Neumarkter Lammsbräu (Organic) Pilsner
Neumarkter Lammsbräu

Neumarkter Lammsbräu (Organic) PilsnerNeumarkter Lammsbräu (Organic) Pilsner
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Pilsner - German
Ranked #34
Ranked #12,754
3.95 | pDev: 12.15%
Neumarkter Lammsbräu
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Neumarkter Lammsbräu (Organic) PilsnerNeumarkter Lammsbräu (Organic) Pilsner
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Sigmund from Norway

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml green bottle, now available in Norway (Vinmonopolet). Crystal clear pale golden colour, large and lasting head, leaves a nice lacing. Aroma has surprisingly much (for a pilsener, that is) malty sweetness, some aromatic hops too. Notes of grass, hay and honey. Flavour has distinct and very good hops, balanced by a mellow maltiness in the background. Bitter aftertaste. A very good pils in my book, as far as pilseners go. The multinational brewers of cheap pale lager swill have something to learn here! Like all beers from Neumarkter Lammsbräu, it is organic.

Mar 06, 2006
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:

Hmm ... organic and naturally carbonated, no use of hop oils either. One could say this is a retro German Pils, as most of the mainstream Pilsners have resorted to more industrial-style techniques. We held back the last ounce or so of beer to ensure a clear pour, seeing the thin layer of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Very clear, pale golden-yellow color, masterful work with the lacing as there are rings on the glass after each sip. Sweet grain smell, a light honey-like and grassy character, hops come off a little herbal and spicy, but stay soft in the aroma. The carbonation runs very deep and does not skip a sip with the sublime crispness. Right from the get-go, the malt and hops battle it out for dominance, and they end up calling a truce as both seem to meld middle to end. Extremely clean malt palate with a long-running graininess. Hops supply an even amount of bitterness, flavor goes from lemon oil to herbal to spicy. Clean and dry finish.

This is an amazing beer, and we hope will help teach the masses in the US what German beer is all about, or even to narrow it down a bit ... what Bavarian beer is all about. Pen this one in on your must-try list.

Sep 20, 2010
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Todd from California

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

0.5L bottle from the source in Germany.

Crystal clear, pale, golden colored beer with a ton of carbonation activity, creating a creamy foam head w/ trailing lace.

Aroma is soft and pleasant with herbal hop characters, faint mint, lime pith, metallic, and edge of bready malt. Clean.

Light-bodied, crisp with a seltzer soda-like tingle on the palate, and refreshing. Creamy mouthfeel.

Nice smacking of lime upfront, touch of hop oil in the feel, herbal notes follow. Malts are subdued, offering a touch of sweetness and crackery grain to balance things out. Finish is dry with a residual hop presence, cereal grains, and hay.

Pure lager bliss. A most outstanding German Pils. And it's an organic / bio beer. Damn shame that this level of quality Pils is not widely available in the US.

Apr 22, 2008
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bcm119 from California

4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the organic pils. Hazy light straw color, bright white head. Fresh, grassy eastern European hop aroma with a bit of honey sweetness. Bright, upfront flavors of pilsner malts and grassy hops. A touch of grain, with a fleeting, light honey sweetness in the middle. Smooth undertones of doughy bread. Crisp, clean, real German flavors. Very nice, one of the best Pils I've had.

Jul 20, 2010
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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

UPDATE: I bought a fresh bottle of this at the Vorwerk Podemus BioBahnhof in Dresden for my train ride to Wien for € 1,19 with just a ,08 deposit. I damned near missed my train doing it, but it was worth it. It was in a brown bottle (not green as before), and not skunked. This was 30.12.13 and the bottle was dated "best by" 03.04.14". My score for the aroma has been upgraded from a 3.5 to a 4.0, and flavor has gone from a 4.0 to a 4.25.

Appearance: Deep golden body beneath a creamy cap of white froth. Head retention is very good. Lacing is better-than-average.

