Trail Magic
Tree House Brewing Company

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German Pilsner
Ranked #19
Ranked #9,120
3.96 | pDev: 9.6%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Another foray into crispy refreshing lagers! Trail Magic pours a brilliant yellow in the glass with a puffy white head. Noble hops mingle with a clean cracker-like malt base resulting in a most refreshing beverage. A bit of spice with a soft but dry finish provide balance, making Trail Magic hard to put down... Clean and crispy, just the way we like them! A beer that makes us relish the waning summer days. . .
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Photo of kevanb
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can, dated 7.29.19, poured into a Tree House snifter glass.

The beer pours a medium amber color, orange and golden hues with a light chill haze and many bubbles rising to the top of the glass where a big foamy head sits, about two fingers tall with very good retention while big spots of sticky lacing cling to the glass. The aroma is pleasant, soft earthy hops, green and grassy with a floral bouquet and a big backbone of cracker and pilsner malt. The flavors are good, the hops again greet the tongue first, grassy green, a clean expression of noble hops but they quickly way to the pale dough, cracker and pilsner malts and a lingering mineral water character. The mouthfeel is good, lively, coating and crisp, perhaps a bit heavier than expected but still light and easy with a dry finish.

Verdict: A solid Pils from Tree House. It's a bit heavier than expected, clunky perhaps at times but on the whole, it delivers a nice noble hop experience that is supported by a nice foundation of soft and sweet pale malts.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours goldenstraw with a one finger head; good amount of lacing action

Smell: Bready with a grassy hop tone

Taste: Bread forward with a somewhat sweet, fruity character; grassy through the middle, but lacks a crisp finish as the sweetness from the malt lingers

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I wasn't quite sure what to expect, given Tree House's reputation for IPAs and stouts but this pilsner is not where the brewery can stake a reputation, apparently

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is a cold 16 oz can that has been in my fridge for a little over a year. I held off on starting the review until it seemed like the beer was okay.
Pours a bright clear golden color with fluffy bleached white head of about 2.5 cm foaming up even with a gentle pour. The aroma is some cracker and grainy malts with a little bit of spicy and black tea hops mixing together. Entire nose is fairly mild but seems solid for the style.
The first sip reveals a light crispy textured body with fine rolling carbonation that only gently tickles my palate. Flavor is what the nose predicts with some grainy notes and a bit of cracker or biscuity malt and then some spicy hops take over and linger after each swallow. A little bit of black tea note is here as well. The beer is very easy to drink, the flavor is fairly mild but suitable for the style. Glad I tried this one and think it is pretty good for the style, but not the best one Ive had.

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Photo of Buck89
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a plastic cup.
Look: a hazy golden color with a thick white head.
Aroma: floral and grassy notes that were a bit muted. Some white bread as well.
Taste: a slightly sweet bready Pilsner character with the floral/grassy notes in the aroma. Less bitter than expected - seemed more in line with a Czech Pils.
Feel: medium bodied, crisp, and clean.
Overall: a nice tasty Pilsner but not a standout in this category.

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Photo of b11
2.24/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Have you ever had a Pilsner with no foam? Me neither. A scant 1/4 inch of foam that dissipated in a matter of seconds. Under-carbonated and flat. Very disappointing. I should mention that I soon as I bought this can I put it on ice. This brewery is facing some QC issues, because this can should never have been sold. I have a few more cans, I'll given it another try but I suspect I'll pour most of this down the drain.

