Colbitzer Heide-Brauerei

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German Pilsner
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3.61 | pDev: 9.42%
Colbitzer Heide-Brauerei
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Photo of lastmango
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear golden color with a one finger white head. Light lacing was present. I was expecting a lighter gold like other pils. Lots beautiful carb bubbles. The nose is a sweet bready malt. Taste of honey, malt and light hops. Crisp, clean and well balanced. Moderate body is a bit more than expected and carbonation tails off quickly.

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Photo of Jbbdrinker
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber color and a nice hop aroma. There is a mild carbination and floral bitterness. Atouch of tangy malt is in the mix. A light touch, but overall a solid pilsner.

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Photo of wejohnsn
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

it is a decent tasting beer, lots of malt cold, wet, and yummy. I never had this in Germany but i would if i could, im more of a fan of lager but pilsner is ok too

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Photo of jwc215
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml can - poured into a pilsener glass:

Pours golden with a thin white head that all but disappears. Small bubbles steadily rise to the top. Little lacing.

The smell is grainy with a subtle floral touch. Mild.

The taste is of sweet malty bread with a pleasant floral character in the finish.

Light and smooth. Pretty crisp.

A nice example of a classic German-style pils. Soft, well-balanced. A good value - picked it up for $1.25 (plus tax, of course) a can at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, Arizona.

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Photo of Ahonky
2.38/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

4 pack of tallboys for $3.29. In-going expectations tempered

Pours a dark gold, and doesn't look the part for a German pils. Looks like a hardy lager, but it is not. Carbonation is normal. Produces moderate lacing after head falls rather quickly

Taste is faceless, but no real faults, in general, but not what I would expect from a German born Pils.

I can knock these back on a summer day with no complaints, but if I was served this as German bar/beeryard, I would be disappointed.

Fine for fridge filler.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: super crisp and clean, crackers, mild hop in background. mild grain nose. Bright gold hue, clear, with a white head and delicate lace. light body.

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Photo of Squire
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold color with white cap and very good lacing.

Aroma of sweet, bready malt and floral, spicy hops.

Flavor on entry is solid malt with a substantial supporting hop presence. Malt leans toward fresh baked rolls that are rich without being sweet and the hops sing along in harmony. Very clean, very polished, very good.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Another from the German Pilsner mold that's well crafted and by me well appreciated.

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Photo of dcotom
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pilsener flute from a 500-ml can. Clear golden-colored body, with a slightly overaggressive pour yielding half a glass of dense white head that left a modicum of sticky lacing as it faded to a thin ring. Deep malty aromas and flavors, with notes of grassy hops and a hint of tart apple cider. Good carbonation, nice mouthfeel. Understated bitterness, with a malty aftertaste and some fruity tartness and peppery spice lingering on the palate. This appears to fit the style guidelines pretty well, and is a good value to boot. Recommended.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

$3.99 for 4 500ml cans at a Total Wine & More in Austin, TX...that's tough to pass up.

"Pils." 11.25 Plato. 4.9% ABV.

C (2.90) / AVERAGE

Impression from the 4th can:

Creamy and neutral. Not much of a pilsner proper, but comparable to any of the budget Euro pale lagers plaguing Europe from Porto to Istanbul. Emphasis is on cheap grassy hops and neutral 6-row barley. There are no off-flavours and it's not boozy, syrupy, or watery...that's a lot to be said about a beer this cheap.

Those after a proper example of a German pilsener will be let down, but students and frugal boozers will find this adequate.


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Photo of gvickery
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4 pack of 500 ml cans for $3.67 I was suspicious but purchased 8. I could always make micheladas out of them if they were too God awful. In my trusty cheap clear glass it was a deep golden color with about 1/2 in of pure white head that hung around for a while. It has a grainy malt smell with some sweet floral notes mingled in. Good clean malt flavor with some in-distinct hops and a slight honey flavor without the sweetness. A little light but very flavorable. At this price it’s a steal. Carbonation is sharp but good for this style.

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Photo of Grace777
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I will readily admit this from the beginning that I really like skunky beers. Colbitzer was a cheap four pack at my local joint, so I obliged. With my sights set low, it did not disappoint. Very mild hops, strong bitter aftertaste, and the distinctive German skunk-o-Rama. Definitely will get it again though, it did not disappoint.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light gold body with a brilliant shimmer. One finger fizzy head dissipates quickly leaving the faintest of rings.
Doughy bread aroma with some earthy and faintly grassy hops and muted sulfur.
The taste is doughy, too much so, with a graininess and some spice bite from the hops. Again with the sulfur.
The mouth feel is smooth enough but a touch slick and the body is a touch heavier than it should be and under carbonated.

