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Buzzards Bay PilsnerBuzzards Bay Pilsner

Brewed by:
Buzzards Bay Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Bohemian Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-21-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by CharlieMopps:
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden hue to this beer. Average sized head, some retention and little lacing after dissipating slowly.

S: Floral hop scent backed with a light citrus aroma.

T: Bitter hops with some spice, making for a clean and smooth Czech style pils. The oily hops leave a pleasant flavor on the palate. Excellent body.

M: Higher carbonation but more fitting for this beer, especially in the middle.

D: Deliciously done pilsener, even above the lager. The distinct floral and bitter contrast would get me to order a couple more.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mostly clear golden in color. Nice bubbly head at first, but fades to nothing a little too fast. Aroma is wholesome and grainy. A lot of yeast here. A little buttery and a faint hint of banana. Taste is quite nice. Very german. Yeast is dominant here as well. Bready yeast at first and then slight fruity tanginess. Pretty nice medium body and very drinkable. Thsi would be an excellent summer pils.

Good thing there a brewery nearby so I can keep on refilling my growler. In the summer I'm going to have to fill the growler with this and then go down the street to the beach.

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Photo of hreb
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased right at the Buzzard's Bay brewery in Westport, MA. There's a bottled-on date but I can't read it. Cold 12oz bottle poured into US size pint glass.

Pours golden yellow with a big white head with huge bubbles and air pockets. In the glass, it looks like there are huge bubbles in this beer, and it leaves sparse lacing on sides. Aroma is pleasantly beery and hoppy.

First taste is bitter and somewhat fizzy. Not much body to the beer but the beer has a nice, fresh flavor. At the brewery I asked the beer man who was providing samples if he knew what kind of hops were in the pilsner. I thought it tasted cascadey, like an IPA. He said they had in fact done an India Pale Lager, but the Pilsner used Saaz. If I had to guess I'd say they use both. This is definitely as much like an American IPA than it is a skunky Pilsner. It's an interesting balance of flavors, but the beer doesn't have much else going for it. Faint floral flavors, a little spiciness. On the whole it's pretty drinkable.

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Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mmm, hoppy, but with a touch of malt too. I have to hand it to this beer. It manages to pick up on the subtle, earthy and odd tastes of a true Czech Pils, while still amping up the hops a touch. Yes, I do like this beer. I should also mention this beer has a great appearance, a touch darker than normal, but with great head retention and lacing usually reserved for a wheat beers. Find this beer if you love a good pils.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Pils glass.

Pours a slightly hazed gold, with 2 stiff fingers of of bright-white foam. This retains with a rich 1/2 finger cap that leaves a good quantity of spotty froth behind. The aroma is floral and spicy up front, with a deep tang to it of earth, fruit, and bread pulling up the back. Lots of earthy smelling bitterness is present here in the nose and I'm getting just a touch of underlying warmth as well.

Bitter citrus, herbal grit, and spice all give the taste some bite, which is balanced by the sweet toasty grains of the Pils malt, along with some much lighter fruit notes. The finish is a little harsh, with linger bitter dryness and earthy grit ripping the palate in the end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, being smooth up front before getting much more crisp and sharp towards the back of the swallow. Just like the aroma, I'm getting a touch of alcohol warmth here in the feel.

This was an OK enough take on a Pils, being a little too aggressive with the hops in some spots and then a bit too sweet and tangy in others. It never really balanced out quite right. Still decent enough though to stay drinkable the whole way through.

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Photo of u2carew
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A) Pours with a thick, creamy and sticky head. Lacing the same. Transparent. Visible carbonation. Gold in color.
S) Very weak aroma. Light grain and citrus notes.
T) Slight caramel sweetness in the nose and then builds. Then transitions to a hoppy bite in the finish. The bitterness lingers on into the aftertaste.
M) CO2. Light bodied. Gritty tannin feel.
D) A decent brew. The hop bite sneaks up on ya. True to form.

