Oxbow Brewing Company

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German Pilsner
Ranked #17
Ranked #7,636
4.07 | pDev: 6.63%
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Notes: Luppolo is an unfiltered dry-hopped pils brewed with European malts and hops.
Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 59
Photo of jrc1093
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best before 12/28/19

Pours a vaguely clouded light straw topped with a delicate few fingers of rocky, white foam; head recedes steadily to a thin cap and chunks of soapy lacing lingering consistently around the glass.

Aromas start off grassy, with a slight crackery malt lingering; over time, a lemon-lime zest becomes increasingly prominent throughout the bouquet, especially toward the finish.

Taste opens with hoppy tones of wet grass, while a crackery backbone quickly takes shape; smattering of lemon zest and hay build along the mid-palate; a touch of honey and malty sweetness into the finish juxtaposing a slightly bitter herbal quality.

Mouthfeel brings a medium body with a slight, creamy texture to a wispy moderate carbonation; thins a bit, and then dries with an airy crispness into the finish for a snappy, refreshing swallow.

Described as an ‘Italian-style’ pilsner, this one definitely presents a brighter hop character while leaving the malt to steady the foundation; unique, bright, and non-traditional, it brings an exceedingly refreshing take to a hoppy pils without becoming unrecognizable, or straying from approachability.

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Photo of avalon07
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pilsner glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a 3/4", creamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A decent enough aroma of malt, hops, citrus fruit, and a grassy quality.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of hops (not too much, though), a hint of the grassy quality (never welcome), a lot of malt (present throughout), an herbal quality and some citrus fruit (lemon, in particular). This is one of those "not bad" kind of flavors. Pilsner isn't a flexible style but this one works well in its confines. It's light, sweet, and effervescent.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a lively finish. Light-bodied.

O: Not a bad lightweight beer. Worth a look.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can from Oxbow Bottling and Blending in Portland, ME.
Pale yellow with nice carbonation and lacing. Sweet with a shape crisp finish. A delicious and fancier version of Nastro Azzuro. Yum!

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Photo of malrubius
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can. Gold with chill haze head and lace. Light grassy aroma with a touch of citrus. Similar sweetness with some cereal grains and medium herbal grassy bitterness and a touch of honey in the finish. Light and lively. Excellent.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Creamy yet crisp, malt-forward but with a balancing bouquet of herbal and grassy hops - Luppolo is an excellent example of the style.

Golden hue with slight haze mixed with lively (and appropriate) carbonation, all beneath a puffy head that lingers for a stay.

Aroma and taste is cracker, lemon, biscuit and a light dose of cut grass. Malty, slightly sweet and a little herbal.

The feel is the standout - creamy, light on the palate but with enough taste to keep it interesting.

Easy drinking regardless of what you're looking for but also complex enough to sip and experience the change in aromatics and taste as the brew warms up.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale straw color, clear coming out of the can, but with a little haze in the glass. Moderate head quickly dissipates, with modest lacing throughout.
The aroma opens with a hint of citrus and stone fruit. However, it is fleeting as it is soon overtaken by strong aromas of grass, floral and spicy hops. The bready and cracker like malt aroma also comes through, with a hint of honey throughout.
Upon first tasting, it is immediately apparent that this is a strongly hopped pilsner. It is brimming with grassy and spicy hops, along with a hint of lemon. Yet, the bitterness is mild overall, this allowing the hops flavors to interact with the malt. Well balanced, as the malt is also given a chance to shine; bready and crackery.
Almost medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel and moderate carbonation on par. A clean and dry finish keep things drinkable.
Overall this is a really well done, well hopped, flavorful, and refreshing pilsner.

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Photo of argock
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 07/01/19. Poured into glass tumbler.

Hazy light gold with formidable 2-3 finger frothy head with good retention and a collar of lacing.

Minty, grassy, floral, lemon-lime hop aroma with soft Pils maltiness. Clean from water standpoint.

Flavor is spectacular with crackery Pils maltiness and moderate-high bitterness due to the clean malt backdrop. The hoppiness is complex with honeysuckle, grass/hay, honeydew, mint, and lemon-lime. Nuanced yet clearly a hop-forward beer - artfully composed.

Feel is lush through the mid-palate yet finishes sharp like an excellent German Pils should. Crisp and clean and hoppy.

Impressive beer in every sense - delicious, crisp, aromatic, hoppy, exceptional. Oxbow has a stellar beer with Luppulo.

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Photo of metter98
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a little hazy hazy pale golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left a thin film of bubbles covering the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose along with hints of spicy hops.
T: The taste follows the smell, having strong flavors of grassy hops along with notes of spicy hops and underlying hints of grainy malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very hoppy pilsener and makes for a nice selection if you like beers with lots of grassy hops and a very dry mouthfeel.

Serving type: can

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Can. Pours a darker golden color. Hazy for a Pilsner. Thinner, frothy, white head. Very pilsy aroma but super dialed up. Hop forward too. You can smell that tangy pils yeast. Flavor has a very fun hoppiness. Starts noble then finishes fruity. The yeast and malt character stands abreast with the hops. Great beer. Way too fucking expensive though. One of the best Pilsners I have had but boy do you pay for it.

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Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear blond color with a 4F head in a Pilsner Glass.

Good head retention.

Very fruity aroma, unlike the German or Czech style.

Smoother, less carbonated MF.

Light bitterness.

