Full Sail Pilsner
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German Pilsner
Ranked #40
Ranked #15,057
3.9 | pDev: 9.74%
Full Sail Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Very Good
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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 123
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle x2

A soft pour yields about one finger of white head into my pilsner glass. Very willowy, looks nice. The body is a crystal clear yellow. Pretty good amount of carbonation coming up. Overall this looks very nice so far.

Nose is fresh cut grass, sharp bitterness. A little bit citrusy, primarily lemon. Says on their website that this beer is brewed in European style, with Cascade hops. I get a little bit of the wetter, northwest hops in here, but the overall feel is noble hops – crisp, simple, sharp. Pretty dry overall. Light maltyness is noticeable. Overall this is a very nice nose, exactly what I want. It’s got a pretty large aroma to it for a pilsner, a good amount of hop character, all while remaining crisp and refreshing to the nose.

The flavor is a little less complex and full as the aroma was. Light bitterness hits from beginning to end, accompanied the entire time by a light lemon flavor. Pretty dry overall. The malts don’t really diminish the dryness either, they only add a slight sweetness in the finish. Not all too grassy on the flavor. The flavor is perfectly fine, there is nothing wrong with it, but it’s missing the umph that the aroma had.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. The carbonation is about medium, could use a tiny increase in that area, but it’s fine. The body is also a tiny bit fuller than I want in a pilsner. It’s also shifting towards a slightly sweeter, less crisp mouthfeel; though, this is probably in part due to the rapid increase in temp from the summer weather. Overall it’s alright.

The drinkability is very high here. It’s a good tasting beer, and while it gets a little less refreshing as it warms a tiny bit, it’s still very nice.

The appearance turned out wonderful here. The head retention was quite impressive. I had a small piece of head all the way down the glass. Lacing was super thick from top to bottom. Overall a great looking beer.

Overall this is a perfectly fine beer. It’s got a lot of nice things going on, but it just didn’t quite make it there with the flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of pine, grasses and caramel. Nice piney bitterness, with sweet toasty caramel.

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Photo of matcris
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A clear golden, with a small amount of bubbles rising, and a minimum amount of head, which does stick to the glass, a bit. Smells of grass/grain, a lot like salty sunflower seeds, bready, and a minor floral component. Tastes bready and sweet, but balanced, grassy/grainy. The feel is medium, average carbonation, and dry. Decent, but not stand-out.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Light straw in color with low white head. Nice cascade of carbonation though. The nose is of half dry crab grass with a mineral undertone. The taste is Light and juicy up front with a zesty tangerine zip and finishes herbaceous with green cabbage and d'anjou pear. Medium dryness seems a little strong mismatching the more mellow flavor. Nice beer, but I just didn't dig the finish.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a light golden tan. Subdued, almost rounded aroma. Pleasantly crisp somewhat fruity hop kick. Decently enjoyable, and a real value pick, but there's better out there.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Equal parts yellow and gold, 1/2" white head. Amazing retention. Solid lace impression on the side of the glass. Aroma had some complexity to it for a pilsner, you got lemon edge hops, pepper, lightly toasted pilsen malt.

Stayed light in taste and mouthfeel. Definitely above average compared to what you normally come across in a pilsner.

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Photo of Alpha309
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Best by date on label is blank.

Pours a nice clean golden yellow. About 1 finger of a lace head that is creamy white in color. Quickly dissipates to a thin layer on top of the beer but a layer of head also sticks to the side of the glass.

Nose is of crackers and a light metallic odor. Some very slight hints of pine.

Cracker is the dominant flavor. A little bit of citrus, most notably lemon is on the swallow with a slight metallic flavor as well.

Very light and airy body. A little bit dry.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L: pours yellow, with a nice creamy white head that lingers. That yellow looks remarkably, and unfortunately, like another yellow I see relatively often.

S: there's something floral here, and an almost candied fruit sweetness. Very nice.

T: nice, sweet and crisp. Hard to identify specific tastes in here.

F: full bodied, nicely carbed. Spot on.

