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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Added by tone77 on 05-07-2013

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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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3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imbibehour
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.04/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This attractive beer hits the right notes early, with a light amber color and a stiff white head. Nose emenates with notes of crystal malt, fruit, clove, and banana bread.

Nobel hops and basic bread notes predominate here. A little stiff with carbonation early but it settles down. The aftertaste is a little bland. Not sure this is a keeper, but if it's good enough for EA, I guess it's good enough for me.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
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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4.04/5  rDev +12.2%

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