Pilsner | Southern Tier Brewing Company

very good
29 Reviews

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
When we set forth to brew a Pilsner, we wanted to pay homage to a region that is legendary in its brewing tradition. This beer is brewed the German way, and you can taste the difference. We even sourced the hops and malts from Germany! It’s light, easy to drink, and it goes just as good in a boot as it does in a stein. We use German Pils malt, 2-Row malt and wheat to create a firm malty character with a crisp finish. This traditional Pilsner malt bill is complimented by German Lager yeast and German noble hops. Pilsner’s 40 IBUs help it finish dry, the way a German Pilsner should.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-08-2003

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Reviews by John:
Photo of John
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw color. Pillowy white head, spotty lace is left behind. Biscuit-light malt and leafy hop aroma. Flavors of pale malt and the crisp Noble hops are blended precisely. Hops are prominent but are delicate enough not to over power. Mouthfeel is smooth almost creamy, yet crisp and clean. Carbonation level is on the money. This is a fine brew on its own or as an accompanyment to a light meal. An outstanding pils.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mojohawk21
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jason
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Bright yellow golden hue with an active carbonation and a dense frothy white head.

Smell: Clean graininess, a little powdery with a very mild floral hop note.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Spot on crispness in the moderate body. Spicy hops meshes with the grassy grain, a bit juicy upfront with a nutty malt flavor. Lingering dry malt flavor continues far into the after taste. Finishes a tad dry.

Drinkability & Notes: It is nearly impossible to pit this pilsner against a typical German Pils that uses hop extract … which most of them do. Just because it is pale in color does not mean it is lacking in flavor, nor does it mean that it is too heavy being that it comes from a craft brewer. Its beers like this that are missing in the Boston proper.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden tone not unfiltered by any means just has a sort of screen over the bright golden tone, very nice two finger sized white creamy head forms beautifully. Aroma: Citric floral tones a zesty hop aroma with an undertow of biscuit malt, mildly bready tones. Taste: Well, it's heading in the right direction the bready sweetness blended with the snappy hop profile is there just a bit misblended, I am getting a lot of lingering bitterness a bit dry and just doesn't haronize the malt and hops like most amazing pilsners do. Moutheel: Medium to light bodied carbonation seems a bit mild but it is smooth going down. Drinkability: Don't know how much I could drink just want a better pils, but this is a solid all around one just not great looking for more balance but our friends at Southern Tier are doing a fine job.

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Photo of JMS1512
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mackeyse
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruity and a bit metallic aroma. Very lacey. Light colour. Easy drink and fruity, with lemon promient taste and drying, a tad metallic finish. Citus and a tad of tabacco aftertaste. Above-average carbonation. Satisfying summer beverage.Nice balance with understated malt.

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Photo of tdm168
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DerekP
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Clear straw with a big foamy head that leaves sheets of lacing.

S: Lightly sweet toasty malt, touches of honey, crisp, grassy, floral, and zesty herbal/lemony hops.

T: Nicely balanced between malt and hops. Lightly toasted, golden white bread, slightly doughy, with honey; nice lemon zest, grass, sweet citrus, and leafy herbal hops.

M: Medium-well, full and well-rounded, medium-high carbonation.

O: A solid, enjoyable pilsner. Nicely balanced, unlike many other American examples which are either super hoppy or more malty. Definitely a winner.

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Photo of tone77
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. And yes, that can came from the commander of the canquest, woodychandler. Has a light yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, malts. Taste is grains, lemons, malts, light hops at the finish. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of Cook82
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Octoberist
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent looking beer with classic bright yellow color and 1/2 inch of frothy foam. Smell is rather sweet with mild corn and cereal grains and hops hooray! My only complaint on the taste is the finish is a bit dry mostly from people describing a lemon zest taste. In a way it does wear out and the overall malt to hops ratio is perfect. For the style it actually is rather tasty.

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Photo of Jeff_Hallam
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden with a foamy white head and slight lacing with plenty of carbonation bubbles. Smell was sweetly malty with a slight floral hop, bitter grains which were bordering on metallic and a slight doughyness(it seems like all the southern tiers have a little bit of that most likely from the yeast.) Taste was crisp and refreshing, with rose petal notes, slightly metallic malts, nice bitter hops and a smooth finish and dry aftertaste. Obviously well carbonated which would hold true for the style. I can, and probably will drink this beer all summer long. Its refreshing and clean and a helluva lot more tasty than most american pilsners you will find.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

First imperial pint glass pours with a 1/2" bright white head, which laces well. Slightly cloudy dark straw/light amber brew, with a balanced pale malt and hops aroma. Taste is smooth pale malt body carrying some citrus and a crisp hops bite. Mouthfeel is a bit above average, the citrus flavor tends towards sour a bit much for me. Drinkability is about the same, but I could see session written all over this one.

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Photo of HermitDan
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

There are (at least) two ways to do things - the right way, the wrong way and (perhaps) The CANQuest (tm) way. The first applies in this case as this should NEVER have been an add. It existed, was known to the database & simply needed to be taken out of retirement. I am shocked by the person who performed this egregious act and it has been reported. I hate to be Norbert the Nark, but this f**ks me up in terms of keeping track. It is neither a vintage nor a new beer! For shame.

From the CAN: "German Style Lager"; "Brewed with Hops and Malts Imported from Germany"; "Why the hell not?"

Did anyone catch any mention of "2016" in that? No! Why? Because it does not exist! Oh, on the underside. Should we add the date to every CAN & bottle on here? Nonsense!

Putting aside my boiling anger, I CANducted a Crack! & inverted Glug. The massive two-plus fingers of foamy, rocky, bone-white head came roaring up and then sat down just as quickly. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a nice Saaz grassiness, but overlain by a biscuity malt presence. I generally prefer the Czech & Czech-style Pilsners simply because the hops are more prevalent. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much beyond it and still appropriate for the style. The taste was less grassy than more like freshly-mown hay! Big difference. Plus, the malts were not forward at all, making it more Czech-like than I expected. Finish was dry and refreshing, not at all like a German-style Pilsner. I loved it, but stylistically, it was wack, yo!

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Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mletten
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of njbusa
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big froathy white head leaves a nice coat of lace. Light aroma, a bit doughy and a little grainy. Clear golden beer with a stream of small bubbles rising up the side. Light flavor, a bit husky/grainy and an almost flowery flavor starts to kick in only to be beat down by the the lightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light and smooth, a light bodied beer but solid enough. Not much to this beer, and I'm not really leaning one way or the other. I bet it would be good really fresh on draft, but what do I know.

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Photo of Onceeven
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Next up on my personal quest for a tasty pils we have Southern Tier Pils. I'd been casually looking for a successor to the now defunct DeGroen's Pilsener by Baltimore Brewing, and this may have filled that void in my life.

Appearance:Poured a honey gold with a finger-thick head, and very nice lacing. Ample carbonation, but the head receded rather quickly. Fairly clear and clean, but attractive nonetheless.

Smell: This is where the other beers of this style fell short. This one smells of clean grain and flowery hops. Not sure if they've used noble hops or not. Wouldn't bet on it, but this one does smell similar to the German imports, just fresher.

Taste: Light, refreshing, flavorful, spicy, tangy, a perfect summer beer. Would be perfect on it's own or with some lite cuisine. Refined taste but still remains interesting. I would have liked a bit more hop character, but this'll do. A very balanced easy drinking beer.

My quest for a better pilsener isn't over.. but I've found a darn good one here.

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