Schonramer Pils | Private Landbrauerei Schönram

Schonramer PilsSchonramer Pils
BA SCORE
3.86/5
96 Ratings
Schonramer PilsSchonramer Pils
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Private Landbrauerei Schönram
Germany
brauerei-schoenram.de

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DogFood11 on 03-15-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,545
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
96
pDev:
12.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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Photo of kojevergas
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

BOTTLE: Purchased at Ambrosetti in Berlin. Best before: 26.05.16. 500ml. Brown glass. Traditional German label (with cliche Bavarian font). Branded pry-off crown cap.

Served chilled into a pilsner glass. Expectations are high given this brewery's reputation, though this is my first Schonramer beer. Reviewed live as a German pilsner for obvious reasons.

5.0% ABV.

HEAD: ~10+ cm wide. White colour. Quite frothy (to style). Average thickness. Has a decent consistency and complexion. Leaves cobwebby lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes, which take a good ~4 minutes (not great retention for a pilsner, but certainly above average).

BODY: To style, it's a clear straw yellow. Vibrance is merely average. Clean, with no visible yeast or other particulate.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a classic conventional pilsner appearance, but certainly more vibrance, better retention, and a softer looking head would improve its liveliness.

AROMA: Soft. Straw, pilsner malts, naunced Noble hop grassiness, a kiss of herb (also from Noble hops), and even a hint of kellerbier-esque must.

Suggests a crisp, clean pilsner with a surprisingly varied and subtle hop presence. Aromatic intensity is average.

The absence of esters indicates cleanly attenuating lager yeast, though no overt yeast notes are present (to style). I find no off-notes or any of the usual pilsner pitfalls (e.g. metallic character).

TASTE & TEXTURE: The promises of the aroma go unfulfilled; this offers only a generic grassy hop profile in addition to somewhat stale pilsner malts. The texture is quite poor however, bordering on buttery and certainly artificial. Not the crisp, clean presence on the palate you'd want in a great pilsner. And coupled with the cheap malt sweetness at the heart of the beer, the effect is off-putting. It comes off more as a Euro pale lager than a proper pilsner. Too sweet to be balanced, though I can't tell if the problem is the malt bill or the yeast attenuation. Maybe they fermented too cold?

Simplistic and cheap-tasting. It's a shame...the aroma suggested a vastly superior brew.

OVERALL: A big disappointment, especially as my first Schonramer beer. I love a great pilsner, but unfortunately one of those this be not. I'd caution others against purchasing it, and given Schonramer's high reputation (and this beer's current 87 rating - which is high for a pilsner amongst BeerAdvocate's American-centric member base) I have to wonder if I even got a bad bottle - but then I remember I bought this at Ambrosetti, a store pretty well regarded here in Berlin. I'll finish the bottle, but it's largely unpleasant.

High D+ (2.50) / NOT RECOMMENDED

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Photo of Tobe
2.67/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a pale straw color with a nice white head. The head started strong but quickly dissipated with time.

A decent aroma of malt and some grassy/earthy notes greets the nose. The flavor isn't very far from the aroma in that it offers more of that earthiness. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible. This beer does offer some nice hoppy bitterness, but doesn't ultimately live up to the expectation. This is something you can go ahead and pass on.

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Photo of avalon07
2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a pale yellow color and a clear consistency. There was an inch and half of creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: Not a great aroma, with traces of hops, malt, and a definite skunky quality.

T: Like the smell, the taste had a pronounced skunkiness to it. Very unpleasant. In addition to this, the hops level was out of balance and kind of harsh. Had some malt and citrus in it, but this didn't help. Not a great flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a harsh finish. Light-bodied.

O: For sure, this is a misfire of a beer. Could have been better.

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Photo of RoyFokker
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of TobeerAs
3.02/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mwckiltedsavage
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JohnCassillo
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of roughsax
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BOM selection. Finally got around to drinking the last bottle and doing a review. 11.2oz bottle poured in to a Pilsner glass.

A- Pale, golden. 2 finger, fluffy white head faded to small rim. Not much lacing.

S- Flowery, herbal, sweetness.

T- Sweet (honey?), flowery, lemon citrus, crisp, dry bitter finish.

M- Good carbonation. Not much else to say.

D- Very easy drinking. I agree with BA tgbljb, the dryness leaves you wanting another sip. That being said, it's not a bad beer, not a great one. This beer just is. I had it with a Diablo Chicken Pasta (i was sure to give the beer ample tasting before diving in to the meal). It was a nice way to wash it down (should have had a good, hoppy ipa though).

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Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Schönramer Pils has a very thick, frothy, white head, a hazy, straw appearance, with some ascending bubbles, and heavy and impressive lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, mild cracker, and the flavor is of white bread, sweet malt, and fairly prominent, grassy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Schönramer Pils finishes crisp and refreshing.

RJT

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Photo of MacarthurParker
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of RobertColianni
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of imbibehour
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

A light yellow with lots of green tinge color to the body, slight rising carbonation and a bit hazy. Big bleach white and very uniform head on the pour, easily four fingers, with lots of soapy retention. Weird looking color but otherwise not bad.

Nose is a bit hoppy. Hints of grass and green herbs. Slight doughy malts a little bit, with no sense of sweetness. Otherwise fine and alright.

Taste seems to be a bit helter skelter. Light bodied but with little mid palate flavor. Taste is all in the finish with a large hinting hop angle, that comes off very mineral and medicinal. A very unpleasant and unbalanced lingering medicinal bitterness will just not go away when having this. Warmth brings a real metallic twinge to this like eating aluminum foil.

Overall, it's not bad but the finish is a real mess and comes off real unbalanced.

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Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Radek's bottle shared. No aroma. Pale yellow body, very little head. Dry, some pils taste, mineral, faint hops.Passable beer, unoffensive.Drinkable on a warm day or if the only beer about.Clean, slight fizzy carbonation.A tad lemony. Fair, but nothing special for style.

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Photo of dieBlume
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of AlexAfonin
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of mmilyko
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eulerthegrape
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of BlueSpader
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emincems
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JBogan
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright golden color with a foamy white head, leaving good lacing in my glass.

Smell of wheat and grasses, plenty of hops.

Tasted very crisp and clean, hops were present and even some citrus.

Mouthfeel was good. Nice carbonation and a clean body, a refreshing beer especially for the weather we have here in Vegas.

I was pleased with this beer, and would certainly enjoy having it again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy light gold with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, grass, and fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better smell in my opinion.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 10.01.12 which I'm assuming is an expiration/best by date of January 10, 2012.

A: The beer pours a very pale yellow color with a rocky white head that is retained very well.

S: Definite skunk on the nose which worries me. Plenty of lager yeast and pale, cracker malts. Some lemon zest and floral hops, and a light fruitiness--maybe apples.

T: Pale malts with a soft bread flavor. Lemon zest, lightly bitter, earthy, and floral hops. Some cracker malts and a light sweetness. A light but pleasant beer.

M: Light in body and moderate to high in carbonation.

O: Would have been nice if it didn't have the skunkiness. Otherwise, not bad.

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Schonramer Pils from Private Landbrauerei Schönram
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 96 ratings
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