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German Pilsener | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by RiekerStarBrew on 11-29-2007

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of chinchill
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Media PA location.
Pours pale golden with exceptional clarity and a fine thick white head. Excellent lacing.
A really well crafted and clean pilsner with excellent appearance, attractive aroma, and a flavor that's slightly sweeter than usual.

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Photo of tpeters
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zekeman17
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Tarheel219
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikefuski17
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Durandal_777
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of BigMike
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jp312
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Oakenator
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good but way average.
This was an okay beer, had a clear straw color but a smallish head and very light carbonation.
Smell of spicy sharp malts and a light hint of pepper hops.
Drinks good but had a slight off taste similar to diaceyl that you find in ales.
Tasted of spicy, sharp hops and some malts.
felt okay on the palette.
Listen, this wasn't won of my better choices that evening.

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Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brew pub.

Pours a crystal clear pale straw color with a light fizzy head.

NOse has light malts, touch of breaddy malts, hints of floral hops.

Taste is similar with light toasty malts, bready, light lager flavors, light floral hops, slightly crisp and fruity lager, drier finish but not as clean, a bit more bitter floral hops.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, decent malts, a touch of the bready malts, no real straw, decent floral hops, light lager flavors, it's almost there just a bit more nice malt profile.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Iron Hill Lancaster on 9/9/10. Served in an oversized mug.

Pours a clear copper, topped with a thin layer of fizzy bright-white head. This stays frothy around the edges, leaving some thin wisp of lace dotted across the sides of the mug. The aroma smells of earthy fruit wrapped up in some leafy floral notes. Sweet grainy breads pull up the back. There's a pretty good evenness here between the hops and malts in the nose.

The taste has a strong prickly bitterness to it, being fairly aggressive with notes of earth and bitter rind. The stiff grainy sweetness of the Pils malts adding balance and presence to this on the palate. Deep spicy finish on this that completely dries ones tongue out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp crispness to the carbonation that prickles the mouth with flavors. This is even maybe a little too sharp feeling at times but it doesn't really hinder things at all.

Solid Pils here, being well balanced, crisp, and clean feeling throughout. I'll echo the sentiments of some other reviewers and say that is yet another example of fresh and tasty PA Pilsners done right. Sign me up for a mug of this anytime!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have no idea how I have not reviewed this previously (unless the notes have not been transcribed or were lost/stolen), but today was the day to get 'er done!

This was brought to me with a finger-and-a-half of bone-white head that quickly fell to wisps. Color was a beautiful sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity on a cloudy, overcast day. Nose was subtle with Saaz hops along with a dry, biscuity maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium with an initial hop bite followed by the same dry, biscuit maltiness as noted on the nose. A few of us had been discussing the preponderance of German-style lagers in PA earlier in the afternoon and here was a perfect example! What a fantastic beer! Finish was Sahara-dry with a slight sweetness at the extreme finish. Gasp!

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a sunny yellow color with a bright, creamy white head of moderate proportions (1 finger). The lacing was thick and full providing great stickage and coverage while the visible effervesce was quiet with a stray bubble or two rising at any given moment lazily to the surface.

S: A nice scent of fresh grains and spicy hops highlight the nose. Soft hay notes along with a light lemony zest touch rounds things out. The aromatic strength was perfect with more then enough juice to satisfy and give appreciable results per style.

T: Dry grains with hay notes and a dry lemony flowery hopping gets things off to a strong start. The beer proposes a modest amount of hops but remains true to style with a beautiful grain bill that highlights and defines this drink. The hopping really comes through on the finishing swallow which produces a dry lemony and hay punch that is sure to please even non-fans of style.

M: The mouthful was light but still offered a good deal of resistance when rolled around the tongue. Crisp, dry, with an effortless exit and dry lemony fade with a grainy touch well suited per style.

D: Most extreme beer drinkers are quick to dismiss and discriminate against certain lighter styles, thankfully im not one of them. I can respect a greatly brewed crisp lager or pilsner as well as any Baltic porter or barleywine. This by style meets and in some instances exceeds most other examples and comes off as a refreshing, crisp , dry interpretation that is definitely growler worthy from this brewery. Modest alcohol of 4.8% ensures session material.

