Bayern Pilsener | Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro

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Bayern PilsenerBayern Pilsener

Brewed by:
Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro
Montana, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 85
Photo of jrsqc7
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good lacing
Proper hops

It's not novel, but it's solid, well executed, and flavorful. There is something to be said for well balanced flavors and a proper, traditional rendition of a classic.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow with low white head. Smells of lemon orange and wheat. Tastes malty sweet upfront with a tickly lemon zest and a dried grassy mild bitter finish. Slightly creamy with a light dry finish

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. 355ml bottle poured into Peroni glass.

Pours a clear medium straw yellow with a half finger of bone white head that leaves lumpy undersea rock formation lace as it recedes.

Smells of grainy crackery pale malt, apple skin, soft lemon zest and grassy, flowery noble hops.

Tastes of more grainy pale malt, faint unripe orchard fruit and more nobel hops.

Feels mild and refreshing. Light-medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

Verdict: Recommended. A tasty, refreshing pilsner.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a light, refreshing beer. The colour, head, nose and feel are what I would expect from a Euro Pilsner. The taste is spot on - biscuit, a bit of floral citrus zest and a hop finish. The second beer from a Bayern mixer pack - I am really looking forward to the other joys it will bring!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light golden color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades quite fast leaving a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is of a grainy and light fruity nature with some grape and citrus. Along with these smells are some bready aromas as well as a little bit of a yeasty and greasy smell.

Taste – The taste begins a somewhat bready and lightly caramel and fruit sweetened taste with the fruit being mainly of pear and grape. As the taste advances yeasty flavors as well as a bit of a grassy and hay flavor come to the tongue. Other lemon and orange citrus flavors develop later on, with them replacing the fruity flavors and caramel that were present upfront. In the end, one is left with a rather pleasant, lightly grainy, and fruity but crisper flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on thinner side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. For the style, both are rather nice, and overall create an easy drinking and more crisp feel in light of the flavors of the brew.

Overall – A pretty nice and easy drinking pilsner with a somewhat fruity and grainy but still sweeter flavor overall.

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Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a lightly hazy pale yellow color with about 1-1/2 inches of white head that had good retention, light lacing and lots of bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aroma was good grains, some gentle hops and a slight bit of yeast. Pretty typical. The flavors were pretty typical as well, a nice blend of grain and hops.

The body was good, crisp and smooth. Drinkability was good, the beer went away quickly and easily. Overall, a nice little beer. Worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a darn good beer as it is, and for the style.

Light golden pour, clean and clear. Fluffy white head, a bit rocky, and comes to a nice collar. Some lacing clings around.

Aroma is full of malt, hops and spice. Tada! That's really it. The mild malt and sweetness blends well with the grassy hops and lemon-y spice.

Flavors follow the nose. Sweet up front, malty in the middle. Grass and spice on the end with a quick lemon zip before the carbonation lifts it away. Dries out to the point of quenching.

Darn good beer from 'Tana

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - clear straw golden, thin white head dissipated quickly to a few random blobs
S - grassy and herbal hops with some adjunct, gentle citrus, and bubblegum aromas
T - crisp grassy and light pepper hop notes, toasty grains, slight metallic, with grassy and herbal notes lingering, very classic flavour
M - crisp, clean, light, with a pleasant dry
O - a quality pils with a noticeable softness, classic flavours, and chuggability, well done

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Photo of arizcards
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up for $14.88 as part of a mixed 12 pack picked up on 9-2-11 at Wolds Valley Market in Seeley Lake, MT. Assembled on 7-18-11. Reviewed from notes made 9-4-11.

Beer poured a straw color with not much head.

Nose was pale malts initially, non-descript after the brew warmed a bit.

Taste was a nice balance between the pale malts with a nice saaz hop bite at the end.

Mouthfeel is light in body and carbonation, somewhat refreshing.

Overall this is a decent representation of the style.

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Photo of harrymel
2.23/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best by Sept, 2011

Have had this many times via tap and growler and have really dug it. Although this review does not bode well for the beer, I can vouch for my loyalty to the beer on tap. Perhaps this beer was simply too close to the best by date as the crispy taste touch and smells have died out.

A: pours a nice light grainy ale with hazy clarity. No head formation. No lace. Nothing to look at.

S: Sweet creamed corn with soft yeast tones. A wee bit of grassy hops in there. Not nearly as clean smelling as I recall.

T: Grain, grass, yeast, hint of bitterness, creamed corn again. Some metallic tones here and there.

M: Medium bodied with sharp carbonation and an off-dry finish.

O: This beer is not so nice in the bottle, but I will contest that on draft the beer is much better.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer seems to be all over the place so I decided to figure out wht the big deal was. No big deal.

A: Poured a light golden color with good carbonation and a small white head

S: Smell is lemony, hop scent is present. Plenty of grass

T: Sweet malty taste with crisp hoppy bite at the end. Honey and a light corn presence

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, goes down very easy.

