Von Pilsner
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #13
Ranked #8,872
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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Reviews by malrubius:
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 Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned April 23rd 2018.

It pours a hazy lemon yellow with a finger of foam, has lacing but it's not very sticky.

Spicy hop aroma with some lemon citrus and some cracker malt. Smells pretty earthy as well.

Cracker malt and lemon citrus up front; both provide a very crisp flavour. That crispness lasts through each and every sip. Though this is 5%abv, drinking back to back would be a pleasure rather than a chore.

Medium describes the body and carbonation.

Excellent brew!

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Photo of travelguy
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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 BrewAskew
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A keller/pils hybrid? Ok...
Pours to a lacey and permanent head and hazy straw gold. Aroma is a slightly funky but true to style pils with noble hops and soft pale malts. Flavor is clean, crisp, malty and softly hoppy. MF on target. Get some.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unrefined and rustic, the pilsner how we know it takes on time travel, at least in taste. This historic and rudimentary pilsner-like lager puts Crooked Stave on the "classic ale" map with a kellerbier that retains all the grain, hop, yeast and mineral quality through its unfiltered, unpasteurized and an haphazard, open air aging.

Von Pilsner pours a hazy golden color, caught somewhere between traditional lager and German wheat beer. Its cream, soapy foam floats upon the glass and pulls forward with a spicy, grassy, and pleasantly vegetal scent. Floral, citrusy and carrying the savory aroma of fresh sourdough, its pilsner malt influence is front and center, even through a bready sweet taste of vegemite and powdered sugar.

As the excessivley hopped beer strays in its pilsner grain sweetness, the cereal quality is replaced with a blend of honeysuckle, lemongrass, lemon pepper, apple and lemon esters and a scant sulfur character. Bitter with peppery hops, a taste of straw and fresh cut grass begins to allow the lager to resemble farmhouse and biere de garde in a dry, spicy and grainy finish.

Medium bodied, the beer's weight is slightly more elevated than bohemian pilsner, but its mild acidity and assertive hop bite seems to lessen the malty weight and promotes the earthiness of a mossy and sod-filled character. Spicy, peppery and bitter grassiness finishes the taste while the medium length aftertaste is one of dry hay and fresh dough.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of harsley
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of deereless
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 nickfl
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stephens101
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 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 DefenCorps
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 10 Jan 2018.

A mildly hazy straw yellow with a dense, white head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is bright, doughy, lemony and mildly minty. A little bit of dust, and the complex dough note of a good kellerbier is present. Just a touch of sulfur is present. The palate opens mildly bitter with a doughy, preserved lemon hop note followed by a blend of mint and a wonderful malt note. Moderately crisp, the complex malt character of kellerbiers is present - soft and bready. Drying on the finish with a mild lingering bitterness, this beer is soft on the palate and moderately carbonated. Very good.

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Photo of Nephilium
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bready aroma, with some earthy hop notes. Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color with a thin white head. Mild bready malt notes, with some earthy and herbal hop notes in the finish. Light bodied, and a touch of prickly carbonation make this a nice session beer.

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Photo of tykechandler
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of bcsbeer
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 grover37
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bump8628
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent Kellerbier from the tap, hazed glowing yellow body, grassy floral hops with some lemon zest, firm bitterness, fresh yeasty quality gives some body to an otherwise dry beer.

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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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Von Pilsner from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 122 ratings