Monteith's Pilsener
Monteith's Brewing Co.

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #753
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3.16 | pDev: 17.09%
Monteith's Brewing Co.
New Zealand
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TheLongBeachBum from California

2.32/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: I bought this, well actually two of these a long time ago whilst at Trader Joes. I totally forgot about them until I managed to thin out my DBF and suddenly came across them again. After the Monteith “Richly Hopped” Original Ale, that I tried some months ago, I think I must have hidden these in the hope I always have a better beer to try. Guess it worked for a couple of months. But here goes.

Pours with a pale yellow-cheap gold body, slightly hazy with not much of a head, started lively but it soon died to a flat looking mess. The nose is not that bad actually, and I had rather raised my hopes once I smelled it, and I thought to myself that I may just have slighted this beer prematurely perhaps. But NO. I hadn’t. It has that horrible butterscotch, almost melted butter cloying taste from the first mouthfeel to the last. And feel that immediately drove me away from this beer. This definitely depressed the Drinkability to low levels and instantly relegated this beer to storage in the sinks drain piping – whence I will return it in the next Millenium, or maybe the one after that.

Well after the fact that the Original Ale was called “Richly Hopped”, which nearly made me piss myself laughing BTW, as I detected no hops whatsoever, so I almost *died* of laughing to see that this Pilsner was labeled as “Lively Hopped”. These guys really are taking the piss right?

Overall: Well everything is worth trying once right? Hmmm, I do wonder sometimes though – LOL. If you see it in Trader Joes, my advice would be to leave it there. Why was I tempted to finish with this? - I'll be tasting it all night now.

Jan 09, 2004
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rastaman from England

2.48/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled AIBA 2003: Light in general, the hops and malts are a bit too subtle, and its a touch too fizzy, still, i found it quite pleasant, some sweet pale malt, and some light saaz, just not enough in my opinion. Some light obscure pale malt noticed, light and clean, and unoffensive.

May 07, 2003
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Riggo from Oklahoma

3.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear, golden-honey color with bright white, delicate head.

Not much in the nose. Some faint lemon and even fainter cedary hops. Perhaps melon.

On palate, very clean and crisp. Passes by quickly. Some honeyish sweetness balanced by that tingling crispness of carbonation. Some fruit--apple, pear, perhaps white grape.

Nice crisp mouthfeel. Refreshing. Drinkability would be hight on this one, though you might rather go with something more interesting.

Wonderful packaging and with a label mentioning lots of hops, I had hopes for this one, but they didn't pan out. A clean thirst-quencher but not alot going on here.

Apr 08, 2009
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alexgash from Connecticut

3.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light gold straw body with a clean, puffy, cloud-white head. Herbal hay, fresh grass Saaz sea air goodness over honeyish biscuits. Nice fresh hay Saaz snap up front. Solid biscuit and honey malt mid-palate. Finishes dry with a spritzy, citric twang, but I wouldn’t call it “explosive” like the tour guide did. Lively, medium body, nice. Maybe my favorite Monteith’s beer.

Mar 03, 2006
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear medium golden color pils with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light floral malt notes with some light dry hops was OK. Taste is also refreshing and enjoyable with some light crisp hops with again some light floral notes and good balance between sweetness and dry aftertaste. Body was about average with good carbonation. Nothing earth shattering here but enjoyable nonetheless.

Oct 20, 2010
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Boilermaker88 from California

3.92/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this beer during my most recent excursion to Trader Joe's. Presented in a 12oz. green bottle with a "best before" date of 08-04. Color was a clear golden hue with a bubbly white head that quickly faded to a light skim despite the lively carbonation.
Smell was pretty sweet, of grassy malt and floral hops.
Taste was a nice balance of grainy malt and estery flavors initially before a moderate hops bite kicks in. Has a lingering bitter finish.
Feel was light-bodied, crisp, and clean.
Actually, I liked this pilsner. Montieth's has a clean, well-balanced flavor and easy drinkability I found to be appealing. No hints of sourness, just a good fresh taste that made me wish I had another. I'll head back to TJ's to get this one again.

