Steam Whistle Pilsner
Steam Whistle Brewing

Steam Whistle PilsnerSteam Whistle Pilsner
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Style:
Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #393
ABV:
5%
Score:
79
Ranked #46,765
Avg:
3.48 | pDev: 16.09%
Reviews:
160
Ratings:
489
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Steam Whistle Brewing
 
Ontario, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  13
Gots
  112
SCORE
79
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Notes: We believe that world-class results require focus and dedication, so we developed a distinctive recipe for our single brand based on Europe's renowned brewing standards yet is brewed fresh locally at our independent, Canadian Brewery.

We use traditional brewing techniques and only four natural ingredients including spring water, malted barley, hops and yeast - all GMO-free. There is a fifth ingredient in every refreshing bottle, and that is the passion of our dedicated Brewmaster and staff.
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swim from Canada (ON)

2.72/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

L: Transparent medium yellow, some bubbles, nearly no head
S: Alcoholic sour apple with a faint malt note
T: Like watered down apple juice at first then you get the doughy caramel malts. Not very sweet, a little bitter, rather dry on the finish.
F: Not overly carbonated and light bodied, a bit watery.
O: Flavour and carbonation died out quite soon, it went from alright to sub par very quickly. The taste was inoffensive but very dull. The feel was not overly refreshing. All in all a drinkable but very boring beer, there are better cheaper options.

Nov 22, 2020
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Perchy-McBride from Antarctica

4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid, solid solid for the style. As others have mentioned, I'm quite surprised by some of the ratings. Too many folks are now hop forward beer lovers. Expand yee horizon and let your palate be your guide!

Nov 15, 2020
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love drinking this beer right out of the bottle sometimes.
Can poured into glass with 1 finger head smelled good refreshing Canadian pilsner beer taste would definitely buy again especially the bottles .
Cheers

Jul 29, 2020
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JasonR217 from Canada (ON)

4.84/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I find the rating here ridiculously low, and I think there’s a bit of room for correction. This really is the best widely available Pilsner in a country that’s loved them for a long time. Appley, fresh, sudsy and incredibly crushable on hot days, it’s a rewarding bottle or can every time, as long as you’re not getting it from a terrible retailer. Those here complaining of skunk need to wise up on where they’re getting their beer. I often get to buy direct from SW in Toronto, and it’s just ... always perfect. Underrated for its consistency as well.

Jun 09, 2020
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Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Crisp gold color, little head or retention. Little aroma but I detect some corn and cereal. Highly carbonated, low bitterness and a light 'spice' kick. Not a bad overall pilsner. Like the name!

Jul 01, 2019
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Dmitry1989 from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a really peculiar grainy and bready taste without the repulsive sweetness or ipa-like hoppiness that most other craft lagers I have tried so far have, very dry, crispy and tasty stuff. Solid beer, malt forward and low hop, which is what a pilsner should be.

Dec 30, 2018
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this from a standard Canadian 473 ml tall boy can. It tasted like an average, or perhaps slightly above average, pilsner. It paired nicely with a Mediterranean soup.

Oct 10, 2018
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Mysticmage from Canada (ON)

2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well known Toronto beer. Really just ok. Pours golden with weak collar. Unremarkable nose here and simple crisp taste and finish. Hey good for a hot summer day on the patio .

Aug 22, 2018
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Boto from Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Brewery: This one pours a clear, golden yellow. There was a bit of a white head and some lacing. Decent enough nose. Some malts, earthy and grassy hops, some peppery notes. The taste is good. A touch of bitterness, some malts and earthy hops. A decent pils.

Aug 03, 2018
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had at the Shaw Festival Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, poured from 11.5-oz. (341 ml.) bottle into clear plastic tumbler. A bit rough, rather uncultured, but still recognizably and enjoyably a pilsner.

Jul 12, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

this is a classic now, i used to drink this once in awhile back in the day, cool to revisit it in toronto a little bit this week. its a good lager, a little fuller bodied and breadier tasting on the malt side than i am used to seeing from either czech or german examples of pilsener, and quite a bit less hoppy as well. its rather well made, and if you like a more robust grain character in your lager, this could be a fridge beer for you. its an easy drinker still though, and seemingly available on tap everywhere i went in ontario, so sourcing your next session should be pretty easy. this felt like it had just a little bit of unnecessary weight to me, and its lacking a little of the crispness i like so much in the style generally, but the carbonation is good and the capacity for refreshment here is still high. it has to be ice cold though, it doesnt taste nearly as good as it warms, even a little bit, so the 20 ounce pints all over town might not be the best vessel for this one, but personally i dont reckon those are the best vessel for any beer, but thats just me. lots of lagers around the city, this one is decent and consistent.

Feb 09, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I brought a can of this back from a recent trip to Toronto. It poured a clear golden with no head and no lace. The scent had hints of pilsner flare. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with so so carbonation . Overall it's ok.

Oct 15, 2017
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap poured into a shaker pint.

A: not much of a head body is a crystal clear burnished gold color.

S: lots of breads doughy Malta with light peppery hops on the end.

