Grieskirchner Pils | Brauerei Grieskirchen AG

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Grieskirchen AG

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Absumaster on 05-03-2006

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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by JackRB:
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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Photo of AdvocateFan
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium pale straw color capped by a brilliantly white head. Plenty of sulfur notes, appropriate for lager yeast. When you get this fresh, there will be a very aromatic, cannabis-like hop quality. This fades a bit when consumed as an export outside of Austria or with some age on it. The lengthy transit to the US is not especially kind to this beer. It holds up ok, and remains an enjoyable Pilsner, but the freshness in its country of origin makes this seem like a different beer. It's got a slightly musty tone, with notes of wet grass, white bread dough, cardamom and a faint note of lemon pith. On the palate, it opens smooth, only mildly sweet at the start, with grains coming through as the sweetness fades. That fade continues from sweet to grainy to moderate bitterness, in perfect pilsner form, with small flashes of lemon, grass, tobacco and a slight hint of apple and apple skins in the finish. The bitterness in the finish intensifies as the beer warms. A fine beer that I'd be happy to make my regular pils if I could find the stuff on tap locally.

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of OompaMentor
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of gunterheidrich
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of enelson
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
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

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Photo of kirkpjr
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of monkist
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A german pilsener? Smells and tastes a bit like Carlsberg back in the good old days when I still thought it tasted good...
That skunky hops... that mild and drinkable taste without much unpleasantness and CO2... well it resembles this sentiment.
But it's not really like your typical pilsener. But then the better it is!
Looks crap, smells and tastes okay, don't mind backing one down. Could be much worse.

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Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of JAB1978
4.55/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rivarol
5/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mediocre pilsner, but wonderful memories.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Globetrotter
2.55/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Found in a Vienna supermarket, the green 33cl bottle looks just like the one in the picture. No useful ingredient information. Best before 5/7/07, I opened it on 11/26/06.

Can you say "macro"? Pours a clear straw color under a very short-lived 1/2 finger off-white head that instantly fades to spots of film, leaving no trace of anything on the glass. The nose screams adjunct, with sweet malty tones but definite rice elements and just a hint of skunk. The mouth is light and very prickly - yawn! The taste is bland and run-of-the-mill. There's some malt here, sure, and an undertone of slightly tinny hops that leaves a bit of dryness in the throat. It is a fairly typical version of a Euro-standard pils, and is not horrible in the strict sense of the term, but there are far better things to spend one's time on. I'll pass.

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Photo of JayS2629
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this from Martin, he got it from a cousin who visited Austria. Thanks! I love these kind of typical German pilseners, with alll that maltiness and hop flavours!
It pours a standard pilsner, golden hue with a stable head and lots of carbonation.
The smell was excellent, a malty backbone with resinous and pot-like hoparoma. A real sniffer with some faint diacetyl notes.
Taste was a bit less impressive than the smell, malty and resinous with marihuana, it tastes like fresh raw hops smell. Being a pilsner, this is very drinkable and without a doubt a very nice hoppy pilsner, but there are better German pilsners out there (like Jever).

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Photo of lightindarkness
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Maddognav
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of HabiMendes
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.55/5  rDev +27.5%
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.

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Photo of chubenzino
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mr_Belvidere
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong Euro yeast, corn, pale malt, slight citrus hops, and a hint of sweet malt. Fist the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight metallic dryness. Tastes of strong Euro yeast, corn, pale malt, slight citrus hops, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, metallic dryness and corn flavors are a detriment, but otherwise quite good.

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