Industrial Arts Brewing Company

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German Pilsner
Ranked #67
Ranked #18,553
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.
Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 100 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by musicsherlock:
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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More User Reviews:
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 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 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 Sammy
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

on tap brewed and bottled

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

Tall silver can, w/o freshness info.

Light straw, light haze, fluffy eggshell cap, lasting and leaving ample froth, and loose sheeting.

Soft citric nose.

Light lime on the palate and lightly toasted malt notes...clean, crisp and refreshing...nice brew in a can....would be perfect for a summer day at the beach

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Eychung
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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 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 mltobin
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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 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 smithj4
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of k47k
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 100 ratings