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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 | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WesWes on 04-19-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 54
Photo of dacrza1
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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 +13.3%
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%
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 -3.9%
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 +10.5%
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 -0.6%
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 +1.7%
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 +0.3%
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 -15.7%
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 +9.9%
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 -4.4%
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 +18.8%
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 +5.8%
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 -2.5%
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 -17.1%
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 +13.3%
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 -10.8%
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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Photo of zdk9
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
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 oberon
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner a lighter dull golden with a large fluffy well retained white head a very nice pour.Clean toasty aromas maybe a bit to clean lightly toasty with a passing mineral-like note.Seemed to be more malt tilted at least up front,quite firm and toasty with a touch of honey sweetness an herbal smack of hops comes thru in the finish.A big sturdy pilsner here nice full mouthfeel and quite drinkable,not bad.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to warriorsoul for the hand-off. I know you pimp that company.

Pours a golden color with an amber hue. Frothy one finger white bubbly head that dissipates quickly though leaves a bunch of junk on top. A mess of bubbles rises from the bottom. Toasted grain notes with a hint of caramel. Floral hop presence with slight buttery notes. Aromas aren't as crisp as I though they'd be.

Toasted grain malt notes. Banana and butter notes overtake the malt flavors. Sharp hop twang and crispness in the finish leaves a dryness on the tongue. Crisp hop smack sneaks up on you. Not what I expected from a pils, but an interesting try by Ithaca. A bit bigger then the lighter style pils I've had recently. Thanks for the chance T--I appreciate it.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
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 WesWes
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light, pale malt scent along with a lemony zest. It's dry with some residual maltiness and a light German hop aroma. The taste is above average. It has a pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with some German hop character. It does has a lemony feel with some maltiness lingering. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is not the best pilsner on the market, although it's not that bad. What it is, is Ithaca expanding it's lineup like it's consistantly done in recent years. It's their first attempt and I'm sure they will tweek the recipe. Good luck guys!

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Ithaca Pils from Ithaca Beer Company
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