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20th Anniversary Pilsner | Abita Brewing Co.

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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 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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Photo of jettjon
4/5  rDev 0%
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 +3.8%
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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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +1.3%
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 +3.3%
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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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 kosmoraios
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly nice pils from Abita.

Pours a clean, clear straw color into my pint glass with a nice 1-finger head that disspates in about 90-120 seconds into some moderate lacing. Carbonation bubbles are evident in the glass.

Aroma is of crisp malts, Czech (Saaz?) hops, and a slight red apple untertone.

Taste is light, biscuitty malt, not too sweet, with a nice balance of hops. The hops add just the right touch of bitternes to this pils. There is a wee bit of a fruity (green grapes, maybe? Apples?) tinge to it, not unpleasant at all. A bit more complex as the ale warms, the malt comes out a bit stronger.

Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated, and refreshing. Goes down smooth. Very drinkable in hot weather, or really any time you're in the mood for something on the lighter side. An enjoyable offering from Abita, and I usually don't care for most of their product. All in all, a good ale, and a good session beer.

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Photo of mcallister
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Genuine pils look too the tee. Hay colored liquid with good carbonation. A pure white head dissipates quickly leaving behind some thick yet spotty lace.

Smells of barley, and malt with hints of apple and lemon. Some hop prescence in the nose as well as the refreshing smell of carbonation.

Taste nearly identical to the nose. Although somewhat thin in both taste and the crisp carbonated mouthfeel. Malty but not overly so with good amounts of earthy barley. Some lemon as well.

You could honestly drink this all day but I'd rather move to something with a little more flavor.

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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 allengarvin
3.96/5  rDev -1%
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 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 RonfromJersey
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Enola
2.73/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured with a creamy head. There is some lacing in the glass. The color is a golden straw. There is a slight hop aroma. The taste bitter. A bad bitter. Not a smooth bitter, rather an overpowering unbearable bitter. The mouthfeel is so-so. As far as drinkability goes, I would probably skip this beer next time.

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

This beer is worthy of being the 20th anniversary beer of abita. It its gold straw in color with a nice white head that shows excellent lacing. Smells of nice hop bitterness, citrus, with a slightly herbal kick. Taste is light bodied with a an explosion of well balanced hop flavor. The grassy/ herbal flavor give this beer some sort of twist which all in all is excellent. The coating of this beer is perfect for a pilsener and perfect for the summer months ahead. I wish this beer was made all round and im really glad i bought a 6er instead of a single. Well done.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
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 acrawf6
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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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20th Anniversary Pilsner from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 92 ratings
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