Take Two Pils
SweetWater Brewing Company

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German Pilsner
3.51 | pDev: 13.96%
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Welcome to Part Two of New After Dark At Water, My Sweet (Week 705)! I spent the morning with Atwater B.C., but as the Summer of 2018 winds down, I am reluctant to get out of the water.

From the Bottle: "Bottle Conditioned"; "Call Us in the Morning!"; "Don't Float the Mainstream!"; "Take Two Pils is a step into an alternate reality for Sweetwater, a head-first dive down into the Wonderland world of Lagers. This adventurous golden blonde German style pilsner is brewed with a mad hatter's dose of spicy floral hops. It's beautifully Bohemian in body, earthy in soul, and it's moving low. Go ask Alice, I think she'll know."

I Pop!ped the cap, but I was starting to feel fatigued as the evening approached, so I went with a slow, gentle pour which was just about my speed at the moment. Once it had been sufficiently decanted, I performed an uplifting in-glass swirl. Uplifting because it lifted up just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with decent retention. In turn, I was rewarded with a load of sticky lacing. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5), so I may not have been gentle enough with this bottle-conditioned beer or my dreaded reefer haze has struck again. Nose had a definite malt-forward aspect, but underlain by a Noble/Saaz grassy, hay-like hoppiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was big, full, dense & creamy! I was astounded since it was another Lager-style beer! The taste was very crisp, not at all sweet, but definitely malt-driven with the hops adding a pleasant spiciness. This is just the sort of thing that they should be putting in CANs for the Summer months. Finish was dry and refreshing. Take Two? I'd suck down a sixer without even a backwards glance! YMMV.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Single bottle copped at Total Wine and More. Prickly taste with moderate hops flowing through. Slightly spritzy with a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Refreshing, clean adaptation of a classic German style. Decent.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a shocker. I picked up a 12 variety pack at BJ's (one of the 420's was broken - glass all inside). I expected the pils in the pack to be a throw away guzzler. Not so!

It's yellow an foamy. The aroma is strong and hoppy. The taste is very hoppy and dry for the style, to a fault, but it sure tastes good. This is hoppier and drier than most and it may shock some less adventurous beer drinkers expecting a Miller. The aftertaste is very bitter.

Highly recommended. Let the other beer snobs snub their noses at the pilsner - more for us real Beer Advocates.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

look: Clear golden with a white plush head and messy lingering lacing.
smell: Subtle floral, citrus nose with some bready sweetness.
taste: much like the nose with a hint of spice in the finish. Not spectacular by any means but tasty and crushable.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, split with my Dad, so tried 6 oz of this beer in a stemmed, tulip style glass.
Golden color, good carbonation.
I was hoping for a bit more bitterness or "stank" that I commonly taste in German style pilsners. Still a good, drinkable beer, but definitely enjoy other Sweetwater beers more.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.31/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this poured into a pilsner glass. Color was a translucent straw-gold, heavier and darker than a normal pilsner as you might expect coming from these staunch opponents of beer filtration. The flavor and aroma were also stronger than most I suspect for the same reason, strong notes of yeast, hops, and banana. Probably not representative of a traditional pils, but pretty good!

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Gold in color, white head. Nose was fairly typical pilsener nose, but simply seemed weak or faint. The taste was somewhat the same - floral hops were present, and pleasant, but not very strong. Mouthfeel neutral, nothing amiss. Drinkable good beer, but not outstanding given some examples of the style that are available.

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Photo of EMH73
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly cloudy straw color with a well retained one and a half inch head that leaves nice lacing. Smells of sweet malts, floral hops and slight citrus. Taste absolutely follows the nose along with a yeasty quality and a slight bitterness to the finish. A little more hops than a classic pilsner in my opinion. Well carbonated, smooth mouthfeel, clean and crisp, very drinkable.

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Photo of Squire
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ok, another American Pilsner, well, I keep trying. One day, perhaps. Pours golden as expected, floral hop aroma seems correct as well, so far so good.

Body, malt, crisp hoppiness, it's all there just not quite as first water as I'd hoped. Nothing wrong (and this is a style where brewing errors stand out) just not enough for a Eureka, look Ethel they nailed it moment. So the journey continues.

With American made Pilsners my general rule is buy the one that's freshest and using that criteria would buy this again.

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Photo of mah0019
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - has that golden urine yellow hue of euro pilsners with a slight haziness due to the unfiltered nature of the beer. Definitely made me curious to try.

