Post Rock Pilsner | Free State Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
This pilsner has a pleasant malt flavor, a medium body and a finely balanced hop character. Free State uses premium Bohemian pilsner malt and imported specialty malts, along with prized Czech Saaz hops to craft this lager. (O.G. - 13P/1051. Hops - 40 IBUs)

Added by marc77 on 08-03-2003

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 10
Photo of Groenebeor
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a slender pint glass.

Pours a hay gold with a medium white head. Looks almost identical to Wheat State Golden, but perhaps a tinge darker.

Smell: Fruity and piney hop character with sugary malted notes.

Taste: Great pale pilsner malt taste, very sweet, slightly caramelized sugar. Hop profile is spot on for the style, with the exception of a strange piney bitterness present in the finish. This alone prevents this beer from getting a 4.5 or even a 5 for the style.

Mouthfeel is superb. Very creamy.

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Photo of bfields4
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice large white head. Crisp clear golden pilsner body.

Pilsner malt dominates grainy sweet aroma.

Very clean malty taste as well a tad bit bready and light hunny finish. Very clean.

Really solid beer hits all the right flavors and nice light easy drinker.

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Photo of klotzilla
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewing this favorite from memory. I grew up in Lawrence and went to junior high school with Free State's brewer Steve Bradt. So I'd pester him to brew this one again after the first batch, way over ten years ago.

I agree with other reviewers who noted the bread/biscuit aroma. Grain smell is all over this. Growing up around farms, I enjoy that. I can see how some might not.

To me criteria like appearance and mouthfeel are miniscule in importance compared to taste and drinkability. And Post Rock has both critical elements in full, robust supply.

This is simply one of the best American craft brewed pilsners, alongside Blue Paddle, SA Noble Pils and SN Summerfest.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm a sucker for Czech Pilsners and Free State, so here we go.

Pours nicely with white foam, 2 finger head. Just a tad cloudy in the light golden body keeps it from a '5'.

Aroma is a bit weak, but good. Light biscuit malt and soft florals. The hops provide a spiciness to it that gives it a zing. Though not very strong.

Biscuit is up front in the taste, along with a hint of spice. The hops provide some flavor but they are mainly there for a bite. The crispness of this beer is strong at first. As it warms it loses a bit, and sitting on the Free State porch...well, beers tend to warm up quickly there.
Good drinking. Nice beer to start off the night and prepare myself for the Cuban sammich.

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Photo of bditty187
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent gold hue, no animation, served with a smallish, sticky white head, admirable retention… thick rings of lace was produced. Clean and crisp nose, nicely (and lightly) hoppy with soft maltiness too, the aroma could have been stronger. Still, the invitation is answered with a similarly clean and crisp palate, nicely malt with a fair about of straight bitterness for a Pils. The hops were not very flavorful (no Saaz?). Medium-light body, very easy to drink and especially refreshing. The finish was of modest depth, lightly malty with just enough bittering hops. The carbonation is very distant. This is a nice Pils, the solid malt foundation sets this one apart but a more flavorful hops profile would have really propelled this beer, all in all it was still enjoyable.

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Photo of marc77
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Crystal clear deep golden hue. Steadfast, creamy, porcelain white head. Muddled, sticky lace trails. Soft doughy malt accompanied by mellow grassy hop upfront in aroma. Secondary hints of hay and freshly milled grain. Stately and pleasant aromawise. Rounded, underbaked, maltose rich bready malt foundation for crisp, satiating, moderate hop bitterness. Mild chlorophyll, herbal tinged hop flavor. Overall character slightly skewed towards hop bitterness. Creamy, lightly viscous, well suited mouthfeel. Finishes squeaky clean and drying, with lingering hop bitterness melding with pilsner malt yielding an agreeable suggestion of fresh bread crust. An enjoyable, understated, well rounded pilsner. Superbly quaffable. Be careful not to inhale this stuff. OG: 1.051 IBU: 35

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Post Rock Pilsner from Free State Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
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