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Photo of DIM
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a slightly hazy pale golden color. It was served to me with a thick fizzy and sticky head.

s: Clean bready malts and a nice mineral component as well.

t: Pretty close to spot-on here. Perhaps not as clean as it should be, but damn tasty none the less. Cereal, hard water, and herbal hops.

m: Fizzy carbonation and a crisp body.

d: Really nice pils, not quite up there with Stoudt's or Victory. Pretty close though, a very pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

drank at IH in lancaster on 3.27.09.

pours a wonderfully beautiful clear golden yellow color with subtle hints of orange. nice head on the beer as well, leaving a nice ring of foam around the edge of the glass complimented by a nice constant stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. great sporadic lacing throughout the glass. decent smell, crisp malty with hints of hops.

good taste for a german pilsener which can be a difficult beer to get 'just right'. a nice malty taste with a perfect hop balance around the edges with a little bread and earthiness to it. the carbonation is spot on with a nice mouthfeel to balance all the great flavors.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden yellow with 1/4 inch of soapy white head, good lacing. Smells of lemon and grassy hops mixed with some crisp malt. Taste has some honey and lemon up front, followed by a sweetbread backbone, and a crisp grassy finish. Medium-light in body, good carbonation, and very easy to drink. A nice lighter tasting beer very true to the style.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lancaster, PA location on 12/23/07.

A - Pale golden body with frothy white head that diminished into a whispy white veil and left delicate rings of lace around the glass. Modest carbonation for a pils.

S - Biscuity and pale malts paired with German noble hops in the nose. Subtle notes of vanilla, honey and lemon also present. Otherwise, a classic pilsener aroma.

T - Starts off a bit sweet with vanilla and honey notes, followed by some biscuity and bready maltiness and a bitterness reminiscent of lemon zest and orange peel. Average length finish that's crisp and clean.

M - Light body with watery texture and crisp, dry finish. Moderately prickly on the tongue and all-encompassing bitter aspect throughout the mouth.

D - Nicely balanced and easy to drink. Clean and crisp taste... the way a classic pils should be.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served cool in a standard pint at the brewpub across from F&M in Lancaster.
A - A crystal clear golden w/ a very thin soapsud head.

S - Light noble hop notes w/ gentle crisp malt notes enliven the aroma.

M - Pleasant smooth spice of hops upfront w/ a lightly oily feel and moderate carbonation providing support.

T - A fine flavor of hops w/o much spice, just subtle and fresh w/ a touch of grassiness and malt sweetness. The pils finishes dry w/ an above average, refined flavor.

D - This is by no means the best pilsener I have ever tasted, I have traveled through the heart of Germany and had worse, though. This is very drinkable and well made.

Had this again April 08 A- 4 S-3.5 M-4 T-4 D -4
I had this on tap at Iron Hill's Lancaster location on the Harrisburg Pike downtown. Served cold in a pils glass.

A - A brilliant gold w/ a pillowy whit e head-excellent clarity w/ plenty of visible carbonation as bubbles rise to the surface. There is a fine bead and the lace clings well in ringlets

S - A very nicely spiced hop-(noble) aroma w/ a bready yeast note w/ a slight toasted pils malt aroma

M - Crisp, refreshing moderate to full carbonation. Very spiced up front w/ a nice lingering piney bitterness and a dry malt taste as it finishes w/ a slight creaminess from the carbonation

T - This is a really classic take on the style w/ a nice dry malt flavor w/ hop spice falling in line w/ plenty of flavor. The hops are the major flavor component here, but used in a conservative and yet bold way w/ an earthy, herbal spiciness. There is a subtle sweetness as the hop taste leaves the palate and a creamy flavor like fresh baked baquette w/ the yeast note coming out in the last sips. Big Kudos on taste to Paul Rutherford as this is quenching and spot on.

D - This is a must have taste - I could drink this for hours- nice sessionable quality and flavor that doesn't let you down midway into the pint, but really begs for another. Excellent pils, my taste buds are rewarded for the lager I have been waiting for. This is an excellent pils - up there with the PA pils tradition the sign of true brewing craftmanship

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Photo of RiekerStarBrew
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer in my glass had a cloudy pumpkin-orange color. I thought that was odd for a pils, considering they are typically a clear, golden color. The aroma was more typical, with a high hop scent in front of sweet malted grains. It was a very balanced aroma. The flavor is intially sweet, until the hops kick in. There are also hints of spices. The beer finishes with a clean, lager flavor and slight alcohol warmth. All and all, I thought this was a decent brew well worth drinking.

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German Pilsener from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 24 ratings
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