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Steam Whistle Pilsner | Steam Whistle Brewing

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Brewed by:
Steam Whistle Brewing
Ontario, Canada
steamwhistle.ca

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
142
Ratings:
422
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
28.07%
 
 
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Reviews by JamesMN:
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 500ml can into a canadian Bushwakker glass I purchased in Regina, SK when I was 19 (gotta love that drinking age up north! And yes, I was into craft beer back then) The description on the can states: "Steam Whistle brings you Canada's Premium Pilsner." Bold words, let's see how it stacks up...

Appearance: Crystal clear gold color with visible effervescence. There was a one finger head but it has dissipated into a thin film of white foam.

Aroma: Like popcorn tea. Although not in the blatantly adjuncty way that most macro-pilseners smell. It's more of a yeast influenced aroma that is actually pretty nice. Just a hint of sweetness. Hoping for some crisp pilsener bitterness.

Taste: Finally a pilsener that actually tastes close to the original style! That popcorn tea aroma is present in the taste, but once again it is not the usual corn taste of macro-lagers, it is a full bodied yeast influenced flavor that stays on your palate. The second half and finish are very crisp from the hops. I think it is missing a slight bitterness that would bring it to a whole new level of flavor, but the hop presence is headed in the right direction.

Mouthfeel: Despite the bubbly look of this beer, it is surprisingly smooth. It is also medium bodied, if not slightly above, but still attains easy drinkability (credit for this goes to the crispness of the hops).

Final Thoughts: Canada's Premium Pilsner succeeds were others (macro-lagers) fail. They stick to four basic ingredients: spring water, malted barley, hops and yeast. This is evident in the flavor and overall drinking experience. A beer like this one puts all macro-brewed 'pilsners' to shame! It doesn't boast any fantastic qualities, but it also doesn't have any off flavors. It is simply a beer that's easy to enjoy.

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Photo of racingkenny14
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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 dancarter
3.94/5  rDev +15.2%
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 DaftCaskBC
2/5  rDev -41.5%

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

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Photo of Popsinc
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: attractice heavy green bottle with retro printing. a pale golden pour, very clear, little carbonation, average looking head. looks the part of an average pils.

Smell: mild hops, sublte malts, and some floral notes.

Taste/Mouthfeel: sweeter than i would have expected. a weird sweetness. maybe a little bit corn-like but there seems to be a bubblegum sweetness in there as well. a smooth mouthfeel with a rich cream finish. minimal hop bitterness.

Drinkability: hmm, not really a traditional Pils as it claims to be but on the other hand, it's not half bad. i admit this isn't a world class pils but it is drinkable and less offensive than most generic macros.

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of EsoxLucius
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: looks like a standard, like warsteiner. golden yellow, with a fast fading head, low carbonation.

S: a bit skunky on first crack, after that, it's doughy with some hop coming through.

T: not bad, like a hyrbrid of Warsteiner and Lowenbrau. it's hopsy for sure.

M: about average, it's pretty flat and thin for being 'premium'.

D: it's smooth with minimal bitterness, much enjoyed!

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Photo of niangelo
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a glass from a green Steam Whistle bottle. Love the shape and lettering, it has an old-timey feel to it.

Poured a light gold with a foamy, loose half-inch think head. Faint on the nose, a touch of airy hops and some malt. The head dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing and a ring of foam on the beer as I drink it.

Not much here when it's cold, but gains some character as it warms up. Initially, there's some straightforward malt, but lacks some body. Piney, woodsy notes show up, with a grassy character hiding in the back. The malt had a likeable, straightforwad feel, and hops kick in with a slight bitterness on the finish.

Overall, it's lacking some of that crisp, hoppy character that I like about the Pilsener style, but it's still enjoyable, and would be excellent on a warmer day.

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1/5  rDev -70.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of merlin48
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Green bottle pours a crystal clear golden body with a small white head. The head quickly falls to a ring and leaves only a few spots of lace. Aroma has a hint of spicy noble hops and some wet grain. Light medium body has plenty of carbonation. Taste has a dominant sweet bready maltiness that is balanced by a nice hop presence that is spicy, slightly floral, and has a hint of skunk. Drys out at the finish which saves drinkability.

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Photo of talbotjf99
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold, with a thin white head.

Nose is of hops, bread and grains. Fairly standard for a pilsner of this type.

The taste is surprisingly balanced with sweetness and hops with a touch of honey and bread. Mouthfeel is typical for a standard, medium carbonation.

A very drinkable pilsner, one that I've always enjoyed on summer afternoons. A bit sweeter on draft, but still great for a session.

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Brian_Keating
4.29/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

By far the best Canadian brewed Pilsner I've tried.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of LDuke
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of djcreepshow
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of dcbeers
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +17%

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