Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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German Pilsner
Ranked #25
Ranked #8,930
4.06 | pDev: 8.62%
Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 48
Photo of Spellogue
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on draught at a Finger Lakes tapas bar.
Very pale and quite clear in the glass, light rim of foam hugging the top of the pint. Not much nose aside from a scent of saltines, relatively thin body, flavor is a faint rosy-floral, vaguely vegetal umami on the front end. You’re thinking, “curious, but not much of a beer here.”
Then the mid notes and beautiful finish kick in like a Miles Davis antiphon. Complex floral, savory-salty-perfumey overtones, surrounding a crisp-light malt crackling sparkle that are magically difficult to place.
Each quaff paired with a very delicately spiced Moroccan lamb shoulder revealed more interesting nuances.
Much more overall experience than first blush might suggest. One of the best micro-pils I’ve had so far. True to style yet coming home with lots of compelling character.
Kudos Bissell Bros.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It looks fine, maybe a touch grainy hazy. That's where the positives end. It's grainy with no discernible hop character. Having waited a while for BBB to get this beer right, I was disappointed that there wasn't any defining character. Very disappointing.

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Photo of bobv
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can.
Canned 04/02/19.
Moderate pour yields a one inch white head over a slightly hazy, golden body with some lacing. Nose of bread, hay, and a bit of pepper. Taste mirrors nose fairly closely with a nice, crisp, spicy, and hoppy finish. Medium feel and overall, a real nice job from Portland, Maine. Cheers to the Bros.!

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Can
Canned: Apr-2-2019 (Consumed May-10)

It pours crystal clear brass with a big airy white head, champagne-esque bubbles rising in the glass. Great retention; cloud puff lacing. (4.5)

Euro hop grassy, cereals, crisp grain aroma, rich earthy bite. (4.25)

Crisp with white bread crust and some moderate+ earthy-spicy hopping. (4.5)

Crisp and smooth, rich and light, active carbonation, very drinkable. (4.25)

This is a very, very nice take on a pilsner.
It looks spectacular, clear as glass, nice chunky head, textbook for the style. Every aspect of this beer is inviting and pleasant. The aroma has an assertive noble hop character with a nice, clean malt body. Very lightly lime-rindy with bread crust and a soft earthy/herbal bite. It tastes that way too: balanced and easy to drink, earthy hop smack to offset the clean, rich-yet-easy going malt character. It is very drinkable and just about in the sweet spot for me. It is flabbier and sweeter than some, but absolutely doesn't feel heavy or sweet. The hop bitterness is also bigger than most but contrasts in an excellent way with the rest of the beer. As with most well-made lagers, this one is a picture of flavor melding to the point that there is a lot going on but it is so cohesive as to make it tough to tease apart.
This is a damn fine beer and was a pleasure to drink. It's always a joy to have a classic style beer that is this well-made especially when it was brewed by a super hyped-up new school brewery like Bissell Bros. (4.5)

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Photo of papposilenus
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 16oz can, dated 04/02/19. Served in an imperial pint pub glass.

Pours a brilliantly clear straw-gold with two fingers of pouffy white head. Retention is excellent, leaving a slightly lumpy cap and bubbly wads of lacing. Not much in the way of visible carbonation.

Smell is clean and sweet, a little lemony, fresh-washed laundry, noble hops and bread. Faint but pleasant.

Taste is a true balance of mild sweetness and sharp bitterness. Lemon pith, baking soda, grape skins and crusty bread roll. Green, leafy, earthy-spicy aftertaste.

Clean and quenching at first but with a little slippery, soapy slickness building up. Medium bodied with ample carbonation (despite appearances).

Overall, a worthy pils. It’s quite sharp and assertive, not subtle but, mostly, in a good way.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a Trillium high sided glass.

Look is a cloudy pale yellow with a bright white head.

Aroma is a touch of citrus with pale biscuit malt and lager yeast.

Taste matches aroma with almost a nuttiness at the end.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a Libbey style pilsner glass. Canned Dec 3rd 2018.

This is one seriously looking great pils. Just frothy light retention froth head ooozes out on the pour, making for a nearly rocky like big head easily at three fingers tall. Beaming clear body, with just the right amount of mixing carbonation and brass to highlighted green hinted color. Pill lacing, and sheets of rings as the beer settles. Just near perfection practical in the looks department.

The aroma is classic. Touches of fresh baked bread, and a good prominent but not overbearing hop spicy quality. Clean sensing and just superb.

