Qualify Pils
Suarez Family Brewery

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German Pilsner
Ranked #4
Ranked #2,530
4.24 | pDev: 8.02%
Suarez Family Brewery
New York, United States
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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 103
Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head that left lots of lacing on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose along with hints of green apples.
T: The taste has flavors of grassy hops along with hints of limes and green apples.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked the grassy and citrusy flavors in this pilsner.

Serving type: can

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Photo of yuriyt
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into a glass. Pours a pale copper yellow with noticeable foam and lacing. Aroma dominated by earthy hops. Tastes of cracker like malt with lots of bitterness and hop character. Finishes very dry with a medium light body. Amazing beer with some of the softness of American versions of the style but dry enough to taste like the original. Full flavored and quaffable, the perfect balance.

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Photo of Sammy
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Perfectly crafted German pils, with bitterness, some mouthfeel, lacy look, drinkability. Worth the drive for this one, at the source. Get crowler or cans!

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Photo of aleigator
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden, slightly clouded color with a huge, froth head.

Smells of fresh crushed barley, enriched by additional wheat and dried herbs. Atop of this foundation settles in a light bread dough quality, creating a surprising richness on the nose.

Has just the perfect amount of carbonation with a very refreshing, lighter mouthfeel, a fantastic crispness and a lasting, light dryness.

Tastes of crackers, dough, malt and a little bit of sweet and rustic wheat, establishing a great balance from first glance. Develops a herbal, noble bitterness, which goes astonishingly well with the beer‘s foundation, featuring dried leaves and a hint of spruce. Finishes almost a little fruity with some oranges coming up, more leaves, a light bitterness and a lasting rustic maltiness.

Fantastic, incredibly well balanced Pils, with a foundation, many traditional Pilsener might be getting jealous of. Really appreciate the unusual but well fitting orange appearance, which adds an additional layer to the beer, without overpowering anything in it. This is just great.

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Photo of colts9016
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love a good pilsner. The beer is 45 degrees and served in a stange. The pour on the beer produced a monster three finger head. The beer's head is bright white with an airy and frothy head. The retention on the head is excellent. The head dissipated slowly leaving chunks of lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 4 a pale gold with straw yellow hues. The beer is clear with effervescences.

The aromas in the beer are crackers, floral, touch spicy hops, grassy, and lightly toasted crystal malt aromas.

The flavors in the beer are crackers, spicy floral hops, herbal( not one in particular), peppery, grassy, and a bit of DMS.

The mouthfeel of the beer is carbonation and clean.

The body of the beer is light, medium-plus carbonation, and a light finish.

The pilsner is good, but I get DMS notes in the background of the beer. It is refreshing, crisp, and light. I enjoyed it!

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Photo of SABERG
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can dated 1/23/19 into the Pilsner glass
A - Goldenrod, lemon color, beautiful clarity early pour, then the unfiltered content shifts towards a thin cirrus haze, Carbonation is deliberate and and orderly. A white froth to start, lacing for the rest of the experience.
S - Soft grain, rising bread, lemon/honey spread. some wheat grass, all blend with a floral thread that is just lovely.
T - The nose sets things up, the depth of grain flavors are wonderful. Again with biscuit, tiny bits of lemon zest, gentle touch of grassy hops.
M - Start is semi sweet, a nice change of gears mid palate with a bitter nudge to center, dry finish is pitch perfect, lingering on the palate is a balanced delight.
O - A delight in each aspect, gentle on the palate, wonderful texture, floral and refined nose.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic lemon appearance, slight haze. Beautiful head. Wet and earthy, mossy, woodsy aroma with light fruity esters. Crackers, lemon, green melon, anjou pear...still with the identifiable and prismatic--clover honey, coarse, and raw--cereal grains that qualify it as a pils. This particular pils, however, is like that uncommon TV show that makes you think, but is also just quite enjoyable jumping into midseason for entertainment purposes. Although it doesn't quite have the seemingly crisp mineral quality of palatine, replacing it with something more of a floral nature, it's easily gotta be in the discussion of best American made pilsners.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, willi becher glass. Pours a slightly cloudy lemon yellow body, one and half finger thick white head, strong retention, lots of lacing. It's classic pilsner appearance. The aroma is crisp freshly baked bread, a bit of faint lemon zest, floral, touch of straw, a bit of sweet grain, and a bit more floral. So clean yet a nice hoppy floral presence. Flavour follows the nose, big floral throughout with a very mild bitterness on the backend, crisp grain with a touch of sweetness, lemon, and more floral on the backend that isn't obnoxious. Mildly earthy and fruity notes on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and incredibly easy drinking despite the strong and relatively complex flavours to this. This hits the spot and I would love to buy this by the case if this were a local brewery. As it stands, I'll still be very happy with my canned Pilsner Urquell, but still..

