Trendler Pilsner
Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #18
Ranked #9,689
3.99 | pDev: 7.02%
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Trendler PilsnerTrendler Pilsner
Notes: Brewed with all German Pilsner malt and hopped emphatically with Spalter Select from our 2018 German selections. Fermented with our house lager yeast and cold conditioned for five weeks. We brew this beer for Jean’s grandfather, Joseph Trendler, but make enough of it to share with everyone!
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FBarber from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, unfiltered, straw yellow color. Nice thick velvety white head dissipates until just a thin layer of white velvet remains on the top of the beer. Thick layers of foam form on the glass as the beers consumed.

Aroma has light notes of straw, pilsner malts, a touch of doughy malt with a bright lemon and lemon grass notes. A bit of grassy hops on the back end. The lager yeast definitely peeps through on the nose giving it a distinct doughy, yeasty aroma.

Taste largely follows from the nose with light straw and pilsner malts notes on which the hops shine with notes of lemon, lemongrass, and a hint of orange citrus. Apparently this is hopped with spalter select, to the mild orange note isn't unexpected. The lager yeast does give it this doughy, yeasty note - not quite as strong as a sourdough type yeast, but it definitely has a distinct yeastiness coming through. Slight spice and grassy bitterness comes through on the back end.

Feel is a bit "thicker" - more in line with a Kellerbier than a straight pilsner, but with this being a Keller-pils, I guess its just leaning one way more than the other. Bright carbonation. Drier finish.

Overall this was a delicious pilsner - I'm frankly very impressed with what Tired Hands has done with this one. If I had regular access to this, it would be a regular purchase for me.

Sunday at 04:34 AM
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jackflaps from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 18 Sept 2020. Poured into pint glass.

L: Straw-colored, with a small bit of haze. Head retention is high, with a lot of lacing for the style.
S: Definite citrus notes to it, but also the usual herbal and grassy aromas I'd expect for a pils/keller.
T: Bready up front, spice and herbal notes on the finish. Really well-balanced overall though, on point for the style.
F: Very crisp, clean, and a little dry.
O: Very good pilsner, maybe the best of any PA brewery. Definitely worth seeking out if you're a fan of the style.

Friday at 12:19 AM
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very clear light yellow with plenty of carbonation, fairly long lasting head, and good head retention, leaving behind more lacing than I expected. Smell is about right for the style, which is to say there's not a ton on the nose. Taste is consistent with a well done pilsner. Bread, a bit of bitterness but not overwhelming. Nice, crisp, clean beer.

Jul 11, 2020
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden color with rich white foamy head and puffy lacing.
N; Bread notes, honey, citrus, and grass.
T: Crisp grassy/citrus hit with some bread mixed in, minor honey and soapy flavors.
M: Crisp and dry with a light feel.
O: A solid pils, good flavors and feel.

Jun 18, 2020
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tzieser from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours straw in color, almost pale gold (SRM 3.5 or so) not completely transparent with just a very slight haze to it. Thick, rocky white head when slowly poured. Head retention is very good; dissipating ever so slowly into a thin lacing. Strong carbonation. Looks nice for a keller pils.

S: Bright hop aroma. There is a lemon/citrus note that is almost certainly Citra but it also manages to show off some light herbal and grassy notes as well. Hint of peppercorn. Sweet wheat malt aroma, subtle dough, freshly baked bread. Noble hop aroma is pretty apparent. I'm fairly certain there are other hops used in this beer aside from Citra based on the nose on this one. Very good aroma overall.

T: Very interesting. Doughy, bready, wheat malt notes interwoven with herbal noble hop spiciness. Citra is almost nowhere to be found (thankfully?) perhaps adding a light lemon note but then again that also could be from noble hops. Seems like Citra was only used in dry hopping this beer or was very lightly used during the bittering process. Finishes slightly bitter, extremely dry. I'm loving the layers of flavor here. The hops play perfectly with the malted wheat. Very good.

M: Crispy mouthfeel. Very dry finish. Extremely drinkable.

O: I'm impressed. Thankfully the Citra did not overpower at all and it tastes very much like a proper Northern German pilsner along the lines of Jever but with more of a light citrus suggestion and also a doughier malt body (probably thanks to the wheat). I'm a big fan.

May 30, 2020
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Roguer from Georgia

4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent head production, with a big, clumpy, snow-white foam topper, slowly and unevenly receding, leaving behind spotty lacing. Body is a sickly off-yellow, perfectly - and I mean perfectly - transparent.