Palate is just a joy. Leafy touches of chewy spice noble like hops, with excellent malt bready tones on first sip. The beer has some girth and while clean has a large amount of controlled thickness and depth for a pilsner. Finish has a very unique flavor. Tastes like breaded hop cones with a green earthy and spicy soft quality. Chewy textures of pulled bread, almost like a great bagel, touches of egg yolk even. Lots of spritzy playful texture on the tongue as well, almost champagne like as well.

A great tasting pils, could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of Holderness
3.12/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

L -- Slightly hazy straw body with 2.5 fingers of white head produced with moderately aerated pour. Good retention and some lacing
S -- Grain, husk, hint of skunkiness, lemon, grassy hop, honey-wheat bread
T -- Good amount of earthy, grassy, piney saaz-like hops here. Rounded out by some bready malt, lemon, and honey sweetness
F -- Medium- mouthfeel, well carbonated. Refreshing
O -- Just too hoppy to be an easy, pleasant drinking experience


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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint can 6/27/18 opened on 7/3/18
Poured into a Champlain Pilsner glass

A perfectly clear, golden color, soft, light and white foamy cap holds on well and has some minor lace keeping on. Jazzy and full of happy bubbles. It's about 95 degrees on this July 3rd day here in Keene, NH. I'm basically melting in this non air conditioned house, but the suds are holding up well.

The nose had some exceptional aspects: sweet fruity hoppiness, summer time fields of grains , wheat, corn, hay etc...herbal and funky lager yeast tgat is just as smelly and wholesome as it should be for the style. Some sour fruits kick in later on, lemon zest, white grape juice and cherries. Bssically a classic pilsner nose with a dash more fruity scented hops which works very well.

Oh...dang! What an outstanding Americanized "German" Pilsner!! Lol. No, seriously the fruity hop aroma only translates into very subtle and most excellent hop tones. The perfect and flavorful German malts are hearty, grainy and amazingly light and crisp. Dryness comed in the crispy malt and earthy/herbal side of the hops. The malt also is full of corn, dry wheat and golden grasses type flavor's...very on-point with traditional German pilzzz. Soft white pepper, light grains, herbs and a nice little buttery, bready and honey tinged malt thing all blend together to make one of my all-time favorite (American) German style pilsners.

The Bissell Brothers have done it again.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can.

Pours a crystal clear golden straw color with 2 fingers of effervescent white head. The head settles into a thin film, leaving a few spots of lacing along the way.

The aroma is hoppy and clean, with notes of candied citrus and pine, followed by waves of cereal malt, grass, and sweet bread.

The flavor is grainy and sweet, with a piney hop finish. Clean and nicely balanced. Malty, yet has that signature BBB hop character that is unique all its own.

The feel is medium-light bodied with good carbonation. Crisp, yet creamy and smooth. Goes down clean with a mild hop bitterness.

Overall, a good and well balanced pilsener that's extremely drinkable yet flavorful and wonderfully hopped.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - crystal clear straw gold. Big loud fluffy head.

S - musty grains and lemon grass. Sweet floral character.

T - the malts sure are sweet. Beer candy. Nutty bread and triscuits. Cereal.

F - silky and silent. Starts calm and creeping, then fizzes up with lots of prickly bite.

O - typical German style with a zesty American twist. Retains that classic malt sweetness with a floral hop kick that provides extra warmth.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured very light and brilliantly clear, surprising as I'm used to Bissell brewing super hazy beers. Body is straw in color with a huge white head that had large bubbles and left a ton of sticky lacing behind.

S - Aroma is nice grassy and floral hops, slight pine balanced with a nice sticky sweet malt note.

T - This is a very balanced pilsener, hop notes are earthy and floral, piney, with a bit of pepper. The hops are balanced well with a sweet malt character that presents notes of cereal, biscuits, and a nice nuttiness. Finish is clean and bitter, with a hop after taste that lingers for days.

M - Ample carbonation, mouthfeel is a little on the thick/syrupy side for the style, not a bad thing though. It feels more like a substantial brew to be enjoyed for its flavor vs being quaffed.

O - Overall this is just a well balanced delicious pilsener. The quintessential all purpose burger eating, lawn mowing, firework launching beer. Although this can most definitely be enjoyed in the casual sense, it can't be overlooked that Bissell has really flexed their brewing muscle. Putting together a perfectly executed, brilliantly clear, mighty tasty pilsener.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear and slightly dark straw yellow, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like lightly fruity lager yeast, crisp grassy hops, and light bready malt.

It's definitely cool to see that Bissell can do more than just the juice here, as this is a pretty deftly done pilsner. All of the flavors meld well together, there are no distinct off flavors, and it tastes super crisp, clean, and smooth.

This is light bodied, with a soft and clean mouthfeel, and a very high level of drinkability.

I dig this- it's one of the better American-made pilsners for sure.

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