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Photo of jrc1093
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 10/29/18

Pours a clear honey gold capped with a finger of thick, white froth; solid head retention and active effervescence eventually give way to a generous spread of thick, webby lacing to layer the walls of the glass.

Aromas of semi-sweet honeyed grain followed by some dense, herbal hops; develops a progressive breadiness that also introduce faint notes of fruity esters. A detailed pilsner aroma with hints of something deeper.

Taste of honeyed grain and hoppy hay upfront, with dense herbs, oak, and earthy tones of grass and fruit (mainly green apple and pear skins) making up the back end of the profile.

Mouthfeel shows a bolstered medium body with incredibly balanced carbonation; a brilliant bit of hoppy prickliness and gritty, earthy bitterness round out the mid-palate through the finish with great effect. A really impactful mouthfeel on this one; I’m very much enjoying it.

Another Suarez pils that just digs a bit deeper, exploring dynamic hoppier notes, fruity esters, and smooth grain on a foundation of a well-refined profile and body; the subtleties are what bring this one to the next level. Very nice balance of complex and approachable.

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Photo of npolachek
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Truly an amazing Pilsner the taste is divine. I think the finish for this beer is remarkable compared to many other pilsners I’ve tasted. An excellent offering.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a truly beautiful beer, perfectly clear glowing straw color with a dense and brilliant bright white head, sudsy bubbles atop and some nice lacing. aromas are subdued but pleasant, bready malts, biscuity and crackery, some mellow grassy qualilty. palate brings that same rich bready profile, some sweetness in the malt is perfectly matched with a mellow lemony hop note, green and grassy. mellow peppery spice thing going on. light mouthfeel and very pleasant overall - superbly clean and balanced, resulting in a wonderfully refreshing and drinkable beer.

re review canned 1-23-19 enjoyed 2-21-19

of course its the same beautiful beer described above. aromas of crisp lemony hops, mellow floral spice, grassy, grainy, honey biscuit. palate follows this perfectly, honey glazed cracker, biscuit, crisp, floral, lemony and immensely clean. graceful mouthfeel and without a doubt one of the best pils out there!

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Photo of mikeburd1128
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking on 8/31. Canned on 8/8. Poured into a Tired Hands pint glass.

Pours a pale, straw yellow. Extremely translucent. Big, light, airy, white head.

Nose and taste are much of the same. Bready and crackery. A clean minerality thoughout. Maybe a touch of lemon zest. Some really nice noble hop character. Finishes so incredibly clean. Maybe a touch of copper on the finish alongside a nice, subtle sweetness that lingers.

Feel is maybe just a TOUCH lighter than I'd like. But goddamn does it make it go down so ridiculously easy so I'm not exactly complaining. Might be complaining tomorrow morning though.

Overall this really hits everything you want it to hit. I kinda just wish it had a bit more body and that my brother brought me more home with him when he stopped there.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Clear yellow with a trademark soft serve style fluffy white head. Smells of strong German hops and soft doughy malt. Tastes of strong spicy and a little grassy/herbal hops. Bready Pilsner malt. Bitter tingly hop finish. Light and crisp. Delicious.

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Photo of swenny916
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can.

Pours a translucent light gold color. Smell is malty with a light bit of cracker. Taste is sweet with just a bit of malt at the end. Definitely a smooth taste with a light mouth. A nice refreshing beer.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's a toss up between Qualify and Palantine - both incredible pils with subtle nuances between the two that, post-enjoying these beers, I remember Qualify being slightly sweeter and a little heavier on the palate.

I drank three from the can whilst sitting around a campfire but I had one left pour into a glass. A little cloudier than Palantine - a hazier hue of gold that's still more clear than not. Nice cap of foamy white head.

Aroma is toasted malt, biscuit, wheat cracker, dough, lemon and grassy hops.

The maltiness and grassiness is more pronounced but it's not heavy or distracting, just makes for a fuller beer and more robust profile.

