Elm City Lager
New England Brewing Co.

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German Pilsner
Ranked #150
Ranked #30,575
3.75 | pDev: 12%
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
Elm City LagerElm City Lager
Notes: Named after New Havens historic nickname, this is a true German Pilsner made with all German ingredients.
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Reviews: 171 | Ratings: 407
Photo of Fieceheart
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Its definitely called elm city pilsner. So i bought this expecting a beer not too dissimilar from nebcos ipas in terms of their characteristic body and feel... hoping it would be some dramatic hybrid with a new slant on pilsner but this is just like a very standard pilsner. Which to me, is a style without tremendous wiggle room. Its a very good pilsner. sour, bright and crisp with a stinging zip into your nose... a bit of lemon and biscuity dry malt... but at the end of the day it cant compare with the body and flavor of nebcos ales. Very fair price point. If i wasnt already ruined by ipa i might find myself searching this out but im not that “pilsner-y” of a guy anymore... but if you are a pilsner drinker, then you will not find fault here. Very good.

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Photo of AElfwine_Nerevar
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shouldn't this be named "Elm City Pilsner"? That's been it's name as long as I have been getting it since circa 2012. Anyways, this is a well crafted take on the style that hits all the right notes. Grassy on the front end with a hint of Hallertauer spiciness in the middle and a mildly bitter finish. Not getting the citrus notes others are mentioning. Well balanced and eminently drinkable. Highly recommended if you are looking for a locally brewed pilsner.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a shaker, clear dull deep gold, puffy foamy head with middling retention and a little lacing. Nose is muted...bready but not doughy, and a little rustic spiciness, but just a little in the way of hops. Taste is a step up..nice and full bready malts, a little juicy grassiness, some earthy and almost mineral notes, and some zip on the mouthful.

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Photo of JohnWesolowski
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was expecting a slight bitterness, since it is a pilsner, but this had a slight sweetness/citrus flavor. This is one of those beers that I might increase the rating on, after I get through the case. A beer worth discussing.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; less than a 1 finger white head that receded to a splotchy cap; OK lacing;

S: grain, corn, a little spice;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; the corn is less noticeable; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; clean; moderately dry finish;

O: I would have liked a touch more bitterness; very drinkable;

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Photo of fank2788
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can served in a mug
Extremely pale yellow in color with a good sized chunk of bubbles on top that are kept up there by the high carbonation. The smell is of grassy and herbal noble hops and a bit of biscuity malt or clean wheat. The hops come through in the forefront of the taste but any hop flavor is short lived and gives way to a generic bitterness and astringent flavor. There is a little of the malt actually just enough to leave the finish a touch on the sweet side but overall it is quite neutral. Carbonation is high and the body is light and refreshing a clean slightly sweet finish invites the next sip. Overall I wish there was just a bit more assertive hop flavor in this to go along with the bitterness but that aside this is a very easy drinking solid pils.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not quite blown away by this beer but man is it delicious ! Really, it has a nice clean and crisp taste and feel as well as a great touch of noble hop flavors. Terrific pilsner.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can into a 16 oz tumbler. 2 finger head with a vigorous pour. Dissipated quickly.

a: A pleasing light straw color. Slightly hazy.

t: Crisp grains, light malt, grassy notes, dry finish.

mf: Crispy and refreshing

o: this is a nice easy pilsner and a great everyday beer...a good beer to convert a macrobrew drinker.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dank grass, toasted grain malt and earthy noble hop bitterness. Light bodied, great carbonation and a bit spicy. Lower sweetness. Really nice, full flavored Pilsner.

