Brussels Pils | Brouwerij Cornelissen

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Cornelissen

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by francisweizen on 02-23-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by lou91:
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3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was thirsty for a good old fashion pils which thanks to BitterBrian I had this one in the fridge. Classic pils scents with a pleasant skunkiness if there is such a thing. Oh this hits the spot. Crisp clean cool with a nice lingering subtle bitterness. Much better than Stella and would be great to have with any food.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This basic, hoppy, European pils pours a clear golden body beneath a frothy head of bright white foam that holds fairly well and leaves some nice lace. The nose is lightly skunked thanks to the green bottle, and it displays some basic malt and lemony, grassy, and herbal hops. In the mouth it's medium-light bodied, and gently crisp due to its fine-bubbled median carbonation. The flavor is as might be expected with a well-rounded and perfectly balanced combination of straw-like/bready malt and grassy/lemonish/herbal hops backed by a solid bitterness.

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Photo of yen157
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imported by Shangy’s. Interesting.

Poured slightly hazy bright yellow with a sticky, creamy head that hangs on for a long time. Lemon, pilsner malt, and a little cheesiness in the nose. Carbonation is very nice, moderate and not too forceful. Pretty straightforward pils flavor profile, but the hops have a bit more of a lemony twang than expected. Malt gets more bready as it warms.

Good, easy drinking beer. IMO it’s better than something like a Heineken because the flavors don’t seem as forced, if that makes any sense. I would buy this again since it is a cheapie.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a new beer being distributed in the US by Shangy's. Its one of the cheapest Belgian beers available at $20 a case. The pour produces a rich golden liquid with a big, fluffy head of tight white foam. Aromas are interestingly hoppy, with a nice malt backbone holding everything together. The taste is citric hops up front with some nice bready malts in the middle and finish. The finish is dry, and very refreshing. The mouthfeel is spritzy and refreshing and the drinkability is very good. Totally worth it for the price!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lightly dusted medium amber that reveals a slight orangish blush when backlit. The ivory colored cap features loads of fragile bubbles on its superior surface that result in small curlicues and half moons of lace when they break. An attractive head-lace combo pulls the appearance into the good range.

I'm not sure what might help the nose though. Despite the pilsener appellation, Brussels Pils smells like just about every other Euro pale lager that I've ever run across. It doesn't have enough hops or even the right olfactory profile to be seriously considered a beer of the stated style.

Yep, EPL all the way. There's enough malt on hand, as evidenced by the mouthfeel, although it doesn't provide much of anything to the flavor; at least nothing of value. While the hop load is sufficient, they taste musty and stale rather than pure and bright. Bitterness increases throughout the mouthful, largely due to a lack of countering malt sugars. There's really nothing here that would make me want to drink another bottle.

The body/mouthfeel is adequate at best. There's nothing wrong with it per se (medium in heft, decently carbonated), but by the same token, there's nothing to recommend it either.

Brussels Pils looks, smells, tastes and feels like a garden-variety Euro pale lager. So what if it's from one of the two best brewing countries in the world? Brouwerij St. Jozef would be better off sticking with the native styles and leaving the pilseners to the Czechs and the Germans.

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Brussels Pils from Brouwerij Cornelissen
3.68 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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