Leavenworth Friesian Pilsener | Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Washington, United States

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-09-2003

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 6
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep yellowish color with hints of gold. Nice white cap and good carbonation.

S: Floral hops, grains mainly but plenty of it

T: A light sweetness, grains, floral hops with a nice dry hop bite on the end

M: Nice body, balanced, clean beer

O: Very good Pils overall. Lots of flavor, balance.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this one caught me off-guard as to how good it is for the style.The beer is clean and crisp but with a smoothness that comes out in the finish. It feels like it has been lagered for a long time. The finish is dry and really quenches the thirst. Awesome first glass after a long drive on the I-5

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Photo of BeerZack
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On [email protected] Bailey's Taproom (Portland)
Deep golden orange color with great white head that laces quite well.

Very spicy and hoppy, saison-like aroma; with floral and grassy notes, some graininess.

Good malty body with touch of sugar-like sweetness up front that's effortlessly balanced by a very floral bitter hop finish.

Soft and smooth mouthfeel despite strong carbonation. Great domestic Pils!

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 1/2 pint (10 oz) at Bailey's Taproom for $2.50.

A: Liquid sunshine, a clear golden-orange capped with nearly a finger of sudsy white cream. Lace sticks in wide, cobwebby belts and remnants of head cluster in a bubbly ring. Little rising carbonation; what there is seems rather lazy.

S: Subtle aroma of baked sourdough, a hint of yeast roll. Maybe some hay/dry grass.

T: Light and doughy with a little lemon, maybe some lime(?). Malts have good grainy sweetness, gentle grassiness in the dry, slightly medicinal finish.

M: Not terribly crisp, but smooth with a lightly sticky starchiness. Dry, cleansing hops in the finish.

D: Enjoyable pilsener, appropriately light, well-balanced. Low 4% ABV makes this quite easy to drink; I'd definitely order this one again.

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Photo of woemad
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint consumed on-tap at The Elk in Spokane for $4.25. Interesting that a pilsener, a style usually identified with Bohemia and (less correctly) Bavaria, is named after an area of northwestern Germany.

This was a bright and clear copper color with a good 1 1/2 inches of white foam. Rings of lace were left at the top of my glass. A collar of foam outlasted the head and remained with the beer throughout it's tenure in my glass.

This was malty, but with a floral hoppiness also present in the nose. Very well-balanced smelling pils.

Like the nose, the flavor was just right for the style. The bready maltiness provides a mild, malty sweetness that is perfectly balanced with the slight hop bitterness that quickly kicks in to provide contrast. Other U.S. microbreweries looking to make a pils should study this as an excellent take on the style.

Light bodied, with a slightly prickly mouthfeel, but not so overloaded with hop resin that it has the mouthfeel of a hoppy pale or an IPA - sometuhing that sometimes seems to happen to other attempts at a pilsener.

Yet another outstanding beer from Fish's line of Leavenworth beers. I would happily quaff a number of pints of this beer if given the opportunity. This would make an excellent session beer.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Couldn't ask for a more perfect presentation. Fish serves their Leavenworth pilsner in tall, slender pint glasses that elegantly showcase the robust carbonation and refined copper body. And the smart cap of head and frayed sheet lace are regal.

I can't coax an aroma from a beer that I remember on past occasions as having a "floral brevity." But the taste is largely clean with a good spice component and a slight bite, especially in the finish.

A fine drinking pilsner, but I remember it as far more compelling from previous visitations.

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Leavenworth Friesian Pilsener from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 9 ratings