Pfaffenheck | Night Shift Brewing

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Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

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.

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 111
Photo of johnnnniee
3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can from Colonial Spirits
Slightly hazy deep straw color with a decent sized tightly bubbled white head that persists. Bready pilsner light fruit and a hint of earthy floral touch of grass apple on the nose. The flavor is lightly cidery with a sweet bready pilsner malt base. Not a whole lot of hops in the aroma or flavor here and the overall profile is not lager like clean. This recipe needs a little work.

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Photo of kculrich
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can, dated 02/10/17. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a faint straw color of exceptional clarity with light carbonation and an enormous, uncontainable, dense snowy-white head of shaving cream-like foam. Retention is excellent and leaves great, fat wads of lacing.

The nose is sharp and yeasty, prominent peppery spice with a little grape must to boot.

Super intense take on a pilsner. Taste follows the nose but with the dial cranked up to ten. Black pepper, hay, honey and flowery herbs. A little fruity at the end, more than a little like drinking a dry riesling, with a fast, clean finish.

Feel is medium-heavy for a Pils and slightly under-carbonated. Just a little too thick to pass off as crisp. Still, very, very easy to drink.

Overall, a really nice possibly-better-than-authentic German pilsner that tastes bigger than its stated abv. I'll be back for more!

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Photo of Gatch
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up at the brewery. Canned 02/10/17, so just a week old!

Super clear and bright with a massive, frothy head. Has a wonderful Pilsner nose...some grass/hay, yeast, a bit of funk, and a hint of hops. Same with the flavor, though the fruity hop profile shines while keeping balance intact. Dry, slightly bitter and sweet finish with an incredibly clean and smooth feel. Another unbelievably delicious German-style beer from these guys. This is what I hope and expect Pilsner to taste like in Europe. I am having a hard time imagining how this style of beer can be better. Not much room for improvement!

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a hefty bubbly white head. Good retention and leaves a ton of lacing.

The aroma is grassy and herbal, with plenty of sweet biscuits and a touch of lemon zest.

The taste starts off grassy and faintly spicey. Very floral. Then comes a wave of freshly baked bread and honey toasted cereal grains.

The body is light with good carbonation. Crisp, yet creamy and smooth. Lightly dry finish.

Overall, a very good pils that is full of flavor and is exceptionally drinkable. It's hoppy for the style, but the hops don't detract from the other flavors. A great summer beer.

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Photo of bobv
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate pour yields a 1/2 inch head with some lacing. Nice bright body. Nose of straw, grass, biscuit, and slight hops. Taste follows clean, even, and smooth. Adequate feel and overall a nice job.

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Photo of soze47
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful golden straw body with big bubbled, frothy head. Lovely nose of grassy hops and almost sweet cornish notes of malt. Crisp finish and very easy drinking. Finishes with just enough dryness to temper lingering bitterness. Very nice pils if a little hoppy for the style.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic dry and hoppy Pils.
Bright gold with sticky sudsy foam, nice coverage.
Honeyed malt and light grassy botanical aroma.
Taste has a firm grassy bitterness and is lightly floral, with a delicate honey cracker malt presence. Super crisp and dry, light bodied and quenching. Great example of a German Pils.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As described, it has a strong zesty, spicy hop character that is the predominant flavor. While that flavor is pleasant to me, it lacks some balance, it lacks some of that crackery pilsner malt character and it's very forward with its hops. While it is overall a clean crisp beer, that hop character also makes it feel less clean and crisp. I'd drink this again, for sure, especially since there aren't many good locally produced pilsners. However, there are other pilsners that I'd be more eager to have.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, light gold in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is grass, pilsener malt, and noble/floral hops. Light bodied for the style, crisp, light, and refreshing. Excellent summer beer. Really nice domestic version of the style. I will get this again.

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Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 8/05/16

Pours a decent fizzy foamy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent lacing, crystal clear pilsner color.

Nose big toasted grain straw, sweet pilsner malt little grainy, grassy floral hops.

Taste nice toasted straw, pilsner malt, soft lagering, little cereal grain, little fruity lager note with decent grassy floral hop with mild bitterness. Finish is dry crisp little lager softness, fair bitterness and grassy hop lingering.

Mouth is med bod, mild soft lager, nice carb.

Overall pretty nice, nothing complex or crazy, but well done pilsner.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into Spiegelau glass canned on 8/5

A: big soapy fluffy head that doesn't stick around long. Body is a nice light gold pale yellow with just a hint of haze which might have to d with the coldness.

