Pig's Eye Pilsner | Evans Brewing Company

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Pig's Eye PilsnerPig's Eye Pilsner

Brewed by:
Evans Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.55%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ZAP on 06-06-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.45/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Another super yellow flimsy no head appearance from Evans brewing company. The aroma was moldy hay and copper and aluminum. Putrid stuff.

Holy crap the amount of fusel or rubbing alcohol with no malt/barley to soak it up is brutal. Fuck, Keystone Light smokes this beer. This is a serious avoid.

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Photo of CamuMahubah
2.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's ok beer. Much better than the Lean or whatever it is called. Nice refreshing...creamy...searching for hops makes me think and try really hard. I might just be imagining them. I am not imagining the corn.

Minnesota is the number one state for corn production I think...well some fell in the beer...but I can drink this!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.5/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Clear yellow with almost no head, terrible aroma, wet hay and rusty metal.

Taste, wow, it got worse, horrible offtaste of oxidized bong water left at the bottom of a metal trash can. No hops, no malt, just rubbing alcohol fusel style. Some sweet to it.

Much worse than almost all BMC esque stuff. The plastic and metal mouthfeel is the worst part. Totally not recommended.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.72/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz can into a pint glass

A: Yellow with slight golden tones. weak bubbly head forms and dissipates leaving no lace.

S: Actually a nice clean malt aroma with only slight hop balance. Decent.

T: Sweetish, light and clean. Not very memorable but the aftertaste is too sweet and a bit unpleasant, much like malt liquor.

M: Thin, unremarkable.

D: Wouldn't seek out again but might have one or two if it was the only thing around amongst friends.

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Photo of woodychandler
1.97/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I see that the style indicates that this CAN of beer is supposed to be adjunct-free and yet it hails from La Crosse, WI, nemesis of The CANQuest (TM) and home to such otherworldly adjuncts as to make me think that it is staffed by space aliens, specifically The Cybermen, who hope to use these beers as a means of eventually subsuming everyone who drinks them.

The Crack & Glug was a success and I had two fluffy fingers of bone-white head with excellent retention. Already, the room was beginning to smell like the inside of a plastics factory! I hear that there are plans to write a narcocorrido about The CANQuest (TM) and its exploits. Color was a golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and lots of carbonation in evidence. Nose smelled like cheap white wine and dry cleaning chemicals. The Cybermen are visible over the fence in my back yard. Apparently, each CAN comes with a homing device to allow to know when to strike! Mouthfeel was watery and the taste was metallic, but that could have been because my tongue (along with the rest of my once-human body) was metallic. I am a CyberCAN! One of the basic tenets of The CANQuest (TM) states that in order for it to count, it must be completely CANsumed - no drainpours, in other words. It did cross my mind, however. Finish left me breathless, although there was no need to breathe, having been transformed yet again into something other than human. I CAN't go on. I will finish this beer and join my Cyberbrethren in total domination of the world!

Named for the first European settler of what would become St. Paul, MN, one Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant, I raise a toast in your honor, sir. But you are not going in my cooler if I CAN help it.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.78/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pig Eye Pilsner actually looks pretty good. Very clear, dull gold-looking body. The head is about two fingers tall, bright white, and pretty soapy looking. Retention is OK, and there are a few spots of lacing.

The aroma is better than I expected, as there is a hint of hops, some pilsner malt, and a lot of sweet, corny-type aroma.

Although it doesn't smell great, it doesn't manage to taste even that good. A little bit of bready, pale malts. The one thing it does have going for it is a light blast of bitterness from the hops up front. Not a whole lot of earthy flavor, but a slightly metallic bite tells you that at least hops were used in this one. The finish is huge and sweet, with the trappings of adjuncts. If you fight your way through the sweetness, there is a little bit of cracker flavor from the pale malt hiding underneath it.

Prickly carbonation and a moderate body; pretty smooth. No complaints about the feel.

Not something I will buy again, but it wasn't horrible either. Approach this as a good adjunct lager and not a crappy pilsner and you might just be satisfied.

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Photo of cooch69
3.75/5  rDev +41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one at the end of a miserable, rainy, hot and muggy day. It turned out to be an awesome thirst saver.

Pours a clear medium and bright yellow with a battery one finger head that dissipated quickly. Nose of sweet pale bready malts and a bit of a boozy alcohol.

This beer is super easy to drink and I think that after this stuffy day it will be gone in a few more minutes. Really light and sweet pale, bready maltiness and some apple juice comes to mind too. I did'nt nessecarily get much of a German Pilsner profile, which I assumed it was when I grabbed it.

Overall I think this is a great lawn mower beer and if I stumble upon it again I'll probably grab it.

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Photo of Adamthome1
2.14/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz can.

Hmm, smell is like alkaseltzer (sp?)....Fruity, maybe an orange peel thrown in?

Head is less than a finger thick and then dissipates and does not streak down the glass when consumed.

