Von Pilsner
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #19
Ranked #11,289
3.98 | pDev: 9.05%
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Very Good
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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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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Semi-hazy yet translucent and semi-transparent appearance, straw color, with a fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing.

Aroma of dough, homemade bread, lemon, and white pepper.

Tastes of raw dough, lemon peel, clover, bell and white pepper. Lingering pepper bitterness on the finish.

Medium feel, medium carbonation, perhaps a bit chewier than most pilsners.

Really good keller pils. Crisp German pils flavors with a bump of yeastiness. Very good overall.

Nov 11, 2021
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barneyrubble from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass a nice 3F white foam head forms. As it settles a light loose lace streaks the glass with an island of whipped cream foam sitting atop the beer. Color of the beer is lemon yellow and cloudy with about 50% transparency.

On the nose I get freshly baked French bread and yeast along with topical citrus hop notes.

On the palate I get a juicy orange note on top of malt with citrus hops. A light mineral dryness without bitterness and smooth light tang to the malty beer encourages another sip. More malt and citrus hop than yeast comes through vs Pivo Pils which has more fruity yeast notes.

This beer has a medium body and carbonation with a bit of creamy slickness. It can be very light carbonation depending on the pour which can result in a light butterscotch smoothness. Finish varies with age I think and when older gets more steel like minerality.

This was one of the first beers I tried when embarking on this new journey about 6 months ago. To me it is a really great tasting beer that is refreshing. A superb value at the regular price of $10 but finding it on sale at $8 is happy dance time.

Jan 08, 2021
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HappyBeers from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The pale yellow, and lightly hazy appearance make this a really attractive drink. A white fluffy head with good retention. Smells like hops and grass, maybe a little citrus. It tastes amazing. Citrus up front, floral and hoppy. Light body, with medium carbonation. I could drink a few of these and not feel heavy. I thought it was great. Very drinkable.

Jan 03, 2021
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datstankadank from New Jersey

2.3/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours hazy golden straw color. Decent creamy head. Smells of noble hops and nothing else. Taste follows, hops and not much else. To say german hops, and compare it to czech plz is a joke. There is NO sweet malt taste to balance the onslaught of hops at all. Barring the use of lager yeast, this just tastes like a run of the mill hoppy table beer. Just bad. Another swing and a miss from an American brewery trying to emulate the traditional perfections of europe. Artisan? Yeah, anything to add more $$ to the price of this.. costs far too much to pick up again, especially when the authentic versions are not only available, but somehow cheaper. Disappointed in this one, im sure the hop heads will enjoy it. To me its not balanced and the yeast conditioning does nothing to improve this. Would not pick up again.

Nov 02, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy gold appearance.
Has about medium carbonation with a just below average body.
Aroma is citrus peel and fruit but not overly bitter. Yeast malt, earthy, floral, raw honey
Taste is really pleasant, citrus and peel out front with a bit of a bitter bite. Yeast,malt,slightly sweet with grain,earthy floral honey.
Overall it is a really nice beer thats full of flavor and really balanced.

Oct 20, 2020
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brewerburgundy from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, wine glass, canned 4/22/20.

Literal three fingers of fluffy white head that crackles satisfyingly and slowly away. Medium hazed lager yellow.

Deliciously yeasty. Crackers, grass, sourdough, floral.

Crisp and simply good beer. Doughy, grassy, a little herbal.

Needs just a bit more carbonation, or punch, to be great. Light, crisp, almost spritz-like.

This is a fantastic lager. Shout out to a good friend for this first of an awesome package.

Sep 19, 2020
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A light pour releases a fat finger of white creamy foam with long retention and irregular blotches of lace.
Very hazy (the added yeast) yellow straw color, I can't read though it.

Pilsner malt (cracker with toasted wheat bread) plus a funky yeast smell greet the nose. Rising bread dough and mild floral hops join in.

Neutral on the sweet/dry with mild bitterness, the yeast seams to softly cover the malt flavors. The hop flavor is mild as in the smell, a hint of citrus fruit (not juice) lurks in the background, The finish is fast and mellow, smoothed out by the yeast. Hop bitterness rises to a bit above average while remaining flavors drop right off during the long aftertaste.

Medium-light bodied, with soft carbonation, it has the the smoothness of a Kellerbier with the hop level expected from a Pilsner. Overall I say this is an excellent example of a Zwickelbier.

Sep 01, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours light gold and has excellent clarity. It has a white head with very good head retention.

Smell: It has strong floral notes with a low citrus quality and light grainy sweetness.

Taste: The citrus fruits are a bit more pronounced in the flavor with the floral elements being more of a background note. It is also. somewhat bready.

Feel: It has a medium light body with a crisp finish.

Overall, there are some very good elements here and the citrus adds an interesting dimension to the beer.

Aug 22, 2020
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eppCOS from Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can, dated 4.15.20 (will have to try this fresh at the source):
L - Good, semi - unfiltered look, good head, decent lacing, but pretty light on that as the glass goes down. Solid.
S - All the usual, sourdough, biscuit, cracker aromas. A bit of an interesting element to this which I can't quite peg down.
T - Ah, OK, so it has all the Kellerbier elements in place for a Pilsner but since it's Crooked Stave it also has an interesting slightly wild element to this. Not sure if I taste some sourness, or action from a wild culture doing its thing, a little strange at the end as an after-taste, but I'm down with it.
F - Impeccably carbonated, just not a whole lot going on in the palate; finish is nice, not much after taste. But this is solid.

