Pilsner | Baron Brewing

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Baron Brewing
Washington, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by bitterthebetter:
Photo of bitterthebetter
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear yellow with white head.

aromas of yeast, honey, slight breadiness, and a dash of pine hops with a little fruitiness underneath

malty backbone upfront with notes of faint honey sweetness, solid yet balanced piney dry hops, a light breadiness as well, and a dash of lemon

light bodied upfront, but the malt presence followed by a sturdy hop character balance it out

a bit bready style of pils upfront with a solid hop backbone, a good pils for sure, very thirst quenching, albeit i would prefer it a bit hoppier, but i am a hop head. i thought it was a good representation of the style and reminded me of Pinkus' Ur-Pils

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Photo of RoyalT
4.68/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Ah, the hazy yellow color of a classic German Pilsner. This one has it down pat. The head is pure, pure white as it should be. It fluffed up nice and easy and slowly ebbed down the sides of my Pils glass, settling into a thin white film right at the 0,3l mark.

Smell – Smelling this classic mix of grain and Hallertau hops really takes me back to my years living in Germany. It’s a sharp and utterly delectable grain combined with the light but unmistakable German hopping.

Taste – This is a winning blend of the grain and hop scents from the nose. The grain is raw and unapologetic, the hops subdued but well-defined.

Mouthfeel – This Pils is a little bigger than light-bodied and will wet your whistle. I start frothing at the mouth just smelling this bier. It almost makes me dizzy on the first drink as it is just that satisfying. This is my NUMBER ONE BEER for drinking on a hot summer day or when I’m dying of thirst.

Drinkability – The tapped version I had last year was hopped up for the release party and a tad off-style, but this one is right on. I can’t emphasize enough how exact the brewers have mimicked the true German Pilsner style. It is just that good.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow fizz with a nice stark white head that is exactly to style as far as retention and lacing.

Nose is about as authentic as it gets here, euro hops and lagery grain with that classic grassy waft.

Taste is also pretty much nuts on. Grassy hops and crisp pilsner grain. A nice dryness on the finish. There is a tiny tiny kiss of sweetness in there that is enjoyable as well.

Mouthfeel is right where you would expect. Quite carbonated and crisp with light viscosity.

Drinkability is top notch as a pilsner should be. Could easily put a few of these bombers away and plan to in the near future. A very to style and great representation of a traditional german pilsner. Rivals many german examples let alone the few great ones made here in America. An excellent beer.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A distributor gave my manager a sample bottle, which we tried at our recent staff tasting. Pours a pale straw color with a small white head and some light fizzy carbonation. Sweet aroma - light fruity malt, a hint of adjunct (corn), and just a whiff of confectioner's sugar. Palate is sweet up front and slightly metallic, with a hoppy bitterness emerging towards the finish. Body is light and finishes dry. Maybe not quite worth the price of a regular craft beer (~$3.00/bomber), but tasty and drinkable. Overall, a good pilsner with character.

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Photo of GimmeAles
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours the color of sun-bleached straw, forming half-inch white head which reduces to a 1cm sheet that sticks to the end. Immediate wisps of banana are sensed. Nosing the glass, all forms of banana fruitinesshop spice give way to glutinous, meaty grains.

Taste is crisp and clean despite the huge presence of cereal grains with a faint, toasty edge. A subdued hop spicyness follows and finishes clean and your palate craves another thirst-slaking gulp...I mean, sip. Hops (again subtle, but present) and fruitiness linger pleasantly.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are off-the-charts. Steady, fine carbonation smoothes this thing something light and velvetly. This hot summer day and this beer were made for one another.

While I favor Ale complexities, this was a fine, fine Lager. I will definitely look for this on draft at my local watering hole.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Sparkling apple-cider color reveals a rapid sense of effervesce. On top lied a snow white whipped capping of 2 finger statue with an impressive enough retention rate. The lacing was thick, with a >80% glass coverage of initial contact.

S: The nose was true to style, soft, with instances of green noble hops and light wet hay. Smooth graininess with some warm mealy.

T: Grainy upfront, smooth with a touch of sweetness. Fresh barley with a light green hopping that is fresh and well balanced. The swallow finds a noble green hopping while the flavor is delicate, smooth and very clean, a good tribute to fine german malt crafting by an American brewery.