O: not a particularly easy drinker, with a hefty amount of bitterness. Sweet as gets a little overpowering. But flavorful and refreshing.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Damn, that's a tasty pils. It doesn't have the zippy crisp edge of German import, but there's also a ton more hop character with a big floral and grapefruit character. The malts still pop with a toasted, almost popcorn-like flavor. Very drinkable, I'd have another.

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Photo of tzieser
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 6/26/16; poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

L- golden in color, crystal clear with a thick white head that sticks for quite a long time. lots of carbonation. a great looking lager.

S- hop-forward aroma with notes of lemon peel and pine. bready malts are there as well.

T- sweet malted barley quickly drowned out by pine and citrus hop bitterness. abv is slightly noticible. i like a good hoppy pilsner but this could use a bit more herbal/Noble hop bitterness. it's tasty but not as tasty as it could be.

F- crisp, dry mouthfeel.

O- a very good American-brewed hoppy pilsner that is absolutely worth the $5.99 (on sale price) I paid at Sprout's in Tucson, AZ.

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Photo of drpimento
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Very nice beer. Hops didn't come out too much in aroma. They were present in a pleasing way in flavor though and balanced nicely with the other ingredient. Extremely drinkable. Yum!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

6.0% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear honey gold with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with grass, grapefruit juice, citrus zest, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good with citrus forward hop characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Haven't met a pilsner I love yet, and this is no exception. Pours a clear golden with thin white top. Aroma is promising with a nice bready malt. Pleasingly the hop is mild and herbal. Flavor is okay with some of the malt lending a smooth balance of slight sweet. Finish is semi-dry, peppery and otherwise boring. Perhaps the common element of peppery spice to common pilsners hops is just not for me.

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Photo of McStagger
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by 3/28/16

A: Nice golden color with ample carbonation. Large bubbles race to the surface. Finger of white head that fairly rapidly dissipates. Nice sticking of the glass.

S: Nice honey heather from the malts. Lemon oil, biscuit, some green grape. Doesn't smell very hoppy for being 60 IBU's.

T: Hops much more prevalent in the taste. Robust burst of fruity hoppiness up front followed by an assertive bitterness. Fairly nondescript in both aspects, but the characteristics are strong. Nice honey biscuit malt take over mid palate. Bitterness picks up afterwards and intermingles with the malt sweetness into the finish. Finishes mostly crisp with some maltiness on the finish.

M: Full bodied for the style. Slightly creamy in the mouthfeel, with the carbonation that feels a bit underdone for the style.

O: Pretty good "bigger" pils. Malts are more bready than crackery, which I'm not a huge fan given my preferred "crispness" in the light lager style. Still, for being a dollar more than the TJ's house Pils, this was pretty damn good.

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Photo of Thebrewman
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler pint glass. Beer pours a nice gold color with a thin lacing that remains throughout the tasting. The hops hit the nose immediately. There is also a trace of fruit, lemon or lime. For me there is an explosion of hops on the tongue, followed with a dry clean finish. I will have a few more of these.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks like I get to be the tenth review.

Clear straw-gold with streaming bubbles and fluffy off-white head of lower medium retention. Decent lacing, cap gone about half-way through. Smells of grain, pasta, crackers, herbs. Very rindy palate with excellent black pepper retro-olfaction, a none-too-shabby pale malt backdrop, and lingering iced-tea aftertaste. Not as overtly lemony as certain American Czech Pilsners (which I thought this was at first), giving the rind/peel note an almost dank quality, which in turn makes this a better tasting beer than many a German Pilsner, which, in fairness, comes often in a green bottle. Medium body, inordinately smooth, softer carbonation, just as watery as it needs to be, crisp and refreshing even if the flavor profile makes it a bit overwhelming if you're just looking to cool off or get buzzed. If you like IPAs, you'll probably like this. If you don't, you probably won't. Thanks, Cascade hops!

