Oxbow Brewing Company

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #13
Ranked #6,902
4.07 | pDev: 6.39%
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Notes: Luppolo is an unfiltered dry-hopped pils brewed with European malts and hops.
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jonphisher from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very enjoyable lager. It pours a pale cloudy straw color with a super quick dissipating head, no lacing.

The aroma is this beers star IMO. It is very noticeable, very unique and pleasant, as in strong but not overdone. Herbal and earthy are the words that come to mind for me.

The taste follows suit with the same notes as aroma with some added citrus notes.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant too. With how cloudy this beer is I expected a lingering lasting finish but no, perfect crisp dry finish. Nice subtle grassy bitterness to go with the strong aroma and taste.

Overall a very tasty beer, I was very impressed by the aroma and the clean finish. It’s not what l expected with how cloudy it was so it caught me off guard in a very good way. Give it a try!

Oct 15, 2020
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful looking beer, clear glowing straw-gold color, bright white head. this one has a robust floral character, perfumey almost, grassy and herbaceous flavors dancing around nicely with some biscuity and honey malt flavors, pleasant peppery spice and some bitterness on the finish. very enjoyable and refreshing.

Aug 29, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very slight haze; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thick collar; little lacing;

S: floral, apple, and leather;

T: floral that is subtle up front, but builds through the middle and stays through the finish; moderate bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; crisp;

O: makes you want to come back for another sip;

Jun 30, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz canned 5/5/20, opened 6/19/20.
2 finger white head with good retention, settles in at 1/4".
Deep golden pilsner with a slight haze. No lacing.
Bready malt, herbal/lemon hops, and light sulfur late in the aroma.
Light crackery malt and a strong lemony, grassy hop flavor.
Medium body with close to the elusive crisp mouthfeel. Lengthy - grainy at first - then lemony hop finish.
I was prepared to be blown away by this one, wasn't the case.
Very Good.

Jun 20, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a sample glass as part of the Untappd virtual beer festival event.

Pours clear, light golden, small head and middling retention. Smell is grass and lemon, funk/yeast/whatever it is I smell in lagers.

Taste is crisp, bitter, slight lemon.

Mouthfeel is dry and very crisp. This is actually quite a nice beer.

Jun 14, 2020
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FBarber from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy bright golden color. Effervescent. Thinnish white head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving no residual head.

Aroma has notes of grain, light bready malts with a slight grassy hop notes.

Taste follows the nose with notes of grains, some mild bready malts, but the emphasis is on the grain note. Grassy hop notes on the back end. There is a nice soft minerality to the flavor profile Mild woodsy bitterness on the back end that builds on itself as the beer is consumed.

Feel is light, crisp, and super drinkable. Bright carbonation. Abrupt slightly dry finish.

Overall a really nice accessible pilsner. I'd absolutely drink this one again.

Jun 14, 2020
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Todd from California

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can tasted during the Untappd Virtual Beer Festival.

Pale straw with a touch of haze and a foamy head that drops to a thin lace. Light, bright, effervescent. Super creamy. A bit of yeastiness and breadiness with a bitter, lemony, grassy bite and a mineral, earthy, and dry finish.

Head retention is lacking, but otherwise this is a most excellent dry-hopped lager. Incredibly refreshing.

Jun 13, 2020
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Extra hoppy pilsner, nicely done.
Noble hops bring a deep earthy herbal and grassy tones. Solid and crisp malt with bread cracker and mild honey sweetness. Medium body and a dry finish, ready for the next sip!
Overall a nice solid beer, well crafted and highly drinkable.

Jun 12, 2020
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint (473ml) can purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Canned on 04/01/20
Served in a Willi Becher

A super tight and fluffy, three-finger tall, bright white plume rose above the slightly hazy, lemon yellow liquid. This definitely looked cloudier than your typical pils. The head slowly fell to a thick, foamy cap. Rings and patches of sticky lacing coated the top portion of the glass.

The nose was really interesting and alternated between crisp and yeasty and hoppy and zesty. Dry, powdery yeasty notes dominated initially. As the head receded, the hops appeared. Crisp and lemony with a touch of sweetness. Lemon candies came to mind. Bit of tropical fruitiness. Juicy Fruit gum perhaps. Hint of dankness as well.

The flavor profile was also really zesty and hop forward. Crisp, snappy and clean. Crackery malts were noticeable on the front end. Lemon notes came through as the beer moved along the palate. There was a dry yeasty presence as well. More lemon and bitter lemon peel on the back end and the finish. Some pithy and bitter, earthy and herbal hop notes lingered after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was solid albeit somewhat nondescript. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained a moderate, larger bubbled effervescence that fluffed up nicely on the palate.

Luppolo is a really enjoyable Italian-style pils that seemed to benefit greatly from the dry hop treatment. With just a touch less bitterness on the finish, this could be amazing.

Jun 10, 2020
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tzieser from New Jersey

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

Poured from 16oz can into a .25l mug. Canned 4/1/20.

