Pilsner | Southern Tier Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
88 Ratings
PilsnerPilsner
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
88
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
9.38%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 41
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of mojohawk21
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tigg924
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear, bright yellow in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is simple but excellent. Notes of grain, biscuit, and light grass. Light bodied, sweet, with medium-low carbonation. Wow is this a good beer. So clean and smooth. Easily my favorite of Southern Tier's non-Blackwater or seasonal beers. I could drink this one all day. One of the better domestic pilsners I have had in a while. Excellent beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
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 mrosenfeld32
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMS1512
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dacrza1
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE: May 25, 2017... OCCASION: Cavs/Celtics Game 5--get in and get out with a win!... GLASSWARE: Penn State pilsner... pours a clear-as-crystal light golden body with copious amounts of bubbles... surprisingly, the off-white dissipates into a murky muddle and variable coral lacing... an aromatic lemon-citrus hit pleasantly introduces flowers and a light, buttery biscuit... secondary hints of subtle spice--pepper, mainly), lively, biting hoppiness early, with a dry release... fruitiness (apple, pear), crisp lemon and sweet biscuit... a refreshing beer whose profile is solid, maybe greater than the sum of its parts... not outstanding, but a nice case mate for the Overpack'd I bought last week...

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Photo of mackeyse
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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 -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Damian74
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DerekP
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent gold with 3 fingers of ivory colored head. very nice head retention & lacing

S: Bready, grassy,

T: Follows the nose, has some nice soapy & floral hops up front as well. Dryness, grassyness, a little grainy sweetness as this warms. Finishes crisp, dry, a little sweet, a little grassy, with some lime & lemon

MF: Medium body with crisp carbonation & nice balance

Easy drinking, well put-together Pils. Much to like here

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 -12.8%
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 Eamonn-Cummings3
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a pilsner glass.

Look is an extremely light gold with a frothy white head.

Aroma is biscuit malt with a light hop and a strong lager yeast smell.

Taste is light and refreshing, a little thin at the end.

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Photo of robebo44
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fx20736
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

fantastic

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz. can into pint glass.

Look: Fizzy, slightly cloudy yellow beer. Head is short-lived, but I think I poured improperly.

Smell: Spicy, a bit of citrus, and a mild sulfur note from the hops. There's clean malt under there, but hops dominate.

Taste: Clean malt backbone gives way to spicy hop characters up front with a citric bitterness in the drying finish. Hop bitterness is pretty high and it totally dominates the malt flavors.

Feel: Tight, biting carbonation that amplifies the spicy flavors from the hops. Light in body and easy to drink.

Overall: Good pilseners are excellent session beers, and this fits the bill. Really nice on a hot day, but far more flavorful than a "lawnmower beer" (adjunct lager). If I'm going to drink fizzy yellow beer, I'd choose this.

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Photo of Cook82
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Octoberist
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Pilsner from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 88 ratings.
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