Twenty-Plus Pilsner Lager
Two Brothers Brewing Company

Twenty-Plus Pilsner LagerTwenty-Plus Pilsner Lager
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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #281
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
83
Ranked #34,646
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 10.81%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
58
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Two Brothers Brewing Company
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  6
SCORE
83
Good
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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
2.94/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This doesn't look appealing at all, pissy yellow.
Aroma is grass, and bread, taste is about the same.
Thin and watery. Probably worthy to use when boiling brats!

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste: some piney and citrus hop bite, floral, mellows out at finish. Hoppy, fermented grainy nose. Pale gold, mostly clear, white head and some lace. Medium body. Old school lager taste. 42 IBUs

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can dated: "Swirl by: 12/25/17"
Poured into a Becker shows a very pale, almost pastel gold-yellow colored body with forever rising bubbles to a persistent cap of small-foamy white bubbles.

Aroma is a straight bread malt.

Flavor is intense bready malt with a matching floral hop for balance.

Mouthfeel is lighter leaning with a clean finish, but a slight soapy aftertaste.
Overall this was great out on the golf course.

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Photo of laketang
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out straw with a good head
nice head retention
bready, with plenty of carbonation
a nice bitter affect with a sweet note.
creamy.clean finish.
a nice summer beer. nothing special.

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Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Baltimore? Yes, yes it was. I had no idea they were distributed this far out.

Anyhow, it pours a very pretty, bubbly gold with a decent head.

Smells more Czech than German, very crisp, clean, and saaz-heavy.

Tastes... excellent. Wow. Easily one of the best American pilseners I've ever had. The overall profile is similar to Victory's excellent Prima Pils, only this one is less aggressively hoppy and has a more delicate, cleaner finish.

A wonderfully brewed beer.

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Photo of bwood06
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife and I met a couple of our friends at the Two Brothers Taphouse recently and I happened to see this beer on the list. I did not know that Two Brothers did a pilsener and since that is a style that I have been drawn to quite recently, I decided to give it a whirl.

This beer pours a clear, straw hue that showcases moderate carbonation and a frothy white head that is quite bright and dissipates slowly to a thin lacing. 4/5 The aroma is a good mix of malt and hops with cracker, white bread, lemon zest, black pepper, and grass all coming out strongly and playing their respective parts. The hops are the primary character here with the malt playing a very strong backup. 4.25/5 The flavor profile is very similar to a New Zealand style pilsner with white bread and cracker being the chief malt notes before the hops come in with lemon zest, a bit of grass and a black pepper-esque spiciness. It is very hoppy and fresh tasting with a moderate bitterness that lingers lightly after swallowing. 4/5 This is a light bodied pilsner that is crisp, prickly, and moderately drying with a light lingering dryness. Carbonation is a moderately strong burn. 4/5 This is a really well done pilsner that really fit the bill the evening that we were at the Taphouse. This beer is easily sessionable and sits nice and light in the stomach, pairing well with a variety of foods. It is very simple, straightforward, and well executed. 4/5

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Photo of PhantomPlugger
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Rich citrus smell, not unlike a good Riesling. Heartier than a typical lager with plenty of the characteristic tang. Citrus notes cut pleasantly through a mild hop taste. This beer exceeded my expectations and is one of Two Brothers' better offerings.

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Photo of poloman64
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Two Brothers is local here in Chicago and consistently crank out solid beers. Multiple GABF awards since 1996.

This one is a nice sessionable pilsner. Smell and look is extremely bright and hoppy. Herbal hop, similar to Prima Pils on the nose.

Like the initial pop of bitterness then it goes into a nice lemongrass note. Wish it was backed by a bit more malt. Body is light.

Overall a nice Pils and would go to this again.

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Photo of steveh
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gifted a six-pack by my neighbor today. Not even sure I've seen this one on shelves. 4.8 ABV and 42.1 IBUs... hmm.
Best by 03/15/17 stamped on the can bottom. Poured into my short Willi Becher.

L -- Pours a very pale straw color, lightly hazy, with a sudsy white head that settles to a thin cap, but revives well.

