pFriem Family Brewers

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #12
Ranked #7,080
4.02 | pDev: 9.45%
pFriem Family Brewers
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Notes: The story of pilsner starts in 19th century Bohemia when a Bavarian monk smuggled a special yeast to a brewmaster in Pilsen. The story of pFriem Pilsner starts in the Pacific Northwest where it acquires the aroma of fresh grass and flowers and a touch of honey. While there are no monks involved in this pilsner, there is still a crisp and spicy finish.

IBU 35

Crisp, Snappy, Floral Hops


Malt: Gambrinus & Weyermann German Pilsner, Cara Foam, Acidulated
Hops: Perle, Saphir, Tettnang, Spalt Select
Yeast: Lager
Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 211 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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arizcards from Arizona

3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up at the Craft Beer Hop Stop 6-5-20 as part of a four-pack that i finished on 7-12-20 for $10.99. Thought i had reviewed this one but i guess not.

Beer poured a pale yellow with a nice white head with the original review.

Nose was hints of bread and crackers and floral hops.

Taste was crackery and corny with the noble hops balancing things out nicely.

Mouthfeel was crisp and refreshing.

Overall a nice Pils that i am glad to have tried!

Jul 14, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle my wife bought at the Metropolitan Market last week. Dated 06/17/20.

Pours a light clear yellow. Tiny bit of visible carbonation. Small head that collapses quickly to a ring. Smell is very light, almost absent, I get a little dustiness, a little lager yeast, and not much else. Doesn't smell bad, but doesn't smell like much.

Taste has a little grain-syrup characteristic, but not too strongly. Also has some grassiness and moderate bitter bite. Has a lasting bitter aftertaste that leaves me thinking of grapefruit skin. Bitterness builds as I taste it. Some kind of lemon zest flavor getting into it as well.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin and light. Overall, feels somewhat crisp, nice refreshing, enjoyable, but it doesn't blow me away.

Jul 12, 2020
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dunkel_weizen from Oregon

4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 month old can poured into a pilsner glass. The color us a very pale almost white yellow, crystal clear, and the head is excellent with very good soapy lacing. The nose is all bready malt, not much hop; moreover, the taste follows suit, strong in sour (lemony?) bready malt, some chestnut and honey, some subtle hop and floral notes that come in and out, on a long drawn out tart and crisp finish. The mouthfeel is expectantly dry as a pils.

This is a very good pilsner in a more German style, subtle hop but refreshing and malty as all hell. Complex yet crisp and clean. Fantastic!

Jun 27, 2020
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank you beertunes for this
12 oz can poured into a pint glass

A- A clear golden straw with a two finger white head.

S- Pilsner malts, floral, hints of honey and earthy spice.

T- Sweet bread, floral, pilsner malts, nice earthy spice, hint of citrus zest.

M- Smooth, light body.

O- A very nice Pilsner that is very easy to drink.

May 04, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz canned 3-10-20. Opened 4-26-20.
2 finger white head crests over the rim of the glass and the retention is amazing. Clean and clear straw gold with plenty of active carbonation. Heavily laced with thick foam.
Pilsner malt, crackery and bready. Spicy, grassy, hay, leafy greens, intense perfume of hop spice. Light sulfur. Late aroma of grain brewing/boiling. Fantastic.
Initial malt sweetness followed quickly by grassy, spice, weedy hops. Big hop flavor here. Minimal ingredients, maximum flavor and enjoyment.
Light body, bright entry. This is the elusive "crisp and clean" pilsner. Long, noble hoppy finish.
Phenomenal. This is a by the case drinker.
World Class.

Apr 26, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a lemon merengue, Half lemon yellow with a 1/3 fizzy fluff into a tulip taster. Left a nice lacing the way down.

Underlying scent of a meadow of wildflowers, lemon and grass upfront. A nice reg AAL overtone. approachable, nothing crazy but there’s some Wild shit going on here if you’re looking for it.

Super smooth. I could easily drink 10 of these like its college days, and I would if I had access, but it’s just such a beautiful beer, with a cool history, that you gotta respect. Lemon honey, tea, grassy field.

Fluffy and crisp with a faint, tart bitterness that finishes off its’ full mouthfeel.

Quite an experience, A lot of zeal for such a delicate beer. I’m new to this style, but damn maybe lager is life!

Apr 13, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into a tall glass. Appears to have been canned 2/10/20, though month is a bit blurry. Tavor shipment.

Looks decent enough. Pale watery golden yellow, generous white head leaving excellent lacing. Small streams of carbonation.

Smells a little yeasty and grassy.

On tasting, manages to be both smooth and bold. No harsh aftertaste, but a little bitey. Enjoying this.