Highly carbonated. Tastes like the champagne of Alkaseltzer...The carbonation and taste (or lack of taste), hit right off. If the carbonation were less it would remind me of some asian rice based beers....No real aftertaste to note

I mean it does go down easily but doesn't really offer any complexity or real taste. So I guess the good news is that it's not a terrible tasting beer, it is easy to finish at least (doing so now)

Very glad I bought just a single of this off of the $1 stand, yes, very glad for that indeed!

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Photo of Mora2000
3.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to swalden28 for sharing this can.

The beer pours a clear light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is that of grain and lemons with not too much more. The flavor is mainly grain, lemons and yeast but I also get some metallic notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of hardy008
1.83/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Pale straw color with a large white head which disappears quickly, and leaves no lacing. Smell is corn and some unpleasant sourness. The taste is much like the smell. Corn and some sourness. This is not good at all. Thin and watery, too much carbonation. Very unpleasant. Avoid.

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Photo of russpowell
2.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes, got this as a "what the hell" extra from twiggamortis420 as part of a local in person trade (wish I could find my other review notes from this trade! )

Pours an effervescent straw color with 1+ finger of beige white head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Cornyness, sweet apple juice & perfumy hops sneaking in as this warms

T: Sweet & grainy up front. Then metallic notes on warm, more nastyness in the finish

MF: Light bodied & OVER GASSED

Drinks like a low end macro, yawn...

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Photo of Mdog
3.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear yellow, ok head.

Smell: Bready, seltzer.

Taste: Clean bready flavor with a little grassy hops.

Drinkability: Easy drinking and cheap.

Picked up a 6 pack of what I hoped was a decent lager for a change of pace from all the barleywines and DIPAs I've been drinking lately. This was surprisingly decent, considering it was very cheap. Some actual hop flavor and decent malt profile!

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Photo of imprezawrxsti
3.38/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at Argonaut in Denver, CO.

12 oz. can out of a 12 pack, and may I please mention that I am fairly certain this is the CHEAPEST 12 you can purchase at Argonaut. Cheaper than High Life, PBR, even Hamm's. That's saying something, and this extreme cheapness needs to be taken into account.

This is a surprisingly good beer for the cost. Tastes and feels much more substantial than, say High Life or Bud. Grain notes, very very slight citrus, and...hmm...wet hay? Definitely no trace of adjuncts, at least not discernable to the palate. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, but not unbearable.

Drinkability? Session beer, pure and simple. BBQs, stoop chilling, you name it. Killer bang for the buck. As far as cheap beer, this very well may be the king (though I still have soft spots for PBR and Old Style).

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.45/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:

Perfect glowing pale yellow clarity, a bit of foaming but the head dissipates pretty quick. Grainy aroma throws off animal feed and fresh cut hay with a hint of cooked veggies (DMS) in the back of the nose. Superb crispness lays down a refreshingly smooth light body. Some maltiness up front with a light bready tone within. Slight sharpness from the hop bitterness helps to balance. Clean palate throughout for the most part, there is a mild taste of cooked veggies middle to end but nothing out of the ordinary. Finishes dry with a touch of malt on the tongue.

Aside from the lack of head retention, this beer is not too shabby and is within its style. It's worth a try as it is comparable to many of the more popular retro lagers.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.23/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a cup, no freshness date found on can.

A: Light gold/yellow, clear and very bubbly. Lots of head foams up and then dies down, but a little slower than many macro lagers. A little lacing sticks to the cup as well.

S: Not much to smell, a little bit of adjuncts and alcohol, typical for the style however and thus still gets a '3'.

T: Somewhat clean, some astringent flavors in the middle, mostly hints of corn, rice, and other malty adjuncts. I say hints because no flavors are clear, vibrant, or even present for very long. A little off-flavors, but none of the metallic or salty off-flavors that sometimes ruin macro lagers.

M: Light and somewhat smooth, less carbonated than I expected. The lack of carbonation makes this beer seem watery, but lends a greater drinkability.

D: Very drinkable, without the presence of any bad off-flavors and nothing really offensive, plus the lower carbonation, this beer goes down like water. Good in this aspect for the style.

Overall: Not a bad macro, certainly better than many other choices. However, (in my opinion) Miller High Life gives this Pig a Black eye in every way; especially in taste.

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Photo of beveritt
3.43/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Given to me by my mechanic, who knows I like different beers. His friend brought some of this back from Minnesota. Poured from a 12 oz can into a Shaker pint glass. Label is yellow, red, and black and shows the sun rising behind a man on a river in a canoe.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/12 fingers of white head. This settles to a thin ring around the glass and a scattering of foam here and there. The beer itself is bright yellow and perfectly clear.

Smell: Slightly sweet malt with hints of citrus and grassy undertones.

Taste: Grassy and herbaceous malts upfront, with extremely mild hint of hops. A lingering sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation, as I would expect for this style. Body is very good.

Drinkability: Well, this is no complex, throw in the cellar, knock your socks of beer, but it is a decently flavorful lager and a good example of the style.

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Photo of Buebie
3.84/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On a bit of a budget this week, so I grabbed a 12'er of this for $5.99
I remember sneaking these as a kid from dads fridge. The original brewer closed up and the recipie was bought by some of the employess, who now bre this out is WI.