S -- DMS, spicy hops with light citrus and light graininess.

T -- Sort of sour-ish graininess up front with lemon citrus notes, herbal hop character, and mildly spicy-bitter finish. Herbal character lingers through the aftertaste with that light sour note persisting. There's also some light breadiness trying to fight thru the sourness.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft with a light and crisp body.

O -- Not a terribly bad drinker, even with the sour notes. The malt character is very light, but it's enough to keep the hop bitterness in check and smooth out the aftertaste. I'd drink this if offered, but as a German Pils choice, I'll stick with imports and Trumer.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy straw yellow body with a thin white head that fades, plenty of tiny ambient bubbles rise. Nose has wonderful crisp, clean, spicy, slightly bready character undoubtedly given by the pilsner malt and possibly some spicy noble hops. The flavor doesn't match this, instead offering only a fraction of the zesty character and focusing more on the bready aspect, even including some all-too-common corn notes. Body is light and highly carbonated, which seems appropriate but even so can be a bit harsh in the throat.
If only the aroma carried over into the body, this could have been my most favorite expression of pilsner malt ever; spicy, almost like rye, with clean breadiness and none of the dirty chalky flavor I usually taste. Even so, it was easy to drink, and still did its job of refreshing me.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD: 03/01/17

Poured into a tulip glass it has a thin layer of loose bubbles that dissipate after a sip or two, leaving sudsy lacing.

Aroma is very clean and grassy, with a light crackery pils malt. Vaguely herbal hop presence in the background.

Crisp and assertively hoppy, grassy with a dry lingering bitterness. Aftertaste reminds me of dried hop cones. Lightly malty with a tea-like note, light bodied and easily drinkable. Seems like it would be better suited as a summer seasonal, but a well-rounded hoppy pils that's good anytime.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried the 20+ pilsner at the Roundhouse. It poured a clear golden with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent was nice grass like hop. The taste was evenly balanced with grads like flare earth and biscuit. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a great pilsner.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a 16 oz pilsner glass from draught at Firkin on October 21, 2016. Tasted in a pint glass from a 12 fl oz can at Emil's Tavern on June 14, 2018. Look is clear bright gold with a white head and spotty lacing. Feel is light, crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I like Two Brothers and have Had 19 of their offerings.
But I do not like 20+. As a German Pilsener, it tastes too hoppy... more like the Czech varietal at 42 IBU.
After two sips of 20+, I knew this was the beer to have with Indian leftovers. The lemony crispness along with some spicy pepper (and hops), made this a good accompaniment to a spicy dal and an eggplant dish.
If I ever have 20+ again, it only will be with spicy foods.

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Photo of tempest
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, a nice crisp German pils with an earthy, lemon-rind edge to it. The finish balances out a bit, but it's dry with a hint of cracked pepper. The hops dominate, but there's mild a toasty malt backbone. Very refreshing, I'd buy a sixer.

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Photo of PBIU
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this with PC Pils from Founders, wanted to compare the two.

Look is light, very light. Pale and golden with a white head. Carb was strong, and effervescent.

Smell is all about the hallertau hops. Herbal and crisp.

Taste follows the smell, clean and crisp. Pop of herbal hops up front and smooth finish.

Feel is a bit light, could have used a bit more malt here.

Overall not a bad offering. If there was such a thing as Victory Prima Pils light, this would be it. A bit lower on the ABV and mouthfeel but in the same ballpark. A nice pils here by Two Bros.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can, Swirl by 03/01/17
A - pale golden with nice clarity and capped with a thin white head that fades to nearly nothing very quickly
S - grassy & spicy hops, pilsner malt
T - tart pilsner malt, hops are grassy, spicy, earthy, and a bit herbal; mild lemon zest comes through as well
M - light bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes slightly tart and has a modest sharp bitterness reminiscent of a Czech pils; well balanced overall
O - a good middle-of-the-road pilsner. Has the smoothness of a German pils and the sharper bitter finish of a Czech pils. Overall, it's pretty good but nothing remarkable.

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Twenty-Plus Pilsner Lager from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 58 ratings