Kelowna Pilsner | Tree Brewing

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Brewed by:
Tree Brewing
British Columbia, Canada

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The clean, crisp taste of our traditional European Pilsner is complimented by just the slightest taste of hops. Smooth and light to medium bodied this is an excellent beer for any occasion.

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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 38
Reviews by DoctorStrangiato:
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - straight gold colour with a thin white head. Some okay lacing along the sides. Looks moderately carbonated.

Smell - decent malt aromas but they're stashed below a sour grassy scent that is reminiscent of cheap beer, poorly decanted, years ago.

Taste - does not disappoint once the carbonation subsides. Lager-y flavour of decent barley malt, but the peppery fizz does put a limit on the flavour profile of this one.

Mouthfeel - very active, helps with the refreshment, but gets in the way of the flavour as mentioned.

Drinkability - this is a good beer to have a few of. Certainly more character and taste than a macro, but there are also better choices out there as well.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of chickenm
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml can.

This beer pours a hazy, light golden yellow colour, with one finger of silky, puffy, eggshell white head, which leaves a low ring of breaking surf lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells fairly strongly of white cracker grain, sourdough, a bit of aged lemon, and grassy hops. The taste is biscuity white grain, edgy lemon citrus, and punchy grassy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is moderate and affable, the body medium weight, and smooth, but with some fruity pith-like infusion. It finishes dry, some lemon and floral notes lingering.

This is indeed much more reminiscent of a good Euro-pilsener, than the listed pale lager. Easy to put back, especially if were a hot, sunny day. Sigh.

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Photo of Rempeba
3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light yellow with fading white head. Neutral aroma. Below average mouthfeel, but smooth and balanced. Mild hops, drinkable though 500 ml is a bit much. Drying.Decent for the style of pale lagers,would be weaker compared against real pilsners . More hop than sweetness.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Head vanishes quickly into the golden beer. Visible carbonation.

Grainy, grainy, grainy. Plenty of bready malt on the nose, but I'm missing the grassiness I'm looking for.

True to the aroma, grainy malt is the dominant flavour. Hops are disapointingly absent. Longing for some fresh zing from continental hops and a good grass seed aroma to really put an exclamation mark on the fine malt.

Mouthfeel helps with the overall refreshing character of the beer. Nice crisp carbonation.

Nice enough, needs a good hit of hops.

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Photo of Druid
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - crystal clear straw golden, generous white head dissipated very slowly, consistent lace ring
S - grainy, grassy, dank resin odour, mild sweetness with some metallic
T - hops hit the buds first with fresh grassy resiny greenery, followed by bready grains, mild sweet citrus, with a crisp and slightly metallic finish
M - light, crisp, and refreshingly carbonated, the dryness starts subtle but builds through the finish
O - an honest to goodness straight up drinkable pilsner, thank you once again Tree

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Photo of elricorico
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A clear, pale yellow-orange colour, with a thin white cap. Lots of visible carbontion rises to the head.

Sweet grain is dominant in the aroma. Almost a sweetened lemonade smell. Can't say that hops are notable.

Slightly sweet and grainy, cracker like malts. Crisp, with very little hop finish, something a little medicinal is all I can attribute to the hops. Still some of that sweet lemonade impresson. Doesn't impress really.

Light to medium body, with ample carbonation, it does pretty well for a lighter lager.

I get the feeling that this is Tree's stab at turning some of the macro drinkers on to their beers. Better than the macros, but something about the flavour really doesn't appeal to me.

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Photo of Boozecamel
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ChrisCage
3.61/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- I gave this a fairly hard pour and was greeted with a soapy white head that settles rather quickly into a densely populated foam layer. The lacing is quite good, leaving behind a fair bit of whispy foam on the side of the glass. It also has a viscous look to it as a liquid film sticks to the glass as well. The color is richer than a lot of Pilenser style brews, being somewhat hazy and a yellowish golden hue.

S- Different than what I would have expected, that being more on the malty side of the spectrum rather than the bittering Saaz hops, although they are there modestly. There is a balance of cream and grassy dryness present, but yeah, quite sweet in the aroma overall.

T- Hmmmm, more of the same here, with a yeasty buttery sweetness upfront with moderate hop bitterness right on the finish. It's actually quite good but I wouldn't call this a Pils really...just a decently crafted all malt lager.

M- For this style, it is more medium bodied than anything, with creamy fine carbonation helping to break the flavors onto the palate. It really is like buttered bread. To steal a wine term, this brew is kinda flabby.

D- Overall, this isn't a bad brew, just not what it's stated to be...that said, I'd happily and quite easily drink this all night at a pub as it's an unoffensive beer, just a little soft on the hops and heavy on the malt perhaps. I would still buy this over many other beers if I'm looking for something just to drink without having to think too hard about what I'm putting into my mouth....give it a try for sure!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a bright yellow color pils with a medium size foamy head with some retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet malt notes with a dry finish. Taste is quite refreshing with nice notes of lightly sweet malt and dry finish with light crisp notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well done though more Noble hops would have improve the recipee.

