Hoppy Pilsner (Girl Skateboard)
Saint Archer Brewing Co.

Hoppy Pilsner (Girl Skateboard)Hoppy Pilsner (Girl Skateboard)
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Saint Archer Brewing Co.
California, United States
Pilsner - German
3.75 | pDev: 10.4%
Aug 06, 2017
Sep 04, 2014
Very Good
Hoppy Pilsner (Girl Skateboard)Hoppy Pilsner (Girl Skateboard)
Notes: Collaboration beer with The Girl Skateboard Company
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2.53/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3
by illy44 from California

I like SA blonde and the white. The "hoppy" pilsner is true to its name. It's hoppy. Even advertised as a "German style pilsner" and the use of german hops I never had a Pilsner in Germany like this one ...

True to its name it is what it is. If you like IPA, this beer is for you. If you want a good Pilsner try the Weihenstephaner.


Aug 06, 2017
3.88 by Stillyman11 from California on Jul 30, 2016
2.29 by caplone from California on Oct 25, 2015
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3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BucannonXC5 from California

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Karl Struass pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.67
Purchased: Aug. 14, 2015
Consumed: Aug. 19, 2015
Misc.: Collab with Girl Skateboards

Poured a golden, yellow, clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of frothy, white head. Good amount of good-looking bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. A few spots of spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Very good retention on the top. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled honey, corn, cereal, sourdough bread, grass and wheat. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted pretty good, a lot like the nose. Got cereal, mainly Cheerios, then Kix and Corn Pops. Also bread, grass, grain, plain crackers and light honey wheat. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt, watery finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was an above average pilsner. I could have gone a lot of different ways on this one, but settled with the ratings I settled with. Did not taste the hoppy part though. (Overall - 3.75)

3.83 | 86 | B+

Aug 21, 2015
4 by SierraJosh from California on Apr 02, 2015
3.72 by beardsonbrews from Virginia on Feb 21, 2015
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3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Treyliff from West Virginia

Canned 9/28/14, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a pale straw color with a dense two-finger foamy and rocky white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some sticky lace behind

S- spicy herbal and floral hop aroma with toasted pilsener malt, crackers, clean overall

T- light lemon tartness up front is quickly followed by some spicy floral hop notes and a hint of citrus. Clean toasted malt adds some balance and continues into the toasted finish

M- medium-light body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry crisp finish

O- high drinkability and plenty of flavor, enjoyable pils

Feb 04, 2015
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by silverevo9 from California

Very tasty pilsner. Looking forward to this after work. This pils has a lot of quality. Nice hops, with a smell of sweet grass and lemon up front. Very clean feel and taste to this beer. Well done malt backbone. Too bad this is limited. Worth making year round. Head on beer is nice but dissipates. Lacing is great. Taste is fantastic. Kudos on the attempt of this beer. Almost has that sticky resinous quality to it. Hey man, i'm a believer, this beer is good!

Feb 02, 2015
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4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by breadwinner from California

Super fresh grassy hops, gives you that bracing/brisk herbal rush at first whiff, tasty too, maybe could use a little more malt backing but that's picking nits -- this is a winner.

Jan 19, 2015
3.69 by jakecattleco from California on Jan 07, 2015
4.22 by MattSlem from California on Dec 23, 2014
3.85 by sd123 from Georgia on Dec 09, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
by Fatehunter from Oregon

Pours two fingers of head on a clear light straw body.
The aroma is clean grains and a little lemon.
The taste has a good lemon bitterness to it with the slightly metallic bitterness of a pils in the middle to end.
The texture is crisp.

Dec 05, 2014
3.75 by DaveHack from Pennsylvania on Nov 29, 2014
3.75 by thatoneguymike from Georgia on Nov 13, 2014
3.75 by jstout26 from North Carolina on Nov 13, 2014
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3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by DoubleJ from Wisconsin

Saint Archer is now going into lagers with.....Girl Skateboards?!? Perhaps it's fitting, because Saint Archer was founded "on a unique strain of talent: world-class brewers, artists and musicians, surfers, skateboarders, and snowboarders". Still, how does a skateboard company play a role in determining what type of malt is used, when to steep the hops, and what yeast to use. Perhaps I should worry later and drink now. From a 12 ounce can, on to the beer:

A large soapy head rests on top a washed out golden color of beer. Many visible bubbles rise from bottom to top of the liquid while the head dissipates into a patchy lace. A likeable aroma hits the nose: fresh cut grass, noble hops, honeysuckle. I'm ready to go.