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Photo of npolachek
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very pedestrian beer - nothing special at all. If anything, tastes very weak with little smell and little bitter bite. Crushable and drinkable, but not anything special IMHO.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving: Can
Canned: Mar-25-2019

Pours a very clear pale straw with a quarter inch of very short lived white pop head. The aroma is pretty big for a pils. Lemongrass, some green apple lightly minty hops, cereal twang. The flavor follows with a big cerealy middle, some fruity twang and a mushy, chewing-on-raw-malt finish. It is not terribly dry with medium carbonation and a pretty smooth finish.
This is a fairly lackluster beer, but in some ways that's good. All the brewers of the world must collectively breathe a sigh of relief every time a brewery like Treehouse releases anything even vaguely resembling a dud. This one is not a dud, per se. But between it not living up to the promise of a German pilsner and it being contrary to my pilsner tastes on a couple counts (flabby, sweet twang, etc.), I'm not sure if have it again. Too much of what I look to avoid in a German pils and not enough of what I enjoy. It's not not drinkable, but it doesn't have a crisp bone in its body. Not terrible, just okay. Can't win 'em all.

And with that, Naked Prancing Statue Man and I have each at some point given the other a bad (too strong a word in this case) beer. I've still done it to him with more frequency, though. Which, when you think about it, is not something to be proud of...


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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can. White head. Yellow color.

Bready and biscuit. Earthy and grassy hops. Zesty. Kind of basic for a Pilsner. Drinkable, but there are many other I prefer to this. Just lacks flavor.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can dated 11/14/18 poured into Ploughshare glass.

Hazy pale straw color with a fuzzy white head of 1 finger, receding to a fingernail.

Aromas of prairie grass, hay, straw, dew grass, parsley, honey, and pepper.

Flavor brings a crisp bitterness in the form of dry prairie grass, hay, pepper, orange peel, lemon, and a finish of bitter dirt grass and white bread.

Feel is crisp and semi-clean, the finish is not clean but is puckering and resiny.

Overall a decent pilsner but not the best I've had or even in my top 5. It tastes crisp but is not particularly refreshing, so it's pretty average.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light golden color with medium haze and white head. Aroma is lemony and grainy, quite clean overall. Taste is also clean, grainy, mineral with bitter, grassy finish. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it's a clean, easy drinking and hoppy lager.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an absolutely beautiful lager, pours out a slightly hazed glowing golden straw color with a nice bright white head that is relatively dense with some sudsy bubbles atop. aroma is spicy and herbal, definitely hop forward but there is a grainy sweetness almost reminiscent of an adjunct lager. palate follows for the most part, it is spicy and grassy hops on top of bready malts. for some reason its not as clean as I want, it has the hop quality dialed but there is not that clear crackery grain quality. solid mouthfeel and overall a very pleasant and crisp easy drinker, just not a top craft pils in my book.

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

From a 16oz can, dated 11/12/18. Served in an imperial pint pub glass.

Pours a super-pale, barely cold-hazed lemon-gold with three fingers of snowy white, frappe-like head. Retention is pretty good, leaving a fizzy cap and spotty lacing.

Sharp, earthy robust nose of toast and dry, ripe hay.

Taste is reminiscent of lightly toasted white bread spread with vegemite, all toasty and yeasty. Noble hop intensity dial is cranked hard over to the right.

Feel is crisp and clean, medium bodied and well carbonated.

Overall, a very enjoyable pils. What it lacks in complexity it makes up for in intensity.

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Photo of dogdrule
3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

How to put this...there's nothing to dislike about the flavors here, they're all just so subtle it's hard to pick out anything. It's like a homeopathy attempt at beer, which is a shame because the flavor that is there could certainly make a decent pilsner.

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Photo of JASnyder
2.42/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

10 day old can.
Just above average, this pilsner is Budweiser, only clean.
Looks and smells like it's supposed to.. which doesn't get any points from me.
Big foamy head that melts.
Great carbonation.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: slightly hazy, yet still relatively clear pale grainy color with a hint of rich yellow inside

s: grains, lemongrass, grass, pepper, hay, cracker, and a subtle touch of caramel. a light Noble Hop aroma in the background as well

t: sweet grains, lemongrass, hay, and a subtle Noble Hop bitterness upfront. sweet malt and more sweet grains behind that, along with a pretty big lager spice presence on the sides of the tongue. the finish is sweet and grainy

m: mouthfeel is the fuller side of light, but with a lot of carbonation

o: a decent attempt at a German Pilsner. grains are dominant, but there is enough hops in here to prevent it from becoming too sweet. refreshing and easy to drink

