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Pilsner - German
Ranked #69
Ranked #20,211
3.87 | pDev: 10.85%
Crux Fermentation Project
Oregon, United States
Very Good
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Notes: This is not your father's Pilsner. It's more like the Pilsner that belonged to his stern father, the one with all the rules but who gave you treats whenever your parents weren't looking. Brewed with traditional Pilsner Malts, imported Czech Saaz and local Oregon Sterling hops, this Pilsner's first sip shows up with clean lager flavors, and then opens up with surprising complexity and softness---developing biscuity flavors, spicy herbal notes and a hint of lemon.
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Nearly clear pale yellow with a huge billowing head that looks great and leaves behind great lacing
Aroma: Straw, pilsner malt, cut grass, floral hop notes, lemongrass, and a touch of bready malt sweetness as well
Taste: Floral hops jump out of the gate, followed and joined quickly by slightly sweet cracker-like malt, lemon, and grassy notes. These flavors tango before a nice, crisp finish closes things out
Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp throughout, medium-high carbonation, and a touch of dryness in the finish
Overall: Tasty stuff here. This is a well-crafted take on a pilsner and it has a uniqueness in its taste profile (dominant on floral and lemon hop notes) that makes it stand out amongst others. Crisp, clean, quaffable, and delicious

Sep 13, 2020
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Spikester from Oregon

4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with three fingers of white head. Swathes of lace as the head drops.
Smell is pungent pilsner hops with good malt support.
Taste is Saaz hops with good malt support.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. The finish is lightly dry and balanced.
Overall a tasty German Pilsner. Canned on 08/26/19.

Nov 06, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We are CANticipating CANother scorcher of a day & I am drinking Lager-style & fruited CANned beers in an effort to beat the heat. I have been (mostly) homebound these past four/five weeks following a prostatectomy & it has given me the CANportunity to sift through the backlog here at Chez Woody. I have uncovered all sorts of beers to CANstitute brewery horizontals, but today is just going to be odds & sods.

From the CAN: "A New-Old-World Pilsner"; "This is not your father's Pilsner. It's more like the Pilsner that belonged to his stern father, the one with all the rules but who gave you treats whenever your parents weren't looking. Brewed with traditional Pilsner Malts, imported Czech Saaz and local Oregon Sterling hops, this Pilsner's first sip shows up with clean lager flavors, and then opens up with surprising complexity and softness---developing biscuity flavors, spicy herbal notes and a hint of lemon."; "35 IBU".

Hey, I'm not going to argue whose Pilsner it might be with a buncha West Coast types! Instead, I'm gonna Crack! open the vent & let the beer speak for itself. Having done just that, I CANtinued with a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into my fave Pilsner glass. I watched earnestly as it foamed up to form just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with very good retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose had a definite lemony tartness to go along with the biscuity maltiness. It won't mean much in Bend, OR but if they get a ChANce to hit Enrico's Biscotti in Pixburgh's Strip District, they'll know what they have here! Liquefied lemon biscotti! That is a testimony to its adherence to style. A GER Pils should be malt-forward with just enough hops to keep it from being too sweet. This made me wish that I had laid in some local, hand-twisted had pretzels & some horseradish mustard for dipping to acCANpony it. Yum! Sadly, I have been (mostly) housebound following surgery & pretzels fell through. 8=( Man, this was some really easy-drinking beer! I had run through the bulk of it without even a seCANd glance. Finish was semi-dry & highly refreshing. Mmm. Now, I want to drink nothing but Pilsners ...

Jul 21, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the prince of pilsner, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, grassy, some lemons. Taste is malts, grassy, light hops, a touch of lemons, very refreshing. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Aug 16, 2018
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gandres from Philippines

3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thursday, May 03, 2018 4:38 PM
12 ounce can poured to wine glass
Sight: light amber, golden, clear small foam that lingers
Aroma: malty aroma, not hoppy
Taste: pleasant low-medium bitterness, some sweetness
Mouth feel: tart, medium follow through, long bitter sweet finish, very good carbonation
Overall: very good beer, ok to repeat but not look for

May 04, 2018
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ckornmannn from Washington

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can. Slightly hazy yellow, lacy head with good retention. Grassy and hops on the nose. Biscuit, grassy, herbal taste. Light body and fairly dry. Excellent pilsner.

Mar 21, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can
Canned On: 06/06/17

Pours a pretty nice hazy golden pale yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy two-finger white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, some hops, citrusy. The taste is pretty nice, malty, hoppy, citrusy. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty nicely. Overall, a pretty tasty brew, surprised me, true to style.

Sep 22, 2017
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hreb from Washington

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Description sounds promising... an American Pilsener from Crux that espouses the best of Czech Pilsner? 12oz can served in a can glass. Beer pours pale yellow in color but forms a thick white head. Big bubbles rise through imperfect clarity. Aroma is lemony and yeasty. Flavor is the same. Lemon zest tops a biscuity malt flavor, a yeasty note over the back of the palate. The mouthfeel is thin and slippery. Carbonation is less than I'd expect in a Pilsner. I'd like more to liven it up an punch of the spicy flavor.

