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Pilsner - German
Ranked #286
Ranked #36,919
3.69 | pDev: 15.18%
Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro
Montana, United States
Notes: The term “Pilsener” is widely used to describe a number of beers available on the market. According to German criteria for a true Pilsener, however, the vast majority of them would be unrecognizable as such. By this definition, a Pilsener is a lager beer with a light golden color (5-8 color units by European Brewers’ Convention standards), a specific gravity in the 11.5-12.5% Plato range, and a hops content of at least 28 EBUs (European Bitter Units). Most so-called domestic “Pilseners” fall far short in these categories; Bayern Pilsener easily meets all three (6 color units, 12% Plato, 34 EBUs).

What does all this technical jargon mean? It means you have purchased one of the very few authentic Pilseners brewed in America. Reward yourself by enjoying this beer the way it was meant to be served: pour your cold Bayern Pilsener, in two or three slow steps, into the center of your glass (a fluted or “tulip” glass works best). The thick creamy head (the German term for this is “crown”) and you have just created the mark of a classic Bavarian Pilsener. It is functional, too – the crown holds finely distributed natural carbonation inside the glass and acts as a shelter for this beer’s distinctive, hoppy flavor.
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours yellow without the clarity that the big boys offer. 1/3" white head. Aroma was nice pairing of what seemed like noble hop meets pilsner malt, nice outdoor vibes, smells like plants man, barley and hops, nice and green.

Taste was easy going as it should be. Good euro noble hop lemongrass like bitterness. Mouth feel could have been more crisp. Has as much of a munich helles vibe as it does pilsner, which I can dig on, a substantial amount of those styles overlap. Good breadiness (which I supposed contributes to the lack of crispness to it at times). Would like a little more yeast contribution to the flavor and aroma profile.

I wouldn't say the beer doesn't anything below average, but its quite a throw away from being considered one of the better ones. Miles from Bierstadt, still pretty far from Trumer Pils or Pivo. But you know, I wouldn't turn one down or discourage you from checking it out.

Feb 07, 2020
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JayWhitson from Montana

3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a moderate head. Appearance is clear and golden. Nose is bready malt, taste follows with minimal caramel and banana notes. Overall as good a pils as I’ve had, which isn’t many. Solid brew.

Jul 22, 2019
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

2.43/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Bottle (bb June 2019), bought and drank at Old Chicago.

Pours straw yellow, clear, small head of foam.

Weird smell, kinda chemical like. Hops are subdued, malt even more so.

The taste is light hoppiness, not noble character, malt is a bit of cracker, kind of sweet. A muddle.

Mouthfeel is okay but I would never order this again. Not a Pilsner.

Apr 24, 2019
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Col from Washington

4.56/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - 12 oz bottle to chilled shaker pint glass. Light golden grain color 1+ finger soapy head along with sticky ring-like lacing.

S - Smells like a quality import euro lager, noble aromatic hops stand out along with light toasty pilsner malt. Very good and very beery

T - Noble hops are present with white light bready pilsner and munich malts. Tastes great, very comparable to a Czech pils or Munich helles with low-moderate hop bitterness and strong light toast malt backbone. No adjunct funkiness in this brew, taste more euro than north american lager.

M - This is a full bodied beer, almost as perfect as it gets! Carbonation is on point without being overbearing. Crisp clean feel makes for a pleasant quaff.

O -If I was dying of thirst in the Australian outback this is the taste of beer I would want to revive me. It's got everything you would want refreshing character, great beerish taste and from a craft brewery in Montana it probably utilizes good clean water and quality grains and hops. This is the high bar for North American lagers!

Sep 12, 2018
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Squire from Mississippi

4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear light golden color with white cap.

Aroma of crackery malt and spicy, floral hops.

Flavor of dry, crackery malt with a firm, bright hoppy bitterness. Malt and hops are working as a team here, each alternating taking the first step forward quickly joined by the other working in tandem. one first, then the other, yet both together. Firm bitterness all the way but not in a fruit intense form, rather a polished spiciness.

Light medium texture with balancing carbonation.

This is a delightful beer standing on the shoulders of classic European Pilsners.

Mar 23, 2018
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JonathanHerrman from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the only true pilsners you can find in MT, or anywhere in the states for that matter. Has a stronger pilsner flavor than most, which turns some people off, but I suppose they should just stick to the imitation pilsners that aren't aged like they should be. Crystal clear, decent aroma, small head, and that strong pils flavor. Crisp finish. Great on a hot summer day or after hitting the slopes.

Mar 05, 2018
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Impetuous from Montana

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Jul 08, 2016
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constantine_272 from Oregon

3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
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

Apr 16, 2016
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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada

3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Feb 17, 2016
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Bunman3 from Canada

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

Jan 01, 2015
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

Nov 06, 2014
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beertunes from Mayotte

3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Oct 21, 2012
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
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

Aug 11, 2012
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joemcgrath27 from Canada

3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
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

Apr 28, 2012
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arizcards from Arizona

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Sep 06, 2011
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harrymel from Washington

2.23/5  rDev -39.6%
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.

Sep 01, 2011
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barleywinefiend from Washington

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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

Jan 17, 2011
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Elimination from Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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

Dec 15, 2010
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tempest from New York

3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Nov 27, 2010
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biboergosum from Canada

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Aug 29, 2010
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Chaz from Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
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!

Jul 18, 2010
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appenzeller from Washington

3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

May 25, 2010
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djbreezy from Washington

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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

May 21, 2010
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msubulldog25 from Oregon

3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
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?

May 21, 2010
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Jul 18, 2009
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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 101 ratings