Smell: Unfortunately, this sample is light-struck and expresses the typical "skunkiness" of many European lagers in green bottles. Beyond that it has a rich, grainy maltiness to it. Some grassy and herbal hop notes are also detected once the nose becomes accustomed to the skunkiness.

Taste: The malt is rich, bready, and grain-like. Very straight-forward. The hops are grassy and just slightly herbal. Bitterness is kept in check, and it's maltiness dominates at the start, but is quickly coat-tailed by zesty hop flavors. Nicely balanced! Full of flavor but not over-done, and certainly very drinkable!

Mouthfeel: The decidedly medium body is anchored by a fine bubbled, moderate carbonation that gives just enough tingle to the tongue while leaving it creamy and smooth. That helps to soften the bitterness a bit as well, leaving the malt in the spotlight.

Drinkability: Really nicely done. Great malt flavor, great hop flavors, great balance and finish. The skunkiness was the only problem. Well worth trying!

Jul 01, 2008
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francisweizen from Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Oct 01, 2013
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merlin48 from Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce green bottle. This organic pilsner pours a hazy yellow gold body with a tall vanilla white head. Retention is excellent and blotches of clingy lace sticks to the pils glass.

Aroma opens with grassy and herbal hops, followed by notes of lime peel and black pepper. As it warms, bready sourdough hints emerge.

Mouthfeel has a lively carbonation and light medium body. Very smooth, even velvety on the palate.

Taste has a spicy and herbal hop bitterness. A lemon zest twang segues into fresh lime juice notes as it warms. A hint of honey sweetness from the mostly dry and crackery malt adds a nice touch as it warms. Mineral notes are present and add a complexity I've not encountered in a pilsner. Finishes clean.

Wow! This is one of the better beers of any type that I've recently sampled. Definitely one of the best pilsners I've ever had. Excellent!

Sep 04, 2010
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asabreed from New York

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle into a Pilsner glass. I love the shape of this bottle, and it's different from many I've seen. Thin neck and bulbous bottom, almost weapon-like, as if anticipation as set in for some kind of defense at a bar. There's a lamb on the top of a barrel and it says Organic Pilsner, so I hope this is the right brew and I shouldn't start a new one.

Appearance: Golden with mild haze, tons of bubbles shooting to the top (even after a few minutes), and almost a 3/4" head that seems fairly tireless.

Smell: Herbal hops, breadiness, earthiness, hints of citrus, but all of it's at least seemingly very freshly heady and nice.

Taste: Fresh herbal hops, pilsner malts, earthiness, doughiness, breadiness, and all that good stuff comes through amazingly well. The legitimate freshness of this pils is hard to deny. I'm not sure I've had a better version in a long time, if ever.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy, but feels the slightest bit undercarbonated.

Drinkability: I bought a 4-pack for $8.99 on the word from a trusted fellow friend at a store, and it was a good purchase, especially since I'm not the biggest pilsner fan on the planet. The weather's calling for it, and he talked about the freshness, and I can see how and why. Light and complex and balanced and fresh and an awesome beer for this kind of weather. Plus the complexity comes from the ingredients -- at 4.8% ABV -- and not from the alcohol, which is true of every solid German brew I've ever had -- the real thing, not the domestics.

Jun 06, 2008
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tastybeer from North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lovely fluffy white head settles to a nice 1/4" layer. The beer itself is ultra clear and light amber in color. Aroma is zesty, peppery, lemon, cracker grains, sweet and clean. Nice dry flavors....grains, spicy floral hops. This beer has a ripe greeness to it. Good slick mouthfeel. Carbonation is good but pretty chill for this style of beer.

Dec 25, 2013
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drabmuh from Maryland

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a cute novelty I saw in the cooler at a local bar, I ordered it because of the lamb on the label, and it was German, and I had not had it before.

"Organic Pilsner" - interesting. Poured from a bottle into a kolsch glass. Beer is a little hazy, this is surprising for a pilsner. Beer is yellow and has moderate carbonation, not a lot of head but its fine.

Smell is unoffensive, just a regular smell. May have the slightest hint of skunk to it.

