Rye Pils | Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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Rye PilsRye Pils

Brewed by:
Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by imasloth on 03-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 122
Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is mild, and lacing are decent. Has a very floral aroma with hints of rye. Standard pilsner taste with a nice rye and bitter bite at the end. Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Decent beer. Wound drink another.

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Photo of 60sFolks
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look of a pilsner, pale gold. Smells of fresh hops, inviting. Nothing exceptional here, but having just completed 35 miles on my road bike, it was fresh and satisfying.

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Photo of Caj1
2.61/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Looks like these folks have gone ahead and brought this one out of retirement.
12 oz can to pilsner glass, can dated 3/15/16.

A: Mellow gold with a tinge of copper. Kind of a sudsy head, but good retention. 1.5 fingers. Moderate lacing. Medium carbonation from the look of it.

S: Spicy and fairly grainy, almost a corny smell, which simply should not be in my book. Papery as well. Sort of an AAL smell. Wispy hops, small touch of grass, tiny amount of caramel, nothing to write home about.

T: Bitter, sort of flavorless otherwise. Hops are really only here to impart bitterness and a slight earthy touch. A little bit of spice, a very, very small touch of sourness. This doesn't really smell or taste much better to me than a macro lager would taste, all I get is the flavor of corn with a touch of rye, barely any barley at all.

F: Too foamy. Instead of finishing clean and feeling crisp like a good pilsner should, this foams up way too much in the mouth and leaves a film on the tongue. Could be worse, though. At least it isn't watery.

Overall, this is very disappointing in how little depth of flavor and character there is. Maybe a rye pils just isn't for me, but I feel like this is more a matter of the brewery missing the mark than anything else. I really love Deep Ellum's ales, but for the most part their lagers have been very subpar.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ive always advocated for a rye forward pilsener. so many of these all taste the same, and i have long thought that to spike one with some pale rye malt would really be a game changer, and this is one of the first i have seen, its really nice. maybe just a touch more color to it, but still clear and pale, more yellow than anything else, but perhaps a golden glow to it under its full inch of airy white head. it smells great, because the hops and other grains are so minimal here, the flavor of the rye comes through super well, about as clean through there as it does anywhere in the beer world. nutty and spicy, short of dominant but certainly out in front of the pils malt here. the flavor is great, the rye gives it this fresh baked grain element, more flavorful than most pils types because of it, classic in its spicy flavor profile and slight sharpness. flavorful lager yeast too, the combination is amazing. some bitterness on the back end, but this isnt a hoppy example of the style i wouldnt say. the rye lingers long even though its dry, i love when that happens. highly charged carbonation makes it super refreshing in the texas heat. this beer deserves way more credit.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip glass, canned on 03/14/16.

Appearance: Hazy gold with 1/2 finger of head that quickly recedes

Smell: Grassy and grainy

Taste: Biscuit and cracker with some pepper and earthy hops in the finish

Mouthfeel: Crisp and medium

Overall: The rye used in this brings a depth to the flavor that really makes this pilsner stand out. Refreshing.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huh, this was the first beer I ever had from Deep Ellum, when they just opened, but I've never reviewed it. From a can.

A: 3.5 - Light gold color with an airy, quickly fading head.
S: 3.25 - Very faint hop scent, a touch grassy.
T: 3.5 - Moderate hoppiness, with an earthy hop flavor. Rye malt is light as well, just a hint of pepperiness. Mild pilsner malt ends a little sweet and grainy.
M: 3.5 - Neutral texture, light bodied
O: 3.5 - Eh, nothing special. And yet, I've had this on draft and enjoyed it quite a bit. I remember better hoppiness. But the canned version is bland and inoffensive at best.

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Photo of Grantotx
4.24/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer good clean taste great color it's a dang shame they are not making it anymore. Good floral taste a thin head but plenty of "bubbles" leaves a good film on the glass. It's a great pilsner and a amazing deep Ellum beer hopefully they will bring it back one day.

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Photo of TXBulldog
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tulip glass.

Color is a hazy straw yellow. Pours with a big foamy head that leaves a nice lacing behind.

Not a lot to this one one the nose.

Very distinct rye flavor, with a little sweetness from the malt. It'd a pleasant tasting beer, not a lot of complexity though.

