Pep Talk
Bearded Iris Brewing

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Bearded Iris Brewing
Tennessee, United States
German Pilsner
Ranked #189
Ranked #17,493
3.87 | pDev: 8.79%
Mar 07, 2023
Feb 17, 2019
Very Good
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Notes: Our latest pilsner blends Perle + Hallertau Blanc + Nelson into an uplifting conversation of bright key lime, sparkling white grape cider, and overripe passion fruit. We can all use a PEP TALK now and then, can't we?
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Reviewed by cosmicoutershel333

3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Tried this one last week and its taste wasn’t as impressive as it looked. The can was super cool but it tasted as stinky as it smelled. I know some lagers can be super malty and sometimes that brews strangely. It was like a stronger Budweiser and it won’t be a go-to of mine…however, I am interested in trying more brews from this company because I'm sure they’ve got at least a few beers that I’d enjoy! I did like the feel of this brew; it was just carbonated enough and had a light, swishy feel. But I’d definitely pass this for a Narragansett or PBR (my go-to lagers!).
Mar 07, 2023
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Reviewed by beercam from Colorado

4.9/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Exquisite pils! Maybe not the most approachable but duh? Let’s get into it. Aroma? Literally tremendously expressive of the grain choice………… odd, sharp first instant of flavor at first sip, but then just absolutely blossoms and blooms into rich, fresh, deep bready flourishes. I mean.. yum. Imagining this with a reuben……… Some cool pine, peach, guava nuance in the back third as the malt and yeast play and wrap up with the hop. A lovely, lovely pils style offering… thank you so much….. enjoy……..
Nov 12, 2022
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Reviewed by BigGold from Mississippi

3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had Pep Talk (when still called Pils) at The Bitter Alibi, Chattanooga, poured from pint can, bottom stamped "ONLY IF YAWTO" and (apparently) canned on "04.08.21," into tumbler.

Pours bright but straw-gold with 1-finger foamy, sticky near-white head, with excellent retention, leaving chunks of sticky lace scattered down the glass. Hugely sweet malt aroma off pour, with mild malt continuing through trace aromas of noble spices and citrus, and finally into nice white wine grape aromas. Begins with crisping carbonation delivering moderate cracker malt sweetness, then some mild tropical and sweet stone fruits, over the continuing cracker malt, and carrying into a notably crisp, drying finish.

Although I'm displeased at the can label rebranding, from the apparently confusing original "Pils" to the acceptably common "Lager," this is an above-average, German tradition-honoring, modern world-spanning pilsner.
Nov 01, 2022
Rated: 3.16 by vol4life88 from Tennessee

Oct 27, 2022
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Crystal clear, light golden body; dense, slow rising carbonation bubbles; thick, white head, partially creamy texture with sculpted looks. Refreshing delicate malt nose; light biscuit; light citrus element; floral. Light, clean taste; slight malt sensation; light to moderate hop bitterness; touch of white wine. Light body; crisp; delicate.

While the taste lacks depth with malt flavors, the beer as a whole is light, clean and refreshing.

Pouring temperature: 42.3 ℉; canning info: MOH THE LAUNDRY 05.24.22
Sep 03, 2022
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I think I got this from either Aloha in Carson City or Craft in Reno. They're the usual out of our distro, distro places.

Pours a bright yellow color. Canary. Not clear, not "hazy," kind of hits in that cloudy yellow realm. Like in that Outkast song about not getting the job with the post office. That would be funny if defensive guy had to take another job, running your own creation into the red, hilarious. Must be why he laughs so much, beats crying, yeah, you thought it was rain. World's ugliest man wouldn't recognize this somewhat attractive looking beer.

The aroma didn't really pop much in the Nelson vein. Had more of a hallertau melon blanc going for it. But with bitterness.