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Photo of wedge
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brilliant straw color with a fleeting white head. Lightly grainy aroma - somewhat bready - spicy hops. Crisp, grainy flavor with a light sweetness and a solid German hop bitterness...very refreshing. Clean, medium body with moderate carbonation.

Very well made German Pils. For $6 I'll certainly pick up another growler of this.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

*Note- this beer is for hop lovers, and is not for the faint of heart.

A-Pale amber color, similar to apple juice color. Has a foamy heads that dissipates quickly.

S- Smells the way a pilsner would if a load of hops was shoved into the brew. Malt and grain scents are also detected.

T- Hop/floral flavors with a slight spice on the palate. Finish is very clean and goes away in a few seconds.

M- Not as light as water, but not as heavy as, say, a porter.

D- For me, I think that light lagers and even dry Irish stouts have more drinkability than this pilsner, but nonetheless this brew is very drinkable.

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Photo of tzieser
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

one of my favorite pilsners around...probably just cause its so damn fresh

pours a typical pilsner look. solid yellow color with a decent head. smells very hoppy....probably saaz hops. not much malt detectable. delicious hop flavor, but not bitter at all. the hops are perfect for a pilsner. nice crisp clean finish. drinkability is outstanding.

this one is up there with Victory's Prima Pilsner in my book

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Photo of jneiswender
2.52/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this beer as part of a beer of the month club. Poured the 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Straw yellow but quite hazy for a pils. White head is not dense but does have some staying power. Nice lace.

Smell is very strong with the Saaz hops. Cannot detect much of anything else.

The taste is not impressive for the style. Very bitter (almost pale ale like). Has a strong, asprin-like flavor. Finishes with some residual sweetness. But not much.

The strong flavor of this makes it hard to down. I know alot of people seem to like it, but I cannot say that I am impressed with this particular beer.


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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a medium-sized foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grainy malts and a significant amount of hops.

T: The taste has a good balance of light malt sweetness, a mild hops bitterness and a hearty breadiness that all come together for a very refreshing flavor. Like most Pilseners, it's very plain, which is a good thing in this case.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, this is the type of beer that you can just keep on drinking. It has enough flavor to keep you interested, light enough to not fill you up and a god enough kick to satisfy you.

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Photo of jdg204
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the boss again for the Autumn beer of the season selection. Third of my 4 reviews from that selection is a fantastic Czech Pilsener, loving me some Lagers this time of year.

Appearance - Lovely clear golden color with a nice plus white head which stuck around for the ride.

Smell - Very nice crisp citrus scent with a nice hoppy undertone.

Taste - Nice light, clean, crisp flavor with an exceptionally well balanced citrus hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - Very good aftertaste with the smoothness of this brew and a nice bitter flavor.

Drinkability - Two winners from Buzzard's Bay now, if you live near these guys, check them out. Also nice to find some great lagers of late, ales seem to be the hot beer but glad to see some quality on the other side of the spectrum.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of billybob
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy honey golden color with a two finger slightly off white head that held up well and a nice sticky lace. hops and flowery nose. malty, chewy, biscuit taste slightly sour hop finish and lingering after taste. carbonation good. its hard for me to rate this beer becauce its not like any pilsner i have had and i think its a little to far out there for the style.

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Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle bubbled over when opened. Yet the head was modest but lasted a long time and left some rocky lace. Golden color and nearly clear.

Mild aroma with notable, but subtle, hop.

This could be the most bitter pilsner I've ever had. Lots of hop sweeps to the palate after the initial sip. The aftertaste is too much bitterness for the style.

This is closer to an English Bitter than a pils. I like the taste regardless.

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Photo of albern
2.76/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm giving this one at least one thumbs down overall. The beer looks good in that it is a few shades darker than most typical pilseners, having an ever so slight amber tint to it. There is a nice white foamy head to the beer and lots of lacing. The nose was average, not overly distinct. The taste was slightly crisp but less so than one would find in a Urquell for example; the beer had a slightly biting texture, and most critically there was a very unusual sourish lemony flavor coupled with some better tasting bready malts. The sourishness in the beer was the deal breaker for me. I didn't want to finish this beer as a result.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy, medium amber color with moderate white puffy head.
Smell demonstrates a firm malty characater with a rich hop background.
Strong malt taste sensations backed up by a strong hop ending.
A very flavorful beer, nicely refreshing and thirst quenching, with perfect drinkability. Great job!!