M: Light bodied, very polished and smooth with a good carbonation presence and crispness.

D: Good clean, good drinking fun. Flows effortlessly from glass to throat with no hindrance. A great drink that was soft, true to style and would make for a great summer time drink. Case worthy to beat the heat with as a all day drinker.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 picked up this afternoon at the COOP... poured into my shaped SA glass.

Beautiful foamy white head... tons of carbonation is streaming in ribbons through a paler than average gold brew.

nose is clean graininess with some slightly spicy... more grassy hoppiness.. very clean.

flavor is pretty damn authentic.. descent bitterness that holds the pale malts in check and allows the hops to help balance out to the finish... pretty clean on the end.

The body is light/medium with the expected abundant carbonation.

I was pretty excited to see this brewery at the COOP... I love well made German lagers and this is pretty tasty.

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Photo of livingregret
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 1 pint 6 fl oz

Appearance: Pours a brightly coloured yellow w/ no real head to speak of and no lacing. A little disappointing in the lack of head

Smell: Smells of corn, hops and malts. Maybe a bit of citrus as well

Taste: Has a corn/hops taste at the beginning w/ a slight metallic taste to the end. A little sweet in the beginning which was nice. Very crisp

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated beer that goes down easy

Drinkability: This is a decent enough tasting beer that goes down smooth that you could put these down pretty easy.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of hopdog
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle acquired in trade with Larry_Pitonka (thanks!).

Poured a lighter and hazy yellow color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of grass, spicey, lemons, and I was getting some honey comb. Tastes of grass, spicey, and some graininess. The aroma was on the 'sweet' side which did not come through in the tastes.

Notes from 3/12/07

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Skyhand for the bottle!

I've been on a bit of a pils and light pale ale kick lately, I think it started with Bell's Lager of the Lakes. This particular brew compares fairly well, but lacks a certain cohesion I enjoy with a good pils, the grassy character combined with clean malts and dry/clean finish. This one though has more esters and a bigger, fruitier malt profile. It's still quite clean, but not perfect.

This is a solid pils all in all, it was quite enjoyable overall.


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Photo of Gavage
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with a short 1/2" head that falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: grass and a hint of lemon zest is all you pull from the glass.

Taste: mild malt, grass, lemon zest, and a mild Saaz hop bitterness makes up a decent pilsner.

Mouthfeel: lighter in body. Nicely crisp throughout with a clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy drinking pils where a few of these can be consumed in a session.

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Photo of kgotcher
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Low carbonation.

Aroma is very malty and sweet like honey.

Tastes very sweet. Lots of malt but clean without any grainyness. Almost too sweet. Mouthfeel is kind of sticky.

More carbonation please.


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Photo of DogFood11
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While at heads up brewing in Silverdale WA, I was checking out their small but well stocked beer fridge of random beers and this one caught my eye. A german pilsner always grabs my attention. Never having heard of baron brewing I had to check it out. Very extremely pale color just a touch of yellow. Really fine carbonation slowly rolls to the top and supports a lackluster, loose head that fades and leaves behind a little scattered lace.

Well it has the characteristics of the style, a decent hoppy zip w/ some peppery spice to it. Not much in the way of any malt backer as its pretty one dimensional. Earthy graininess throughout. Light fruitiness that I pick up in the smell doesn't translate to the frontlines in the taste at all. Not to be too down on this beer (because all told it is a decent brew) but I really like my pilsners to finish clean and crisp and while it finishes a little bit crisp it doesnt clean up nicely at all. It rather fades away and is a bit watered. Good side of things? Its unique and its nice to see breweries cracking out some German pilsners.

A thirst quenching beer, a tweek here and there and this could be really good.

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.48/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice noble hop aroma. Most likely saaz but it's a little smokey where I'm driking it so I'm a little off. There's a hint of grainyness (A la Bitburger) but also a nice Euro Malt aroma too.

Yellow, almost pale gold, clear as can be with a nice head that leaves behind beautiful lace as you drain the glass.

Taste is pretty much exactly what I want in a pilsner. Some malt but that gets washed away by hop bitterness. The bitterness lingers in the aftertaste but isn't at all acidic or harsh. Nice clean lager character, no off flavors or yeast.

