Pacific Pilsner
Pacific Western Brewing Company

Pacific PilsnerPacific Pilsner
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Pacific Western Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
American Lager
Ranked #343
Ranked #29,557
2.41 | pDev: 21.99%
Aug 14, 2022
Jul 23, 2003
Notes: Classic. Pac Pilly is a beer that hearkens back to the glory days of yesteryear, the ad execs and their trophy wives, the smell of easy money and taking off for a weekend at the Ol’ Cottage on the lake. It personifies decadent relaxation, taking time off, even for a minute and taking stock of your surroundings. This true pils — produced using an ISO-certified, double-fermentation process — is a crisp, clean, golden brew popular with anyone who loves a timeless blonde. I mean who can resist a timeless blonde?
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Reviewed by DaftCaskBC from Canada (BC)

4.11/5  rDev +70.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
I noticed that this gem hadn't been rated in a while so I thought I would give my honest opinion.

This is a cheap beer. It's all malt and hopped with saaz. Not gooped up with adjuncts like Molson products. I dont know what it was like before but now in the new packaging it's great. Maybe the most underrated lager in all of Canada. Give it a try and be pleasantly surprised.
Aug 14, 2022
Rated: 2.49 by Wattstriker from Zimbabwe

Apr 23, 2018
Rated: 2.42 by Eric_Standard from Canada (BC)

Jun 13, 2017
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Rated by Dean1139 from Canada (BC)

2.53/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
Not very good, kind of a bitter aftertaste. I know that has its fans but this is not a good cheap beer.
Oct 10, 2016
Rated: 2.61 by ZachT from Canada (BC)

Jun 27, 2016
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Reviewed by Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

2.63/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Well, calling this a pale lager is a bit of a stretch. OK, it's a bunch of a stretch. Bottom line - cheap, thin, fizzy. Kinda the 7-Up of beers. The upside? It's super cheap. End story.
Mar 01, 2016
Rated: 2.36 by BcCraft710 from Canada (BC)

Jan 14, 2015
Rated: 2.25 by Oidmoe from Austria

Jul 18, 2014
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Reviewed by ZDAWG from Canada (AB)

2.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
I bought this beer because I saw a buddy of mine drinking them and he gave me one and it actually wasn't bad.

A, looks like a generic pilsner yellow not too many things that exciting about it, I really like the can though it's really pretty.

S, The smell is not very interesting, typical run of the mill pils again.

T, Surprisingly not bad, crisp at start however not amazing given it's a pilsner, a bit of a bitter after taste not too long lasting though.

M, Crisp, carbonated, smooth.

Overall, for the price it is defiantly worth a try. Good beer while near a body of water.
Jun 13, 2014
Rated: 1.25 by jrempel from Canada (BC)

May 05, 2014
Rated: 2.5 by bumchilly25 from Canada (BC)

Aug 31, 2013
Rated: 2 by KStark from Canada (BC)

Jun 13, 2013
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Reviewed by maclean25 from Canada (BC)

2.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
I've seen this in the store for a while and seen people buying flats of it. It's inexpensive at about $1.45 per can. I figured that I'd finally try it.

The beer pours with a fizzy white head which reduces quickly, The body has a apple juice golden-yellow colour. The aroma has an apple and wine scent with some harvest grain. The flavour has cider and grain or corn. It is light-bodied with high carbonation.

Overall, not bad tasting but too light and fizzy. it is the most watery beer I've had since my last Budweiser. It is unlikely I'd ever get this again.
Jun 01, 2013
Rated: 2 by schopenhauerale from Arizona

Jan 19, 2012
Rated: 3 by papawu76 from Canada (BC)

Dec 02, 2011
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Reviewed by Derek from Canada (BC)

2.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
After a sunny afternoon, I ordered a Pils... or so I thought I did.

A: Gold with a white head, very little retention, no lace.

S: Sweet caramel with a hint of floral hops & sulfur.

T: Sweet caramel, a little grassy, hints of corn & butter, bitterness is barely above my detection threshold.

M: Moderate body seems to have a little too much residual sweetness. No crisp finish with this one (but that might just be the lack of bitterness).

