Trauger Pilsner
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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German Pilsner
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3.66 | pDev: 9.56%
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
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Notes: Our Pilsner is assertively hopped with Hallertau and Tettnanger noble hops and has a cracker-like malt backbone that finishes crisp and dry coming in at 4.8% ABV, which makes this one highly drinkable (which is the point, duh).
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Photo of Scrapss
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic pint.

A: fluffy white 2 finger rocky head that compacts to a skinny pinky finger. Some lacing. Staying power. Light golden yellow as per style.

S: light noble pils hops with some slight earthy and lemongrassy notes. Malts peek through with a very pleasant light baked crackery note.

T: very good balance. Earthy light lemongrassy noble hop notes with light malt backbone and no strong or peppry yeast notes. Almost a very light acidic note at very end of swallow.

M: again the balanced taste follows directly to a lighter side of medium-light body with the light acidity helping keep the finish clean and tidy. Excellent balance again.

O: this is a very good example of the more understated side of the classic pilsner. Highly recommended of you like gentle, subtly nuanced beer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz can, purchased as part of variety pack dated 144-19... poured into a simple glass mug)

L: almost crystal-clear, pale honey-gold liquid; off-white, thick cottony pad of foam... misty collar retains, but little lace left

S: lemon-floral soap, mashed lemon peel, lemon-pepper spice; lightly-toasted roll crust... perfumy floral edge stands out

T: herbal/spicy hops up front, peppery lemon zip in its finish/aftertaste; pretzel-like baked-grainy quality to the malt flavor... a good bit more hop intensity than most German import pils with which I'm familiar... lovely (phenolic) bitterness builds, pervades floor of palate; subtle doughy pils malt knot blooms in back

F: soft, silky texture to its body; light fizz in the finish, residual resinous film on the front and mellow spicy warmth humming in the back of the palate... relatively level plane to its flow

O: another can I had last night had less haze and more rocky foam retention... seemingly smartly made; strikingly tasty from first sip to last

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Around a medium body as well as medium carbonation.
Aroma is bitter hops, grapefruit,malt citrus peel cracker and grain
Taste is very identical to aroma, heavy on bitter hops, grapefruit followed by some grain and cracker.
Overall it was a very decent beer, more bitter than I expect from a pilsner but still very flavorful

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Photo of IronLover
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow in color with a light hazy appearance. Poured with a short, soapy, bright white foam with low retention. Medium light pilsner malt aroma with light bready notes. No hop aromas. Medium light bodied with medium carbonation. Grainy malt flavors followed by herbal hop flavors that expand into the middle with light pilsner malt beneath.  Medium high bitterness through the middle followed by grainy pilsner maltiness to the end. Finished crisply with bready malt notes and lingering earthy bitterness. Definitely on the hopper side for the style which takes away from the malt character. Still an easy drinking brew, but the lingering bitterness is a bit of a detractor. 

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Photo of thebeers
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed pale straw color, with violently churning effervescence and two fingers of long-lasting white head. Leaves impressive lacing.

Hay-like hops, with a hint of lemon and bready corn in the nose. Similar taste with a dull bitterness on the backend and a semi-dry finish.

Medium bodied for the style with appropriate carbonation.

Not quite as crisp as I like them, but still a pretty solid version -- like a Prima Pils that dials down the hops a tad in favor of some slightly bready, cakey malt.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light, crisp, refreshing. The more pilsners I drink the more I realize that there are a lot of brewers making good, very enjoyable versions but very few making truly exceptional ones. Trauger falls into the former. Clear light gold pour with a soft dimply head. Aroma is white bread toast, cracker and light floral hops. Taste is cracker, dough, biscuit and slightly peppery malt. Pinch of bitterness on the backend. Crisp throughout.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on draught in a restaurant. Served in a half pint glass. It poured clear and a yellow-straw color with a thin, milk white head and minimal lacing. It smelled of malt, lemon peel, grass, and a whiff of floral hops. The initial taste was biscuit, followed by some pleasant citrus, and finishing with a crisp, dry hoppy bitterness. It had a light, moderately carbonated mouthfeel and I barely noticed the 4.8% ABV. Overall, while I'm not a huge fan of the style, I thought this was a tasty, refreshing pilsner, which hit the spot on a humid summer's day.

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Photo of 57md
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear straw color with just over a finger of fluffy white head. The nose is a bit astringent. The flavor has the classic pilsner malt taste and the finish is semi- dry.

