Elm City Lager | New England Brewing Co.

Elm City LagerElm City Lager
400 Ratings
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: 400 |  Reviews: 167
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of n2185
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear straw yellow with a finger of white head that recedes into a thin cap with no lacing.

S: Crystal and pilsner malt aromas up front sweet biscuity notes on the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, the pilsner malt flavors hit first with sweet biscuit notes. The finish has a slight hoppy bitterness.

M: Light body with medium carbonation, this beer is light, dry, and drinkable.

O: A solid pilsner overall. Not much complexity to it, but it's enjoyable and drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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1.75/5  rDev -53.1%

Photo of horshack7
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a Pilsner glass is pale and golden. The head is around an inch thick and light and airy.

Aroma: Nice lemon zest in the front. Orange peel, grain, buttery, a touch of grassy notes.

Taste: Sweet tropical fruits and some simple syrup. Grapefruit, malty sweetness, it's fairly hop forward. On the palate is a crispness with a buttery texture.

Notes: Very solid very drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No can date. Generous extra from woosterbill. Cheers, Will.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden brown with one finger of white head. Head doesn't last long, but leaves nice lacing.

S - Light sweet malt and very faint hops. Pils malt is evident.

T - Taste is pretty grassy, with a touch of lemon and moderate Pils malt presence. Finish is nice, with a lingering bitterness.

M - Light, crisp mouthfeel, with a moderately dry and bitter finish.

O - I would take Prima Pils ahead of this, but still a nice pilsener with a good flavor profile. And the cans just scream "Take me camping". I would get this again.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DCon
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received a 12 FL. OZ. can of this in a trade w/ rjacobs6. Poured from the Green/White Colored can w/ a New English Ship on the front into a 16oz Dewey's Pizza Pint Glass. Has 7 06 12 A3BC on the side of the can, and not sure if this is a best by date or what...

Aroma- The aroma is made up of the average pils attributes with malt and sweetness. It does have a light flowery note too. Very clean and appropriate.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that has better than average retention. Has a nice golden colored body with a clear background. Leaves thick lacing on the glass.

Flavor- Very malt sweet, crisp, and shows a light-medium hop influence with the flowery and noble character. Has a light-medium bitter finish while being semi-dry.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Clean, Smooth, and actually leaves some noble hops on the palate! Awesome!

Overall Impression- I'm not sure if I just haven't had a pilsner in a while or what but this one was beyond refreshing! Good amount of noble hop character and went down better than most brews of this style. Would recommend trying if you can get brews from New England but not a must. If I could, I would keep 1-2 of these in my fridge at all times for after a tennis match or workout. Great, refreshing lager/pils.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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5/5  rDev +34%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of GallowsThief
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a can into a pint glass.

A – Cloudy and very pale on the pour. Massive 3 fingers of stark white billowing, bubbly head.

S – Malt, lemon, touch of sour.

T - Light malt sweetness gives way to equally light hop bitterness. Citrus notes with lemon. Little bit of spice with a little bit of herbal taste.

M – Crisp and clean on the palate. Bit fizzy. Light to medium body.

O – Solid German pils that is infinitely drinkable. Has a nice light taste and would make an ass kicking summer brew.

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3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mild creamy lemon aroma.Bright yellow with a mild haze. Pillow head that lingers for awhile. Medium bitter and sourness but not offensive. Has a nice clean finish. Not bad overall but seems to lack a stand out feature. I would drink one again as it is refreshing and drinkable.

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Elm City Lager from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 400 ratings
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