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Style:
Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #49
ABV:
5%
Score:
86
Ranked #22,085
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 9.59%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
124
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Steamworks Brewing Company
 
British Columbia, Canada
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
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SCORE
86
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frankdatank1337 from California

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its a good pilsner. Its what you'd expect; maybe even a little better than that. Its really smooth and easy to drink. Almost no bitterness. Give it a try.

Jan 12, 2021
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shredboi from Tennessee

5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer. I'm from the eastern half of the United States but I ski in British Columbia semi-frequently. I always make a point to have one of these every time I'm in BC. I have yet to find anything similar or comparable available on my side of the US.

Mar 09, 2020
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NordicIslander from Canada (SK)

3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had two of em in a row, poured in a pint glass, after a moderate day of yard work in the sun - quenching for sure but, non existence on the smell..perhaps the yard work with dust, pollen etc sent my sniffer for a loop(?) and there's a more inviting smell within this beer but I couldn't find it. Wet grass with malt biscuit undertones and a trace of piney hops? Dunno.
Color is a soothing gold/straw hue with evident, albeit, minimal carbonation even 10 minutes after the pour which I was impressed with. Upon the pour one finger head with a pleasing clean white foam that does however, unfortunately, dissipate sooner than I'd like. Mouthfeel is clean but with a tad of watery undertones. Carbonation is sharp and works well with the gentle hops/citrus/biscuit flavor profile.
Is this a hot, summer weather, dry throat quench type of beer? Yes, all day, every day, no questions asked. Is this an evening in front of the TV with fave movie and snacks at hand type of beer? Ditto. Poured properly, this beer is easy on the eyes and will wet the proverbial whistle with above average taste, looks and flavor profile. Not dirt cheap but also not in the upper price echelon of more mature flavor profile pilsners, which this beer can hang with by the way. Great fricking beer, bar none. If you see it, grab it.

Jun 24, 2019
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bparsons33 from New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I just tried this beer over the weekend. After spending time in Germany and the Czech a month ago I was looking for a Pilsner that would equal those in Europe. After tasting 4/5 Pilsners, this was by far the closest beer to bringing me back to my homeland.

Mar 11, 2019
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow without any real head to speak of. Smell is clean with a hint of malt. Taste is malt forward and a bit a fizz on the finish. I would say this is best enjoyed slowly in a cold glass

Aug 04, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

This definitely smells like a pilsner, with some honey and bready malt, and a light hop character.

I definitely wish that this one had a bit more a firm bitterness and higher hop character. The malt profile is nice, though, with light sweet and high breadiness- a bit of honey, some crusty bread, etc.

This is light bodied, and pretty crisp and clean, with a good level of carbonation.

This is a nice little beer, but I wanted more bite.

May 05, 2018
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csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoy this but not my top pilsner pick.

Pours a light clear carby yellow.as expected.

Nose is malty but a touch on the skunky side.

Flavor is malty and dry, wish it was a touch hoppier.

Sep 15, 2017
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Lewnanny from Canada (NB)

3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A nice rich yellow color SRM around 2. The taste have a bitterness of 30, and have a nice touch in mouth.

The 500 ml can have a nice decoration and is attractive.

I will drink this beer again for sure.

May 09, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

awesome bottle, this is a cool beer, maybe a little older than it should ideally be, but i still really liked the one i had. thanks to a recent windfall of cool beers, i was lucky enough to have one with the hockey game last night. its a robust example of the style, more hoppy than most, and with the slightest haze to it in the glass that makes it look a little different than the masses. good tall white head though, and a floral hoppy nose that i like a lot. its well yeasty for the style too, on the edge of being one of the main flavor agents in this beer, bready and traditional, but with a slight tang to it, a dried citrus brightness maybe, really neat with the base malt. it makes the feel awesome too, bigger and frothier, almost milky, but then still clean like a pilsener should be on the back end. its a trip through the style i havent taken before. i wonder how much its changed with a little age on it, is it just going stale in a really flattering way, or is it different to begin with. no date that i can see on the bottle, so its hard to know. overall though this was really enjoyable, a nice mix of really refreshing and drinkable but also really hearty and satisfying. beer drinkers session beer right here.

May 05, 2016
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml Can. Pours to a generous white head and clear gold color. Aroma is a textbook Czech pils with spicy Saaz hops in the nose and clean sweet malts. Flavor is spot on and the leafy hoppiness lingers. Exemplary North American rendition of the style.

