Indeed Brewing Company - Minneapolis

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German Pilsner
Ranked #68
Ranked #17,221
3.92 | pDev: 9.69%
Indeed Brewing Company - Minneapolis
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
Notes: Formerly B-Side Pilsner

A fresh spin on a classic style, our Pils is crafted with German Pilsner malt bill and a refreshing blend of noble and newer German hops. Crisp, clean and always on point, Pils takes you off the clock and on to whatever makes you tick. One look down the bar at quitting time and it’s clear to see beaut of a beer is a favorite around the brewery. Take a page from our book, and make it a Pils.

Malt: Barke Pilsner
Hops: Hallertauer Mittelfruh, Mandarina Bavaria
Yeast: L17 Harvest

35 IBU
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 51 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a white head. Smell was malt, grain and classic hops. Taste was crisp with noble hops a citrus flower taste with cracker malts/bread in the finish. Mouth feel was crisp and refreshing slight dryness in the end. Not a fan of Indeed brews this one i would have again.

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Photo of Squire
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light, clear gold color with good white cap and lacing.

Aroma of rich malt and herbal, spicy hops.

Taste on entry has hops slightly ahead of the malt with a sharp, herbal spiciness that leads but does not cover the malt. Malt is bready, yeasty like fresh rolls, and the flavor is rather dry. Hops continue to the finish ending on a refreshingly bitter note. Complementary flavors that merge well together to make a complex whole.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Altogether a class act and it's a class well worth attending.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Soft malt and a little grain on aroma with a fresh yeast bit and a small amount of sulfur.
Mostly clear and closer to yellow than gold. Dense small white head.
Nice blending of herbal hop flavors right away without losing the clean malt/grain taste. Hops flavor builds throughout the drink and moves to a smooth bitterness that linger with a soft and pleasant dryness. A little sweetness shows in time.
Not super crisp. More of a smooth lager feel.

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Photo of omahawk
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on draught in Minneapolis. Pours with a 1/4” head that disappears quickly. Straw colored and clear - just as it should be. I detect a slight crackery pils malt scent when I smell this, but not much. Taste is a nice clean German lager up front with a slight sweetness that lingers on the palette. I’d prefer a slightly drier, crisper finish. That being said, this is a good, drinkable German lager. I would drink it again.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with a thick white head which leaves some lacing after it recedes. The aroma is bready and grassy. Flavor is noble hop forward with a sweet bread flavor, just a touch of bitterness on the finish. Feel is crisp and well carbonated. Over all a pretty good beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured a clear, pale golden color with a large, white head of soft foam. It smelled floral with sweet honey and caramel. Nice clean tasting beer. Grains, light caramel, sweet honey and a light bitterness.

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Photo of Ri0
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz can into Pils glass. Clear straw color with a foamy 2 finger white head. Aroma of bready and clean malts with some grassy and spicy Nobel hops. Flavor is grains, bready malts, and it has a dose of spicy and bitter hops, a bit more than I would expect in a Pils. Crisp and clean, finishes dry with a lighter body. Interesting take on this Pils.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Served in a willi becher glass. Pours a slightly murky golden yellow body, one finger white head, good retention and splotches of lacing. Smell is crisp grain, a bit of floral notes, minerals, a bit of sulphur. Flavour is similar, a bit bland though. Floral, mineral, fair bit of biscuit and grain. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, good carbonation, reasonably drinkable, crisp floral and earthy bitterness. Fairly solid and pedestrian pilsner.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: brilliant straw gold permeated by streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a 1" white foam collar with fair retention.

S: smells like bead dough to crackers, mild hops, with a hint of floral, faint grass and citrus.

T: a hint of fruit, medium to medium high hop bitterness, slight apple with a crisp, slightly tart and drying finish. The malt flavors are medium, hop flavors are medium low, apple flavors are medium low.

B-Side Pilsner has a medium light body and medium high carbonation.

O: Refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of Chaz
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant golden/straw in color, topped with an off-white head. Looks just as it should.

Nose is "neutral" (in the tradition of bland, boring blahgers) with light hop notes -- nothing out of the ordinary.

Lightly crisp and bitter on the first sip. Emphasis is equally place on a clean malt profile as it is on a crisp hop touch.

