20th Anniversary Pilsner | Abita Brewing Co.

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20th Anniversary Pilsner20th Anniversary Pilsner

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by acrawf6 on 06-16-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 86
Reviews by dherling:
Photo of dherling
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer took me back to Germany, and honestly this tastes more of a German style Pils than a Czech one. Pours with a nice head that lasts long. The nose is a bit strong, bordering on IPA, but not quite. Definitly a bigger nose than I expected. The taste was wonderful, a pils with a presence, but nicely balanced. The body had plenty of hop flavor, but not a ton of bitterness. Some spicyness balances the brew nicely. The finish is clean and refreshing, well done and happy anniversary Abita! You've done good here.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see this anniversary brew here in my neck of the woods here in western NY,poured a clear light golden with a sprtizey bone white head good carbonation to this brew.Toasty grain the aromas along with some mineral not much hop presence though to be found,very sturdy medium mouthfeel and smooth going down.flavors are toasted and just a tad of honeyish sweetness there is decent herbal spiced finish that lingers.A real nice beer from Abita a pilsner with some life to it great for warmer weather but sturdy enough for any occasion in my mind.

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Photo of BeerIsland
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Abita is a brand I’ve stayed away from for a long time. Part of the problem was that the brewer for the long defunct York Brewing company was from there and was kind of an arrogant snot. First and only guy in the business I had that reaction to. I tried a few of their beers and never got a kick out them, either. My reaction to this beer was like a lot of the reviewers in that it’s changed my thinking. It’s a really fine exemplar of the style and for $5 a six, you can’t got wrong.

It’s nice looking beer, cloudy green/gold with a foamy head. The head doesn’t hang around too long but the bubbles kept working. There are nice malt aromas. It might be a little on the light side but has a decent finish. This pils has great balance and is eminently drinkable.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle received from beerbeing as part of the BA Anny Bomber BIF. Cheers, bro!

Pours a clear yellow with a slight head. Smell is a little floral for a pilsener. Tastes hoppy for a pils and it reminds of Prima Pils with a little less bite. Mouthfeel is smooth and refeshing. Beer is extremely drinkable as a good pils should be. Solid example of the style.


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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pub glass,a nice golden color,cloudy.
A creamy white head,lacing the glass diminishing into a constiant coating of foam.
A complex strong hop aroma of citrus,pine,grapefruit.A clean and fresh smell thats very inviting.
An intense taste of citrus,also piney,a bit grassy.a honey-like maltiness. A very well balance of tastes thats also clean and fresh.
The mouthfeel was light to medium,a bit of a grainy texture.A nice tangyness that makes the tounge pucker for more.
Extra smooth,very tastey,a very enjoyable beer. Give me another,could drink this till I get my fill.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 11/26. Pours a pale gold, a bit cloudy toward the top of a pils glass, clear toward the bottom--a torrent of bubbles raging up through the center. Thin but creamy white head--decent retention and some spots of lacing.

The aroma is floral and citric, with a slight grain note. The flavor is light, with a light grain sweetness, some lemony citrus and soapiness, and strong hop presence on the finish, though the malt also adds a creaminess on the tongue at the finale.

The mouth is light-bodied, the carbonation is sufficient. Solid complexity for the style, and it is very well balanced. Extremely drinkable, and one of the best in the Abita stable.

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Photo of Dizzy
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Pilsner glass, golden color with thick white head.

Aroma is floral, spicy hops and malt. Smells Great!

Malty with hop flavor and bitterness prominant. Very crisp with hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied. This really isn't one of my favorite styles, but I really enjoyed this one. I could drink a lot of these.

