Palatine Pils
Suarez Family Brewery

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German Pilsner
Ranked #2
Ranked #1,466
4.29 | pDev: 6.53%
Suarez Family Brewery
New York, United States
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Photo of Damian
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
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 stange

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.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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.


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Photo of Profundobaso
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of aleigator
5/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of thebeers
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of mikeburd1128
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of JamFuel
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.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours gold. Short, foamy, wet white head that Fades fast.

Smells grassy, cracker, bready, light floral and a hint of citrus.

Taste bready, grassy, citrus peel, light lemon, light pepper. Finishes dry with a grassy linger. Lighter body and creamy medium carbonation.

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Photo of npolachek
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - slightly cloudy, Golden color. Solid head that discipates quick.

S - Mild smell. Pretty normal for a Pilsner.

T - Crisp, slight lingering bite in the aftertaste.

F - Light, clean and crisp.

O - Tastes like a really good crisp Pilsner.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

people are really freaking for the suarez stuff, and with their pedigree i totally get it, but this is just another pils, and yeah, its really good, well made, drinkable, checks all the boxes, but its nothing to drive a distance and line up for, however it gives me confidence that others of theirs probably are. its clear and golden and in the german style more or less, some decent hops to it though, mostly noble from what i can tell, restrained in the right ways, super clean in the fermentation, not much lager yeast flavor in here, really mellow there, but its dry and crisp and bubbly, and flavorful overall, a nice american made version of a classic style, better than most but not striking enough to blow my mind. i didnt think it warmed up great, but most pils types dont, these are drink fast and cold and order another one kind of beers. hoppier than many, fresh though, and really balanced still. more than anything, this beer just illustrates to me how much bad beer is out there, like, this is what pilsener is supposed to taste like, not that this is epic or anything, but by comparison to a lot of them it is, which makes me wonder. here we are exalting this one as world class, its just really good, i think it stands out more because there are so many bad ones. sad but true. id crush a bunch of these though!

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright gold; mineral + grass; clean grain, chalk, and a ton of Noble spice, super clean.

4 4.25 4.5 4.25 4.5

Classic North German - the water profile really jumps out. As much hops as you can fit without it being new school IPL. A fine candidate for Suarez to put in cans.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Just a hint of cloudiness in this yellow Pilsner, nice white cap not alot of lacing.

Aroma - Light citrus, grassy aroma big bready/cracker very light spice.

Taste - Super clean and crisp, nice spicy taste really bready with just a touch of lemon.

Feel - Super light, clean and crisp.

Overall - So light and refreshing, if you do not like this pilsner then the style is not for you.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Saurez Family Brewery in Hudson, NY

After driving all day in the sweltering heat, this thing was a sight for sore eyes. Light golden and bright, with a huge pillowy head. Once I took a sip, I didn't put it back down. Crisp, slight hoppy bitterness and so damn clean. Best American made pilsner I've ever had. Simply incredible.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of these days I'd like to line up 8oz glasses of Palantine and Qualify Pils to figure out which one is best, but there's no need to debate whether both are outstanding examples of the style - they both are, hands down.

Golden, hay-toned body with impressive clarity. Lively carbonation beneath a cap of soft white head (gotta love how they pour beers at the brewery).

Aroma is doughy, bready malt with a touch of floral and light ctirusy and grassy hops. Lemon zest resting aside a basket of freshly sheared wheat.

Taste is bready, doughy, light citrusy and grassy hops. Wonderfully built; both simple and complex in taste and aroma.

Clean, crisp, dry with snappy carbonation that feels light on the palate.

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Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

a good North american style pils. hits the style all around good hopping rate.smooth mouthfeel.Crowler from Moor Pat's, thank you Marc. Very pleasant.

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Photo of EMV
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tallboy can into a Duvel tulip and also on-tap at the brewery.

L: Crystal clear light golden pour. 3 fingers of fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Light grains... fresh from the field, light citrus hops... lemon and grass.

T/F: Follows the nose. Fresh malts/grains... barley. Crisp hops... citrus, lemongrass, and thyme. Mild spice... subtle hop bitterness. Ridiculously drinkable. Clean, crisp, and delicious.

O: This is what a pilsener should be. Outstanding... crisp, clean, amazing. Changed my understanding of what a pils can be.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very clear for being “unfiltered”. Nice yellow color with a frothy white head on top. The smell of the beer is earthy with some spicy hops. The taste is has a nice malt backbone with some subtle Hop bitterness rounding it out. The feel is light and crisp. Overall a very nice pils.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

-optically clear pale yellow can pour with a light, fluffy cap. The aroma is delicately hop tinged. The flavor has light woody and lemon notes. The finish is dry and very clean. This is a superb pilsener.

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Photo of JRed
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear sunshine in body with white bubbly head. Aroma of fresh grain, honey, grass, some floral notes. Tastes of almond cookie, grain, honey, grass, floral, light lemon. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of brewerdrew
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted it at the brewery poured in a standard

I sought the brewery out to try their Pilsners and was not disappointed at all. Terrific representation of a style that is underappreciated and misunderstood.

They take the time to pour it correctly leaving a dense head that should be expected from a Classic German Pils. Once poured it contains a slight haze which is fine for an unfiltered version of the style lending to the complexity of the body which filtration will often strip away. Soft on the palate with a linger bitterness which is exactly what I look for and so often an unable to find in other Pilsners. As it is consumed a beautiful lace as left behind.

No harshness at all. Could drink it all day.

One of a kind brewery. Awesome representation of the German Pilsner that I will forever chase. Well worth the trip.

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