S: Lots of deep bready doughy scents with hints of a peppery slightly floral hop prescence.

T: Lots of the nice dough bread with a coating tongue of floral and bitterness

M: Bubbly and coats the tongue almost makes you scrape off the floral hops.

O: Fantastic beer nice breadiness with a layer of light hops leaves a beer that is deeply bready but quite easy to drink.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden blonde pour with a doughy pourus head. Aroma of fresh Wonder Bread, some pepper, grass and floral hops. Outstanding Pilsner body with a noticable hop bitterness that kicks in on the backend and lingers through the sip. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can dated 06/24/16 "Prost!"

Pours hazy cloudy straw yellow with a frothy white foam head. Smells like toasty biscuits, some honey, zesty tart citrus, floral earthy herbal grass, minty tobacco spice, with dank resinous pine. Tastes like toasty biscuits, mild honey, tart zesty lemony orange and grapefruit citrus, some minty tobacco spice, with dank floral earthy grass and herbal pine. Feels medium-light bodied, slick and smooth with fairly low carbonation. Overall a nice and interesting pilsner.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from a can to a wine glass
look; golden,. fluffy 3/4" head that goes away quickly, spotty lacing stays around
smell; honey, biscuit, noble hops, classic with a little extra hops and a hint of grapefruit, hint of hay
taste; almost perfect pilsner, a little extra hops, a hint of tin/grapefruit
feel; medium light, some carbonation, feels ok but maybe more than needed, good overall
overall; a very very nice, enjoyable pils, not perfect in a good way, some of the polish of a classic german pils with a little rough freshness that makes it specialer

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Photo of SABERG
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pilsner glass,
A - Nice clarity, gold straw in color, strong carbonation feeds a thick whit cap.
S - Fresh grass, a bit of lemon, floor swept malt all add, a bit of hops
T - Straight down the middle, starts sweet, finishes dry.
M - Light in body and strongly carbonated, a quick exit, short linger.
O - A well executed pils from Night Shift.A it pricey.

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Photo of mynie
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nothing about my experience with Night Shift suggests they have the chops to produce a pilsener that should deservedly cost $3.25 per can at retail. But, hey, I like rolling them dice. At the very least, this will give me something to bitch about.

The can is cool-looking. The beer itself is pretty standard for its style, if a bit overly fizzy.

The smell is a little faint but good, very grassy, light hints of honey and nice nobel hops.

Tastes... as good as it smells up front, a bit weak in the middle, and then disappointingly American in the very back. The finish is very ester-heavy for a purported German pils, almost reminisicent of High Life. That would be fine if it had Miller's grain bill up front, but the overall effect is disconcerting. Not bad, really, but not great.

Totally okay, a great value at half the price. Charging Heady Topper prices for this, however, is criminal.

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Photo of GimmeASchlitz
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at brewery in a shifter.

Pours a light straw color. Very little head.

Notes of grains are very subtle on the nose. The taste is slightly floral with a great lager taste. Finishes with slight bitter hops adding more character.

Very light body and great carbonation. Finishes clean and crisp.

This is a great Pilsner and will enjoy so much more in the warming months.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale gold in color with a finger of white head. Aroma is lightly grainy with biscuity notes. The subtle hop profile is floral in nature. Taste mirrors the aroma with lots of biscuity and floral hop notes, very crisp. Good mouthfeel, light in body with high carbonation. Overall an enjoyable Pilsner style lager, as intended it's crisp and easy drinking.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

32 flip top growler was poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted, biscuity, and slightly sweet pilsner malt followed by lager yeast and spicy, herbal, and grassy Noble hops.

Taste: Pilsner malts flavor, lager yeast, and Noble hops.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, medium to high carbonation, a little dry, light bodied, light bitterness, lager yeast bite, and a little chewy.

Overall: Pretty nice pilsner. A little less malt flavor and crispness would make this beer better. I'd still enjoy more of these in the future.

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Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Green to yellow color with a mild haze. Good ring lace after each sip. Modest head that settles to minute bubbles.

Mild hop presence, good pale malt base.

Good blend of ale malt and bittering hop. The finish bitter and lasting but not exceptional. Good body with decent carbontion.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, golden in color. Great classic pilsener taste, backed up with noble hop flavors. A touch earthy and grassy. Very solid for the style. Crisp, clean and easy drinking. Good in this hot ass weather.

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Pfaffenheck from Night Shift Brewing
3.96 out of 5 based on 111 ratings.
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