Fair State Brewing Cooperative

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Fair State Brewing Cooperative
Minnesota, United States
Pilsner - German
Ranked #17
Ranked #9,000
4.05 | pDev: 7.65%
Thursday at 02:06 AM
Dec 17, 2014
Notes: A German-style pilsner, dry and crisp with a grassy hop aroma from a large kettle addition of Hallertau Mittelfrüh. One hop, one malt, lager yeast. Simple and delicious.
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3.86 by smithj4 from New York on Thursday at 02:06 AM
4 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota on Apr 22, 2022
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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by darktronica from Indiana

Pale straw with a full finger of head. Straw, lemongrass, biscuit and a touch of pepper on the nose. Fairly strong sulphates on the palate that I quite like but think is riding the thin line between optimal and too much--probably more than many people would enjoy. Very bright and crisp with moderately high hop bitterness.

Feb 18, 2022
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4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by laquebrada from California

A bit of chill haze, light golden color, small persistent white head.
Very bitter finish, but very much of a noble hop character.
Just of hint of S04 aroma, but more crackers.
I like the effective dryness of the mouthfeel, but the bitterness is on the edge.
Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, but don't think I would drink another one right away.

Jan 05, 2022
4 by slimntubbs from Pennsylvania on Oct 30, 2021
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4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Roguer from Connecticut

Absolutely beautiful beer. Crystal clear, straw gold, lively body. Excellent head production, retention, and lacing. Lacing is wide and scattered, sometimes clumpy; head disintegration is slow and uneven. Seriously a flawless beer.

Bright, herbal, grassy, peppery nose. Biscuit and bread, accented by pine.

Flavor follows the nose. Very balanced, with a nice amount of bitterness against a bready malt base, growing in sweetness through the sip. Bark, grass, pepper, pine, leaf up front, atop biscuit and bread. Back half features notes of wildflower honey and a bit of pungency.

Crisp and lively. Moderately dry finish, but there's a lingering hoppy oiliness.

Oct 19, 2021
4 by alexsergio from New York on Oct 15, 2021
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3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Jacobier10 from New Jersey

16 oz can.

Deep gold with excellent clarity. Poured with a nice bit of foam on top. Grassy/floral hops jump out right away in the aroma. Sweet, cracker-like malt gives it enough balance in the flavor and aroma. Bitter finish leaves the mouth dry and wanting more. Medium-light bodied.

What can I say? Just a solid pilsner that I'd be satisfied drinking any time.

Sep 02, 2021
4.23 by craigbelly from Iowa on Aug 16, 2021
4.25 by shigg85 from Japan on Aug 12, 2021
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3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by SpeedwayJim from New York

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 16oz. can into a Founders snifter.

Clear goldenrod beer that reveals a column of bubbles traveling to form the coarse white head that sits atop. Nose is a crisp spritzy bitterness. Some metal, pine, and grass. Moderately aromatic. Beer opens sharply bitter. I get grass, pine, and corn adjunct. Accented bitterness in the finish. Clean aftertaste. Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively on the palate and accented going down. Crisp, clean finish.

A solid, well-made, easy to drink thirst quencher!

Jul 19, 2021
4.08 by jakecattleco from California on Jun 06, 2021
4.21 by cdwil from Texas on Jun 05, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mushroomcloud from Texas

16oz canned 3-15-21. Opened 5-21-21.
2 finger pillowy white head. Very good retention.
Golden and bright, but hazy. Wispy and sticky lacing.
Crackery malt, light sulfur. Grain. Spicy, grassy hops. Very nice.
Spicy hops and pilsner/cracker all the way...very tasty.
Somewhere between light and medium body with a crisp mouthfeel and a lightly bitter but lingering finish.

May 22, 2021
4.51 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Apr 27, 2021
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

Poured into a Nonic.

Pours crystal clear and proper medium to light gold with a nice foamy head that dies down then lingers before leaving a ring of lace.

The aromas are perhaps a bit hoppier than the norm, but not oddly or unacceptably so. Straight pale malt mild sweetness melds with some solid grassy hops and some floral/citrus notes as well.

