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
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 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 oberon
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, sparkling, lemony gold with swarms of fine bubbles jumping off the bottom of the glass and giving the beer an active, energetic look. Their destination is a wonderfully creamy cap of rich ivory that should last for quite a while. Sticky bridges of marshmallow-like lace connect head and glass, depositing small chunks of froth when they break. Outstanding.

The nose is bright and lemony as well. Might the flavor follow suit and make it three for three? It's as floral as it is citric and causes me to wonder what sort of 'American hops' were used. Possibly an American-grown version of one of the German nobles.

20th Anniversary Pilsner is the hoppiest Abita beer that I've had yet and the best. I would love to have tasted it immediately after bottling. Modestly sweet pils malt is present in a 'just right' amount. It sands the rough edges off the hops and gives them a smooth, rounded flavor without undercutting their semi-pungent bitterness.

In fact, as I drink, I'm becoming more and more impressed with the maltiness of this beer and how it both offsets and compliments the obviously intended focus: hops. Why doesn't Abita (with a name change of course) make this a year-round offering? Better yet, why don't they brew other styles along these same lines. I don't necessarily mean hoppier--although that would be good--but with this same degree of quality?

The mouthfeel is probably a fraction too full for aficionados of the style. I like it just fine however. All those bubbles give the lush, light creaminess of the beer the same sort of energy and vitality as they gave to the appearance. No let down here; not even close.

Abita 20th Anniversary Pilsner shows me what these guys can do if they put their minds to it. It's a fantastic beer from a brewery that, I'm sorry to say, hasn't made a habit of brewing fantastic beer. I'm glad to see that they're doing well after Katrina and I look forward to drinking whatever they come up with for their 25th Anniversary and beyond.

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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 ejimhof
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into pils glass:

Pours light golden yellow with a 1-finger+ head that slowly descends to a thin cover.

Smell is floral with slight citrus notes. Not really what I was expecting, but it's nice.

The taste is floral with some citrus. A solid sweet, grainy malt backbone makes this well-balanced. A nice hop character with good malt support. Crisp, clean, fresh and refreshing.

The body is appropriately light. Light, but not watery. Just dry enough. Nice carbonation level.

Smooth, refreshing and tasty - What's not drinkable about this? If you want a good, balanced pils, this is a good choice. Wish that this were a regular offering.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Csims

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice small one-finger plus white head which leaves quickly, some nice little islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is sweet, hoppy, malty, with some nice grapefruit scent. The taste is hoppy, a little malty, slight citrusy flavor, with a nice slight bitter dry finish. Light-Medium body. Very drinkable, a very nice session brew for the summer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear pale yellow color with a thcik 2" head that lingers a while.

Smell: citrus and a bit of hop bitterness is detectable.

Taste: mild grainy malt level with some nice lemon citrus, a bit of spiciness, nice bitterness, and a touch of yeast. Well balanced and flavorful.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Short aftertaste with the citrus dominating. Finish is a bit dry too.

Drinkability: very nice, one of the better Abita beers I have had over the years. Cool bottle art too. Try some of this before its gone.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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 WesWes
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent along with a wonderful hop aroma. The hops smell very fresh. The taste is good also. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down bitter and finishes bitter. The hops are quite outstanding and the malt bill adds excellent balance and mouthfeel. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This has to be one of the best beers I've had from Abita.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light straw hue with a one finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nice peppery hop aroma accompanied by a nice soft malt.

The taste was a well balanced peppery hop and soft grain experience. Good citrusy hop aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was full and finished dry.

Overall a very nice pils. A good hoppy and quaffable session beer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a pure white head that leaves some nice lacing. Smell is nice soft hops and yeast with very Czech profile. The taste is very soft -too soft. There are some hop flavors, but everything is a little muted. There is a late hit of some yeasty flavors that are pretty interesting. Even so, this is one of the better offerings I've had from this brewery. The mouthfeel is a little thin and light, but reasonably refreshing. Pretty drinkable, but needs to be one level crisper and with more flavor to be great.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by date December 2006, Sampled September 2006
Pours with a frothy, three finger thick, pale, pale tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear gold color with a touch of visible carbonation. Oooh, the aroma is a nice solid hit of hops. Spicy hop notes and zesty lemon combine to give this beer a pronounced hop nose. Underneath this hop character a touch of sweet malt / grain peeks through. The hops are a combination of lemon zest, hay, fresh cut herbs and something I can only describe as hop reek. Certainly not as dank as many a double IPA, but the hop aroma on this beer will give an IPA a run for its money (though this is certainly not hopped with your standard citrusy American hop variety like most IPAs).

Dry, and smooth up front, this beer quickly picks up a nice biting hoppiness as you move through to the finish. Light on the palate, with a medium level of carbonation that adds a bit of zippiness. As the beer warms a bit a lightly sweet clean malt note becomes noticeable, this beers stays hop focused of course, but this provides a bit of balance to the hops. The finish of this beer is quite smooth, while bitter, it is not astringent and a nice lightly toasted grain character lingers on as well in the finish. During a sip, notes of lemon, basil, and pungent grassy notes dance across my tongue. It still has that certain dank hop character to it, though it is not as pungent as in the aroma.

The aroma on this beer is just superb, the taste does not quite live up to this standard, yet it is far from shabby. Light and refreshing, yet with a full, pungent aroma and flavor, I am really digging this brew. Easily the best beer by far that I have had from Abita.

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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 harpus
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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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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 hopdog
3.22/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a lighter to medium (with a slight haze) golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of grass, grains, floral and light citrus. Tastes follow although on the weaker and somewhat watery side with somewhat of a honey sweetness to it. Thin body.

Notes from and tasted on 3/19/07.

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Photo of Brent
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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 brewdlyhooked13
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a slight chill haze to this straw-colored beer. A minimal head manages to sustain a bare cover. Stray dotted lace, a decent start.

Aroma - delicate Saaz aroma, some light citrus, and faint grain.

Taste - good citrus and robust hop flavor, very hearty. The swallow shows a good grain/hop balance. The aftertaste is dry, showing off classic German pilsner style.

Mouthfeel - crisp and light, but with enough body to complement the flavor.

Drinkability - a great warm weather brew and accompaniment to deli food.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brand new in the Dallas area, 12 oz bottle. Pours a bright, clear gold with good head retention and many fine streaming bubbles. Hard to pick up any aroma out of the beer, though. Maybe a faint hoppiness. Taste is classic pilsner though, with crisp, crackery malt and lots of bitterness, tending perhaps a bit more resiny than floral, but still appropriate. Finish is dry and clean. Light bodied, spritzy.

A good, solid beer (apart from lack of Aroma). Most of Abita's beers don't stand out, but this is quite a good effort. Worth buying more of.

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