This at least the fifth "new take on an a classic pilsner" I've tried this summer. And I have to say there have been some real duds in that crowd. This is better than most, but I'm going to keep looking.

Aug 28, 2017
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beertrek from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Would I didn't this beer again and again? Probably not bc I'm not a huge fan of German pils and this one tastes right along that vein.

It's the pungent sweet taste that doesn't sit so well with me.

Aug 27, 2017
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Ghrymm from Canada (BC)

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can. Canned on 06/19/2017
A: Pours a light straw yellow with a thin white head/minor lacing.
S: Dry grass and hops with a slight spicy pilsner nose.
T: A bit of bread and hops with a bit of spice to it.
F: Clean and crisp nice carbonation.
O: A nice clean mild pilsner.

Aug 27, 2017
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chrishiker1409 from New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours a clear straw yellow with a finger of white head. It leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Bready malts and floral hops.

T: Follows nose. Some spices in there.

F: Light bodied with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.

O: One of the better pilseners I have had. I'll be in Bend next week. Can't wait.

Aug 13, 2017
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LeRose from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a heft Soap bubble head and crystal clear pale yellow.

The aroma is bready pale malts, almost like raw dough. Floral and grassy Saaz, but there is just a faint lemon scent too.

Ditto on the taste - exactly what the nose says is what this delivers. An ever so slight touch of black pepper on the finish.

Clean, crisp, light to medium body.

You cant say much more. This is a no-nonsense, straight up, good tasting Pilsener beer.

Jul 31, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz glass at Beer Revolution YEG Oliver Square, post Crux tap takeover. Happy birthday to me - thanks Finn! Man that pizza looks good!

This beer appears a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with one skinny finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly white head, which leaves some decent defrosting windshield lace around the glass as things quickly progress.

It smells of bready and doughy pale malt, a mild pome fruitiness, faint Euro gasohol notes, and some leafy, weedy, and grassy green hops. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, white breakfast cereal, stewed apples, an ephemeral petrol essence, and more leafy, floral, and wet grassy verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-assuring frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with a thin airy creaminess creeping in as things warm up a tad around here. It finishes off-dry, barely, as the consistently confident graininess reasserts itself.

Overall, this is a rather well-made version of the style, with lots of old-school elan evident. Robust malt, and a judicious application of Saaz hops ensures that the thirst quenching nature of this offering is undeniable on a warm and sunny summer day.

Jul 23, 2017
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale straw lemon yellow, with an almost greenish bright glowing body color. Big rocking three finger frothy and tiny soapy head, bleach white and with lots of stayin power. Good amounts of rising carbonation bursting through the glass. Great looking pils.

Aroma hits a good solid doughy malt note. Relatively clean but with some fairly bright hop herbal angles so slightly. An almost mint and herbal twinge provides an interesting sweet perfume quality as well.

Palate is pretty solid. Light touches of malt, and a bit of doughy mid palate. A good hop mild sense but also a little tin like and mineral. Finishes with a good density sacrificing a little bit of clean sensations. Faint touches of ferrous like quality unfortunately, but just a little.

A pretty decent tasty Pils.

Jun 22, 2017
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Jimmys from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

canned 5/1/17

hazed straw blond brew. clean aroma. slightly lemon-like aroma. malty. really bready body, a lot of malt character, but not overly grainy. slightly chewy, clean finish. you actually get a firm dose of the Saaz hop into the finish. i could drink a lot of these. very refreshing.

Jun 18, 2017
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metter98 from New York

3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, but left a layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of rings of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grassy hops and bready malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of biscuit malts and noble hops along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness. There are faint hints of spicy hops in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems a little grassier compared to other beers in the style but is a pleasant pilsener to drink.

Serving type: can

Jun 17, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsener glass, the appearance was a clean transparent yellow color with a foamy and bubbly sort of white head. Quite messy all around.
The aroma had a nice blend of biscuits, grassy to earthy hops, a touch of white pepper, and crisp little hint of lemon at the very end.
The flavor was a nice blend of sweet biscuits to earthy and sweet hops. Light contour of bitterness coming from the hops with a little pinch of white pepper at the very end. Aftertaste was mostly the biscuits with a little bit of the grassy hops, light bitterness.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt appropriate. Pretty smooth all around.
Overall, pretty nice German pilsener I'd love to have again. Hoping the rest of the Crux Fermentation beers I have are just as good.

Jun 15, 2017
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mpyle from Maryland

3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very pale straw colored appeared. Brilliantly clear. Pours a big white head, creamy and long lasting.

Some hints of diacetyl, a sweet and slightly hoppy aroma.

