Pearl-Snap | Austin Beerworks

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Austin Beerworks
Texas, United States
austinbeerworks.com

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,889
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
327
pDev:
10.99%
 
 
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19
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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 327
Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've already reviewed this, but apparently I haven't typed up my handwritten notes. Here's a brief impression from a can nabbed at a Trader Joe's in Austin for $1.42 USD.

Tastes like an over(American)hopped pilsner, but it's less effective than I recall, say, Victory's Prima Pils being. Floral and oily hop flavours (I'd guess at a C hop - probably Centennial?) dominate, eclipsing the pilsner malt backbone. Lacks the grassiness and spiciness of a great German expression of the style.

Drinkable, though, and it'd be very refreshing in the Austin heat. I also applaud the softness of its mouthfeel, and the oiliness it has accentuates its hop profile nicely. Yeah, it's more an IPL marketing itself as a pilsner, but I can't help but like it.

High B- (3.50) / WORTHY

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned 11-6-18
1 1/2" white head with very good retention and foamy lacing. Clear, clean gold with a steady stream of carbonation rising.
Light bready malts and a unique, grassy hop aroma. Floral. Not getting a spicy noble hop aroma...some lime/citrus in the background. Minerality.
Unique pilsner, not traditional in flavor although the ingredients are traditional. More of a honey flavor rather than bready/cracker...more of a floral/melon-lime flavor rather than grassy spicy hops. Different - but very good.
Soft mouthfeel with a medium level of carbonation. Not quite "crisp" pilsner. Good dry finish and definitely leaves you wanting another.
I've drank a lot of this but never sat down to really dig in - I'm surprised what I am smelling and tasting. It;s a unique take on Pilsner. Another very good Austin lager.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i crushed these my whole time in texas. not that its the best pils in the world, heck, its not even the best pils i had most days when i was there, but its basically everywhere, refreshes like no other when its ice cold, and its a pretty wonderful defense against the hot texas summer heat. right from the can is how i like this one the best, but it does have an appealing yellow glow and significant white head on it when it makes it to the glass. aroma and flavor are light on the malt, its not the heavy crackery even doughy czech type grain base, not as bold, and i like that in a hot weather and high volume drinking context. the hops are lightly citrusy, maybe a mix of noble and northwestern varietals, but well proportioned and timed in here, this has a little snappy bitterness when its ice cold, but that falls off nicely when it comes up to temperature, which i think is an awesome little feature. light orange and lemon at the end, the dry cereal grain, and a mellow lager yeast that does contribute a little flavor as it dries this out. carbonation is huge and the beer never feels watery in its lightness. always quenching, i am a fan of this one. nice with some of the heavier foods too, fried things, bbq, all of it!

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Austin Ale House.

Like drinking hoppy bread. 4.0

A - 3.75

S - 3.75

T - Biscuits and crackers. Noble hops. 4.0

MF - Smooth almost creamy. 4.25

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Photo of mintzmeet
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's a good beer, but I don't really like it. Just my own preference. Almost a gin and tonic flavor to it. Tastes like a spritz. Slight lemon flavor as well.

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Photo of TheHonestDrinker
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's like Miller Lite ripped the pearl snap shirt off a sexy pale ale, had the intercourses with it, and birthed this easy drinker. I'd pound it. Because I just did.

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Photo of Pencible
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear straw with a little white head.
S: It smelled like grassy hops and spicy yeast, with a little earthy barley malt.
T: It tasted like grassy hops and spicy yeast, with some metallic and waxy character and earthy barley malt. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was one of the better pilsners, with no skunky taste. Still not my preference, but the body was solid and the finish was smooth, so it wasn't difficult to drink. Ok to have once.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw yellow golden color with white head. Light floral notes, honey, and some cereal grains on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Great for Texas summer days. Finishes with some lingering light spice notes, crisp and clean.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours pale golden with about a two finger head. Didn't catch much smell. Taste is light biscuit malt with some lemon and floral earthy hops. Dry, clean finish.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a brilliantly clear straw yellow. thick chalk white head that leaves good lacing. Average-plus retention.
nose is floral hops.
taste follows. floral noble hops dominate followed by a light malt backbone. could use more malt character but still a great beer.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can at Ginny's Little Bighorn on Sun., 12/28/2014 (Chicken Shit Bingo), unknown brewing/packaging dates, poured into plastic cup, drank over 30-45 minutes

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Photo of ChuckHardslab
4/5  rDev +4.7%

A nice clean German style Pils. It pours a very clear straw color with a bright white head that dissipates quickly.

