Pfaffenheck | Night Shift Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
nightshiftbrewing.com

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pfaffenheck is a bright, crisp, traditional pilsner. Floor-malted German grain delivers soft notes of honey and biscuit, balanced by a floral, zesty hop profile.

Added by costanzo_mike on 10-25-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,341
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
139
pDev:
9.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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2
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a 1/2" head that lasts a bit.

Smell: some biscuit and grassy tones are picked up by the nose.

Taste: biscuit, grass, hint of lemon, and a decent grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: a very well balanced pilsener that is satisfying and very easy to drink.

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Photo of Hughespjh
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Heftklammer
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vecchionem
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Synesthesia
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EMH73
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow with a well retained half inch head that left a little lacing. Smells of bread (lightly toasted), malts, floral notes and grass. Taste follows the nose, a classic pilsner . Light bodied, ample carbonation, clean and crisp.

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Photo of Hombo3
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GravityKills
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liquorpig
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IrishColonial
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IBUBrew
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puboflyons
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

From the 16 oz. can with a canning date of 8/10/17. Sampled on September 6, 2017.

It pours like a Pilsener with its straw yellow color and modest white foamy head that fades. Busy carbonation. Good clarity.

The aroma brings out a sweet Euro-malt note, toasted bread, and grass but I also pick up a vegetable oil, paint thinner note, which is kind of a put off.

The body is medium and fairly smooth.

The taste has a hint of Euro-malt sweetness and grass but that same cooked vegetable mash is evident and disappointing. Mild to moderate dry finish.

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Photo of alexsergio
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PJCarnell
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rorjets
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wford
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a high sided pilsner glass.

Look is a slightly hazy golden yellow with a thick strong head.

Aroma is biscuit Malta continental hops and lager yeast.

Taste matches aroma, classic pilsner maybe a little too tangy at the end.

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Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kayakguy
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold , head dissipated within a couple of minutes. Looks unfiltered. Taste and mouthfeel not as crisp as some other top rated Plisners. Very smooth drinking.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I'm always game for new pilners. Let's see how this guy stacks up. There aren't enough beers in the world that start with Pf.

This one pours a clear golden straw yellow, it looks honestly quite nice. There's a small but persistent white foamy head, and not much lacing.

This smells like biscuits lightly drizzle with honey, grassy and spicy hops, etc.

This is honestly really, really nice- and one of the best American-made pilsners I've had. It nails the delicate interplay you need between malt and hops to make a truly great pilsner. The malt character is just super lightly sweet, with a nice snappy biscuity character.

This is incredibly drinkable, with a good level of carbonation.

This is quite a beautiful beer. It's all that I want a pilsner to be.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Admiraldinty
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DMcGirr
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Poured from a 16 oz can,into a Cigar City pint glass.Canned 05/17/17.

L- Thick foamy white colored head that stands 1 finger width talk,with moderate retention and no lacing.Crisp gold colored body with very good clarity.Medium amount of carbonation.

S- On the nose I get spice and floral hops,wheat,lemongrass,banana,and bready malt notes.

T- On the palate I get banana,bread,and yeast up front.On the back end I get spicy and floral hops,with some lemon zest.

F- The mouth feel is medium with a slightly chewy texture.Moderate amount of oxidation on the tongue,with a slightly dry finish.

O- This is a pretty good example of a German pilsner.Pretty well balanced,with a good body.Good beer to drink on a hot summer day.I would drink this again,and recommend if you are a fan of the style.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Crystal clear and golden colored, the beer pours with a modest head that fades quickly though there is a lot of carbonation rising through the liquid; no lacing

Smell: Bready, with lemon, pepper and grassy tones

Taste: The bready base underpins the hop tones, with lemon and pepper, up front and the grassy element building through the middle; the finish has some residual sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A little disappointing, as I would like a bit more carbonation in the style and a dryer finish

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Pfaffenheck from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 139 ratings