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pub glass. The can is a bit more fancy and the redesign is definatly more attractive.
1 inch of foamy white head snap crackles and pops, receding to a small ring. Spotty thin streaks of lace line the glass.
Color is a transparent golden pale straw.

Aroma of corn adjuncts, minerally water, dough, an Amarillo likeness of hops. Aroma is actually alot better then most other adjunct beers I've come across.

Taste brings in s alsight fruity tartness mixing with grain flavors, more corn and a mild caramel like smack to the lips. Finishing with a touch of bittering hops and finish crisp and clean. Mouthfeel is thin and watery, with a small amount of carbonation bite.

An all around good representation of the style. Easy drinking, great lawnmower.

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Photo of tempest
2.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Split a case ($14) with friends at a BBQ. As far as macro beers go, this isn't too bad (or awful). This is not a pale lager, this is a straight up adjunct lager. It's not too watery and not too offensive. Like a cold PBR, it's smooth with a little bread crust malt flavor, a little fizzy soda taste, but no nasty corn or fusel alcohols. Decent and not bad for washing down food.

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Photo of dbossman
1.11/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I honestly believe that if this beer had Miller or Busch or Coors in the title it would be reviewed much worse. I had this beer a few weeks ago and had to review it, so I forced myself to drink one more can. I actually think it went better this time--lucky for Pig's Eye but not for me.

L: It is a pretty pale, straw colored beer; with a layer of sickly looking head.

S: Sickly sour, soapy, and buttery. You get the scent the second you crack open the can. I had to drink this beer with my nose plugged (seriously).

T: Not horrendous up front but as it dissipates down the throat it turns into a watery and soapy residue. It's also a bit bitter and actually makes my stomach turn as I drink.

F: Again, the front is okay but as it slides down the throat...dish soap.

D: See above; very, very hard to drink. I unfortunately bought a twelve pack because it was only 7 bucks...bad way to spend 7 bucks.

I ate a pig's eye once; that went much better.
Beware of this Pig's Eye!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +44%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a barely fogged yellow. Flavor is smoothly sweet. This is not so much an earthier pilsner, if it even is a pilsner technically No matter really. It's smooth. Carbonation is pretty biting though. Doesn't matter though. Super easy to drink. Could go for many of these and would if they were readily available to me.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours an exceptionally clear pale yellow color with a fizzy, loud cracklin' white head. Actually has some decent retention, no lacing though.

Smell is mostly canned creamed corn and butter with a faint touch of herbal hops. Not an overly great smelling beer. A few whiffs of light sweet maltiness and cereal graininess.

Pretty sweet on the tongue with plenty of DMS butterscotch flavors. The unwelcome corn flavors make another appearance in the taste as well. Does have substantially more hop bitterness than your standard macro, but the label claiming 'pilsner' is a bit farfetched. Loses alot of carbonation when poured into a glass and IMO tastes better straight from the can. Overall, it is not horrible, but I doubt I will ever buy this one again.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.46/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Gnome-Fest!

A - Clear golden body with a foamy pure white head standing more than an inch tall. A good looking pilsner.

S - It has a soapy grain scent. There is a hint of malt as well.

T - It has a certain bitterness to it that doesn't come from a robust hops. It does maintain a nice aftertaste though.

M - The feel of this brew is unremarkable. I'm not a fan of the foam's texture. It feels chunky on my upper-lip.

~ This brew reminds me somewhat of Point Special. It's a decent tasting, come right at ya style brew that you either like, or you don't. I like.

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Photo of supercolter
2.87/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is ok with a straw yellow appearance no real head or lacing. Smell is pretty good, with some dry malt and very light on hops. Taste is ok with some a decent amount of malt, but not really anything else. Mouthfeel is ok- a medium body with some carbonation.
Drinkability is not that great.

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Photo of Greggy
2.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A- Pours a light straw color with 2 finger head that recedes to no lacing.

S- light skunk, light hops, honey malt, slight graham cracker.

T- Not much here. Very light. No body. Just a touch of malt.

M- Medium carbonation.. no body

D- It gets worse as the you get deeper in the glass so drinkability obviously suffers. There is definitely worse BMC beers out there, but I won't be relying on the pig anytime in the future.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally, I get around to Pig's Eye...all it took was finding a can marked down to $.75 in the Zipp's bargain bin. Gotta say I miss seeing Pierre Parrant's face on the can. Maybe that's him in the canoe, but it's the grinning, eyepatched, bearded guy I liked to see.

Clear pale yellow color, big, clean, snowy white head.

Aroma's not bad, clean, (I'm gonna keep saying that), slightly grainy...slightly sour, and citric, but ever-so ...not too much here, but nothing bad, either.

Taste: wet and wet. Minimal flavor, not enough to call itself a pilsner. Nothing from the hop side, and scarce malt, as well. No finish. Light bodied, Forgettable.

For beer drinkers with low expectations, this will do just fine. Underwhelming for me, to say the least. But when cheapness, alcohol, and water and your main priorities, in that order, it fills the bill.

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Pig's Eye Pilsner from Evans Brewing Company
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