This is much grassier than I would have expected. Maybe a wee on the overload, but I like it. Big hay and grass notes make a lethal one-two punch of flavors in this pilsner. A little bitter and flowery are the hops. Tiny tweeks could take this pilsner next level, but as far as staying true to style and character, Saint Archer and Girl Skateboards have done justice to the style, plus a little. Well done!

Nov 07, 2014
3.95 by johlac66 from California on Oct 30, 2014
3.75 by largadeer from California on Oct 30, 2014
4.32 by thebarkley from Texas on Oct 28, 2014
3.1 by pkalix from California on Oct 25, 2014
3.74 by MacQ32 from South Carolina on Oct 23, 2014
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
by TATTSNSNAPBACKS from California

This was a tasty beer. Not as tasty as a Stella, but I'd put it in the same category as a beer like that. Gave it a try being that it was a limited release collaboration with Girl Skateboards. I bought 2 six packs and enjoyed them all

Oct 20, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by HopHead84 from California


Can poured into a snifter. When I was a young lad, I used to ride Girl and Chocolate skateboards exclusively. I don't recall what I liked about them, but at some point I decided I thought they were the best. The years have taken a toll on my knees, and I'm carrying quite a few more advocacy pounds these days, but I still am slightly proud that I can still land a front side flip. I might break my ankle trying, but I'm positive I could land it and ride away. I have no idea what this beer has to do with Girl Skateboards or how it's a collaboration with them, but it's kind of cool to see the logo again, and it brings back memories of healthier, more athletic days of spraining wrists and breaking bones.

The beer is transparent yellow gold with perfect clarity and a billowing white cap of froth that stays around for a long time. Lacing is extreme.

The aroma is clean and hoppy, boasting an expressive spicy noble hop bouquet and evident Pils malt. The flavor is crisp with a firm upper medium bitterness with some grassiness. There's a hint of grainy sweetness. The finish is dry with lingering bitterness. The beer is crisp, clean, and dry, with a high level of carbonation.

An enjoyable German Pils that I would like to see them turn into a consistent offering.

Oct 20, 2014
3.5 by vermilcj from Ohio on Oct 17, 2014
3.75 by SoCalBeerIdiot from California on Oct 15, 2014
3.5 by riotontheroad from California on Oct 08, 2014
3.5 by st9647v3 from New Jersey on Oct 07, 2014
3.75 by notchucknorris from California on Oct 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%
by GeoChase90 from California

12 oz can into a pint glass

pours a nice, clear, golden straw color with a 1 inch white head. Moderate retention.

Nose is full of hop bitterness, light bready malt. Smells clean.

Taste is wheaty and hoppy. Very clean and dry. Pretty bitter for a pils but quite refreshing. A nice take on the style.

I've felt pretty whatever about all the Saint Archer beers I've had up until this one. They've been decent brews but pretty one dimensional and boring. This one was better. Great for a hot afternoon. Weird that they would collaborate with a skateboard company. I wonder what Girl's input on this beer was. I would buy this beer again.

Oct 06, 2014
3.52 by JC333 from New York on Oct 05, 2014
3.72 by dangelop from New York on Oct 05, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by mactrail from Washington

Golden color with a nice foam filling up the tall Peroni Lager glass. Lemony and crisp with a pleasant malt undertone.

This is my favorite of the St. Archer mystery brews. Light and tangy with a modest alcohol content. It would be interesting to blind taste this with other Pilsners, but I think it would do well.

For Drinkability, I give it a good score but not tops due to the slight excess of bitterness for the light weight. For you, that may be a plus. From the 12 oz can purchased at Bottlecraft in North Park.

Oct 04, 2014
3.75 by GRG1313 from California on Sep 29, 2014
4 by Bnoise11 from California on Sep 28, 2014
3.75 by Lucnifter from California on Sep 28, 2014
3.7 by rudeone from California on Sep 26, 2014
Hoppy Pilsner (Girl Skateboard) from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 54 ratings