D: Inoffensive, but definitely wouldn't reach for another.

Definitely not a German Pilsner (or any real Pilsner for that matter).

It doesn't follow their description:

"Crisp, clean, no aftertaste and dry in character like European style beers. Our Pils features the tart, delicate flavour of quality German Hallertau hops perfectly balanced with soft malt notes to produce a refreshing sensation on the tongue. With just a hint of citrus, it is a classic, clear, thirst-quenching brew. Perfect with fish or shellfish including most West Coasters favorite – sushi."
Apr 17, 2011
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

2.58/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
355ml can. Simple Canadian summer ruminations on the back label, with the curious term 'made with a hint of sweet malts'. Just a hint?

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which settles slowly and surely, leaving some broadly splattered lace around the glass.

It smells of bready, cracker-like pale malt, a bit of corny graininess, matchsticks, apple skins, and grassy, weedy, and almost, but not quite, skunky hops. The taste is more weakly doughy and bready grain, underripe apple, the suggestion of a dalliance with corn sugar, a touch of diacetyl, and a mix of faintly bitter vegetal, grassy, and weedy hops.

The carbonation is pretty underwhelming, barely a wan frothiness to be had, the body an adequate medium weight, mostly smooth, but with a little glycerol slickness. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt still strong, hardly crisp (so not 'beyond refreshing'), and fending off that fortunately fading vegetal astringency.

A pretty average pilsener, if you can even call it that. Its saving grace seems to be a decent malt backbone, but there's enough of that up and down, unpleasant hop (I'm being generous here) bitterness to make me want to look elsewhere, if I'm buying.
Nov 13, 2010
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Reviewed by Methodd from Canada (BC)

2.18/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
I’ve had a great deal of this brew. The father-in-law drinks a fifteen-pack –a-day. Every time the wife and I go visit he feeds it to me. Luckily his fridge keeps it just above freezing and so are his mugs. Poured into an 800mL mug:
Appearance: Pale yellow. Very minimal head which settles down quickly.
Smell: Hops and yeast, grassy and grainy.
Taste: At the cold temps he serves it at it’s refreshing but as it warms up it becomes less than appetizing. Flat grains, corn, malt and some kind of metal taste.
Mouthfeel: Fizzy water, kind of lumps down the throat.
Drinkability: At near-freezing temperature I can manage to gulp this stuff down. Sometimes I even think “that hit the spot” and then I come to my senses and realize I probably just poisoned myself.
Nov 08, 2009
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Reviewed by IronDjinn from Canada (AB)

1.76/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
From a 6 pack of cans. Pours out a clear lacklustre gold, finger's width of shock white fizzy head that slowly settles.

Sharp grains, corn and cooked veggies on the nose, although a sweet bready malt at times as well, which is a nice surprise.

The charm ends there however, the flavour is grainy with an overload of off-flavours, the cooked veg being the biggest offender, a grittiness also coming to mind. Seriously contemplating a sink pour...

Mouthfeel is brash with over-carbonation, prickly, it sandblasts the palate.

Lower tier priced beer, and you get what you pay for in this instance. Any one of the major domestic macros in this country is looking pretty good in comparison to this right now, can't say I'm tempted to go back for more.
Nov 14, 2008
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Reviewed by Graham5161986 from Canada (BC)

1.71/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5
A: pours a clear, pale gold with a 1 finger white head that quickly reduces to an almost non-existent film and leaves no lacing.

S: slight grassy hops...and metal - that's about it. yikes.

T: barely any hops, cooked corn and an artificial mineral sweetness - dies off fast and leaves a nasty chlorine-like aftertaste. It almost tastes like swallowing pool water :-(.

M: light and watery, well carbonated and a smooth, dry finish (definitely the best aspect of this beer).

D: it might be cheap, but it's still a massive dissapointment - nasty flavours and poor presentation. i'd rather drink tap water. It's easy to drink, but far from drinkable (if that makes any sense...). Over-produced and under-loved.
Feb 25, 2008
Pacific Pilsner from Pacific Western Brewing Company
Beer rating: 66 out of 100 with 24 ratings