Beer is wet and clean. Finishes cleanly and is very refreshing. There is some hint of the sulfur in the flavor but I don't find it distracting or especially out of style. Drinkability is high, a good little beer.

Nov 13, 2009
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Hibernator from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Organic Pilsner
12 oz green bottle
Served in a Harpoon Leviathan glass and out of the bottle

I picked up a four pack of this beer earlier today. I'd never seen it before, I think the bottle design and packaging is very well done.

Once I capped this bottle, I got an instant whiff of skunk. A scent i'm familiar with after drinking Beck's and Heineken over the years. After I poured the beer in a glass, all of those off-notes disappeared.

Pours a straw yellow with a fluffy white head. Little carbonation bubbles race to the top of the glass.

Whiffs of cereal and grains.

This is a nicely crafted pilsener, I really like the soft mouthfeel. Flavors of cereal, grains and toasted bread. A touch of fruit sweetness, perhaps apple or pear.

The beer finishes with a nice hop snap that features a peppery bite. A super clean and drinkable brew.

Aug 27, 2011
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a pillowy head that retains at one finger and drapes lace down the sides of the pilsener glass

Smell: Bready aroma, with some honey sweetness and grassy hops

Taste: Bready, at the outset, with the citrusy/grassy hops delivering by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweeter malts return to the foreground, though there are hints of lemon and lime citrus

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This beer verges toward the sweet side relative to other pilseners I have tasted and also has an interesting hop profile - more citrus and less noble hops than I would have expected; having said that, it is very refreshing and enjoyable

Jan 09, 2010
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drpimento from Wisconsin

3.12/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This came from a green glass bottle, but without skunk. Poured with a small, fine head that slowly faded and a little lace. Color is a very slightly hazy yellow and has some small bubble trails. Aroma is grain, malt, a little hop. Flavor shallow, with noticable bite on the tongue from the carbonation, a little underlying malt sweetness and only a hint of hop. Smells better than tastes. Body is ok, carbonation a bit sharp. Finish is like flavor and has some length. Also, surprisingly, a bit of alcohol warmth. Nothing special; better than macro and nice that it's organic.

Jun 26, 2011
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mynie from Maryland

3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stormin' MA, along with Tannen Zäpfle and some others, as part of a series of ultra expensive premium German imports. Zaple was fantastic, so I didn't think too hard about dropping 11 bucks on a four-pack of Lammsbrau.

Also, labeling really goes overboard stressing the "organic" angle.

Nice pour. Slight haze, heavily effervescent, straw-colored with an excellent, rocky head.

Smells a bit tame, almost more like a municher than a pils. Straw, grass, flowers, and a little bit of dry hops.

Tastes as it smells: nicely brewed, excellent balance, but pretty darn meek for the style. Starts with grass, dandelions, and yeast, gets a bit more bitter and sharp as it goes along but still never reaches the level of complexity I would like to see out of a beer that costs almost three bucks a bottle.

Am I a snob? Kinda. But super-premium price should mean super-premium beer, and while this is very nicely brewed I just don't think it was worth the money.

May 08, 2015
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BeerZack from North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden straw color with a frothy looking head that pours an initial 2 fingers high. Smells of lightly spicy and clean grassy hops with soda-cracker-like pils malt undertone. Taste is more balanced that I would have guessed from the nose. The initial bitterness from the hops is almost immediately supported by a soft biscuity malt that smooths the bitter edge into a dry crispness. Has one of those dry but quenching finishes that makes me want to take another drink immediately after the last drink.

Mar 26, 2013
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight haze, decanted off the yeast at the bottom, supposedly why the bottle has that odd design. Glowing goldenrod orange. Sticky drips of lacing form an attractive crown, and the white foam remains for the duration of the glass.

Soft malty bread dough aroma, slight lager skunk that fades after a minute, herbal and grassy. Unmistakably German and very clean.

