Industrial Arts Brewing Company

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German Pilsner
Ranked #65
Ranked #18,417
3.87 | pDev: 6.72%
Industrial Arts Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
Notes: Classic, creamy and herbaceous. Clean malt and refined noble hop character come together in the best way. Repeatable.
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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can't remember how or where I got this but I know that it was a while ago and that I had this in my backlog for quite some time! I don't tend to drink a lot of German Pilseners but if I had to reach for one, this might be my first choice as it was tasty, crushable, and easy to enjoy as it had plenty of flavor to it!

The pour to this was nice as the liquid was bright and golden. Plenty of Noble Hops here along with tons of biscuit and bread to give this beer a nice body. A floral presence and plenty of grain ensured that this brew had plenty of spice to it. Tasted and felt like a Pilsner as this was quite full and moderately sweet. Lots of bread emerged as this warmed up as this was quite malt forward. If you like grain, body, and a lack of alcohol, then you've found your match with this offering!

There wasn't a lot of booze to this although it felt stronger than it was in actuality. A good German Pilsner should taste stronger than it's worth and that was certainly the case with this. It was certainly true to form and one of the better examples of the style that I've had. While not a benchmark, one couldn't go wrong with this brew!

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Photo of mkh012
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear golden-yellow with a light chill haze and a fluffy eggshell head.

The nose is subtle and clean. Lemon, bread, grass, and white pepper.

The flavor is refreshing lemon and doughy bread with a lightly bitter finish. Very nice.

The mouthfeel is medium for the style with a moderately drying finish.

Overall, a tasty pilsner I would buy again.

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Photo of drtth
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The clear golden yellow colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1 1/4” white head that recedes very slowly while leaving an irregular web and rings of lacing on the sides of on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates some smaller patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas are herbal, slightly grassy and floral with some light crackery malt in the background.

The flavors are as expected from the nose with the herbal and lightly grassy and floral hops. The crackery malt sweetness in the background is nice light counterpoint to the upfront but moderate bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and both smooth and lightly crisp with the finely bubbled gently prickly carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness begins to fade and allows the moderate dry herbal bitterness to fade more slowly and close out the long ending as it shifts to the back of the palate before disappearing.

Overall I’d say this is a well made example of the German Pilsner style. I’m finding it both drinkable and enjoyable (perhaps too much so). The balance of hops and malt works well for me and I’ll probably be putting this on my “have again list.” Definitely worth a try to see how it works for you.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours out an absolutely beautiful clear gold; light straw. It forms one finger of tightly packed, bone white crown.

The nose carries a grainy sweetness along with notes of bread and a very slight funky/grassy hop presence.

The taste comes in a little hop forward right from the jump for my preference of the style. Grassy hops mixing with slightly doughy biscuit notes.

The mouthfeel is lighter (not for the style) crisp and dry.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gimme a break! A break from the steady onslaught of Stouts, I mean. I had no idea, when I beCAN the follow-up to NBS (Week 746) that it would lead to a trip down a roasty, chocolaty rabbit hole. Phew! I need a TastyBreak, in the form of something other than a Stout & a Pilsner from Hunger-n-Thirst fills the bill nicely.

From the CAN: "Precise/Brisk/Timeless".

I was simply jonesing for something, anything that is not a Stout so you CAN imagine the speed at which I CANducted the Crack! & Glug. I sat back & watched as it formed just over a finger of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. I marveled at its beauteous Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) color with its magnificent clarity. I reveled in its crisp, clean lightly maltiness with its pungent Noble hoppiness. This seemed like liquid bliss after all of those Stouts. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but certainly big for the style. It had a very biscuity, earthy maltiness acCANponied by a grassy, hay-like hoppiness. What a blessed relief! This was almost precisely what I had been missing. Finish was dry, but not overly so. It was highly refreshing & just the thing that this doctor ordered. Dang, but the price tag got a little soggy when I pulled it off, but if it is reasonable, I CAN easily envision a load of these CAN in my beach-bound cooler this summer. YMMV.

