Circuit
Tin Man Brewing Company

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Style:
Bohemian Pilsener
Ranked #484
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
72
Ranked #48,014
Avg:
2.99 | pDev: 29.77%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
66
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Tin Man Brewing Company
 
Indiana, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
72
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Reviews by KYGunner:
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3.57/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm not one to wax on about appearance, especially in a lager but this foamed up to a dense merangue of a head that was a gorgeous crown on a lemon yellow body.

Decent nose of light Pilsner malts, cracker and cereal grains.

Light flavor and feel, I get wheat like malts, cereal grains, Pilsner malt, yeast (Belgian) and a touch of lemon. Not sure I understand the poor reviews as this is well done for the style.

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KYGunner from Kentucky, Mar 20, 2015
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3.5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Crisp, Smooth, Balanced, Dry

More and more breweries in the US are getting into the lager game, and I’ve got nothing to complain about there. With all the right malts, hops and yeast, the brewer’s intention here is quite apparent, too. Clear and crisp with spicy Saaz hops throughout, Circuit is grainy and grassy, appropriately bitter and has a drying finish. All in all it’s a good rendition, though the flavors seem a bit strained; both the malt and hops fail to really pop.

Look 4.50 | Smell 3.25 | Taste 3.25 | Feel 4.50 | Overall 3.50

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #106 (NOV 2015)

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Jason from Massachusetts, Nov 13, 2015
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3.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In homage to the taste that got the whole pilsner taste going, The brewers at Tin Man venture into the popular and tumultuous style with an authentic taste that celebrates all its worts and all its glory.

Circuit pours with a mostly bright straw but a faint nod to keller-like haze. As a creamy and cottony head builds, the scent of tart lemon and orange tingle the nose ahead of a cereal-sweet taste thats raw of grain and sweet of corn.

Its development across the middle palate is quick and crisp- delivering a mostly malty but partly grain sweetness that's freshly bready and of cornbread minus the grit. Its hop profile that starts floral closes with a spicy bitterness that invites a grassy, lemony and apple-like sulfur taste that lurks deep in the recesses of taste. Bitter but balanced, the beer's taste is chocked full of character and rusticity.

Medium-bodied for pilsner, the beer's creamy grain profile lingers briefly in finish while its hop showcase is herbal, sharp and peppery. Lemongrass wins out as the lager's texture holds firm and remnants of corn and bread live on.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Feb 24, 2016
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3.8/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good example of a Bohemian pilsner.

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psmith161 from Indiana, Jun 20, 2015
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3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

BillRoth from Maryland, Mar 28, 2014
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1.64/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Another "session" brew by Tin Man... (insert eye roll here)

Again, my wife and I came into this place expecting great things. The marketing campaign is ingenious!

Served in the appropriate glassware.

A: Poured a slightly chilled hazed crayon yellow color, without much of a head or visible carbonation to speak of. I must say: Others have boasted of a nice head and carbonation bill on this one. WTF?

S: I got some honey, grains, and sort of a soggy cereal/syrup compound. Pretty gross.

T: About like the nose. I need to mention here that this was the brew that truly made my wife want to flat out walk out of the brewery. Nearly devoid of any type of hop component and infinitely honey-like. My wife kept referring to this one as a mead. She wasn't far off.

M: Stupidly low in carbonation, much less flavor. This was one of the more syrupy German lagers I've ever tasted. No lacing.

O: To Tin Man: I understand why you might consider consumerizing such styles as the IPA and stout, but isn't the German pilsener already in a somewhat mass appeal-esque state?

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Chaney from District of Columbia, Jan 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev +0.3%

Shadman from Alberta (Canada), Jul 07, 2013
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2/5  rDev -33.1%

markgugs from New Jersey, May 11, 2014
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2.71/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A- Pours a chill hazed orange-ish/gold color that resembles honey. There isn't much head retention, contrary to what the description on the can tells me....what there is, is a small patchwork of thin white foam. Lacing appears decent at first but becomes unimpressive, as the bubbles go from thick patches but quickly dissipate into small strings back into the beer.