I picked this up as a single but I might be going back for a six pack. I like this a lot better than anything I've had in the past from Abita.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Abita has always been my favorite brewery of the south, but I haven't tasted much down that way. This brew is definitely a good way to pay tribute to 20 years of brewing operations...appears a bright straw golden slightly pale with a large white impressively resilient head that forms like a life preserver floating on water as it slowly dwindles it leaves behind even streaks of lacing, very nice look to it. Aroma contains ripe hops with grassy, citrus (grapefruit), herbal qualities that overall are really effin' awesome, mineral quality malt presence contains a subtle honey biscuit layer but really I think I just landed in a hop garden. Taste is amazingly true to style, when it comes to pils I love the Czech versions spring water usage evident , but the hop bursts with grassy, citrus, herbal qualities is great. A light toasted malt character provides balance but overall this brew finishes nice and dry the way it's supposed to. Mouthfeel...this is a light bodied with sturdy carbonation finieshes dry with some hop oils gracing my palate, first beer from Abita since the flood and this is not just post-Katrina sympathy here this beer is quality. Drinkability...I'm getting a case of this beer if that says something truly a great beer in a somewhat overlooked style...can't wait to get more something I would desire and could consume in number.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pils are tough to make right. Blitheringidiot taught me that.
This one poured a chill hazed pale orange yellow with a moderate white head that melted to a ring of lacing.
Aromas are peppery hops and lager yeast with a hint of the sweet pale malt used.
Taste is refreshing, bright, and clean. Sharp peppery hops...biscuit type malt....a touch of sweetness.
Aftertaste is full of spice (pepper), clean and drying.
This is a wonderful example and great thirst quencher.
Thanks csims for this sample

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to say, I was impressed with this one! It's a bit hazy, but I'll assume it's bottle-conditioned. The head retention was very good, and it left some nice lace. The nose gave a beautiful scent of floral and spicy hops - Hallertau and Saaz I'm thinking, although I also get Crystal in a big way. The mouthfeel is medium with a very fine bubbled carbonation that gently caresses the tongue. Straightforward, grainy and straw-like malt is balanced perfectly in the flavor against the hop flavors; and it's deftly balanced by a firm base of smooth bitterness. One of the best American-made Pilsners I've ever had! Beautiful hoppiness! Beautiful roundness! Great drinkability!

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa, there's some crazy funk in the aroma after the pour, but it mellowed out to a nice grassy and herbal smell. At first I wasn't crazy about this beer, but given a little warmth the hops opened up nicely. The malt never came out, and that's the only thing holding this fine pilsner back. I'd say it stack close to the best imported pilsners on a good day.

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Photo of cliff1066
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of silver0rlead
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a magnificent golden yellow with a massive, frothy white head and constant streams of carbonation rising to the top. The aroma is somewhat more subdued, with a cane sugar sweetness, spicy and floral hops, biscuity malt and some slight metallic notes. The flavor has some floral, grassy and spicy hops upfront, along with some cane sugar sweetness, biscuity malt, and a slight metallic taste. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, and carbonation is on the high side. A very solid czech pilsner from Abita...their non fruit beers have left something to be desired in the past but this one is good.

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Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a tall pils glass. The liquid is a pure gold with ok carbonation. The 2 finger white head fades fast and leaves little lace.

The smell is a very nice classic pilsner, Dry hopy.

The taste follows, Dry hops over a nice biscuit like malt. The finish is nice and bitter.

The mouthfeel in crisp and clean. Good medium body, and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good. Not the top pils out there but respectable. Prosit, MK

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Photo of goochpunch
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a bright golden color with a thick, fluffy white head. Smells of the malty and grainy body but with a healthy amount of grassy hops. Flavor is of sweetish malts with a touch of graininess along with an herbal and bittering hop finish. Mouthfeel is crisp, bubbly, and dry. A little oily from the hops. Solid drinker. The only reason I don't rate this beer higher is that I find that the bitterness is a bit to forward after a couple beers. Kind of wears me out.

I hope Abita plans to make more limited edition beers (like this and the Restoration Ale), because for my taste, it's the only time they do something right. Great beer and I plan to buy more before this leaves shelves.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear gold color with a small white head which goes away pretty quick. It smells like lemon and floral hops, very nice. It tastes like lemon, some spicy hops, and also a bit of a grassy taste. There's also a slight bitter aftertaste. It has a medium mouthfeel/body with a good amount of carbonation, and it's very crisp, drinkable and refreshing. Overall it's a pretty good beer, I'd drink this again for sure.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Slightly cloudy gold hue with a thick creamy white head that lasts for a while, then settles to a thick cap. Plenty of stringy and spotty lacing.

