Palatine Pils
Suarez Family Brewery

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #1
Ranked #1,200
4.31 | pDev: 6.5%
Suarez Family Brewery
New York, United States
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.6/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Roy_Hobbs for this one, from a recent ninja box. 16oz can (dated 12/9/20, with a drink by date of 3/3/21. Squeezing in just under the wire.) Poured into 14oz teku. Poured a lightly cloudy golden-yellow color with 1/2 inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was as expected, nice earthy grains, floral hops with a bit of spice.

Similar on the tongue, hits all the expected notes, but doesn't jump out in any particular way.

The body was light, clean, and crisp, but did have a touch of sweetness on the finish.

Drinkability was very good, you could easily drink these all day.

Overall, a very nice version of the style. Certainly a must-try if you see it.

Mar 07, 2021
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent head production; clear and lively golden body. Excellent head retention.

Leans on a wonderfully mild honey aroma, perfectly balanced with grass, touches of citrus and bark. The emphasis is on the delicate floral notes, and while it's not leaping from the glass, it's fantastic.

Very delicate on the palate, which really matches the nose. Slightly crackery malt base, not overly sweet nor earthy. The bitterness and hops are very grassy and brightly herbal, almost like parsley or basil. Quite dry, especially on the finish.

Very lively, with a light overall body.

This is a fairly classic German Pilsner, absolutely crushable if you wish, but worth savoring every sip.

Feb 21, 2021
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Beer is a crystal clear goldenrod with a foamy, coarse white head that sticks around. Nose is lightly tart lemon zest, iron, and a bright hop bitterness. Beer opens crisp and clean. I get notes of iron, wheat, husk and straw. A mellow but staccato hop bite in the middle announces this one nicely. Finishes with a hint of sweetness and a dry, resin bitterness. Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively on the palate and goes down crisp and clean with a dry finish and aftertaste. Super drinkable.

Weel made, solid, and very very drinkable.

Nov 26, 2020
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hops_for_thought from New York

4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can (16Sep2020) into a large weiss glass

L: beautiful clear light straw gold (srm ~3), with a large and fluffy white head. Fades after a few minutes, leaves some nice chunky lacing. High visible carbonation, great lacing left with each sip

S: lovely malt-forward german pilsner nose. Lots of bread, dough, and biscuit lead the sweet aroma, with some grassy/peppery/floral notes from the noble hops shining through. Very inviting, ideal nose on this thing

T: the nose doesn’t mislead, with the swallow delivering and then some. Really amazing waves of flavor, with excellent sweeter malt character (again bread, dough, biscuit) playing so well with a noble hops showcase (grassy, slightly spicy, some lemon maybe?). Medium-long finish, with this great fading bitterness that welcomes (or demands) the next sip

F: medium- body, high carbonation, very easy drinking, refreshing, slightly drying

O: don’t think this is shocking, find this to be an ideal pilsner. One of those beers that’s solid at first smell and swallow, but truly amazes in depth and drinkability with each sip/can/opportunity. Think if I had it onsite/side-pull it would be 5s across the board

Oct 28, 2020
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you EMH73 for this
16 oz can, dated 9/16/20, poured into a mug

A- A clear golden straw with a small white head head.

S- Sweet bread, some biscuits, pilsner malts, slightly earthy, floral, a little herbal.

T- Biscuits, sweet bread, earthy, pilsner malts, floral, slightly herbal, hints of citrus.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- Another great lager from Suarez. Very well balanced and easy to drink.

Oct 05, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

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

Pours a gorgeous golden straw color with the slightest bit of suspended haze and a soapy snow white head that provides the requisite lacing expected in the style (at least by me).

The nose is a noble hop smorgasbord of bready, grassy aromas with a subtle lemon note and crackery aromas from what I’m assuming is pilsner malt. I am in pilsner heaven.

The bread and grass flavors are forward, and the lemon is more substantial on the taste, and balanced by the crackery malt flavor. Everything is perfectly balanced and finished with a crispy mouthfeel.

