Schonramer Pils | Private Landbrauerei Schönram

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Schonramer PilsSchonramer Pils

Brewed by:
Private Landbrauerei Schönram

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of crossovert
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a super pale yellow, super super pale, with a puffy white head that leaves a ton of lacing.

The smell is maltier than most pilseners, with strong pale malt and a kiss of slightly medicinal/herbal hops.

The immediate thing I notice in this beer is a great mouthfeel. The taste is suprisngly citrusy with the focus being lemon. There is slight bitterness in the aftertaste. This is an extremely smooth and quaffable German pilsener.

This is a surprisingly solid German pilsener, it took me awhile to come across it, but I think I'm somewhat glad I did. It isn't the best, but it is a solid, solid German style pilsener.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely pale goldenrod that is similar to a light/lite lager in hue. A few steady bubble streams motor up to a beautiful crown of cumulus cloud white. The foam is loaded with surface pits and is nice and sticky as well. Plenty of lace is the end result.

The nose is classic noble-hopped German pils. In other words, it's grassy and floral with a terrific twist of lemon peel that adds a certain brightness. It smells pretty fresh too, even though this bottle is just past the best-by date.

Like the color suggested it would be, Schonramer Pils is clearly on the lighter side of the style spectrum. The ABV is fine, but it doesn't taste like there's much barley in the house. That's much more forgivable in an easy drinking pils than in... say... an old ale or a stout.

What is most likely 100% pale/pils malt adds a lightly sweetened cereal grain flavor, with no hint of toasted breadiness. The hops are still grassy, lemony and a trifle spicy. A fair amount of bitterness is still present, probably because malt sugars are so few and far between. If reviewed closer to the brewed-on date than the best-by date, I'm fairly certain that the flavor and drinkability scores would have been higher.

The mouthfeel is appropriately light and has just enough carbonation to get by. A few more bubbles would have been better, though there's really nothing wrong with it as is.

The head brewer at Private Landbrauerei Schonram is Eric Toft, who hails from Wyoming. It's great to see an American succeed at such a venerable German brewery. Schonramer Pils is good beer. Just make sure you get a fresh sample in order to appreciate it in all its glory.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A German pilsner I've never seen? Interesting....and it's "only" a week past its sell-by date. On to the beer:

The classic German pils look; sparkling bubbled racing throuhg a body of light straw blonde, and a creamy white head sitting on top with good retention. Dammit, I wish my brother hadn't used my stange glass earlier! I have to use a shaker for this one, but it still look good. The aroma is pleasant. No skunkiness or oddball aromas despite being past the sell-by date. There is a light touch of pilsner malt, making way for hay-like aromas and grass. Things look sunny right before I take my first sip.

This is good pilsner. The carbonation bubbles hit your palate first, then comes a brush of sweet pale malt. Notes of honey bread as present. Briefly thereafter, the hops start to do their work. The hops are very grassy. It's hinting aspirin bitterness to me, and it's a sharp bitterness that hits on the paalte, slightly cutting down its drinkability. The pale malt sweetness continues to stick around. Oh, and there's still some good healthy head on top.

This is what I'd like to see more of in the states, some more German pilsners. And the fresher, the better. I'd love to try this fresher, but it's good enough as it is.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schonramer Pils pours the expected bright, pale gold body beneath a firm head of bright white foam. The retention is good, and it leaves some rings and partial walls of lace, as well as some initial splashy "fingers" that reach upwards around the glass.

In the nose, lightly grassy, herbal, floral, and spicy hops sway atop a delicate, subtly sweet, and grainy maltiness. It's medium bodied and gently crisp in the mouth, leaving it to lightly tingle the tastebuds before it warms to become almost creamy smooth. The flavor is fuller than the nose suggests, and remains the same with the addition of a bit more spicy, gently herbal, and floral hops.