Side of the can reads:
"Luppolo is an unfiltered pils brewed with European malts and noble hops. Named after the Italian word for 'hop,' this
'Italian-style pils' is an homage to the hop-forward pale lagers produced in Italy."

A: pours straw, pale gold in color (SRM 3-4ish) in color with a very slight haze to it but still leans towards the clear side. Thick, rocky head slowly settles into a thick lacing that sticks to my mug throughout the pint. Solid carbonation. Very nice.

S: Loads of noble hop aroma. Lots of herbal notes, freshly cut grass, perhaps some hay and mint. Quite remarkable. Notes of freshly baked bread from the malt. Excellent example of dry-hopping without going over the top.

T: Follows the aroma. Lots and lots of noble hop bitterness; aforementioned notes herbs and grass. Bready, crackery malt backbone. Finishes with a light hop bitterness. Very clean and refreshing yet also complex and layered enough to compliment a nice plate of antipasti. Superb.

M: Crisp and bone dry mouthfeel. Keeps you coming back for another sip.

O: This one beats out Pivo pils as the best US-made Italian-style pilsner I've had to date (runner up being Sunday Gravy by Counterweight). The amount of noble hop character they managed to squeeze into this beer without being assertively bitter is very impressive, not to mention the perfect crispiness and dryness you expect in a well-made pilsner. 4.25/5

May 30, 2020
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matts2896 from Connecticut

4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: It's a pilsner! Straw yellow with a uniform fluffy head that leaves light white lacing across the glass.
S: Lemongrass and pilsner malt . . . a semi-stuffy nose makes mining for olfactory depth a bit difficult.
T: Light hay followed by lemony spritzer, rosewater, and mint: a bouquet of floral herbs and flowers that carries seamlessly into a crackery lemongrass finish. The profile here isn't profoundly deep, but a masterclass in delicate hop character.
F: light body that builds in creaminess toward a dry finish.

This drinks even lighter than a German pils usually should with the scent and flavor of a perennial garden mid-summer. If you could can nostalgia, it would taste a bit like this

Apr 05, 2020
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hops_for_thought from New York

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 3 month old can into a tall 12oz glass (almost a pils glass I guess)

L: slightly hazy straw gold, large white head that dissipates after a bit. Some lacing

S: bread (biscuit, white, sourdough) and some herb/pine notes

T: crisp and flavorful. Same bread notes as on the nose, this nice peppery finish I really liked. Each sip welcomed the next

F: what I’m looking for, light but not too thin with good carbonation

O: a Pilsner I’ll happily have again! Three months old and quite flavorful, would love to try some fresher stuff for comparison

Mar 10, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I feel like I CAN get one more in for New More Odds 'n' Sods Beer Sunday (Week 780), but I am really flagging at the end of this weekend. It has been a good one, but with work looming in the AM, I am going to begin wrapping it up after this CANQuest (tm) excursion.

From the CAN: "Dry-Hopped Pilsner"; "Production Time: 8 Weeks"; "Named after the Italian word for 'hop', Luppolo is an homage to the hop-forward lagers brewed in Italy. This 'Italian-style' pilsner is brewed with the finest European malts and hops."

I keep saying that I wish that more craft brewers would make Pilsners & some of them are actually listening to me! I had to CANtain my excitement as I Crack!ed open the vent so that I could perform a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. It foamed mightily to form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with very good retention. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a biscuit maltiness along with a grassy, dried hay hoppiness. My mouth was watering in CANticipation & so I took my first sip. Mouthfeel was medium, but very soft. The taste was very crisp & dry with the dry-hopping really leading the way with a pronounced grassiness. Finish was dry and refreshing & made me wish that I had bought pretzels while I was out earlier. This would be a great beer with which to fill the beach-bound Summer cooler. YMMV.

Feb 03, 2020
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy pale straw. The aromatics are really what jump off to me when I pour out the can. It's really floral, zesty. There's definitely a strong bready, crusty, but not in a burnt way, backbone that immediately stands out. That give way to a floral bouquet of citrus zest and maybe some white pepper bitterness. If there is any bit of criticism, it feels a little light for a pilsner. Regardless, I could sip many of these through out the night.

Dec 19, 2019
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brother_rebus from Maine

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Somewhat hopped. But the feel is real delicate like the virgin body of a pale young farm maiden from the Turin countryside. Slight yeasty character. Goes well with cheese.

Dec 09, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

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.

Aug 10, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

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.

Jul 24, 2019
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ChipChaight from New York

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!

Jun 23, 2019
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malrubius from Vermont

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.

May 31, 2019
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | 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.

This beer is a beauty. Golden hue with slight haze mixed with lively (and appropriate) carbonation, all beneath a puffy head that lingers for a stay. Unfiltered look with that light cloudiness.

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.

May 15, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

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.

Apr 09, 2019
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argock from Virginia

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.

Mar 05, 2019
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metter98 from New York

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

Feb 24, 2019
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Jan 25, 2019
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brureview from Massachusetts

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.

Jan 18, 2019
Luppolo from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 90 ratings