Spencer Premium Pilsner
The Spencer Brewery

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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #209
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
84
Ranked #24,214
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 8.23%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
15
From:
The Spencer Brewery
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
84
Good
Notes: Straw colored with a light, creamy head, Spencer Premium Pilsner is an authentic German-style Pilsner. Traditional noble German hops provide herbal notes, a floral nuance and the classic closing bitterness. Crisp, clean and refreshing - perfect after a day at work.
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Photo of CWINS65
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent! Spncer does it again! Fantastic pilsner, easy to drink with great flavor! Gold color, with hints of lemon but nowhere near summer shandy style, this one would be a regular if not for the price.

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Photo of brureview
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden color with a 2F head in a Pilsner glass.
Pilsner malt and lemony aroma.
Light crisp MF.
Dry, moderately bitter finish.
Excellent Pilsner. Very well balanced. The depth of the German Noble hops comes through.

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brureview from Massachusetts, Nov 18, 2019
Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very pale color, like straw. There's a definitive haze, but not enough to prevent reading through the center of the glass. Moderate head from the bottle pour. It fades to a thin layer of film and rim bubbles. Good webs of lace.

The smell is closer to a Helles than a Pils because I get much more raw grain nose and nearly no hop. Light white bread toast notes along with raw barley grain.

The body is good for the style as is the carbonation. The flavor upfront is all pale malt, again much like a Helles. The hop doesn't show up until the swallow--it's strong and biting with no flowery elements I expect. Long bitter finish. Overall, a good beer but a definite departure from the style.

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smcolw from Massachusetts, Oct 18, 2019
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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My good friend and old neighbor from Oswego gave me a bottle of this beer. It poured a slightly hazy yellow with white head that did not leave much lace. The scent had faint grain notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with grain presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden-orange with a foggy transparency. Head is a finger of white foam and retains exceptionally well. Aroma is bready, wafery and nutty malts with hints of yeast, clove and dark fruit. Light sweetness up front that dries out slightly towards teh finish. Flavor profile is dark fruits layered between wafery, crackery, bready, earthy, nutty malts. Yeast and clove add a little extra depth, especially towards the finish. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a velvety, full texture. Overall, dark fruits are great within this pilsner. The texture is a little thicker than most other pilsners, really driving the experience up a notch.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 11.2oz bottle.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Jul 27, 2019
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4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Pours a slightly foggy light straw with a few fingers of compact white foam; solid retention leaves a thin cap of froth and minimal bits of spotty lacing.

Aroma shows an excellent mixture of honeysuckle, light hay/grain, and herbal tones; faint musty wood/straw and suggestion of citrus/lemon in the background; great Noble hop character, with honeyed sweetness slightly outweighing the earthier tones.

Taste now has the hops in more of a front seat, with clean herbal tones, ample straw, and a nice minerality all dominating the profile evenly; smallest hint of lemon adds a really refreshing element as well.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and very clean, with a moderate carbonation granting the appropriate weight on the palate; ultra-refreshing, lightly hopped ‘pop’ toward the finish that really brings everything together.

Upper-tier pilsner with a lot to offer; packs a great punch at only 4.7% while remaining composed and balanced between the ample Noble hop and sweeter grain presence; this is just good, easy drinking all-around, with the lemony essence making it especially prime for warmer weather.

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jrc1093 from Connecticut, Apr 17, 2019
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3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Very very pale gold with slight chill haze lasting head and lace. Grassy noble aroma. Light grassy crackery sweetness with just a hint of lemon tartness and medium very grassy earthy herbal finish. Very light body and lively but not fizzy carbo. You'd think that would taste good but something is off perhaps the finish is too herbal? Anyhow. Good.

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malrubius from Vermont, Mar 06, 2019
Photo of Amendm
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle(BB 06/07/19) needed a strong pour for a 1/2 finger of soapy white, short-lived head with some large bubbles and a few spots of lacing. A ring persists.
Clear bright pale yellow-straw color, pale straw in front of light.
Smells of sweet pale malt and crackers with faint earthy hops, these follow to the taste.
Taste is semi-sweet and moderately bitter, uniform throughout the palate. The taste bitters and drys a little at the crisp clean finish with a mild hop aftertaste. Light bodied, above average carbonation. Smooth and malty, great balance between semi-sweet and bitter. Straight forward and unpretentious easy drinker.

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Amendm from Rhode Island, Jan 28, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a nice light golden color with a very nice head that does last. In the nose, a fresh scent of hops tingles. In the mouth, a very pilsner bitterness hits the tongue. Very nice!

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Spencer Premium Pilsner from The Spencer Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 15 ratings