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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 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 TexIndy
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
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 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 granite
2.26/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz stubby poured into a pilsner glass.

A---Very hazy. Golden hued with a thin white head

S---Metallic and yeasty fading to phenols. Not what I would expect a pilsner to smell like.

T---Bone dry and watery malt up front then higher alcohols in the finish.


D---This was a less then average pilsner with a lot of off flavors and I could not finish it. I acquired it in a trade so I have no idea how old or how it was treated before I got it.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to pugman for sending this beer my way. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a shaker glass. Appears a hazy, pale golden yellow color with about two fingers of dense, tight white foam that fades within a minute or two. Minimal lacing left on the glass with each sip. Smells of dried apricot, biscuits and mild tropical fruits. Tastes of peppery orange and lemon rind, pineapple, and earthy, pleasantly bitter hops. Finish is dry, crisp and bitter. Very smooth with medium to moderate carbonation. I've never been super impressed with Abita in the past, but this beer has changed my mind. Recommended. Give this one a try while it's still around.

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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 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 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 aforbes10
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to shivtim for bringing this to our recent beer club. poured clear and yellow/orange and bubbly. offervescent piney hop and light malt odor. Taste is crisp and smooth with nice soft hops well incorporated into the light pils taste. And easy drinking, slightly hoppy beer that does old Abita proud.

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Photo of shivtim
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up while visiting New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl.
Pours a clearish yellow/range with a small white head. Nose is hops, citrus, and yeast, with a little sweetness. Taste is orange peel and hops, with some piney goodness, and more gentle hops on the finish. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both great. Nice brew; it seems like a cross of a Belgian wit with an APA.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I’m not a big fan of either Pilsener beers or the Abita line, but this was a pleasant surprise. Poured into a pilsner glass to a well-carbonated golden color, with medium white that lingered well and left good lacing for most of the drink. Aroma was citrus fruits, mostly oranges and grapefruits, with hints of hops and some spices. Taste followed suit exactly, and made me think I was drinking more of a wheat beer or pale ale than a pilsner. Finish was slightly bitter, yet refreshing. Not a bad beer at all from Abita.

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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 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 tbone53
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the sixth and final beer of the abita party pack.this is by far the best one.as i have found with abita theres not much head and what there is doesnt last. the taste is great i liked the hoppy taste.clear golden color.this is one i will buy again.good call.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 treehugger02010
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this 12 ounze 20th Anniversary Pilsner from the Abita Party Pack and poured into a pint glass. It poured a nice dark yellow and cloudy cloror as well. There was about a half finger of head. There wasn't a ton of lace, but there was a noticeable amount. The smell was nice and sweet. The mouthfeel left something to be desired, it was a bit harsh, almost as if it was a colder temperature that it should be, but at the same time, it was stored at the same temperature as the rest of the brews and they didn't give me the same feeling. The tste was a great bitter and well blended. A wonderful anniversary brew. Don't drink and review.

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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 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 BeerSox
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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 BeerIsland
4.07/5  rDev +1%
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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20th Anniversary Pilsner from Abita Brewing Co.
4.03 out of 5 based on 92 ratings.
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