Night Shift Brewing

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German Pilsner
Ranked #77
Ranked #20,600
3.84 | pDev: 9.64%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
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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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 142
Photo of Harrison8
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of malrubius
4.56/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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 EMH73
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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 puboflyons
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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 Eamonn-Cummings3
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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 Kayakguy
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +17.2%
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 DraconusDesanctus666
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
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 -0.8%
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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Photo of TheDoctor
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
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 papposilenus
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
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 +22.4%
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 +5.7%
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 +4.2%
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 +8.3%
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 +10.7%
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/biscuit 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 +2.6%
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 +4.2%
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 +6.3%
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 +10.9%
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 +2.3%
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 +14.3%
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 +2.6%
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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Pfaffenheck from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 142 ratings