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Photo of Nichol
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, golden yellow with a white, relatively enduring head when poured with little glass tilt, carbonation steadily rising from the bottom. Smell is surprisingly mild given the flavor of the beer, which is an instant pop of hop right when it hits the tongue. Dry mouthfeel throughout, which remains for quite a while as the grains unfold and into the aftertaste. My only lower score was the scent, which I felt was a little weak. Overall, I have to agree with the sub-title on the bottle that says, "Ridiculously tasty cascade pilsner." Would do again.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clead golden color with white head. Floral notes, light pine and citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with floral flavors and malt.

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Photo of beinerso
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pilsner. American Pale Lager. Cascade Pils, Northwest Lager. Whatever you call it, this beer is addicting and genre defying.

Golden, clear, carbonated, generous head.
Cascade pine.
Medium mouthfeel. Moderately boozier and heavier than a european pils.
Biting, dry, grain & grass.

Balanced, refreshing but delightfully dry.

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Photo of JackiO
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Moderate floral and grapefruit zest hops. Moderate/low pilsner malt sweetness. Distinctly balanced towards hops.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear straw yellow. Large dense head fades quickly to a barely there slip of foam. Visibly effervescent.

Flavor: Floral and grapefruity hops dominate. Bitterness is a bit harsh and distracting. Diacetyl is a bit higher than I'm ok with. Light crackery and toasty malt with the distinct pilsner sweetness. Gets more bready as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Diacetyl slickness is distracting. Medium body and carbonation.

Overall impression: The malt character is very pleasant. I love the American hops with this style. I wish the bitterness weren't quite so harsh. Between that and the diacetyl level, I'm not sure I would buy this beer again. However, I was quite happy to drink the 6 pack I bought.

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Photo of Anacross
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Golden yellow with a decent retention. Feels promising.

S: Bread and hops swirling around

T: Hoppy and malty. Bitter but not overpowering. Very drinkable.

F: Well bodied and balanced. Medium carbonation. What you'd expect from a pale lager.

O: A fine oregonian pilsener, keeping the Oregon's tradition as great brew makers.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ummm, this beer is NOT retired, at least not in Charlotte, North Carolina, summer of 2015....which is a long way from Oregon.

WHAT a terrific beer! A true Pilsner, with an American twist--that is Cascade hops--yet at a real pilsner hopping ibu rate.

Beautiful fluffy white, long lasting head, with a crystal clear straw gold body.

Aroma is of cascade hops and pilsner malt (surprise!) which really is an unusual combination. The delicate side of cascade--when not used at excessive ibus really comes out. Delightful!

Taste is really the kicker. Hops give a slight kick, but with a smooth malty backbone. What a lovely, delicious beer. This is one (even) Germans would appreciate.

Mouthfeel is just right. Not heavy, not watery. Just like a good pilsner is supposed to be.

Overall, a really outstanding Pilsner.....creative, which isn't easy in this classic, narrowly defined style. I hope more brewers will mess with some of the newer IPA-type hops, making delicate, drinkable pilsners. Such beers put primitive "session IPAs" to shame.....

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Photo of ManBearPat
4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is an impressive beer... surprised it is not rated a bit higher, but nonetheless:

L: golden with gentle yet well-retained white head

S: light hops with bready notes

T: nicely hopped with strong, pilsner maltieness,,, great, well-balanced beer. nice spicy/euro hop complimented by the cascade quite niely

F: carbonation almost perfect to me, great body to it as well.

O: would normally give this a 4.5, but had to bump it up a bit due to its overall value and quality. I don't particularly care for Full Sail's ale selections, but am always pleased with their lager styles and will certainly be purchasing again!

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Photo of DuaneL
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crisp, clean and refreshing. A top notch pils!
7/10/15 - Build your own 6 pack, from State Line. REVISION 8/14/15 Not as wonderful as we recall; front deck Pils tasting. LATER 8/2017 - Dunno abou that last entry (??) this is my fav pilsner; I'd say Pivo is 2nd.Have upgraded above # from 4 to 4.5

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Photo of TheWiltChamberlainofipas
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looking for a straight forward pilsner to quench your thirst, watered down fizzy concoction you can pound back one after the other. This is not it. Higher abv than most pilsners and hopped very well. This is a great beer for the summer when you want something with a bite.

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