Pilsner | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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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 mletten:
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jason
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
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 tigg924
4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
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 brewerdrew
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in pint glass ... nice straw color a very clear. Head dissipates fast

Clean mouth feel with a hop bitterness but not much Hop flavor

Decent Pilsner but certainly not one I am running to or seeking out

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
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 +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcbeers
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMS1512
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brenden
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Bright pale-yellow with a creamy white head that rises to about a finger. Froth continues to build and hold the head steady. Lacing is moderate in density, leggy and persistent.
S: Grains up front and throughout, a touch of biscuit, leaf and herb with a somewhat nondescript pith. Yeast is dry.
T: Grains persist in the flavor, a touch of spiciness in the floral and herbal hops balance against crackery malts with a lemony undertone.
M: Light-medium with a bite, plenty smooth and extremely crisp all the way through. The feel is the best aspect of this one.

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Photo of wander4
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dacrza1
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
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 +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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 -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Damian74
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of let8it8grow
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VAbrookiechaser
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueKurenai
2.14/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of DerekP
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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 +5.3%
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 Lone_Freighter
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pilsner glass, the appearance was a yellow gold color with a quickly dissipating white foamy head. Messy sticky foamy lacing running all along the glass. The aroma has a clean sweet bready malt subsiding along a crisp sweet grassy hoppiness. Semi-bitter, here and there. The flavor leans towards the bready/biscuity sweet malt. Hops are there still, like a grassy sweetness. Smooth bready malty aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a great sessionability about it. Low carbonation is felt. Smooth body. Overall, nicely done malty sweet German pilsener that I would have again.

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Photo of Gmann
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color, slightly hazy, with a pillowy white head. Small wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of subtle grass and lime. A bit spicy. Not a super strong aroma but it is spot on.

The taste is light with grassy and lime hop notes. The malt is light. Not necessarily cracker like but it's dry. A touch of metal in the finish.

The feel is light almost watery with prickly carbonation. Dry with a grassy bitter finish.

An ok Pils. Needs a little more presence.

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Pilsner from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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