Suarez’s lager game is truly world-class, IMHO. They are more than worthy of the hype they receive.

Oct 04, 2020
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Consumed 4/8/20

Pale gold, crystal clear, medium fluffy head
Even cleaner than Qualify, pale malts, pilsner malts, pale grains, light bread, bread dough, very lightly grassy, light grainy sweetness, touch of minerality/earth, clean finish
On the light side of medium, crispy, super clean

According to my tongue, Palatine is very similar to Qualify, but it's less hoppy and more dry. And for me, this is just about perfection for a pils. I would drink this all day, every day, given the opportunity. Getting to Suarez is not "convenient," but I would go back in a heartbeat for more pils.

Apr 08, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Jimmy, for these awesome pilsners.

Pint can - dated 12.11.19 - poured into a tall flared Euro lager pint at 44°F.

Pours a slightly clouded honey golden hue topped with three fingers of rocky, snow-white head with remarkable retention. Spotty lacing is left behind. Plenty of visible effervescence.

Nose: Delicate clean malted wheat and barley notes make up the soft, pale, pilsner malt base. A whiff of fresh bread. Very restrained hopping with classic European herbal, spicy, and grassy hop notes, with a little hint of lemon zest. Subdued, but clean, simple, and classy.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with a bright crisp pop of crackery pilsner malt which quixkly becomes more full and round with lots of malted barley. There's some minerality to it, but nothing like their Qualify Pils, though it still elevates the beer. Some citrus right out of the gate, followed by a bouquet of spicy, floral, herbal, and grassy hops. The malted barley note becomes so prominent, it truly behinds to taste like a single malt highland scotch whisky. Just before the finish, the hops come to a peak, contributing a subtle albeit detectable bitterness, with more spicy, herbal, and floral notes, until a slightly resinous bite peeks through. The citrus note fades, leaving mostly spicy and herbal flavours, and then those two slowly fade into the finish, leaving pure malted barley, really driving home that single malt vibe. There are little wafts of fruity lager yeast, but the beer is so clean, they're well hidden.

Mouthfeel/Body: Naturally, this beer is on the lighter side, but there's just way too much malt and hops for it to feel watery or thin - that's a compliment. Light, but very satisfying - still having some malty softness and hop oils to lend texture. Effervescence is great - lively enough, but not scratchy or soda-like. In a word? Crisp. In a few words? The perfect balance of light, snappy pilsner drinkability, snd enough texture from the craftsmanship. It feels handmade.

Overall: There is an almost rustic quality to this beer. It feels craft. It feels small batch. A big brewery conglomerate could never brew a beer like this. It's hearty, rustic, with lots of character and zero flaws, while remaining dainty, elegant, polished, and cohesive. A brilliant example, and one that really sets the bar for American lagers and pilsners. Above reproach.

Mar 13, 2020
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Very pale golden yellow pour from the 16oz can into a tulip glass. The body is very slightly cloudy and the cap has a thick and frothy texture and very nice retention. Webs of lace form in stripes around the glass after each sip.

S- Pretty obvious here but you take a sniff and immediately know what style of beer this is. Strength in both the pale grains, hops and a bit of yeast to balance it out. Doughy bread, crackery pale grains and a touch of minerals leading to floral, herbal and earthy hops.

T- A wonderful balance of hops and grains in a very flavorful and extremely balanced Pilsner. Hops lead things off with floral and herbal notes as well as some bitterness contrasted by cracker, bready, doughy and lightly sweet grains. Mineral water finish along with a hint of citrus zest bitterness. You don't wanna stop sipping on this.

MF- A light body with a puffy and creamy texture with a high level of carbonation. Ends with a clean bitterness. Soft and smooth.

Extremely clean and smooth Pilsner that showcases strong and well balanced hop and malt flavors. Just about as good as it gets for domestic takes on this style.