The taste still leans away from Nelson. If you came here looking for Nelson or leadership, you're going to be sorely disappointed. It does have a discernable lager yeast, that is worth something. This had more of a melon, french oak, pronounced bitterness like an ipa scene. I liked it, but didn't think it was a good showcase for the Nelson hop. Lacked a dry crisp mouth feel to the degree I want too.
Aug 15, 2022
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Reviewed by gatornation from Florida

3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a clear light lemon wheat color with a thin white head . Smell has lemon wheat and bread notes with grapes and melon. Taste has pale malts ,white grapes ,melon and lemon grass. Mouth is crisp has some wine notes some dryness in finish.
Jul 31, 2022
Rated: 4 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Jul 10, 2022
Rated: 4.06 by RoyalKaiju

Jul 03, 2022
Rated: 3.81 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Jul 01, 2022
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
It's clear that the influence of light lager isn't going anywhere anytime soon. But the traditional style does need upgrades from time to time. Dragging it into the twenty-first century is going to require a pep talk.

And that discussion starts with Bearded Iris' pilsner-type lager that pours a near bright medium straw appearance with streaming carbonation to fuel a stark white, loose and loft froth. A bright and citrusy bouquet kicks things off as Pep Talk's early introductions are soft and bready with a firm hop spice and fruit aromatics to grace the nose. Bready sweetness greets the tongue with wafer, fresh dough and a softness of honeysuckle sweetness.

Fleeting sweetness paves the way for a spicier, drier and wafer-like middle palate as the fruitiness of apple, pear, grape and lime add a curiosity in flavors from the Perle, Hallertau Blanc and Nelson Sauvin hop blend. Spicy in its bitterness, hints of lemon balm, green tea, sassafras and verbena add a peppery jolt to the elevated bitter balance of the lager.

Medium bodied and trending dry, spicy and refreshing, Pep Talk will give more adventurous craft beer drinkers a session of satisfaction while giving fans of pilsner a taste of familiarity. Finishing spicy, refreshing and off-clean, the beer extends with an elevated bitterness more than that of traditional German or Czech varieties.
Apr 20, 2022
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Reviewed by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Just a really clean beer to drink. Light yellow in color with a frothy head that leaves nice lacing. Noses slightly citrus only slightly taste is like a Pilsner
Apr 18, 2022
Rated: 3.71 by jakecattleco from California

Apr 06, 2022
Rated: 4.41 by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

Feb 24, 2022
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
16oz can served in a footed pilsner glass. There's a date on it, but it's really hard to read. It might be 06.08.21. Received from @WunderLlama as part of NBS BIF #14. Or possibly as a random, unrelated package after the fact. Not totally clear.

Pours clear yellow with a fairly large head that collapses to a clumpy sheet, moderate active carbonation. Smell is lightly grainy, lots of lemon zest, and definitely grassy.

Taste is leaning in on the lemon, brings out more graininess, kind of a biscuity flavor. Grassiness is there, but kind of softened.

Mouthfeel is light, but almost watery. Overall...this is pretty good, but maybe showing its age.
Jan 31, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by RBorsato from Virginia

Dec 09, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Dec 01, 2021
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Reviewed by Newtobeet345 from Georgia

3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
my wifes pick at the brewery as not a big fan of their overwhelming style of doubles. Nice golden color with floral and piney notes. too many choices when at this place
Sep 30, 2021
Rated: 3.94 by Eman17 from Illinois

Aug 28, 2021
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Clear, crisp golden color, Nice thick frothy white head forms on the beer before dissipating.

Aroma has notes of crackery malts, straw, white wine and cider with a light floral/fruity hop note coming through.

Taste has notes of white wine grapes, green grapes, white wine, cider, with a slight fruity note. A touch of earthy woodiness comes through along with a light bitterness towards the back end.

