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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 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 Newsman
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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 -0.3%
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 -20.2%
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 -5.8%
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 -8.3%
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 +1.9%
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 treehugger02010
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
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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Photo of dacrza1
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 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 perfectkaos
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the last two beers from the Ithaca Variety case i bought a few weeks ago.

pours a cloudy tan color with a nice foamy head.

smells very very bready. youd think id opened up a bottle of white bread. there is a little bit of hop flower in there too...

very malty up front. much like the smell indicated it would be. a little hop bitterness towards the end.

this is a light drinking beer that is pretty hoppy, even for a pils. id have this one again

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Photo of riversider76
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a one finger plus white head. Decent retention, and very nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malts. Nice,but could have been stronger. Body is light to medium with some carbonation. Taste is bread and butter up front with a nice hoppy finish. Not bad at all!

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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 WeisGuy
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lum for this extra!

a - bright golden color, smallish white head with little retention or lacing, clear

s - grassy and grainy/bready maltiness mixed in with hints of lemony hops

t - sweet maltiness and lemon tinted bitterness up front and on the midpalate, the finish is grassy and grainy malt that lingers with hints of lemon, no alcohol

m - light-to-medium bodied, moderate to low carbonation, fairly dry finish for a pils

d - pretty drinkable, though the finish is a bit dryer than I'm used to from a pils

Decent pils overall, though nothing extraordinary. Worth a try if you have access.

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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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Photo of weeare138
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to TomDecapolis for this...
Appears a transparend gold with a small white head of velvet that slowly fades away. Small traces of CO2 slowly rise to the top. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of spicy saaz hops, earthy minerals, pepper, mild grain, and some abrassive husk.
Taste is of grainy, spicy hops with light cornbread, cracked peppercorn, and sugar.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sugary, corn, spice, and grain husks lingering on the palate.

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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 MTNboy
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- A medium to pale amber. There is an averagely thick whit foamy head and lace to this beer.

Smell- Some crisp hops notes and grassy like pils should be.

Taste- Just a little bit of bitterness to start with followed by tastes of bread and grains.

Mouthfeel- Light and fizzy.

Drinkability- Refreshing not my favorite pilsner but I enjoy this one.

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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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pristine goldenrod beneath a large, creamy, French vanilla chapeau. Since Pils utilizes 100% German ingredients, it's a shame I couldn't have come up with something from that country to describe the color of the head. The foam is nicely sticky and deposits quite a bit of splotchy lace. A good beginning.

The nose isn't quite as malty (Pilsener, Munich) as it is noble hoppy (Magnum, Select, Perle, Tradition, Hallertau Hersbrucker). Despite having been dry-hopped, there isn't a whole lot of herbal, grassy pungency. Perhaps it was exploding with hops when it was first released back in April.

Ithaca Pils is too sweet and isn't bitter enough for the style. Malty pilseners are okay, as long as there are enough hops to dominate the flavor profile and to give the beer a crisp, clean, alpha acid snap. There's very little, if any, snappiness here. Also present is a hint of lemon zest and more than a hint of untoasted cereal grain that should have been hidden by... you guessed it... hops.

The body is on the portly side for the style. Since I like big mouthfeels in most instances, I like this one. More bubbles would have helped to lighten the load and would have added some excitement that is otherwise lacking.

Ithaca Pils is a summer seasonal that was first brewed this year. It isn't a bad beer by any means, but a few (fairly minor) tweaks are needed before it can be considered good. Not bad... not good... just okay. Let's see what next year's batch has in store.

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Photo of yourunclewalt
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear, golden straw body, no carbonation / sedement, one finger, foamy head. To type.

S - Fusel alcohol, corn grits, slight sweet, citrusy hops

T - Very wheaty aftertaste on top of a standard pilsener body

M - Carbonation follows you through watery mid-palate into a silky finish

D - Little bitter, but most Ithaca brews are. Overall, a pretty decent Pilsener and a welcome addition for the summer pack. This one will cool you off.

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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 mobud
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass from bottle.

A- Straw yellow that was more dark than I expected. Poured a nice fluffy,white head that remained thru the sample.

S- Very light bisquit and citrus notes, but not really all that engaging.

T- Thin bisquit taste with a nice malt finish.

M- Very light. Very good in hot weather.

D- Not bad for the style. Would get a sixer of this to have after working around the house on a hot day.

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