Jan 12, 2020
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FBarber from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear golden color. Incredibly effervescent. Thin velvety white head collapses quickly leaving just a thin layer of white foam on top of the beer. Lots of lovely sticky white lacing is left behind on the glass as its consumed. Lovely beer in appearance.

Aroma has notes of grain, white bready malts, light grassy hops, a touch of lemon zest, and a bit of minerality on the nose. Quite nice and well done for the style.

Taste follows the nose for the most part. Its got a nice malty backbone with notes of white bread and crackers. There is definitely some rich minerality from the water that is lovely in this style of beer. Lightly grassy hops come through on the back end providing some bitterness. Hints of lemon grass and a bit of honey.

Feel is light, crisp, and easy drinking with a bright carbonation.

Overall this is easily the best American brewed representation of this style I've ever had. Just a lovely pilsner all around.

Dec 29, 2019
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

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

poured from a 16oz can into a dimpled mug. pours a semi hazy gold with ample amounts of white head. smell is bread and mineral forward with a slight mustiness. it’s a wonderful nose. taste is amazingly crisp with the bread and mineral flavors playing off each other. it’s got a little spice to the finish. assuming this is from the hops used. it’s perfectly carbonated. not too much but just enough to give it a crispiness while still maintaining a full mouthfeel. happy to have finally tried this as i love pilsners and this is a pilsner done right. could drink on a daily basis.

Dec 19, 2019
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a bright light copper color with a dense white foamy head.

Smell: a solid pilsner, it has bready malt note with a slight yeast. Slight hop giving a herbal character. Very approachable.

Taste: very crisp with cracker, floral hops and a touch of lemon at the finish. Not complex but extremely balanced. The earthiness of the hops carries over in the palate after each sip.

Mouthfeel: very light bodied and smooth. Refreshing.

Overall: very glad to try. So balanced and beer finishes quickly in the glass. Time for another.

Nov 30, 2019
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

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

16oz can poured into a narrow lager glass.

A: Bright and clear sunny yellow color. Rocky white head retains well and leaves behind chunks of lacing.

S: Floral hop scents with understated hints of lemon zest and lime leaf. Green grass. Very clean. Grainy and slightly doughy malt base with a mild toast. Classic pils aroma.

T: Sweet doughy and grainy pilsner malt base. Very clean. Hops bring a lot of lime leaf, green grass, and floral tones. Maybe a touch of pithy lemon/white grapefruit. Bit of herb box too. Bitterness is even-keeled and gentle throughout. Finishes with a gently lingering hop bitterness.

M: Light bodied with a slight sense of creaminess and firm malt roundness. Amply carbonated and deeply crisp.

O: Near perfection. As far as American-brewed pilsners go, this is among the absolute best out there. Flawless fermentation, and superbly drinkable. Were I closer to the brewery, this would be a regular in the fridge.

Nov 09, 2019
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Drank on tap at Suarez Family Brewery, Hudson, NY
Served in a Willi Becher

Outstanding appearance. The beer poured a crystal clear, golden yellow color and was topped by a fluffy, three-finger tall, bright white crown that slowly dropped to a lasting cap. A patchy, craggily blanket of lacing coated the glass and stuck around until the drink’s end.

Yeasty notes dominated in the aroma. Super crisp, powdery and dry. As the head receded, a touch of crackery malt character appeared. Hint of grassy hops as well.

The flavor profile definitely had more going on than the nose. Subtle pale, crackery malt notes on the front end. Crisp, bright and lemony in the center. Noble hops came through on the back end and in the finish. Slightly grassy and bitter. Hint of dry yeastiness too.

The mouthfeel was outstanding. Super fluffy and smooth. The liquid contained a finer bubbled but fairly aggressive effervescence that gave the liquid a fantastic creamy softness.

Suarez Family Brewing seem to be gaining a reputation as one of the premier lager-focused breweries in the country. While both Palatine and Qualify Pils were clean, refreshing and highly enjoyable, neither was perhaps worthy of the hype they garner.

