Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #25
Ranked #10,205
4.03 | pDev: 8.44%
Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
Very Good
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Apr 23, 2018
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whatsgoody from Vermont

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 27, 2019
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TTripp725 from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Feb 07, 2020
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Gkruszewski from New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 22, 2019
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Bluesfolk19 from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jul 28, 2019
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
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)

May 12, 2019
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hockeypuck from Maine

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 06, 2020
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nwhittin from Indiana

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 03, 2019
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Jgmiller829 from Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jan 05, 2021
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plaid75 from New York

3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 28, 2019
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Apr 08, 2019
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10/08/19, picked up at the brewery.
A delicious, traditional Pilsner beer. Great malt/grain bill with that touch of hops in the finish that you expect from the style. Suuuper smooth and clean in the finish/feel.

Oct 24, 2019
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Budlum from Maryland

3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jan 04, 2020
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SimplyBeer1026 from Maine

4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Apr 19, 2019
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egrandfield from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

5 for a pilsener. Full body without being overbearing. Mildly spicy but still refreshing. Definitely a great beer for this style.

Apr 27, 2019
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ScottP from New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 04, 2019
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M4CDO from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 03, 2021
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Imakoniver from New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a terrific Pilsner. It goes down easily and has a nice finish.

Apr 04, 2019
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Prost76 from New Hampshire

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

May 07, 2019
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16oz. can into Night Shift stemware.

Nose is corn, foam and cane sugar. Pretty mellow. Beer opens crisp. Notes of cream corn, peppercorn and foam. A touch of zest and an accented hop bitterness at the end. Solid but a touch sweet for me. Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly on the palate and goes down dry and quenching. Super drinkable.

This is nice but the sweetness is a little too much for me.

Apr 14, 2020
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Sheppard from Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Jul 14, 2019
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Jul 03, 2018
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 05, 2018
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Jan 09, 2019
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liquorpig from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 20, 2018
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