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can, packaged on 2/8/19.

Straw to pale gold in color with brilliant clarity. Its large, rocky, white head rises way above the lip of the glass. Very persistent head that leaves behind rings of lacing on the glass. A real stunner in the glass.

Sweet, bready, grainy pilsner malt aroma with floral and herbal hops. A hint of lime citrus. Balance in the flavor leans towards the hops, as a good German-style pils should. Dry and bitter finish.

Light bodied with soft carbonation. Clean, soft and creamy.

When Metric started popping up in my area, about a year or two ago, the price was in the $13-15 range for a 4-pack of tall boy cans. A little high for me for a pilsner. Recently, it has dropped down to $11-12 and I decided to pull the trigger. Man, am I glad I did. This is a no-bullshit, delicious pils. Easy to drink several of these in one sitting.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a clear bubbly straw color with a huge foamy white head. Excellent retention. Sheets of creamy lacing.

Smells of fresh cut green grass, green pepper, hay, and cracker.

Tastes of grass, green pepper, white pepper, coriander, cracker, and honey. Slightly eggy/sulphuric. Finishes crisp and clean, with some lingering grassy /peppery bitterness.

Light, but not watery feel. Bubbly carbonation. Crisp and crushable.

A really solid pilsner. A little too pricey at $13.99 a four pack, but good for what it is.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

lately i have really gotten into the craft pilsener, for too long they have been ignored or lazily slopped together in american craft, but in recent years the style has blown up, taken on new life, and been refined by some as well as any of the ones we love from overseas. this is a great example of sort of the final evolution of the style in american craft, its traditional sure, but its a little less flavorful on the yeast side, dry as can be though, opting for a bit more of a robust hop presence instead of the lager yeast, which from a drinkability standpoint i am just fine with. this is clean and bright and tidy, not all the way clear in the glass but not having the rugged nature of a keller type at all. some nice earthy pils malt at its core, dry and crackery crumby, with obvious minerals that make it snappy and gone on the swallow, traditional in that way. the hops are noble to me, saaz driven maybe, but fresher than the imports, mellower on the bitterness, and with more of a flavor hop than a lot of them have, lemon lime soda, cut grass and hay, pollen and even fennel for a second, i love it! so clean and crushable, so light, an awesome first beer to introduce me to industrial arts! new school enough to be exciting!

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Photo of dacrza1
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE: May 27, 2018... OCCASION: Dr. Strange watching the family after a useful rainy day... and anticipating what could be a historical Game Seven for LeBron and the Cavs in the ECF .. GLASSWARE: Hennepin pokal... clear, golden body with casual, distant bubbles with a bit of haze... its head is white, slightly creamy and mildly sudsy... standard pilsner stuff... Saaz front and center, with banana, apple, hay, lemon, biscuit, and a bouquet of lavender and lilac--an alluring complexity... mouthfeel is compact, filling yet refreshing, with a reasonable aftertaste... slightly oily too... the flavor profile is what the aroma promised--with the floral qualities pushing forward, and some earthy spiciness as well... cracker late, offering some balance... this is a solid, easy-drinking beer that, at under 5%, delivers quite a flavor to savor--nothing overwhelming, but a working man's drink that is cuts above the lite beers and rinsers...

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Photo of utopiajane
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Handsome almost frosty pale yellow with a thick head of eggshell colored foam that dwindles lazily. Nose is sweet grasses and fresh herbs. cracker malt and light peppery spice. Drinks smoothly with a firm breaddy malt that does not show any brown on the bread crust. Firm malt and generous herbal hops. Creamy mouthfeel with just a few bubbles to finish it. Hops and malt finish almost evenly in this beer and it has an assertive and very clean bitterness. I am wondering if this beer used pale malts or a combination of malts because I perceive hints of lemon from these noble hops although there is no real lemon flavor. Just the suggestion of the lemon backing on these hops.

