Pendulum Pilsner | B.W. Beer Works USA

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Pendulum PilsnerPendulum Pilsner

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B.W. Beer Works USA
Maryland, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 59
Photo of BrokenEdge
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks transparent gold in color with a bubbly white head, tons of streams of carbonation (looks especially impressive in a pilsner glass) with thin lacing. Smell is faint, but what is there is yeasty and bready, with hints of white fruit like pear, white grape, apple, etc. Taste has hints of hay, yeast, and the same white fruit smells. Overall fairly sweet with just a hint of hops to offer some balance. Feel is thin and prickly due to the somewhat high carbonation, and not quite as crisp and clean as I would have expected for a pils. Overall, a soft, enjoyable beer but one that just doesn't stand out much.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Baltimore Washington Beer Works "Pendulum Pilsner"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating... brewed at the Peabody Heights Brewery, Baltimore, MD
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

While lacking the finesse of a great Czech Pils (it's a little too malty, and lacks noble hop character, particularly that of Saaz), or the bold bitterness and crispness of a German pilsner, Pendulum Pilsner is nevertheless a solid offering. Oddly it lacks any yeasty sulphur, and at the same time displays a subtle fruitiness... could it be that this is actually more of a Kölsch-style beer? It's a little on the sweetish side, but there is a firm bitterness to it, and some grassy hops help to cut through it. Conclusion? In my opinion it's really more of a blonde ale, regardless of whether lager yeast was used or not, but it's a decent beer regardless. It's not worth seeking out, or trying as a pilsner, but if you were to happen to come across it you'd most likely enjoy it.

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Photo of cyguyjg
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not blonde but light in color and clear. Slight notes of citrus and a hint of pine. Hops very subtle. Lasting effervescence. Not my cuppa tea and not really comparable to a German pilsner such as Jever but a quality lager for those whose taste runs in those directions.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light gold with little head that was gone quickly. Slight lacing as I drank. Not much to the nose, typical pils with maybe a little fruit, green apple maybe, definitely not strong. But then the taste, surprising. A tasty beer. Sweeter than most pils which I enjoyed, seemed to be a fruity malt for lack of better description. Very clean and easy to drink but also enjoyable. Blows away the macro brews if you want a quantity beer. Enjoyed and one of few pils I would buy again.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eye catching artwork on this 12 ounce bottle. On to the beer:

A half-inch of white head rests gently on top this shiny golden colored beer. The bubbles running to the top seem to be on crack, as they race at a furious pace. Lots of creamy lacing sticks around the glass as the beer is consumed. The aroma is grassy with a lemongrass zest, hay, and a kiss of sourdough.

There's a small bite of green apple at first taste. Solid hay and grass flavors triumph the green apple, thus helping make this beer easy to drink. A soft pinch of bittering hops at the end adds the bitterness needed for balance. As for feel, it's a light bodied beer with gentle crispness.

Middle of the pack pilsner that works as a thirst quencher after a long work day.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Deep brass yellow and crystal clear. Some small amount of pin head sized rising carbonation through the body. Bleach white and bright head with minimal retention. Makes a solid two finger head, and has a good amount of staying power leaving a good half finger puck after awhile.

Nose is pretty basic. A solid simple sense of doughed malt body, with some density. Slightly buried and slightly subdued it seems than a typical German pils. But enjoyable.

Palate comes with a real good mix of basic flavor and balance. A faint mix of herbal hop that is quickly leveraged with some honey like dense malt sweetness. Aftertaste brings some playful carbonation, even a hint of faint gas but nothing distracting on the palate, if actually enhancing the flavors. Some chewy density feelings as well.

Overall just a pretty solid impressive pils, nothing bad to say about it, and can easily drink with the rest of them.

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Photo of mactrail
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Handsome classic amber color with nice white suds. Mouthfeel is tingly and adequately carbonated. A little tangy. Slight aroma of resiny hops and brewing wort.

This really just has hints of a Pilsner-like brew, but it's pleasant enough. The gummy dark hop note is so familiar, they must sell the flavor in 55-gallon drums to the less discriminating breweries. Still it's quite drinkable, though the faintly medicinal bitter ending calls for a chaser of something, or at least a Frito.

This makes you realize how little it takes to make a beer without much to it that is still far more flavorful than the standard industro-lager. Brewed at the Peabody Heights co-op brewery. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Sunset Beer Company in Los Angeles.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2014-02-13 in Columbia, PA

A - Very clear orange-copper with a 1-finger white head that fades quickly and leaves little lacing.

S - Very fruity. Tangerine, pale malt, floral. Sweet.

T - Follows the aroma pretty closely but with more bready, sweet malt presence. Finishes with a touch of grass, the expected amount of bitterness, and a kiss of that tangerine tart/sweetness.

M - Light medium body and light carbonation. Pretty smooth.

O - I enjoyed this beer. It's a bit out of the ordinary for a Pils with the sweet tangerine flavor but viva-la-difference. I'd have it again.

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Photo of beerexpertusahopps
4.52/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visited Peabody Heights Brewery in Baltimore Maryland recently and was pleasantly surprised with this very smooth Pilsner. The hops and malt flavors were near heaven in the back of my taste buds and the color was absolutely stunning. I hope they continue with this one! Mouthfeel could be better with a slight improvement in carbonation, a simple tweek.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I bought this recently at The Friendly Greek as part of a mixed six and since I am on a CANQuest (TM) hiatus, awaiting picture approval(s), and it is a hot, humid day, this seemed like a good time to break it out.

From the bottle: "A Cut Above the Rest"; "A Refreshing Clean Pils"; "'I again cast my eyes upward. What I then saw confounded and amazed me. The sweep of the pendulum had increased in extent ... but what mainly disturbed me was the idea that it had perceptibly descended.' The Pit and the Pendulum, Edgar Allen Poe".

My initial aggro pour netted two-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention in the face of the heat and humidity. Color was a deep amber, bordering on coppery, with NE-quality clarity. SRM = 9. Nose had a caramel-like sweetness to it, perhaps a bit too sweet for the style. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was as I imagined, awfully sweet for the style and the Noble hops seemed to have been overwhelmed by the malt. Finish was also sweet and not really what I was hoping for, either from the style or simply to quench my thirst. This recipe needs to be tweaked.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet malt and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but a bit too sweet in my opinion.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Clear golden copper with a finger of rich and foamy slightly off-white head. Thick and sudsy looking lace. Smells floral and spicy with a touch of green citrus that mingles with sweet malt to give the nose some tanginess. The taste is a clean mix of crisp citric hops and sweet bready malt. Dry and spicy on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of crispness and more of a soft and creamy feel on the edges. This was decent. The profiles could have been a little tighter as the sweetness of this got away a bit in spots but I overall had no problem polishing this glass off.

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Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a bit of grains. Taste is crisp, kind of mild, malts, grains, some light hops at the finish. Refreshing but light. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a decent warm weather beer.

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Pendulum Pilsner from B.W. Beer Works USA
3.58 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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