Mar 06, 2016
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This Pilsner comes out of Vancouver and from a 500 milliliter can. On to the beer:

Sparkling light golden straw-colored, topped with over an inch of foamy white head. Very good retention on the top. The aroma is modest; light fruitiness along with hay and grass, typical Pilsner aromas. Regarding the flavor, it has a yeasty fruitiness to it with accents of hey, overall tasting quite yeasty for a pilsner. It's a light medium body beer with pleasing crispness and easy drinkability.

This Vancouver-based pilsner is as solid as a rock. Made for drinking after a hard day at work.

Feb 06, 2016
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Tomais from Germany

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured in a 330ml stange glass
~ 5 months before sell-by date
This is a lovely beer. With some reservations, it's approaching my favourite pils ideal.

L: Looks like a pils: pale yellow; big head, but that fades very quickly with almost no lacing.

S: I'm going to have to get another bottle for the smell -- I *can* smell, I just find it hard to pin down the details ... can smell citrusy hops, and a lovely full bitterness which doesnt come through very much in the taste.

M: I didnt pour it agressively enough initially, and there was far too much carbonation. There was a bit left in the bottle so I poured from a bit of a height -- the head overspilled the glass, and then I felt the beer was a bit flat. Oddly it felt much better after leaving it stand a minute.
This is a very light beer, really easy to drink -- there is a hint of oiliness to it, but nothing off-putting about that.

T: Taste is hops, citrus: a little lemony, with a nice amount of orange/marmalade/peel. The rest just carries this through (there's no other strong characteristics) yet it does it so nicely. There is some bitterness in the middle and towards the finish, but it fades out. There's not much going on in the finish, and the after-taste is a little empty which is disappointing.

Nov 28, 2015
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a clear golden body.
The aroma is bread and lemon zest. Nice.
The taste is mildly malty sweet, mild bitter end. Good balance.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
A nice pils.

Oct 25, 2015
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headlessparrot from Canada (ON)

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the tall-boy can a clear straw gold capped by a finger or so of loose white head that recedes quickly to a couple islands but leaves some lacing. Lots of visible carbonation.

Smell is a crisp hop snap, lots of grassy, hay notes. Some biscuity, crackery malt. Slightly pepper. A touch vegetal. Slight hints of fruitiness, maybe apples? Taste is clean, bright. Well-balanced. Biscuit, cracker, hay and grass. Slight resin? Light body, perfect carbonation.

Arguably the best pilsner made by a Canadian brewery (Check yourself, Steam Whistle). Not exceedingly complex, but absolutely nails the style, and is a delight to drink--crisp, clean, super refreshing.

Aug 26, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, earth, floral, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, grass, and hay flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with solid aromas, but the flavors are much better and make this one tasty and super easy to drink.

Serving type: can.

Jul 12, 2015
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into tulip 14/6/15

A clear golden yellow with some tiny suspended particles, two fingers of loose soapy foam falls quickly leaving just a few random patches

S grassy and spicy noble hops, a hint of lemon, dry cereal and floral notes, basic but solid

T mimics the nose, lots of noble notes, a well hopped pil, not a whole lot going on but about right for the style

M light bodied, crisp with a fairly clean finish with just a little spice and lager yeast

O I had no idea what to expect but this is a rather agreeable summer beer, simple but so is the style, I could drink another

I think this might be my first from this brewery, I've been looking at it on the shelf for a while and it was my wife bringing me a random beer that finally got it in my glass

Jun 15, 2015
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Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very enjoyable Pilsner - perfect for summertime, grilling and patios! This stands up well to many of my favorite Canadian pilsners - the Saaz hops and crackery finish make it very easy to drink.

Jun 08, 2015
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PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 500 mL Can

A- Pale Golden topped by a thick 2 finger head. Head has great retention and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Grain, light citrus, and a hoppy spiciness.

T- Follows the aroma well except there is more of a hop presence. Quite a bit hoppier than your average Pilsner but quite nice.

M- Medium body and medium carbonation.

O- A refreshing Pilsner with a little bit of a hop kick.

May 11, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Indicative of the mounting backlog here at Chez Woody and especially of The CANQuest (TM), I have no idea where this one came from! I was going to say that it was in the final batch from my ex-local, in-person trader, tone77, who has moved out of the area, but there is room for doubt. Ugh. If you sent it and would like credit, just speak up. I know my traders, BTW.

