New Cleveland Palesner | Platform Beer Co.

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New Cleveland PalesnerNew Cleveland Palesner

Brewed by:
Platform Beer Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ONUMello on 01-26-2015

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of woodychandler
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

And now, the aftermath of the Fourth of CANuly! I had laden my reefer with CANs that day, not really expecting to run through all of them, but more as a stopgap from running out before the day was over. The result is that now, I have a buncha cold CANs that I do not want to simply pull out & have get warm again. Ah, the trials & travails of The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Crisp*Easy*Refreshing"; "Pilsner-Hybrid Beer"; "Ohio Craft Beer"; "Malts[:] Pilsen[,] Munich II[,] Vienna[;] Hops[:] Saaz[,] Galena[;] Yeast[:] San Diego Super"; "Fresh CLE Beer".

The Crack! revealed a brimful craft CAN, so I celebrated with an inverted Glug, or as much of one as I could muster without a messy overflow. This created two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with good retention. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled just like what I would expect in the style - a big biscuity malt presence underlain by grassy, hay-like hops. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, right for the style, just nothing to get wound up about. Taste was on the sweetish side with the biscuity-bready malts at the forefront, underlain by the grassiness of the hops. Finish was semi-dry, very refreshing on a hot, humid summer's day. Hello, Cleveland!

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Photo of justintcoons
2.8/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Blonde. Good clarity. Light carbonation.

Cracker, graham cracker, and biscuit.

Cracker, biscuit, and graham cracker. Light leafy hop aroma.

Light bodied, crisp, clean, and off-dry.

It's a great Vienna Lager, but a shitty "Palesner." Maybe my can was just old...

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Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

6/15/17 draft @ BLU Jazz

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Photo of epyon396
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I bought a 6pck of this from the beer store around the corner. It poured a clear golden with no head and no lace. The scent had hints of Saaz hop. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. Good biscuit base. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with decent carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of caahare
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of J10Jordan
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LAp
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into lager glass, no can dating. Pours slightly hazy pale straw color with a small dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, cracker, lightly toasted bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. A bit yeasty/fruity but not overwhelming. Flavors of lemon, pear, cracker, lightly toasted bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, lightly toasted bread, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and solid robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Fairly clean on lager flavors; a bit yeasty/fruity, but not overwhelming. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, clean, and fairly grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a nice German pilsener style. All around good balance and solid robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. Not as flavorful or clean on lagering as others I’ve had, but hits all the style notes really well. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of KevBot89
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Westin in Cleveland, Ohio. Go Cubs!

Clear, light golden body with a tony head. The aroma is subtle, though the beer is cold. Grain and hops, light bitterness. Easy drinking. Light in body. Not especially remarkable in any way, but a solid beer. That said, I'd rather have either a pale ale or a pilsner instead of a marriage of the two.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can, no visible date. Note the can has a ding in it and does not feel completely pressurized. DFH tulip.

A: pours a very slightly hazy solid gold with 1 finger frothy white head that quickly recedes. A little visible carbonation but not much.

S: some very faint neutral hop, and a slightly grainy malt base. Not getting much here.

T: tastes like a hoppy blonde ale more than a pils. That's not an insult or a bad thing; it's pleasant, certainly better tasting than the appearance or smell would let on.

M: am I wrong to want this to be watery and attenuated? It's on the lighter end of medium bodied, and moderately carbonated, but the finish is slick with a little lingering hop. A little too slick on the end to satisfy me for the pseudo-style.

O: I'll need to revisit this in the spring, and do a side by side against MadTree's Lift. I remember enjoying that tremendously. It has slightly lower ABV, so maybe that allows it more attenuation and a cleaner finish. That said, good lagers are hard to find, and locally, this is probably in the middle of the pack. Great Lakes and Thirsty Dog both do better, but I'd certainly give this another go. It's possible the ding on the can affected the flavor/texture.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Cleveland Palesner brewed by Platform Beer Co., With an ABV of 5.00% This brew pours out a nice golden amber color with a nice white head. The head to this brew sticks around for awhile. I really like the looks of this brew. The smell of New Cleveland Palesner is rich with grains,malts and some hops. There is also a slight sweetness in the smell of this brew. So far so good, now for the taste. The taste of this pilsner is bold, but rich with flavors, you pick up on grins and malts at first. Then a nice slight hoppieness. This is a nice smooth drinking brew. New Cleveland Palesner has a real nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. I like like how smooth this brew goes down. There is a ton of stuff going on on New Cleveland Palesner. Overall I'm New Cleveland Palesner a 4.50 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Platform Beer Co., Did a real nice job with this brew.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Caveworm
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

New Cleveland Palesner | Platform Beer Co. Poured from the can into a pint glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick, with lateral lacing, and a clear golden body.

I smell grassy, herbal malts with lighter floral hops.

Tastes like a milder, yet zippier version of the smell. Remarkably clean and easy-going.

The mouthfeel I'm getting is medium-light with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll give New Cleveland Palesner | Platform Beer Co. a 4.25

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Photo of Josbor11
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nausicaa-taos
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this in a hotel lobby. Then had several. Best hoppy pils attempt that I've had. most are decent injections of bitterness during which your left brain thinks you're having a miller lite. This brew has nothin to hide.

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Photo of dcbeers
3.14/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thedifferencemaker
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gregcordle
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of neenerzig
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz. can into one of my pokal glasses, this beer pours a pretty clear, just very slightly cloudy/hazy with a white fluffy head that's about an inch thick when first poured with several streams of little bubbles continuously and fairly rapidly rising to the beer's surface. Head settles to a film layer of foam that covers almost all of the beer's surface along with a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Aromas of crisp, bready malts along with an earthy, sort of grainy and herbal hop presence. Has a bready, crisp, grainy malt presence with a slight sweetness followed by an earthy, herbal hop presence with a slightly citrusy and mild hop bitterness. Good balance of flavors. I'd say the flavor profile is spot on for the style indeed while also managing to stand out a bit from other beers of this style. Has a pretty crisp, yet also somewhat smooth and slightly frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has an extremely smooth and clean finish and is quite easy to drink in the way well crafted beer of this style ought to be. This really is hitting the spot on this hot summer night here in Cleveland.


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Photo of ohiobeer29
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Molson2000
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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New Cleveland Palesner from Platform Beer Co.
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