D: Pretty easy to drink but not one great pils I would go out of my way for

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Photo of Elimination
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very clear yellow, fizzy looking, little white head.

Smell is slight grain, sweet, little hops, a bit of bread.

Taste is a crisp blend of sweet malt, lemon, citrus, really all of it is very light tasting nothing stands out to much.

Mouthfeel is a nice light thin crispness that has a strong carb.

good drink, a definate lawnmower beer with a little more kick to it

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Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Princeton's. I wasn't sure about this one at first, but I thought it was a fine German pils. It's not as hoppy as a Prima Pils or Pikeland Pils, but it still has a tasty pepper and herb citrus finish. Up front is a smooth toasted white bread that quickly rolls into the crisp hoppy finish. I think this could fool any German as to the bottle's origin. Check this out for a real, fresh pilsner beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A single picked up whilst in Missoula...

This beer pours a slightly hazy, lazy medium straw colour, with one finger of soapy white head which leaves a thin ring of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of sharp biscuit malt, and floral hops. The taste is crackery, biscuit malt, and soft earthy, leafy hops. The carbonation is fairly average, the body quite hefty for a lager, smooth and dense. It finishes with a definite push towards the dry side, the crisp grain and hops predominating.

A very nice new world rendition of the classic style. Quite drinkable in the Octoberfest manner, to be sure.

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Photo of Chaz
4.26/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gradual pour into my favorite branded-Pilsener glass elicits a generous, one-fingered head which quickly subsides, leaving an off-white ring of lace. The beer is a textbook "straw" in color, and carbonation appears adequate.

Noble hop profile is punchy... I like it! Malt notes appear to be a balance of biscuit-like and sweeter, crystal and pale malts. Lightly vegetal notes and even lighter metallic notes are mostly subsumed by the hop profile.

Sharp, lightly tangy, and biscuity on the first sip, followed by a light sweetness and a very characteristic (for the style) tang bringing up the rear. Bitterness and biscuit-malt aspects linger nicely. A fairly soft beer, even though it has been treated to affect the right hardness...

Excellent mouthfeel and drinkability, although for the style they are only above average. And yet for that matter how many 'above average' Pilseners do you find these days in this era of Craft Beer dominance?

This really is an exceptional beer, but unfortunately I'd feel bad in giving it a higher rating: these days it almost seems as of the words "exceptional" and "Pilsener" cannot appear together unless Samuel Adams Noble Pils is being mentioned.

I also ought not give this too high a rating as Pils is my favorite style, and I am therefore prejudiced towards liking anything approaching an 'average' Pilsener.

Still, the "Best Before" notches on label indicate November of 2010, making this very fresh stuff indeed, and thus I can't help but to recommend it to anyone seeking a nice Pils on a hot summer day!

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Photo of appenzeller
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very thin head, clarity is opaque and not ideal for the style. Average carbonation.

Smell is very good, floral notes resembling a good European pilsner and rare for the American version.

Taste is good, fairly bitter hoppiness, little to no malt flavor, a slight harshness or metallic taste the only disappointing note.

Mouthfeel is good, not watery, holds quite a bite.

This is a highly drinkable beer, not a bad pils but just not up to technical standards for a great one. Too bad since there is a dearth of good pilsners in the Pacific Northwest and this could fill a niche.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Portland, OR at Gold Dust Meridian. Poured into a pint glass.

appearance - poured a bright transparent yellow with a frothy white head that left light but prominent lacing

smell - a unique and mildly dominating grass/spice with a touch of lemon

taste - sweet and grassy, lemon, spice, bready malt body, bitter finish

mouthfeel - a medium bodied pils with sharp carbonation and a dry finish

drinkability - initially the taste didn't sit with me but a very unique cascade of flavors, quite the pils

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served as a special during Happy Hour at Living Room Theaters, downtown Portland. A pint glass for a paltry $3.

A: Aptly golden pour, almost clear. Carbonation is lax, a few languid bubbles rising singularly, disinterestedly. Short-lived head of white cream, quickly dissolving to a broken film and dappled lace.

S: A startling 'honey' aroma... seriously, it smells just like a fresh pot of the stuff: grassy, flowery, lightly spiced. A yeasty roll otherwise. Decent strength.

T: Mild spices, grass/hay and a light 'sourdough'. A pinch of lemon upon crackery-dry maltiness. Doesn't reinvent anything, it's just a solid version of a standard style. Taste-wise, it's spot-on Bavarian malts and hops...mmm!

M: Initially, fairly crisp and light, just about what you'd ask for from the style. After a couple sips, a duller feel takes over, a little on the slick side.

D: Yeah, it's just an 'OK' pilsner, but even a fairly average lager like this gets a higher mark for 'drinkability'. Easy on the palate, good balance, 5% strength - what's not to like?

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz picked up in Lewistown Montana... poured into my makeshift pint glass...

Rocky white head... good lace and retention... the brew is a polished golden.

Aroma is clean pale malts with a nice punch of spicy hops.

