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Ithaca Pils | Ithaca Beer Company

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Ithaca PilsIthaca Pils

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by WesWes on 04-19-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was given a bottle of this by Hartnett as an extra in a trade a week or two ago (Cheers, brother).

Poured into a stange-like glass.

A: Pours hazy light golden, 2 finger fluffy white head that leaves amazing lacing

S: Grassy, bready, light hops, sweetness, pretty typical pilsener smell except a lot sweeter than I would normally expect

T: Crisp, grassy, citrus, lingering bitterness, sweetness like caramel at the back. The more it warms, more sweetness comes in and less bitterness stays.

M: Pretty thick for a pilsener, I would think. Strong carbonation. Somewhat creamy.

D: Refreshing and crisp. Very easy going on the palate. On a hot day on the deck (or god forbid a beach) I would love to have a case of this to myself to cool off and relax.

Too bad it's retired.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear straw with a huge white head. Fine bubbles and good solidity to the foam.

S - Grassy hops and a juicy grapefruit. Malt is background but noticed.

T - Hugely hoppy in flavour but not overly bitter. Again, juicy grapefruit and also a light pine as well. There must be malt in this, but the hops are running amok.

M - Very smooth but light with a medium carbonation.

D - I like this a lot. Clean, straightforward hop flavour with a slick, even mouthfeel. Very drinkable in large quantities.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Damn now this one shocked me.

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a hazy yellow color with a foamy white top. Little lacing globbage throughout.

Smellis very hoppy. Tettnanger if I am not mistaken. A yeasty whiff was more present on the backend.

Taste was very hoppy that spicey grapefruit taste I am pretty sure that is Tettnanger hops. Subtle pale maltiness,again kind of yeasty.

Mouth is medium bodied ver good carbonation. A spicey tingle on the tongue that sticks around for the ending.

Drinkability is excellent if you ask me. I can't think of a reason people would not like this. Easy to swig and keep in the belly.

An awesome German Pilsner if you ask me.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Very nice golden hue with a big white head. Lots of carbonation pouring up from the bottom. The thick head leaves a nice lacing as it slowly dissipates.

Nice malty nose with a touch of flowery hops. Very inviting.

Taste begins with some bready malt and finishes quickly with a nice bitter hop bite. Good crisp clean lager finish.

Light bodied, well carbonated, and easy to drink. A good one for a hot day here in North Central West Virginia.

My favorite out of the variety pack, I would buy it again by itself.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear and ultra pale golden color with a full finger loose foamy white head that fades fairly quickly...a good amount of lacing presented. The smell is classic to style...bright, citrusy floral. The flavor is mirrored in the nose with an average presence. Visibly effervescent, the mouth feel is light, crisp and refreshing with a dry grainy finish. At 5.5% ABV this one is a wonderful summer session beer. Cheers Team Ithaca!

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Photo of foxmul924
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Directly from Refrigerated Bottle)

Appearance: Nice Golden Color

Smell: Flowery Hops Prevail

Taste: Bursting with a Bready Body and Flowery Hop Finish with a Slight Citrusy Sourness. MUCH MORE FLAVOR than its Outward Appearance.

Mouthfeel: Light-Medium Bodied with a SOFT, Smooth Finish.

Drinkability: Superb. It Seems to 'Disappear' after Swallowing----Meaning its Flavor Far Exceeds its Visually-Estimated Density and Does Not Feel Very Heavy Going Down the Throat.

Other: One of my Top Choices for the Summer of 2008!

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Photo of Celt44
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a very light golden straw. Very little had and a tiny bit of lacing lasts throughout.

Aroma - Slight aromas of malt and citrus (grapefruit). Hops present...

Taste - Hoppy grassy bitterness up front - Citrusy bite towards the end....

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, alcohol is hidden well considering this is a relatively high ABV pilsner..

Drinkability - Excellent Pils - Not watery like many popular brands and not over bearing like a few crafts I've tasted. Definitely do this one again....

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thick white cap that sticks throughout and leaves a good quantity of lace

Smell: Bready and grainy with a nice noble hops character

Taste: Grainy, up front, with a growing floral, noble hop bitterness that develops by mid-palate; after the swallow their is a sweet undertone the bitterness that adds a nice dimension

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: While perhaps a notch below the top Pilseners brewed in PA, this is nevertheless a very nice example of the style by a brewer that makes some interesting beers

Thanks, jjayjaye, for the opportunity

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly cloudy straw color. A finger of white head with really nice lacing. Fairly nice clarity as well.

