Trauger Pilsner | Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
neshaminycreekbrewing.com

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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).

Added by corby112 on 09-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
148
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
9.97%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
14
For Trade:
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Ratings: 148 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of Premo88
4.54/5  rDev +22.4%
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 VikeMan
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent German Pils. Good Malt Backbone. Dry finish. Spicy German hop flavor and aroma.

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Photo of sammyt728
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Slatetank
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
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 Kadonny
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
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 jl2414
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of TTen
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Neshaminy Creek Trauger Pilsner

L: Clear and golden with a white head that went down relatively quick. Small beads of carbonation. Good lacing. 4
S: Noble spicy hops. Grainy, pilsner malt aroma. 4
T: Smooth moderate bitterness, a wave of grainy sweetness. I get some graham cracker. Spicy noble hop flavor, lingering bitterness and it drys out.4.25
F: It's medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not too sticky sweet, not too dry, it's well rounded. 4
O: Really well crafted, clean, authentic German Pils. The hops were the star as you can taste them well after you take a sip. Spicy, noble hops. I'll be putting this into a rotation of very strong SE Pennsylvania Pilsners. 4.25

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Photo of xnicknj
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap on my patio

Pours a hazed straw golden color with a nice frothy white head resting on top. Fades out eventually, leaving some patchy rings of lacing on the glass.

More hop presence than I initially expected, giving a nice, yet light bitter spice. Familiar scents of grass and straw with some biscuit malt and faint sweetness.

Stronger than usual hop character adds a nice bitter spicy punch. Hint of lemony citrus and grass with straw. Lightly toasted bread-biscuit malt, slightly doughy with faint sweetness. Finishes crisp and slightly hoppy.

Lighter medium body, nicely carbonated (a little higher but that was probably from people fooling with the keg), brisk and crisp on the tongue. Incredibly drinkable and well-balanced - great suggestion from the people at Bella Vista (and to think I almost bought Yuengling!)

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhillyJay1701
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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 corby112
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Prohibition Taproom in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with lighter edges and a two finger, frothy white head that has great retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Chunks of soapy lace left behind.

Inviting aroma with a nice balance of pale malts, light fruit and earthy hop notes.  Strong spicy hop presence with hints of grass and straw countered by bready yeast, biscuit, apple and pear.

Fuller bodied than expected with a crisp, spicy hop bite that lingers over the earthy and sweeter notes into a dry finish.  This provides some dry bitterness that compliments the earthy grass and straw flavors without overpowering everything else.  Really well balanced with a nice malt backbone that counters the hops and light fruit notes.  Hints of bread and biscuit as well as some apple and pear sweetness toward the finish.  

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Photo of brutalist
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DIM
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
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 wattoclone
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 TheFightfan1
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of tautog
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed golden straw, minimal head. Musty pils malts and light doeses of grassy/spicy and citrus hops... carries forward to taste. Taste is fuller than scent dictated and a bit heavier than the stated ABVs... very pleasant, clean and refreshing but filling at the same time. Lighter side of medium bodied, lightly oily and smooth. Overall, impressed with another beer from this newer local brewery.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of peacefrog70
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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Trauger Pilsner from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 148 ratings.
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