From the CAN: "Steam Powered Since 1995"; "Malts: Pilsner [;] Hops: Spalter, Tettnanger, Hallertauer & Saphir [;] Colour: Golden [;] IBUs: 30"; "Recycle for Redemption".

It is a 500-ml. CAN from CANada, so following the loud Crack! and the spritz that resulted from a brimful craft CAN, I attempted an inverted Glug. The CAN was so full that I could barely get it upended before I had to begin backing off. It is at times like this that I wonder if #TheOldLady isn't right and I am just trying to make a big mess. Nah. Not when the result is two-plus fingers of foamy, puffy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was laden with Saaz hops and now my mouth was watering. I do not mind German Pilsners, as such, but I will eschew them in favor of Czech Pilsners when they are available. Mouthfeel was soft, caressing my poor, bruised tongue. The taste was clean, grassy, Saaz-driven with a hint of biscuit malt lurking in the background where it belongs. I just looked at the list of hops on the CAN and it is impressive! The more of it that I drank, the more I reveled in its clean taste and unwavering hoppiness.As a hophead, this was my idea of a nightcap. Finish was crisp, clean, dry and at just 5% ABV, a definite CANdidate for a summetime cooler. Czech it out!

Jan 23, 2015
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GFM from New Jersey

3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a pilsner glass. Clear pale yellow pour with a respectable white head and ample carbonation, moderate lacing. Biscuity, grassy aroma. Tastes a bit bitter. Overall: Has the look and feel and taste of a pilsner. Admittedly, Pilsner is not my style of choice, and it's difficult for me to judge this one on a relative basis. My sense is that this is a good but not exceptional example of the style. (7.0)

Jan 11, 2015
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and light to moderate amounts of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a large patch of wispy very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grassy and spicy hops over the top of bready & cracker malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of bready and cracker malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of grassy and spicy hops with a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: A really enjoyable clean and crips Czech Pils that is extremely easy to drink. Glad I got the chance to sample this one while visiting. I really like the hop profile of this beer.

Dec 20, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy and spicy hops are present in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the taste has flavors of spicy hops along with notes of grassy hops, the latter of which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean, and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked the grassy and spicy aromas and flavors of this beer, both of which make it a very good representation of the style.

Serving type: can

Dec 20, 2014
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mactrail from Washington

3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color is more pale yellow than gold, with a fine white pile of foam in the tall wine glass.

Aromatics are bold to help out the wispy weight-- grassy, resiny, and lemony.

Flavors are sturdy and full of a grainy, citrusy taste. Bitterness creeps up linger long on the tongue.

Crisp mouthfeel and a very light body. Sharp and it gets sharper as you sip.

Thoroughly drinkable, though very bitter by the end of the glass. From the 500 ml can purchased at the BC Liquor Store in Ladner.

Dec 19, 2014
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ghisty from Canada (NB)

4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: very clear, pours thin almost watery, but gains color at the head,
a thin white gold , clear, fine, sharp.

smell: faint grain, hops, a dry wheat, oats maybe. not strong nose, but as is the style.

taste: like flatbeard, and grain, the oats come through again, only slight in the taste.
has a good sharp start, perfect pilsner range of flavour, no offensive over done notes of wheat like some offerings of similar style.

mouth:
crisp, but not long lasting on the sharp side, it levels down to a nice wide carb letting those notes of grain really come out with the after taste, its dry but not overly. refreshing mouth, doesnt leave a dry mouth, but still cuts like its dry pils.

overall:
its great. I had this once before but from a can and on the move, fishing i think.
so naturally it wasnt the best being served all wrong and warm even.
but it was good enough to make me want to try it properly.
and now that fishing season is over, I can fully enjoy this round pilsner,
with its airey color and its crisp grainey range.
one of the better pilsners available where i live.

Nov 13, 2014
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a pale straw with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - spicy hops, toasted grains, hint of grassy malts, hint of sourness.

Taste - Similar to the aromas with the spicy hops, toasted grains, and hint of grassy malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes crisp and dry alongside a hint of bitterness from the spicy hops.

Overall - A easy drinking Czech Pilsner. Although its a not a stand out in this style, it certainly is refreshing and sessional.

Oct 26, 2014
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 124 ratings