Manor Hill Brewing

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German Pilsner
Ranked #66
Ranked #14,672
3.99 | pDev: 8.77%
Manor Hill Brewing
Maryland, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 31
Photo of SliceofKimbo
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pilsners are my preferred style for weekly fridge stocking, and this is one of my favorites. Hits all the right notes and at 5.3% ABV, it is perfect for extended sessions. Likely not widely available given the size of the brewery, so if you see this one, grab it. Perfect for serving to a crowd of friends.

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Photo of Squire
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light gold color with good white cap and lacing.

Aroma of slightly herbal, floral, spicy hops with sweet malt underneath.

Taste begins with a hop firmness that overrides the malt but by mid palate the malt emerges finishing on a slightly sweet note. For me the hops are definitely in the herbal, spicy camp but there is enough malt presence to balance things out.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Overall it's a good take on the style and worthy of the Pilsner name.

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Photo of mpyle
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy D. White for the can

Golden color, very slight chill haze. Pours a modest sized white head, creamy and lingering.

Nice herbal/spicy hop aroma. A bit of a nuttiness from the hops as well. Minimal malt aroma, no off aromas.

A little bit of malt, but pretty much a pleasant hop bomb of a pilsner. Floral/spicy noble hop flavors, and fairly assertive hop bitterness. Bitter and drying in the finish.

Light to medium body, fairly high carbonation as expected for the style. The combination of carbonation and hop bitterness is borderline unpleasant on the tongue - no astringent, but slightly harsh.

Overall a great pilsner from a brewery in my region. Definitely like the aroma and initial flavor more than the finish, but small quibbles.

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Photo of pizzabutt
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a can into a manor hill 16oz nonic pint glass.

appearance: looks nice, but not anything special. a nice pale gold with a fluffy white head, roughly 3cm. quickly fades to a wispy cap.

smell: right off the bat, a strong smell of hay and grass. there's a bit of floral hoppiness as well.

taste: the taste is what made me love this beer. the initial taste is slightly bready. following that is a sharp but well rounded pine that lingers and quickly mellows out. notes of honey and biscuit show up in the aftertaste.

feel: very well rounded. nice carbonation and a flavorful but light body.

overall: an excellent refreshing beer. excellent for drinking in the pool but it's great for any other season as well. the amount of flavor this packs for such a drinkable beer is incredible. i'd recommend this to anyone who likes pilsners.

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Photo of Lucular
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent pilsner. Bright hops, slightly floral, with delightful bready/biscuity undertones. Probably my favorite beer from Manor Hill to date. Glad I picked it up.

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Photo of grover37
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can. Slight haze, great retention and lacing. Big nose of crackery malt and floral, earhy hops. Beautiful. Flavor follows and is sharp and a touch fruity. Dry and crisp with a lingering muted malt sweetness.

Incredible beer. Did not expect this.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a lightly hazy golden amber color (naturtruebes??) with a nice, robust head. Nice hop forward Pilsner scent. The mouth gets an enjoyable lightly malty and hoppy taste. Yum!

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Libbey style pilsner glass. Canned September 7th 2017.

Pale lemon, but with a very green hue to the body color. Real good clarity, with a touch of little carbonation, and a thick rocking bleach white head. Stands a solid three fingers in height, with soapy big bubbled retention. Very nice looking beer.

Hop forward aroma for a pils, that makes a mark somewhere between grass and lemon. A bit of spritzy lemon oil like sensation on the nose

Palate has a hop forward front. Large amouts of lemon and herbal grass flavors on first sip. Chewy body with a touch of sweetness that cuts through a decisive and lingering hop bitterness. Lots of grassy aftertaste and fresh herb finish on the swallow. Mixing dough like malt for a solid backbone a touch of malt sweetness on the end gives a little contrast.

It's a hop forward German pils and while it strays a bit it's a good example of a simple amped up style.

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Photo of brewerdrew
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in 16oz pint glass at the breweries Tavern a few miles from the brewery.

Very nice Pilsner ... slightly hazy with an assertive European Hop character.

If you like German Pilsners absolutely worth tracking down. If possible get it on draft ... I've had it in cans and while still good it shows better on draft as most all Pilsners do

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Photo of GrandpaGeorge
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I liked everything about this beer, from the great looking can to the last taste in the glass. Best of all, it's fresh (local for me). Nice hazy yellow, with a decent soft foamy head that laced the glass all the way down. Bright hops in the nose, but subtle--not in your face like an IPA. The mouthfeel was also soft, with slight carbonation that enhanced the balanced flavor. Biscuity malt with the mild hops bitterness and hint of fruity overtones makes it easy to drink. No off-tastes or strange/sour aftertastes. Drained the glass and didn't feel it (thanks to the reasonable ABV). I liked it so much I went out and bought another 6-er. Definitely keeping these cans in the fridge for regular quaffing.

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Photo of BubbleChamber
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pale yellow. Very light body. Mild citrus and grassiness. Not enough hop spiciness or carbonation, but still quaffable if very cold. —Reviewed 2017/07/25

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Photo of cjgiant
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Can dated 6/22:
Pours a pale golden with a white haze - blurrying in nature. Head is white and doesn't build too large on my pour, but maintains a cap and provides really nice, full lacing.

Nose and taste both have a note in them that I have found in some German beers (including beers by Hacker Pschorr and Hofbrau). At its worst, It comes to me as an olive-like note. Luckily it isn't too bad or strong in this beer, but it did affect my enjoyment of the beer.

Nose has a light white bread aspect to it up front, with some of the aforementioned "off" note. That luckily dies away pretty well, with a little more or a light grassy and citrus note replacing it.

Taste starts with the bread, fairly light and pretty clean. As the beer goes over the tongue a lemon note comes in. This transforms slightly, and begins to border on a rotting citrus like taste (but doesn't get to olive juice). Fairly malty overall, a neutral to maybe the lightest dry grass bitterness keeps it a bit in check.

I could easily drink this if offered, but even ignoring the "off note," I'd say it's missing a little more bitterness in the back for my liking.

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Photo of BJB13
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 6/22/17
12 oz. can poured into a nonic style pint glass.

The slightly cloudy, pale golden body is topped with one finger of firm white foam. The head doesn't have great staying power and settles to a ring with thin lacing.

Decent strength aromas of corn, white grape and light floral hops are all mirrored in the taste with some grassy hop flavor as well. Moderate bitterness holds up through to the dry finish and the white grape opens up as the beer warms. The body is light to medium with a grainy texture and moderate carbonation that produces a bit of crisp bite.

Easy drinking and refreshing, I will enjoy more of these.

I'm not very experienced with this style but am liking it more and more. I'm probably not qualified to call it solid but other than maybe the appearance it seems well within the style guidelines.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw. Lots a crackery malt that makes up a very strong backbone for this delightful pilsner. The hops provide a nice spicy, peppery layer of texture. Overall, a very nice and drinkable pilsner, as it should be.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really well done Pilsner. Nice bready malts with equally balanced European hops. Grassy in aroma and taste. Really hits all the marks authentic pilsener lovers will like. Of course having a 2 week old pilsner fresh really helps as well.

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