Hellbrook Pilsner | The Shed Brewery

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Hellbrook PilsnerHellbrook Pilsner

Brewed by:
The Shed Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 30
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

$ 2.00 (Including tax)/16 oz can ($ 0.125/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 12/5/18.
Can stamped “0611185478M” on bottom rim (Canned? Best by ?). In cooler at distributor. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.
Body – Light yellow, hazy, opaque. When held to the light, becomes translucent.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.2 cm, aggressive center pour), off-white, dense, average retention, diminishing to a four mm ring and a complete, rocky layer.
Lacing – Good. As the level drops, complete bands of tiny to small bubbles remain.
First pour – Light yellow, slight haze.
Aroma – 3 – Grassy, weak.
Flavor – 3 – Really not much until the hops show up at the end, then a touch grassy. No alcohol (5.5%), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.25 – Thin, watery, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3 – Inoffensive flavor, weak nose, looks like an unfiltered weissbier. One and done.

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Photo of twosheds
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow with white head

Smells hoppy with some fruity sweetness.

I was expecting a slightly hoppy flavor based on the smell, but it has more of a smooth malt character with nicely balanced hop presence.

This is a decent pils, but a little sweeter than I usually want for the style.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsner glass. The appearance was a light slightly golden yellow color with a nice transparency about it. Carbonation rides up at a nice pace. Thin white little head dissipates quickly. No lacing. The smell starts off with a sweet honey biscuity / corn to sweet malt. Subtle grassy hops slide in underneath. The flavor leaned mainly sweet with a nice grassiness underneath. Semi-dry grassy to malty sweetness leads into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body. Carbonation is trim enough to allow a subtle sweet clingy-ness rolling over my tongue. Overall, as a German pilsener it works. I’d have this again.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look - Pours a slightly hazy bright yellow, a finger or so of white head, patchy lacing.
Aroma - Floral, nutty, fresh bread, mellow, classic pilsener aroma.
Taste - Biscuity malt body, fairly sweet, hops play second fiddle but have a refreshing bitterness, slight hop spice towards the end, aftertaste is sweet with typical lager yeast.
Feel - Not quite medium bodied, slick, low carbonation.

Overall - A good beer, though if it were a touch more dry and carbonated I think it'd be better.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle. 5.5% abv. 25 ibu. " Gnarly mountain pils"

A classically clear golden color, mellow carbonation but plenty of life to create an excellent, rocky white top of foam. Very slow dissipation. Clumpy lace. A very healthy and happy look.

Spicy Noble hops pop right out in the nose, buttery corn malt, very herbal with some grassy tones and even some sweet and sour fruit aroma. An excellent pils nose.

Wickedly crisp and light feel, excellent malt backbone displaying the classic bread and butter malt with what to me always taste like corn and wheat. Sour pils yeast and some exceptional Noble hop flavor's of herbs and spice and subtle fruity finish. The feel ends very clean, slightly malty and very crisp.

Thank you Shed for NOT going overboard on the hops, much like their neighbors Von Trapp, they are making a more traditional version of the classic German style. I'm seriously enjoying the Noble hop effect in this one. Well done.

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Photo of Sheepdog6
2.08/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Loved the first taste of this at the brewery...but my second taste made me think of Budweiser. Just not as exciting as I thought at first. Kinda bummed cause I love the name as well. Was hoping for an all-around yummy drink to have nightly. :(

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Photo of puboflyons
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Dated Feb. 22, 2016. Sampled on June 10, 2016.

Pale yellow pour under a modest white foamy head. Bubbly carbonation.

I would give the aroma high marks with its German toasted biscuit malt character and clean, grassy hop backdrop.

Light to medium body.

The taste had the same toasted bread and biscuit graininess that I would expect from a Pilsener with a mild to moderate crispy finish.

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Hellbrook Pilsner from The Shed Brewery
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 30 ratings