It's softer than some examples, but it still has a solid bitterness and finishes dry. In a way, it straddles the fence between the harder German version of the style, and the softer, more malt-based Czech original. Nicely done.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 1 pint 9 oz bottle at Bierkraft a few weeks ago and decided to celebrate the weekend a little early. The pils is mostly straw colored in the glass with the fluffy head dissapating quickly. The nose is very nice with notes of malt. My initial impression was that this was a lighter beer but as I go, I'm finding more complexity and flavor. The malts are really coming out as it warms. The conditioning is very good and the Schonramer has a pretty easy going mouthfeel. Satisfying and drinkable. I like the balance in the lingering finish. Impressive.

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Photo of Offa
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty pilsner, with an assertive but not overpowering bitterness and clean, fresh flavour.

Golden, it has a medium white head, slowly but steadily shrinking to a wispy top and ring leaving some foamy lace.

The aroma is a lot of toasted bread, herbs, hay, honey, some lemon, and overall very nice.

The taste has a lot of herbal flavours up front with a little lemon, soon joined by light toast and a good malty bakcbone under the dominant hop character, with faint sweetness to back up the buitterness which, though not overly strong, clearly dominates from start to finish. There is no metallic quality. It has a full-bodied character with the hops thoroughly domainting but carried by enough malt. The herbal bitterness lingers pleasantly and the whole character is clean and fresh.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/03/08- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with bottled on code on the back label. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Deeper golden colored pour with a 3/4 inch white head. Settles at a very nice thick rim. Leaves very nice lace patchwork as well.

Smell- Laid back scent of fresh german hops, some light grain with a bit of a grassy nose.

Taste- Nice sweet malt background. About the desired amount. Lighter grain flavor with an up front fresh sharp hoppy tang. All melds together very nicely.

Mouthfeel- Crisp with a tad higher than average carbonation level for a pils. Mild bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Quite a nice German Pilsener. I would definitely recommend this one. One of the better ones I have had.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this beer in my fridge for a little while now, so what better time to review it?

Appearance: Very clear pale straw color with a hint of orange in it. There was a 1/2" head after a moderate pour that stuck around for the better part of a minute before giving in.

Aroma: My first impression was of sweet malt. The malt are dominating the aroma profile with only a slight floral contribution from the hops.

Taste: The hops are MUCH more prevalent in the flavor than in the aroma. I get a decent amount of flavoring hops to notice at the beginning, but then you get a slight taste of the malt before the bittering hops start to set in and carry you into the finish. There is a slight mineral flavor in the finish that gives me a chalky impression. It is not objectionable, but something to note in such a delicate beer.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer. It is interesting how the hops are so deceiving in the aroma at first, but they certainly are there. To me, it blurs the boundaries a bit between a Helles, Pilsner and a Dort. There are minerals like a Dort with the finish of a Pilsner and the nose of a Helles. Imagine that! I would drink this beer again, and though it represents all of those flavors...I hesitate to say that it does ANY of those styles really well. It is different.

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Photo of K270
4.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this beer at the local German store and thought I'd give it a try. I'm glad I picked this beer up. Very good taste. It has a hint of lemon in some sips. It's a very light colored beer (think a light yellow). I'll pick this one up again on my next trip to the store.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 500ml bottle like the one shown and poured into a standard pint glass. Drank one while waiting in line at Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix.
Appearance: pale yellow color topped with a foamy white head that left noce rings of lace on the walls of the glass.
Nose: dusty malts and grassy hops notes. Good level of hops here.
Taste: some hayfield malt flavor and pretty well hopped with an herbal bite going on.
Feel: light- shading toward medium-bodied and refreshing.
Overall: actually, not too bad; mot as crisp and refreshing as I would have liked in a Pils but pretty tasty. Overall, no complaints.

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Photo of JBogan
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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 sessycuban
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer pours a light straw color. This beer is extremely carbonated. I'm getting a white, foamy head that stays well for pilsner, but eventually falls. No lacing.

S - Not much here, but it does come across a bit sour. Very little hops, some cirtus. I'd say this is pretty standard for a pilsner.

T - Sour, almost like lemons. The hops that weren't very pronounced in the aroma are more apparent in the taste. Very crisp, very clean, very good.