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Photo of maddogruss
2.84/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

A: pours golden yellow body with small white head with ok R&L
S: sweet, berry smell
T: dry, rice-like taste with some earthy notes
M: pretty crops and refreshing
D: nice M&T combo; ok beer

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Photo of PhillyJay1701
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into pilsner style glass

Look: mostly clear, light carbonation, yellow in color, white foamy head.

Smell: distant smell of lemon rinds, grassy hops and biscuit malts.

Taste: more malt forward with a great hop presence that doesn't overwhelm. Kudos on the balance; this is a nice one. Otherwise not too overbearing; just a really nice, drinkable session beer.

Feel: a bit more than thin with a normal carbonation. Goes down nice and smooth, crisp.

Overall, a nice beer. Well brewed and balanced. Crisp, fresh and clean.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gold in color, white head
Smell of grass, hay, white bread. Pine
Taste is sharp pine bite but not overpowering. White bread. Herbaceous. Feel is super carbonated.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a standard nonfiction pint glass. No date code on the can.

A: a very hazy light gold color with a big two finger white head. Nice glass lacing.

S: bready, grassy, grainy with some lemon and other light fruits.

T: Grassy up front with grainy flavors, some lemon citrus, bready cracker malt and this huge hop bitterness on the finish. Super dry. One user claimed it was more Czech than German, no way in my eyes. This is a sharp dry hoppy pils that is terrific.

M: Pretty full, prickly, dry, nice carbonation, no alcohol, perfect for a pils.

O: This is a really nice German Pils that was very surprising. No date codes on the can, but no bones about it this was fresh and freaking terrific. I'm a huge Pils fan and this was a pleasant surprise. Great enjoyable pils, grab some.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. pale clear yellow in color. nice clean pale malt aroma, a bit grainy. minimal hops in the taste. thinner body, appropriate carbonaion. overall nice easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Rutkiller
2.84/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Looks like Miller Lite but with a big 2 finger, creamy head. Smells a bit malty, almost like a cracker. Not much flavor in this, and finishes rather dry. Thin feel in the mouth. Won't buy again.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy hops are preset in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, flavors of grassy hops are present in the forefront and contribute a light amount of associated bitterness. Hints of biscuity malts are also perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The strong presence of grassy hops in this beer makes it a pleasant change of pace compared to some of the bland pilseners that are out there. It's a pretty good American representation of a German style.

Serving type: can

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Photo of thezach
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice bready malt aroma with light noble hops. Very clean tasting, but a bit sweet for my taste, but there is moderate hop bitterness to balance it out. Hazy golden appearance with a fine head that dissipates to a thin lacing. I like it, and while not my favorite pils, definitely worth drinking.

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Neshaminy Creek Brewing in Croydon, PA.

Slightly hazy and gold in color with a thick, creamy white head. Mild aroma with bready malts and grassy hops. A sweetness from the malt comes through in the flavor, increasing the body and just barely overpowering the hops. Not as crisp and snappy as I like my pilsners but still light to medium bodied. Very easy to drink and not aggressive by any means. I love a good pilsner, some I'm probably a harsh critic of the style, but you could do a lot worse than this one. Worth a try for any pils lover.


Additional notes from a 12 oz can while sitting at the peak of Black Rock in Black Rock Forest, Cornwall, NY on 7/17/2015.

A: Pale gold, medium white head, clear, good retention;
S: Sweet pils malt, bready;
T: Clean, slightly sweet, slight floral hops;
M: Dry finish, light to medium bodied, bitter;
O: Dry and bitter pilsner, not as refreshing as others, a bit heavy.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours deep golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy, white head and soda like carbonation. Aroma is of grassy hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal hops and pale malt nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long and dry. Very good, enjoyable Pilz.

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Photo of Premo88
4.54/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into pilsner
(courtesy of @TongoRad via NBS BIF)

L: slightly cloudy yellow ... very pale, light yellow; pushes up a strong 1-inch head of sticky white foam, leaves cotton bowls from the stick; also leaves a lingering skin of lumpy foam and a massive collar; appears to be lacing like crazy early ... except for the slight cloudiness, this is perfect

S: grass and bread malt ... classic notes, and they're fantastic. sneaks in a sour onion thing ... something just a hair sour or funky, but it's hard to name and whatever it is, it's not off-putting at all -- blending in nicely with the grass and bread

T: follows the nose pretty much one-to-one. not very bitter despite having all that grass-hop flavor. the bitterness tends to show up more in the lingering taste left over well after a swallow.