Jun 08, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Almost no head, but good color, nice and hazy. Looks like something I would Want to drink.

Smell: Slightly citrus scent, fresh

Taste: Clear and fresh, zingy/zesty. Gives a strong citrus forward taste. Maybe a little off-mark in one hoppy flavor that sticks out, but otherwise balanced and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly, balanced carbonation and light-bodied.

Overall: Easy to drink, great for warmer weather. Love the zip/tang of it.

Apr 16, 2020
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.14/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Right off the bat I was excited...and then I tasted it...

This pilsner looks great - a very bright and light yellowish hue with thin foam for head an no staying power. The smell is also very tempting - wheaty but with a hint of citrus, unique to say the least. But then the rest of it reminded me of a sour - a pilsner sour at that. The sour carries over to the mouthfeel making it very astringent and this just takes away from the enjoyment of the beer, IMHO. Overall, the brew is decent enough - just wasn't expecting this to be a sour pilsner.

Apr 12, 2020
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl oz (355ml) can purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
PKG 10/29/2019
Served in a Willi Becher

An inch-tall, tight, clingy, bright white plume topped the slightly hazed, pale straw yellow body. The head quickly dropped to a soapy looking film a frothy collar. A patchy wall of lacing coated the glass.

The nose was really crisp and snappy. Super dry and yeasty with a bright, grassy, noble hop presence. Pilsner malts were also noticeable. Somewhat lemony too. Touch of wet hay. There was a subtle white wine-like quality as well.

The flavor was also very solid. Really crisp and dry with a nice powdery yeast quality. A crackery, Pilsner malt base anchored the beer up front. Grassy noble hops appeared next. Fairly tart and lemony in the center. Perhaps a bit wheaty. Touch of white wine. A dry, earthy hoppiness came through on the back end and the finish. Crisp, clean and moderately bitter.

Excellent frothy, fluffy mouthfeel. Medium bodied for the style. Creamy and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained a larger bubbled, fairly aggressive effervescence that was reminiscent of a Champagne.

With its bright, winey, lemony qualities, Von Pilsner is a terrific take on a kellerbier. This beer is hugely crushable and really kept me on my toes.

Apr 07, 2020
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy with a lemony orange color. Modest starting head but it does leave a couple of streaks on the glass.

Thin, wispy aroma of nearly unmalted pilsner malt. There's a touch of unmalted graininess, but it adds to the aroma. Very light hop spice.

Relatively thin, even for a Pilsner. The carbonation is also lower, so I guess it works...barely. This beer leans bitter/hoppy, but starts with a very fine and light malted barley. This surprisingly lasts throughout the tasting. Perhaps it's the mild sweetness. The hop is straight up bitter. Balanced and likable although I'm not exactly sure why. Very easy to drink but not quite a lawnmower beer.

Feb 23, 2020
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Currently #14 in the German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier beers list.

CAN: 12 fl oz pull-tab.

Brewed with German hops. "Keller pilsner." 5.0% ABV.

Slightly cloudy appearance. Yellow body. White ~1cm head.

Aroma is restrained, but hints at lemon and pilsner malt.

Lemon, vitaminy biscuity yeast, clean pilsner malt, downplayed grassy hops. Lacks the spice of Saaz; I'd bet on German Noble hop varietals. Certainly well balanced and lively, though some will denigrate it as simple.

Smooth, wet, lively, well-carbonated, light to medium-bodied, and refreshing. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

It's a lovely little throwback to tradition and an easy drinking lively beer. Possibly the best kellerbier I've ever had.


Dec 08, 2019
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jkrich from Florida

3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an undated 12 oz. can: hazy, light yellow hue with a sustained, foamy white head. Well, it certainly looks like a "Keller Pilsner".

A surprisingly citrus aroma for this style struck the olfactory upon opening the can; this is part of the "Artisan Beer Project" per the beer label, so that may be why the aroma is a little unorthodox for the style.

Just as I thought, the beer is flavorful enough but hardly a pilsner; perhaps a Keller style, but not a pilsner. There is a very inviting and crisp lemony flavor that beckons for another sip, yet the flavor becomes slightly flat. I don't know if this six-pack
is old since there is no date on the can. Some faint hints of bread and dough are present in the aftertaste.

The body is somewhat thin and the mouthfeel is slick and rather short-lived. This one could use a little more carbonation.

I was in the mood for a lighter beer such as a good pilsner. After reading the mostly positive reviews, I thought this would be a good choice. Overall, it is good, just not up to the standard I have for the style. Again, the beer could be old - the beer store I frequent tends to let products linger on the shelf too long.

Nov 28, 2019
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.71/5  rDev +18.3%
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.


Oct 22, 2019
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Oct 02, 2019
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SB2017 from Iowa

3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Sep 09, 2019
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Aug 06, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

Jul 04, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Jun 07, 2019
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JakeSip from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Apr 24, 2019
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Apr 04, 2019
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Mar 24, 2019
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malrubius from Vermont

4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Mar 23, 2019
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