Pils | Fair State Brewing Cooperative

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fair State Brewing Cooperative
Minnesota, United States
fairstate.coop

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Enygma on 12-17-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,275
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
61
pDev:
8.48%
 
 
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Gots:
4
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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of RyanTheLion13
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GStone899
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EmPoster
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Squire
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very light golden color with white cap and good lacing.

Aroma of sweet cracker malt with an unmistakable hit of floral, spicy Noble hops. Just a sprinkling like fallen flowers and herbs in a field of freshly mown hay.

Beautiful classic Pilsner taste from the start and I mean the very start. Malt is rich, bready yet dry as a cracker, fresh and clean. Hops carry a depth of bitterness made up of primarily spice but floral elements are still there. Complex, consistent flavors well melded together.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

After finishing my tasting impressions I went to the web site to find this Pils is made from just one malt, Pilsner, and one hop, Hallertau Mittelfruh. All of which shows that a great deal of complexity and flavor can be brewed from just a few ingredients. That is if you know your business which these folks clearly do.

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can into glass. Bottom of can is stamped '03/22/18',
Clear, straw colored body. Three finger, white head upon pouring quickly calms down to creamy cap and ring. Leaves behind sheets of lacing. Picturesque display of rising bubbles.
Aroma is cracker malt, very slight floral hops, and a good dose of lemon.
Taste introduces more hop bitterness, but it is still light malt, spicy, and with a touch of lemon. Short after taste has citrus rind and spice.
Medium mouth feel, with good carbonation.
Has some complexity, and the aroma and taste have different dominating aspects, but the beer is such an easy drinker, which entices one sip after another.

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Photo of mikerieder
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super crisp cracker malt followed by a classic floral-herbal hop edge, it's as big as it could get without overpowering the barley. Lemon and spicy rind aroma. Very clean and well balanced. Why aren't more pilsners this good? Damn it.

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Photo of Pacioli1445
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrUse
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FBarber
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden hue. Thin white fuzzy head dissipates slowly but steadily leaving a thin layer of white foam on top of the beer. Beer clears up as it sits, but remains somewhat cloudy. Lots white lacing left behind on the glass as its consumed.

Aroma has notes of grain, pilsner malts, a hint of lemony hops and a touch of grassy spiciness on the back end.

Taste follows the nose with notes of pilsner malts, grain, grassy lemon hops. Very traditional flavor profile - I'd personally like a bit more breadiness from the malts - but as it is its very well crafted. One of the best American examples of a traditional German pilsner - I'm not sure I could pick it out blind. Just a hint of grassy bitterness on the finish.

Feel is light and crisp. Lively medium carbonation. Somewhat dry finish.

Overall this is a very well crafted German pilsner - I would love to drink this more often if it was readily available. And not that price factors into my rating, but this is priced very affordably for a 4-pack of 16 oz cans.

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Photo of jmh21
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LukeGude
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Works well for a beer later in the night.

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Photo of GMan3049
2.9/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

I wanted to like it. Too much hops, not dry enough, poor mouth feel, kind of flat.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color with a medium sized white head that dissipates rapidly but leaves generous lacing. The aroma is lemony biscuit. The flavor is very lemon forward with some sweet bread and a little hop bitterness in the morning. The feel is crisp and well carbonated. Overall a tasty pilsner.

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Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rebrown221
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Czequershuus
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a bright clear gold with a moderate head. The aroma is clean, with cracker malts, white pepper, chive, and bulgar wheat. The flavor starts sweeter than I had imagined, with cracker and wheat like malts, white pepper, lemon peel, lemongrass, and a mild toffee and cream quality that reminds me of cowtail candies. The mouthfeel is light but with a nice voluptuousness, with mild carbonation. Overall this is a really nice pils - solid body, complex flavor, yet ultimately drinkable.

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Photo of BrewNoob1
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ssippisam
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of garymuchow
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma began yeasty and with a little patience a slight floral presence showed and then a slightly tart fruity character (like lemon or lime) and a hint of sweetness. This kinda sticks around and it seems at the expense of any graininess I would expect.
Nice dense very white head and mostly clear but no where near brilliant. Pale gold.
Prominent bitterness but also a husky, herbal hop taste, but this lies background to the bitterness. Again light on the grain or graininess, although there is a bit more than in the aroma. The bitterness leads to a little tartness and a touch of puckering, and yet they is a sweetness somewhere in there. Hmmmm.
Body is prickly and sharp from the carbonation and feels less than moderate. Somewhat thirst quenching but not quite where I like it.
Solid. Fine. Worth a go and maybe a few more on a warm fall day (is where it takes me)

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Photo of Josh414
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the best pilsner I've ever had. It's so damn light but flavorful. The can I had was made 7 months prior to consumption and was excellent. It has tons of tiny bubbles. A really healthy head and is super clear like macro brew pilsner but absolutely does not taste like one. Good breadiness, slight yeast and the tiniest hop bite that sits on your tongue. This is like the best miller lite you've ever had and i mean that in the best way possible. It's so fucking good.

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Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 61 ratings