S- This smells more like a weak pale ale than a pilsner.....lots of malt upfront with subtle notes of hop bitterness on the finish. The bitterness has no real citrus quality and the strength of the overall aroma seems like it is lacking effort....maybe the Saaz hops used were old....

T- A funny tasting pilsner is what I am experiencing! Overall, it follows the aromas and is weak. It is balanced nicely between sweet malty goodness and bitter finish, but it seems like it is quite metallic and slightly of adjunct. The more I drink it, the less flavorful it becomes unfortunately. I'm not an expert, but could the American Ale Yeast have something to do with the off flavor? It just seems like a run of the mill lager, with much more malt than normal.

M/O- The body is medium and it is a creamy beer to drink, as the carbonation is very smooth and refined....this is nice but not of the style in my opinion. There is no crispness or puckering on the palate....to use a wine term, this is a flabby beer! It's not a bad beer, but I think it's mislabeled and even then, I think there is much better out there. I'm disappointed and probably wont buy this again...it doesn't do anything for me!

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ChrisCage from Alberta (Canada), Nov 12, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -58.2%

A pilsner with ale yeast? You have got to be fucking kidding me.

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tykechandler from Kentucky, Nov 08, 2014
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3.42/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

BigJim5021 from Indiana, Mar 19, 2013
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3.62/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can. I know that this brewery is going for a metal/computer theme, but do you really want to describe the finish of your Czech Pilsener emulation as 'crisp and metallic'?

This beer pours a rather hazy, pale golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, silken white head, which leaves a uneven ring of chunky, droopy cloudy lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of biscuity, bready white cereal malt, a hint of strangled caramel, soft overripe lemon peel, and somewhat muted earthy, grassy hops. The taste is more bready, grainy cereal malt, with a suggestion of corn pops, a thoroughly neutered lemon essence, and leafy, dead grassy, and yes, kind of metallic hops.

The carbonation manifests on the mild side, with a slight, weak fizziness, the body medium-light in weight, and actually quite smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the middling Saaz hops grassy, and indeed still somewhat metallic in a flinty manner.

Not a bad tasting pale ale (not quite sure why Tin Man calls it a pilsner), with a moderately successful attempt at Bohemian sexing-up. Nothing overtly remarkable about this one, but I could foresee having a couple of these before I got bored.

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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), Jul 04, 2013
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2.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clean, golden in my lager glass, with a huge head of lovely foam. Nice and thick lace, too.

Nose is malty/grainy, even approaching an adjunct. I get sweet corn and a hint of sharp wheat. Very average.

Taste is also grainy and sweetly malted up front, with a sweet corn-like funk up front, followed by a tinge of hops toward the finish. Leaves me with a metallic weirdness, too, which I can't forgive or forget. Not a favorite.

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1/5  rDev -66.6%

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2.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

wethorseblanket from California, Apr 18, 2015
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3.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

atlbravsrno1 from Tennessee, Mar 25, 2015
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3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

GRG1313 from California, Sep 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +58.9%

redluvr from Indiana, May 28, 2013
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2.62/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

473ml can poured into my tall pilsner glass 26/7/13

A lots of tiny particles with a couple chunks being moved around by lots of big bubbles, two fingers of foam retains well and leaves a couple thick rings of lace

S heavy on the butterscotch, honey and caramel with some soggy cereal and little else, not what I was hoping for

T more of the same with a hint of grassy hops but not much, a slight improvement over the nose but still pretty lousy

M has some body and the bubbles work but the aftertaste leaves something to be desired

O off can perhaps? or just a crappy pilsner? doesn't really nail any pil characteristics and I finished it but I was pretty thirsty

one and done, not overly offensive but I wouldn't bother buying it

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wordemupg from Alberta (Canada), Jul 27, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -49.8%

bauermj from Illinois, Jan 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +25.4%

Arherring from Indiana, Nov 21, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -16.4%

aasher from Indiana, Aug 14, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -49.8%

jmarsh123 from Indiana, Jan 21, 2013
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2.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Gusmanthecat from Kentucky, Aug 01, 2015
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1/5  rDev -66.6%

Circuit from Tin Man Brewing Company
Beer rating: 72 out of 100 with 66 ratings