The flavor follows the nose. Classic pale clean malt on the front of the palate, and very restrained in sweetness. Crackery dry in midstream, grass and earth/soap give way to a decidedly grassy finish, as well as hints of lemon citrus. Perhaps a shade more hops than the most well-balanced of the style, this nod to 'Merican influence doesn't overwhelm

The brew is medium light, crisp and bubbly. Excellent.

It may be a shade hoppy for the style, but not unacceptably so. Everything else about it says it's a well-constructed tasty version of a classic.

Apr 24, 2021
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4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Soneast from Wisconsin

Been loving this beer lately. Pours a crystal clear yellow color. Aroma has a nice burst of German noble hops, mostly grassy with some floral and almost white wine quality. Flavor is hop forward with those grassy notes carrying through with a nice herbal note, backed up by a pleasant grainy, honeyed background, finishing crisp with some bitterness on the back that drops cleanly. Definitely one of my top local pilsners, been buying it up whenever I see it. If you love a slightly hop forward pilsner that retains traditional ingredients, this is a must buy.

Mar 28, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

My 16oz tin reads 4.9%ABV which I Jimmy-Jammed into a 20 oz tall glass.
Pours full straw yellow, clear, pale gold. Well carbonated, head becomes thin but is white across top of liquid gold until the beautiful bitter end... Some lacing and tacky it is.
Nose is light bread, malt, hard candy. Very simple.
Tasting crisp, green apple cobbler, smooth cream with subtle hop zing, fast, malt caramel, grassy, no bready action from it's nose quality yet is holding onto a medium heavy body. Hops become domesticated pets instantly and hang to top of palate like stalagmites. Mega smooth hop linger...and it's hangs.
It's feel goes wide & broad. Full in every respect. More true to a Czech pils than many of it's American cousins that can become essentially fluffy and or doughy but not this one. It's a clean machine. It has more nose long after imbibing.

Feb 26, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Mdog from Minnesota

From a 16oz can:

Appearance: Clear yellow, nice carbonation, good head.

Smell: Grassy, crackers.

Taste: Dry, crackers, mild sweetness, grassy finish.

Overall: Fair State makes some really good lagers and I realized I hadn't reviewed their Pilsner. Excellent beer, nice combination of sweetness and grassy flavors.

Feb 14, 2021
4.16 by LunchMoney from Minnesota on Dec 26, 2020
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3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by bankboy66 from New Jersey

Pours a nice gold with a couple fingers of foam. Smell is typical pleasing malts and grassy notes. Taste is a little sweet and malty but crisp. Finishes a little on the dry side with just a bit of metallic aftertaste. Not bad.

Nov 29, 2020
4 by Techichi from Texas on Nov 20, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I got a can of this beer off the single shelf from a beer store in LaCrosse, WI. It poured a clear pale yellow with thin white head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had grain and corn notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with grain and smooth saaz hop finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.

Nov 16, 2020
4.22 by vheissu15 from North Dakota on Oct 26, 2020
4 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania on Oct 23, 2020
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by gatornation from Minnesota

Pours a clear light golden color. Smell is floral,.grassy,with malt and grain. Taste was sweet and floral with hops a nice herbal grassy mix with sweet malts. A crisp moth feel with noble style hops,,

Oct 04, 2020
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3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by DiggerDahl from North Dakota

Having no idea what I was getting into I would say that the tasting experience was refreshing. I had 3 pounders over a weekend and kept one for home. This is a German style pils and since I'm a hop-head had very little experience with the style. I found it to be a decent try and was a pretty crisp and refreshing beer. I would say make sure its super cold and pound it down fast!

Aug 23, 2020
3.52 by B-rett from Wisconsin on Aug 21, 2020
4 by kjkinsey from Texas on Jun 28, 2020
4 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Jun 14, 2020
4.09 by skrabbenhoft from Wisconsin on May 17, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by hoptheology from South Dakota

16 oz can, 7/19/19, into Batch 19 Pint glass.

Straw gold with a creamy head of 2 fingers that recedes rapidly to a 1/2 finger but stays from there on. Nice lacing too.

Aroma of some fruity esters, straw, grass, orange, and strawberries.