Oct 16, 2003
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gnaussea from California

2.33/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow! Ass! Apeearance is, well dark yellow, not too crisp a head. Nothing spectacular. Smell is bland and inoffensive with a hoppy kick. Taste is reminiscent of bad american macrobrews without the adjunct. Plus, it leaves an unpleasant bitterness without much flavor to it. Just bitter. I really don't like the hops used. Mouthfeel could use more carbonation. Not good.

Nov 08, 2003
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diablo14 from Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

have monteiths mixed up their labels with this one? this is definately not a pilsener. their original ale is more like a pilenser than this, and this beer is more like and ale than their ale.

its a bit cloudy, which for starters just should not happen with a pilsener, however the head is nice a voluminous as a pilsenser should be. ive said james squire pilenser is very matly for the style, but this goes beyond that, paricularly as the j.s beer is right on the borderline as far as that goes. it has a real malt character, but is just too mellow on the back palate to be a pilsener. theres a distinct lack of hoppiness to this. in fact i cant believe theyve even used saaz in this, an essential ingredient in the stlye.

its not a bad tasting beer, but if youre going to nominate the stlye on the lable, you gotta be true to it, and this really isnt. its a beer that is trying to make up its mind what its trying to do, and because of that falls a bit short.

Oct 16, 2003
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koolk from Australia

2.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden and clear with a thin head that is long gone with low carbonation to boot.

A slightly sweet malty aroma that has just traces of hops is apparent. Not overly exciting or large, but pleasent.

Taste is light sweet grains w ith some chewy bitteness on the side of the palate, but nothing substatially bitter. Has a good aftertaste of green hops and a touch of malt.

Kind of boring, but very drinkable without the complexity.

Jul 06, 2004
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surfmeister from California

3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another post-beach, hot day taste, from the bottle, no appearance notes. Very mild "beer" scent, followed by very mild "beer" tastes, I noticed a incredibly average "beer" mouthfeel, and remarked to my friend that I could drink another one of these "beers" since it was not offending in it's "beerness", an absolutely perfect "3", probably could spend less on a "beer" of equal or greater quality

Jul 04, 2004
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Zorro from California

2.6/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a standard gold Pilsner color.

Smell is very malty, mild flowers smelled too.

Taste is sweet malt and that is about it. Hops do not show up, but it is a bit too sweet. I could almost give it a 3, but the sweetness kills it. There is also a Brassy after taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

I can drink this but I really think a Colt 45 is a better brew.

Feb 28, 2004
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Kulrak from Australia

3.26/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden color with not a whole lot of white bubbly head that disappears almost immediately leaving a thin layer. Smells slightly yeasty, not much else in the way of aroma. Tastes hoppy, but not too bitter. Hints of citrus, finishes a little sour but mostly dry. Mouthfeel is very creamy and foamy, very nice. Overall, very drinkable. A well balanced beer, not a whole lot in the way of flavor or smell, but what is there isn't bad.

Mar 02, 2007
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drpimento from Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Little bit of an odd duck here. Served cold and with a creamy, off white head that soon settled to a light cover and lots of fine lace. Color is a clear amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is malt, grain, hop. Flavor's like nose, grain flavor pronounced, light carbonic tang, mild sweetness and hop bitter. Body is ok, ditto carbonation but even so, it still seems somehow a little flat. Finish is like both flavor and body, which doesn't work to the beer's advantage. gigged it on that a notch. Kind of weird; i like it, but then again... meh.

Jan 17, 2012
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.95/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD of Jan 11 ( I presume 2011)

Pours an effervescent straw/gold color with 2 fingers of ivory colored head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Bready & grassy

T: Follows the nose, plus some serious leafy hops & dryness up front, as well as some honey malt. Crisp hops (Grassy & leafy )intertwine with a light breadyness, p;us some herbal hop signature & a slight mineral edge to this as well once warm. Finishes with herbal hops & a nice breadyness, with just a bit of cereal sweetness

MF: Light/medium bodied, soft carbonation & good balance

Drank too easy, not a perfect pils, but pretty solid, holds its own against many I've had in Germany & here. Nice way to start a summer's evening beer journey!

Jul 16, 2010
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goatherder from Australia

3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in colour with a nice white head which didn't stick around too long. Very clean on the nose, some noble hop aroma and background malt. A little bit sweet up front followed by a nice malty middle. The finish is crisp and dry. Not bad, pretty drinkable.