Grassy and peppery aroma; cracker, pine, honey, and that tough-to-describe, earthy/pungent pilsner malt.

Very tasty: lemon, honey, pepper, grass, light dough and cracker. Long, silky finish, with an amorphous but pleasant, slightly honeyed and sweet aftertaste, along with touches of pepper.

May 17, 2020
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2beerdogs from California

3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to larryi86 for this tight pils. Sent to me in NBS BIF #11
Pours a slightly opaque golden straw color. Fluffy white head jumps 2 fingers high, retreats yto a patchy cap that leaves a pretty solid ring. Decent lacing.
Aroma of slightly peppery grass, apple, and a melange of lemon and crackery malt that hints at lemon meringue crust.
Flavor: grain, pepper, lemon zest, grass, and back to cracker and a smooth drying hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is crisp, light, and actively carbonated.
Overall, a solid pils.

Apr 06, 2020
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JRed from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden in body with white frothy head. Aroma of lemon and apple skins, grain, honey, and light grass. Tastes of light grass, grain, honey, pear, and some dry bitterness towards the finish. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

Feb 15, 2020
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 2 weeks ago.

Pours golden yellow with a light chill haze and minimal lacing.

The nose is apple, grape, lemon, and light flint.

The taste is apple skin, orange, honey, white pepper, and subtle bitter hops.

The mouthfeel is medium for a pils.

Overall, nice. A refreshing, fruity pilsner.

May 04, 2019
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beertunes from Kiribati

3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to CanConPhilly for this one in NBS BIF #9. 16oz can poured into TH mug. Poured a cloudy straw yellow color with almost two inches of fluffy white head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma was very nice, good grains, and gentle, earthy hops. Very similar on the tongue; good, solid typical Pilsner flavor.

The body was a touch fuller than I look for in the style, was smooth and had a semi-dry finish. Drinkability was very good, it definitely scratches the Pils itch. Overall, a solid example of the style, worth trying if you get the chance.

Mar 31, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip... 3 weeks after it's 'born on'

L: Crystal clear light golden pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Lemon citrus and grains.

T/F: Clean and crisp... a bit of malt sweetness and grain up front. Refreshing citrus forward hop profile. Herb/floral notes and lemongrass. Light bodied... smooth carbonation and clean finish.

O: An outstanding beer, and this is what a pils is meant to be.

Mar 30, 2019
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Clear straw with a generous head of white foam. Near perfect retention, with copious rings of lacing.

S: Really grainy, some honey, minerality, grass, hay, earth, orange zest.

T: White bread and crust, slight graininess, honey, white flower petals, fresh grass, slight lemon peel and zest. Really clean and well lagered. Crisp and lightly dry. Very lightly bitter.

F: Light, but not watery. Well-carbonated. Big and gushing on the palate.

O: A really nice pilsner. I would like to see more aromatics, but this tastes quite fine and refreshing.

Jun 09, 2018
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a short, creamy, bright white foam with moderate retention. Medium, clean, pilsner malt aroma with bready notes. No hop aromas. Medium bodied with medium high carbonation and a slick feel. Bready malt and herbal hop flavors with pear fruit notes. Medium, spicy, hop bitterness through the middle that carries to the end. Finished semi-dryly with herbal and lemony bitter hop flavors. Clean aroma. Great malt and hop character and finish. A tasty german lager with a bitter, hoppy character.

Apr 15, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives clear and golden with a two finger head that sticks well and delivers the lace

Smell: Bready and slightly sulfuric, with a grassy edge and a hint of lemon

Taste: A bready base builds with a slightly sulfuric aspect; grassy, through the middle, with a hint of lemon; crisp finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Refreshing and flavorful; a top notch pils

Apr 14, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a mostly clear light yellow, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells slightly sulfuric, with a touch of lemon peel, grassy hops, floral tones, and pilsner malt.

When they're not busy dumping pizza crust and ice cream sandwiches into IPAs, Tired Hands is surprisingly adept at brewing lagers. This is super crisp, with a nice crisp hop bite, a nice bready and crusty malt backbone, a hint of sulfur and herbal character, and just the slightest fruity lemon bite.

This is crisp and very clean, with a good level of carbonation, and a huge level of drinkability.

I really enjoyed this- this one is clearly carefully thought out.

Mar 13, 2018
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lightly-hazed, pale gold color with a finger-and-a-half of sudsy, near-white head that leaves heavy, soapy lacing.

Grassy, lightly minty hop aroma, relatively crisp, with a touch of sulfur.

