Ithaca Pils | Ithaca Beer Company

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Ithaca PilsIthaca Pils

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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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Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of schoolboy
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
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 ctman
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass on 2/28/10.

Golden in color, hazy with a solid white head a solid stream of bubbles rising to the surface. The glass is a 16 oz and the head overflowed it. Might be that it sat on the store shelf for a little too long since I see now it is a retired beer.

Has a good nose for a pils. Not a huge fan of the style so the fact that it is not a strong smell works well for me.

Crisp and clean leaving a bitter finish. Has that aftertaste one expects from a lager.

I think for the style its a solid representation of average.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up at Brass Rail Delicatessin - poured chilled from the 12oz into a tumbler
tasted alongside a couple other pilsners at the same time
A - A murkey hazy golden w/ thick sudsy white cream. The look is translucent w/ tiny bead and moderate lace sticking

S - A slightly grassy mild musty and chalky cardboard scent. The beer has a dry malt undertone

M- A nutty, dry and spiced mild bitter texture w/ moderate carbonation and gentle sweetness w/ a bitter grassy astingent finish

T - A taste that is both dull and bitter with a chalky grassy and dry flavor which leads to a sharp bitter end

D - The drinkability is not the best, in fact I probably won't try this again unless something changes -it gets distasteful 1/2way through

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.56/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ithaca Pils....

Appearance-pale golden color with a thick lace, ok carbonation. Heavy bubbles, looks ok.

Smell-grain, light grapefruit and grass, some alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel-watery, grainy taste, grass/grapefruit pulls through, smooth heavy carbonation. Ok taste, but nothing stands out.

Drinkability-decent smoothness, nothing too bad, not that notable.

Overall-not that notable, pretty average and doesn't stand up to other craft pils. Not recommended, needs a lift.

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Photo of jwc215
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed golden with a thin head that becomes wispy. Bits of lacing stick.

The smell is fruity, in an odd-ish way, with herbal/grassy notes and a touch of dough. Like the appearance, not quite as "clean" as would like, but a nice enough aroma.

The taste is bready, slightly musty, with a touch of sour leading to a grassy/herbal finish. Aftertaste better than taste.

The feel is light-bodied with a lingering dryness.

It does have a nice bitter, drying finish, but while drinking it is a bit too bready/doughy and the slight sour touch mixed in doesn't really help. Could be cleaner all around, though it finishes nicely.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Celt44
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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 aerozeppl
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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 TheFightfan1
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
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 mothman
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Mit
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Always had a soft spot for Ithaca Beer Company. Picked up a mixer pack while camping and found a lonely bottle of the Pils in the bottem of my cooler when I got home. Thought it was a sign that I should review it...or possibly drink less when I go camping cause I should have come home with ALOT more!


A- Beer pours a nice golden straw colour with an almost non existant head.

S-slightly sourish smell some mild fruity sweetness.

T-Light character, very mild hop bitterness coming through on the 2nd or 3rd sip. Grainyness coming through at end. Smooth.

M-Pretty typical of it's ABV.

D-O baby is it ever. Dangerously so.

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Photo of Kendo
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale golden yellow with a 1-finger white head that retains well. Good visible active fine-bubbled carbonation.

S: Slightly fruity with a hint of grains.

T: Fruit with a bit of soapyness up front. Finishes with a lingering grassiness that coats the palate and stays with you. After awhile the fruitiness becomes more prevalent, but the grass is still there.

M: Light in heft, slightly creamy in feel. I like a bit more "bite" to my pilsners if that makes sense.

D: OK.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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 smcolw
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear straw color with an extensive stream of upwardly mobile bubbles. Impressive three-finger, snow powdery white head that recedes in a rocky fashion.

Fresh, malty aroma. Neutral hop. (weakest part of the tasting).

Far more bitter than the aroma would suggest--more than a typical pils. Very dry with a solid body for the style. Leaves a long-lasting bitter, bitter hop aftertaste (that goes on forever).

Overall, this is an interesting, albeit slightly off, pilsener. I'd seek it out to try it in a flight of other pils.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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 cvstrickland
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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 Newsman
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Ithaca's famed Moosewood Restaurant, a vegetarian place that can interest avowed carnivores and also has a great beer list.

Served in a typical pint glass, typical golden yellow pils, clear, with a good head that had a decent amount of staying power for the style. Decent lacing throughout.

Smells very typically of the style, with perhaps a touch more hops than expected.

Same goes with the taste...nice clear bite with a hint of extra hops at the end that's interesting without being obnoxious.

Mouthfeel is very typical of the style, with that slight prickly carbination.

All in all, very drinkable and a good representation of the style. Went well with a spicy vegetarian Tex-Mex concoction.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic pint glass. This pils appears a clear bright golden yellow color with a finger of bone white foam. Aroma and flavor are of rather mild earthy, grassy hops, lightly toasted grains, sweet malts. Fruity, yet a tad bitter. Crisp and dry and adequately carbonated. Thanks to brothercannon for sharing this from his mixed pack.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/16/08. Bottle, best by 9/2008. Pours a straw yellow with a small foamy white head. Aroma of stale wheat and hay. Flavor is similar, along with a sharp light fruitiness. Not very exciting. Too stale for me.
Aroma: 5/10
Appearance: 3/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 13/20

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Photo of yesyouam
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ithaca Pils is a slightly hazy light golden lager. It is very sparkling with a small, fluffy white head. The aroma is soft, grassy and slightly fruity. It is medium light bodied with a clean, crisp finish. It is well balanced with decent bitterness. It tastes like Saaz. The aftertaste is leafy. It's a simple and refreshing lager.
(rated Jun 26, 2008)

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Photo of younger35
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew (along with a few other Ithaca brews) from BeerTruth in the Fight Club BIF. Loves me a good crisp Pilsner. Drank from my Port pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazed golden straw with a fairly decent one finger foamy white head. The head really never recedes and it leaves TONS of ring like lacing down the side of my glass.
Smell- Lightly hoppy with those earthy, almost dirty, European hops. There is a slight twang in there though adding a bit of citrusy lemon zest. Although the nose is mostly Noble a bit of a light doughy maltiness does show, especially as it warms a bit. Simple and nice, just how I like my Pils.
Taste- Surprising sweet for a Pils as I expect a bit more hop and a bit more dryness. Some lightly caramelized sugar and a big dose of doughy malts, it's almost a peculiar start. A hint of lemon zest and some soft grassy hops try to add a bit of balance. Somewhat acidic as well but the sweetness is a bit much. Finishes with a bit of lingering toffee and light zesty kick.
Mouthfeel- Big full body with an almost syrupy feel and very light carbonation.
Drinkability- Once the initial sweetness passes this is a fairly tasty beer. It definitely needs to either cut down on the malt or bump up the hops. Although I think this beer may leave Pilsner territory if the later is bumped up. Big thanks to Adam for sharing the goodness!

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Photo of animal69
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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 treehugger02010
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this in the Ithaca Beer Company variety case from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Bryn Mawr, Pa and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: Cloudy dark gold body, fluffy white head, great retention, good sized head, good lacing.
Smell: Not much of anything, maybe some caramel.
Taste: Sweet malt, watery, some spice that was hard to place.
Mouthfeel: Crisp.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

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