Flavor is everything I expect out of a good fresh German pils... pale malts with a little bit of bready malt sweetness... grassy/sorta spicy hoppiness mid palate with a good bitterness out of the gate... very quenching and certainly drinkable given the heat... lite body and perfect carbonation beg for another sip.

Overall... pretty damn good beer... Bayern is putting out some classic German styles... too bad.. I don't feel the brewery and the styles get anywhere near the respect they deserve.

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Photo of katybee
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In my short history of beer sampling, this has quickly become my favorite.

Poured from the bottle, the Pilsener Lager showed a clear light-gold color and dense fingerwidth of soft foam. The foam in the glass did dissipate rather quickly, but continued to be active when gently rocked in the bottle.

No noticeable scent or very mild. Very little hops character at all. None of those biting citrus flavors. Dry, with almost carmelly sweet aftertaste. Perhaps a little bready. The tone was very mellow and low carbonation made it very drinkable. I had no trouble finishing it off and would gladly chase another down. Would match just about any meal, and refreshing by itself.

More mellow than an IPA ale, less citrus than a Belgian White, less carbonation than the standard US lager...for me this pilsner is perfect. Sometimes "bland" is better.

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Photo of jwc215
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by July '09 notched on the label.

Poured into pils glass:

Pours hazed, almost cloudy, light yellow (not quite golden). Too unclear for the style. It has a thin white head that holds up for most of the duration with some traces of lacing. Okay head/retention, but could be much clearer and more golden.

The smell is of sweet greain with a touch of floral, grassy hops.

The taste is very dry. Sweet grain pushed to the back by floral hop dryness. It's a bit aspirin-y with some yeast/chalk.

Despite tight-bubbled carbonation in the appearance, the carbonation doesn't really show much on the palate, giving it a bit of a watery character.

It should be dry, but this is a bit too imbalanced. Moreover, it seems to have some yeast issues, as it shows to much for the style. If it weren't for the yeast in the appearance and taste, and with a bit more grainy balance, this could be much better.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haystack gold with lemon juice edges. The pour produced roughly two fingers of eggshell colored cream that is tight-bubbled enough to last for a bit and tacky enough to result in some splotchy lace. This is pretty much what a pils should look like.

The nose is true to the style as well. It features spicy, grassy hops (probably Saaz), along with an undercurrent of untoasted grain and a spritz of lemon. Simple, clean and effective.

According to Bayern Brewing (and according to my tongue) Pilsener Lager is an authentic Bavarian pilsener. I don't know why more American craft brewers don't release a beer of this style since it's perfect for the warm weather months. Besides, most of what we get from Germany has seen fresher days.

Despite being just one month away from the 'best by' date, this offering is impressively bitter. Biscuity malt provides a solid base on which the minor buzzsaw of noble hoppiness can flourish. Classic Saaz flavors of lemon, grass and spice abound. This is definitely well-constructed beer and is a cinch to drink.

The body/mouthfeel keeps the good scores rollin' right along. It's at least medium for the style and the ABV. Maybe even medium-full. It's also lightly creamy and has an ideal amount of prickly carbonation.

Bayern considers Pilsener Lager to be their flagship brew. For good reason, if you ask me. Missoula, Montana might be one of the last places one would expect to find a delicious German-style lager, but the proof is in the pilsener.

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Photo of hopdog
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle labeled best before Oct. '05.

Poured a lighter and slightly hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of we grass, grain, banana and somewhat fruity. Tastes of banana, grain and a little doughy. The body was stronger compared to the other Pilsners of late (may have been the doughy/breadiness to it).

Notes from 11/25/05

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Photo of woemad
2.94/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane. Like the bottle of Bayern's Dancing Trout Beer that I just reviewed, it features a space for a freshness date, but unlike that beer, it hasn't been knotched, so who knows how old this is. Also, unlike that beer, this one does not feature a label with a person on it that seems to be taking the term "animal husbandry" to unhealthy extremes.

Poured a hazy, somewhat dark (for the style) straw color, and holding it up to the light made virtually no difference. A half-inch of bone-white foam made a brief appearance, but it didn't stick around for long. Sparse, spotty lace.

Crisp hoppiness was the first aroma characteristic that I noted. Then a bready maltiness kicks in that, while not unpleasant, is just wrong for the style.

In the taste, the hops turn out to be not as crisp as their presence in the nose seemed to indicate, and the malts are too big. There's also a mineral-ish taste in the background that, while not too obvious, is not terribly pleasant.

Too much body for something billed as a pilsener. The mouthfeel is too heavy for the style.

Drinkable, but only just. I'm kinda bummed, as I remember Bayern's doppelbock as being pretty good, but that was several years ago and it was probably fresher than this to begin with. I'll be avoiding this in the future.

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Photo of froghop
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thin head, some sediment floating around, just a little lacing.

smell is faint and simple, lemon, grain, and corn.

taste is crisp, slight funk, sweet grass, lemon, and some hops in the back, ends on the oily side.

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