Post Rock Pilsner
Free State Brewing Co.

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Free State Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States
Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #28
Ranked #10,076
4.08 | pDev: 8.09%
Tuesday at 06:04 AM
Aug 03, 2003
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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4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by robwired from Kansas

Twelve-ounce bottle poured into a pilsner glass grew a healthy, frothy head. The aroma is bready, malty, grassy.
I was a little surprised at the flavor, pleasantly so: Salty. Slightly bready. Yeast aroma leads to a yeast flavor.
It has a medium-light mouthfeel and finishes with fizz and carbonation. Free State's blend of styles and tradition make for a rockin' pils.

Tuesday at 06:04 AM
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by defunksta from North Dakota

Appearance: Pours a clear, only slightly hazy pale, slightly dark yellow color with a massive white head. SRM of 7. (4.00)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of bread dough, honey, and salty bread and yeast. (4.00)

Flavor: Strong flavors of pale bread malts, bread dough, some honey. This turns into a strong salty bread and grassy yeast profile. Strong grassy bitterness on the end.

Feel: Medium to heavier bodied. Strong carbonation. Strong yeast and bitterness on the finish.

Overall: A really fantastic representation of the Czech pilsner. Strong flavor and body, but still classy as the flavors are authentic and the mouthfeel is well-carbonated to not make it too sweet. Really nice beer here. (Final Rating: 4.13)

Mar 21, 2022
3.9 by Myboymi from Kansas on Mar 10, 2022
4.03 by Jwhit from Kansas on Jun 23, 2020
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

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!

Jan 08, 2019
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3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

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.


Nov 11, 2018
4.07 by ICTguy21 from Kansas on Jul 05, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Tone from Missouri

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.

Dec 02, 2017
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3.49/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Franziskaner from Missouri

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.

Sep 30, 2017
4.02 by dripa8 from Kansas on Aug 07, 2017
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3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by zeff80 from Missouri

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.

Jun 22, 2017
4.22 by jaydoc from Kansas on Jun 20, 2017
4.24 by Lolamay from Texas on Nov 01, 2014
4.25 by valkyre65 from Texas on Jul 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Groenebeor from California

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.

Dec 17, 2012
5 by JEdmund from Kansas on Nov 18, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by bfields4 from Colorado

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.

Jul 04, 2011
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4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by klotzilla from Florida

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.

Sep 16, 2010
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3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Mebuzzard from Colorado

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.

Aug 02, 2010
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3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by bditty187 from Nebraska

Translucent gold hue, no animation, served with a smallish, sticky white head, admirable retentionÂ… 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.

Aug 11, 2003
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3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by marc77 from California

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

Aug 03, 2003
Post Rock Pilsner from Free State Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 22 ratings