Grieskirchner Pils | Brauerei Grieskirchen AG

30 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Grieskirchner PilsGrieskirchner Pils

Brewed by:
Brauerei Grieskirchen AG

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Absumaster on 05-03-2006

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 67
Photo of donspublic
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip, nice 1 finger cream colored head fades quickly, so so lacing. Pale light golden in the glass, pretty clear, slight opaqueness. Smells faintly of cracker malt, some grassy herbal hops coming thru. Even though in a green bottle, it was pretty well protected on my end after coming out of the box, so no skunkiness here. Taste is crisp on the front, some herbal hops, and some biscuit malt on the palate, slight bitterness, some grassy flavor coming thru, some lemon residue. Finish is on the dry side. Nice pils, though one and done. There are just so many breweries cranking out great pils in a bottle format you don't have to babysit.

 672 characters

Photo of metter98
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet bready and grainy malts are present in the nose along with some faint hints of skunk.
T: The taste follows the smell, but doesn't have any sweetness—this is instead replaced by some flavors of grassy hops and a light amount of associated bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This could have been a solid pilsener if it weren't for the spunkiness in the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle

 752 characters

Photo of MarkoNm
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a typical golden color, clear, and topps the glass with an average white foamy head that goes away rather soon.
The aroma is again nothing special. There are some malts and some (sweet) grains present.
The tatse naturally follows the nose. Sweet start, followed by balanced body coming together with mild (only just) bitterness.
Nice, drinkable, ordinary.

 365 characters

Photo of woodychandler
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The Friendly Greek's singles collection continues to grow and it is always worth a stop in just to see what is shaking.

From the bottle: "Brewed with excellent barley malt and select hop".

I am watching the first Pens/Flyers game of the season and this will act as a nice nightcap. My pour created just over a finger of dense, French Vanilla-colored head with good retention that slowly fell, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was a deep-gold with NE-quality clarity (SRM = 5) and the trio of Croesus, King Midas and Mammon were at it again, hoping for a taste. Nose was simply redolent with Saaz hops! Man, I was ready. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste had an initial honey-like lager sweetness before the hops took hold and offset the sweetness with a beautiful grassiness. Finish was semi-sweet, beautifully balanced and a real torchbearer for the style. I may dream about this later tonight. If you are still not a lager convert, this may help to change yur mind.

 976 characters

Photo of HabiMendes
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Classic Pilsner appearance, a little bit paler though. The aroma is definitely more refined than in an industrial adjunct beer, without too much of an alcoholic character on it. The taste brings the usual bitterness of the hops expected here, although, in the same lines as in the aroma, with a more refined presence (compared to the brutal adjunct Pilsner beers).

Although not my favorite style in a formal tasting, it is my style of choice for an informal barbecue with family or friends. Maybe a Weissbier might do the job with more class, but I'm yet to try it.

 566 characters

Photo of Sipchue
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was my first Austrian Pilsner with a twist-off cap. Twisted and sniffed to reveal lemon grass. Poured into a pilsner glass, got no head at all, murky straw looking. Still smelling lemon grass, but with the added attraction of sweet honey-like malt.

Appearance: No head, straw colored. If this was a fog advisory, the visibility would be only about a mile. Reminds me of one of my un-filtered home brews.

Smell: Lemon grass, honey-like sweetness. As it warmed, the malt aroma was right up front.

Taste: Tastes like it smells along with some initial tartness. Begins with a honey-malt sweetness that rounds to a medium dry.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium light carbonation on the tongue. Medium consistency, heavy for a pilsner, but nice.

Overall: If it was cleaner looking with some top, I would be happier. That being said, I enjoyed this a lot because of the wonderful malty flavors and aromas.

 903 characters

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer sloshes into the pilner glass from its green twist-off bottle. The beer is a murky off-yellowish color with a thin head. It literally looks like a urine sample. Well, hopefully better things to follow. The aroma initially is starchy vegetables, but as the beer breathes it turns more into bready pilsener malt. The starchiness continues onto the palate. Luckily a nice grassy bitterness comes to rescue. This lingers on the palate and reminds me I'm drinking a pilsner.

 478 characters

Photo of gunterheidrich
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this Austrian beer as a six in the bottom of a fridge case in the corner of a 'bottle barn' while working a stint in Fargo, North Dakota of all places. I look for it now and then when I go into distributors on the East coast but I've not been able to find it anywhere else since.

Grieskirchner's definitely one of the better pilsners I've ever had. It doesn't look like much more than a dubious quality obscure foreign label or a straw coloured lager coming out of the bottle; and as I recall it smells a tad foul in a glass as well (thought that it might even be skunked initially), but it has a distinct pilsner bite and a solid sourdough taste to it that completely redeemed itself.