M - Thin bodied but very crisp. I think the carbonation is at an optimal level.

D - This is a very good pilsner. My only complaint is that I've only seen it in one place. If it were easier to find and more widely distributed, I'd improve the drinkability.

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Photo of Zorro
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear lemon yellow colored beer with a slight chill haze and a medium white head.

The smell is mildly sweet and grainy with a strong Nobel hop scent. Hop scent is spice and straw with herbs and a slight saffron scent.

The taste begins sweet grainy and heavy on the hop bitterness. VERY strongly hopped for a Pilsener this is quite bitter in the aftertaste. A bit spicy and a little straw in the taste but still this is herbal and bitter mostly.

The mouthfeel is good.

Lovely drinkability for those that like a Pilsener that is heavy on the hops. Hoppy to the point of being numbing to the mouth this is the next best thing to an Imperial Pilsener.

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Photo of theopholis
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Light straw, just a tad cloudy and very-well carbonated. Nice, loose, white foamy head that has some staying power, but does eventually fall. Leaves just a trace of lace.

Aroma- Pretty sour for a pilsner. No hops, no cirtus or malt. Very clean aroma. Just a hint of green apples.

Taste- Whoa! Initial taste is the way it smells, mostly sour mash and lemons. But about 1/2 a second after it hits your tounge, you get a jolt of hops.

Mouthfeel- Light and crisp. Good, light body. Carbonation level enhances the flavor.

Drinkability- Not a day-time beer like most German Pilsners, but well worth a try.

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Photo of roughsax
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
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 RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very pale white-ish light straw color with a nice full pillowy white head and nice active carbonation. Flowery lemony hop aroma and flavor dominate. Light malt flavor helps to balance a bit but bitterness definitely dominates. Light bodied but not watery with a nice clean but bitter finish.

A nice hoppy Pils !

Per Label: Since 1780. "Spalter and Hallertauer Aroma hops"

Best Before: 03/24/07
Tasted: 07/31/06

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Photo of tgbljb
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Selection of the beer-of-the-month club. Poured a pale golden color with moderate white puffy head. Nice lacing as the head slowly fell. Smell is mainly lemon with some bread-like notes thrown in. Very crisp hoppy taste, which seems to dominate. Some light citrus present, but this beer is all about hops. Very refreshing, and the dryness leads to the urge for another taste. As excellent beer. Great job

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Photo of clickpush
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour: .5L bottle to pilsner glass. Beer is very pale with a two finger white head. Small amount of bubbles inside glass and the head is a sticky, big bubbled pillow of a cap that leaves good lacings in its wake.

Nose: Strong smell I associate with pilsner (hops?) that seems slightly acidic, with tons of grains and honey notes, like a warm biscuit.

Mouth: Light honey and citric flavors mingle upon entering the mouth. With the swallow the hops become known, leaving a gentle bitterness behind that carries a touch of saltiness with it. The hops also hint at some dried green kitchen herbs... grassy. The mouthfeel is a bit inconsistent and tends to be pretty weak.

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Photo of ChillMike
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pale hazy gold color with a very nice medium sized bright white head. Smells of Bavarian hops, light citrus, bubble gum and malt. A lot more bitter than I expected to taste from this Pils. It’s also got tastes of citrus, malt and finishes with an earthen tone. All in all I’m liking this beer, especially for a pils. It’s super drinkable, pretty light smells and looks are pretty good, not a bad find.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

almost perfectly clear, light golden edge, tons and tons of medium sized carbonation races to the top, supporting a sticky fluffed up white head, massive amounts of chunky lacing. Really a treat to look at.

Hops are moderate and like other german pilseners is the centerpiece. They are not everwhelming but rather used to dry up the middle of this fine brew and lend way to some grain in the finish. Extremely crisp and refreshing. Zippy carbonation is a delight on the palate, very active and then gone in a flash.

Availability is minimal to none. This is the first time I've seen it but I will keep my well trained beer eyes on the lookout for more.

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Schonramer Pils from Private Landbrauerei Schönram
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