S: Nice big continental hop nose right up front. Some hints of citrus. The malt is really vibrant. Not much else you could want.

T: Just a really nice balance between the hop bitterness and the malt. Really a well balanced pilsner. This was a super fresh bottle and that makes all the difference in the world.

M: Light body but a little bit heavier than other pilsners. Still refreshing.

D: A really nice easy drinking example of the style. I think the reviews are so long due to now resolved distribution issues. Many an Ithaca beer on the shelves around here was over 2 years old.

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an herbal and musty hop and a light grain.

The taste consisted of an upfront hop spice that slowly melted into the crisp grainy malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side for the style.

Overall a tasty and hoppy pils. Good drinkability.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 5-7-2007. Pours a clear gold. Mild nose of clean grains. Small white head. Flavor is smooth. Mild but firm sweet tones. Gentle metallic tone that is not too metal-like at all. Smooth grain flavors. Feel is standard on liquid and good on the bubble as well. Overall very drinkable I think. Might not be the greatest Pils ever, but it goes down smooth and even.

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Photo of zdk9
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very light orange with a finger of deliciously creamy feeling head. Some lacing which is weak, but maybe nice for a pils.

S- The smell has the same flavor profile as the taste. It's difficult to seperate the hops from the malt. Scents of earthiness, dark crusty bread, bitter pineapple and golden raisins. I like the scent but it is faint. I can really only detect all those aspects after tasting them in the beer and searching. Perhaps if the head could be improved on this beer I would enjoy the smell more.

T- A beer which has very well blended flavors. Some slightly sweet, but also mildly spicy hints of malt, along with some great fruitiness and earthy bitterness.

M- Creamy, but not overwhelmingly so. The carbination provides some lightness to coax the beer down my throat so I can enjoy another sip.

D- I really enjoyed this beer at the end of a long hard day. It is delicate enough to not have to think about it, but still very complex in the flavors, plus a great mouthfeel and appearance to round it all out. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Schells Pilsner Glass

Pours almost 2 fingers of pretty straight forward white head. Clear light straw yellow in color. Decent amount of carbonation bubbles in the beer. Pretty good head retention leaving some good lace. Typical looking pils.

Aroma: A fairly decent hop profile, but there is a balance with the malts. Reminds me a litte of a saison. Has the black pepper spice and some of the similar yeast. Kind of interesting for a pils.

Taste: The saison spices are the first that hit. The black pepper and the funk are very present. This beer really reminds me of a farmhouse ale. Then comes the floral hops and bready malts. Are very balanced beer. One of the better pils I have had.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and a little bitter. Fairly light bodied. Good amount of carbonation. Leaves a terribly dry peppery aftertaste. Too dry for me.

Overall, I was very impressed with this beer. I enjoy pils, but this one really grabbed my attention. Very drinkable, but I think I would stick to just this one for the night.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is another offering from Ithaca that does not follow the style guidelines but is still a good beer. Pours with a creamy white head that lasts till the end. Leaves behind some random lacing. A lot of bubbles racing to the top to aid in the retention. Has a clear golden color.

Smells of German hops, a bit of grass , traces of malt, and citrus.

The taste is good but not top shelf. Crisp, carbonated mouth feel ( which I don't mind). Has some sweet malts, and a hoppy finish on the palate. From what I hear this is the first year they brewed this. I would like to see this one in a couple of years down the road.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clean clear golden hue with a bubble filled bright white head that quickly fades down to just about nothing. Lacing is extremely minimal, stickiness is not present. Aroma is very crisp and malty with a very pale hop zest. I detect a bit of honey as well. Taste is very refreshing. Mild lemony hop zip with a nice malty coat that cleans it up. Good amount of carbonation for this brew, bubbles rising all the way through but doesn't take away from this style. Great beer to have on a hot summer day. Would like to see more NY breweries offer this style.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a tall glass, Ithaca's Pils Golden Lager Beer is bright golden and sparkling-clear with a steady stream of carbonation feeding a huge topping of foam. The head atop the drink is bright white and is comprised of tight, pearly bubbles that consolidate slowly into larger, soapier gas-structures that cling in fluffy rings onto the sides of the pilsener.

The smell is smooth and sweetly grainy with an herbal, spicy-green hop note. Nutty pilsner malt and a twist of unripe citrus promise crisp refreshment.

