Steam Whistle Pilsner
Steam Whistle Brewing

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Bohemian Pilsener
Ranked #355
Ranked #45,297
3.48 | pDev: 16.09%
Steam Whistle Brewing
Ontario, Canada
Steam Whistle PilsnerSteam Whistle Pilsner
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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Reviews by BigGold:
Photo of BigGold
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.

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Photo of racingkenny14
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Don't forget to take a tour of the brewery located in a old railroad roundhouse. You don;t have to take a tour to get a free small sample of Steam whistle Pilsner. But if you do take the tour ($) you get to drink a 12oz bottle while taking the tour. at the end you get to chose between a glass or bottle opener . i think most went for the glass.

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Photo of WoodBrew
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.

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Photo of william_971
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.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
2/5  rDev -42.5%

If you like DMS, grab a bottle of this for its buttery taste.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

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Photo of eberesford
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.

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Photo of SomethingClever
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.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml can into nonic pint. "PKGD APR 14/15" on the bottom of the label. served to myself on april 24, 2015

a: transparent golden yellow with three fingers of white head

s: sweet grainy bread, slight floral hops and maybe some apple scent

t: sweet honey and white bread all the way through, with a light-to-medium hop bitterness at the end. no off-flavours

m: light-bodied but not watery. carbonation is less than moderate -- i would like a bit more

o: a fine pilsner, will be a go-to for me at ontario bars with mediocre tap lists

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
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.

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Photo of gandres
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

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Photo of dancarter
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Light, straw colour. Exactly what I want from a Pils. Thin, bubbly head, dissipates quickly leaving soapy top.

S - Fresh, crisp & clean, ever so slightly grassy.

T - Slightly citrus, fresh and cleansing. Touch of bitterness to the finish to provide crispness. Very little lingering aftertaste. A little one-dimensional for flavour, but I think that's the point.

M - Light feel, although touch of creaminess. I really like the carbonation - feels just right for Pilsner.

O - Crisp, clean and light tasting Pilsner. I drink this all year round, sometimes one or two, sometimes a good many more.

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Photo of andrwjedi
2.47/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured little to no head in part because I noticed "debris" in the liquid. Poured remaining beer into a seperate glass. Looked like yeast that had settled to the bottom, although I was surprised to find this in a commercial beer. Had a "home brew" feel to it.

Color was golden orange. Much darker than I would expect from a pilsner, and definitely outside of style range. Didn't have the "clear" appearance you expect from a pilsner either.

Aroma was strong malt and no hop presence. A little aggressive aroma from the malt, more than expected. Some fruitiness as well.

Taste was strong malt and cloyingly sweet. No hop bitterness to back up the sweetness.

Mouthfeel was medium. Not enough carbonation for a pilsner or "spritz." The malt flavor weighed heavy on the tongue but cleared off after a few seconds. Very dry as well which was surprising with the malt flavor.

Overall I would guess this is a bottle conditioned California common (steam) style pilsner. It came off more as an extract home brew than a commercial pilsner. If I'm wrong, perhaps I got a somehow-contaminated bottle. Overall disappointing, but a drinkable beer if you don't assume it's a pilsner before drinking it.

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Photo of goodshiz
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of kwjd
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap as the other choices were horrendous, as is often the case. Poured a pale yellow with nice white head. Good enough retention and a leaves a few spots of lacing. Smell is grassy hops and bread malt, typical pilsner I guess. Taste is muted, but a slight bitterness. This beer is good enough to order when the rest of the beer list sucks, but not good enough to seek out.

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Devon_
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Alexc11
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!

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Photo of stncttr908
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of bylerteck
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours light golden. Bright. One finger of soapy white head with strong carbonation coming up. Some spotty lace is left with a half finger of retention.

S - Noble hop, apple, pear, and candied fruits.

T - Less noble hop with a grainy note, but definately not corny. Raw grains, some apple as well.

M - Very effervescent in the mouth with small tingly bubbles and a light-ish body with a sweet, grainy finish with noticable noble hops as well.

O/D - Meh. Nothing I would seek out at all. Green bottle is a little off putting but my pops bought a sixer for Christmas so I'm not complaining. A craft beer for people who don't drink craft beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of eat
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Totally clear golden body with a thin cover of bright-white head. A fairly average looking beer.

Light, peppery Czech hops, citrus, yeast, mineral water. Decent.

Light and pretty uninteresting, though fairly well-balanced and appropriately refreshing. Tastes mostly of Czech hops and slightly too-sweet malt. A tiny bit of diacetyl shows through. The finish is a little drying. Not much to report here; a fairly plain beer.

Medium-light bodied and moderately carbonated. This feel in no way stands out.

Sure, it's drinkable. I guess it's a step up from Molson and Labatt products. As the only beer being brewed by this brewery, however, I'd expect something a bit more solid than this stuff. I bought a few of these to make pizza dough with; I think I'll stick to using it that way.

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Steam Whistle Pilsner from Steam Whistle Brewing
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 481 ratings