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Photo of cavedave
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has The Look, you pils lovers know, clear light gold with pure white three fingers of thick foam atop. Thick lace clumps left behind thick enough to swirl finger around glass and gather some up.

Full aroma for style, perfect crisp grain, just a hint of tart yeast, just a hint of dough, and over it all is delicious spicy and lemony hops that make the other components shine.

Med./full taste for style, starts with the crisp clean grain notes shining, joined by just a hint of herbal bitter, and then a bit of tart that leads to the end of sip that is spice and lemon. Delicious.

Super light on palate, but substantial viscosity, with medium body for style, and average carb. A finish that is just the ticket to make this a refreshing treat.

Highly recommended, the next step in an evolutionary chain that includes Skills Pils, so not exactly a surprise this is a stunningly great beer from Chief and Industrial Arts.

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Photo of Act25
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gifted me by my house guest from Texas who knows I like craft.
As I've often written, it's difficult to tease apart pilseners, but this one is as clean, bright, and abundant as any.
a) Freshness is key and shows up in appearance. Clean, clear, yellow body headed by a white crown that sinks to a film and laces little. But classic.
s) Abundant for a pilsner: grassy, herbal, and spicy hops over white cracker malt body.
t) I find the grassy, herbal, and spicy hops arrive first which lay over clean, white, saltine cracker base, and these resolve into a clean, fresh hop light finish. Not my beer, but good first beer of evening or a seession.
F) Mid weight and carbonation. Clean. Crisp.
o) Grows on you, great ice cold but equally, or better and more floral at cask temp. i found i upped my overall rating to 4 as I enjoyed it more and more.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased from Craft Beer Cabin, Plattsburgh, NY for $2.99 for one can.
Bottom corner stamped 01/11/18.
This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a nice semi-cloudy yellow color with a light enough transparency about it to see some carbonation rising modestly. Finger's worth of white foamy head quickly dissolved to leave a fair amount of messy lace.
The aroma had some sweet biscuit/white bready malts revolving around some grassy hops and a brisk little bit of white pepper. Light amount of lemon sweetness.
The flavor was moderately sweet edging out some nice crisp grassy hops flowing over those malts pretty nice and even. Mild aftertaste of the white pepper, grassiness and white breadiness.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied wiht a spectacular sessionability about it. Carbonation felt secure and nice along my tongue. ABV felt appropriate. Nice crisp smooth brisk and sweet white bready finish.
Overall, an extremely nice German pilsener exactly what I would want in the style and well worthy of having again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Industrial Arts Brewing Company Metric Pils"
1 PINT can, "PACKAGED 08/31/17"
$3.79 @ Wineworks, Marlton, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: IABC's Metric Pils pours a very hazy gold body beneath a finger thick cap of white froth that holds well. The aroma displays floral, spicy, and perhaps herbal hops over a grainy maltiness. No yeastiness is found despite the haze, and it's clean and welcoming. The head has now dropped at this point and there are some very nice rings of lacing left behind. The taste follows the aroma with an additional note of lemon and some grassiness in the finish. A rigid bitterness keeps the lightly sweetish malt in balance and it finishes dry, lemony, softly grassy, and lightly herbaceous. It's medium to medium-light on body and gently crisp then smooth across the palate with a fine-bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation. Overall it's fairly impressive. It's really quite charming, superbly balanced, and way tooo easy to drink. Absolutely worth trying.

