Riverton Flyer
Foundation Brewing Company

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #43
Ranked #15,526
3.93 | pDev: 8.4%
Foundation Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Inspired by the great lager beers of central Europe, and named after one of the first roller coasters in Maine, Riverton Flyer is a Pilsner that strikes the perfect balance of grassy and bready malts combined with spicy and herbal hops. Crack open a can and enjoy the ride.
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Pours a translucent straw color with over an inch of frothy head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is bready with lots of floral and herbal hops. A hint of citrus, namely lemon. The taste is a blend of lemon, floral and spicy hops along with hay, bread and the Pilsner malt. Malty finish with citrus peel and spicy hops. Creamy mouthfeel with lots of carbonation and not much alcohol heat. Well made Pilsner I would certainly buy again.

Aug 03, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Oddly, this was served in a tulip glass, but it holds up leaving several rings of lace and streaks in between. The liquid is more hazy than most pilsners but still retains the golden color.

Pleasant floral, malted pale barley. Very light hop. Extremely attractive.

Much more hoppy (spicy) than I expected. Based on the smell, I expected the typical Czech pilsner but this is more like an APA/pilsner hybrid. The base is less smooth than most pils. Bellow average body with an elevated effervescence but it works. The finish is bubbly with a black pepper bitterness.

Nov 04, 2017
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illpass78 from Maine

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft in a becker at Baharat in Portland.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw with no head to speak of.

Aroma: Grassy, clean, slightly herbal. Bit of hops.

Taste: Follows nose, along with some cereal and grain. That faint hop note is pleasant. More or less classic pils.

Mouthfeel: Easy and refreshing.

Overall: Not a howitzer or a hop bomb, but a solid all purpose lager from the Foundos.

Oct 12, 2017
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jhavs from New York

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can purchased at the brewery. Poured into Willi Becher.

Clear, straw, thick foamy white head. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is toasted cracker, grains, hint of yeasty dough. A bit of lemon zest.

Smooth and crisp Pilsner malt followed by biscuit and a hint of lemony hops.

Crisp and refreshing, clean and lighter bodied, lower side of moderate carbonation.

Overall a really nice Pilsener. Stays mostly true to style, maybe just a hint hoppy.

Sep 08, 2017
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EMH73 from New York

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear straw color with a well retained half inch white head that left little lacing. Smells of grains, crackers, mild hops and a hint of lemon. Taste follows the nose with the classic pilsner malt flavor and a mildy dry, grassy finish. Light bodied, too lightly carbonated in my opinion, clean and crisp.

Aug 02, 2017
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an almost too crystal clear pale straw with soapy white head. Crackery aroma. Oh, this is nice. It might be my favorite Foundation beer. It's got a nice crackery malt backbone with a subtle soapy bitterness. It's a little flat, which takes away some of the liveliness of it. Overall, I do like it.

Jul 29, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned 5/1/17, come fly with me

I tried to put gently but can forced a large fluffy 2 finger head fades slowly decent lacing, mostly clear slight hazed pilsner color

Nose big toasted pilsner grain, straw, cereal, bread dough, little grassy, mild grassy hops

Taste full pilsner malt, toasted grain straw, cereal, bread dough, etc, mild grassy floral hops, fair to mild bitterness, mild fruity lager notes, soft lager, little hop spicy more grassy herbal on finish, dry mild crispness

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent but a little light on carb, soft lagering

Overall pretty nice pilsner, hit all right boxes so not sure why people are bashing it, because God forbid foundation makes something that isn't super hoppy?

Jul 02, 2017
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joberlander from Massachusetts

2.37/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer is absolutely brutal. No aroma, barely any flavor and little carbonation. You think pilsner you think crisp clean and refreshing, this does nome of that.

Jul 02, 2017
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

transparent yellowish/urine color with white head. aromas of grainy and cracker malt, subtle hit of grassy and herbal hops, maybe some lemon as well. the flavor follows mostly, but there is a bit too much sweetness that doesnt white mesh with somewhat sharp herbaceous quality to the hops, some like mint and floral stuff going on. feel seems appropriate for the style. overall I found this beer was only ok but it was definitely enjoyable and refreshing when served frigid.

Jun 21, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottom of the can stamped 05/01/2017.
This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a golden yellow transparent color with a finger and a half's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a fairly slow pace. Semi-clingy messy and foamy lace ran here and there.
The aroma had some sweet soft biscuits playing with a nice grassy to semi-earthy clean hoppiness. Light tickle of lemon at the very back.
The flavor was moderately sweet with a smooth biscuit aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about light to medium bodied with a clean respectful sessionability about it. Carbonation was nice and quaint - fairly low but enjoyable. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, fabulous German Pilsener that I would love to have again.