Flavor is similarly malty with a lemony, herbal hop character. Much like a tea with honey and herbs. Clean and soft feel, biscuity malt flavor. Pleasant with a dry aftertaste. Very simple and balanced, subtle with ever so slight nuances.

The packaging was pretty wordy, and detailed their environmentally friendly practices, which I applaud. They use ColdTrack™, which is a fully refrigerated line of transport & distribution. Hopefully Whole Foods picks them up, this seems tailor made for them.

Dec 01, 2010
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grotonmarketguy from Massachusetts

4.76/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the perfect German Pils. It is so clean, so balanced, so light and fresh. I'd like to mention that it is not as crisp as other pilsners, the hops are there but they perfectly blend into the other flavors of the beer. Just mellow. This tastes like what a fresh Pilsener on draft in Germany tastes like. The closest thing I've seen in a bottle. Pound these all summer long.

Jul 24, 2011
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1whiskey from Oregon

5/5  rDev +26.6%

May 18, 2013
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wcudwight from North Carolina

3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow with a thin wispy head. Nice lacing.
Smells like fresh cut grass.
Lot's of pale malts and grassy hops. This one packs a lot of flavor into a light bodied session beer. I like this one quite a bit. Easy to drink. Good pool, sports, bbq beer.

Nov 16, 2010
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma kind of faint but contains lager yeast, grain, light malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and lager yeast, then some light malt sweetness comes in. The hops presence is good for the style and provides a nice balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent poundable beer worth drinking for a long time.

Jan 02, 2011
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Latarnik from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

May 26, 2014
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma grainy malts, grass, lemon, dough, faint honey. Taste light sweet malt, hint honey, floral, & lemon, grass. Crisp & clean finish.

Jan 28, 2015
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seanyfo from Scotland

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

50cl bottle poured into Spaten seidel

BBE 30 Jan 2013

A- 4 finger tight white creamy head sits atop a straw blonde body with a bit of a hue. Lacing and head retention are very good. Mark off for clarity.

S- Earthy hop, peppery, some lemon in there too.

T- Lemon zestiness up front balanced by the more earthy hops and peppery notes coming through. Finish is lager clean with a subtle hint of earthy hop lingering.

M- Delicate on the palate. Medium carbonation, light body.

D- Looks and smells great. The flavour profile is excellent, i just would have liked the flavours to be slightly bolder, particularly the hop bite. Nevertheless, mouthfeel is faultless for me, so so easy to drink. A refreshing clean lager, if being pick just needs a bolder flavour intensity. Great stuff.

Dec 09, 2012
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cjgator3 from Florida

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a nice white head that leaves a ton of lacing around the glass and features very good retention qualities as well.

S- The aroma is very nice I must say. I could smell it as I was pouring it in the glass. A lot of pilsner malt and grassy hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is light bodied with a lot of pale pilsner malts and a good dose of spicy grassy hops in the finish. Much more of a bite in the finish than I was expecting, I'm liking it so far.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- The drinkability with this one is very high for me. This is a perfect session beer. Under 5% ABV and full of flavor. Highly Recommended!

Apr 03, 2010
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dedrinker from Kansas

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw golden with a touch of haze and a white, tightly packed rocky three finger head. Aromas of fresh baked bread, a whiff of minty hops and the slightest mineral/metallic tang. Right off the bat I can taste whole leaf hops in here. Most German pils use hop extract that merely leaves balancing bitterness, but this is the first (ok second) German lager I've ever had where I could taste hop flavor rather than just sensing the bitterness on the finish. These hops have a fresh floral quality that still retains some minty notes from the aroma. The light cracker malt flavor plays a supporting role for the breezy hops. Not hop-head-style hops mind you, but a hoppy presence that actually requires an informed pallet (your mouth goes searching for the hops - the hops don't punch you in the mouth). Now this beer is truly worthy of a "kiss of the hops" slogan. Finishes with dry malt and another dash of mild and delicate hops. I would call the subtle-yet-overt whole leaf hopping of this German Pilsner...sublime.

May 18, 2008
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