Shadowclock Pilsner
Burial Beer Co.

Shadowclock PilsnerShadowclock Pilsner
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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #34
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,476
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 7.65%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
116
From:
Burial Beer Co.
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  15
SCORE
87
Very Good
Shadowclock PilsnerShadowclock Pilsner
Notes: Time. Its story is often lost in the depiction of its result. Basking in the rays of the sun, the clock casts a new shadow and ushers in refreshing new life. What was once here has cured, transformed and grown fuller. And the story of its emergence is paved with untold patience. The Pilsner is the almighty gift of time. Never filtered, the presence of hops provide an aroma suggestive of wildflower, honey and lemon. Keep your palate clean, revel in your beverage.
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nick_perry from North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow color, foamy white head, with a lot of rising bubbles. Light and smooth mouthfeel. Faint floral notes. Hint of corn. Pretty mellow, though, not a lot to it. I'm just not getting the honey and lemon that others are getting.

Tuesday at 11:17 PM
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VABA from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light clear golden color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has wildflower, honey and lemon hints
The taste follows the nose with a pleasant wildflower, honey and lemon flavor
A light bodied very well carbonated beer
A good Pilsner

May 17, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drinking this at Tapped a local tap house, on tap poured into a a Duvel glass
Appears clear, golden, white head dropped quickly, nice lacing.
Smells floral, lightly bready.
Taste follows the nose, clean dry finish Mouth feel is medium- for the style.
Overall a solid Pilsner.

Jan 16, 2020
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metter98 from New York

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is a little hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head that left a wide collar around the edge of the glass and a patch of bubbles on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of wildflower honey are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of wildflower honey. Neither sweetness nor bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked the smell and taste of the wildflower honey in this lager

Serving type: can

Nov 14, 2019
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bubseymour from Maryland

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Kinda disappointed as I bought this at one of the most reputable bottle shops in Wilmington NC and date on bottom said March 2019. So I need to reserve judgement on this beer some, but flavors seem a little off and probably due to the age. Still very drinkable but just a little off tasting for a pilsner.

Aug 08, 2019
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The unfiltered lightly hazy amber colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” dense fluffy white head that slowly recedes to a cap and then to an irregular island of foam on the surface while leaving a web of lacing and rings of foam on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates two arches and lots of small patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas include some crackery malt, some corn and some floral, herbal, and grassy hops with a bit of lemon.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the crackery malt and some corn backed up with floral, herbal, spicy, lemony and grassy hops. The crackery malt and corn bring some honey-like malt sweetness that is a bit more forward but in a reasonably nice balance with the light hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied clean and slightly crisp with moderate persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the honey-like crackery malt and corn sweetness begin to fade, as do some of the hop flavors. The light herbal, grassy and slightly spicy hop bitterness persist for fairly long time in the semi-dry ending in the back of the palate.

Overall this beer is a darker golden color than expected but is both a drinkable and reasonably enjoyable beer that I could easily have more than one in an evening. The balance of character and the hops is reasonably nice and enhanced by the clean finish. However I disagree that is fits best in the German Pilsner style given the corn. Also it seems a bit more like a Bohemian Pilsner based on it’s color.

Jun 02, 2019
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JimKal from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a cloudy yellow with a nice head that leaves some nice lacing on the drink down.
S: My standard rating on aroma. I never pick up the fine notes that so many can find.
T: For me this is where this beer shines. I first had it on tap at the Burial location in Raleigh and sought it out when I got back to Greensboro. On my third purchase of the 16 oz. cans in 4 packs.
F: Very good mouthfeel for a lager.
O: This has become my warm weather go to. Everything else is staying in the fridge.

May 17, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale and clear golden straw color with a modest head that quickly dissipates. A wispy thin lacing throughout.
Aroma opens up earthy with notes of hay, grass and toasted malts. Bready sweetness develops, as does tones of citrusy lemon and floral hops.
Toasted malt taste with a dry palate. There is a bright lightly lemony hops quality throughout that adds a light tartness that slightly predominates. The bitterness is low, however, there are flavors of grassy hops and a peppery spice in the middle palate.
Medium bodied, rather full for a Pils. Crisp and clean with strong carbonation and mineral water quality. The finish is dry and lightly chalky.
Decent Pilsner overall.