Mouth a tad below medium, finish grassy

Overall, good interpretation of the style, happy to have another in reserve.

Apr 12, 2020
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MobBarley from Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Good enough to actually write a review about! This is just an ultra crisp, clean, classic take on a timeless beer. This actually takes me back to Munich a bit. Lovely floral hop notes with a really well balanced flavor and a snappy dry finish that make this just so incredibly drinkable.

One of the better pils I've had in a long time.

Mar 13, 2020
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jwjon1 from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is rated as “very good” as of this posting. WTF? I guess the only explanation is that people are idiots. And don’t rate to style. Or, don’t realize that there are other styles of beer besides ales. Like I said, idiots.

This is a freakin’ amazing pils. Super clean. Perfectly attenuated, dry grain bill. Moderately bittered. Eminently crushable. Amazing pils.

Much, much better than just “very good.”

Mar 05, 2020
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

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

Two pint bottles picked up at PCC in Bothell, Washington.
Bottled on 11/26/19. Served in a pint glass.

Look- Slightly hazy golden straw color. Nice rocky bright white head that slowly recedes to a thin cap of foam, moderate lacing. Very active carbonation streams visible.

Smell- Bready and honey malt, citrus (tangerine and lemon pith), light green apple, spicy herbal/grassy and floral notes.

Taste- Nice lemony citrus, sweet bready malts, dry floral/earthy hops and light spice.

Feel- Medium/light bodied. Crisp with a dry, moderately bitter finish. Medium/heavy carbonation on the tongue.

O- A very nice pilsner and a great representation of the style, holds its own against some of the better German offerings.

Dec 30, 2019
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superspak from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 10/8/2019. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, cracker, white bread dough, biscuit, light honey/toast, wood, peppercorn, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. A bit of fruity/yeasty aromas, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of big lemon, cracker, white bread dough, biscuit, light honey/toast, wood, peppercorn, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, cracker, white bread dough, biscuit, light honey/toast, wood, peppercorn, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Very clean on lager flavors, with minimal fruity/yeasty notes. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.9%%. Overall this is an awesome German pilsner. All around awesome robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/clean/refreshing to drink with the moderately bitter/resinous/drying finish; not overly aggressive. Awesome clean pils malt showcase, with fantastic noble hop presence/balance. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp resin dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and outstanding spot on style example.

Dec 24, 2019
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can

Pours clear straw golden, white fluffy head dissipates to a lacing.

Smells of straw and adjunct malts, hints of citrus.

Flavor is of straw, cereal, dry bread and a faint dry hoppiness.

Light to medium body, tingly carbonation.

A fresh, crisp chuggable lager. Flavor is solid, drinks incredibly easily. Very sessionable. A case of this would be the centerpiece of a great tailgate party.

Nov 24, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Eminently crystal clear body, light straw colored; lively, coarse carbonation; thick, sculpted, frothy white head. Clean and gentle light malt nose with just a twinge of fresh grass scent lingering in the background. Fantastic light biscuit and cracker taste interspersed with a touch of hop bitterness. Light body; crisp with a mild dryness.

This beer delivers light and refreshing delicateness to the palate. It has a pleasant taste, drinks easily, and looks pretty in the glass.

Nov 16, 2019
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: The beer pours a pale straw color. Bright as can be with some bubbles slowly floating up toward the tall, meringue-like bone white head. Streaks of lacing as the initial foam settles, and rings of lacing around the glass as I drink the beer. Just a perfect looking pilsner.

Smell: Sweet bready aroma with a touch of honey, nicely balanced by brighter and lighter notes of lemon rind and leafy greens. A pretty clean aroma.

Taste: Floral, grassy and slightly herbal hops up front. Any bitterness is barely perceivable. Quite a hoppy pilsner. Mid palate the malt really shines, presenting a bready and honey sweetness. The beer finishes dry, leaving a pleasant crackery flavor on the palate.

Feel: Medium level of carbonation and body. Dry on the finish

Overall: Delicate yet thought provoking. I think that the 89 BA score is too low for this beer. I agree with @Squire here.

Nov 10, 2019
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Squire from Mississippi

4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, light golden color with white cap and lacing.

Aroma of rich honeyed malt and clean, floral malt.

Beautifully clean malt flavors with a touch of honey sweetness that actually comes across as dry. Hops in abundance (35 IBU) but bitterness level is very low. I can only call the hops as having a bright floral character. Flavorful, complex, well balanced and quite refreshing. There is a building hop firmness from mid palate to the finish that offsets but does not overcome the other flavors.

Medium texture with abundant carbonation.