T: fairly sweet doughy but not crazy sweet or too malty pulls back with some light floral hops.

M: fair to lower carbonation light medium body a light cling on the finish.

O: this is a solid Pilsner more German to me than Czech. Nice doughy flavors. Surprised it is rated so low.

Oct 07, 2017
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eberesford from Canada (ON)

3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pleasant refreshing lager with a frothy head and lovely golden yellow body. The aroma is dominated by bready malt with little Hop aroma, a brief hint of DMS dissipated very quickly p. The taste is again dominated by bready malt although there were some faint fruity esthery notes that were not expected (to me) in a Pils. The mouth feel and body are good. Overall a very pleasant lager to find at a reception on a warm evening, but probably not something I would go looking for.

Jul 21, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear sparkling gold with a white foam cap leaving thin curtains.

Smell is banana bread, grass and corn, with taste bringing sweet bread, corn, apple, toast, banana skin, and a little bitter grass.

Overall it's sweet, velvety smooth and round with a crisp but semi-wet finish.

Jun 19, 2017
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KeiferJennings from Canada (AB)

3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cracked one of these open last night. Smooth, clean bottom. Nothing exciting (apart from the can itself which I found to be very aesthetically pleasing) but enjoyable none the less. The definition of average imo...

May 15, 2017
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mynie from Maryland

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Toronto-based brewery that is apparently held in high esteem by locals, although I never heard of it until I happened upon single pint cans at a beer store in Hamilton, Ontario. The can is neat looking.

Pours a nondescript adjunct yellow, somewhat dark for the style but not very dark in an objective sense. Smells light, crisp, grainy, and sweet, somewhat reminiscent of Pabst only with fewer hints of boiled vegetables.

The flavor is comprised of sweet cereal nodes and a little wisp of yeast and saaz in the very back end. The front is a bit watery, but then grain comes washing in and the finish is full and refreshing. It accomplishes what I think the brewers set out to accomplish, as it comes across like a combination of a Canadian pils and a Czech pills. Well brewed, for sure, but certainly nothing your average BA user is going to attempt to seek out.

Dec 30, 2016
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gandres from Philippines

2.94/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taster at the brewery in downtown Toronto
Appearance: amber, clear, medium foam
Aroma: malty, not a lot of aroma
Taste: low bitterness
Feel: tart
Overall: good beer, one of the pilsen I appreciate, very refreshing
Drank: 8/17/2016 2:00PM

Aug 19, 2016
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very well crafted version of the American Pilsner, with a lovely golden color, clear, with a white body. The nose is of sour grain, typical mild hops, and the flavor is smart clean cracker, a bit of sweetness in the middle, and a bit of bitterness in the close. Highly drinkable, everything is in its place. Not my favorite style, but well done.

Jul 04, 2016
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ugolini78 from Canada (ON)

3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I'll purchase it a few times a year, like to support the local guys. Nice Pilsner, not too hoppy, doesn't smell the best though. Overal nice beer, but really not worth the price in Ontario.

May 05, 2016
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PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I really don't understand the fuss about this beer (and why it's $18 for a 6 pack). Just a really average Pale Lager without the corniness of an AAL (and some pretty decent grainy flavours).

Mar 14, 2016
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beersareonme from Canada (ON)

3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Everyone LOVES this pint. I don't see the big deal. It's good, it's fresh. Doesn't taste like preservatives or yeast like a macro-brew. But I just found it slightly boring.

Feb 25, 2016
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SSS from Canada (QC)

3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I had this beer as a taster at the brewery itself. It hit the spot to be honest, as a simple yellow beer. Perhaps after a hot day cutting the grass and working outside, definitely yes. As something I crave on a daily basis, no.

Nov 25, 2015
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tomghiley from Canada (ON)

1/5  rDev -71.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

looks like water, smells like a skunk, tastes like it smells, feels like drinking skunk water.

I will say this, to be fair, in a can or on draft, it scores a 0/5, in a bottle, it's at least a 1/5, for a Canadian pilsner, I'll take a King, or Collingwood pilsner any day over this, or Sawdust City's Little Norway, 3 far superior pilsners.

Oct 13, 2015
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william_971 from Canada (ON)

3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From Canada, ive bought a huge spectrum of beers, and surprisingly in Canada, if you buy cheap you taste cheap. Canada is really overated for beers, but steamwhistle along with beau's gives me some hope. Steamwhistle has not much a smell, but the taste is somewhat decent hoppy,floral like, with a nice smooth grassy taste throughout, you get a lot of nice mouthfeel. I don't get the whole notion of it having a watery taste, its not overly rich which is perfecttt on a summer day when you know youre having multiple beers. I gotta say personally, this stuff puts heineken, to shame , it felt so watery after experiencing the steamwhistle. Way to be guys, i needed a good weekend beer i could drink in numbers, this fits the ticket perfectly, plus its non-gmo, so I like they;re taking pride in the brewing process from seed to glass.

Aug 30, 2015
Steam Whistle Pilsner from Steam Whistle Brewing
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 489 ratings