Black Forest Pilsner | Black Forest Brew Haus

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3.79 w/ 21 ratings

Brewed by:
Black Forest Brew Haus
New York, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2003

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of ajm5108
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good clarity and color on the poor. Aroma is fine, just clean malt and a little grassy hops. Taste is true to style, no off notes or weird asides. Good straightforward beer.

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Photo of Icemann383
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dextermcgurk
3.04/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of socon67
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of LMH88
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Huffs
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of sirsteve42
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of pjkelley82
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh filled growler served in a pilsner glass.

Hazed golden yellow color with a white head of foam that left good lacing.
The smell is pilsner malt with faint noble hop.
Taste is that of a good German Pilsner, very nicely balanced.
Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing.
Oh yeah, it's highly drinkable.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a typical pilsner scent (pilsner malt, Czech hops, dry lager yeast aroma), although it's a bit hoppier than most. The taste is decent. It has a light pilsner malt flavor along with a big grapefruit hop taste. It goes down easy with a clean, dry finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is quite the hoppy pilsner. It's easy drinking and a fine session beer.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malt, light fruits, and wheat. Flavor is mostly of wheat malt with sweet malt and a touch of bitter hops in the finish. Easy to drink and quite pleasant.
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a one and a half finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sharp noble hop that slowly gave way to a grainy malt.

The taste was upfront spicy, with a nice musty noble hoppiness. A good doughiness appeared toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was in line with the style, with good carbonation.

Overall a spicy and fresh tasting pils. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of hopbar
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Forest Brew Haus

A: Golden color with a two finger head that quickly disappeared but left behind some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Gave off a hoppy, piney scent - you can smell those hops.

T: Very complex and reminded me of my time in Germany. Somewhat dry yet the hops were well balanced.

M: Strong carbonation; bubbly.

D: I was very happy with this Pils and look forward to going back to the Black Forest and drinking it again. Definitely a sessionable beer with year-round appeal yet perfect for the upcoming Oktoberfest activities in a few months.

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Photo of cyberbmcd
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drink this one at happy hour at the Black Forest.

It's light, and lower in alcohol than the Amber.

This Pilsner is quite hoppy it pours a light golden color (much darker than any massed produced pilsner, of coarse.) with nice lacing. it has a smooth mouthfeel, not creamy, very brisk, with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Great with the happy hour snacks.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall glass mug full of gold straw topped with a perky ivory head cap leaving drippy lace.

Aroma is leafy and not overly bright.

First swigs: Dry & dusty with a linger of leafy grass & grain. Clean as clean can be. No off taste or copper penny. Props to the clean style. Slight sugar & lemon pepper finish.

Medium bodied with tight carbonation. Quite a quaffable version. Beter than most brewpubs that use this style as a "house brew."

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Photo of aquatonex
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now, I don't like Pilsners much, but this one is by far the best one I've tried so far.

Pours golden straw colored with a nice frothy head, good retention. Smells of mild wheat, medium hops, alcohol. Taste is very crisp and clean. I was expecting more alcohol skunk taste, but it was a purer wheat and hops. Highly carbonated. Better body than expected. Rather clean going down. My current choice for a Pilsner.

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Photo of Biggness
2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I tried this Cask at Long Islands FIrst Real Ale Festival

This poured to a very nice tan color, you could tell many hops went into this beer. I will have to admit though I am not a Pilsner kind of guy, to be honest I do not like them at all so if you like pilsners do not pay attention to my taste score. The Pilsner was FULL of flavor, just not one to my liking.

The other cask Black forest had was incredible so I will be sure to check them out, I will just avoid the Pilsner

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Photo of Stingray5
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a yellow/amber with a white head. Sweet candy and mild hop aromas. Mouthful was nice and bold for a pils. Taste was also nice and bold, with sweet fruitiness and a nice touch of hops. Dry and hoppy in the finish.

Overall a very refreshing, respectable pilsner. Macro pils drinkers should take note.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed "vom Fass" on my first visit to Long Island, in the company of VENOM, JohnnyP, Davo, Malto, Denali and Slander.

This Pils has a strong golden color, and is clear throughout. Head was a billowy, fluffy long-lasting white mass, leaving great lace down the glass.
The nose was much more leaning to the malt side, with toasty malt being predominant. Some sharp, yet subtle, hop aromas try to come forth.
Body was a decent medium, and the feel was medium to smooth, not prickly or highly carbonated like some in the style.
A welcome, crackery/bready malt flavor greets you at the start, as well as lingering long in the aftertaste. Some hop spiciness tries to make itself known, yet the malt (surprisingly) is the master in the taste realm.
Though I'm not typically a Pils kind of guy, I will drink, and enjoy, a well-made version. This is definitely one of them. Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.35
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of stegmakk
4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance...clear gold with white head...
Aroma...not too much there...
Flavor...WOW...Looks are definately deceiving...I am simply amazed by how much flavor came out of this simple looking brew...good bitterness and dry finish...and alot of flavors in the middle...
Could drink this for days
in the words of the simpson's comic book guy..."Best Pilsner Ever"

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Photo of Denali
4.85/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light clear straw color. White head which dissipated but lace remained.

Smell: Nut-like aroma.

Taste: Started with a nut tatse. Then a good bitter tatse kicked in which was coupled with a taste of malt sweetness. Excellent taste.

Mouthfeel: Dry finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

Comments: Outstanding. I really enjoyed this beer. Nice nutty taste, good bitter and sweet mixture. There is a spot in my refrigerator permanently reserved for growlers of this beer.

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Black Forest Pilsner from Black Forest Brew Haus
Beer rating: 66.7% out of 100 with 21 ratings
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