Easily one of the best balanced and flavorful Pilsners I've had from anywhere.

Nov 07, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wow this was an amazing pilsner. Full of flavor, crisp and refreshing. Canned date 10/8/19. Pours a clear golden color with some fluffy white head and a little spotty lingering lacing. Smells of nice grain, malt, corn, a little faded fruity hops, caramel and biscuit. Taste follows the nose, really packed full of flavor for a style that I normally associate with more muted flavors. Smooth, mild, slightly creamy mouthfeel and perfect amount of carbonation. A really enjoyable beer that’s good both outdoors in the sun or inside with savory meals.

Nov 04, 2019
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Greywulfken from New York

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

Crisp and clean and light - but with a bit of malt chew and lots of grassy, floral, and herbal notes, some hints of fruit pith... Amply carbonated, moderately bitter; touch of honey on the grain, but dry more than sweet... Rustic and classy...

10/8/19 canning...

Nov 03, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

10 days old in the can. Lighter golden body, one and half finger frothy white head. Smells of distinct grain, punctuated by floral hops, has a touch of funky spice to it. I think it is a bit messier than most other PNW lagers I've had, and would like a bit more of a cleaner malt character, but it works in a pinch. Lighter medium bodied, not watery, but has that spicy graininess on the backend that bothers me just a slight bit.

Sep 21, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

i am shocked that i have not reviewed this beer before, its a classic of course, and i am quite sure i have enjoyed it on numerous occasions, but i guess now is the time to blab about it. its near perfect beer, and awesomely in cans now, they look real sharp too! the beer is clear and more yellow than golden, nucleation looks right, as this really bubbles from the bottom to maintain the head, so pretty in this style in particular. aroma is hoppier than most imports for sure, but not real aggressive, and the profile is right, some pepper and some veggies, but it works. malt is dry but flavorful, on point for the style and with some serious brittle cereal character. i like the freshness of the whole thing, the subtle lager yeast flavor that remains, and the fairly obvious mineral profile of the water and all, this really does have some terroir to it as the style goes, hard to argue with that. straw and bark and greenish yellow leaf notes to it, from the earth, organic tasting, and just an excellent and fairly textbook example of the style. about as good as an american brewer has done with a pils to date, and the guy sitting next to me at the bar saying this was his desert island beer was not that far off. i could live with this pretty happily. impeccable example of the style!

Sep 06, 2019
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elNopalero from California

4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was simply delicious. An all-together well-crafted pilsner, no surprise given the source. I get a green grassy hop bite, with that wonderful crackery biscuit finish. Know this is going to be good.

Aug 02, 2019
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donspublic from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good pilsner, had a few times on my trip to Seattle on both tap and 500ml. Can't honestly give a detailed review after the fact, but can say I drank the last bottle at 3am before leaving for the cruise, because the thought of leaving that bottle in the Air BNB... well that just wasn't going to happen. Great beer

Jul 27, 2019
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KoG from Nevada

4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A damn fine pils. Initial aroma of spicy hop and a bit of skunk that fades remisicent of Heineken. Taste is light malt and some earty hops with a bit of lemon zest. A little earthy spice on the finish.

Jul 13, 2019
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Spikester from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear straw golden with four fingers of white head. Rings and swathes of lace form as the head slowly drops.
Smell is cracker malt and herbal hops.
Taste is herbal grassy hops with the cracker like malt backup. Lemon honey and pepper.
Mouthfeel is light with strong carbonation. Finish is crisp and dry.
Overall a stellar product also very fresh. Canned on 6/26/19. Just 13 days old. Available in six packs from my local Trader Joe's.

Jul 10, 2019
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sokol_1993 from California

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got one bottle from Bine and Vine.
An excellent pilsner. Extremely floral from the hops, while still retaining the noble hops taste and smell. Crisp and fresh. Just lovely.

May 16, 2019
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received from @woemad in an NBS BIF box. Canned on 3/1/2019 and poured into a Pilsener glass. It pours a clear, golden-straw color with slight greenish hues and a thin bright white cap and spotty lacing. The myriad tiny bubbles ascending the glass give it a champagne-like appearance. On the nose there is grassy, crackery malt, lemon, and spice. The taste is great! It opens with a nice juxtaposition of tart lemon and slightly sweet cracker malt and just a hint of honey. What really makes this beer special is the spicing. I can't say exactly what it is but its peppery and really adds to the complexity of the flavor. The feel lite, crisp, and clean with lively carbonation, and the 4.9% ABV is barely noticeable. Overall, this is a delightful German Pilsner and I'm most thankful to have the chance to try it.

Apr 28, 2019
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 211 ratings