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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Ratings: 161 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mjgpy3
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.75/5  rDev +25%
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 JamieDuncan
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

So admittedly I had this beer after about 10 hours in the sun and no food for about 5 hours. Plus, I had not had a beer in 3 days. So this was the best tasting Pils I had ever had. Will have to revisit when I can make a more reasoned appraisal.

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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 pathman
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/20/17 can

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Photo of RBorsato
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a can.

Look: A beautiful beer that pours a translucent golden yellow straw color with a big frothy three finger head of snow white foam. The head fizzles away quickly and does not lace the glass well.

Aroma: Fruity with notes sweet lemon, tart apples and oranges, malted cereal grains and dried hay.

Taste: Very nice. Clean tasting with an initial fruity character and a dry, floral finish that's complemented by mild notes of sweet crystal malt. Upfront notes of lemon candy, orange spice and mildly tart apple juice; there are even hints of bubblegum. Midpalate notes of fusty, dried hay. Finishes sweet, with a mildly floral crystal malt taste.

Feel: For a pilsner it's full bodied. Mildly carbonated. Dry, floral, slightly sweet and spicy. Alcohol profile is non-existant.

Overall: I'm not the biggest fan of pilseners, but this was quit enjoyable. An easy drinking beer you can just throw back and enjoy without having to think about it too much. I can see this beer going over well with food at a barbecue. Thirst quenching and tasty, I will be purchasing more of this in the future.

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Photo of Pete9094
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very nice German Pilsner. Crisp,snappy quaffer. Great warm weather beer but I would drink this year round!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 fx20736
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25


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Photo of DuaneL
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

JK thought she didn't like German pilsner (don't like Victory's version, for instance) but this one very nice; DL wants to buy next time at Elkton

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Photo of Drewvel
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JRed
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Transparent golden in body with white bubbly head. Aroma of honeysuckle, lemon, fresh grains. Tastes of lemon, honeysuckle, cereal, wheat, pear. Light bodied with light carbonation. Refreshing and the subtle fruit is a nice touch.

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Photo of LeftHanded666
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of calebc10410
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of necoadam
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale lager? No, this is more of a pilsner, like the bottle states. Pours out a hazy golden color with a huge amount of carbonation which should be common in a pils. Smell consisted of hops, malts, and some pine aromas? It was something along those lines but it did seem strange. Taste was hoppy and citrusy, almost like a grapefruit-like bitterness to it. Lots of carbonation in this brew and it makes it good. A good pils should have a decent amount of carbonation. This would make a great session beer. I really like the bitterness in this one, it's not over the top, but it restates what the taste is like. A fine brew.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Limpid yellow-amber beneath a pure white head that persists for a bit and generates an attractive display of lace; broken sheets up top, solid sheets down below. The cap remains humped in the center as it melts, looking for all the world like a marshmallow milkshake.

The nose is snazzy and Saazy. It's floral and spicy and lemony all at once. This is my kind of pilsener nose, heavy on the citrus zest. I'm betting that those noble have some companions who speak with American accents. Lightly toasted malt is noticed as well, which is both surprising and welcome.

The flavor follows the nose fairly closely, with the exception being that Saaz hops are now clearly in charge. Lemon zest has, unfortunately, taken a back seat. Overly lemony, citrusy pilseners may not be classic (don't tell Victory), but as a combination lemonophile/hophead, I love 'em.

There's no doubt that the flavor profile is as rounded and as approachable as it is because it's coddled by a generous quantity of pils malt. The result is a very well-balanced, easy drinking beer that I could put away by the jeroboam. I'm pleased to report that the finish is increasingly bitter and features a return engagement with lemon zest. An active mouthfeel works well given the rest of the beer's attributes.

It's difficult for me to find pilseners that I really love (Prima Pils is an unapproachable standout). This one is very good though and I could see myself purchasing a few sixers every summer if I lived in the distribution area. Pilsner is yet more evidence that Southern Tier is one of the great, underrated craft breweries. Consider yourself lucky to have ready access HappyHourHero, and thanks for giving me temporary access.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Considering this was bottled on 9/9/16 (8 months old), its still respectable. Would like to taste again fresh.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 IronLover
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale yellow in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a moderate, soapy, bright white foam with good retention. Medium pilsner malt and delicate floral and spicy hop aromas. Medium bodied with soft, medium carbonation and a creamy smooth feel through the middle. Light warmth from the middle to the finish. Medium light malt flavors with medium herbal spicy hops and medium high bitterness. Finished crisply and cleanly with light malt and spicy reminders. A solid pilsner. Crisp, clean, flavor and easy drinking.

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