A little more substantial in the mouth than I'd have expected from a pilsner, but still has nice snap to it.

Overall a pretty decent beer, but not one I'd go out of my way to get again. Would probably enjoy this more on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of Premo88
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into pilsener

L: slightly murky orange; about 90% clear; very small head, maybe 1/4-inch that disipates quickly and doesn't stick

S: grainy with a hint of malt sweetness; the grain really stands out ... milo, corn, lightly toasted barley

T: a good bit of malt sweetness (bread, yeast, sweet biscuits) pushed into a grainy taste spiced strongly by the hops ... it's a pilsener, no question -- the spicy hops are a constant presence and seem to show up as much on the back end as anything. the grain here is often corn. ocasionally get a bit of a grassy taste from the hops.

F: soft but still plenty good ... there's plenty of carbonation, and the brew doesn't feel watery, but there's just something "soft" about it; it's not bad at all, and if anything this "softness" does make it easy going down

O: you could do so much worse, but this Deep Ellum brew has puzzled me -- the first two cans off the six-pack had me wanting to wake up the neighbors, call friends and family, maybe start a website devoted solely to the Rye Pils; honestly, it was THAT good and in every category. but as i've gotten down to this last can, the pour doesn't pop as much, the smell is a bit muted, and while the taste is still very solid, the feel seems completely off from what i first thought was a 5.

i bought and drank the whole six-pack inside of two weeks, so freshness shouldn't be an issue (bought the six-packs at the big Spec's in midtown Houston, so as i say: freshness shouldn't be an issue). whatever it is, it might be more me than anything.

bottom line: it's a solid brew. not a world-beater but definitely worth the pennies if you're looking for a Texas-made German pilsener.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A straw- colored brew, Rye Pils pours out of the can to a generally clear body and offers a nose of rye and floral notes. It is nothing extreme and is rather pleasant and appealing.

This beer has a nicely balanced taste with flavors of rye, pale malt, lightly spiced hops/pepper, bread/biscuits, and fruit. The beer is very session- like, easy- going, and agreeable. There is some graininess and some grassy hops too, with a flavor profile that is rye accented but not overdone in any way.

I like this Deep Ellum brew for many reasons and find it more than acceptable and likeable for most consumption purposes. Casual beer consumers and craft beer lovers alike will both enjoy this product- perhaps for different reasons, but all will enjoy it. Make it a point to try it if you can- it’s a good- tasting, refreshing and crisp beer with much to offer.

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Photo of stephens101
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a pint at brewery during a Saturday afternoon tour. This guys know how to do it up right. One of my favorite "tours" yet.

Color is a hazy yellow-orange. Smell slightly malty sweet with lemon and orange quickly following and a waft of herbal hops. Subtle apple to the tongue which is backed up by notes of rye and citrus. Clean as hell and light-to-medium bodied.

Is hard to beat some straight forward goodness like this.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a hazed, light gold color with an excellent cap of creamy white head. Fades at a medium pace to a cool-looking sheet of lace. Besides the haziness, which is definitely not in the traditional pilsner lexicon, this is a great looking brew.

Nose is nice; grassy noble hops mix with a zesty, bready rye character. Nothing extraneous, exactly as advertised...smells good, fresh and hoppy.

Taste is well done too, its clean and crisp with plenty of grassy hop flavor and bitterness. The rye seems to have a drying effect on the beer as it does not have the malt sweetness that some import pilsners can exhibit. I dont really have anything negative to say on this beer, except maybe a little depth would help - maybe a zing of malt in the middle. It was a delicious surprise as I hadnt heard much (any) hype on this one, but I'll be damned if next time I am up in the Metroplex I wont pick up a couple sixers of this.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tall pilsner glass revealing two fingers of white head and a body that is a hazy golden orange.

Aromas of peppery rye malty breadiness. Citrus and floral hops.

Lots of spicy peppery rye character. A little bit of orange and some noble hop.Bubbly and light bodied.

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Photo of Vashtar
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ugly, foggy, orange yellow with incredible head and lacing.

The smell is really nice and floaty. Rye and hops

It's very drinkable, but has a poor, old tasting, aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is strange. It splats on your tongue and slowly crawls back out like a splat ball. It's not great.

