Burnham Pilsner | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Burnham PilsnerBurnham Pilsner
14 Ratings
Burnham PilsnerBurnham Pilsner

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-14-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of soper2000
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have no clue how old this bottle is but I decided to go ahead and try it anyways as it was stored chilled and out of light. It poured an absolutely beautiful golden color with no head at all but carbonation bubbles are still present. Smell is clean with a hint of saaz hops. No skunky aroma was present. No hop character jumped out at me on first sip. Maybe it all faded away. There is a pleasant fruityness to this brew and it's very clean. Mouthfeel is decent and drinkability is great as this is a true session beer. Not bad for a "vintage" pilsener which i think is a couple of years old to say the least.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy amber body is topped by a single finger of buttery foam, nicely lacing down the glass with slippery bubblets of the head.

Aroma of malt balanced by Saaz hops and the grainy sense of barley. The thick, full body lacks the appropriate crispness but is creamy and smooth in contrast. Flavors of sweet malt, slightly roasted and balanced by the Saaz hops yet not quite in sync. Good drinkability limited by the lack of crisp finish.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brand is clearly aimed at store shelves that might be put off by 3 Floyd's "Not Normal" product. A sudsy head over a yellow that's darker than the usual pale yellow American beer. Just slightly roasted malt flavor, nicely balanced by Saaz hops. I wasn't highly impressed, but this was an older bottle, still contract brewed at Schell's, so I will definitely seek out more and update this review when I can.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear pale gold, with a relatively lively white head, which died about three quarters of the way through.
Aroma is very authentic, with spicy hops and a light crispiness. Clean maltiness. Authentic hopping, perhaps a bit more assertive than usual, but still balanced.
Flavor is definitely above average, with agressive hops carrying over a light bodied maltiness. Beer is very effervescent, which I don't normally enjoy except in the case of a pilsener. Nice and clean, with a spicy crisp finish. I'm a fan, and I wish this was available in CT. Very true to the style, and very well done besides. On the same level as the Victory Prima Pils. A very good pilsener.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.84/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer formed a medium sized white creamy head when poured and it had small sized bubbles that quickly diminished.The body was slightly cloudy and there was some lively carbonation observed.The hue was yellow-gold and the nose was fruity, cloves, spices, and malty.The flavor was very bitter, hoppy, malty and tangy.The mouthfeel of this beer was tingly on my tongue, smooth and light-medium bodied.There was very little lacing with this beer.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of my favorite pilsener beers. It was very comparable to Victorys Prima Pils, but it was less hoppy. This beer poured a dark golden colour, with a fluffy, white head. The aromas were of malts and hops in good balance and the flavor was more of the same. This was a very hearty, and robust pilsener beer that was very well balanced. The mouthfeel was full for a pilsener and the drinkability was top notch. I had one of these with a great, white pizza with spinach and it was a wonderful pairing...

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Photo of StevieW
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. Row Houses depicted on the label. Cloudy more golden than yellow color. Typical fizzy white head, had some covering to it. Nice saaz hop snap to the aroma, along with plain old toasted white bread, not that's a bad thing. Taste is a little more toasty, some malt body and then snappy, crisp, flavorful saaz hop snap kicks in. Some citrus and lemon peel flavors whisper by. Very crisp, very refreshing. A little more full bodied than most pilseners I have had, but I'm ok with that. Medium to highly charged. Against all other beers it's good, against American Pilseners it's outstanding.

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Photo of zerk
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a very thin white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is a mix of bread dough and herbal hops. Flavor begins quite malty... some bread dough and toasted malt with a touch of sweetness... finishes herbal with just a touch of bitterness. Body is medium with medium to high carbonation. This is a very drinkable and refreshing brew, but a bit of a non-traditional Pilsner.

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Photo of cokes
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sunny golden bodied with a hefty, puffy white head. Tornadic carbonation.
Spicy floral hops on the nose. Toasted honeyed malts as well.
More of the same in the mouth. Intially hoppy via florals and spice. Toasted malt backing, with heavy honey accents. I'd prefer this to be a little drier all around, but it still tastes decent.
It was intially highly carbonated, but shortly went totally dead. Became alternately cloying and lifeless.
A shame, because this was a decent pils otherwise.

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Photo of Murph
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep golden color with a decent white head that fades too quickly. Smell is a bit on the malty side for my tastes without too much hop presence. Some more hops on the tongue make it mildly spicy but still maltier than I like my pilsners to be. The higher malt sweetness to this brew makes it a bit sticky on the tongue and not nearly dry and crisp enough. Although not exactly how I want a pilsner to taste this is still rather drinkable and not a bad beer. Next time I will remember to drink it colder to keep the malt profile more subdued.

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Photo of jackndan
2.3/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Burnham Pilsner: This has got to be old. It looks nice, smells Ok, if a little weakly of hops. But it tastes like mustard, yes, yellow mustard. Very weird taste: big taste of mustard, then nothing, then a big sour aftertaste. Put a date on it or you will be rated as if you brewed it yesterday.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color, with an almost white head that dies super fast... leaves no lace at all. On the nose the aroma of saaz hops is evident, and a little graininess. Exactly the same on the palate, saaz spiciness, and a bit of grain, and maybe just a touch of red apple.
Overall I liked it...Good Pilsener

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Photo of John
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow-gold. Head is reduced to a thin layer of off white foam shortly. Sourdough bread and some lemony citrus in the nose. Smooth mouthfeel. Welcome spicey hop finish. Nicely done. Washed down hummous and pita very well.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Dull golden hued with a thin yet bubbly white lace.

Smell: Spicy sweet saaz hops on the nose ... touch of malt and grain also.

Taste: Medium in build with a profound and deep malt mouthfeel and flavour that seems to be everlasting. Good dose of spicy sweet saaz hop bitterness with a slight oil flavour that lingers far into the finish. Handful of grain in the end also.

Notes: Quite a robust pils ... a bit more full bodied compared to other pilsners. Could be a little more crisp ... an enjoyable and interesting brew.

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Burnham Pilsner from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 14 ratings
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