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Von Pilsner | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by kmanjohnson on 10-10-2016

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by tylerstravis:
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4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Redlight. Hazy golden yellow. Smells of pilsner malts and spicy hops. Tastes of spicy malts up front. Lightly sweet malts. Grainy. Spicy hop finish. Light and very drinkable. Not bad, but in the end it wasn't the most flavorful, even for its style.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of amurrayswank
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PassMeAZima
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SFC21
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the can says, this is a crushable pilsner. Super smooth. Flavor has all the hallmarks of a traditional Czech pils but they managed to smooth out the finish beautifully. Refreshing and leaves you wanting another.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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 +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beergoot
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body looks cloudy with a pale yellow hue; sticky, foamy, white head. Lemon bread aroma. Zesty, some citric and bitter flavors; peppery; bread crust. Medium body; crisp, slightly tart; somewhat coarse on the palate; fairly dry overall.

This is a refreshing, easy drinking keller beer. With all the rage for cloudy, NEIPA offerings, this is a nice change of pace and a classic style, one which Crooked Stave does a fine job with.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Very hoppy with floral, grassy and lightly spicy aromas with a touch of malt sweetness.

A: Bright gold, cloudy, with modest white head that has solid retention and a fair amount of lacing in the glass.

T: Crisp, with floral, grassy and light spicy hop flavors, coupled with moderate malt that’s well in balance.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a bit of a soft mouth-feel.

O: Solid; hoppy keller pils that’s refreshing with very inviting hop bouquet aromas. A bit of cross between a German and Czech Pilsner. The hop profile tastes German/American, but has a soft mouth-feel reminiscent of a Czech Pils.

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Photo of shigg85
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Blazer22
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a pretty solid example of the style here, basic but somewhat more robust and big, and very flavorful as they go. one of the first lagers i have seen from crooked stave, certainly the most traditional beer i have had from them in terms of style guideline following. its mostly clear, with a great tall white head on it, resting like a cirrus cloud. wispy and pretty. aroma and flavor are balanced between the elements. bready dry grain base, fresh cereals, some texture, a little corny seeming, but good. the hops are bitter in the flavor but somewhat citrusy in the aroma, clean, but maybe a little more prominent than they might be in an import pils. the yeast is pretty classic too, a full flavored and very efficient lager strain, dries this out and leaves a fresh crackery flavor in its wake, nice with the malt, conventional but sturdier. there seems to be a sort of mineral concentration at the end among the hop bitterness, almost metallic, but it doesnt last long and is gone before the swallow, or just about. overall a tasty pils, nice that its a little more hearty here for the winter, nothing amazing tough i dont reckon. cool they are even venturing into these kind of styles, let alone doing them so well...

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of caahare
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mig100
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spoony
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz can to a nonic glass.

A-The beer pours from the can without much of a head and what little foam there is fades quickly to nothing. It is lightly murky and light-yellowish in color. The color is strangely bright, but there is no carbonation to mix things up in there.

S-The aroma opens with a hoppy hit of lemon. A few more whiffs reveal some cracker, bread dough, a little bit of candy-like sweetness, and some light peppery notes. There is a lot of hop flavor for a keller/pils, but it manages to avoid veering toward IPA territory.

T-The taste tracks the smell almost identically. I'm picking up lots of lemon, some floral notes, and white pepper from the hops. The cracker and bread crust are not completely lost, thought, and there is a nice balance of pale malt flavors here. It opens with a little sweetness, but the finish dries out.

M-The body is pretty soft on the palate with a medium heft. Carbonation is light. It drinks easily.

O-This is my first "clean" beer from Crooked Stave and I have to say it is pretty impressive. Von Pilsner is interesting but not overwhelming. I could drink a lot of this over the summer.

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Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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