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for this one.

Pours a nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, hoppy, and slight citrus. The taste is malty, quite a bit of hops, and tangy. The finish is pretty dry. Medium body. Drinkable, quite the different Pils, pretty tasty though. Glad to have had a chance to try it.

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Photo of gfreed
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Basketball-amber in the glass with a nice string of tiny bubbles constantly rising from the foot of the glass, floating into the loose and foamy hat that lasted only a few minutes before dissolving into a rim of lace. Plenty of malt in the nose with a twang of hops, plus a nice hint of flowers. A good amount of malt on the first taste, followed by a somewhat sour hit from the hops; not so bitter but enough to cause a pleasantly dry finish. A nice, clean twist on the style, leaning more into the malt than the hops. Not your average sunny pilsner, it's a bit like a light altbier.

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Photo of rorjets
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of waughbrew
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear light gold, the pure white head sitting lightly on top like a cloud, staying for a long time and leaving strong lacing. Smells musty metallic white pepper lemon seed. Flavor is pure, clean, honeyish grain. The finish is crisp with spicy hops and lingers for a while without hurting the drinkability. Ultra-smooth medium-light body. A winner! If the bottles taste this good, this pils could become one of the biggest craft beers in New England.

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Photo of Foxman
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a simply clear yellow corn gold. A finger of stark white head dissolves quickly to islets of froth. Hyphens of lacing dash along the inside of the glass.

The aroma carries the berry sweetness or lightly toasted Euro-malt. A slight doughiness precedes a gust of peppery noble hops. Baked bread circles softly.

Upon tasting, there flows a sinewy twist of toasted malt, earthy and briskly sweet, with berry and a trace of candy sugar. A black pepper push of hops crisps and dries the grain, draping the palate with a tingling spicy bitterness. A general yeastiness yields up a taste of baked bread dough before the finish dries even more and lingers to a tee. This is one good, basic, strong pilsner.

Light bodied, the credible malt presence coats and the hops leave a peppery glow.

It's a beer without a whole lot of flash, and that's a strength, along with the rock solid foundation. The blending and crafting result in fine quality. It's crisp, clean, refreshing, and very nicely drinkable. In fact, I could drink this all day, then cap it off with a few more at night. Yep, that works just fine for me.

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Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a chill-hazed golden color with a whale of a head that is very sticky and lacey

Smell: Big noble hop aroma - grassy and herbacious

Taste: Biscuity, slightly sweet, up front, with a blooming herbacious hop bill making its presence felt by mid-palate; after the swallow, the grassy bitterness overwhelms the subtle, sweet malt

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: A bit over the top on the bitterness for a pilsner, but an interesting stab at an Americanized version of the style

Thanks, TheManiacalOne, for the opportunity

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Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for this fine lager. Poured chilled from the 12oz brown bottle into a half pint glass.

A - A straw colored golden w/ great clarity and 2.5 fingers of eggshell white head that is full and rocky from a vigorous pour. The bead is fine and lace is thick and clings well

S - Crisp malt w/ slight lactic sweet scent and crisp peppery spiciness as the hops blanket the aroma w/ woody accents

M - Crisp mildly carbonated and spiced w/ subtle dry malt textures and acidity that keeps the lightly sweet and toasted malt in check

T - The crisp pilsener taste has green (bell) pepper and leafy sweet flavor from the hops w/ a bit of tasted but sweet malt. The is a dried malty almost stale bread and moist earthiness in the way back background much like the original pils from Europe have a gentle musty taste. The yeastiness is similar, but the hops have an almost sweet sage-like herbal note along w/ a creamy smooth malt character that is mild and crisp.

D - Very high drinkability and a great representation of a classic style lager done well. Kudos Buzzard's Bay - this is great in the Pils style thanks again TheManiacalone for this tasty beer in trade.

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