Pfaffenheck
Night Shift Brewing

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From:
Night Shift Brewing
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #155
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,211
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 9.66%
Ratings:
150
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 16, 2021
Added:
Oct 25, 2014
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  22
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: 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.
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5 by CornedAgain from Massachusetts on Jan 16, 2021
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Rug from Massachusetts

Canned 7/15/20

I don't really have many pilsners in general, and this is my first German pils. I'm sure it's not too different from a Bohemian pilsner

Pours a lightly cloudy yellow gold with 2 fingers of white head that fades slowly and leaves minimal lacing, streaming carbonation from the bottom of the glass

Lots of grassy hops in the nose, some light lemon, pepper, honey sweetness, and crackery malt. It's simple but I like it

The flavor profile starts off with moderate sweetness and just a touch of spice. The swallow dials up the hops, bringing out more lemon and floral notes, which is counteracted by sweet malt

A light medium body combines with very subtle carbonation to result in a very smooth beer. It finishes mostly dry and a a touch sweet

This is a solid beer, light and simple but does not sacrifice flavor or aroma

Oct 06, 2020
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

Can. Pours very clear an bright. There is a very light haze that shimmers around but overall: clear, clean and illuminated. Very mild head. Soft nose. Bready and a bit sweet. Just a bit of hops and maybe a light spiciness. Flavor and body are actually fairly robust for the style. Fuller flavor than the nose led me to initially believe. Sweetness, honey-wet bread, bread crust, spicy and a bit of citrusy hops. A very light tickle of alcohol. Drinkable still, but not among the elites in this area. Lighter carb. Solid but not exactly built to my taste specs for the style. A bit bigger and denser.

Aug 27, 2020
 
4 by DBosco from Massachusetts on Aug 11, 2020
 
4 by paulish from New York on Feb 22, 2020
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3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left a patch of bubbles on the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of honey and biscuit malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of honey (with a touch of associated sweetness) and notes of biscuit malts. There are some hints of floral hops, which mostly serve to mask most of the sweetness of the malt and honey and contribute just a faint amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a tad bit maltier compared to other beers in the style but still has a good dose of underlying hops to mask most of the associated sweetness.

Serving type: can

Feb 18, 2020
 
3.9 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania on Jan 01, 2020
 
3.75 by Iski100 from Massachusetts on Nov 19, 2019
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3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a translucent honey-yellow with a finger of white foam that retains okay. Aroma is straw, lemon zest, grassy, herbal, spicy hops over biscuity, bready, doughy malts. Just a kiss of yeast at the end seals it up. Flavor profile is lemon zest, straw, barley with grassy, herbal and spicy hops alongside bready, doughy, biscuity malts. There is a little yeast that swells up in the middle and recedes, allowing the malts to see through and linger at the end. The touch of zest alongside doughy yeast keeps it drinking interesting. Mouth feel is medium-thin with a fuzzy effervescence. Overall, intriguing and on the right track, but lacks a little balance as the malt and yeast notes sit on the tongue for a long while.

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

May 01, 2019
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4.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by malrubius from Vermont

Can. Gold with slight chill haze and dense white head and lace. Beautiful noble crackery malty aroma. Medium light crackery honey grainy sweetness with medium herbal noble long bitterness. Light lively and with nice soft touch. FUCKING NAILED IT.

Mar 26, 2019
 
4.25 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts on Feb 01, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Gavage from Nevada

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.

Apr 07, 2018
 
3.54 by Hughespjh from Massachusetts on Feb 09, 2018
 
4.08 by Heftklammer from Massachusetts on Jan 09, 2018
 
3.96 by vecchionem from Massachusetts on Dec 27, 2017
 
3.93 by Synesthesia from Massachusetts on Oct 27, 2017
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3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by EMH73 from New York

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.

Oct 17, 2017
 
3.98 by Hombo3 from New York on Oct 15, 2017
 
4 by GravityKills from Massachusetts on Oct 02, 2017
 
3.71 by liquorpig from Massachusetts on Sep 15, 2017
 
3.53 by IrishColonial from Texas on Sep 14, 2017
 
4.25 by IBUBrew from Vermont on Sep 11, 2017
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3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
by puboflyons from New Hampshire

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.

Sep 07, 2017
 
4 by alexsergio from New York on Sep 04, 2017
 
4.04 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts on Aug 25, 2017
 
3.87 by rorjets from Connecticut on Aug 19, 2017
 
4.41 by Wford from New York on Aug 03, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

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.

Jul 31, 2017
 
4.18 by EnthusedAboutBeer from New Jersey on Jul 28, 2017
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3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Kayakguy from Massachusetts

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.

Jul 20, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

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.

Jul 17, 2017
 
4 by bigred89 from Maryland on Jul 09, 2017
 
3.5 by Admiraldinty from Massachusetts on Jul 06, 2017
 
4 by DMcGirr from Massachusetts on Jul 03, 2017
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3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DraconusDesanctus666 from Florida

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.

Jun 12, 2017
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3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by brentk56 from North Carolina

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

Jun 11, 2017
 
3.33 by redsoxjim from Massachusetts on May 27, 2017
 
4.03 by bylerteck from Canada (ON) on May 20, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

Serving: Can
Canned: Feb-10-2017 (Consumed May-12)


A:
Pours a Crystal clear gold with two fingers of light, white head that settle as a svelte cap. Decent retention; no lacing. (4.25)

S:
Mixed of hop spice and lemongrass. Lemon zest, dough, grassy herbal zip, pils malt. (4.25)

T:
Follows the aroma. There is some lemon aromatics, crusty bread, pepper, zesty hops, herbal bite and a hint of DMS at the end. (4)

M:
Light-plus body with active carbonation, a crisp feel and a dry-ish finish. (4.25)

O:
Really tasty pils.
I wasn't expecting much but got a solid, quenching, well-made, balanced pilsner. (4)

May 14, 2017
 
4 by nickfl from Florida on Apr 22, 2017
Pfaffenheck from Night Shift Brewing
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