Fruity taste.

I’m not familiar with the Italian Pilsner style, which is less bitter, malty and more fruity, if this is the style.

Excellent beer.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a tulip glass. Dec 3rd 2018 Devo Devo Devo.

Pale brass and bright body color with excellent clarity. Some carbonation and just a hint of glow. Rocking bleach white three finger head off the pour. Fluffy clumpy top, with small swiss cheese bubbles.

Real nice aroma. Chewy bread malts and a noticeable hop spicy quality. Lots of earthy hop and spicy tones on the nose with clean quality.

Real solid palate. Mid palate fills with bread dough and steely earthy hops. Lots of spice and grassy flavors of fresh soil and cut grass. Flirts a metallic bitterness just a hair but nothing excessive, but is noticeable. Clean finish with a dark herbal quality.

Aggressive but in control. Very nice pils.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

i have not had many clean beers from these guys, but given the quality established in their wild stuff, it really comes as no surprise that this is as good as it is, a nice crisp but well hopped german-esque pils, really expertly put together, drinkable for miles, and the first beer i have ever seen from them in a can i think. its clear and very light colored, glowing golden in the glass under an inch of brilliant white head, pillowy and permanent. its very light in nose and taste too, mild and crushable beer, but more than a palate cleanser too, just a light belgian type pils malt at its core, maybe only that, and some minerals and crispness to the lagering part, but i dont taste much from the yeast, i feel it more than anything. the dry hopping is nice, but this does carry a little bitterness too, giving the finish even more zip. not sure what they use, but it could be a mandarina type, i get that mellow citrus and noble combination, although it could be a number of varietals at work here. the flavor is really mild, but it seems like the right mix of traditional and modernized, and i could drink it infinitely. the high carbonation and dryness are awesome, and the freshness matters, on point from the can. overall a really good beer, somewhat outside of what i know about these guys, but one i would likely buy regularly if it were available here in colorado. i love oxbow, always have, always will.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Delaware Supply in Albany, NY.

This one pours a dark orange-ish color, which is an odd color for a pilsner. This has a small head, with lots of lacing.

This smells like grassy hops, toasted grain, lemon, herbal hops, and pine.

Other than the weird color, this is a classic pilsner here. There’s a nice bitterness, clean clinical and herbal, with some light zest, bready malt, grass, and spice.

This is light bodied, crisp and clean, with a great level of drinkability.

This is pretty great. It’s most of everything I want in the style.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at Seymour in Greenfield. The beer had a murky, straw color appearance with a medium to thin head. Not too strong of an aroma, but could sense some grassy straw smells. The beer had a classic, sweet and straw-like flavoring, which was immensely helped by it being a highly carbonated and and refreshing mouthfeel. Overall, great taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of pootz
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Arabella Park - pours a hazed straw colored lager in the flute, with a 2 finger bone white cap - spicy, leafy, grassy, earthy aromas mix with dusty biscuit malts - this Pils has a hoppy dry crisp character - bright, refreshing, done dry bite in the finish. One of the best crafted Pilseners I've sampled.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.
The appearance was a semi-murky to pale yellow color with an ever so slight sort of yellow color with a cap of a little white foamy head, not much lace, somewhat spider-webbing.
The aroma showcased some sweet German malts, somewhat biscuity to bready and a slight touch of grassiness. An even slighter touch of lemon and then a nice crisp herbal to dare-I-say "Italian" creamy sort of sweetness. Yes, there's something different definitely about this one than what I've noticed in other German pilseners, but wait for it, let me talk about the rest of these qualities before I say my final assessment.
The flavor leaned into the sweetness meshing all of those previously mentioned qualities of the aroma. Nice clean mobile sweet crisp biscuity to what I say "Italian creamy" sort of aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt low but that didn't bother me. ABV felt as projected.
Overall, pretty nice pilsener, not a German one, but not a Czech one but what Oxbow says an "Italian Pilsener." Now that's a nifty idea and well, I'd love to have this again preferably with some grilled lobster!

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Photo of thebeers
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale straw color with strong effervescence and a finger of long-lasting white head. Very light, spotty lacing.

Dull grass hops and biscuity malts show in the fairly clean, crisp aroma. These elements continue to taste with nice dull bitterness added to the mix. There's a very, very slight touch of biscuit char in there, too, which is a nice addition. Fairly dry finish.

Medium bodied with modest carbonation.

Really nice, classic German pils.

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Photo of illpass78
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. in stemware at the brewery.

Appearance: Clear straw. Somewhat bright. Frothy white head that retains well. Pretty clear for being unfiltered.

Aroma: Little bit of apple juice. Some grass. Clean, fresh. A little distant hops.

Taste: Less apple juice than in the nose. Clean grassy bite. Very mild flavor. Classic lager, really.

Mouthfeel: Very easy on the palate. Lageriffic.

Overall: Good classic Euro lager. Somewhat reminiscent of Pilsner Urquell. Not overpowering with flavor, but very drinkable. Paired it with a board of bread, cheese and spicy mustard and it made a swell snack on an early spring day.

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Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Straw color with a mild haze. Good starting head which leaves sploches of streaky lace.

Light pale pilsner malt aroma. The hop is even more subtle.

Smooth body. The initial taste is spot on for a dry pils but there's a smokiness which comes at the swallow. The aftertaste is a little like that of a dry cider. More interesting than authentic.

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Luppolo from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 59 ratings