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German Pilsner
Ranked #111
Ranked #16,234
4.1 | pDev: 5.37%
Pure Project
California, United States
Very Good
Notes: A crushably crisp and clean Pilsner, built with only the finest ingredients. A single-malt and single-hop brew, using Organic Weyermann Pilsner Malt from Germany, with a modest addition of Hallertau Mittelfruh hops. Bone dry and beautifully bright. Pure drinkability.

20 IBU
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 13
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4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale and clear pale straw colored body; immense amount of carbonation; thick and frothy head; soapy; sticky. Delightful pear and lemon aroma; floral. Delicate sweetness to the taste with an equally enjoyable hop bitterness; light lemon bread suggestion. Light body; crisp with a fine dryness overall.

A SMaSH pilsner, beautifully made and very delightful to drink.

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4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 16oz can to a stemless wine glass (HPB’s Bottle Friends cat glass). This was canned on May 21, 2019 according to a canning date printed in black ink on the underside of the can (“CRISPY 5/21/19”), making this can 27 days old at the time of consumption, or just under four weeks.

Appearance (5.0): A slow, straight pour right down the middle of the glass yields a wildly effervescent head of fat, fluffy bubbles and delicate, whipped foam intermingling atop a pale straw-colored body that’s just about perfectly clear. The body looks more like sauvignon blanc, honestly. All that being said, the head dies down surprisingly slowly, leaving a dense web of delicate lacing all around the glass and a surprisingly thick, whipped surface. Unreal.

Smell (4.5): Beautifully fragrant out of the glass, this beer resonates with pale, crackery malt, undercooked porridge, and a bevy of gentle, vibrant hop aromas: white grape skin, faint lemon zest, a splash of pinot grigio, wet pebbles and alpine mineral water, and what feels like the cleanest (but still very gentle) smell of green, dewy grass. It smells like lemon water in a ripe vineyard at dawn.

Taste (4.5): On the palate, the beer leans heavily into the clean edge of hop bitterness, showing an even mix of fresh grass, lemon water, and grape skin. The malt is even softer than in the nose, offering milk cracker, plain grits, and a very soft earthiness. Mixed in with all of this is an understated mineral character that matches the nose: river pebbles, clean mineral water, a splash of pinot grigio or a dry vinho verde. No sign of booze. The bitterness is clean and clear, washing away everything else before resolving into a lingering mineral character that feels true to style.

Mouthfeel (5.0): As in the appearance, I’d call this perfect. Carbonation is full and soft as a feather, offering a lush, foamy base that’s never too big, thick, or full. The body is light, swishy, and falls gently on the side of dry—though the mineral and grass notes in the flavor pull it, softly but clearly, into the realm of dry. The only thing more quenching than this beer is water.

Overall (4.5): Sometimes we’re struck by the balance of flavors and aromas in a beer that’s strong and bombastic. In this case, I’m struck by the balance of a beer that’s feather-light, gentle, and understated. Some might find this beer underwhelming or just too light, but I think I fall on the side of finding it delightful. I could drink this any day, and would thrill at the possibility of special dry-hopped versions or—wait for it—a cask-conditioned pour of this. I’m loving this rash of top-notch lagers coming out of West Coast breweries. Highly recommended.

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3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate bright yellow colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts with a hint of cereal grain sweetness and light aromas of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of bready malts with a hint of cereal grain sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of grassy hops which contribute a slightly heavier than light amount of bitterness which lingers for a short amount of time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable with a pleasant amount of crispness and a nice clean finish.

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3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts are present in the nose along with hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of bready malts along with notes of grassy hops and a light to moderate amount of associated bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer is nice and malty but there are enough hops to help balance things out.

Serving type: can

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4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

they also have a pils called rein, perhaps this is the unfiltered version of that, perhaps they are the same beer, i never had that one, a spelling error? sister beers? anything is possible. i am stoked these guys dropped some beers off in the colorado for gabf time, and i am not at all disappointed that some of them are still around. this is a great pilsener, really bright and clean and tidy and drinkable. sometimes with the german ones, they are too grainy for my tastes and for nonstop drinking, but this one seems scaled back on malt flavor, its minimal, very light, sort of a basic yellow beer base without too much obviously european character to it and not too crackery or forward in the mix. it lets the floral and light citrus and grass notes of the hops come out, lets a little bitterness go a long way, and lets the whole thing stay really simple, easy, and drinkable. summery or even beachy beer for me, i can taste the mineral profile of the water, its so pure really. a more critical palate might call this under flavored, or like it has been co-opted by an american blonde ale, but i really dig it. i want nothing to do an an endless supply of this, that would be heaven...

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