Brau Pils
DC Brau Brewing Co.

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DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States
Pilsner - German
Ranked #240
Ranked #22,684
3.76 | pDev: 9.84%
Feb 21, 2022
Apr 10, 2015
Very Good
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Notes: Brau Pils is a straight forward Pilsner with a light body, moderate carbonation and an assertive yet restrained hop character. Aromas of earthy, spicy noble hops are chased by a rich, cracker-like note backed up with clean, malty notes and a neutral lager yeast profile.
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3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Captain69 from Illinois


Feb 21, 2022
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4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

Pours a bright straw yellow with a 1/4th inch white head that dissipates very quickly. Drinkable and refreshing Pilsner. Lively carbonation and a light mouthfeel. Great go-to beer that fits most occasions.

Apr 17, 2021
3.41 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Dec 17, 2020
4.09 by DAllen6701 from District of Columbia on Nov 12, 2020
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3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

12oz. can served in a willibecker. Pours a dull, pale yellow with a slight haze to the clarity and a loose, 1/8th inch head that quickly disperses towards the edges. Nose expresses ready/yeasty notes and perhaps a hint of lemon zest. Taste follows nose with a hint of some earthy/medicinal notes at the finish. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation that leaves a residual prickle across the tongue. Overall, decent and drinkable at a fair price point but nothing special.

Sep 18, 2020
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4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by MrOH from Malta

Incredibly light straw color, brilliantly clear, nice white head, good retention and spotty lace
Light cracker malt aroma, herbal/spicy hops
Cracker malt flavor, crisp noble hops
Light bodied with good carbonation
Really nice drinker

Aug 26, 2020
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3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Rschis16 from Maryland

Bright straw yellow and almost clear with a nice pillow of white foam on top. Floral notes and bread on the nose, a little bit of citrus too. Mild flavor of bready malts with a small but clean balancing floral hop note to finish it. Just a touch of pepperiness in the back end. Mouthfeel is pretty full, and it finishes just shy of clean. Carbonation is a smooth medium. Pretty classic example of the style, nothing over the top but also nothing that stands out as next level. Easy to knock back though.

Aug 14, 2020
3.41 by Jaasoares from Virginia on Jul 16, 2020
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3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Bright yellow appearance with a small white head and light lacing. Muted aroma of fresh hay and biscuits. Modest sweetness yields to spicy hops. Clean, crisp aftertaste. Light bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel. Finish is short lived.

May 31, 2020
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4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by bubseymour from Maryland

Appearance is hazy yellow/orange with and a nice 2 finger. Very IPA like in appearance. Aroma is very bready/buscuity. Taste is the same with a really nice bready beer with light crisp finish from bittering hops but not a very noticable aroma/flavor of hops. Overall this is a spectacular pilsner. Glad it's in my local area, but it has been very elusive to find. Hope distribution improves.

Jan 27, 2020
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3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by detgfrsh from Texas

From a can. Golden color with white head. Grassy smell with some floral hops. Light body. Light malt flavors with grassy hops. Crisp and very drinkable.

Jan 17, 2020
3.29 by robebo44 from Virginia on Nov 13, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by daliandragon from Maryland

I find this a nice example of the style, with a dry biscuit note, standard hops and yeast and a delicate , quaffable texture. For styles like this, I want something less experimental or complex than I would for a belgian or wild ale or even a gose. This is not the plsace for fancy ingredients or gimmicks. DC Brau get that, and that's why this is delicious: drinkable, well made and on style.

Oct 01, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Guppy314 from District of Columbia

From a can, pours as a very bubbly, hazy, straw with a thin white quickly disbursing head. The aroma reminds me of dried hay that has been slightly moistened by morning dew (don't judge me). Taste is a grassy, bready, hops-forward with a smooth sweet malt chaser. Overall, this is an interestingly complex brew with bread, floral, yeast, and slight citrus flavors. Very drinkable.

Sep 22, 2019
3.77 by tpeters from Michigan on Jun 19, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by SABERG from Massachusetts

Poured from a 12 oz can into the test glass
A - Bright lemon color, a touch of haze, other wise nice clarity. A thi white cap quickly dissipates
S - Grassy, little grain reference in the nose.
T - Biscuit, and lemongrass, very nice combination.
M - Dances across the palate, very light in texture, excellent aspect of this offering
O - A very good take on the German Pils, this beer is bright and a delight to experience

May 11, 2019
4 by Nurt20 from Illinois on Jan 26, 2019
4.05 by geryeb624 from Maryland on Jan 15, 2019
3.84 by MoeSzsylak from Massachusetts on Jan 05, 2019
3.25 by eldoctorador from Chile on Dec 21, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Silopanna63 from Maryland

I had this Pilsner fresh on tap at a restaurant by the wharf waterfront in Southwest D.C.

