Trillium Brewing Company

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #38
Ranked #13,849
3.95 | pDev: 7.59%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Notes: Our traditional Pilsner is the result of a continued, iterative focus on lager brewing. This fine-tuned, German-influenced recipe features classic lager yeast, a grain bill of primarily Bohemian floor-malted pilsner malt, plus Hallertau Magnum and Saaz hops and extended lagering in our horizontal tanks.

Pilsner pours a glimmering straw color with a fluffy white head. Aromas of whole grain bread crust and a touch of satisfying malt character hit the nose. These flavors follow on the palate, with a balanced sweetness and subtle, noble hop bite. A crisp finish keeps this medium bodied beer refreshing and easy to drink.

MALT: Pilsner, Melanoidin, Acid Malt

HOPS: Hallertau Magnum, Saaz
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 83 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2020-06-21 in Lititz, PA from a very fresh 16oz can

Aroma and flavors are bread, light citrus, blend of noble and American spice. Moderate bitterness leaning
more American than German. Smooth feel. Great head and lace.

Jun 21, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still celebrating my “Enkel” - German for Grandson

Canned 5.4.2020, opened 5.16.2020

16 oz can poured into an antique German Pilsner glass

Translucent golden yellow, big bubbles of carbonation crowned by a two finger thick, white, rich foamy crown with very good lacings, very good retention, reduces to a solid finger thick foam layer

Aroma is straw, grass, malts

Taste is malt with a crisp hit of hops

Crisp , hop nibble , medium, sudsing

Good beer

May 16, 2020
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hops_for_thought from New York

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can (no date) into a Teku

L: really beautiful straw gold, perfectly clear. Decent white head, lacing would be my primary knock. Looks great

S: flour, bread crust, some herbal/floral notes

T: a little let down here. wanted more to come through from the malt, well hopped but found the finish to be a skewed toward bitter

F: well carbonated, great mouthfeel, solid

O: hard as the look is fantastic and the feel is there, but the flavors just come up short. some more malt at the expense of pared back bitterness would make this a home run, but it's by no means bad

Mar 27, 2020
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AfricanPete14 from South Africa

3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Not a huge Pilsner guy but this was pretty good. I drank it from a very dented cab at the bottom of my fridge. Smelt like stale yeast. Tastes very smooth with a grainy cracker like taste followed by a light taste of citrusy and spicy pine hops. Finished very well.

Mar 10, 2020
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been drinking iterations of this Pilsner since it was tagged as a series of permutations quite some time ago. For me - the beer has evolved from a heavily hopped lager with an overwhelming taste of grass and hay to one that’s much more balanced by a foundational layer of malt.

Great looking brew - clear golden body capped by a head that’s as puffy as you want it to be.

Aroma is less grassy than it has been but still has a powerful presence. Biscuit, cracker, hay and dough mixed in.

The balanced bitterness is right up my alley - not soft of flabby, rather a complementary kiss of bitter hops awaits at the end of a sip.

Crisp, clean, grassy with a bitter kiss. Real nice.

Feb 17, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excited to see how these guys do Lager, especially after being blown away by their hoppy ales.

Pours a clear golden straw color. A moderate white foam head displays good retention as it dissipates to yield a frothy layer of film and lacing throughout the rest of the drink.

The aroma displays clean notes of Pilsner malt, bready and cracker like. The hops aroma is floral and surprisingly fruity and berry like and with a hint of citrus.

Medium to light bodied and crisp in the mouthfeel. Clean and delicate flavors of Pilsner malt provide moderate sweetness along with notes of lightly toasted bread and cracker. The hops flavors soon reveal themselves to provide spicy and earthy flavors with notes of lemon and grass. A clean but firm bitterness develops, and as the prickliness of the hops intensifies, the overall lively carbonation compliments it well. The finish is dry with notes of spicy and resinous hops.

I don’t understand why this isn’t rated higher. Style wise they pretty much got it on the money. Expertly crafted, delicately balanced and very refreshing.

Feb 09, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 12/23/19.

A - Bright, clear, vibrant light to medium gold color. Beautiful clarity, bright white frothy foam sticking on top, and moderate amounts of steady carbonation.