Rich piney, spicy, and citrusy hops greet the senses, with a grainy malt background.

Strong bitter hops dominate the palate for a while before giving way to a biscuity malt presence. The finish is loaded with lingering bitter hops. Medium bodied with a generous amount of carbonation lends a little bite to the tongue. Dry finish from the hops.

I was impressed with this one. Good strong hops but not overpowering. I'm glad I got a chance to try this one.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle with best by date on the back label. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a decent head. The smell was lightly floral with a big hop smell as well. The taste was good but I'm not a big fan of this style (got in a sampler). Mouthfeel was also good. Overall, not a bad beer but just doesn't excite me or make me want another (3.0, RB, Tie, O)

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Photo of wedge
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clean golden yellow in color. A healthy amount of fine carbonation rises through the body supporting a thick, soft, creamy white head. The retention is excellent, a tight blanket permanently rests on top. Very nice aroma, brimming with grassy, spicy, and floral hops, backed up by a powdery sweetness and some grain. Pretty damn tasty too. The hops are similar to what's in the smell...very firm with a dry, spicy bitterness. A superb blend of hoppy flavors! Easy going body is very effortless to put down with an appropriate crisp quality.

That's a damn fine pilsener. I wish I had five more...

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Don't know if this one will make its way around the country, so I was happy to find it on a recent trip to Baton Rouge.

It pours a nice crisp golden colour with a puffy white head that leaves a fair amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is nice and floral, with a surprising amount of hops in the mix that are balanced nicely with a basic malt aroma.

The taste is more of the same but with the hops coming out even more so. They don't push anywhere near "imperial" levels, but are certainly more noticeable than they would be in most other standard pilsners, and are quite welcome. Again, this is a simple, but well made brew. Mouthfeel is light bodied and fairly crisp although a bit under carbonated at times, but only a touch really.

I enjoyed this one. It's no frills, well balanced and flavourful. I'd like to see it make it's way out of Louisiana as I'd like to pick some up again.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, let me say "Congratulations on 20 years of great brewing to Abita."

Pours a lovely golden pilsner color. Small head, with average lacing retention. Carbonation streams are lovely. Smell has an overall nice fresh citrus twang about it - with florals tossed into the mix as well. A touch of honey, and semi-leafy grain notes. Definitely an excellent quaffer. Now onward to the taste. Upfront has a really nice strong earthy graininess. Wheat, hay, and honey. Semi-sweet flavor pushed against a nice roasted hop background. Honey, lime, orange, and coriander all make their appearences. Finishes semi-dry, leaving a grainy resinous hop bitter. Quite pleasent. This beer has surpassed my expectations. Mouthfeel is tingly, and drinkability is sky-high.

Abita truly has has a gem here. This is one incredible Pilsener, and one I can highly recommend.

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Photo of Brent
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice bit of complexity to this pilsener, with some interesting fruity notes to the light-to-moderate hopping. A bit of grain roughness in the initial malt flavor was distracting, but it mellowed out after the first few sips. Quite drinkable and low in acid.

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Photo of techdiver
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy gold with modest one finger head that dissipates quickly.

Nice hop aroma, well balanced, inviting.

Taste is very well balanced, possibly the best Czech Pilsener I've tried. Wish more of this were available. Took a while just to obtain this one sample.

Light, clean mouthfeel; not heavily carbonated.

Great drinkability, could easily consume mass quantities if I could find it.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear dark golden. The head was thin but did not dissipate quickly. The smell is sweet and a bit floral. The taste is sweet and robust for a pilsner. The aftertaste is sweet and a bit hoppy at the same time. It has a medium to light body and is filling for a pilsner. I think this is a very drinkable beer which is quite refreshing.

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20th Anniversary Pilsner from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 92 ratings