Trauger Pilsner
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #321
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
83
Ranked #38,988
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 9.56%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
156
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Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
83
Good
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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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Reviews by Jacobier10:
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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.

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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 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 GreenMind
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tedho21
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zaktcc
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 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 dberger624
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

I am CANtinuing down the road this afternoon, CANducting The CANQuest ™ in the manner in which it was intended. In fact, this CAN and the next one were some of the first CANs released to the public at the brewery during the second Saturday of Philly Beer Week 2014! I made a day trip up to Croydon and hung out with some bikers that afternoon. Bro. Woody is of the life, just not in the life.

From the CAN: "Traditional German Pilsner".

Jeremy Myers imparted to me that the reason for brimful CANs is to reduce any possibility of oxygen in the headspace before the lid is seamed on. I do not care about why, I just dig it! It is like a Baker's Dozen and this CAN was no exception. The two-plus fingers of puffy, bone-white head looked like meringue above lemon pie filling. The good retention finally gave 'way to the production of great sticky lacing. Color was a slightly hazy Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2). Nose seemed restrained in terms of the malt-to-hops ratio, coming off more like a Czech Pils. If you think that I am CANplaining, then you must be new to The CANQuest (TM)! It had a lemony-grassy biscuit-like smell, reminiscent of lemon biscotti. Man, I could go for some biscotti right about now! Mouthfeel was medium. I have got to say, this was too hoppy for its style. It was very lemon-grass bitter and while I was totally digging it, it was more like a Czech Pils. Finish was dry, no two ways about it. I still think that it and the Churchville Lager would be excellent CANdidates to fill the Summer cooler.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of victory4me
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dgherm
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of tbeer40
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is transparent straw, light carbonation, fine bubbled bright white head that leaves some bubbles on the glass.

Smell is subtle, light, mostly bready and biscuity malt notes, some grassy hops.

Taste is crisp, pretty clean, bready, biscuit and cracker like flavors; hops are earthy, grassy and then finish rather bitter.

Mouthfeel is more bitter than the average pils, biting on the tongue and crisp, and then drying as the flavors dissipate.

Overall, a nice tasting pils with a sharp mouthfeel; flavors are pleasant and very drinkable, smell and mouthfeel are just a little lacking in pilsner qualities.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 Slatetank
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Houlihan's served chilled in a pint.

The color is the lightest golden, almost a pastel yellow with light hazed from the chill on the glass. The head is thick white with small bead and lace sticks,retention is good. The smell is faint yet floral with light herbal aspect, more aroma comes forward with some malt as it warms with mild citrus accent. The feel is great, very clean with light astringent element yet very good bitterness balanced with the malt which is mostly dry w/ low sweetness and moderate carbonation is not overdone with slight resins from hops and not sharp or too agressive in feel.

The flavor is very good with nice malt which supports the gentle herbal flavors from the hops which have a nice citrus element and light grass adding a mild acidity to the body with generally clean yeast flavor which showcases the other flavors with no alcohol making for a very drinkable pils. I really enjoyed this one at first but it was served very cold and I am glad I had the second and allowed it to warm gradually becaused the hop aromatics shone through and the dimension of hops was not realized completely with the first pint.

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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 BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Trauger Pilsner from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 156 ratings