S - Crisp earthy citrus with light honey malt in the background.

T - Crisp honey malt base that's light in flavor character hits the tongue up front and immediately gets drowned out with earthy citrus and ending crisp with sharp bitterness that hits hard and fades fairly quick.

M - Big medium to heavy body with lots of carbonated pricklies hitting the tongue and finishing dry.

O - Why no love for this beer? It's pretty fantastic for the style, IMO. Nice job Trillium!

Feb 06, 2020
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Sheppard from Virginia

3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Oh this is a Germany Piilsner? That's great! That means...i can be hard on it!!! I want to be. It really isn't terrible. I mean, I'm sure it would be better than if Lord Hobo tried to produce a pils.

Dec 23, 2019
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 16oz can dated 10/24/19 into a pint glass. Pours a pale yellow with a finger of thin white head. Moderate to minimal retention, moderate lacing. Fairly strong bready smell. Quite honestly, it smells like beer (like from way back when there were only a few mass brew choices-reminds me of when I would catch a whiff of my dad's beer when I was growing up). Taste is fairly bitter with carbonation. The aftertaste sticks around for awhile. Fairly light mouthfeel. Overall, an "ok" brew from Trillium.

Dec 01, 2019
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argock from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

10/23/19 canned on date purchased from the brewery

Odd nutty note to the malt character that does fade with accommodate of cont'd consumption with moderate German noble hop bitterness.

Nov 25, 2019
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L - quite a sticky head for a pils. Immediately floofs out of the can and tries desperately to cling to any glass it can before the flood of crystal clear, golden maple syrup comes pouring in. If I didn't know any better, I'd say I'm drinking out of a Sam Adams laser-etched glass with the way all these teeny tiny bubbles keep on a-nucleatin'. This is a seriously good-looking beer.

S - ripe banana and doughy spices. Coriander, lemon candy, and white bread.

T - german malts, rye bread, and a touch of grapefruit peel spiciness. Thick, saturated white bread heaviness and spring water. Subtle sweetness that doesn't last long, as it is sandwiched between peppery prickles and nutty heartiness. Finishes with light florality and vanilla sweetness.

F - what even is this. A pilsner? Not an oat-filled DIPA? Such heft, such creaminess, such full juiciness... 4.7%? Color me fooled. One of Trillium's best mouthfeels I've felt in a long time. Deceptively rich and fluffy, but still manages superb drinkability.

O - crisp and clean, but at the same time layered in damp, doughy saturation. Wonderfully executed pilsner. Bravo.

Sep 20, 2019
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This German style pilsner is truly one of the most deeply flavored,balanced and nuanced pilsners I've had the pleasure to taste. Beautiful white foamy head sits atop a straw-colored pour. Deep grains fill the taste, with a nice Euro hop finish. Exquisite!

Aug 22, 2019
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Superb head which settles in a dome fashion eventually becoming frothy rim foam. Infrequent streaks of three-dimensional lace. The liquid is light gold with a mild chill haze.

A predominance of raw barley graininess to the nose on the initial whiff. The pilsner malt and noble hop smell is present but very much in the background.

The flavor has the hop bitterness come in quickly and finishes far more bitter than most (perhaps all) other pilsners. The malt tastes watered down, even though the body is appropriate. The carbonation runs high and has a "big bubble" feel, not the usual refined, smoother mouthfeel. The aftertaste is harsh for the style.

Aug 17, 2019
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep gold/yellow with fluffy white foamy head and sticky lacing.
N: Light biscuit, malt, and oats.
T: Crisp and clean cracker flavors with a very light malt hit, some grainy flavors.
M: Light and crisp with some soft dryness.
O: A very nice pils!

Aug 14, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can, willi becher glass. Clear golden body, two finger white head, good retention. Had to wait for it to calm down a little before I could pour the last 3-4 ounces out of the can. Plenty of lacing. Smell is biscuit, touch of honey, sweet grain, mild floral notes, a fair bit of pilsner malt. Mild floral and slightly herbal, fruity notes. Flavour follows, fairly clean but full flavoured malt and hop balance. Pilsner malt, a bit of crackery grain, floral, biscuit, mild herbal notes. Smooth flavours. Mouthfeel is medium lighter bodied, very drinkable. A bit more carbonation than expected, not as soft as I'd like- surprising given that their IPAs are on the softer side- and has a bit of a prickly carbonation to it. Overall solid pilsner, reasonably clean. Could do with a bit of softer carbonation.