Smell - might have just been the batch or the glass, but i wasnt getting much. Just the standard pilsner aroma (to me it smells kind of like weed and urine)

Taste - Definitely tastes like a pilsner. Im not a huge fan so I'm bias to not enjoy it. There are some interesting floral, almost berry/fruity notes on the end. Not really blown away, but again not a pilsner guy.

Feel - Surprisingly thick body for a pilsner. On the thin-side overall, but a pleasant surprise for the style.

Overall - An interesting beer overall, even if it didnt quite land with me. Having had it now from can and bottle, it's just kind of "meh" to me. Doesn't blow me away, but I don't hate it. If its between this and domestic, I will gladly choose and enjoy, but it would be hard to see myself ordering this over many other craft beers, including many other SW brews.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a pilsner glass (by 5/5/16).

Liquid gold color with a 1F pure white on gold cap. Clean and clear with active tiny bubbles right up the center of the glass. Pretty heavy lacing for a lager.

Slightly sweet malt and spicy hop aromas. Fresh cut flowers.

Dry yeast, floral and herbal hop flavors.

Hearty feel for a lager. Crisp. Good carbonation and hop tingle. Dry hoppy finish.

Overall a good beer. It has a cool name, label , and vibe. I like the nod to 'White Rabbit'. Groovy!

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with more of the same. Simple, but good.

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Photo of JDaV
4.6/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer thoroughly. I can only ever find it in cans so it has taken me a while to get to this one. Poured it into a clean pint glass and although I didn't pour hard, a very thick, bubbly head developed. It's honestly gorgeous. It stands a solid nearly opaque gold, topped by the bubbly head that recedes as you take your first sips.
The aroma of this was probably one of my favorite parts. It hits you quickly and you almost wonder where it could be coming from. Sweet like candy but also like flowers. The tie dye of the can it came in fits the smell really well. Excellent.
The taste was much like the smell but defined more. Floral sweetness to begin followed up by hoot bitter tones and finished slightly malty and somewhat yeasty. He mouthfeel has a mild sting of carbonation but sits on the pallet well.
Overall this was a fairly excellent beer. Sweetwater is increasingly becoming one of my favorite go-to regional breweries and I'm glad to see them expanding. All of their beers have a unique danky twist to whatever style they make and they have yet to disappoint me.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this bottle chilled in a stange.
The color is a beautiful golden with thick 2 finger white cap with very fine bead and fast rising carbonation is visible with lace that sticks to the glass. The smell is mostly floral hop aromas with a nice light sweet pilsner malt scent and subtle yeast ester with mild citrus from the hops. The feel is mildly bitter with light resinous body and medium carbonation with slight sweetness and creamy yeast texture with semi-dry finish.

The taste has a good amount of hop flaovr with mild spice and citrus with floral/noble qualities and slight malt support with subtle sweet taste and light yeast with pilsner malt in the taste with toasted accent and a hop spiciness coming through in the finish with mild grassy taste to contrast the sweet malt base. This is a very impressive lager - I like its balance and fresh hop flavors -not a lot of yeast character but clean and I like how hop focused it is with not a lot of malt character.

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Photo of CHickman
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy yellow color with a 3 finger white cloudy/foamy head that was full of bubbles of all sizes; the head dissipated very slowly, remaining so thick I could run my finger through it, leaving decent spotty lacing with foam rings as it went down.

Smells of floral hops, lemon zest, toasted grains, earthy notes, husk, faint caramel and light citrus hop spices like pepper and a dash of coriander. Malty and balanced with enough spicy hops to make this an above average smelling pilsner.

Tastes just like it smells but with more bready and sweet malt up front, followed by floral hops, lemon zest, husk or wet yeast, toasted grains, earthy notes like tea leaf or twigs, faint caramel, biscuit, fresh cut grass and citrus hops which give off spices like pepper and coriander. Standard for the style but executed a notch higher as the flavor showcases the basics here very well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost slick with a thin, light, watery feel and a slightly bitter pucker for an aftertaste that has nice bready notes and sweetness. It goes down very easy and is session-able with the mild spices and grains lingering as it fades.

A very good American version of this style. I had this on tap in Florida a month ago and it was just as enjoyable and refreshing to drink.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pale gold in color with a half finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Clear and poor lacing.

S- bready pilsner malt and thats it.

F- cereal and bready malts and sour pils type of feel.

M- light bodied with a lingering sour pils flavor i nthe mouth

O- eh....it is worth a try but im not buying anymore

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Photo of philbe311
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - An active pour yields two fingers worth of slightly lush light khaki colored froth with a rocky top comprised of big airy bubbles... Decent retention gives way to a pillow like whipped lacing... The color is an exceedingly clear and pale muted copper... A light to moderate bit of slightly sluggish carbonation...

