Post Rock Pilsner
Free State Brewing Co.

Post Rock PilsnerPost Rock Pilsner
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Bohemian Pilsener
Ranked #52
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Ranked #15,413
4.06 | pDev: 8.87%
Free State Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States
Very Good
Post Rock PilsnerPost Rock Pilsner
Notes: 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)
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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a lightly hazy golden color with a moderate head that slowly diminishes and leaves lacing as you enjoy it. Grassy and fresh in the nose. The taste is lightly bitter with a malt background. Nice!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nabbed a bottle as part of a mix a sixer at Goebel Liquor in Wichita, Kansas.

Nicely grainy with a starchy pilsner malt-forward flavour. Grassy and floral Saaz hops lend it traditional Noble character. Well-balanced and highly drinkable, though it could taste fresher and its mouthfeel would do well with more softness and crispness.

I find no off-flavours or overt faults. Smooth, wet, approachable, light to medium-bodied, refreshing, well-carbonated.

Its graininess does nudge it a biteen towards "premium lager" territory (i.e. slightly away from a traditional Czech pilsner profile) but it's far better than I expected of a Kansas-brewed pilsner.


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Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy gold color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of slight spicy hops, yeast, pale malt, hint of wheat, and a hint of grass. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsner. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight spicy hops, yeast, pale malt, hint of wheat, hint of bread dough, and a hint of resin. Overall, good appearance, blend, aroma, and body.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.49/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold in color with a touch of light sedimentary haze suspended within the body. There's a a solid half inch of creamy and tightly packed off white on top. The aroma reveals a very gentle dose of earthy hops. The flavor is packed with crackery light malt and a hint of grassy hops. The mouth is very light and quaffable.

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Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a very clear, bubbly golden color with a fluffy, white head of foam. It smelled floral and spicy. Nice sweet caramel, peppery spices and a subtle bitterness.

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Photo of Groenebeor
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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 +1.7%
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 +14.5%
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 -2.5%
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 -9.4%
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 -3.2%
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.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 18 ratings