Steam Whistle Pilsner | Steam Whistle Brewing

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Steam Whistle PilsnerSteam Whistle Pilsner

Brewed by:
Steam Whistle Brewing
Ontario, Canada

Style: Bohemian Pilsener

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.

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Ratings: 474 |  Reviews: 154
Reviews by smcdowell:
Photo of smcdowell
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't normally go for Pilsner's, so keep that in mind when reading the review, but I happened to drop by the brewery while visiting Toronto and gave it a try.

I found it be pleasant. The appearance was pretty standard and the smell was pleasing, though my nose was probably a little over-loaded from the general smells of the brewery. Fairly refreshing, but with a little bit of a bite, which I thought was a good thing. That bite primarily affected the taste and didn't seem to affect the drinkability at all.

In general, I would say this is the type of beer that would be quite good on a hot day. Light and refreshing, but enough hops to let you know you're still drinking a beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of racingkenny14
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
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 SomethingClever
4.31/5  rDev +24.6%
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 WoodBrew
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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 BigGold
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
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 eberesford
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Tsar_Riga
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
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 william_971
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
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 kevinlater
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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 dancarter
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
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 -42.2%

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

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +2%
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 gandres
2.94/5  rDev -15%
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 Popsinc
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
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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Photo of cam477
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Brainer74
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of EsoxLucius
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
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 -0.3%
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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Photo of Dalia
1/5  rDev -71.1%

Photo of megamass
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of merlin48
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Photo of andrewdanks
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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