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German Pilsner
Ranked #52
Ranked #14,992
3.94 | pDev: 5.58%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Very Good
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Notes: "The Beer You Can Drink”.
This classic and traditional lager beer is a beverage we are proud to offer as frequently as we can - without compromising the necessary time in tanks and quality.
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 51
Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Poured out a clear, straw-yellow color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It smelled of caramel, toffee and grassy notes. Sweet caramel taste with a grassy bitter bite.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is sweet grains, slight fruit and beery. The flavor is grains/malts, mild fruit and a beery/slightly spicy hop finish. No frills, pretty standard.

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Photo of ZAP
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L-Light golden with slight haze...nice forthy white head..

S-Grainy..slight breadiness...

T-Lightly grainy with a sharp spicy bitterness. Lemony.

F-Firm body...very dry on the finish....

O-Definitely a German style pilsner with its light, crisp, dry characteristics. Solid version but almost too dry and one-sided.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy orange-straw with a finger of white foamy head that retains resonably well. Aroma is light spicy, herbal, grassy and zesty hops with biscuity, bready malts that come off with a touch of raw grain barley. Flavor profile is a little stickier, with some sticky, resiny hops within the spicy, herbal, grassy and zesty mix. Biscuity, bready malts add depth and support for the hops, finishing with a whole wheat crackery note. Mouth feel is medium-thin with a sharp carbonation out front that dulls to a more fuzzy, grainy effervescence. Overall, solid pilsner with a little more hop forward play than most.

Served in 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 16oz can.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.39/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a solid inch of white froth on top. Negligible aroma smells faintly of noble hops and not much else.

Taste features raw grain and earthy, peppery hops up front. Complexity comes in the form of bright, robust notes of lemongrass that serve the beer well. Medium-light body and high carbonation make for a crisp, lively mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a clean, tasty pilsner. Not much more to say than that, really.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Toothpaste white head is large and firm in it's stance, foamy, lying over a brassy light orange colored body. Micro-bubbles are closely knitted, rising in linear fashion at a rapid rate and a good density. Lots of left over lace deposits smother the vessel walls. Really nice presentation, albeit with a slight haze factor.

S: Dried corn ears, barley, with a bready yeastiness. Fairly true to German tradition, some slight spicy hops, but is the dried grains, musky yeast that shows here. Has a bit of dried grassiness.

T: The flavor opens with a good yeasty bite, dried green corn ears, barley, and some powdery dry grain bitterness on the backend. Some dried herbal attributes.

M: Light bodied, dry and bittering, grainy, with a yeast kick.

O: It's nice to retreat to traditional styles every now and then in a world of hop dominated beers and styles. A classic Pilsner, dry and grainy, and more old world style, then loaded up with hops. Traditional lager and pilsner fans of German heritage will appreciate this.

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Photo of defunksta
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow color with a massive head that is lacy and lasts for days.
Aroma: Classic aromas of lemon citrus and grass. Light breaded cracker malts. A little spicy pepper.
Flavor: Honey and lemon citrus upfront. Transitions toward a grassiness, but not as much as was present on the nose. Finishes peppery and bitter. Completely dry. Alcohol is not detected.
Feel: Body is light and crisp. Well-carbonated. Dry on the palate with a mild bitter astringency.

Compared to a Czech Pils: This one has more lighter, lemon citrus hop profile. Less earthy. Lighter bodied, dryer, and more bitter hops. Less malt body. No apparent diacetyl.

Overall: A great representation of the style. Shows a little American roots as there may be more citrus and lighter bodied, but darn near close as they come to an authentic German pils in all four aspects.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden straw color. A rapid pour yields a large white foam head that retains well. A sudsy and leathery film retains throughout, while lacing clings to the glass.
The aroma is rather clean with a subtle touch of bready and biscuity malts and grassy hops.
The taste opens with full and round malt flavor, evoking notes of dry cracker, lightly toasted bread and biscuits. The malty beginning provides a moderate sweetness that feels smooth and silky going down the throat. However, the onset of a clean but assertive hops bitterness takes the brew in another direction. The finish becomes increasing,y bitter while the grassy and floral hops flavors provide a spice that interacts nicely with the malts.
Medium bodied, crisp and dry in the finish. Clean and balanced. The carbonation has some liveliness to it.
This hit up a lot of right notes for the style. Very enjoyable pils overall.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into pilsner glass, canned on 10/29/2018. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy pale golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, pine, wood, peppercorn, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of pale malts and earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of big lemon, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, pine, wood, peppercorn, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, cracker, white bread dough, biscuit, pine, wood, peppercorn, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome robustness and balance of pale malts and earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with no fruity/yeasty notes present. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Some lingering resins through the glass. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is an awesome German pilsner. All around awesome robustness and balance of pale malts and earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the moderately bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Not overly aggressive on bitterness. Perfectly balanced between clean pils malts and German noble hops. Zero residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and outstandingly spot on style example as expected.

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Photo of mkh012
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 1.5 months ago.

Pours clear yellow with streaming bubbles and white lacing.

The nose is lemon, cracker, white pepper, sulfur, and flint.

The taste is lemon and bread crust with dry white pepper and generic bitterness on the backend.

The mouthfeel is medium minus. Taut finish.

