Workhorse Pilsner
Counter Weight Brewing Company

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #52
Ranked #15,253
3.97 | pDev: 7.05%
Counter Weight Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
Very Good
Workhorse PilsnerWorkhorse Pilsner
Notes: Workhorse Pilsner is forged from traditional German ingredients, unfiltered, and dry hopped with noble hops. Grassy lemon citric notes mingle with a clean German Malt flavor. Refined yet unfettered, aggressively hopped yet balanced. Brewed to be seriously drinkable.
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woodchipper from Connecticut

3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an undated 16oz can to a Pilsner glass. Pretty strong puffy white head, but it fades in a about 3 minutes. Lacing is minimal. Crystal clear light amber body with those wonderful tiny bubble rising the entire session.
Aroma- Grassy, sweet, hay, all the expected German Pils notes.
Taste is slightly, ever so slightly diacytel, but not a game stopper. Sweet start, supper dry finish.
Mouthfeel is lightly oily.
Overall, not bad.

May 30, 2020
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can.

Straw gold color with a big, fluffy white head. Great clarity. Citrus hits the nose first in the aroma with notes of lemon and light bready malts. Definitely an American take on a pilsner with crisp, fruity hops. I'm missing the German pilsner profile. Light bodied and refreshing. Bitter finish that is not as dry as I would have liked. Overall, a decent pilsner but not your typical noble-hopped German pils.

Dec 08, 2018
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Fieceheart from Connecticut

3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pretty good and clean tasting pilsner. I get that german sour skunky note in both flavor and aroma. Head dissipated and overall body is thin. Finishes with some crackery malt but sort of round and soft, where id prefer a crisp and bitter lingering. Not getting lemon. Feels very true to style but beyond that... ill have to leave it to more “pilsner minded people” to describe. Beats a Budweiser tho. I would maybe say that id like a bit more grassy hop character. Probably goes better with a good meal, im a bit bored with this on its own. But... a solid pilsner, nonetheless.

Oct 18, 2018
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger finely pored white head that receded to a very thin cap; nice lacing;

S: grass and a little lemon;

T: a nice balance between grass, dough, and lemon; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: really nice example of the style;

Sep 23, 2018
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ordybill from Georgia

3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a semi clear yellow straw color with a small white head. The aroma is citrus and bread. The taste follows the nose.

Jul 15, 2018
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mnrider from Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. Can, PKGD 6/04/18 - DRANK 6/24/18

A: Slightly hazed straw yellow with a bright golden tint. Two fingers of off white bubbly head. Thin retention with some small streaks of lacing.

S: Malt. Grains. Sweetness. Spices. Wheat. Grass. Grains. Light Floral. Typical smell for the style.

T/M: Spicy hops. Bitter. Malts. Grains. Dry and Crisp. Hints of Citrus fruits. More malts. Light carbonation with a somewhat dry and bitter finish.

O: Very enjoyable Pilsner. Flavor is traditional with a little citrus to make it interesting. Refreshing. Could be a little more dry and hopped.


Jul 03, 2018
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice straw blonde body with a good head and nice retention.
Noble hops in the aroma and taste. Grassy and floral with crisp and bready malts.
Not as carbonated or dry as I'd like but it has a nice soft mouth feel.

Jun 30, 2018
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice solid pilsener!
Herbal, spicy grassy hop smell and flavor, with a well-rounded bready malt base. Full of flavor but well balanced with a nice finish. Solid bitterness and lively carbonation.
I'd happily drink this again and again.

May 10, 2018
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a lightly hazy straw color with 3 fingers of soapy white head. The head has solid retention, leaving some clingy lacing before settling into a thin sheet that rests gently atop the beer.

The aroma brings lots of bready malt and sweet citrus with some grassiness and spicy hops on the back end.

The taste is citrusy and grassy up front, followed by a ton of bready pilsner malt. The middle brings a wave of lightly tart green apples. Finishes subtly spicy. Quite floral and herbal throughout.

The feel is medium-light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Crisp and quite refreshing.

Overall, a very good and flavorful pilsner. It packs a ton of flavor yet remains highly drinkable. I'm very happy this is in cans. It's the perfect summer beer.

Jul 03, 2017
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into a snifter. The beer pours a bright clear gold color with fluffy bleached white head of 3 cm foaming up on a gradual pour. The head fades slowly and remains as a sturdy surface foam throughout the sampling.
The aroma is a bit of grainy and sweet malt but not sugary or caramel. I do get some floral hops mixed in for an interesting, yet not robust nose. this is fine for the style.
the first sip reveals a light crisp body and texture with fine prickly carbonation. This is a fine summer beer and drinks very easy based on the physical traits.
Flavor is some biscuity and light pilsener malt notes with a grassy and spicy hop kick on the swallow. The finish is crisp and dry and leaves a lingering hop flavor on my palate. No booze anywhere and this beer is finished before I am even aware Ive finished the glass. Very quaffable summer beer. Quite nice and well crafted!

Jun 18, 2017
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lic217 from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The look is a bit cloudy but it has a light yellow color with long lasting lacing. The aroma is Pilsner malt with some light citrus and flowery hop aroma. Taste is Pilsner malt with a nice grassy mild citrus hop finish. It also ends dry and lightly better. It's a very refreshing beer. A very well-made happy Pilsner more happy than a traditional German pills but they say that on the can so it's a Pilsner with a twist

May 15, 2017
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at 2 Bros. Pours a clear light yellow gold with an inch of frothy head. Some lacing. The aroma is pilsner malt, light citrus hops, and some sourdough bread. The taste has a bit more grassy hops than expected along with lightly toasted malts, and citrus peel. Floral finish with some more bread. Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, a solid Pils I'd buy again.

Apr 12, 2017
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TheManintheIronMask from Connecticut

4.99/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer they make. perfect example of a soft hoppy pilsner. This beer is that straw yellow color with a small amount of dry hopped haze. its soft yet finishes very crisp and dry. I may be a little biased do to I lived in Hamden my whole life, and the owner and brewer has brewed all of my favorite beers in CT for many years. Drink this Beer, you will understand. CHEERS!

Apr 09, 2017
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