Overall, it's good enough to make me curious about their other beers, but I won't be buying a six pack.

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Photo of Daemose
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale orange , opaque, thick white head. Doesn't really look like a German Pilsener, as classified. Maybe it's the rye?

S: Piney hop aroma, a little bread from the rye, sweet bread.

T: This definitely has a lot of flavor, more than I'm used to in a Pilsener. I'm a little disappointed because I was looking for something more mild to finish off the session, but this is pretty action packed. A lot of floral hop and piney-ness, more bitter and astringent than a normal pilsener.

M: Very carbonated, it almost has a bite from the effervescence. Not too watery, not too thick either. Like I keep saying, more than pilsener.

O: Interesting beer, not what I was expecting. Overall, more of an American Pale ale as far as flavor profile goes than a pilsener, in my opinion.

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Photo of gtermi
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice cloudy golden body with a thick white head that slowly fades and a leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S: It has a sort of fruity smell, almost like a tripel actually. If I ever smelled this in a blind smelling I would have never guessed that it is a pilsner.

T: Oh yeah this is what a pilsner should taste like. Man it has that nice fruitiness, with sweet grain and a little bit of that typical pilsner type taste. I would have to say this is one of the best tasting pilsners I have ever had.

M: The beer is very creamy feel and has a a nice thick body. There is a tiny bit of crispness on the back of the throat, but all in all the beer goes down with ease.

O: This is ANOTHER great beer from Deep Ellum. I love being able to get their beer so fresh and I think this would be perfect on a hot summer day after mowing the lawn. I would for sure buy this delicious beer again.

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Photo of champ103
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Downhouse in Houston, TX.

A: Pours a perfectly clear golden/yellow color. A two finger, dense white head forms with excellent retention. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: At first is a bit of sweetness. Big bready rye aromas come next. A light peppery spice with some fruity and floral hops in the finish. I like it.
T: Again, starts off sweet with a pronounced fruitiness. Orange rind and pears. Then quickly comes the big bready rye flavor that I love. Larger yeast and a dryness in the finish to balance out the initial sweetness. Grass and floral hops and a light lingering bitterness. There is lots going on here.
M/D: A light to medium body. Crisp carbonation, very clean, and smooth. So easy and enjoyable to drink. A great lager. All day with this.

It is not a classic example of a Pilsener, but the rye adds a lot of character. Something I really enjoy and went perfectly with my burger. I would highly recommend this.

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Photo of elNopalero
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was in the mood for something crisply hopped, refreshing (it was a balmy evening) and not too strong since I was winding down for the night. This seemed like a good choice—plus it’s from Texas. Drink local!

This poured a golden straw color, with some foam that quickly died down.

It had a light aroma with a hint of rye spice and not much noticeable hop aroma.

The flavor had more of a hop presence. It was grassy, but not like a freshly mowed lawn. Rather, it was more like a lawn that was mowed yesterday morning.

There’s some spice on the finish. Some hop bitterness on the flavor comes through.

It’s definitely sessionable and summer-appropriate, but despite the premise its just not very exciting.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Big Texas Beer Fest.

The beer pours a golden color with a large white head. The aroma is fairly spicy with some nice rye and biscuit malt notes. The flavor is also very enjoyable. There is quite a bit of rye and some orange citrus, as well as some lighter pilsner malts and additional spice notes. Very easy to drink, with a light mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of imasloth
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on their brewery tour last weekend. I'm reviewing on memory on post facto notes ...

A- Quite nice golden or slightly darker color with a decent white head (as poured) and good carbonation.

S- The rye dominates, with a lighter grainier malt underneath and a slight, clean bitter hop aroma.

T- I really found the rye to dominate, making it a bit (too much?) spicier than the standard Pils. There was no balancing malt characteristic and the bittering hops kind of melded in with the rye.

M- Meidum-bodied, rather nice for a Pilsener. The carbonation was not noticeable and it left no after-swallow bitter feeling.

O- I was unimpressed and in fact preferred their now discontinued blonde. My brother liked this one a bit more ... So maybe the beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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Rye Pils from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
3.61 out of 5 based on 122 ratings.
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