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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Photo of ArbyLagers
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of JiminKY
4.97/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Please forgive the brevity and lack of specific detail in this review. This is the first time I am doing a review from memory, rather than from notes or with the beer in hand. I just had to give props to what is THE BEST PILSENER I HAVE EVER TASTED. Czechvar, SN Summerfest, Pilsener Urquell, and other Czech Pilseners I've tasted are not even in the same league, as far as I'm concerned.

I am not a particular fan of Abita brews. I find the TurboDog, Purple Haze and Fleur-De-Lis decent, but they are not brews I would specifically seek out or choose over other examples of their respective styles. That is not the case with this beer. I've cleared out one store and will hit other outlets to do the same, if possible.

Abita 20th Anniversary Pilsener is one of the few lagers that I can say I would definitely choose over an ale. I cannot recommend this brew highly enough, and wish it would become a regular offering from the brewery.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bright straw/light gold color with a full pillowy off-white head and active carbonation. Big hoppy aroma stands out ... a good bit of citrus and flowery. A nice hoppy American Pilsner with great balance. Medium-light bodied with a nice hoppy American finish.

Note to self: Buy more !

Per Label: "Dry hopped with fresh American hops"

Best Before: 11/23/06
Tasted: 11/12/06

($5.99 / 6-pack)

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
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 DarkerTheBetter
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a gold color with a touch of honey to it. The head is a dull egg shell white that bunched up into irregular clumps, leaving behind some very nice lace.

Smells exquisite with a fruity apricot and pineapple hop that quickly reveals it’s pine character, all of which is nestled atop a smooth dinner roll malt base. Mmmm.

The flavor is very similar with the same fruity dry hop that carries with it a little dry sting along the sides of my tongue. This then fades beautifully into a sweet dinner roll, fresh bread, pastry and honey base. The effortlessness of this transition is nothing short of stunning.

The carbonation is rather prevalent, but that seems all right for the style. The light to medium body that carries it really helps weigh the beer down and works splendidly with the flavors.

This beer was a huge surprise to me. It takes a lot of the more American pale ale characteristics and drags them into a different style, adding a lot of life where one wouldn’t expect it. I’m tempted to go find a case of this.

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Photo of rorjets
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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 HoustonTX
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
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 techdiver
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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 arguemaniac
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a rich, foamy white head that never really dissappears. The nose is dominated by an appetizing hop spice. The crisp palate features a truly satisfying Saaz hop flavor and bite along with some slightly rough but very rich grain flavor. A nice touch of caramel makes it’s way through as well. Leafy hop bitterness in the finish.

I was extremely surprised by this one. First of all, most micro-breweries are hit or miss when it comes to making decent lagers, especially pilsners. Two, the only other Abita beers I had previously tried were Turbodog (not bad, but nothing amazing) and Purple Haze (interesting for the first two sips, than increasingly undrinkable after that). So, needless to say I was skeptical; I was wrong. Crisp, tasty and quite drinkable. Best $7 I’ve spent on a six-pack in quite some time. Highly recommended.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Soft, supple maltiness and fruity, floral American hops play on the nose of this wonderful new beer from Abita. On the palate, it's decidedly more bitter than your run-of-the-mill Pilsners, balanced still by that soft semi-sweet malt. Hop flavor also features, in a most welcome way. Basically, this is a Pilsner for the APA lover.

Abita certainly pulled out all the stops for their 20th Anniversary beer. I only wish it weren't a special release, because it's easily the best beer I've ever had from Abita.

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Photo of mattviator
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I somehow deleted my first review of this beer so here is another.
Cool New Orleans style artwork on the bottle. Great smell of light malty grains and nice hop aroma. Wow, every time I drink this I love it even more. A very balanced brew, but the hop flavor is wonderful. Piney and zesty, crisp and clean, the hop flavor is perfect for the style. This has the highest drinkability of any beer I've had.
Pilsners are not my favorite, but this would have to be my perfect pilsner. I was suprised that Abita produced this wonderfuld beer for their anniversary brew. My favorite and most purchased beer of 2006.

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Photo of wedge
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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 acrawf6
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice golden straw with a good white head. Lots of carbonation flowing to the top. Bottle art is kickass to with James Michalopoulos painting of abita's brewpub. And i give it a 4.5 because if the nice lacing it provides and the fact the head is either floating on top, or patched like clouds on top (depending on the pour).

smell. I think this is the weakest part of the beer, but does have some good malt and hop characteristics. nice crisp hoppiness to it, but this is my second one (had one yesterday) and both times i get a small latex aroma. But overall a very nice hop crispness, lots of florals.

Taste. Nice is crisp. Good dry taste thats on the bitter side. Hops are present and have a nice floral taste to it. also has a good malty backbone. aftertaste stays dry and crisp. quite nice and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is good. lots of carbonation, very nice balance. average body.

Overall a very, very enjoyable beer. I wish they'd take this recipe and put it in their golden, then i'd start buying goldens. One that isn't too, too complex, but i think incredibly nice for the style. One of the best beers I've had from abita.

Congrats for 20 years of great beer making!