Similar tasting up front with the addition of a little cake-like malt, some white grape juice sweetness and a heavily bitter, sulfury aftertaste.

Light to medium bodied with solid carbonation in the feel.

The sulfur could be dialed back a bit, but this is a very enjoyable, drinkable beer. The bitterness and sweetness balance each other out quite well.

Mar 10, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the haziest thing I've ever seen in a beer with "pilsner" on the label. 1/3" white head on the top. This looks like a hefeweizen or NE ipa, but when you get a whiff of it, it clearly is a lager, the yeast is pungent. The aroma pops hard with that lager, its a little musty even, but its big. Call it sulphur or skunk notes or what, but it was big, but not bad, in fact the hallmark of what I look for in the difficult to be happy with lager style.

Taste is still driven by the yeast. Hops and malt are minor things in the taste department. Some slight citrus from the Citra hop, but we're talking something in relatively small quantity compared to the Citra hops usage in an ipa for instance.

The body is light, the yeast is powerful, the hops are restrained, yet citrusy in a small way. I would love to crush these beers in warm weather. One of the best lagers out there.Nice touch of wheat too.

Dec 24, 2017
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: 16oz can, aggressive pour leaning a smaller 1 scoop soft ice cream head fluffy and white and a nice light pale slight haze color.
S: yeast spice nose leads the way with sweetness from the malt.
T: yeast citrus flavor of the hops over take the malt
O: a good well done beer and a nice treat for any lager love out there

Nov 26, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours pretty clear yellow color with very thin white head that dissipates to spotty ring around the glass.

Aroma - Light malt, biscuit, very light citrus.

Taste - Yep a pretty tasty pilsner, light corn, cracker, decent amount of malt and some light bitter citrus.'

Feel - might bodied crisp clean

Overall - A pretty solid pilsner great flavors and easy drinking.

Oct 18, 2017
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a mostly clear straw color with a healthy 2 fingers of bright white head. Not much retention but leaves a fair bit of lacing.

The aroma is all pilsner malt up front; bready and subtly sweet, followed by a wave of orange citrus and rindy lemon zest. The back end is quite grassy with some very subtle notes of honey wheat and grains. Aroma is on point for the style.

The flavor is a bit more yeasty than expected. Lots of dough and wheat with some subtle hints of citrus on the finish.

The feel is about right. Lighter in body with lively, prickly carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall, a pretty damn good pilsner. The flavor is lacking a bit but this is still a great summer beer and a solid representation of the style.

Aug 31, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The look is totally appropriate for the style, see through ! Light golden with a receeding white head. Not what I was expecting out of Tired Hands. I get notes of honey, wheat malt and a general "beery" scent. This has some complexity to it in the flavor department and I like it. You get the initial pils bite and then a mineral type follow through completing with a bready wheat ending that lingers somewhat along with a touch of bitterness. Decently carbonated mouthfeel that is quite creamy. This is a hit.

Aug 04, 2017
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MFMB from Idaho

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful crisp clear bright straw yellow. Nose is hard boiled egg and light cracker. Taste of cracker malt, light kiss of citrus, bread and hint of sulfer. A little bit of bread yeast in there as well. Excellent carbonation for the style. Nice clean dry finish to the beer. Medium body with slightly creamy texture. Excellent beer. Having been on the haze craze for awhile this beer made me remember how solid a great Pilsner can be. Nice work Tired Hands!

May 01, 2017
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Cfred371 from Minnesota

3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Trendler pours a beautiful crystal clear light straw color with a foamy white head. Carbonation bubbles can be seen streaking upwards.

Smell: The pilsner malt really pops out at you with some grain aroma as well.

Taste: the yeast really plows forward and dominates this beer. Some notes from the malt to balance things out, but largely just that yeast.

Feel: light to medium light, minimal bitterness, and a somewhat lingering flavor, somewhat longer than a usual pilsner.

Overall: this is a nice pilsner, but nothing I'd go crazy for.

Mar 16, 2017
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RobertColianni from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Call me crazy, but Trendler Pils is a perfectly executed Pilsener. Diacetyl is light, but certainly apparent. Subtle limestone notes and a very sharp, dry finish. Seems to contain light doses of bacteria.

Feb 20, 2017
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Griffin2 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.
L - Pours a golden yellow with a white head.
S - Smells of lemons, bread and grass.
T - Crackery with a dry finish.
F - Medium carbonation.
O - Really nice Pilsner.

Dec 01, 2016
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