The nose is classic pilsner, just a little maltiness and some grassy, slightly citrus hops.

The taste is slightly sweet and very refreshing. There is the light malt up front and a very clean and crisp noble hops finish. The carbonation is bright and champagne-like.

This is one of those beers made in Austin that just fits with the local climate and tastes. Kudos to ABW.

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Photo of Premo88
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Torchy's Tacos in Cedar Park, poured into (chilled, dammit!) 16 oz. pint glass
(from 6/8/14)

L: standard clear yellow with 1/3-inch white foam, some stick, some lace but very little -- the chilled mug screws this one all up for me

S: grassy, citrus, some malt but this one leans more on real green light hop notes ... some grain; citrus is mostly lemon

T: fantastic, crisp, clean with nice greener, grassy hop bites ... didn't get much sweet/light malt tastes, *maybe* some cracker ... grain notes, rice/cereal

F: strong and sturdy with good carbonation but light enough to drink (and drink and drink and drink)

O: only had the one pint, so all of this is a first-blush look at the brew, but it's very, very good ... looking forward to trying many more

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Photo of brett_reid
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: deep yellow with very little foam and extremely clear

S: smells like a true pilsner with a nice clean punch when it hits the nose

T: this is an extremely clean tasting beer. It lingers a little, but the overwhelming clean flavor is fantastic
M: You can definitely taste the carbonation which is a little disappointing, but definitely not something to push you away.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

big thanks to channels321 for this extra. enjoyed from my "E" snifter.

a - brew pours a transparent soft straw yellow with a finger of fizzy bubbly head with streaky bubbly lacing. visible champagne like carbonation could be seen raging in the glass.

s - grain, flax...corn. german pils. classic but very grainy.

t - again, big grain bill...ut some soft sweetness that the nose doesn't advertise that helps bring this one into the craft realm.

m - a bit fizzy, but overall a smooth drinker. super easy to throw back.

o - overall, another great gateway beer when trying to convert a macro drinker. i just had the kelso pils a bit earlier tonight and that one had a great sweetness that this one is missing. although true to style and leans towards the classic german pils, i find the german pils to be imperfect for my tastes. solid pils, but not something i'll be hunting or stocking.

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Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pearl Snap Pils is a sunny yellow beer that's clearly best suited to hot sunny weather; I'm thirsty and the bubbles, pristine clarity and condensation on the glass all make it irresistible not to just immediately gulp down without first properly examining or smelling it.

The simplicity of a true Pilsner is deceptive; lightly honeyed grain conceals a considerable amount of hoppiness. Though easy to miss, this beer (like every good pilsner) is comprised not only of full, Graham cracker-like maltiness but also a dosage of slightly zesty, flowery Noble hops.

Pearl Snap's delicately soft water affords the malts an ultra breadiness that tastes soft, clean and considerably sweet and might leave some (myself included) to think of it more as a Munich Helles. Either way, a southern German brewer would find nothing has been lost in translation.

This beer is exactly what you want in sunny and humid weather (trust me, I'm reviewing this in a non-air-conditioned room on an especially clammy August afternoon). It is bittered only enough to forge a little texture but not interfere with the thirst-quenching malt.

'Three' is how many Pearl Snap Pils the brewery says I can drink before I start trying that annoying accent. 'One' is how many it took to make me a huge fan of theirs. Not only can these guys evidently brew, but they're also extremely cool and clever marketers.

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Photo of katan
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz into a pint

A - Pours a light golden color. Very clear. Not much for head formation, just a bit of white stuff. Like I said, clear.

S - Light pilsner malt nose, and even that I had to hunt for.