The taste is toasted and nutty malts, lightly sweet and mild, cut with a fine herbal bite that provides both bittering to the drink and a touch of dryness to the finish. A twist of bitter citrus oil, sweet cut grass, and dry huskiness lurks in the aftertaste.

The brew is light-medium in body with excellent carbonation and fluffy, creamy feel. Highly refreshing; greatly quaffable; damned delicious. Thanks for the bottle, Lum!

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Photo of schoolboy
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmm. Somebody said retired. I wish I were. This beer isn't. I guess I'm glad, though I won't try too hard to seek it out again. I would never refuse it.

It's fairly authentic. Not too much added, but a little bit additional throughout the brew. A little maltier than it should be. A little hoppier. The finishing hops could be stronger.

The after taste has a fruity bite. This is an admirable brew, and yet another good one from Ithaca.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light golden color with 2 1/2 fingers of foamy, fluffy white head that retains very well. Lots of lively carbonation.

The scent is of citrus and light grain.

The taste is dominant of grapefruit, light hoppiness and some grain.

Light bodied, very crisp and refreshing, highly carbonated.

Very easy drinker, this is a good refreshing pilsener with lots of flavor.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

A new release from Ithaca, this pils is brewed with a traditional German yeast strain and five classic German hop varieties.

Pours pale golden, with a touch of chill haze and a creamy foam head that sticks as it recedes to a nice lace. Great complex herbal hop character in the nose, with soft bready malts beneath. Smooth, rounded malty body--not as crisp as expected. Sweetness is quite low, with notes of bread and fresh grains. Gives off a hint of honey as it warms, and maybe a thin butteriness. Bitterness isn't overbearing, either, but there's plenty of hop character--slightly citric, denser herbal notes, pith and orange blossom in the finish.

As traditional German Pilsner fans, we would have preferred a crisper carbonation to liven things up a bit and lend a cleaner profile. It's also not as delicate as traditional examples. Regardless, overall, this is a good pick and an enjoyable brew. It's also nice to see another lager on the market, if only for the summer.

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3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick fluffy white head sits on a solid, healthy bronze body in a PSU pilsner glass (brother Jer's pour produces three times more foam!)... dry, almost undetectable scents of malts or hops... a full-bodied pilsner to the palate--almost an altbier in body and mouthfeel, alternately creamy and edgy... crisp, champagne-like dryness... the label seems more interested in what hops are used, but the malts are heady.... not your average pilsner , and that is said with some complimentary sentiment: heavier, tighter, more present than its body might suggest--consistent with a hint of fruitiness at the finish...

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Photo of animal69
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another from their sampler, pours an almost hazy pale golden-yellow with a creamy white short lived head that leaves a thick coat of lace in my stange ; a grassy hop aroma w/ a slightly sour steely grain smell underneath, an "iced tea" and pine maybe as it warms ; a good initial hop bite and a toasty malt flavor the same tea-like hop flavor, really clean, crisp malt flavor profile, just some strange spice flavor i can't place or enjoy ; a dry, light, yet creamy body, a decent co2 level ; a def. quaffer, esp. when hoopin'...

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Photo of HopDerek
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with lots of foamy white head with great lasting retention and nice lacing left behind. Smells of biscuit, peppery spices, straw, lemon zest, and some grassy notes. Taste starts off with some pretty bittering pine-like grass followed by a nice sweet malt and graininess. Finish is crisp with some lemon peel and pepper. Medium light in body with good fizzy carbonation, balanced flavors with a nice dryness. Easy to drink and refreshing with a nice punch in taste.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into stange on 5/5/08. Included in the new Ithaca variety case, so I don't think it's retired.

A - Clear golden body with towering 3+ finger white foamy head as a result of a vigorous pour. Plenty of bubbly foam stuck to the sides of the glass. Nice swirling carbonation bubbles.

S - Quite a lot of lemon zest in the aroma as well as hints biscuity malt and just a touch of butter. Mild grassy hops are also present.

T - Grassy hops and lemon zest is balanced by a malt flavor reminiscent of fresh baked biscuits and buttery crackers. Finishes with a crisp grassy hop bite and a grainy, biscuity malt aspect. Lemon flavor is present throughout.

M - Creamy texture with a bit of oily slickness and moderate amount of carbonation causing some tingling on the tongue. Finish is quite bitter and remains on the palate for a while.

D - Pretty solid pilsner from Ithaca. There's an odd buttery taste in the back that I can't get past for some reason. But it's still pretty true to style and easy to quaff.

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