Slightly buttery in the flavor seeming to confirm the diacetyl aroma. A bit of malty sweetness, and a slightly citrusy hop flavor. Not overpoweringly bitter, but a nice assertive bitter finish accentuated with dryness (in part from the high carbonation).

Light body, highly carbonated

Very drinkable, but reminds of a not quite there homebrew version of a pilsner. Not as crisp and clean as the best examples.

Jun 11, 2017
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz glass into a pilsner glass.

Look is a pale clear yellow with a frothy head.

Aroma is a dry ole malt, maybe a little buttery. I'm not sure if that is purposful or not.

Taste hints at that butteriness but then gives way to dry malt light spicy continental hops.

Jun 05, 2017
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into Pilsener Glass. Canned on April 24th 2017.

L: Very pale yellow, quite clear, two finger white fluffy head with excellent retention. Beautiful lacing.

S: Something smells off here... I do pick up some Pilsener malts, so biscuity and grainy. No noticeable hops on the aroma.

T: Again something tastes off... I do taste the Pilsener malts, biscuity and grainy just like the smell, and then i do pick up the grassy herbal hops.

S: Light crisp and clean.

O: Something is off here, I can't tell what but it possibly is Diacteyl.

May 29, 2017
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Scotchboy from Idaho

3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On-tap @ Zydeco Kitchen & Cocktails, Bend OR.

As far as pilsners go, this one is right up there; chill-hazed straw body, lots of fluffy head, grainy sweetness, easy-drinking, clean finish, hints of lemon.

Pretty good stuff.

May 05, 2017
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear 15.25-oz. pilsner
From: Bier:Thirty Bottle & Bistro in Boise, Idaho
Price: $2.99
Purchased: April 21, 2017
Consumed: April 24, 2017
Reviewed as: German Pilsner
Misc.: Canned on March 20, 2017

Picked this up with four others at Bier:Thirty on a recent work trip to Boise after getting a random 6-pack of cans earlier at Whole Foods. Had heard good things about Crux and I’m a sucker for a good pilsner so it was really a no-brainer picking it up. Had high hopes going in.

Poured a very light cloudy color with 3-to-4 fingers of rocky white head. Tons of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Excellent foamy lacing. World-class foamy retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled sharp pilsner notes from the get go with spicy Czech Saaz, grass, hay, corn, cracker, biscuit and light lemon zest leading the way. (Smell - 4.00)

First thought on the taste was how smooth it was. More lager than pilsner, but then got those Czech Saaz spicy hops. Also grass, hay, cracker, biscuit, herbal, sharp lemon pepper and hints of corn cereal. (Taste - 4.00)

Light body. Thin texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt, clean, crisp finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Just a really good pilsner. Could get after a few of these on a hot summer day. (Overall - 4.00)

4.04 | 90 | A-

May 04, 2017
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cbutova from Massachusetts

2.94/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- Standard can pours into my goblet with a very slightly hazy uber pale yellow body. The head is extremely thick with a whipped cream consistency and great retention. Lacing starts with thick sheets and continues with plentiful webs below.

S- Instantly notice that this is not the cleanest aroma from the ferment, I get a slight hint of buttery which in this style is a big deal. Opens with pale fruits like apple and white grape alongside grassy and spicy European hops. Not the cleanest or strongest Pils aroma.

T- Compared to the great examples it just feels diluted and that buttery, fruity off-flavor from the aroma carries into the taste. It isn't massive but it takes away from what you would expect and disrupts the classic hop Flavor of a Pils. Earthy, grassy and spicy hops with hints of crackers, bread and apples.

MF- Creamy and even frothy texture to a light-medium thick body. The carbonation comes in at a medium level and the beer overall is quite smooth. Ends with a chopped grass bitterness.

I don't wanna say it is buttery like full on buttered popcorn but there is a hint of butter lurking throughout that does not play well with the Euro hops or the yeast. Clean up that ferment and there might be something here but this can doesn't compare to the best.

Apr 26, 2017
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Love at first sight really - clear golden pour with a pourus/frothy head that lingers. Aroma is spicy hops, biscuity malt and a touch of lemon. Taste is right there and it absolutely lights up the palate with bright flavors and a seamless flow of malt to hops. The malt provides a blank canvas for the saaz hops to paint a beautiful aromatic and flavorful picture. Ends with a snappy pop and a clean finish.

Feb 05, 2017
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beergoot from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very pale yellow body; fine carbonation; thick, foamy, clinging head. Aroma blends cracker and cereal grains notes with a grassy and herbal mix; some citrus-like character buried deep. Toasted grain flavor with an herbal and bitter finish. Light body; warm and crisp on the palate; dry finish.

It is great to find another solid pilsner offering from another brewry. It delivers a gentle cereal grain backbone with a pleasing zesty noble hop bitterness and citrus hint. Depth and balance, blah blah blah...yet a beer worth many repeat visits.

Sep 13, 2016
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