Overall, good.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid pilsner with good buttery biscuit malt and grassy hops. Decent bitterness on the aftertaste, with some earthy tones to go with the toasted grains and malt. Smell is more refined and full compared to taste which has the hops covering up some of malt depth. Light gold pour with active carbonation and a finger of white foam. Feel is bready, sneaky hoppy, and crisp.

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Photo of steveh
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Went looking for a Porter or Brown Ale and found a Pilsner. Always heard good things about Pipeworks, never had one of their beers.

Pint can, canned (I hope) 02/04/19. Poured into my .5 Becher.

L -- Chill-hazed, straw yellow color with a pretty resilient, tight and white head.

S -- Spicy, herbal hops up front, light graininess, and light DMS. There's a nice, sweet malt character that comes out with warming -- almost grape-like, but doesn't follow through to the flavor.

T -- Mellow citrus hops mixed with the herbal hop character up front, grainy to sweetish malts follow in an interesting breadiness, finishing with spicy hop bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. As the beer warms, the hop bitterness becomes more strongly herbal in a new-strain noble hop character. The aftertaste becomes a little harsh -- near-to astringent.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light body.

O -- Not a bad Ami take on German Pilsner. Nicely hopped in a semi-traditional flavor, but with newer hop strains that tend to overpower the malts and the balance. Also lacking in a good, melanoidin malt quality that could help strengthen the malt backbone to the aggressive hops. If any of these breweries start decoction mashing, things are gonna get dangerous!

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Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is nearly clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly settled down, leaving some thin lacing on the surface and webbing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of grassy hops along with hints of breads malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This pilsener seems to be a littler grassier in both the smell and taste compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: can

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Photo of DanLane
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with decent white head. Not much aroma but hint of pine. Floral notes with some hops, but not enough to make it IPA'ish. Well balanced but on the dry side. Doesn't linger on the palate. Overall a good pils that fits the style well.

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nearly clear (mildest of hazes). Light straw colors. Moderate head, disparate streaks for the lace.

More malty than grainy, but ample evidence of both. Lighter than expected floral hop aroma.

The flavor is far more hoppy than the smell indicates. This is a higher bitterness than normal but within the style. The malt is solid and crisp, but weaker than most of the Czech/German versions. The combination is tasty but probably is more reminiscent of a pale ale (even though it's a lager). The body is full with a good carbonation. Nice, moderate length aftertaste.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2018-12-29 in Lititz, PA from a 16oz can

Very tasty, authentic Pilsner. Plenty of bready Pils malt flavor with noble hop spice and an appropriate bitterness. Well rounded, balanced and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of darktronica
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very clean and crisp from the pint can; this is an ideal basic pils for me. Bright floral aroma and hop character, with just enough malt to balance it out.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, date stamped 10/29/18; shared with my father-in-law. Crystal clear golden body with a tall & frothy white head that leaves thick lacing on the glass. Spicy and earthy noble hop aroma with biscuity pilsner malt. Hops are a little assertive but flavors are great: spicy, earthy, grassy hops, biscuity grain, mild lemony citrus, and yeast in the background. Medium body, ample carbonation, finishes bitter and clean with a moderate hop bite. Overall, as I mentioned earlier - really good flavors but a bit too bitter for the style in my opinion.

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Photo of laketang
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great golden color with a foamy head and some retention. Nice hop notes. Good bitterness from hops and balanced sweetness.clean finish no lingering aftertastes. Good carbonation.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 08/08/18 poured into. Proper pilsner glass shows a crystal clear, constantly bubbling, straw yellow body floating a proud 1" craggy head of foam and leaving artistic lacing from top to bottom.

Aroma and flavor is bready with citrus and floral notes.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and a bite at the end.

Overall a top of the line pilsner.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can, willi becher. Slightly cloudy and unfiltered pilsner yellow golden body, one finger frothy thick white head, retention is nice and solid lacing. Smell is fresh and crisp biscuit, touch of grain, mineral, earthy and floral hop. It's classic pilsner aroma, and refreshing on the palate with the aromas translating well. Very drinkable medium lighter body, good carbonation, plenty of depth and flavour, delicious.

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Photo of kevanb
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, dated 08.08.18, poured into a Pipeworks snifter glass.

The beer pours a lightly cloudy golden straw color, pale and light with a foamy white head, about two fingers tall with great retention and excellent lacing clinging to the glass. The aroma is nice, earthy noble hops, very green with a light amount of citrus, crisp with pale grain, nice and bready. The flavors echo the nose, very clean hops, crisp, earthy, green, nicely expressed, moderate bitterness, pale bready grain that acts as a nice counterbalance. The mouthfeel is great, lively medium body that is on the lighter size, coating and smooth with a nice dry finish.

Verdict: A very good Pilsner from Pipeworks. It's flavor profile is very reminiscent of Pilsner Urquell, excellent balance, nice clean flavors, certainly a well made beer. Perfect for summer.

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Photo of 5toutman75
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What a perfect summer beer. I’m so happy that pilsners are coming back and new versions are being put out by various breweries. I feel they don’t get the respect they deserve when done well. It’s super crisp and refreshing. At under 5% abv, I could drink it all day. It would be interesting to taste it next to the Founders and Firestone recent offerings. Don’t hesitate to try it if you’re looking for a lighter beer with some flavor.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau pilsner glass from a one pint can on May 19, 2018. A premium pilsner that checks all the right boxes. Look is bright gold with a thick white head and lingering lacing.

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