Oct 14, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly foggy straw with a finger of white head. Aroma is grass, herbal, floral, spicy hops with a light zing of biscuity, wafery malts. Flavor profile is grassy, herbal, floral, spicy, zesty hops with wafery, crackery malts breaking it up just a touch. Mouthfeel brings forward just a touch of effervescence that remains well crisped all the way through. It feels refreshing. Overall, a top notch pilsner that brings hops forward and adds a little additional zest to the usual. Crispness is great.


Sep 13, 2019
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Profundobaso from New York

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - 16 oz can, poured into a pint glass. Straw yellow in color, mostly transparent, just slightly cloudy, most likely due to the fact that the beer is unfiltered. A small head, though with good lacing.
Smell - grassy hoppiness, with a nice whiff of malts too. light, balanced, and very pleasant. I'm expecting great things so far.
Taste - a burst of malt flavor that is well balanced by the noble hop bitterness, which is quite apparent. Finishes with a nice hint of floral notes. Simply delicious.
Feel - light bodied, average carbonation, and right on average in ABV.
Overall - I have to say, this is one of the best Pilsners I've ever drank in my life. Period. It aces every aspect of the style, and as another review says, something that I would keep constantly stocked in my fridge if possible.

Sep 10, 2019
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kevanb from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, dated 07.24.2019, poured into a Hill Farmstead 12oz willibecher glass.

The beer pours a bright golden color, light straw hues with a touch of chill haze and about two fingers of soft pillowy white head that has good retention and yields spotted lacing. The aroma is quite nice, soft earthy noble hops, fresh grass, lightly floral with a touch of spice and a really delicate pale dough malt expression with some lingering mineral water. The flavors echo the nose nicely, grassy, green, floral, just a nice noble hop character that is delicate but has a snappy bite to it while being anchored by mineral water and pale doughy malts. The mouthfeel is great, coating and crisp, lively lighter medium body that coats very well and offers a creamy and smooth finish with just a light dry kick.

Verdict: A very good Pilsner from Suarez. Super balanced and refreshing, crisp and bright with a delicate but boisterous hop character that just hits the spot.

Aug 14, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pouring from a 16 oz. can into a tulip glass, this beer pours out a medium straw in color and forms a pinky width of tightly packed white bubbles to rest on top. I can see my fingers on the other side of the glass, but it’s not relatively clear or pilsner clear. Then again, it is unfiltered.

The nose carries a very nice crackery aspect with notes of fresh cut yard with sunflowers. Green grass, flowers.

The taste comes in beautifully with doughy biscuits just covered in dried green floral notes.

It’s light, almost light even for a Pilsner. But that makes it all the more easy drinking and refreshing. Fresh, clean, soft and dry. The only thing I might ask for is a little more crispness to go along with the dry aspect. Nice carbonation though, leaving you burping throughout.

But overall, this thing is a great drinking Pilsner.

Jun 24, 2019
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aleigator from Germany

5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright golden, crystal clear color with a huge, stable head.

Offers a fantastic hop driven rusticness on the nose, defined by a noble, herbal hop appearance, crackers and a whiff of wheat. The main contender here definitely are the hops though, creating a richness on the nose which is very intriguing.

Has a vivid, yet soft mouthfeel to it, making this drink smooth while producing an outstanding freshness.

Tastes of fresh cut grass, tomato bush and a rustic wheat foundation, exhibiting just a hint of caramel. Turns way softer then, with a calm, aqueous middlepart, revealing more grains and a note of wheat. Finishes with light copper undertones, gently entangled into the crackery malts, creating an outstanding complexity, while maintaining its high drinkability, ending with a long lasting herb dryness.

This is a world class Pilsener, maybe the most well rounded I‘ve ever had. Everything comes together flawlessly im this, and without becoming gimmicky this introduces your palate to a subtle dryness, backed up perfectly by an elegant, well working malt foundation.

May 05, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazed straw color with a fat finger of cream-white head. Decent lacing.

Lightly bready malt, floral hops and a nice whiff of sulfur in the nose.

