Industrial Arts Brewing Company

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #62
Ranked #19,219
3.88 | pDev: 6.7%
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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Gajo74 from New York

3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Top Hops at the Essex Street Market, Lower East Side, NYC.

Pours a clear golden color with visible carbonation. A frothy head retains well and yields a layer of film throughout.

The nose first reveals herbal, grassy and earthy hops. This is followed by aromas of toasty malts, crackery and biscuity, along with a touch fruity and floral hops.

The taste opens with Pilsner malt flavors, cracker, biscuit and sweet. The malt is doughy with an almost creamy feel, making the mouthfeel more smooth than crisp. A firm and clean bitterness ensues with notes of earthy, grassy hops and lightly resiny hops. Very well balanced overall, medium bodied and moderately carbonated. The finish highlights both the malt and herbal hops flavors, and has some crispness.

A solid and very drinkable Pilsner that hits most of the right notes for the style. I would have again.

Oct 11, 2020
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can dated 06/03/2020, into the test glass
A - Golden straw color, excellent clarity. Gently carbonated with a vigorous pour a thin cap can be coaxed.
S - Herbal forward cut grass, lemongrass with pilsner malts shining through
T - Lovely grain expression, add in that lemongrass again, some biscuit
M - Light on the palate, mostly a dry feeling with a beautiful wave of bitterness (on point) at the end
O - A lovely Pilsner from a talented team, expressive and a delight to drink for sure

Sep 16, 2020
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BitterRed from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can Batch #30 canned 5/20/2020, consumed 8/31/2020 in a tulip glass.

Look: Golden, medium head that subsides into lacing that coats the sides of my glass for a good long while. Perhaps a slight wisp of haze, which doesn't bother me a bit.

Aroma: Ahhhh, yes! Plenty of noble hops, understated malt with notes of cereal and crackers. They have very nearly cloned the aroma of a Rothaus pilsner, wish more American pils were able to accomplish this feat.

Taste: Light cracker malt, plenty of herbal, slightly earthy and creamy hops. It's clean and refreshing - really nice. For my palate the bitterness is perfect, a nice dry finish that balances the malt and hops perfectly.

Mouthfeel: medium-light with enough carbonation to enhance the flavor.

Overall, this is the best American-brewed pilsner I've had to date. If you, like me, consider Rothaus to be the standard-bearer, you just might love this beer. Prost!

Sep 01, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can stamped BATCH #30 PKG: 06/03/20 (about 6 weeks ago) poured into a becher glass at fridge temp 4.7% ABV. The beer pours bright, very light gold in color with off white head. The head recedes to a fat, splotchy ring and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is crisp pils malt and floral hops. The taste follows with pils malt up front before the grassy & floral hop notes settle in mid-palate. Moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with average carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, very good to excellent. This is a masterful expression of a German Pilsner. Simple malt & hops shine with zero flaws. Thanks Anthony!

Jul 26, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.02/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

No can date
Pours a med foamy bubbly head with lower to med retention, a touch of lacing, crystal clear golden pilsner color

Nose hops out front, floral herbal hops, a bit of a noble base, some doughy pilsner malt, cracker, straw and hint of corn, a touch of sulfury mineral note and some weird vegetal thing

Taste has some fruity notes as well as buttered popcorn diacetyl, herbal floral hops getting spicy late, light grainy sweet malt, cereal grain, but some corn and a touch of cooked corn maybe DMS as well, med bitterness, drier finish with more spicy hops lingering, and a weird herbal bitterness that sticks around forever with some sulfate notes

Mouth is med to lighter bod, a bit of slick diacetyl, higher frothy carb

Overall a mess, plenty of off characters, they probably didn't give it enough D-rest, some other weird fruity and vegetal maybe DMS characters that are too much, or fermented/lagered too hot, hops don't mesh well, this was a pretty poor beer

Jul 20, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Poured out a clear, straw-yellow color with a small, bubbly, white head of foam. It smelled of floral notes, caramel and grains. Sweet biscuity taste with a touch of citrus and a mild bitterness.

Jul 04, 2020
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light hay color with a decent size foamy/creamy head. Smell is reminiscent of oyster cracker(no oyster), a bread, vegetable smell, earthy.Taste mild lemon followed by a cracker malt after bill. Taste bread,floral, not spicy enough in my opinion for a German style Pilsner .Hop presence is noble but limited. Overall a good beer for slamming on a hot day. Not a sipper.

Jan 23, 2020
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JRed from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent golden topped by white frothy head that stays. Aroma of lemon, cream, herbs, cereal. Tastes of cream, lemon, herbs, grains. Light bodied and crisp.

Jan 04, 2020
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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!

Sep 25, 2019
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev +8%
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.

Jul 01, 2019
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Jun 23, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Jun 19, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Jun 13, 2019
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Apr 30, 2019
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AccipiterofBeer from New York

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewed 7/16. Month old can. Poured into a pilsner glass.

L: 3.75 A nice golden yellow with plentiful carbonation. Medium white head that dissipates.
S: 4. Floral. Bready grains. Bright hops.
T: 4. Follows the nose. Initially floral but with a hoppy bitter finish. Bready.
F: 4. very refreshing. Light bodied with tickly carbonation.
O: 4. Maybe the best pilsner on offer in southern New York State.

Feb 14, 2019
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Nov 11, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

Jun 26, 2018
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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...

May 28, 2018
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utopiajane from New York

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

May 20, 2018
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cavedave from New York

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Apr 14, 2018
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Mar 25, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Feb 25, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Dec 14, 2017
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atr2605 from New York

3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
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

Nov 30, 2017
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woodchipper from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Nov 26, 2017
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