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Photo of atr2605
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a clear yellow color with a white head with good retention and lacing
S-floral hops, spice, wheat, sweet malt
T-spicy hops, with some resin notes, malt providing good balance but less sweet than the aroma. More bitterness than I would have expected
M-medium-light bodied and crisp
O-A bit more bitter than I expected, but still solid pilsner character, would be a great summer beer

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Photo of woodchipper
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a classic German Pilsner. Beautiful clear yellow, tiny bubbles rising constantly, big ultra white head.
Aroma is bread-like, but sweet, like sweet bun.
Taste is textbook (IMO) G Pils. Mouth feel is nice, clean, light.
I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

10oz pour at the brewery
L- bright gold, clear as day, with a nice fluffy white head
S- sweet and doughy, typical pils
T- sweet crystal malt along with some breadiness, and a floral finish with a hint of spice
F- crisp, medium-bodied, average carbonation
Overall this a very solid Pils, clean crisp and very drinkable

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz. can into a Surly stemless teku.

Nose is a little awkward. A touch skunky with a bit of sweetness. Some bathroom in there. Beer opens slightly sweet. Lightly tart malt backbone with an accented hop bite on the finish. Clean. Body is light and crisp. Ample carbonation and prickly on the palate but surprisingly soft going down. Incredibly drinkable.

Certainly a sessionable beer. This is pretty good.

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Photo of Squire
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow color with white cap and lacing/

Aroma of slightly spicy sweet malt.

Flavor on entry is slightly sharp, herbaceous, spicy hops followed by sweet malt. This is not a complicated beer, rather an example of how much can be accomplished with just a few ingredients. Seamless construction that remains consistent to the finish with some lingering herbal hoppiness in the aftertaste.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

From TongaRad. Good blend of flavors here, definitely emphasizing hops but in a fresh uncluttered way that presents more than mere bitterness without overshadowing the malt.

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Photo of mikeinportc
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gold, with quickly-dissipating white head.

Aroma is bread dough, wet straw, a slight spiciness, and a sweet honey+floral note.

Starts off with a light, slightly oily feel, and a bready malt flavor. That is quickly followed by fine, sharp carbonation and a slightly astringent woody flavor. Then a combination of citrus pith, and bitter floral (~=sage flowers?) . Lingering light bitterness on the tip of the tongue.

Overall, it's good, and I'm glad I tried it, but not what I would seek out if I was in the mood for a pils.(Which I was.)
Comes across as more of a crisp IPA/Saison hybrid than a pils.

Edit :The above was less than 1 week old. My last can was at least 4 wks old, and the flavor improved, so adjusted my ratings accordingly. The floral & woody notes had faded and blended.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a two finger head. This starts out great but the citrusy bitterness on the finish knocks it down a peg for me. Definitely on the crisp side. Give it a try.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale to medium bright yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint pale golden yellow colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy bright white head that reduces to a handful of small patches of thin film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grassy, herbal, and spicy hops over the top of light aromas of bready malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of bready malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of grassy, herbal, and spicy hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades away fairly quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Crisp and refreshing, perfect for an afternoon sitting out on the porch. A hoppier pilsner but using more classic/traditional hop varieties.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that never completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy and herbal hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but there are stronger flavors of grassy hops compared to herbal hops and there are also hints of bready malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very nice hoppy pilsener—I really liked the grassy flavors in the smell and taste.

Serving type: can

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Photo of musicsherlock
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed 06/27/17
16 oz can
Packaged 05/31/17

Pale, light yellow. Cloudy, can only see carbonation if held to the sun. Clean, bright white head that dissipates to a film. Looks like a wheat beer

Smells of lemon and yeast, hint of malts. Gets my mouth watering

Decent old world hops bitterness, slightly sweet, hint of lemon, metallic though

A little thick, viscous for the style, some carbonation. Actually more body than expected for the lowish ABV

Overall a very good American Pilsner w Old World parts

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Photo of mnj21655
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw in color with a touch of chill haze and a finger of uneven white head. Aroma is classic Pilsner; grainy and minerally. Taste hits the same classic Pilsner notes as the aroma and has a lightly floral and herbal character with a light+ bitterness. in the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, body is a bit heavy for the style. This is a pretty classic Pilsner, its OK on its own but it has enough character to pair well with food.

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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 100 ratings