Crew Drive Brut Pils
Central Waters Brewing Co.

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German Pilsner
Ranked #449
Ranked #36,916
3.58 | pDev: 5.03%
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Crew Drive Brut PilsCrew Drive Brut Pils
Notes: What the heck is a "Crew Drive"? We are glad you asked! It is a standing tradition for brewery employees to clear the benches and crowd a market to represent their brewery for a day. It's a team effort that ends over a beer or four and a toast to the victories won! Dry, effervescent, and dangerously drinkable, this beer is brewed for celebration. Join our crew for a cold one!
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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear light gold with an excellent pillowy head and good retention. Lacing limited.

Aromas of grainy malts and grassy hops.

The brew is simple, well-balanced and dry. Grainy malts forward with a hint of sweetness, balanced by solid grassy hop flavor.

The brew is crisp and finishes well. Light and drikable.

The brew is uniquely dry for the style, and is very drinkable and refreshing. But the flavors and aromas are nothing special. It would be a great crushable hot weather brew.

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Photo of zeff80
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Poured out a crystal clear, golden yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of caramel and floral notes. Sweet toasty caramel with a mild bitterness.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can
Canned April 2019
Full Sail Pint Glass

Golden color with a fluffy cap of 2 fingers, receding to a skinny ring with sparse lacing.

Aroma is a little hay, maybe some floral notes, a note of toasted grain, not much else.

Flavor is nearly non-existent; there's some slight straw and floral notes, perhaps a lick of grapefruit rind. Slight doughiness.

Feel is crisp and carbonated but not what I'd generally consider "Brut" territory. Some chalkiness on the finish.

Overall, since there's not much here to really love or hate, I'd say unless you were looking for a craftier Bud Light (not Bud) this would be your ticket. Give it to your non-beer-drinking friends.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 12oz can into a pilsner glass. pours a semi hazy gold with minimal head for the style. that is to say, still a finger and a half worth but fades into a white ring around the glass almost immediately. smells of buttered popcorn. nothing much else. taste has a little more dimension to it but still has that overpowering buttered popcorn flavor to it. feels is nice - bubbly, crisp, clean and not too dry. overall, a fine pilsner but i feel the “brut” aspect of this is a detractor for me. sidelines or distracts from what i love about traditional pilsners.

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Photo of hof_1991
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in the county it was brewed in. Nice example of the style. Slightly more hops than I like in a Pilsner but very drinkable. Clear, almost no head.

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Photo of defunksta
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy, deep golden wheat color. Small, white head. (3.5)

Aroma: Lots of citrus aroma. Orange and lemon. Some crackery grains & flaked wheat too. (3.75)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose with nice citrus. Sweet orange and lemon. A little dish soap. Then a crackery grains and yeast in the middle. The yeast has nice flavor and reminds me of an ale yeast. A yeasty dryness on the end, but also some sweet citrus on the finish. I'd say it finishes sweeter and heavier than I expected for a brut pils. (3.50)

Feel: Strong-bodied for a brut pils. Good yeast and decent carbonation. A bitter yeast mixed with a sweetened orange on the palate. (4.0)

Overall: A really good beer for being so light. Drinks more like an American wheat with the heavy citrus and grain profile. Not getting a whole lot of German hops. Mostly American citrus. Still, a darn smooth and drinkable beer. (Final Rating: 3.66)

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just a simple pils that hits the spot on a warm summer day. Hops are restrained, nothing fancy about it, not great, not bad. Was hoping for a little more flavor, but could be a lot worse! From a can...

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this 2 weeks ago at the source in Amherst, WI. Beautiful albeit cloudy day after 33 holes at Standing Rock Disc Golf course. I wanted to go light and new, so this fit the bill.

Pours a very light color, we're talking light beer imagery here folks, appearance of lots of water, although the clarity is good and the head is ample at 1/2" of the white variety. If you thought the smell of hops was muted with brut ipas, wow, did it really do a number here. No aroma of anything really, malt, hops, gtfo here.

Taste, its rather mild, extremely drinkable, barely a malt quotient, hops held at bay. This is a good hydrater. The mouth feel comes off like this literally had a final gravity of 1.000; its just coming off as more dry and light than pushing the notion of lager yeast and pilsner malt to it. Sure its dry, but at what cost. Carbonation was spot on. I think the beer is easily something I would purchase, sometimes I need rest beers, palate cleansers or stuff that other people won't find offensive, and this fits all of those bills.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Bright gold with streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a 1/2" white cap with poor retention

S: Clean ferment, light pilsner malts, light noble hops, not tart or funk

T: Dry, slight astringent note on the finish, moderate hop presence, subtle fruit notes

F: light, refreshing, medium carbonation

O: A clean, dry, characterful, refreshing, drinkable beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, CW snifter glass. Relatively clear golden body, one finger thick, frothy white head, good retention and lacing. Smell is mild bread, dry mineral, a bit of earth and floral, but otherwise fairly pilsner-y. The carbonation and mineral is a bit strong here, and follows on the palate with a bit of (in my opinion) unnecessary dryness that isn't good or bad, just different. I unfairly compare Hill Farmstead's Poetica series lagers to all pilsners now, and this is the opposite of the classic soft and creamy Pilsen mouthfeel- dry, crisp and hoppy. So ultimately I think this goes in a direction diametrically opposite the one that I've decided I far prefer, but there's really nothing wrong with this beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pilsener malts are present in the nose along with notes of grassy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, having balanced flavors of grassy hops and pilsener malts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, clean and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This pilsener is very easy to drink and has a nice and refreshing dry mouthfeel.

Serving type: can

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Crew Drive Brut Pils from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 17 ratings