Qualify Pils
Suarez Family Brewery

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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #4
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,273
Avg:
4.25 | pDev: 7.53%
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
122
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Suarez Family Brewery
 
New York, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  6
SCORE
93
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Profundobaso from New York

4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - pint can purchased at the brewery and poured into a standard pint glass. pale yellow in color, slightly cloudy, a two finger head with above excellent retention, especially for a pilsner.
Smell - cracked malts and light peppery spiciness, with hints of citrusy hops in the background. the smells are all subtle but balanced, and is very pleasant.
Taste - hop aroma, including citrus and some grassy flavors, and bitterness are the first to hit the palate. this is followed by a strong wave of malts. the finish is clean and perfectly crisp. pretty damn perfect.
Feel - light bodied, high carbonation, and average on ABV at 5.5%.
Overall - Palantine Pils's hoppier cousin. I have a slight preference for Palantine, but both are world-class pilsners that each has its own merits, and both are among the best pilsners I've ever had in my life.

Nov 25, 2020
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Roguer from Georgia

4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Good head production, lacing, and retention. Body is a sickly off-yellow, and while transparent and lively, there also appears to be a light haze, almost as though it is an unfiltered Pilsner.

Wow! Wonderful aroma! Clean and bright, bready and hoppy, smooth and inviting! The aroma is nothing less than stunning for a pilsner, up there with the absolute best in the style. Lightly peppery, equally delicate citrus, rye bread, crackers and white bread, pine, bark.

Similarly smooth on the palate, with a clean, simple, moderately bitter and grassy up front taste. Malts follow behind, biscuity and crackery, dragging behind mostly neutral hop tones of pine, bark, grass, and light citrus. Earthier on the back third, with just a dash of the pungency that pilsner malt can bring to the table.

Lively and crisp, but with a slickness that clings to the throat, and prevents this from becoming a really crushable brew. Which is a good thing: hop oils lightly cling, leaving a pleasant aftertaste, and encouraging but not demanding the next sip.

This is a really good pilsner, and exactly the kind of "light" beer I'd love to have available locally. Sometimes you're just in the mood for a bit of a throwback - a beer-flavored-beer, so to speak - and this one knocks it out of the park. There's not a stray tone to be found anywhere.

Apr 28, 2020
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light gold with plenty of pure white, long lasting head. Nice malty smell with faint hints of bread. Taste is hoppy yet smooth. This is very easy drinking and an excellent beer.

Apr 24, 2020
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 4/7/20

Pale gold, crystal clear, medium sized head
Supremely clean, pale malts, pilsner malts, pale grains, light bread, crackers, lightly grassy, lightly herbal, some grainy sweetness, touch of minerality, light bitterness, delicate hops linger in the finish
On the light side of medium, crispy, super clean

I can't comment on Qualify without mentioning its sibling, Palatine Pils. Both are world-class, but Qualify is a bit hoppier and a bit sweeter than Palatine. The difference is subtle but important.

Apr 08, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jimmy for this one!

Pint can - dated 11.12.19 - poured into a pils pint at 42°F.

Pours a brilliant strae golden colour with excellent unfiltered clarity, topped with three fingers of snow-white head with good retention. The rocky head eventually deflates, leaving firm peaks of lacing behind. Tons of visible nucleation.

Nose: Soft bready malt that leans more towards round malty barley than toasty grains forms the foundation, with some light, clean crackery character underneath it. The hops in this one are quite subdued, but they're there, and they lend this wonderful brightness with faint citrus, grass, hay, and some subtle spice. A simple, but refined pilsner aroma.

Palate: Wow, right from the start, this pilsner distinguishes itself from other American pilsners. It's delightfully doughy and bready, but in the most balanced, restrained way as possible, contributing very little sweetness. What immediately caught my attention however, is this incredible minerality. Almost like a gose, or a wild saison, but without the tartness. It just has this remarkable brightness and this minerality that almost makes it seem like a gose that hasn't been soured. The hops are subtle and restrained, but they add even more brightness with notes of orange and lemon zest, fresh cut grass, some spicy herbal notes, and even some pithy character, which ultimately builds to a touch of bitterness in the finish. In addition to some pithy bitterness, the finish really highlights the doughy aspect, and truly mimics the flavour of fresh unbaked sourdough. The opening sweetness fully subsides, and reveals a little bit of colourful lager yeast. The minerality glides to a gentle landing, and leaves an almost scrubbing sensation, with a hint of that mineral water taste, which eventually cleans the palate of any and all yeast and dough that was present just a moment ago.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is light-bodied and incredibly crisp, snappy, and bright, but there's enough texture and body to it that no one could possibly call it watery. In fact, it's really on the more medium side of light. Effervescence is great - the bubbles are plentiful, but not as lively as some other pilsners. It's bubbly and crisp, but it isn't scrubbing or ultra fizzy. Clean, dry, snappy finish, with some drying hops.

Overall: You have to give this beer credit. I'm not rating it as "general beer" or where it sits in relation to everything I've had, I'm rating this as a pilsner, and for a pilsner, this is truly spectacular. It just tastes and drinks like something that someone put a lot of effort and poured their heart and soul into. It's so meticulously put together, and the little nuances are what truly elevates this beer. I'm not sure if the water they use lends that minerality, but it's truly a world class American made pilsner.

Mar 07, 2020
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 16oz can into a dimpled mug. pours a semi hazy gold with a plentiful amount of frothy white head. smell is clean and crisp with some minerality and doughy breadiness. taste is similar with a huge finish of yeasty bread character. mouthfeel is full with just enough carbonation to make this a tasty, easy drinking experience. great pilsner.

Dec 18, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color and is capped with a finger of white foam; webby lacing

Smell: Graham cracker malt aromatics with herbal and grassy tones

Taste: Graham cracker malt forward with the herbal and grassy tones; the finish is crisp with both the sweeter malt and bitter hop elements mingling together

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: No surprise here - its a Suarez pils

Thanks, devoured by vermin, for the opportunity

Oct 31, 2019
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metter98 from New York

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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

Sep 27, 2019
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yuriyt from New York

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Sep 26, 2019
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

Sep 09, 2019
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aleigator from Germany

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Apr 28, 2019
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

Mar 21, 2019
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Mar 17, 2019
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Feb 01, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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..

Dec 29, 2018
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Dec 05, 2018
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

**
10/23/20

Sample with DC, can to tumbler.

Better than original ratings of 3.42, but still only ok. That being said, great for a pilsner.

Clean tasting, sweet raw barley. Light citrus.

Smooth with excellent carbonation.
**

Oct 21, 2018
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npolachek from New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%
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.

Oct 07, 2018
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Sep 30, 2018
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mikeburd1128 from New Jersey

4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Aug 31, 2018
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.42/5  rDev +4%
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.

Jul 02, 2018
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swenny916 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Jun 17, 2018
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

May 30, 2018
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

May 24, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Feb 25, 2018
Qualify Pils from Suarez Family Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 122 ratings