Pep Talk
Bearded Iris Brewing

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Bearded Iris Brewing
Tennessee, United States
Pilsner - German
Ranked #170
Ranked #17,132
3.87 | pDev: 7.75%
Apr 20, 2022
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

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
3.71 by jakecattleco from California on Apr 06, 2022
4.41 by Sludgeman from District of Columbia on Feb 24, 2022
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3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by snaotheus from Washington

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
3.5 by RBorsato from Virginia on Dec 09, 2021
4.21 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Dec 01, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Newtobeet345 from Georgia

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
3.94 by Eman17 from Illinois on Aug 28, 2021
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4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by FBarber from Illinois

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
3.52 by SonOfKyuss from Virginia on Jun 09, 2021
3.69 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Apr 19, 2021
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4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by hoptheology from South Dakota

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
3.54 by peabody from Kentucky on May 01, 2020
3.64 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Mar 07, 2020
3.79 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Mar 07, 2020
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3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by hops_for_thought from New York

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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5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by adrianholt from Tennessee

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
3.8 by wisegreensoul from Idaho on Oct 12, 2019
3.79 by jaxon53 from Connecticut on Oct 03, 2019
3.75 by FLBeerGuy from Florida on Sep 02, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Buck89 from Tennessee

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
3.75 by addiwilliams from Virginia on May 20, 2019
3.92 by chris826 from Mississippi on May 18, 2019
3.98 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Feb 24, 2019
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