Jun 15, 2017
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Grassy, floral and earthy noble hop bitterness. Lightly toasted grain malt profile. Nicely balance with sweetness level. Drier finish. Light, crisp and delicious. Solid German style Pilsner.

May 30, 2017
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: Can
Canned: Feb-15-2017

Pours a fairly clear straw with a couple inches of white head. Good retention; some lacing. (4)

Grassy, light green apple, spicy, soap and sweet cereals. (4)

Pils malt and the scum on the blades of a lawnmower, a hint of acetaldehyde but not bad, lemongrass. (4)

Lightish body with active carbonation and a dry finish. (4.25)

Really tasty, interesting pils.
Drinkable, fairly nice looking. The aroma and flavor are pure pilsner with a little green apple flavor coming through which actually adds to the rest of it. A little bite to it to finish off and kind of velvety feel over all. Nice beer! (4)

Apr 27, 2017
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Brew #6 in my run of ten reviews of Maine beers.

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Unibraue stemmed pilsner.

a: Clear gold with an inch and a half white head which receded slowly to even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s; Biscuit

t: Follows the nose along with some light white grape notes which linger at first on the otherwise dry finish. Later the biscuit malt is showcased.

m: Medium, very good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A relatively "meaty" and obviously high quality pilsner which is great both as a dinner brew and a sipper, especially on a warm night. Although I am generally not a pilsner or lager drinker, given the opportunity I would buy more of this one.

Apr 26, 2017
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

lucked out on a quick trip to Maine and my "guy" had some Foundation beers I'd never seen before, this being one of them, so I tried it. Very nice and I hope they keep making it. VEry easy to drink and I will absolutely buy more when I get back home for an extended summer. Good job Foundation as your expansion seems to be getting out some new beers. Yay for you!

Apr 07, 2017
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Lonborgski from Maine

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can with the date smudged.
Clear gold look with a thin head, some bubbles noticeable.
Lager smell with a slight hint of farmhouse funk.
Taste clear with slight sour and funk.
Feel unremarkable, light.
Overall, a mild farmhouse lager?

Apr 02, 2017
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can purchased at the brewery, dated 02/15/17. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a pale, golden-straw colour with a small amount of visible carbonation and the biggest, densest, fluffiest, pillowy-white head I've ever seen. I mean, you could take this head out of the glass and sculpt it into a giraffe. I could spend this entire review talking about how pretty this beer is but, um, anyway... the head holds for a disappointingly short time but leaves a solid wall of fat, sticky lacing.

Smells rich and warm, bread rolls and apple peels, firewood and cashews.

Taste mostly follows the nose, clean and sweet with lots of restrained, understated bitterness. Lemongrass and bread rolls. Oh, that lager yeast; oh, them German hops! Everything is in perfect balance, a little bit hoppier than might be usual but they're the right hops, German as all get-out.

Feel is clean and snappy, medium-thick bodied, no more than adequately carbonated.

Overall, a damn fine pils! Very easy to drink.

Mar 23, 2017
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 16 oz. can dated 02/15/17. Sampled on March 11, 2017.

The pour is a very heady, straw yellow with constant carbonation leading up to that foamy white head that lingers and laces. This is exactly what I expect a Pilsener to look like.

The aroma is inviting with its array of toasted bread. crackers, citrus-zing, and herbal qualities. It smells clean and fresh.

The body is in the medium range, which is better than I expect for the style.

The taste has the same toasty, citrus zesty notes as the aroma suggests with a keen sweetness and a lingering herbal hop presence at the end. An excellently crafted Pilsener.

Mar 11, 2017
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from 7-11
Just shy of clear light golden with a huge frothy white head that persists. Sweet bready crackery pilsner maltiness with a solid shot of earthy spicy floral hops. Very well made American interpretation of a German pilsner, but just a hint too heavy handed with the hops imho, but I still enjoyed the hell out of it.

Feb 21, 2017
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can.

Pours a clear golden color with a 2-finger effervescent white head. The head leaves a ton of cobweb lacing as it dissipates.

The aroma brings lots of cereal grain, bready yeast, and a back end of earthy, spicy hops.

The taste starts off very grassy, with a touch of lemon. Then comes a wave of sweet grains and doughy bread. The finish is subtly spicy and extremely clean.

The feel is light-bodied with pretty good carbonation. Crisp and extremely refreshing.

Overall, a very good pilsner that is beautifully clean and balanced. Foundation continues to impress as they expand their horizons and explore more styles. This is definitely a hoppier version of the style, but it works very well here.

Feb 19, 2017
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mmorris15 from Maine

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours a crystal clear and light in body. Bubbles look very nice.
S: Doughy and crackery malt. Spicy hops.
T: Follows the aroma. Nice mix between the malt and the spicy German hops. There's a nice grassiness on the finish, as well.
F: Goes down easy. Very smooth.
O: One of the better pilsners I've had and it's very true to the style.

Feb 11, 2017
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