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Photo of scotorum
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 oz. can into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a; Clear gold with a huge white head which required additional pours to keep from overflowing. The head receded rather slowly to heavy even surface foam and fairly dense lacing. However after the glass was full it appeared that most of the carbonation had escaped on the pour, relatively few (but tiny) carbonation bubbles left.

s: Grain.

t: Good grainy light malt with slight citrus note. Dry finish.

m: Light to moderate, good body for a pilsner.

o: A better than average pilsner, definitely get a sense of quality all the way. A refreshing warm weather and/or thirst-quenching brew.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not much more you could ask for in a pilsner. Appearance is the typical clear straw golden and highly carbonated. Smell mainly consists of pilsner malt with some citrus notes. The taste is very clean consisting of a sweet nutty malt followed by light citrus hop that blends together for a nice finish.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Beer came gushing out of this can upon the crack, resulting in a yellow/whiteish color with several inches of head. Smell is of grains, lemons. Taste is malts, grains, lemony, refreshing and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall makes for a good session beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear yellow body with a small white head. A bit of haze. No lacing. Medium collar.

Smell - Pilsner malt. A bit of cracker to it. Grassy hop in there, too.

Taste - The grassy hop comes out a ton here. Covers up some of the cracker malt. Pilsner malt comes back out in the finish. Bitter bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Crisp. A hint of sweetness as it warms. The hop bite helps this a lot.

Overall - Aggressively hopped for the style, which I don't mind. Still quite drinkable. I can see how the bitter back end could turn off some people, though. Definitely worked as tonight's cooking beer.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can into a Pizza Boy pint.

Pours a foamy 1.5 finger white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is thick and ringed with good cling. Solid.

Nose is semi-sweet with a mellow, light hop presence. Not much else.

Opens crisp and sweet with a biting hop bitterness in the back. Pretty clean overall but the hop presence reminds me of earwax a bit. Not really flavorful. Just bitter. End is more of the same with the resin-y, sticky hop bitterness lingering well into the aftertaste. Its average.

Light bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Quenching and prickly in the mouth and goes down mildly dry with a dry and crisp finish and a slightly lingering aftertaste. Pretty refreshing, which is just what I want from the style.

A decent take on the style but still not one I'd revisit. Drinkable overall and crisp and refreshing but I just can't get over the type of hop profile here. Dirty, bitter, and unflavorful. Its still a solid representation of the style but maybe this one just has a bit too much flavor for me.

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Photo of lostinfla
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can picked up on vacation earlier in the spring. Poured into Sam Adams glass.
Crappy pour (my fault ) ended up with a huge overflowing white head. Settled to very nice meringue and coating.
Great color that is bright yellow , slightly opaque.
Good carbonation.
Taste was bright and fresh, and went down smooth.
Only negative was the aftertaste which seemed slightly chemical in origin. Maybe the beer is too old?

Not bad for the style...

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Photo of lic217
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightl hazy appearance, not as clear as I like in a pilsner. Aroma is strong flowery and citrusy fruity hops. Taste is a lot of flower, spicey, and fruity hops, that finishes with a malty grainy finish. A little to hop forward to e, would prefer a little less in order to taste more malt. The balance between sweetness and bitterness is good. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Very pale straw colored body with tons of frothy foam. Can actually gushed a little when it was opened. Head is slightly off-white, but a foamy mess.

S- Pilsner malts, sweet grassy and citrusy hops, some dried grass aromas, hints of white bread.

T- Very nice mix of bready pilsner malts with a potent grassy hop flavor with lots of citrus.

M- Over carbonated. Not sure if I got a batch that was a little too lively, but it is very foamy and very bubbly.

O- This is a great pilsner. Fantastic hop presence and great flavor.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap a coalhouse in Stamford ct. Pours a golden straw with a bit of white lacing. Nice crisp bready malt and some nice hop aromas. Not typical lager skunk. Great flavors of bready malt with a nice dose of fruityness and a great hop finish. This isn't your typical lager and a fantastic one at that. Perfect for this weird 85 degree May day.

