Robot Crush
Aeronaut Brewing Company

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American Lager
Ranked #42
Ranked #15,948
3.94 | pDev: 6.6%
Aeronaut Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Light and fluffy ROBO-pilsener. 2016 GABF Gold Medalist Classic Pilsner malts give honey and hay notes. A sprinkling of Citra hops lend delicate bitterness and fine, fruity aroma.

35 IBU
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 42 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of SierraNevallagash
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pint can - no date - poured into a fall flared pint at about 48af

Pours a slightly hazed pale straw color, with a massive, plumey three finger white head, with endless streams of bubbles flowing upwards, keeping it alive. It looks stunning. Some messy, sticky lace forms, and the cap of foam survives the whole journey.

On the nose, there's a bright, shiny, grainy note, with whispers of grass and hay throughout. There's also a slightly lesser note of extremely lightly toasted grain, which gives a little bit of low end. Some interesting lager yeast notes emerged, and present themselves with the slightest phenolic note. A touch of warm spice, a touch of green banana, and hints of toffee, caramel, and candi sugar. In the far reaches, some floral American hop notes surface. An extremely well rounded nose with a lot to discover.

The palate opens up with a bright, grainy, pilsner malt character, with some sweetness, and lots of grass, hay, and grain. The slight toasted note comes forth, and brings some of those darker, rounder flavors. It actually possesses many traits of a typical hefeweizen. Quite grainy and wheat-forward. Then it takes a sudden turn. A firm, biting, resinous hop bitterness cuts in, and dominates all the delicate flavors. It builds fast, and within moments, you're in IPA bitter territory. Along with the bitterness, I'm getting a slight metallic note. These two flavors linger well into the finish, and persist for quite some time, with the bitterness accumulating on the palate with each sip. A fresh sip brings some relief, onky for the bitterness to come back with a vengence. In my opinion, this hoppy bitterness significantly detracts from the overall experience.

The mouthfeel is full and creamy, whilst simultaneously being crisp and light. This is a characteristic of wheat. The wheaty illusion. Adequate, and extremely fine carbonation. No complaints. It feels like a hefeweizen.

Overall, I'm not sold on this one. It could have been so, so much better if they didn't hop the living hell out of it. What is it with Americans taking classic styles, and completely destroying them with hops. This could have been excellent, but instead, it's only fair, because it's far too bitter for a pilsner. Hell, it's bitter for an IPA. Oh well. I tried to like it. Live and learn.

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Photo of Soloviev
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw colored, with about 1/2'' head. Smell is a bit grassy with note of bitterness. Has an extra note of bitterness for a pilsener, a little hoppier than your euro style, which is what I would expect from an american pils. Mouthfeel is nice and balanced, with a lingering note of bitterness. Overall a great beer, I would definitely check out more from this brewery.

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Photo of SABERG
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can dated 2/28/17 into a pilsner glass.
A - Straw colored backdrop, great clarity, solid carbonation feeds a thick white cap.
S - Grassy, a touch of diacetyl, just the right amount of graininess.
T - Follows the nose, a bit of lemongrass added.
M - Medium in body, delicate on the palate, linger is wonderful
O - A fine pilsner, the body and flavors are all in sync.

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Photo of trevorpost
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kinda weird banana-y flavor going on here. Slightly present in the aroma, but less than the flavor. Looks and feels like a pilsner, but the aroma and flavor remind me of a hefeweizen, which is probably not intended. Ends up feeling like a weird mix of hefe, pils and ipl which doesn't quite work for me.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 2/28

Light fizzy head fades at a need pace reinforced with steaming bubbles, mostly clear slight hazed pilsner color

Nose big doughy bread, cracker, toasted grain, chewy spent grain mash, faint fruity lager notes, grassy herbal hops.

Taste more toasted pilsner, big grainy pilsner malt, chewy dough notes, tons of straw as grain, touch fruity lager notes, big grassy herbal hops, touch spicy, floral, nice bitterness lingering

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent carb.

Overall a great pilsner, great malt and good hop, tasty.

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Photo of DBosco
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 2/9/17. Clear golden with a nice head that settles down after a while; many small bubbles rising like a snowstorm. Smell is a little sweet with some lemony hops. Taste is clean, a little sweet, a little peppery, with just a trace of hop bitterness. Mouth feel is clean, modestly carbonated, a little fresh hops aftertaste. Can notes this beer won the 2016 Gold Medal for American pilsner at the Great American Beer Festival, which I confirmed on the festival website. Overall, this is a very good clean and refreshing beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 2/25/2017 at Natty Greeneā€™s Tavern served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, lager yeast, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in. The grassy hops presence is strong for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can dated 11/17/2016

Pours clear straw gold with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like musty lychee fruit, peaches, orange, grapefruit, lemony citrus, bready crackery honey malts, tobacco spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like lychee fruit, some peach, orange, grapefruit, lemony citrus, bready crackery honey malts, vanilla, tobacco spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice pilsner.

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Photo of Greenlabel
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can purchased at CBC. Good to see Aeronaut canning a Pilsner although I'm not a big fan of the can design. However, I am a big fan of the product within the can. Very tasty pils - more hoppy than many but not at all unusually bitter. Well carbonated and easily drinkable. Many craft brewers neglect the Pilsner style and, although an IPA fan, I wish there were a wider range of this style available. I could have used a second can if only I'd purchased more than a single. That oversight will be corrected on my next beer trip.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wild can art contrasts with the contents within - where the former is painted with every hue, riddled with an adundance of imagery and a chaotic robot stands supreme, this American pilsener (light lager?) is refined in ways that are subtle.

Clear, light golden body with a bit of cloudiness under a frothy head. Aroma of cracker, white bread crust, grass and lemon zest.

Taste is a mellow follow-up with cracker, white bread, spicy hops, light lemon zest, pepper and that familiar pilsener body. Subtle cascade of flavors that does nothing to impede the drinkability. Finishes crisp and clean. The extra hopping might conflict with a traditional profile but I think it works well.

Update - struggled through a four pack: metallic and sulfuric tinge after every sip.

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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden color and clear. Moderate head which recedes quickly. Some spots for lace.

Moderate hop aroma. Low raw grain nose.

The flavor is much harsher than most pilsners with a very biting (almost IPA like) hop. Interestingly, I get some fruity sweetness in the swallow. The aftertaste doesn't nearly last as long the initial taste suggests.

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Photo of barsonthetrak
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank out of the can so can't comment on the look. High expectations considering the GABF gold medal and long wait for cans. Smells like banana bread. Taste follows nose, crisp carb, super smooth with a full bodied mouthfeel. Dry and refreshing for sure. Appears to be more hefe than Pilsner in some ways, still though... it's good and has a solid pricepoint ($11/4 pack) but it simply can't touch the best locally distributed pils: Mikkeller American Dream.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color. Clear in appearance. Hopped up pilsner. Getting some citrus and pine. Lighter bodied. Easy drinking. Real good. Refreshing. Could put a bunch of these away.

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Photo of harsley
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is called an American Pilsner. Pours a clear pale yellow with a decent head. Nice thirst quencher. Slight malt on the palate but ends with soft bitterness. Healthy carbonation with a good body for the style; very drinkable without being watery. Not a flavor bomb, but per the style, not supposed to be.

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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 42 ratings