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Photo of Garin
1.84/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

It pours pale golden yellow with a fine white fast-sinking head. It is absolutely full of suspended particles. I'm afraid to try it.

Aromas of .... erm. Not much in the way of aroma, I'm afraid. If I try really hard, I can imagine a bit of graininess but that could just be imagination.

The flavour is also almost non-existent. In the far back I get a glimmer of bitterness, but not even really any sweetness. There is a tiny touch of acidity. What's going on? It's not bad exactly, it's just not... much of anything. I guess there really IS no aroma, and even the primary tastes are practically non-existent. I'm searching for umami, but no dice.

The mouthfeel is medium-light, and actually about the only thing in this beer that is sorta ok.

Given the suspended solids, I'm going to chalk this one up to poor quality control. Shame on you, Tree. I have another can in the fridge, I hope it's better. HOWEVER, the review stands, as quality control is absolutely no excuse for me.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into a pub glass.

This beer has an interesting clear/coppery gold colour with a nice foamy head.

A nice bready malty aroma dominates. This is a fairly standard lager. Standard, but good so far.

This is a very smooth drinking beer with a nice medium body. Some sweet maltiness comes through off the bat with some faint vanilla flavours too. There is a little bit of hop bitterness towards the end, but not a ton. It is a nice flavourful lager, but not too complex.

Overall, I'm not sure how much of a "pilsner" this really is, but it is a nice flavourful lager. I'd drink this over many other popular beers.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Proteus93
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clean, pale golden / straw coloured. White, sudsy head could retain a little better but doesn't totally fall short at all.

S: A sweet kiss of malts, with an added touch of citrus hops - almost more of a 'cleaning formula' type citrus, but I don't find those to taste horrid, so it works out okay.

T: Comes across as a bit too malty. A little earthy, and an herbal hoppiness that is a little unbalanced against the malt presence.

M: Body is lighter, as it should be, but there is still a bit of a stickiness that is a little out of place.

D: Easy on the alcohol, as it should be. Probably not a choice I'd make, but a reasonable brew for the sake of drinking it without expecting much.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This style is available only in 8 packs, like their release of Rebel lager.

Pours out a slightly hazed bright gold, immense amount of carbonation, which helps form the powder snow white short head, and maintains its impressive retention.

The aroma is predominantly floral and herbal hops, with a break of bready malt from time to time.

Hmmmm, the hops and the malt don't seem to play very nicely together in the flavour however. Grassy, herbal hops from the very beginning, allowing a sweet liquid--sometimes biscuity--malt to start poking through near the middle already. They're both there in the flavour profile but aren't working together, balancing or complementing one another, just simply present as seperate entities. Yet through all of this lack of synchronicity everything evens out and balances within the aftertaste, leaving me with an impression that I enjoyed this pilsener more than I actually did.

Mild sandpaper texture in the mouthfeel from the carbonation, but it compliments the style and gives it a bit of oomph.

Even though there's some discord within the flavour I still don't mind this pilsener for an easy-drinking session beer from time to time, it quenches my hop fix at least. However not the first pilsener I would point to when asked what to sample from the style.

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Photo of CurtisD
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of haley
2.93/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: About right for a pilsner. Bit of head when poured; retains edge lace. Medium-high carbonation.

Smell: A sweet slightly stinky malt aroma. A bit honey. A bit biscuity. Can't detect hops. Actually smells a bit salty, like the sea.

Taste: Quick-fading honey sweetness, then some bitterness. Maltiness in between and in the aftertaste. Moments of wateriness though. Hop flavour barely perceptible, but the bitterness builds on the tongue. Also slightly butterscotch.

Mouthfeel. Does seem nice and creamy when I sip it with air, but really the body is pretty thin.

Overall: Good malt flavours. I find the beer inexplicably harsh. Maybe there's not enough body to balance the flavours. I think they should have gone for a little more flavour complexity. It would be nice to taste a bit of hops too. I think some of the aroma and the butterscotch indicate diacetyl.

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Photo of Alberta_Beer_Guy
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of mattsander
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Vandelayindustri
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of ChuckGnarly
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can, poured into pint glass.
Clear, golden yellow with lots of foamy bubbles. Large puffy head that had good retention, and small thin lace.
Smell has a bit of honey-like sweetness. Faint grassy hops. Sweetish taste, a bit grainy, dry hop finish. Earthy hop/malt blend, slightest touch of metallic. Light body and mouthfeel, easy to drink, but nothing that really stands out. Not the crispness wasa looking for from a true pilsener.
Good, above average example. Curious to see how bottle / draft would compare to the can.

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Kelowna Pilsner from Tree Brewing
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 71 ratings