This beer was 99 cents and if I was strapped for cash I would definately pick up 6 for less than 6 dollars.

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Photo of Premo88
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. can poured into tall mug
(7/27/2016 born-on date)

L: yellow-gold, slightly misty, pushes up big head of white foam about 2 inches tall; lots of activity in glass keeps a collar of white foam and most of a skin; debris floating in beer, not a lot and particles are very small but that's what is giving it the slightly misty look; no sticking or lacing

S: peachy ... very fruity sweet, some bread malt

T: follows the nose, very fruity, virtually no hop presence

F: soft yet chewy crisp; like a cask ale with just a little carbonation added to it

O: I've had worse, but this brew is well past its prime ... almost a year old, the hops are dead and gone, and the malt takeover has left it tasting super sweet and fruity; I'll buy another 4-pack if I can find some closer to three months old or younger, because it's still very drinkable despite the age

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Photo of puck1225
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Clear yellow, brief head and no lacing. Sweet grassy smell. The taste is clean and a bit lemony. The stuff I have is "German quality ", made in Chile. An OK beer.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super light. Grassy, feint noble hop earthiness toasted grain. Clean , simple malt. Somewhat sweet. Pretty good, easy drinking Pils. Slightly under carbed. Nothing special but fantastic for the price. Could slug a ton of these.

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Photo of stephens101
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Was in the mood for a German lager or pils and my beer guy said they just got this one in. Always up for something new.

Looks like it's begging to be drank. Orange and pear in the aroma. Lots of light fruit and some grain and straw mingle with faint hops. Has some burnt sugar in the aftertaste. Light of course, and the pint goes down in a flash.

Not the most flavorful Pils I've had, but it has its moments, and definitely not sorry I tried it.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.11/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a pilsner, smells like a pilsner, tastes like a pilsner, feels like a pilsner...overall, I'd say this is a pilsner. Good example of the style. I could drink a lot of these on a session if this was what was available.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16.9oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grain, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and a thin malt character. Then some malt sweetness comes in. The hops presence is very mild but brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not very flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely many choices within the style that are much better than this beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the reigning champion of canned beer, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, malts. Taste is crisp, malts, grains, a bit grassy, light sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a smooth and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I CANnot stress enough how important it is, if you embark on a CANQuest (tm) of your own, to get in the habit of scouring every cooler in every bar & bottle shop that you visit. I am a frequent flier at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop here in Lancaster, PA & yet, this one appeared seemingly out of nowhere without fanfare. The regulars are very good about splitting everything that they get in that is new & so this one got into several hands.

From the CAN: "Finest German Quality"; "Brewed in Strict Accordance to the German Purity Law". "Beer - Birra - Cerveza - Cerveja - Alus".

Ah, the dreaded Crack & 500-ml Glug! I was not about to do it in inverted fashion, especially since I was using a long, tall, tapered Pilsner glass. I'm crazy, but I ain't stupid! Still, even a gentle Glug into the awaiting glass formed two fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head with great retention. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was sweet, with a combination of honey and biscuits, very reminiscent of suppers at my maternal grandmother's house, especially in the summer. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much beyond it, either. The taste, while still honey- and biscuit-like, also had a light grassiness from the Noble hops, keeping it from being too sweet. I generally prefer Czech Pils over German Pils, but this was very easy-drinking, plus the price point was such that I could fill a cooler with it and not bat an eyelash. Finish was semi-sweet with a lingering biscuitiness. I could put a lot of these away during an afternoon at the beach.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Grassy wheat action in this golden German pilsener. Smaller head that dissipates quickly. Nice herbal and crisp and light-medium bodied. Finishes clean without much bite or bitterness, or sweetness. Balanced. This is a refreshing Pils. Not too shabby.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a fluted pilsener glass.

Look: Fairly clear medium to light golden body under a white head that recedes to a light film. Random patches of lacing.

Aroma: Wheat grains, light sweet malts, hay, dried grasses, light hops.

Taste: Grains, wheat, light bread, dried grass, subtle spicy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light, easy drinker.

Overall: I liked this one more as it moved along.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 1 pint can dated 15-03-2016 with an expiration date of 15-09-2017. Sampled on August 26, 2016. I looked around and could not find this one Beer Advocate so I added it although the brewery seems to have existed since 1872.

Golden-yellow pour leading up to a quick fizzy white head.

There is a German toasted bready malt sensation in the aroma with a clean grassy hop character behind it. But also a tad metal.

Medium body - seems fuller than many Pilseners I have tried.

There are toasted bread and biscuit notes all around in the flavor but a little vegetable mash. It still ends clean and crisp.

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