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Photo of dpianka
4.51/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

date of tasting: 5-11-2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine - Bristol, CT
beer: Elm City Lager
brewery: New England Brewing Co.
brewery location: Woodbridge, Connecticut
type: Lager
style: Pilsner
abv: 5.0
glass: mug w/appearance test in tasting glass
temperature of beer: 45F

Appearance: pours a thick rich head, color is like looking into a crisp and refreshing haystack

Smell: good evening Germania. Something about the smell of pilsner makes me feel like I’m laying on a checkerboard blanket somewhere in the rolling hills of Germany with a bratwurst in one hand a pretzel in the other and one of those beer hats with the ready accessible straws for easy drinking on my head.

Taste: there is a pile of fresh cut kentucky blue grass mixed in with hay and sprinkled with a touch of kumkwat bitter rind and all.

Mouthfeel: rich, creamy, somewhat heavy. very smooth, it coats my tongue and the roof of my mouth like pepto bismol.

Overall Impression: love this rendition of a pilsner. A little lighter in that sparkling hoppiness I am used to in Pilsner, but I really enjoy it.

Food Pairings: bratwurst, pretzel w/IPA mustard, kielbasa, a grilled mortadella sandwich on crusty Italian bread with mayo and a pickle, Golabki, pasta with blueberry sauce.

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Photo of Sam21
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned in mid-April according to the case box I picked the 6-pack from.

A- Slightly hazy pale golden color. Pale straw color. Nice bleached white head with sticky lacing.

S- There is a nice snappy grassy hop aroma atop a simple bready malt base. Simple, appetizing, and clean.

T- Clean and balanced. Bready malt base supports a nice grassy hop bite that picks up midway and cuts through nicely in the finish. It truly is simple and balanced. Perhaps the lightest touch of citrus.

MF- Light, but with a substantial enough body to carry the flavors nicely. Carbonation is mildly prickly, creamy, and fits nicely.

O- This is a solid pilsner with great balance. New England simply does not disappoint.

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Photo of NO_FRILLS
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first review--- lets start with a go to pilsner that i love year 'round
A- golden, plenty of carbonation
S- grainy and bursting with chalky malt notes... slight citrusy twang
T- Crisp, light and malty... heavily german-styled pils, very refreshing and dry
M- Light and very easy drinker yet still substantial
O- A go-to beer since finding this gem when i moved to CT... A really nice, local, and always fresh german-styled pils!

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Photo of mnrider
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can

A: Pours a pale hazy golden blonde. Nice large fluffy white head.
Excellent lacing and pretty good retention.

S: Sweet and creamy. Slightly bitter citrus hops.

T/M: Crisp with some nice carbonation. Tasty noble hops lean
towards a lemony citrus taste. A nice malt taste comes in to balance
the beer out a bit. The finish is on the dry side with some of that hop

O: New England Brewing Co. makes some great beer, and this Pilsner
is no different. It has excellent dirkability and a great taste. Well worth
a try, especially If your a fan of this style.


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Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks brooklynbrews for hookin' it up!

Pours a pale straw gold with a thin finger of paper white head that laces well.

Clean and fresh - subtle citrus is overpowering with hoppy pine qualities. A bit of caramel malts, tastefully bitter.

Honestly, this is never my style but it's hitting the spot after a long work day. Conifer notes really dominate, but still highly drinkable.

My first beer from NEBCO - it won't be my last!

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Photo of cruzmissile72
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was recommended to me by a fellow customer in a store very near the brewery.

Pours a nice blond/straw color. The head dissipates very quickly leaving only a slight white line. Moderate lacing.

I noticed floral aromas and smells quite a bit. Nice hoppiness with a dry finish. All in all a nice pilsner that would be a good session beer.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this a ton of times and finally now decided to review it. 12oz can in the new yellow and green cans, so its safe to assume it is pretty fresh. Pours a translucent light golden yellow color with an inch of frothy white head. Some lacing. Aromas of cut grass, floral hops, some grains, and sourdough bread. Taste is grassy with some floral hops upfront followed by a slightly sour finish. A bit bready. Crisp and really drinkable. Bit of a floral bitter aftertaste. This is my go-to beach beer. Overall, solid offering for a style that can be somewhat boring.

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