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a pilsner glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a pale golden with a nice frothy white head that laces nicely and holds a good foam the whole way down the glass. The smell is hoppy up front which is very nice. Definetly hoppier than any other pilsner I have had. Next there is a nice malty characteristic. Its quite nice. The taste is great. The is a ton of hops in this beer. It is balanced nicely with malt but its definetly a hop forward beer with great taste. The mouthfeel is nice - good body and good carbonation. Overall, holy crap! What a great beer! Such a surprise for a pilsner and from Abita. Too bad its an anniversary ale, I would love to have this all the time.

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Photo of grub
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this bottle as a gift from BigLove. thanks travis!

pours a nice yellow colour with a big fluffy white head.

aroma is nice. noble hops, likely goldings, dominate. a little malt in behind.

taste is nice. good bitterness level. strong hop presence. smells and tastes like i just stuck my nose in a bag of EKG (which i did earlier today). strong hoppiness, but without being grassy. really nice fresh hop taste. the malt behind is nice and mild. very enjoyable.

mouthfeel is great. nice medium body and good carbonation.

drinkability is great. probably the best pilsner i've ever had. great stuff.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy medium golden color, with a large, persistent white head of a half-inch or more, thick broken lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Mildly sweet malt, with a strong noble hop presence, which manifests itself with a mildly spicy note, and a slight mineral aroma.

Taste: Strong noble hop flavor at the open defines the taste from start to finish, with a mild, slightly tart malt character beneath. Finishes with lingering herbal hops, which carry well beyond the taste's end.

Mouth feel: Smooth and quite full, with slight carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Very well-made example of the style, compares quite favorably to Czech-brewed examples. Hopefully, Abita will continue to brew this excellent example.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a Pilsener glass.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a much better beer than I usually give Abita credit for. The look is a typical Pilsner appearance, with perhaps better head retention and lacing than average. Aromas promise something much better. A blended malty, spicy, bready, and earthy scent gains strength over the next few minutes. The flavors completely back up the aromas. The solid maltiness dominates any would-be graininess. Sweet and bold with not heaviness or thickness. Hop character is very strong with pungent, earthy, Euro-hops. Blended well for a pepery, musty, sweet experience. All that without compromising the cleanliness and crispness of good Czech Pils. This is about as good as Pilsners get.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at 55 degrees.

A - Clear, pale yellow color with a 2 inch foamy head w/ good retention. Lacing followed until the glass was half-full.

S - Grassy and peppery with a slightly lingering citrus aroma.

T - Delicious & complex taste! Starts off with a little sweet touch that quickly leads to a floral, grassy taste. The hops are very smooth and a warming aftertaste of grapefruit and grassy notes is very soothing.

M - Very crisp finish and a light-to-medium body. Creamy mouthfeel.

D - This is my favorite brew from Abita. Wonderful aroma that leads to a very well-balanced, complex taste and it finishes very clean. I want more!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear and bright yellow gold body, alive with carbonation streams, topped by a hefty fist of white froth which leaves good lacing.

Moderate, clean nose of hay.

Taste has a fleeting sweetness, quickly balanced and then subdued by a hearty helping of noble hops. Snappy, then tingly, the hops linger pleasantly on long after the liquid departs the tongue. Very crisp and very refreshing overall.

Good light/medium mouthfeel, fine for summer refreshment.

Very easy drinkability, but with enough character to be interesting.

A very pleasant surprise which exceeded my expectations. Happy anniversary to one of the "old time micros".

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Photo of williamherbert
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy bright golden color. Half a finger of foamy head. A classic pilsner look.

The smell is a pleasant flowery aroma, with bitter Euro/German hops. Doesn't have the too-bitter chlorine smell that afflicts too many pilsners. Really crisp.

The taste has a nicely bitter but diverse hop flavor. The bitter is there, but so is a nice flowery, estery hop. Like a very hoppy pale ale. The malt does have the characteristics of a pale, but steps aside wisely to play straight man to the hop. This is a really good flavor; slight grapefruity finish.

The feel is fizzy and bubbly like champagne. Very nice. Supports the effervescent flavor. It's a superior, flavorful pislner. Lots of diverse tastes. Wonderful finish. To me this is what a pilsner should always aspire to.


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Photo of biggmike
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best Abita beer that I've had so far, I wish they would make this a part of their regular lineup. Poured golden with nice white head and nice lacing on glass. Hops taste and aroma is evident right away. Extremely high on the drinkability scale. A great beer.

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Photo of Cresant
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle dated 2/28 into a pilsner flute. Golden straw colored body was slightly hazy. A moderate white cap of fizzy head left splotchy lace down the glass.

Smell was a pleasant sourness. Grains and floral hops. Earthy. Fresh new grass. A very aromatic pils. I kept sticking my nose in the glass just to enjoy the aroma.

Taste was of zesty hops and grainy light malts. Refreshing and interesting with a nice mildly bitter linger.

Mouthfeel was mild carbonation and light/medium bodied. I will seek this one out again. Nice.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Viggo
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't sure what to expect as other offerings I've had from Abita have been mediocre at best.

Pours slightly hazy, golden, thick white head, nice lacing all over the glass, head really sticks, very nice. Smell is nice and grainy, some citrus, floral, nice hoppiness, grassy, very pleasant. Taste is grassy with big citrus and floral hops, wheat, clean bitter finish, slightly weak, very balanced. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Excellent pilsner, thanks grub!!

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20th Anniversary Pilsner from Abita Brewing Co.
4.03 out of 5 based on 92 ratings.
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