Oxbow Brewing Company

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #9
Ranked #5,919
4.09 | pDev: 6.85%
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Notes: Luppolo is an unfiltered dry-hopped pils brewed with European malts and hops.

Named after the Italian word for "hop," this "Italian-style pils" is an homage to the hop-forward pale lagers produced in Italy.
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HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a slightly hazy straw with a fluffy white head.
S: Grassy, cracker malt
T: Crisp, spicy hops, hint of lemon
F: Light bodied, crisp, clean, slightly drying finish
O: Great! Wish this style were more common.

Oct 10, 2021
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ANIMOUL from Vermont

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can born on 8/13/21. Pours slightly thin yellow with one finger of head that rapidly recedes. Tastes of slightly sweet & biscuity bread with slight hop bittering. Very refreshing & good.

Oct 03, 2021
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear golden color with a two finger head; good retention with a few shards of lace

Smell: Grassy and bready with a peppery, lemon-lime element

Taste: The bready flavors commence and are a platform for the hops with grassy elements dominating and a lemon-lime zip, after the swallow; just a bit of sweetness in the finish with an herbal element

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Refreshing hoppy pils

Sep 29, 2021
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Whyteboar from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent Pilsner gifted to me by WunderLlama, thanks man!
Poured into a pilsner glass and was taken aback by the haze. But I think it’s supposed to be like that.
The aroma was faint, my nose is overwhelmed by fire and smoke so missed that part.
The taste was very good, grass and biscuits and maybe some pepper. Still seems strange to list pepper as a flavor and have it be a good thing.
The feel was excellent, very quaffable.
Definitely would be happy to drink this on a regular basis.

Sep 09, 2021
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can.

Pours a cloudy straw color with an effervescent white head. Good retention. Leaves a ring of lacing around the glass.

Very grassy aroma, with some mild citrus, honey, doughy malt and cracked pepper. Floral and hoppy.

The flavor follows the nose: Grassy and floral with light citrus, namely lemon and orange. Bready, grainy, peppery. Some mild honey sweetness on the finish. Incredibly clean.

The feel is light bodied with good carbonation. Crisp, clean, and absurdly drinkable. Has a subtle lingering hop bitterness.

Overall, this is a great Italian-style pils. I'm no expert on the style, but I love the assertive hop character. Really balances out the sweetness of the malt and gives the beer a nice bite to it.

Aug 22, 2021
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a glass

One finger white foam cap , clear golden liquid

Aroma is grassy , malts hops , whiff of lemon lemon

Taste is grassy, grains, bready, hint of lemon

Mouthfeel is crisp, hop bite, dry finish

Good beer

Aug 02, 2021
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from Mike, thanks for the hookup.
Lightly hazy deep yellow bordering on gold with a thin white head. Crackery pilsner maltiness with earthy spicy hops to counter. More spicy hops linger in the finish. Nice.

Jul 03, 2021
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beergoot from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear, golden body; fine, moderate carbonation; thick and frothy white head; small patches of foam dot the glass. Beautifully scented smell; fresh berries and tropical fruit; floral. Light malt base flavor with a bold, upfront hop bitterness. Medium body; mildly coarse on the palate; semi-dry throughout.

The can label describes this beer as a take on hop-forward Italian-style pale lagers. I think Oxbow succeed with their efforts.

Poured at 52° F; CANNED ON 12/04/20.

Jun 08, 2021
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear but kind of murky pale yellow pour, tight white head and very thick lacing. Dry yet grassy hops lead the nose, lemon zest and grains compliment. Taste has the lemon be more juicy than zest, grains serve as a backbone, plenty of dry yet expressive hops: grass, pine and herbal tones all lightly present. Feel is bright, crisp, soft before the sharp hop finish, bone dry by the finish. Feels more bready than it tastes or smells, very expressive mouthfeel for style.

Mar 23, 2021
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BergBeer from Hawaii

4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a shaker pint

Look: Crystal clear straw yellow with a thin white head

Smell: Crisp on the notes with light hops and crackery malt.

Taste: A bright punch of light fruity and noble
hops that fades to a clean cracker malt.

Feel: Crisp, clean, balanced, and dry. Great carbonation. Clean on the palate. Quenching. No alcohol. Mild bitterness.

Overall: A fantastic American pils. Pick this up.

Feb 22, 2021
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RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is scored 89, but ima take it a step Further and give it a Taylor swift 19-89. Like, this one delivers like Lewbowski picking up a spare. It’s a featherweight beer - but I mean that in a good way. It’s a nice light on the palate beer, yet it swings like Mayweather.

Ok, I’m outta here.

Dec 12, 2020
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NHBeerDrinker from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can

Look: Cloudy golden color with moderate head retention
Smell: Hops really come through
Taste: Medium bodied, floral notes, and a peppery finish
Feel: Finish lingers, very refreshing
Overall: This is a tasty beer, the aroma is probably the best part of the beer

Dec 07, 2020
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jonphisher from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
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%
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, lemony, 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 -5.9%
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 -8.8%
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%
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 +0.2%
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 +0.2%
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 +1.7%
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 +2.7%
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 +3.9%
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 +6.6%
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 +1.7%
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 +2.9%
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
Luppolo from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 126 ratings