Oct 22, 2018
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bearing the best can art I've seen in quite a while, this pilsner from Burial stands poised to impress me with the beer contained within said can as well! The label says it is brewed with German barley as well as American corn, then dry-hopped with Saphir and Tettnanger hops. Sounds delicious!

Pours a straw yellow color that seems to take on a light-medium amber hue when held up to light. Frothy head and some lace splotches show up after a few minutes sitting in my glass. This beer is completely unfiltered, lending to the body an indomitable haze, though there is some visible carbonation streaming upward if I really look for it.

The nose here is honeyed malt, light herbal qualities, crackery graininess and some floral and spicy elements, all marrying together in a very balanced and well-blended way. I really like how surprisingly hoppy this smells, even though it's a few months old now. Seems to really hold up through time; probably the fact that it's a lager and very cleanly fermented, I assume, but it's still nice to experience. Almost has a kellerbier-like yeasty/doughy aspect going on, too. Very nice nose!

The flavor profile is similarly well-balanced with the grains coming to the forefront, lending snappiness and crackery depth to the proceedings. Dense hoppy flavors ranging from earthy and floral notes to light citrusy, rind-like character bring out some unique interest as well. I can, however, tell this would probably be a little better fresher, as the hops are definitely on track to really fade away if I had waited any longer to crack this bad boy. Definite yeast presence on the tongue, as the mid-palate feels rather heavy bodied, though the beer retains a high refreshment factor due to the use of corn in the grist. Without that, this likely would feel a bit too heady, but the finish has a drier aspect that rounds everything out. The carbonation here is not super expressive, but it also doesn't have to be, as the taste carries the entire beer pretty far on its own merits without the need for intense effervescence.

As with most pilsners, there is a delicate dance going on here where any aspect that is not in equilibrium with the rest will be felt pretty apparently. Burial clearly knows this, luckily, and this comes across as a very refined and flavorful drinking experience! It definitely feels more like an Americanized "keller pilsner" at times, with the dry-hop and unfiltered nature taken into account, but I'm happy to say I wouldn't have it any other way! I would gladly drink more of these, and would love to try it a bit fresher somewhere down the line to see if the hops pop more.

Aug 18, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Large, lumpy three-finger eggshell white head. It recedes slowly leaving a fine lattice of minute bubbles. The liquid is dirty gold, darker than expected, with a mild chill haze.

Pale pilsner graininess to the nose. Light to no hop aroma. I get the slightest of sourness in the background.

Lots of pale malt flavor. Here, the hop does come through briefly in the swallow while the aftertaste draws out the aforementioned sourness. (I think this might come from the corn in the mash.) Quite rich for a pilsner, especially with an adjunct, with below norm carbonation. Overall, it's a pleasant beer that strays ever so slightly from the style.

Jul 22, 2018
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Apellonious from North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a pint glass, a clear golden orange with a one finger fluffy white head. Aroma is mainly grains/bread, some herbal hop notes and a slight lemon zest. The taste is similar, very light and crisp. The mouthfeel is medium light, with a medium low amount of carbonation, making it somewhat smooth. Digging this Pilsner, will be a repeat purchase.

Jul 07, 2018
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 5/3/18. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with some haze to it with lots of bubbles racing upwards; fluffy white head that slowly falls leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have hints of lemon along with some crackers and bread. Lots of grains along with some malts. It smells like your typical pilsener, more or less. The flavors basically follow the nose. The flavors are clean, crisp and refreshing. Lots of fresh grass along with some floral notes. Moderate to low bitterness. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the fuller side of light-bodied with active carbonation. It's fluffy, sturdy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a good pilsener. It's a nice, classic and traditional example of the style. It's not flashy or hopped up. Once again, it's clean, crisp and refreshing. The craftsmanship is on point. Well done.