T - Starts off smooth and light, a little sweet - much like the aroma. Then it starts to add more strong nuttier pilsner malts and just a hint of citrus hops. Finishes clean with just a few more pilsner malts. Flavors are just not very bold.

M - Moderate body and like carbonation. Almost a little low for what I would be looking for - doesn't quite come off as much of a lager.

O/D - A nice easy drinker on a cool day. Not much about it that distinguishes it from the rest. Is well done for the style of course. A bit filling at times, abv is right in line.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to bentwookie for this. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a straw color, displaying brilliant clarity, with a finger of fluffy white head. Pretty good retention and messy lacing. Nice effervescent carbonation.

S: Moderate maltiness with slight sweetness, hint of grassiness, lemon, and DMS.

T: Nice pale malty flavor with an undertone of DMS, finishing with a very mild bitterness and a hint of sweetness.

M: Medium-high, crisp carbonation and medium-light body.

O: Very easy to drink. This works really well as both a warm weather, lawnmower beer, and for spicy foods like Indian or Mexican due to the slight sweetness and crispness.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy pale golden color body. Very clean nose. Saaz is apparent. I enjoy the bready flavors and the overall hoppiness, but there's a toastiness that I'm just not feeling. Almost like this was brewed by New Belgium. Mouthfeel is bubbly and full; solid. This would be a pretty solid go-to beer if not for the toastiness. Kinda kills it for me. Solid otherwise.

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Photo of smart3r
4.88/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As a local Austinite my review seems relevant. I have savored a lot of local beers and Austin Pearl Snap is one of my favorites. Normally I am a fan of IPAs the Austing Pearl Snap is a great Pils but actually tastes very similar to an IPA. Please note that I am not a beer expert, just a regular beer customer.

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap, this pours a crystal clear light yellow with a short lived white head. The smells are of grass hops, crisp earthy tones, some malts. The feel is medium to light. The taste is good, a nice bitter amount of noble hops along with some clean earthy flavors.

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Photo of rudzud
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear light golden straw with a fizzy one finger head that quickly fades to leave minimal clouding and halo.

S - Light grassy, floral hops along with some nice caramel malts. Awesome nobel hops.

T - Taste is more malts than usual here, sweet, with some slightly older nobel hops. there is a nice strong bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty good for a pils. The bitterness at the end is a bit distracting though. Nice carbonation.

O - Overall this isnt a bad German Pilsner. On the nose and mouth, the hops are a bit too prominent. The taste though, the hops are a bit faded.

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Photo of Wagner74
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wonderful take on a classic Pilsner style lager. Best I've had from Texas. Saaz hoppiness rings true and clear. Clean finish, good astringency here. Nice off white head that quickly dissipates. Light straw color and light lace down the glass. Yum! Will buy again.

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Photo of MrBeerExpert
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful light golden and brilliantly clear. Medium white head
that leaves moderate lacing.

S: Very aromatic for a Pilsener, but in great way. Grassy, earthy
noble hops and slightly sweet grain.

T: Almost like tasting noble hop extract, perfectly backed with
pils malt. Almost zero yeast character is present, which lets
the other ingredients shine though.

M: Quite dry and carbonated. Maybe a bit too much, but it
makes for a more refreshing beer - which is nice in canned
form.

O: A very well crafted beer considering what a delicate style it
is. Not quite true to style, but excellent nonetheless.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kevin123 for this can...

A: Pours a translucent yellow/gold with about a half finger of white head that settles fairly quickly. There is just a wisp of lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: Smells like a classic pils. There is a light malt backbone with a slight hop aroma, but nothing really stands out.

T: IT starts out clean and wet, with some mild malt tastes right up front. That note slowly transitions into a bittering hop finish.

M: Light bodied beer. The carbonation is spot on for this beer, light but ever present. The bitterness of the beer lingers on the palate for quite awhile after drinking.

O: This is a decent pilsner, but it's not spectacular. It's a bit too bitter in the finish for my liking. I'm pleased to have tried it, but I don't think I;d seek this beer out if it were available in my area.

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Pearl-Snap from Austin Beerworks
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 327 ratings