnerVon Pilsner
Notes: Combining our brewery’s super soft water and the finest German hops, this unfiltered keller pilsner is crushable. Brewed as a traditional European continental pilsner, this is what beer tastes like pouring from the wooden vats used to make lager beer for centuries in the Czech Republic town of Plzeň.
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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.71/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Von Pilsner has a thick, creamy, white head, a hazy, bubbly, golden color, and lots of glass lacing. The aroma is of yeasty biscuit & grassy hop resins, and the flavor is similar, with noticeable & pleasant bitterness. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Von Pilsner finishes medium dry.


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Photo of Jacobier10
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Mekelburg's in Brooklyn, NY.

Straw color, cloudy and opaque. Medium white head. Heavy grassy hops dominate the aroma. Lightly sweet pils malt hides behind a wall of hops. Medium-light bodied with a bitter finish.

A bit of an Americanized take on a German-style kellerbier. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of SB2017
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A footy American lager, and way too hoppy for a pils. It looks good, and is balanced, but nothing tasty is going on here. Just feet and hops with a crisp feel.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance has a more hazy/unfiltered look. Aroma is very hoppy and taste is really nice. Noble hop flavors and a sweetness to it. Not quite as bready/doughy in body but its more hop forward in flavor and the flavors/crispness balance is really nicely done. Listed as a Kellerbier/Zwickel so lets just say its a well made German Lager.

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

Happy 4th of July, 2019 aka Independence Day for these United States! Since I spent a couple/few days celebrating CANada Day on 01 July, it only seems right & fitting to spent this four-day weekend drinking, reviewing & rating AmeriCAN-owned & made beers. Here goes! Cheers!

From the CAN: "Crisp*Bright*Refreshing*Traditional"; "Combining our brewery’s super soft water, traditional floor-malted barley and the finest German hops, this unfiltered keller pilsner is crushable. A classic European-style pilsner, this is what beer tastes like pouring from the wooden vats used to make lager beer for centuries."; "cultured in yeast [undersigned] Chad Yakobson Brewmaster"; "Pack In. Enjoy! Pack Out."

Oooh, a Kellerbier! I had to refresh myself in/on/through this site's "Beer Styles" section since this is kind of a rarity, at least for me. Having done so, I was ready to Crack! open the vent & begin the CANebration. In doing so, I was met with a gentle spritz across my fingertips since it turned out to be a brimful craft CAN! I was ungentle in my Glug since it is an unfiltered beer with its yeast left in suspension & so there was NO expectation of clarity. It puffed up & foamed to form just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was a deeply-hazy/lightly-cloudy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). It reminded me of lemonade. Nose had a biscuity grassiness, marking it as a Czech Pils done as a Kellerbier! Yum. Mouthfeel was medium, but oh, so soft. It was like having my tongue caressed by kittens. Meow! The taste had a sharpishness, undoubtedly from the clearly (haha) present yeast, that I would find unacceptable in a Czech/Boho Pils, but it was fully warranted in this style. I CAN try to make that a bit clearer - it had the grassy biscuitiness that I always enjoy, but here, there was also a musty, sharp cheese like edge. To quote the late Arte Johnson, "Verrrry interesting!" Finish was dry! Really dry, almost to the point of gasping & reaching for my asthma inhaler dry, but not quite. Refreshing? You bet? Cooler worthy? At the price point that I got it? Heck, yes!

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Photo of Gajo74
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow color with a moderate head and visible carbonation. The head dessapates after about a minute and leaves lacing.
Aroma opens fruity and floral, mostly citrusy and sweet grass. There are also notes of bready and dry cracker malt.
Taste opens with an emphasis on sweet bready malts and citrusy hops flavors that are lemon like. Soon, a moderate bitterness kicks in along with a nice touch of noble hops spice, floral and grassy.
Medium to light bodied and wonderfully crisp with a dry finish.
A wonderful and tasty lager that is easy to crush.

