Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
Pilsner - German
Ranked #244
Ranked #23,208
3.75 | pDev: 10.67%
Jun 21, 2022
Mar 20, 2013
Very Good
Notes: Pony Pilsner is a firm take on the classic German style aimed to quench the masses.

German hops and malts are braided together to release the crisp awakening your summer self needs.
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3.75 by cbcrunch from Wyoming on Jun 21, 2022
3.85 by Lucnifter from California on May 21, 2022
4.27 by soarinsteven from Illinois on Apr 18, 2022
3.99 by Taenim from New Jersey on Jan 10, 2022
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3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by michaelsmith11 from Illinois

This one is a typical pilsner. Light, crisp, refreshing. There’s a subtle hoppy pine taste to it too. There is a sweetness to this that borders on being a touch too sweet. There is a little bit of spice to it also. Nice job by Half Acre

Dec 19, 2021
3.75 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Nov 20, 2021
3 by VaporDome from New York on Oct 17, 2021
3.47 by n_william from Illinois on Oct 16, 2021
3.79 by Zanico from Ohio on Oct 02, 2021
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4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

Out from a tap and into a clear pint glass this went. Now, it temporarily resides there, with moderate haziness of a light straw color. The white head is modest and enduring. Mild is the beer aroma, but that's standard for the style. The body is supple, as witnessed by the sticky glass lacing. The rich body carries malty sweetness finished with a noticeable hop bite. If ever there was something as too much body, this would would be an example for those that love this near perfect Pilsner taste, but prefer a lighter medium. Simply put, the crispness of a good Pilsner is missing here.

Jul 09, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin

I love this pilsner, and I can't find it around me anymore, which makes me very sad :(

Jun 30, 2021
3.75 by aasher from Indiana on Jun 29, 2021
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3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by MNJR from Illinois

A good pilsner. Dry-ish hops and muted flavors of pepper, lemon. It has a bit of a papery taste that lingers. Good but unremarkable, nothing too special, but good in a standard way. This is a nice second choice when better pilsners are not available - it'll do, but only manages to be competent, not special or outstanding.

Apr 18, 2021
4.41 by Shopknad from Illinois on Mar 06, 2021
3.73 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois on Feb 15, 2021
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by JRed from New Jersey

Golden body with white head. Aroma of lemon skin, light grass, a touch of citrus. Tastes of citrus, lemon skin, light grass, light mint, grain sweetness, and some dryness towards the finish. Light bodied with medium carb.

Dec 31, 2020
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3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by bankboy66 from New Jersey

Pours a cloudy gold with a one finger head. Smell is malts and grass with some skunkiness. Taste is same but with some lemon hoppiness I wasnt expecting. Finishes a bit dry with medium fizz but aftertaste is more traditional pilsner. Interesting but don’t think I would buy again.

Oct 31, 2020
3.75 by Sayb from Arizona on Aug 28, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a single from the Kings Beer & Wine cooler 5-22-20 for $2.99. Canned 4-1-20, consumed 8-6-20.

Beer poured golden with a beautiful white head that has some really good hang time.

Nose is a touch of lemon, crackers, and bread.

Taste is bread forward with some crackers and finishes with a touch of herbal lemony hop; 5/10 on my bitterness scale.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and fairly refreshing.

Overall a nice refreshing German pils on a 107 degree afternoon!

Aug 06, 2020
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4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

16 ounce can poured into a snulip glass.

L---Hazy, very light & bright golden color. Two fingers of fluffy white lace with very good retention and very good lacing.

S---Lemon and grain are the dominant aromas.

T---Lemony. Strong malt backbone of grain, bread and cracker.

F---Fairly light, maybe medium/light body. Amply carbonated.

O---An excellent beer for a hot day. Fairly light and quenching, but still full of flavor.