Medium bodied, creamy and easy drinking. Great delicate carbonation that adds just another component of bitter to the already nice hopping.

Drinkability...I'll be happy to have more of this. Many import Pilsners arrive stale and lifeless. This is fresh and pretty wonderful.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: very light yellow golden color with a three-finger rocky head leaving a good lace. Color is par for the course, but I enjoy the substantial head.

Smell: grainy, malty; a little sour. I'm not too impressed, though it is better than, say, your average macro.

Taste: grainy and, again, a little sour. There's a nice bitterness, and I'm glad they didn't ignore the hops, but really this could be a lot better. Not a huge fan.

Mouthfeel: medium body, medium level of carbonation. Pretty average.

Drinkability: it's got that refreshing character of a pilsner, but frankly, the sour and grainy factors of the flavor are just off-putting (even in the context of the style). Again, I'm just not a fan -- though this isn't going to be a drain-pour.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of tavernjef
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale light lemon gold. Small stark white head of starchy foam. Tiny dot and thin string of lace coat the glass lightly.

Aroma is of Hallertua hops and Bavarian bread grain and quite light, but distinctly Pilsner.

Taste is solid for a Pils, nice snappy bread grain taste with a capping touch of dryish flour, herbal/spicy hops, and a nice crispy tone. Simple, clean, and fresh with a steady, firm grainy/bready taste. Hops keep an interesting balance of dryness with evident Hallertau and perhaps some Saaz snappyness too.

Feel is firm, smooth, clean, and crisp with about a medium body and steady grab of carbonation. Finish is subtle with a nice mixure of dry grains and herbal hops as it floats off leaving a nice texture and pleasingly easy grained aftertaste.

A solid Pilsner. And drinkable all the same. Thanks to cvschaller for the multiple samples!!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a brilliantly clear, full straw-gold color (on the lighter side of gold) and is topped by a frothy, pale, just barely off-white colored head that starts out two-fingers in height. The aroma is a clean mix of lightly kilned malt and crisp hop notes that lean towards lemon grass. A touch of soda cracker aromatics join the sweeter cereal grain aromas.

Light and crisp, yet it still has a sweet grain character to the flavor. The beer has a nice biting bitterness to it that lingers on in the finish and is perhaps the most prominent flavor (though the malt sweetness is a close second). The hop notes lean towards a mix of grassy notes (the malt accentuates this a bit too), touches of lemon zest and something a touch like basil. The beer almost has a bit too much sweetness, by which I mean this could certainly use some more hop character. This is certainly a good beer on this hot (approaching 100ºF / 38ºC) Tucson afternoon; it has a crispness to it, but still has a light malt sweetness with a balancing hop character and all of which make for an easily quaffable brew.

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Photo of kolbe
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle of this shortly after it initially became available. I've been looking for good pilsners as we move into the summer months, as I have little experience with this style and like the idea of finding something crisp and clear that I can enjoy.

This is a very enjoyable beer, and I think the freshness might have paid off sicne it was entirely delicious and not at all skunky or "off" as have been some of the other pilsners I've tried.

Pleasant, enjoyable, crisp. Highly recommended.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden yellow with a big carbonation and a big white head. Nose is light grain and some funk. Taste is grains, light hops, corn. Mouthfeel is a little grainy, booze, some hops bit not to much else going on. I did detect some toasted notes on te end of the taste and on the mouthfeel. Sweet, crisp. Drinkable, yup.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is just not a very good pilsner.

Pours a hazy golden with a slight and short-lived head. The aroma is honeyish, sweet and malty. The flavor is blunt and unsubtle, honeyish and thick. The hop character is thick and blunt. The mouthfeel is thick and gooey.

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Photo of piclee
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of RoryOMoore
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of RedDiamond
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'd heard good things about Baron's Pils, but my experience left me somewhat indifferent to its acclaim. It's unexpectedly cloudy for a lager, and very pale lemon yellow. The sustained carbonation and big meringue head of off-white duff was impressive. But the indistinct flavor kept me skeptical. Though bittering features prominently there's no particular Saaz spice or crisp edges here, and the aroma was dilute.

Not as clean as a lager should be in appearance or taste. And otherwise devoid of excitement.

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