That said I'd advise just drinking it in the bottle. Have it with a pizza/grill-food or something and save yourself the snooty glasses for some other time.

 851 characters

Photo of Shumj
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Straw Yellow with a good head and fair lacing

Aroma - Mild

Taste - Mild tasting, fairly balance, Nothing to write home about

Mouthfeel - Good, nice carbonation

Overall: A good beer, nothing distinguishing about it in my view. A average Pils

 258 characters

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light yellow, bubbles floating to the top, nice white cap

S: Grainy, light corn and floral hops

T: Sordove weak and standard. Light floral hops, grains, weak and light on flavor

M: Light body and boring, crisp

O: A pretty standard Pils. Probably wont drink again

 269 characters

Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: golden straw color with a touch of haze and a thin finger of frothy white foam. Not bad.

Smell: sweetish malt aroma with a little bit of graininess to it. Again, pretty decent.

Taste: malt starts off sweet but ultimately dries out quite nicely. Hops have a little bite at the beginning and round out to a well-balanced bitterness. This is actually quite good!

Mouthfeel: light body but a good amount of well-integrated carbonation. Surprisingly good texture for a Pilsner.

Overall: quite refreshing and drinkable. One of the hallmarks of a good Pilsner is cleanliness, and the dry finish and biting hops make for a seriously snappy, clean beer.

 708 characters

Photo of drpimento
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad, not great. Let it sit out of the fridge for a few minutes before opening. Poured with a medium sized, fine, white head that mostly subsided soon and a little lace. Color is a clear, straw yellow with some small bubble trails. Aroma is malt, grain, hop, fresh cut grass, and a hint of skunk. Flavor is clean, similar to nose, malt stands out and so does the carbonic acid. Body is good and crisp aided by good carbonation for style. Finish is like flavor and has some length. Serviceable beer. Would work as session.

 524 characters

Photo of JayS2629
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Skunk ruins another good intention. Nice sweet biscut malts with some grassy, citrus, lemony notes of hops. Its a clear, golden color with great head and awesome rentention and lace. Creamy walls of lace. The smell is musty, lemony, and skunky with an underlying malty, biscuit and toast background. The taste follows the nose with biscuits, toast, honey, and lemon, citrus, earthy elements, and a mineral water taste. Skunk joins the mix and ruins it all. Light, refreshing, nice carbonation, on the watery side.

 513 characters

Photo of BARFLYB
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a glass.

A- Yellowish golden with hardly a cap from a hard pour, no lacing.

S- European hops, some grassy scents, maybe some lemons, malted barley, a simple nose from a simple style.

T- A bit better than anticipated, bright earthy hops give a grassy taste with some citrus. Some pale malt and a bit of bread.

M- Light and hardly carbed, this is smooth and goes down easy.

D- A winner in my book.

 417 characters

Photo of Chaz
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant pale golden (straw) in color, topped with an frothy eggshell-white head the consistency of meringue. Lacing is most impressive, and clings to the glass long after the beer is gone. Good carbonation here, with streams of very fine bubbles.

A blast of lemon rind hops kicks off and all-but-dominates the nose, yet underneath there are softer malt notes which are even better exemplified throughout the palate. Still, the "skunk" in the hop profile might give some the impression that the beer's green bottle is totally responsible...

Mild hop bite on the first sip, with a rather complex character coming through towards the middle and end of the palate. Biscuit-y malt notes almost dominate this beer, but the interplay with the hops points to a refined use: there's a very mild, lingering bitterness here and it never overwhelms. I'm reminded overall of a softer rendition of Stiegl Pils.

Still, I had a couple of impressions while drinking this and they seem incongruent: 1) It seemed oily. If so, is it due to the use of hop oil? 2) Mineral quality. The beer struck me as having been brewed with hard or lightly-treated artesian water. Not a bad thing at all, but it seems odd that hard water and oily beer could work so well together in such a reasonably soft and pleasant beer!

In the end it's a nice beer, though I seriously doubt it will impress the current generation of drinkers who have cut their teeth on beers employing a more assertive hops use (See: Prima Pils, Noble Pils, and certain others from contemporary American Craft brewers).

 1,570 characters

Photo of BeerManDan
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color was a clear light yellow with a medium amount of foam, with a minimum amout of lace of the side of the glass. The smell of roasted malt and a hint of rye was evident, to me. The flavor of malts and a hint of spice touched the palate with a dry bitter/sour finish. Not a bad Pil's, but I've tasted a lot better.

 320 characters

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A: Pale straw color with a centimeter-thick white head that settles quickly. The film on the surface is quite thick, and lacing quickly slides down the glass walls.