Nov 02, 2007
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A rush of carbonation bubbles permeate a clear golden brew, resulting in a rolling and foamy white head which wisps away in a calm fashion. A thin sheet of slightly broken lacing is left behind. Smells of malt and corn adjuncts which lead to a lowering of expectations. Crisp and dry going down with some sweet malts which move quickly to a bitter ending. This is a typical mid-range pilsner which would be a good alternative to corporate beer, but might leave someone looking for something tastier.

May 29, 2009
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one has a solid golden appearance with a rather small, bubbly white head, maybe 1" high and subsides quick.

The aroma is subtle with light golden wheat, musty old almanac style-paper, buttery maltiness and light black pepper.

The taste is pretty clean, slightly watery edge with a malt that just a bit too sweet, buttery and cream-of-corn sweetness last a bit, balanced with very subtle earthy hops, dry-earth with a pretty clean, crisp feel, except for the malt which goes too far.

Not one of the crispiest Pils around but much better than anything BMC related by a long shot.

May 01, 2010
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eric5bellies from Australia

3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear stra colour with a slightly off white head that dies slowly.

S - Yest and herbs

T - A little honey present and some herbs, finishes with a certain yeatyness.

M - Light body and fullish carbonation.

D - Not a great pils or even a true one but ok for a session

Mar 11, 2011
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vancurly from Australia

3.43/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice honey gold, with a thin white head.

Flinty hops, fresh, like a premium Aussie macro, with grain & pale malt notes.

Inoffensive beer; fairly well balanced grain-malt-hop... easy drinking, but nothing too remarkable to write about.

Could use it as a good session beer on a warm day.

Apr 02, 2007
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ROGUE16 from Delaware

3/5  rDev -5.1%

Dec 07, 2011
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brendan13 from Australia

2.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium gold colour with a couple of centimetres of white head that falls away quite fast.
S - Grainy, a bit metallic, the hops are there but not as much as the label would have you believe.
T - Along the same lines as the smell but with more of a sweet pale malt presence.
M - Quite light bodied, medium to high carbonation.
D - Decent enough but nothing to get too excited about.

Nov 17, 2007
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.46/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The only reason I picked this up at State Line was because I knew I'd never see this fresher. It was practically off the ship, and had a month left.

There's no denying the attractiveness of the pour. Clear orangeish yellow with a big white head with excellent retention and intricate lacework, this is all a pilsner should be, especially with the high level of carbonation that's present. The lacework truly is beautiful.

A solid nose with crisp, earthy, lemony hops, this is pretty much spot on. A light cracker-like malt aroma is present. There's a touch of sulfur, otherwise, this beer is pretty perfect

A little too sweet for a pils, this isn't too bad. Opening with a combination of bready sweetness and a delicate hop bitterness that just isn't big enough. The mid-palate is a dry, crackery malt character before the hops make an appearance on the finish, with a delicate lemony and earthy character. Clean and crisp, this is a refreshing beer, albeit just a touch sweet. I'm having no problems drinking this.

Oct 21, 2009
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FLBeerGuy from Florida

3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nov 12, 2016
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VitBAficionado from New Zealand (Aotearoa)

2.56/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Straw yellow color with a small but stubborn white head and typical level of carbonation.
S: Nothing but biscuity malt really. There's a little bit of hops hiding in the back but dissapointing in the nose for a brew that is supposedly "richly hopped".
T: Little better once in the mouth. Mild grassy hops combined with chewy malt from beginning to aftertaste.
M: Thin and watered down feel. Carbonation lost in the mouth.
D: Pretty drinkable considering there is nothing neccessarily offensive about it but not as crisp or cleansing as I would like from a pilsner.

On tap from Filadelfio's in the NE Valley

Feb 27, 2007
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Brad007 from Vermont

3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent golden color with a head that is quick to fade. Probably my glass. Regardless, certainly looks like a pilsner.

Aroma is full of sweet malt with a distinct lack of crispness, which I tend to expect from the style.

Taste is chock full of sweet malt that isn't overly sweet and still has a hint of hops in the middle. Otherwise, not much to write home about.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweetness and not much else. Perhaps just a dash of bread.

Again, another average example that could be better for sure.

Jul 13, 2010
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