Jun 11, 2018
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

16 oz. can. A little bit hazy golden yellow body. Smells of some light cracker malt with some herbal and floral hop notes. Taste has honey and some accompanying sweetness. Bright and floral with some herbal hops in the back end. Kinda missing any depth of malt flavor. Light body. Well-made, which is more than I can say for a lot of American Pilsners, but it's so light that it borders on bland.

Apr 19, 2018
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THANAT0PSIS from Wisconsin

3.09/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Burial Shadowclock Pilsner

A: Every self-respecting hyped brewery these days needs a lager, preferably a Pilsner, and Burial is no different. This one pours a pale, slightly cloudy brassy gold (not quite clear enough for the style). The snow-white head mounts to about two fingers but dissipates rather quickly. Lacing, strangely, is rather good. All told, the appearance is a mixed bag, and it fails at the most important: clarity. 2.75/5

A: Burial quickly rights this ship by providing rich bready character first and foremost. Honeyed pilsner malt is definitely the star of the show bringing crackers, bread crust, sugar cookie, and a subtle-yet-complex aroma of sweetness. Hops settle into that of a strong supporting role with bright lemon and plenty of spicy Noble aromatics to boot. This appears more Czech than German, though the addition of corn really makes it more of an American adjunct lager (though the corn does not come through in the aroma, thankfully). 4.25/5

T: To borrow a phrase (and beer name), "Nothing gold can stay." While there are really nice lemon, orange, and spicy hop notes (similar in tone to some Mandarina Bavaria hopped beers), and the honeyed bread comes across really nicely (emphasis on the honey), there is a far too prominent alcohol presence. No Pilsner should have any alcohol taste whatsoever, and at 5.5%, there is no call for it in this one. Maybe it is due to the corn adjunct, but whatever the cause, the result is very unfortunate. 3/5

M: Of course, the alcohol ruins the mouthfeel even more with a rather thin body, slight burn, and an unpleasant drying effect. Carbonation is quite low and soft in keeping with the Czech-influence, but this highlights the missteps and a serious lack of crispness, which may as well be a Pilsner cardinal sin. 2/5

O: Burial is not known for their lager game, and this beer is the answer to the question of why. This is not anywhere near the worst pilsner I have had from an American brewer, but it is definitely in the lower half. That does not mean it is unpleasant to drink, but it really is not that enjoyable either. It is not worth the high price that Burial's offerings command (admittedly this one is correctly priced cheaper), and there are just so many better Pilsners to be found from Americans and others. Pair with XXXTentacion's truly poor attempts at the darker side of rap, particularly "17." 2.5/5

Mar 10, 2018
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmm, dead rabbit corpse. Cool label, but not the most appetizing, lol.

Bright saturated gold with intermittent rising carb streams. Loose soapy suds that break up after the first couple sips, with minimal lacing. Aroma is mild, crackery with faint notes of flaked corn.
Vague noble hop bitterness, faint honey in the dry aftertaste.
Light bodied and clean, lower carb level, easy drinking.

Mar 01, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into lager glass, no can dating. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts the whole glass. Nice thick foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of lemon, cracker, corn, white bread dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, corn, white bread dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, cracker, corn, white bread dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Lightly increasing dryness from bitterness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.5%. Overall this is a delicious Czech pilsner. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink; with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Spot on style example, though it does have corn. Balanced pils malt/earthy hop flavors, with mellow balancing bitterness. A very enjoyable offering.

Jan 13, 2018
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold (an overt gold not yellow), with a frothy, three-finger head. Just right.
S: Comes off as clean and grainy, I do get the honey and lemon as well.
T: The honey comes through more in the taste than in the nose, merging well with a nice biscuity character, there are hints of spice here hinting at the noble hops (tettnanger specifically according to the can), but this is a very nice showcase of a noble hop that isn't saaz (though I do love saaz). I do get the floral character they mention as well, reminiscent of a wheat addition.
M: Strangely silky, (the feel of this beer seems to be accentuated by the floral character in the mouth) almost powdery and somewhat dry.
O: Overall this beer gives off the vibes of an expensive bar of soap, believe it or not in this case that is a compliment in this case, it's an excellent beer and one that I could see becoming a staple in my fridge. This was my first non-collaboration burial beer and I will be buying more from them, well done guys.