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

a: clear pour for once out of these guys :) lots of visible carbonation floating to the top, a regular straw yellow color !

s: some light hay and biscuit

t: flat pilsner feel. I wanted to say crisp but there was a strange taste to it I will have to sample again to confirm it was in fact what I was picking up. I dont want to say mildewy, but thats what I originally felt.

m: good carb, light body as expected to style

o: I think mediocre on the pilsner scale. I love nearly everything these guys do, but this beer I am not feeling the same about. Was hesitant to try it at all since it is not their specialty and its a complete ripoff at the price per can

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


Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Tree House Willi.

a: Slightly hazy yellow/orange with a huge 3 inch white head which receded to a thin patch of surface foam and no lacing.

s: Slight ripe fruit and biscuit.

t; Follows the nose with light to moderate bitterness. Dry finish.

m; Medium, good body and some carbonation tingle.

o: Rather too fruity for a pilsener, nor quite as light or refreshing as some. Probably ok for TH's usual crowd but seems overhopped for a pilsener. I'd rather it had more grain/biscuit maltiness in the flavor profile.

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Photo of Bshaw22
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know people will say that this isn't what a pilsner should taste like. In TH fashion it is quite hazy for a Pilsner, which I kind of like the TH take on it. It still carriers with it all of the other good Pilsner characteristics. Nice and crackery, bready, Noble hops shine. I'd crush this in the summer.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a splotchy cap; OK lacing;

S: grassy, a little grain;

T: grassy for a moment, then floral, almost soapy, through the finish; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; crisp;

O: I would have like more bitterness; also didn't particularly care for the soapy quality of the flavor;

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.91/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

On tap at the brewery. Mostly clear golden. Smells of popcorn malt, bready malt, and a hint of spicy hops. Tastes of strong popcorn malt. Spicy and floral hops behind it. A heavy Pilsner and nothing delicate about it. Full bodied Pilsner. Not Tree House's best, but still drinkable.

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Photo of bobv
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Moderate pour yields 3/4 inch white head over a hazier than normal pilsener with some lacing. Nose of cracker and ever so slight citrus. Taste of cracker, a bit of sweetness, and a semi dry/crisp finish. In other words, not crisp enough for the style as the sweetness holds back its :crisp" potential. Good feel and overall, something I wouldn't turn down if offered, but not exactly true to the style. Cheers!

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Photo of Sheppard
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden. I like my pilsners to be a little more transparent. Crackers and honey aroma. Starts with some saltine crackers, then some honey graham crackers with a touch of toast. It's very malt forward, which I attribute greatly to the fact that it seems to be carbonated at a similar rate to their IPAs. It's not crisp which I look for in pilsners. It's definitely an interesting beer, perhaps even a good beer, but a good pilsner? I don't know if I can say that.

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

Picked-up two cans at the Tree House Brewery for three dollars and thirty three cents each on Wednesday. Good brew, just not my style. May buy again

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Photo of Worcester90
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice for the style. Super clean taste and finish. Has that TH yeast flavor/sweetness without overpowering the beer. Really nice change of pace from all the big IPAs of theirs, and would love to have more of this for the summer

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Photo of maximum12
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to quirk6 for this 16 oz. can. ‘Twill be interesting to see if these characters can handle making a lager.

The pour is golden yellow & while it’s not hazy, it’s not see-through, either. Minimal head. The nose is gentle florals & grains.

Trail Magic would look great on my new patio table (coming Friday!). Tastes like yeast, soft lemon, dough, with a rough graininess that bleeds over into the mouthfeel, finishes slightly bitter & peppery. Definitely a beer that should come in this larger package.

I’ve had worse pilsners in Germany proper. A solid beer that pairs well with a lovely Minnesota summer evening.

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Trail Magic from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 245 ratings