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Photo of JakeSip
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow with a 1.5 finger head of large bubbles, which quickly dissipated leaving some lace and patches. Aroma is mostly herbal/grassy/spicy noble hops with some malt and wood. Taste also is dominated by grassy and spicy hops with very light malt presence and some wood at the end. Body is light to medium, refreshing with a dry finish. Great example of a pils showcasing German hops, and a refreshing easy drink.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A. Hazy dark yellow color with a large 3 finger frothy white head

S: lemongrass, grains, lemon zest upfront. Grass, sweet flowers, and a hint of wood behind that. Nice bready fresh dough backbone

T: grains, sweet grains, lemongrass, and mildly bitter herbal hops. Grass, and tea leaves behind that with a nice amount of sweet lemon. Nice bready malt backbone

M: lighter mouthfeel with high carbonation

O: real solid beer here. Well balanced and crisp. Nice American version of a traditional European style.

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Photo of drtth
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The hazy light yellow colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1 1/4” snow white head that slowly recedes to a cap and then a thin irregular island of foam on the surface and a ring around the glass while leaving an irregular ring and sheet of foam on the sides. Sipping creates lots of small scattered patches of foam and a few legs of lacing..

The light clean aromas include some bready malt, some floral grassy hops and just a bit of lemon or lemon-lime.

The flavors are much expected from the nose with the bready malt, some lemon and some floral grassiness. The light bready malt sweetness balances nicely with the grassy bitterness from the hops but the grassy hop bitterness is a bit more forward.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and slightly prickly with the moderate carbonation. The moderately long finish begins as the bready malt sweetness begins to fade to be followed by the light lemon and floral character, leaving the grassy hops and their bitterness to show more while fading a bit more slowly and persisting in the dry ending in the back of the palate

Overall a beer worth trying. I’m finding it refreshing and enjoyable and one of those beers I could easily spend an evening having more. While the grassy hop bitterness is a bit stronger than expected it works well for me.

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Photo of malrubius
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can. Gold with small head. Very traditional keller pils, just hazy enough and bready enough but still dry and herbal in the finish. Light body with fine internal carbo.

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Photo of jlindros
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewing as part of BJCP training. 7C. Kellerbier. Canned 9/28/18
Mild fizzy head, fair retention, cloudy golden pale color

Nose doughy grainy malt, toasted pilsner like hint of grassy hop, and little lemony ester, mild yeasty doughy

Taste moderate grassy floral hops turning a little spicy, moderate hop bitterness, fair doughy pilsner toasty malts, little doughy bready yeasty, mild fruity lemony esters, don't get any diacetyl, DMS or other yeast derived characters, drier finish little malt but more grassy floral hops

Mouth is medium to lighter bod but creamy soft feel, fizzy creamy high carbonation

Overall not bad, hops come a bit much esp on the finish, carbonation is a bit aggressive, as I expected not yeast by products, but I could see an American brewery being afraid to let those characters come through

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried a can of this at The Edison in downtown Disney. It poured a cloudy yellow with white head that left some lace. The scent had faint grain notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with grain and faint citrus presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a decent beer.

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Photo of Tone
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy straw color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of pale malt, yeast, hint of floral hops, slight grass, and a hint of citrus hops. Fits the style of a German Kellerbier/Zwickelbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight dryness. Tastes of pale malt, yeast, hint of floral hops, slight grass, and a hint of citrus hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy pale yellow with a little bright vitamin b12 to it. Head is a finger in height, white in color, and durable in retention. Aroma is pilsner and bready malts and herbal, floral, and spicy hops. Nice light, dryness to the aroma. Flavor profile is straw, pilsner, bready malts and orange, herbal, floral, spicy hops. It finishes with a light yeast ester at the end that clings to the tongue. Mouth feel is crisp, but with a chalky texture that breaks down the experience a touch. It has a medium thickness. Overall, solid notes, combined with nuanced, lovely authentic German notes make this one solid kellerbier. Very easy to drink, with a flavor profile unique from standard pilsners and lagers.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz can.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy medium yellow with frothy head.
Smell is mildly sweet with some apple.
Taste is mild pilsner malt followed by citrus and spice. Fairly bitter finish.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a slightly cloudy, straw-yellow color with a good-sized, white head of foam. It smelled of orange, floral notes and hay. Subtle caramel sweetness with a grassy bitter bite.

