Circuit | Tin Man Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tin Man Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Chaney on 01-19-2013

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.79/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev +16.6%
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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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev +19.9%
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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Photo of wethorseblanket
2.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
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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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerOps
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of aasher
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of wordemupg
2.62/5  rDev -13.2%
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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Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of markgugs
2/5  rDev -33.8%

Photo of MSandahl23
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of tykechandler
1.25/5  rDev -58.6%

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

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Photo of KYGunner
3.57/5  rDev +18.2%
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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Photo of psmith161
3.8/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good example of a Bohemian pilsner.

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Photo of Chaney
1.64/5  rDev -45.7%
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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Photo of secondtooth
2.79/5  rDev -7.6%
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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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heysuz
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Buck89
3.78/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pilsner glass. Crystal-clear pale straw color with a thick and delicate white head. Nice head retention. Aromas were mainly light grain and cracker with some spicy noble hops. Taste followed, with bread and cracker followed by a fairly bitter spicy hop flavor. Clean finish. Medium-bodied.

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Photo of brittanylicious
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jmarsh123
1.5/5  rDev -50.3%

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Circuit from Tin Man Brewing Company
3.02 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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