Jan 12, 2018
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MMOSNN from North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - opaque golden yellow with a huge white head and nice retention and lacing.
Smell - The aromas are subtle, but the malt character is strong in the form of crackers and a slightly musky grain smell. There are some notes of light floral hops in the background.
Taste - follows the nose and quite mild, but crisp and has a nice dry character.
Feel - medium body, high carbonation, and finishes dry.

Aug 11, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

so glad these guys are selling beer in colorado now. i have so much respect for what they do, right down to their label art and little blurbs on the cans. i have been so impressed with their beers, all of them, and this is more than just an ordinary pilsener. its a little hazy although still very bright, and holds a head in my pils glass thats several inches tall and pure white. it smells incredible, floral and spicy noble hops, fresher than they ever could be in an import, and a light crispy crackery lager yeast on top of fresh pale malt. its simple in essence, but we find here a beer with far more flavor than most of its peers. the hops must have been later or even dry hopped, as they have a bold aroma for a subtle varietal set, and i taste more of them than just bitterness, which makes this incredible already. there is also a lot of flavor to the grain and the yeast, still extremely light and delicate overall, but the ingredients just mesh together so well. its super dry and beautifully carbonated as well, too bad they are selling it as singles here, or i would heave cruised through a whole four pack with delight last night. absolutely loving the attention to detail these guys are giving, especially in their lighter stuff. this is excellent pilsener, way ahead of the craft pils curve, fresh and delicate and distinctive. gorgeous beer.

Jul 01, 2017
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Gavage from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with a one finger head.

Smell: light grain and hop presence.

Taste: grainy malt base with some cracker, grass, a hint of lemon, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light-medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout and very refreshing.

Overall: a very enjoyable pilsner that is very easy to drink and hits the spot on a hot day.

Jun 27, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazed gold with an airy white head.

Skunked aroma with floral hops behind. Lighter, sweeter taste, that otherwise follows the nose. Light bodied with heavy carbonation.

Below par for the style. 3/13/17 canned on date.

Jun 18, 2017
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dadplusbeer from New York

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this beer was really delightful. well balanced hops, malt, and yeast, all well harmonized. this is a perfect pilsner in my experience. my first beer from Burial and was very pleasantly impressed. highly recommend this as a go to easy drinking beer with flavor.

Apr 06, 2017
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 16oz can with a canned on date of 12.8.16

L - Golden with clarity, 1 finger of head and some minor lacing. Surprise..looks like a pilsner!

S - lemongrass, wheat, floral, pilsner malts. Pretty standard for the style

T - Crisp, wheat, german malts.

F - medium body and carbonation.

O - Good for the style

Mar 05, 2017
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shadowclock pours to a large, pebbly, off-white head on a clear, very effervescent pale-gold body; head retention is moderate and lacing consists of fair bands and ladders. The light-medium nose is a nice, balanced blend of sweetish cookie-dough malt and spicy, nobleish hop character with a more subtle yeast presence and hints of citrus and earthiness; slight alcohol overtones top things off. The palate follows the nose by-and-large, but is a bit more subdued overall; the yeast character is more prominent, and the malt shows in part as a light, lagery grain foundation while the hops have an additional herbal hint. Overall, Shadowclock is very well-balanced in terms of the malt and the hops; consequently, perceived bitterness is a good bit less than one would expect from a German-style pilsner. The finish is quite clean, showing just a bit of yeast and hop-spice; the linger is a very mild spicy/earthy bitterness that lasts for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is expectedly light and a bit watery, and is fairly astringent on the back end; the texture is slightly creamy and medium-peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (16 oz can, 40 days after pkg)

Jan 26, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours clear golden color thin white head not much lacing.

Aroma - Hints of bread and cracker, little grassy and little hay.

Taste - Boom clean crisp, little citrus and lemon some cracker and floral notes.

Feel - Light crisp clean well carbonated.

Overall - A very solid pilsener very light and great mild citrus bready flavors.

Jan 15, 2017
Shadowclock Pilsner from Burial Beer Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 116 ratings