Clean, crisp and eminently drinkable. Thirsty quenching yet dry. Such a treat to have these cold under the night sky.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very nice Pils. Grain profile really shines in this example, with crisp hops but not too aromatic (kinda AAL aroma to be honest). Very good pilsner but for all they hype I've heard about this breweries pilsners, found this one a slightly letdown.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, this was poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking semi-pale burnt yellow color with a small cap of a little white foamy head that slid off fairly quick. Some messy lace ran around the glass fairly nice.
The aroma had a nice blend of some sweet cracker malts playing with a little bit of lemon zest mixing in some earthy and grassy hops for balance.
The flavor was moderately sweet with the cracker malts taking the lead. Lemon zest and earthiness showed up just a touch in the background. Mild aftertaste of the cracker malts.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps just a touch under and having a fabulous sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt on par. Cracker malt smoothness.
Overall, good as a pilsener, but as a German one? Yes, actually, the more I think about it - I can see it. I'd have this again.

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

on draft in a nonic pint glass

clear light golden straw colored, with foamy white head. light earthy and grainy malt flavor. mildly sweet. medium bodied, good mouthfeel for a pilsner.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear golden straw color with 2 healthy fingers of bright, dense white head. The head leaves plenty of sticky cobweb lacing before settling into a thin sheet. Absolutely perfect.

The aroma brings a fair bit of breadiness and toasted grains, before a wave of cracked pepper and spicy pine. The back end is faintly tart and citrusy. Very floral and slightly musty throughout.

The hops are quite assertive here, but otherwise the flavor is on point for the style. Lots of bread, grass, and lemon zest, finished with a wave of pine. Very clean and delicious.

The feel is surprisingly medium bodied, with moderately high carbonation. It's dry and refreshing, yet exceptionally smooth, soft, and creamy. Not typical of the style but outstanding overall.

Overall, a fantastic and flavorful pilsner. The hops play a significant role but never overpower the other flavors. Highly drinkable, refreshing, and delicious. Wish I could keep this in my fridge year-round.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw. White grape aroma coupled with crackery aroma. Beautiful white grape up front with a touch of grassiness on the finish. Plenty of crackery body through out. Just a beautiful pilsner. I could drink this always.

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Photo of brewerdrew
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the brewery right after the Palentine. Both are really great beers but I prefer the Palatine just a bit more. The Hop Finish is a bit more harsh in this vs the Palentine. Pours a little clearer than the Palentine

Both are awesome. Make the trip if you like German Pilsners

4 pks are available of this at the brewery

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Photo of Nickwierda
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

In the glass it's a light straw/golden color, a touch hazy (possibly from hop matter in suspension?), beautiful sea-foamy head.

Nose is bready/grainy with this like salt and pepper note to it. Ends on lemon and pine, oddly reminiscent of pine sol. Not in love with that honestly, but it's interesting at least.

On the palate this is another total banger from D. Suave and co. It's nice and sweet and doughy, with a touch of lime zest and some minerality, ends on a pronounced earthy and piney bitterness. Hints of grass and flowers too. Finishes super dry and lingers on grass and earth.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Full for this abv, with a light carb that doesn't get in the way.

Overall I love this beer, in much the same way that I love almost all of suarez' beers. He executes these simple little brews in such a masterful way- so much flavor, with incredible depth and nuance, and fun as hell to drink to boot. I had a sixpoint crisp earlier - new formulation - and as good as that was, this just blows that out of the water. Amazing stuff.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drinks more like an american lager than a pilsner. Lacks a crisp noble hop bite. I'd like more dryness and a bit more balancing bitterness. Lots of sweetness and some corn notes.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear, sparsely sparkling light gold with a large fuzzy white foam head settling to a thin film and a thick bubbly, fuzzy collar.

The nose exhibits perfectly, delicately toasted bread, sweet corn, and light, beautifully grassy grain. This is very clean with no flaws whatsoever. Wow...this might become a rival to Mary someday.

Taste is sweet, tangy and crisp corn with an almost lemon-lime soda element somewhere in there behind some corn bread. Again, this is very clean and flawless. Unreal. What a fulfilling and refreshing flavor.

For a pilsener, it has a lot of body--medium to full--with a hefty, satisfyingly crisp froth and a cleanly, semi-dry finish.

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Photo of cavedave
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Gold clear beauty of a beer with a pretty white topper that climbs and rests at three fingers height.

Crisp pilsner malt and really light rounded lager yeast tart and light grassy aroma with some light spicy hops in back.

Clean pure crisp grain with light touch of sweet, lightest hint of yeast tart. Super clean, super bright, super well balanced with a touch of lemony and herbal hops.

Soft yet substantial, perfect carbonation, and a finish that does leave the slightest bit of lemony resin linger. In no way does this detract from the beer.

Wow I actually dinged something in a Dan Suarez beer. This beer like all his beers is remarkably refreshing, super soft on palate, full of great flavor, perfectly balanced, and a joy to drink.

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Qualify Pils from Suarez Family Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 103 ratings