Elm City Lager | New England Brewing Co.

Elm City LagerElm City Lager
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Elm City LagerElm City Lager

Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named after New Havens historic nickname, this is a true German Pilsner made with all German ingredients.

Added by UnionMade on 03-31-2004

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Ratings: 399 |  Reviews: 167
Photo of NO_FRILLS
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
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 OatmattStout
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Casterbridge
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Snarf103
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of alexworsnip
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of iemailjack
2/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of Adlar2789
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of oldedog
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of mnrider
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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 seplo
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of dugly2ugly
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of GLockmeister19
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of RMoeNay
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of GeckoPunk
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of cruzmissile72
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of PicoPapa
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of Pahn
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into Duvel tulip. New yellow cans that just came out, so fresh.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. Pours a clear straw yellow, and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Musty, with a slight lemony aroma. Uninspiring.

With time, some fresh white bread aroma comes out, which is nice. Not much else though.

Taste: Malty and lemony up front, with a great bready finish. Slightly high hop bitterness, works well. Herbal hop notes really open up with time, both spicy and almost cologne-like. Mild lemon flavor persists. Pretty good melding of hop and malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Creamy. Moderate/high carbonation. Nicely dry finish.

Overall: This is a pretty satisfying beer. The high bitterness doesn't get in the way of the more delicate hop flavors or those occasional flashes of bready freshness. Still, most sips lack a level of clarity of flavor that I expect from a good pilsner. The sum of its parts is good, but in subtle beers like this I want to be able to zero in on the parts more closely and be rewarded for it.

If that seems too abstract or self-indulgent, I'll just say that the flavor is muddled but good. It delivers the German hops and pretty-well-done malt, but I can think of other beers that do both better.

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Photo of davey101
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

New style yellow can...meaning its pretty damn fresh. Props to NEBCO for the label change, much more appealing!

A- Super clear light yellow body with lots of rising carbonation. Massive fluffy white head forms, but settles down quickly to a patchy cap with large bubbles. A bit of sticky lacing.

S - Grass, light piney hops, a touch of lemon zest, and toasted grains. Very simple yet inviting.

T - Its all there. Starts off with some lemon and grass, then fades into the toasty grains and malts. The finish is light yet hoppy with a lingering bitterness. Mouth feel is thin and watery with decent crisp carbonation.

O - Pretty decent pilsner with a low hop profile but a lot of lasting bitterness. Was hoping for a bit more grain and toast, but oh well. A decent session beer on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Manoftyr
4.52/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours a hazy straw-yellow into the pokal glass, moderate head with excellent lacing, the head quickly recedes to a film.

Aroma-Nice and spicy mix of noble hops steals the show with aromas of lemongrass and early spring flowers, some biscuity notes in the background but this is primarily about the noble hops.

Taste-Similar to the nose, some crackery pilsener malt upfront lays a foundation and then the noble hops do their thing making for a crisp, dry and spicily refreshing beverage.

Mouthfeel-Crisp, light and with lively carbonation; perfect pilsener body.

Overall-A great, quality pilsener; glad to see more good lager styles cropping up in the US.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light gold with a big foam head. No lace.

Nice citric hop note and some light spicy maltiness.

This is bitter up front, with malt coming second. Bitterness and malt are crisp and clean in the finish, but this is a bitter brew. Looking for grassiness and not getting any.

Lighter bodied.

Good version of the brew, but not for the faint of heart. Bold flavors, very enjoyable.

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Photo of alexgash
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can.

Clear, clean golden straw body. Finger of gauzy, frothy, off-white head. Some fuzzy lacing. Fresh hay, a little sea air, honey wheat bread, and a little snappy, peppery citrus zest. Nice.

Sweetish, doughy malt up front. A little toasted grain perhaps. Spicy, peppery hop bitterness comes on soon enough and makes for a snappy, refreshing beer. A little honey mid-palate. Dry finish with lingering peppery hop bitterness. Moderate body with a nice, lively feel. Very quaffable, especially on a hot, humid summer day.

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Photo of gamanley
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Elm City Lager from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 58.9% out of 100 with 399 ratings
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