S: Bready malt aroma shows along with noble hop aromas. Pretty typical trademark pilsener smell.

T: Hints of honey and biscuit, along with some grassy notes are most prominent, backed with fruity undertones. Hops give the beer a slight bitterness and a clean finish.

M: Light and dry, but viscosity is actually high for the style.

D: This is a very solid pilsener. Easy to drink, and very sessionable. It's worth trying, and worth going back for in the future.

 677 characters

Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, light copper with a fine white head that leaves some lace on the glass. Floral hop notes and untoasted grain with hay in the aroma. Grainy and bready tasting with a blast of mild herbal hops. Light bodied and effervescent. An above average pils.

 252 characters

Photo of lightindarkness
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent clear golden appearance, a little light and pale in color though. Full white head settles to a thin film, but leaves some moderate lace.

Mild crisp grainy malts on the nose with some delicate floral hops. LIghtly earthy with some faint straw and a hint of sweetness. Very mild and faint nose.

Taste is also somewhat mild, but rather enjoyable. Starts round with mild sweetness, then moves into nice crisp clean flavor with a touch of zingy carbonation up front, opening up to some mild mid-range grain that brightens and even becomes lightly bitter in the finish. Nice light bready aftertaste.

Light body with just a hint of stiffness toward the finish. Active but unobtrusive carbonation. Leaves a nice film on the palate. Overall, pretty nice.

Interesting bitterness on this one in the finish, giving it just a touch of character. Generally a pretty standard pilsner, clean and crisp with decent flavor. Lacks depth in color and head retention, but a very drinkable beer.

 984 characters

Photo of dtivp
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer of the month club selection.
Poured a clear straw yellow with nice white head that disappeared quickly, lots of lacing on the glass.
Aroma of hops,grass and grainy malt.
Taste was crisp a little sweetness, grassy with some citrus.
Light body with moderate carbonation.
Very drinkable on a nice hot day, take it to the ball park.

 333 characters

Photo of KonigObHops
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this beer as a part of a Beer of the Month Club.

The appearance is slightly cloudy, and it has a straw color. The head is clean and white and about a half finger wide. It disapears quickly.

The aroma is a mix of floral notes and wet grass.

The initial taste is a bit more hoppy than most pilsners. It is slightly bready and has a hint of citrus.

It has a crisp texture, but not as crisp as other pilsners that I have had. In fact, the grainy taste seems to match the slightly cloudy appearance. The taste fades very quickly.

The beer finishes with a slightly bitter taste, and ends crisp and dry.

Overall, this was a very good pilsner. I have had better pilsners, but not many.

 694 characters

Photo of kirkpjr
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a BOTM shipment.

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a thin, pale, straw yellow color with half a finger of head that disappears quickly.

S: Very faint, mild spice. Classic pilsner smells - crisp and light. A little white grape scent.

T: Light and clean malt. A faint, but present sweetness. Also maybe some hints of honey.

M: Light body and moderate carbonation. Refreshing and crisp.

D: Easily a very sessionable beer. Great for a hot summer day.

 476 characters

Photo of scoobybrew
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - super clear straw color with a decent head that is retained fairly well

S - noble hop aroma with a touch of grainy malt

T - hops of noble variety dominate that flavor profile from start to finish; the malt is supportive but secondary; very clean lager - no esters or phenols; crisp

M - light to medium body, moderately high carbonation

D - This is a very refreshing, crisp and clean pilsner. It fits the style quite nicely and is really a good example as well - thoroughly enjoyable.

 491 characters

Photo of chaz01
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from beer of the month club, poured into a German Pilsner glass. According to the BOMC, although Czech often gets credit for inventing the Pilsner, the first lager beers were brewed in Austria in 1941.

A: Clear yellow color with lots of thick foamy head (producing nice lacing) and many tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S: Grassy, floral aroma.

T: More grass notes with a bready, doughy (I keep thinking pretzel dough, but maybe that's from the beer's region) flavor. Pleasant tobacco hoppy bitterness in the finish that lingers forever.

M: Well carbonated, light bodied with a very dry finish leaving you wanting more.

D: Very nice session beer or beer to have on a hot day. Would pair nicely with a large pizza or maybe a cheeseburger on the grill.

 788 characters

Photo of rfabian
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pils glass it produces a small head with a bit of lacing. The appearance is straw and clear. The aroma is of spicy hops. The taste is mildly bitter and slightly sweet with malt. The feel is light bodied with a clean finish.

This is a delicious and refreshing pils.

 280 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Grieskirchner Pils from Brauerei Grieskirchen AG
3.66 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.