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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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Reviews: 86 | Ratings: 92
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 IntriqKen
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 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 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 nouseforotacon
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to BigLove for sending this one from LA. :)

Loud, vibrant pour leaving a tiny foam head that sticks to the glass. Body is slightly cloudy, deep yellow-orange haze.

Floral dominated aroma, malty/bready and creamy smelling, also, some interesting spice aromas in there that I can't quite identify. Fragrant and pleasant.

Bitter, floral hops dominate on the tongue, oranges. Smooth and creamy with a butterscotch twang. Malts taste a touch roasted, at least for me. Light body is wonderfully disguised by the malts and hops. A bit grassy tasting, but this one is great for its style.

Quaffable, enjoyable, and recommended.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beads! When there are leftover beads of beer that form on the top of the pour, time after time this tells of a great beer. Hops, Hops and more hops in the smell, fruity, and appetizing. Slight bubble gum note. Each time I smell this, I want to sip it. Poured with no head, small lace, mild carbonation, a little darker than the golden beer, and those beer beads...

Mouth sour and bites a bit from hops central, sweet aftertaste and just a hint of rusty water at the end which detracts. Dry profile, yes, this is a pilsner.

Taste is all hops and great hops they are. Not overpowering, as the wheat jams itself in. That's about it. This is as good as any pilsner I get at a microbrew and true to style. This is the beer I usually start with in a sampler.

Another great golden beer with all the hops to make hopheads happy.

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Photo of
3.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. Poured a clear, pale yellow, with a medium white head. Pine and grass for hops, malt quite mild. Kinda reminded me of bread prior to cooking. Flavor was hops first, more of a lemon citrus flavor. Malt played second fiddle, without any real distinguishing characteristics other than some slight sweetness in the aftertaste. The hops lingered in the finish and hooked up with a little pepper. This was a light and crisp beer with medium carbonation. It was a little drying, but that just made it easy to keep drinking. A great session beer, very refreshing.

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Photo of riversider76
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy golden. Thin white head, not much retention. good lacing. Smell is of grassy, piney hops, with a hint of lemon spice. Body is medium, and carbonated. Taste is hoppy, and spicy,with a little kick to the finish. Not my favorite style, but good for what it is.

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

12oz, best if consumed before 11 23
Pours a very light, clear gold. Thin head of white bubbles. Aroma is nice and hoppy. Spicy and clean, with just a touch of sweetness. Taste is more spicy hops with just enough malt in the backbone. Dry and bitter but clean in the aftertaste. Usually, I find sweetness, then hops, then bitterness in most beers. This one seems to break the mold. Hops, then sweetness, with a clean bitter aftertaste. I like this more and more as I drink it. Great summer beer. Light and refreshing, yet still interesting.

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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 Gritsak
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- orange/copper body with a nice white head that light blankets the surface.

S- slight fruit hints (apriot), floral hop presence.

T- initial taste is a nice balanced malty flavor, which is followed by a very clean floral hop finish. Overall extrememely balanced, but with a nice bite at the finish.

M- solid medium body and good carbonation.

D- extremely easy to drink, goes down as easy as anything ive had.

overall- Suprisingly (to me) this is an excellent beer. Its great balance makes it easy and refreshing to drink, while the hop bite at the finish keeps things interesting. Ill be picking up another 6 or 12 of these while i still can.

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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 GPHarris
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a two fingers thick pillowy head into a weizen glass. the head is a nice white color and long-lasting. the color is a very clear golden color.
s - pleasant aroma immediately upon opening. nice floral scent.
t - sweet and syrupy taste.
m - crisp brew with a smooth aftertaste that really coats the tongue.
d - good carbonation with a lot of lacing throughout. a pleasant surprise and i'll have to go back to the store to pick up what's left just in case i don't see it again. this is a pleasant surprise from abita because most of their specialties (i.e. restoration ale) have been a little bland.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bottle Inspection: “Best if consumed before” 12 and 20 notched on the label, sampled on 8 and 27 (given it’s an anniversary beer, I can’t really get after them for not putting the year). Nice “folksy” art on the front and story on the back, but no technical info (abv. etc.)