Jun 28, 2019
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Blackrobe from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dated 6/6/19 on the bottom of the can, 3 weeks since brewing.

Pours a clear golden with three fingers of pillowy slightly off-white head. Nose of slightly spicy, deeply nutty bread, earthiness, florals and an ever so slight sour pear. Taste follows the nose with a focus of the deep nuttiness of this brew and more of a tart green apple than the pear I got in the aroma. Classic, old school hop bite, medium sweetness, light+ drying, medium- bitterness and a light++ body, close to medium. Great to see Trillium swinging at a classic style, perfect for the end of a hot summers day outdoors.

Jun 26, 2019
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It is a pretty beer, golden and clear, with a persistent cap and lots of small bubble lacing forming a full coat on the glass. Nose is lovely Pilsner funk, a floral hop hit with a touch of spiciness. Flavor opens with honey malt, closes with harsh bitterness. Feel is over-carbonated, but the finish is pretty clean. Overall, interesting but not completely successful.

Jun 09, 2019
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can. Clear golden body. Smells of herbal hops and bread. Small amounts of green apple. Tastes pretty aggressively hopped, but traditionally, as well. Grass and herbal notes. Some bready malts with a tinge of caramel, but no sweetness. Heftily bittered. Lingering hop bitterness. Medium bodied and quite flavorful. It's not shy on the hops, aromatic or bittering. Its malt profile is pretty dry with a tinge of a harshness in its finish. Enjoyable overall.

May 28, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can dated 3/15/19 from egrandfield poured into K Zildjian Glass.

Hazy straw color, with a stark white head of 3 fingers, receding to 2, and finally 1. Lots of lace left behind in webs.

Sharp, grassy, saaz-like aromas with hints of hay and flowers, slight manure.

Flavor opens fruity with some light apple, pear, and green grape notes, but quickly fade to soft white bread and then a wave of sharp grassy pine. Some green bean. Definite vegetal flavors. The last note lingers well beyond the finish.

Feel is crisp and creamy with good carbonation but leaves a bothersome resiny coating on the palate.

Overall, a good example of the style, but not personally what I look for in an approachable Pilsner. Maybe do some dry-hopping with it to bring more hop flavor and less grassiness.

Apr 17, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite the very reasonable price tag, this is definitely one of my least favorite offerings from Trillium thus far. It's drinkable, sure, but doesn't capture the same spirit of inventiveness that many of their offerings do. At the same time, it doesn't really evoke a classic German pilsner either


Apr 16, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a foggy golden-straw with a finger of dense, white foam. Head retention is good, as is lacing. Aroma is spicy, herbal, medicinal hops with nutty, bready malts behind. The is a little lactic twinge alongside dewy cardboard. Flavor profile is spicy, medicinal, herbal hops with bready, nutty, earthy malts. It maintains a flavorful, but slim dynamic. Mouth feel is effervescent and crisp with a medium-thin consistency. Overall, an okay lager. It tastes a little off via bitter malts.

Served in a red wine glass. Reviewed on phone.

Apr 15, 2019
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can. Pours slightly hazy with a decent head. Head is generous with lacing. Aroma is soft. Its not a super bright aroma. A bit earthy. Also some sweet grains. Flavor is of raw biscuit dough and honestly a bit of tobacco. Soft hoppiness in the nose and taste but it's oddly bitter. Definitely a unique take on the style. It starts to grow on you but. Really nice carbonation level. The odd bitterness lingers for a while but it's overall pretty drinkable. Smells and tastes a bit unfinished/raw.

Mar 16, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold in color with one inch head. Taste is white bread, grain, and earthy hops on the finish. Bitter, light bodied, dry, with high carbonation. Solid, but I do not like the really bitter finish. Is a bit sharper than I prefer in the style. Above average, but I prefer several others in the style.

Feb 20, 2019
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