S - An initial burst of cereal brains and white bead... Not much more to this one... Simple, not off-putting but very little in terms of depth or complexity...

T - Similar to the nose, this one is fairly one dimensional in terms of the palate... Cereal grains... Faint bread notes... Some faint floral hops on the back end... A slightly metallic tinge to the finish...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Smooth and slightly sleek... A limited carbonation bite... A bit chalky on the finish...

D - A decent beer, but nothing memorable... There are many other Pilsners out there that warrant attention before this one... I would suggest staying to the hoppy side of the sweet water line-up...

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Photo of CTHomer
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: pilsner malt; bread;

T: follows the nose; lightly bitter from the start and that increases to moderate in the aftertaste;

M: medium bodied; moderate, effervescent carbonation; crisp; dry finish;

O: very enjoyable;

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed form the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This pilsner pours a lightly hazed bright yellow with an amber tinge that sports a very nice head of white foam that dissipates to a thick ring, light frothy layer, and very nice lacing. Nose of cereal grains, light honey, and moderately aggressive hops for the style. Flavors follow the nose with honey tinged cereal grains on all sides with a light herbal hop bitterness that lingers for some time on the aftertaste. Good carbonation and a moderately dry finish makes it highly quaffable and a solid session brew.


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Photo of mackeyse
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Probably echoing a lot of reviews on here by writing that this is a truly nondescript beer--does nothing to stand out from the pack. Guess that's not a fault really. But nothing really redeeming other than it goes down quick. Aroma is pretty decent. Had a bit of an "adjuncty" taste to it. Malt liquor-like perhaps? Aftertaste is not altogether pleasant and it lingers waaaaaay too long. Not a beer you enjoy, more like one you just throw back and move on to something better. With 3 as an "average beer" this rates just a notch above only because it goes down easy and I'd take this over a BMC beer.

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Photo of daddypatstacks
2.69/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Maybe I am missing something, but I was disappointed with this one. It had a stale hop taste (it wasn't skunky, just boring), was over-carbonated, and way too filling for a pilsener. Far from the worst beer I've had, but I can't really find anything redeeming enough to recommend it to anyone. Smelled like a Colt 45 to be honest which is what I would have rather had (and saved my money).

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

one of those beers you can sort of forget you are drinking and just hammer down. i mean, like drink 20 of these in an afternoon and be no worse for the wear. it does great in hot humid weather, does fine when its chilly and wet, and does well in all four seasons, versatile for a pils. and while its not all that unique, its flavorful and well made. honestly one of the better all the time beers from these guys. pale in color, foamy, and with a nose of fresh cereals and more hops than most american craft pilseners have. its not bitter, rather floral and pretty clean in the finish. the lager yeast is doughy and present all the way through, while the beer has a lot more body than most others, which i really like. sometimes sweetwater beers get a little generic for me, the red and the ipa for me are nothing new, but this one is a definite departure from conventional. not way out there in space, but pleasantly unique. i like a bigger one, and this is that. i could drink this from sober to passed out without thinking about it. not too many beers that hold that distinction...

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out to a permanent thin white head and no lacing. Grain-oriented nose with some floral/spicy hops mixed in. Flavor is more hop oriented with the spiciness of the noble hops taking center stage and the sweetness of the pils malts balancing the pleasing bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and true to style. Good stuff.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.41/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweetwater Take Two Pils brewed by SweetWater Brewing Company,with an ABV of 5.50% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a small white head. The smell is rich with grains, malts and , some sweetness. Now for the taste, it bold with flavors, and a mild sweetness. You pick up some nice hops in this Pilsener. I like the taste of this brew. There is a lot going on in this brew. I like how bold it is at first , but then goes right to smooth. Sweetwater Take Two Pils has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouthfeel is rich, bold, and smooth. SweetWater Brewing Company did a nice job with this brew, I would buy this brew again. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.5 out of 5.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Herbal, Bitter, Grain, Fresh

Coming from a brewery that primarily brews ales, Take Two Pils is Sweetwaters answer to the craft lager movement in the US. Big on crispness, nearly bone dry with a light fluffy body. Clean throughout with a spot on hop character. Sport this beer in half liter mugs due to its drinkability to keep it proper.

STYLE: Germand Pilsner | ABV: 5.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #91 (Aug 2014)

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Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 488 ratings