Jul 01, 2020
3.9 by Azpittil57 from Arizona on Jun 16, 2020
3.43 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey on Apr 26, 2020
4.04 by stanale from Illinois on Mar 20, 2020
3.15 by bigstar87 from Wisconsin on Feb 19, 2020
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4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by yuriyt from New York

Poured from can into glass. Looks a slightly hazy golden yellow. Really nice noble hop aroma. Flavor full of crackery malt, firm hop bitterness and earthy/piney hops. Medium body. Super refreshing and enjoyable. True to style and full of flavor.

Feb 15, 2020
3.93 by Wontonst from California on Jan 15, 2020
3.89 by loganburgh from Michigan on Dec 30, 2019
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ovaltine from Indiana

Nearly clear yellow color with a white head that bubbles up nicely, the nose is filled with noble hop aromas that are grassy and a little lemony, and there’s a bready malt component, too.

The noble hop flavors are prominent, and the bready malt flavor knows its place. The mouthfeel is crisp in this well executed German pilsner.

Dec 05, 2019
3.76 by cambabeer from New York on Sep 26, 2019
3.85 by Nunya from Ohio on Sep 20, 2019
4.03 by dannycohen62 from Illinois on Sep 11, 2019
3.51 by 12ozfan from Illinois on Aug 30, 2019
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3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by entropysquared from Finland

One of the few American-brewed pilsners that tastes like the European, real-deal.

Very good.

Aug 14, 2019
3.48 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Aug 03, 2019
3 by prisdefer from New York on Jul 20, 2019
3.92 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio on Jul 06, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

Appearance -Pours clear golden color with a big fluffy white head spotty lacing.

Aroma - Lemon, pepper, cracker, malt, biscuit.

Taste - Same as nose not as spicy lemon and cracker come though well. Nice malt backbone.

Feel - light crisp refreshing really easy drinking.

Overall - Really well done Pilsner great flavors hit all the marks.

Jun 20, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SaltofOH from Ohio

Can dated 3-19-19. Pilsner glass.

A: pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with two fingers of rocky bright white head and streams of tiny bubble carbonation. Some spotty lacing. I don’t like haze in a Pilsner. Call me old-fashioned.

S: some lager yeast and floral hop aromas if you look for them. Even after 10 minutes out of the fridge the smell is still somewhat muted.

T: bang! Makes up for it there. Sweet, bready, slightly sulfury Pilsner malt leafs the charge, with strong but restrained noble hops popping up mid palate and lending a mellow bitterness at the end. This is easy drinking Pilsner beer.

M: moderately chewy, lighter end of mid weight, lager crispness, higher carbonation but well within the style.

O: an easy drinking yellow fizzy beer with a whole lot more going on than your standard AAL, and appropriate to the style levels of hoppiness. If I lived in Chicago, I would drink this a lot. But I can find better local and imported to scratch this itch for the money.

May 25, 2019
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3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by defunksta from North Dakota

Appearance: Pours a pale, lemony color with a strong, crispy head.
Aroma: Strong aromas. Lots of lemon and grass. Some sweet tropical orange, pineapple, and peach aromas too.
Flavor: Very grassy, but some slight deep, dank, sweetness too. Lemon and orange citrus. Bitterness is attenuated. Not too much pepper. Definitely a sulfur smell too. Almost a rusty flavor. Pale cracker malts.
Feel: Crisp and clean. Medium bodied, undercarbonated. Malt focused and leans sweet on the palate. No bitter astringency.

Overall: Not really a fan of this one. I definitely like the citrus hop twist. Must be some American hops in here too. But It is undercarbonated and lacks yeast or hop bitterness so it sort of has the flat, juicy sweetness to it. Lemon and citrus flavor are too forward and it lacks any zest or bite. Strong flavors though for a pilsner.

May 15, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by ChicagoJ from Illinois

1/17/19 (Chicago): $11.01 16 oz four pack canned 12/21/18 purchased at Half Acre Brewery on 1/9/19. Multiple pours into flute glass, light clear blonde pour, mild carbonation, fluffy white puffy head leaves generous lacing. Beautiful malt, bread and spicy pepper aroma, very nice blend. Rich bread malt peppery taste. Carbonation holds well, dry mouth feel, very crisp and clean finish. Overall excellent Pilsner.

May 05, 2019
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