This beer is emblematic of a true northern German Pilsner—pleasantly bitter at the start (without any hop bouquet) and bread on the backend, and dry, clean and crisp throughout. Although this beer style doesn’t have the layers of complexity that many other beers possess, the best northern German-style Pilsners are what they’re supposed to be—crisp, dry and refreshing with a nice bitter bite at the beginning and a bready finish, and without the hop bouquet found in many American-style craft Pilsners and other lagered beers.

I can’t attest to how this beer is in cans or after it has sat a while, but it’s a very nice Pilsner when fresh and on tap. It’s been at least a couple years since I’ve been to this brewery because of past disappointments. But because of this experience, I now feel that it’s time to go back for another tasting to see if their other beers live up to the quality that this Pilsner bears.

Dec 16, 2018
3.81 by Heeenrik from Finland on Dec 14, 2018
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3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

DC Brau Brewing "Brau Pils"
12 fl. oz. can
$2 @ Wegmans, King of Prussia, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice bright yellow and green label - hard to miss! It's poured a slightly hazy yellow-gold body beneath a short head of bright white foam. I might have a less than "beer clean" glass here but I'm inclined to think that the head retention and lacing should be better. Moving forward, what I'm looking for in a pilsner is Pilsner malt and Saaz hops. I'm getting a decent amount of malt, and it's grainy, but I'm not sure I'd say it comes across as Pilsner malt, and there are some grassy hops but they're not like the spicy and floral Saaz hops that I usually expect. Of course there are no rules and you can make it with whatever malt and hops you want. On to the flavor... hmmm, it pretty much exactly matches the aroma. It's got a solid bitterness to back it, and it finishes dry, earthy, and lightly spicy. It's nicely balanced. In the mouth it's medium-light in body and crisp. I don't really see any flaws to it but it does lack a certain magic.
Review# 6,342

Nov 11, 2018
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3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JamFuel from Sweden

Pours a cear yellow with fine head and lots of visible carbonation.

Smell is bready and clean with nice floral notes and a hint of saltine crackers.

Taste is crisp and clean, with a crackery, bready base and some spiciness along with a nice, balanced, floral bitterness and just a hint of popcorn.

Mouthfeel is medium, and creamy as a pilsner should be, well carbonated.

Overall, a very nice, no frills German pils.

Oct 02, 2018
3.5 by aztraz from Sweden on Sep 23, 2018
4.52 by Amandaswe from Sweden on Sep 21, 2018
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3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by chitoryu12 from Florida

Look: Clear gold with a thin white head of bubbles that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Bright malt, straw, spicy hops.

Taste: Mild malt with a hop bitterness backbone to start, leading into a bready taste as you swallow.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and creamy with high carbonation.

Overall: A solid, if unassuming, Bohemian pilsner.

Sep 07, 2018
3.48 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Sep 03, 2018
3.5 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania on Aug 06, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Sheppard from Massachusetts

Pours a pale straw transparent golden. Noble hop aroma abounds. Good crackery character, more saltine than biscuit. Lots of finely ground pepper bitterness. It's refreshing and clean. A very nice pilsner from my new home.

Aug 05, 2018
2.25 by Rammed96 from Maryland on Jul 06, 2018
3.75 by BabaBeer from California on Jun 16, 2018
3.52 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Apr 29, 2018
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3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by BeerMan247 from New York

Very light and refreshing Pilsner

Apr 28, 2018
3.42 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Apr 22, 2018
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Stevedore from Oregon

12oz can, served in a shaker pint. Pours a slightly cloudy, unfiltered golden yellow body, one finger white head, short retention, a few rings of lacing on the opposite side. Smell is crisp, freshly baked biscuit, a touch of straw, floral notes, malt sweetness. Flavour follows, grainy sweet malt, bread, a bit of straw, light mineral, floral bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium lighter bodied, appropriately carbonated, clean and mild bitter floral finish. Solid german pils, nothing too extreme but a reasonably drinkable local pilsner.

Mar 22, 2018
3.34 by hairnic from District of Columbia on Mar 17, 2018
3.66 by meatyard from Florida on Mar 15, 2018
3.5 by DoubleDaisyCutter from District of Columbia on Jan 16, 2018
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