Feel is light, crisp, easy drinking and refreshing. Bright carbonation,

A hoppy "modern" pils for sure, but a delicious one, The hops work so well in this one. Its a delicious crispy boi as the kids says.
Aug 10, 2021
Rated: 3.52 by SonOfKyuss from Virginia

Jun 09, 2021
Rated: 3.69 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Apr 19, 2021
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Wow, an 83. I didn't look at this ahead of time before splurging on a 4 pack. We'll see if it's warranted.
16 oz can, snapped off from a spicy little 4 pack, dated 9/3/20, purchased at Frugal MacDoogal's in NashTenn.
Bearded Iris Teku.

Has a foggy, hazy blonde, with a creamy cap of 3 fingers. Lands at about 1 finger, with lots of wonderful lace up the sides.

Aroma is a great mix of straw-like malts and both old-world European hops and new-world American hops. At first sniff it's nothing spectacular, but the more I agitate it, the more I get. Some citrus, hay, pear, lime, tangerine, white grapefruit, pineapple, and muscat. It all comes together to form a honey-kissed white wine oak bouquet. This is actually very very impressive. Probably the most complex bouquet in a pilsner I've encountered.

The flavor brings red grapefruit, then pilsner malt, cracker, hay, blood orange, and honeyed malt. Some additional notes of muscat, lemon, and tangerine surface. On the back palate it's a bit like a tasty tangerine seltzer with white wine notes. It has a pretty hefty amount of grass and pine as well, leaning more on the bitter side, perhaps rivaling some pale ales from the west coast. I will admit for a pilsner it is a bit too bitter.

Feel is heavily carbonated, semi-clean, with some moderate cling and a dry, crisp finish. No alcohol heat.

Overall, a crafty and tasty pilsner with a couple caveats - the bitterness and carbonation are a bit much. It is a dry, crispy pilsner with some interesting white wine notes but has a real big west coast pine thing going on as well. I think I'd probably pass it up next time as I'd rather spend an extra $5 to nab a double IPA from them instead. This was a nice trial though, and definitely better than the "83" it has. It's just a testament to how good the beer is in the east - this one stands under some tall shadows.

Price paid : $10.99 / 4 pack
Would buy again : nah
Oct 31, 2020
Rated: 3.54 by peabody from Kentucky

May 01, 2020
Rated: 3.64 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Mar 07, 2020
Rated: 3.79 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Mar 07, 2020
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Reviewed by hops_for_thought from New York

3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
On draft at a brunch restaurant, glass a bit cold to begin with/still dealing with a cold

L: straw gold and clear, highly carbonated decently thick white head

S: piney/floral, some citrus notes

T: piney/floral, bit sharp on the finish

F: well carbonated, crisp body a bit smoother than I expected

O: solid pils for sure, look and feel there. Happy to see it on the menu, not looking to stock up
Feb 16, 2020
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Reviewed by adrianholt from Tennessee

5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is the perfect modern interpretation of a Pils. Clean lager look and mouth feel, but with a phenomenal hop character (old world floral, with new age fruity/lemon/white wine hops as well). The hops are not over powering, like a Pils should be. This is one beer that can please your non-craft and hop head friends both. I’m going on a limb here and saying it is the BEST Pils you’ve ever tasted. This one stays in my fridge all the time.
Dec 12, 2019
Rated: 3.8 by wisegreensoul from Idaho

Oct 12, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Oct 03, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Sep 02, 2019
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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a snifter glass. Slightly hazy look with a yellow-straw color and a thick white head that slowly settled. Nice lacing in the glass. The aroma was floral, spicy, and earthy with a hint of citrus and faint bready malt. The taste showcased the clean Pilsner malt with a bready and slightly sweet flavor. The bitterness was moderate and maybe a touch less than other German Pilsners that I've enjoyed. Definitely more fruity in character than floral. The Nelson is there providing white wine and a faint dankness, and the passion fruit was also there but really subtle. Overall a well-constructed beer but the hop profile was not as flavorful as I expected.
Jul 20, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by addiwilliams from Virginia

May 20, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

May 19, 2019
Rated: 3.92 by chris826 from Mississippi

May 18, 2019
Rated: 3.98 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Feb 24, 2019
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