Aroma: Slightly perfumed hop and citric notes. Hops run peppery (Saaz?) and the citric notes are light orange peel.

Appearance: Perfectly transparent shiny gold glass with a very respectable half finger of tight white head that gave curtains of lace.

Flavor: Full bittering hop and well balanced by a cracker malt. The flavors blend well and while the hops are on the bittering end, they don’t burn or become overbearing in any way and there is a nice lemon rind twist in the finish. A well put together beer!

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a bit heavy, on the edge of foamy, but given the light body the overall impression is almost “airy”.

Overall Impression: Frankly, I wasn’t expecting much. Abita is a fair brewery that I’m fond of for sentimental reasons (as many Mardi Gras veterans are), but this is a well crafted brew. Happy 20th Abita! Here’s to the next 20; Cheers!

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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 goochpunch
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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 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 barefootbrewer
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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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Photo of jettjon
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz. bottle, pours into the pilsner a nice hazy color with few bubbles. Head is thick, pillowy, and solid, fading slowly and leaving plenty of lacing. Nose of strong, bready yeast and some pretty solid hops evident. Slight citrus scent. Taste is… well, pretty durn good. Nice balanced hops flavor dominates. Probably the most hopped up Abita I’ve had, which in my experience are not hop-dominant at all. Still, the key here is balance. Hops up front, balanced against plain malt, fading away into a nice bitter hops finish. Mouthfeel is shy of water but not creamy, either. I’d describe it as “semi-substantial.” About max density for a pils in my mind. Good feel on the tongue. Drinkability is damn good. This is a good tasting, well balanced beer that goes down easy.

Overall: Definitely one of the top two Abita offerings I’ve tried, and a good pilsner overall. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of dherling
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gold color with a white head that leaves a bit of lacing; what one would expect from a pilsner.
The odor is not so expected. Big, nose tickling hop aroma, piney hops at that, with a good dose of lemongrass. Way fragrant for the style; makes me think of an IPA.
Flavors aren't as striking as the aroma but they're good. English IPA like in profile; grainy hop flavors. Mouthfeel also testifies to that; has a long, oily piney hop finish. This could stand to be a lot more bubbly as a pils but all in all it's a wash.
The drinkability is at the very least reasonable. Not quite the guzzler as some pilsners are, this being as bold and meaty as it is, but it's easily worth a revisit. It crosses some boundaries. It's a well made brew.

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Photo of Phatz
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice dry Czech Pilsner

Appearance: Pours clear gold with a large 3 finger head in my pilsner glass.

Smell: I live in farm country and this beer smells like hay stack to me. mmm. I like it. Also a touch of floral hop in the otherwise very clean nose.

Taste: Strong grain flavor. light pale malts and a decent floral character. For a pilsner there is a decent amount of herbal flavors and grassy hops in this one. The surprise is how clean and dry the beer is. The finish and aftertaste leave you with lip-smacking spicy bitter that is tasty and refreshing. Still, it is typical in the straightforward cracker-like flavor.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated crisp and refreshing. Light body.

Drinkability: This is a drinking beer. On a hot day put a 6er of these in a bucket of is and lay out under the tree. Don't plan on this one for your next tasting with beer geeks though.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an attractive bright gold with a solid white fluffy head. Aroma is light and grainy with a mere touch of Saaz.

Taste is lightly toasted pale malt, fresh and nutty. Some biting hops, fairly distinct Saaz (not too heavy), a very slight floral/herbal element.. Finish is bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel is light and airy, leaves the palate very clean. Extremely quaffable and thirst-quenching. Wish this were a year-round addition to their portfolio.

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20th Anniversary Pilsner from Abita Brewing Co.
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