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

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Added by ZAP on 06-06-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 43
Reviews by SargeC:
Photo of SargeC
3.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a nice experiment Minnesota brewing had a good run with. It is good to see the beer is still alive and kicking with a new home, Pigs Eye Brewing. This beer has a pale yellow color with a minimal head and a satisfying, low rent beer taste. Every beer has its time and place; it is good to see this is still around

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CamuMahubah
2.63/5  rDev -0.4%
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 BigAl18
1.79/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Awful watered down smelly mess of a beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.45/5  rDev +30.7%
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 Mora2000
3.2/5  rDev +21.2%
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 tummy345
2.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

College beer but slightly better

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.5/5  rDev -43.2%
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 ADR
2.82/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The Pig lives -- though still based in St. Paul, the old Minnesota Brewing staff who run it contract out to Wisconsin for product. I kind of miss Pig's Eye Parrant (a trapper/trader who settled in what was to become St. Paul) on the can, with his one-eyed toothy grin...

Clear light gold, holds a fizzy head 1/8 inch head better than many macros but with some macro-like bubbles hanging below the plimsoul line. Does lace in fat drops. Not much hop to the nose, a bit of pineapple to the malt aroma. Light but fruity apple skin impression to the taste, rounds to a neutral sweetness mid mouth and transitions to a decent but pretty slight hop finish. The aftertaste is not overcarbonated or an unpleasant reminder of adjuncts. Kind of light bodied and forgettable, still, not a bad choice for a local to substitute for mass market light Lager.

Notes to compare to original (Minnesota Brewing) version: similar, malt seems better constructed and with lower overall carbonation

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Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of tempest
2.68/5  rDev +1.5%
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%
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 russpowell
2.18/5  rDev -17.4%
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 mzeld
3/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of beveritt
3.43/5  rDev +29.9%
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 BrewAskew
2.9/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good alternative to Bud/Miller/Coors, but an unremarkable beer in general. Pours to a generous white head that fades to almost nothing and light gold/yellow color. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Taste starts sweet and ends sharp and grainy. Not bad for $2.79/6 pk cans. Also has good mouthfeel for the style--not too "fizzy-watery" or astringent.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.01/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours out golden yellow with an artificial looking, just tapped keg foamy head.
Decent lacing.
Aroma is grainy and a little sweet.
Flavor is a little sweet, a little grainy a touch sour on the finish. Not great but it is better than a lot of other $5 six packs I’ve had. It was 110 degrees here today, and it went down quick and easy.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
2/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of tommy5
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Gusler
2.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer after its release from the 12-ounce can sets in the glass a cloudless gold with a towering white frothy head that after its desiccation leaves a thin sheet of lace to conceal the glass. Nose is sweet malt, fresh and crisp to the senses, start is sweet with a light grain profile and the top thin. Finish is stern in its acidity and the hops light in their spiciness, dry aftertaste that lingers, a light beer lover might find this tolerable, I find it way to light for me.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.49/5  rDev -5.7%
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 supercolter
2.87/5  rDev +8.7%
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 happygnome
2.9/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: clear golden color half inch of white head that dissapears fast leaving a little lacing
s: corn grains, hop presence is not noticable in smell
t: the generic macro flavor theres really no better way to describe it
m: light bodied average carbonation

overall this is a macro brew, no other way to describe it but i do enjoy how it gives the whole history of the pigs eye story of the st paul area

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Photo of imprezawrxsti
3.38/5  rDev +28%
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 woodychandler
1.97/5  rDev -25.4%
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 allforbetterbeer
3.23/5  rDev +22.3%
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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Pig's Eye Pilsner from Evans Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.64 out of 5 with 57 ratings