Flavor is delightful. Bright berry notes and even some tropical fruit pop up underneath the wall of straw and hay. Some communion wafer follows and finishes with that and some mineral and lemon as well.

Feel is crisp, carbonated, does leave a bit of starchy/chalky finish which I don't like; has a good crispness to it, no alcohol. Very wet pilsner.

Overall, a tasty and unique pilsner that I'd have again. Seems like a beer you'd bang several of at a bar for 3 hours straight.

Apr 20, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by biiru_ojisan from Japan

Pours a crystal clear, light gold with a rocky white head.

Aroma is white bread, guava, soapy herbaceousness, lavender, and honey.

Flavor is honey, white bread, hint of lavender, and (delicious) kind of almost soapy herbs. Pleasantly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high-ish carbonation. Slight alcohol presence.

Overall, this is a very good pils with some interesting floral/hereby notes.

Mar 11, 2020
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4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by beergoot from Colorado

Clear, golden body; lots of lively carbonation; thick, sticky white head; rings and fingers of lacing along the glass. Lightly sweet and malty pilsner aroma. Beautiful, light malt flavor; crisp with a gentle sweetness; nice hop bitterness; nice bit of spiciness. Light body; crisp; light sweetness with some hop bite.

This pilsner satisfies the palate on many levels. It is full of flavor and has some very appealing mouthfeel. Lots of character and satisfaction found here...

Dec 12, 2019
4 by DMcGirr from Massachusetts on Nov 08, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

Pours a nice gold colour with a big, pillowy head that sticks around impressively for a while. Taste is grassy, honey but not as biscuity as I expected. Still a tasty brew!

Oct 27, 2019
4.03 by shelby415 from Oregon on Oct 11, 2019
4.19 by emerge077 from Illinois on Aug 12, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by defunksta from North Dakota

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep golden color with a massive, layering white head that lasts. It leaves a patchy foam and lacing all over the glass. SRM of 8 (4.00)

Aroma: Strong aromas of lemongrass, and crackery pale malts. Honey, pale biscuit malt. Mild sweet honey on the nose. (4.00)

Flavor: Much more dry yeast, grass and flowers than the nose. Wet lemongrass, hay, and more lemonflower. A strong pepperness. Then a strong American honey biscuit malt profile. A strong flowery bitterness, and finishes dry. (4.25)

Feel: Medium bodied, crisp. Good carbonation. A bitterness lingers. (3.75)

Compared to Dakota Soul 5/25/20: Pours a lighter yellow color. Similar aromas. More lemonflower, dry grass, and honey. Less malty bread. Crispier with less of a body.
2/15/22: Pours a lighter color. Stronger aromas. More salty bread malts and honey. Less dry grains and lemonflower. A more bitter finish.

to Surly Hell lager 6/12/21: Pours a clearer, and more golden color. More lemongrass, bitter grass, and bread malt. Less lemon citrus and wheat. Far more bitter and dryer.

Compared to Paulaner Pils 12/19/21: Pours a similar color. Milder aromas. More dry grains, cracker, grass. Less German bread malts. A lighter, cleaner, and more bitter finish.

Compared to Paulaner Muncher Helles 2/28/22: Pours a similar color, larger head. Milder aromas. More flower lemon. Less toasted German bread malt. More bitter on the finish.

to Pryes Pils 3/7/22: Pours a similar color. Stronger aromas. More sweet bread, honey, grassy bitterness. Less clean and crisp yeast. Larger and sweeter. Overall. very similar.

Compared to Schells No Frills Pils 4/10/22: Pours a similar color. Larger head. Stronger aromas. Similar flavors, but more flower and yeast astringency. Less dry grains. A stronger bitterness and body off the end.

Compared to Indeed Pilsner 4/10/22: Pours a similar color. Milder aromas. Less lime and lemon citrus flower. More dry bready notes and bitterness. Less sweet honey on the finish.

Overall: A pretty good German Pils. Nice lemongrass, grass, and bread malt. Strong and heavier bodied and leans sweet.. Overall, nice German flavors as there should be. Brewed to style (slightly more large and bitter) and quite good. (Final Rating: 4.13))

Jul 14, 2019
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