F: strong and good ... carbonation level is right in the middle. super drinkable.

O: a very good pils, full of grassy hop flavor and bread malt in the nose and flavor for balancing sweetness. I love this style and love seeing an American brewer nail it down.

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Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass from an undated 12oz can, the beer is a lightly hazy light golden color with a 1/2” head that recedes fairly soon to a layer of foam on the surface of the liquid. The ring of foam around the glass leaves big patches of leggy lacing and sipping leaves lots of small speckles.

The light, gentle aroma is grassy and spicy from the hops and a bit like crackers in the background from the malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose. There’s some grassy character, a bit of straw, a bit of crackers and some lightly bitter spiciness. In the finish, the dry bitterness of the hops persists as the earthy grass and sweet flavors begin to fade towards the long, very dry slightly earthy bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied with the gentle carbonation beginning to fade about mid-way through the beer.

On the whole this is a pretty good beer, reasonably well made, and one I plan on having again. While it is not the best of the locally available Pils beers it shows well compared to the competition.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Neshaminy Creek "Trauger Pilsner"
12 oz. can, no apparent freshness dating

Appearance: Surprisingly hazy for a German Pilsner. The head retention is quite good however, and there's some fairly good lacing as well.

Aroma: Grassy, spicy, and very gently floral hops with a background suggestion of pilsner malt.

Flavor: Much more malt than the nose suggests, pleasantly threaded through with hops. The malt is mildly grassy, and straw-like, with an edge of sugariness. It's really nicely balanced in flavor and bitterness, although I think for style a few more IBUs might be required. The clean, dry finish leaves light washes of floral and gently spicy hops behind.

Mouthfeel: Medium leaning towards medium-light in body. Crisp, standard carbonation. Nicely done.

Overall: With the exception of the haze and a slightly restrained bitterness, this is a pretty good example of the German Pilsner style (I actually find it to be more of a Czech Pils). Regardless, it's quite charming and remarkably drinkable.

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Photo of DIM
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

'Twas a hazy straw colored yellow and poured with a moderately sticky, short lived, fizzy head. I smelled an abundance of noble hop character, plenty of grass, aspirin, and hint of flowers. Some crackers and biscuits for malt balance.

This is a very dry pils, just the way I like them, but this one may have gone a tad too Saharan. A nice grassy bit mingles with biscuits and mineral water up front for a refreshing start. The finish is a lingering, flavorful bitterness that tastes of aspirin, faint grapefruit rind, and pepper. Dry and crisp on the tongue, this is one I'd be happy to have again. It isn't quite in the upper echelon of killer PA pils' but this is no slouch either.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%

-can. served in pilsner glass.

(3.25) A: Sligthly hazy corn yellow coloring with a weakly holding, washy, dirty white head. Faint isolated instances of carbonation with no lacing.

(3.25) S: Pale lemons and straw on the nose.

(3.70) T: Lightly sweet buttered croissant. Flowery noble hops, dry wheat stalks, with a light herbal hint. Straw, nice dry bite of of citrus and wheat funk on the finish. Hopping is above average per style. Dry buttered bread.

(3.45) M: Dry grains, light medium body, quiet carbonation factor.

(3.65) O: Overall very drinkable, kept traditional like a german style, but with a pretty good flavor intensity of noble hops. Dry, and gets better as the drink progresses. 6 pack worthy.

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Photo of BWED
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into Pils glass.

A- A nice toasted golden color. Not quite clear. White head towers in a hard pour and settles at two fingers. Very meringue-like.

S- Malt forward. Some good toasty and bready notes. Small hop presence. A bit earthy. Maybe a slight fruit aroma.

T- Malt forward again. Toasty and bready. Floral and spicy hop flavor in the finish.

M- Light body. A bit of a spicy dry finish.

O- Pretty flavorful. A bit on the malty side for this style, but not bad.

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Photo of Samp01
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy gold yellow with a medium white slowly fading head, mild lacing. Scents of citrus, grains and grass fill the nose with some fruity and yeast notes as well follow thru on the taste. Palate is a medium clean crisp body, fairly pleasant on the tongue. Finish is sweet mild spice fruit some lemon, yeast, grains and yeast and nutty aftertaste. Overall quite pleasant refreshing summer brew.

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