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Photo of Benish
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a bright hazy yellow color with a brilliant white fluffy head. The aromas presented a nice citrus bite with cracker and sweet malt at the back end. Very floral and inviting. The flavors were bursting with citrus from the hops - it's quite a hoppy interpretation for a pilsner. There were also dry cracker and then midway through came the sweet fruity malt that followed into the finish. It had a nice touch of sweetness without adding weight to the beer. It was light bodied with with perfect carbonation. Overall an outstanding pilsner, I loved every aspect of this beer, especially the kick of citrus.

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Photo of Glider
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear straw yellow with a stream of haze from the bottom of the can and a nice white head. Smell is a mix of doughy malt and punchy hops. Taste starts with some bready malt going into an almost honeyed sweetness and then a brisk hoppy citrus. Ends refreshing and fairly dry.

I love this pilsner. The balance is very nice, although it may be hoppier than a traditional pilsner. I don't really know what the traditional profile for a keller pils is, but I will say this beer is delicious.

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Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, willi becher glass. Pours a cloudy, unfiltered golden yellow body, one finger white head, plenty of lacing, solid retention. Smell is freshly baked biscuit, a crisp floral aroma, light resin, minerals, light grain. Flavour follows, light toasted grain, biscuit, slight minerality, a very mild floral resin bitterness, lots of flavour despite being a reasonably clean pilsner. Refreshing, a bit hoppy. Mouthfeel is medium lighter bodied, good carbonation, refreshing and crisp with a nice mildly bittersweet resin.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a some what hazy yellow with a thin white head. It has medium fluffy carbonation. The beer smells of pineapple, lemon, citrus, and bread. It tastes of pineapple, lemon, citrus, and bread. The feel is light, crisp, and dry. This is exceptional, the best lager I’ve had.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color—too hazy to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of doughy yeast are present in the nose along with hints of lemons.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the lemony flavors are a tad bit stronger.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly "chewy" on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't nearly as yeasty in flavor or chewy on the mouthfeel compared to other beers in the style. It is rather unique.

Serving type: can

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Photo of cbutova
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Can into a becher with a fairly cloudy pale straw yellow body. The head is massive peaking at about three inches high with a thick and creamy consistency and great retention. Plentiful sheets of lace wrap around the glass..

S- Well balanced aroma of pale grains and easy-going Euro hops. Cracker, honey and cereal leads into floral and spicy hop tones atop a backdrop of clean lager character. Plenty of aromatic strength throughout the sampling.

T- For whatever reason the hops feel a bit more prominent here but never too strong with floral, spicy and herbal European hop notes. Plenty of malt character with a light sweetness, cracker, honey, bready and cereal hints. Again, you can tell its a lager but the yeast is plenty clean in the ferment profile.

MF- Light-medium bodied for this style with a moderate level of carbonation. The texture is somewhat frothy and it ends with a light herbal bitterness.

A really clean and balanced aroma but the flavor becomes overly floral and just isn't quite on par with the aroma. Still a good take on a German style which is so welcome these days.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Can
Canned: May-28-2018 (Consumed: Aug-9-2018)

Pours a very pale vaguely greenish gold with a big fluffy white head that slowly settles to a rocky finger. Good retention, puffy concentric lace rings. The aroma is pils malt and light limey crispness. All-told the beer exhibits a rich, delicious, complex malt character with a prefect amount of faintly citrus noble hop bite to balance it all out. It is thirst quenching, drinkable, substantive while still very light and is the kind of beer that immediately makes me want another. A real beauty of a beer. Seriously, this one is probably among the nicest pilsners I've ever had. Hits all the right notes exactly as it should.

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Photo of SmashAdams
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Keller pilsner and a fabulous beer. The smell is pilsner with rustic and wild undertones. The taste is so smooth and interesting. It really propels the pilsner flavor with the earthy character. There's even a subtle hint of tartness. yb

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Photo of Parmesan
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a small white head and rings of lacing around the glass.

S: Lemon and tropical fruit, mixed with some floral hops, the malt is quite mild, quite hoppy for a pilsener.

T: Strong floral hop, mixed with lemon rind and some tropical fruit, light toasted malt.

F: Light body a bit of prickly carbonation.

O: This is overly hoppy for a pilsener for me bit pretty solid.

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