Delicious tasting. Nice firm bitterness. A touch of the sulfury mineral element from the nose. Slightly grassy. Just a peck of malt sweetness. Really clean finish.

A touch fuller bodied and creamier than normally expected from the style. Just enough slow-building carbonation.

This is really tasty, and I’m drinking it about six months after canning. Can only imagine it’s even better fresher.

Mar 27, 2019
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mikeburd1128 from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/12. Consumed 1/15.

User rpjterp pretty much summed up today's beer scene in his review when he said, "Even a great pils is still a pils."

Even a great pils is still a pils, bro. And this pils is pretty great.

Pours a nearly translucent straw yellow with a pillowy white head that sticks around a bit throughout.

The nose is just wonderful. Bright lemon. Maybe a touch of gym sock. Some peppercorn cutting through it all.

Taste is much of the same. For as light of a body as it is, it sure does have quite a bit here to chew on. Nice bready characteristic without being overwhelming. Finishes with a really nice subtle sweetness that just drags you back for another sip.

Feels a little on the lighter side, but it's exactly where you want it to be.

Overall, this beer is totally fucking dope. This is pretty much exactly what I want in my fridge at all times. It has enough going on where you can think about it a bit if you want, or you can just drink it.

Cheers to all that new money out there overlooking a quality pils and leaving them for me to drink.

Jan 16, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear sparkling yellow-gold with a moderate, soft white foam settling in lumps, clinging in thick ridges leaving some fuzzy lace.

Smell and taste are remarkably aligned. Grassy, hoppy and mildly bitter with a touch of toasty cracker and faint corn.

Body is moderately light with a soft crispness and a delicate semi-dry finish.

Dec 30, 2018
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Covenhoven in Brooklyn, poured by an absolute dead ringer for Stephanie Beatriz from Brooklyn 99.

Pours a clear yellow with fine, soapy head.

Smell is clean and bready with some floral hops and a hint of chamomille and honey.

Taste is spot on, rich, creamy and bready, really clean and crisp. Bitterness is exactly what it should be, and the floral note marry perfectly with the hints of honey and citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and brightly carbonated.

Overall, a world class pilsner, stands up to any of the classics.

Dec 18, 2018
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Suarez Family Brewery

Pours a beautiful golden sheen with around 2 fingers of what is possibly the fluffiest looking white head I've ever seen; excellent retention and almost decadent levels of thick, soapy lacing pattern the walls of the glass. A genuinely beautiful looking beer.

Aromas of honeyed hay and grain, and earthy hops with a grassy, herbal touch; straightforward pilsner bouquet with some great touches of grain-hop balance.

Tastes of deep, earthy grain guiding to a dense, herbal hoppiness; honeyed grain, hay, and deeply grassy marks the profile throughout; this is uncomplicated, earthy, and easy.

Mouthfeel shows a crispy, (and I hesitate to say this) perfect medium body gliding across the palate with a smooth, gritty bitterness evened nicely by faint, semi-sweet grain. An earthy crispness verging on oaky shows further; semi-dry bittersweet finish. Excellent, and so natural in al facets.

This pils strikes on just about everything you'd want from the style, with every element centering back to approachability and balance. A sweetness here, an earthiness there; the sense of accessibility is so strong throughout this beer's profile. Wonderful take on a classic style.

Dec 02, 2018
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pretty mellow on the nose, some pleasant aromas of grain, grassy slightly herbal hops. crackery, grainy, lemon, floral, grassy hops, beautiful spicy quality hint of pepper. overall this one is superbly bright and crisp.

re review 2.20.19
great looking brew. aromas of bread, and honey grain cereal, cracker malt, mellow floral spice and lemony hop character, grassy. it smells so fresh and inviting, crackery, slightly sweet, mellow hoppy quality. aromas are much the same. overall its beautifully clean and crisp, so well executed.

Oct 19, 2018
Palatine Pils from Suarez Family Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 215 ratings