This one is mildly hopped, especially in that the crispness and bitterness is dialed-back from what I've come to expect in either contemporary American Craft renditions or older, more traditional German imports.

This one is very easy to approach, and while it's probably pretty average for what it is, it is very good for what the local market would expect out of a Craft Pilsener in a can.

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Photo of ZAP
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice Minnesota brewed Pilsner that uses German hops and malt yet still has a slight americanized feel/flavor to it. Slight I should stress.

L-A lot of carbonation evident...gold colored...frothy head....hazy and not as clear as I would expect a German Pilsner to be.

S-An odd spicy, body odor like aroma....musty

T-Bready/crackery malts..hops add a spicy and lemony dimension. The flavor of this is pretty good. Very enjoyable but leans a little on the lemony side which may be what I am detecting as being more americanized.

F-Robust carbonation....medium bodied...

O-Nice Pils....wouldn't be confused with one from Germany but solid. Good flavor...aroma is a bit odd...

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Photo of Czequershuus
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep straw with a large head. The aroma features cracker malts, black pepper, and citrus zest,. The flavor is bright and lively, with lots of cracker malts, black pepper, citrus, mild herbal notes, The mouthfeel is very bright and crisp. Overall this is a very tasty and light pils with a pleasant level of hop presence.

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Photo of ipeters1017
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a standard pint glass (brand new keg too!), pours a clear golden with almost no head. Doesn't smell of much, but it's a little bready. Smells very clean. Taste is refreshing, slightly bitter, bready, and a little spicy. Mouthfeel is light and heavily carbonated. Just an all around awesome pilsner.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i very rarely get too excited about pilsener in general, but once in a while a great one comes along and makes me all nostalgic about the style, and this is one of those. a near perfect example of the style, with a bright golden appearance, a robust pale pils malt profile thats infinitely fresher than the imports ever taste, and some traditional grassy noble type hops in a little higher proportion, its fantastic, super clean, and infinitely drinkable, which at the end of the day, is one of the key marks of a good pils! there is a fantastic crispness here, not yeasty as some can be, but with a cleaner german lager yeast flavor that seems just right to me. lighter bodied, especially for an american made pils, which tends to run a little heavier, and its super well carbonated too. a dab of honey flavor in the grain, floral too, but its all resolved before the finish. i am almost always underwhelmed by this style, but this one is great. indeed needs to work this one into their regular lineup, it would be one of the very best in the minnesota market. i like the hops in the dry finish, you can really taste them, so different from the american hop complexion. awesome lager here, no doubt about it.

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Photo of bwiechmann
4.92/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

What an awesome pilsner. Complex and approachable. Among the best I've ever had in the style. You hear pilsner and expect boring and bland- here the grain bill shines and you're teased with just that hint of hop bitterness. Excellent brew that will always have a place in my beer fridge.

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Photo of bsp77
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really fresh Pilsner aroma with light citrus flourishes. Flavor notes of biscuit, cracker, hay, cherry, citrus, and pepper. Nice spicy and lightly bitter finish. Very crisp. Very refreshing.

I was a little unhappy when Dandy Lager was retired, but no longer. This is an exceedingly well made Pilsner that is among the best of the style I have ever had.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into an Indeed shaker glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a slight finger of off white head that settles into a thin patch.

Smell: A crisp, bready, and earthy balanced aroma of pilsner malt and European hops. Malt scent of biscuit, grains, straw, and cracker with lager yeast. Earthy and spicy scent of German hops with some floral and grassy hints. Some fruity hints of orange and apple. A very nice balanced aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp, bready, and earthy balanced taste of pilsner malt and German hops. Bready malt notes of biscuit, grains, cracker, and straw along with some lager yeast. Solid German hop presence with some spicy, floral, and grassy notes. Light fruit notes of orange and apple. A very nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth.

Overall: A very good take on a classic German Pilsner style. Good balance of crisp malt notes and German hops.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear light golden color. The head is a inch of foam that recedes rather quickly into nice lacing. The aroma is a balance of bready malt and spicy hops. The taste leans much more on the hops, et refrains from going out of balance. There are still some nice bready things in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with appropriately high carbonation. Overall, this is a really well made beer. I can see this beer becoming a regular of mine.

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Pils from Indeed Brewing Company - Minneapolis
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 51 ratings