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Presque Isle Pilsner | Erie Brewing Co.

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Presque Isle PilsnerPresque Isle Pilsner

Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 122
Reviews by xenolithic:
Photo of xenolithic
3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a beer mug vigorously to form a 1 finger head that quickly recedes to a thin lace on top of the straw colored beer. Visible carbonation in the beer.

Smells sweet and malty with a touch of honey. Perhaps a bit of Brown sugar also in the nose.

Wow, the taste is a balanced malt sweetness with a little bit of bitter bite just at the end. Tremendously refreshing and thirst quenching. I can't say it's the most complex beer in the world, but it certainly fits into it's category, though lacking a little in the hops department.

Mouthfeel is a little oily, but also a touch watery. It fits the beer, but should be more watery per the style.

Drinkability on this one is superior. My only regret is that I mixed a six and don't have any more Presque Island Pilsner to drink. It might be a touch too malty-sweet to drink more than three, but this isn't a frat-party drinking beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Immortale25
3.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a light amber color with barely any head that settles to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of sheer surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves tiny specks behind.

S- Some bready malt that's ever-so slightly sweet.

T- More bready malt and not much else. Hardly any hop presence. Watery flavor with barely any character. Just a typical beer taste with some slight sweetness.

M- Pretty dead and lifeless besides the medium carbonation and lightish body.

O- Quite bland and uninteresting. Not undrinkable, just not something I would ever reach for again. Good thing I got this for free.

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Photo of dalepryor
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of vwbus7
3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of animal69
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear light yellow w/ a fluffy white head which dissipates quickly leaving a decent lacing in my pilsn glass ; not a strong smell at all, some faint diacetyl and floral hop aromas, a hint of steely grain ; flavor is a bit watery, a bit crisp at first with more cereal grains and hints of butter and minerals, some noble hops present but not really noticeable, crisp finish ; dry light body with a great deal of co2 ; a quaffable brew for sure, but not really an impressionable pilsner...

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Photo of mwa423
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out of the bottle, color is barely there, insanely clear. There is a finger and a half of frothy white head that doesn't stick around long at all leaving no lacing.

S - Simple pilsener malt and yeast smell, nothing better nothing worse.

T - Grainy pilsener flavor, very typical, but nothing special here, one of those hard beers to rate because as a beer, it's 50% as best but great in style.

M/D - Mouthfeel is weak and watery and reminds me of a macro lager. However, this is an exceedingly drinkable lightish beer.

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Photo of Morey
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spouthern German pilsner style.

A: Pours a pale golden straw color with a fluffy white head.

S: There is some light herbal hopping on the nose and along with some fresh grains.

T: The hopping is spicy for flavor and the malt is light cereal grains, german malt based. The palate is crisp and refreshingly light with decent flavor per style.

M: light with some a touch of lemony citrus and sourness in the finish.

D: Overall a good german pilsner, light refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

A: Pours a bright, clear gold. The head is fairly small, with a soapy white texture. Retention is mediocre, with minimal lacing stuck to the glass.

S: Malty aromas up front, with sweet and grainy notes. Some herbal hop character is present and typical for style.

T: Rather malty, with some medium sweetness and doughy, bready flavor. Medium hop bitterness, with some leafy and herbal flavors.

M: Medium body, with moderate carbonation. The finish is lightly dry.

O: A solid but unspectacular pilsner. Rather malty, but a bit less crisp and dry than I was expecting.

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Photo of johnnyirishman
2.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pale yellow in color with a small head, that dissapated quickly with little to no lacing
S, Some malt, citrus, yeast
T,M-Taste is slightly malty and a tad of hopps pretty well balanced but not at all strong
D-Its an ok beer...I wouldent buy it anytime soon unless they improve it on the taste level, which probably isnt gonna happen.

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Photo of Kraken
3.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes, consumed 5/7/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Firm pour evokes a very short lived bright white head. No lace. Color is of a filtered pale watered down apple juice.

Nose- Muted and mild, nothing is standing out as a defining characteristic. Hints of apples, apricots and a touch of lemon zest. Very subtle.

Palate- Very active, apple and pear stand out. A faint and peppery spiciness. Finishes very clean.

Mouthfeel- active refreshing, crisp.

Drinkability- Good, could have quite a few of these on a hot day.

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Photo of Brenden
2.86/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours a clear, pale golden color with some very active carbonation. The head pours well but seems a little thin and foamy and dissipates quickly. It does leave about one finger of dense foam and some nice sticky lacing, at least part of the way down.
The aroma's interesting. Almost like a sort of sweet hops bud rather than raw and bitter. A little bit of salty rind aroma. There's some herbal grassy smell as well.
The flavor is much the same, but something in this is odd and I can't place it. Hops are very weak and it's like a watered-down flavor. I really don't detect much by way of malt. Citrus is there, but again, more like a salty rind.
It's fairly refreshing, but not as much toward the end. The carbonation is heavy at first, in fact too heavy, and then it just dies. It loses some of the crisp bite, though it is fairly smooth. Mouthfeel is light and it's a bit thin as it goes.
I wouldn't say to avoid this one, but it's not very good.

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Photo of tclapper
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of 1000Bottles
2.45/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Light straw color with a thin white head. The aroma is skunked - and thankfully light! Flavor is very light and almost crisp, but getting past the aroma is a bit difficult. Over time, the skunky aroma fades and you are left with a very light but overall pleasant pilsner. Bottle of Bud anyone?!

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured form a cellar temperature bottle into a Gouden Carolus chalice. The beer is a light straw color with a thin head of white soap bubbles. The head disappeared and left a few bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. It appears translucent, but I can see some carbonation bubbles rising within. It smells earthy and fungul, like mushrooms, not as though it had spoiled. There is also a crisp sweetness in the nose. There is a light malty flavor that has a taste akin to rose water. There is a touch of sweetness. The aftertaste isn't all that impressive, it tastes like mediocre grains, like a more quality version of the mass-produced American pilsners. It has a light body and very little mouthcoating. The carbonation is there but doesn't contribute much to the feel of the beer. This is a pretty drinkable pilsner. It goes down easy enough, but I think the aftertaste would get to me after a while. I'm not disappointed I'm only getting a 6 ounce pour in this session.

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Photo of generallee
2.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tall mug. The label only lists the abv (4.2%) and gives no other info.

Appearance: The body is golden with deeper orange like highlights and a slight haze. Its head is light, white in color and fades quickly. It leaves a thin film covering with a ring of lace at the edge.

Smell: The aroma is a bit off. It has notes of white bread crust with old leafy and oxidized hops.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor is off as well. There is a light base of doughy and bready sweetness with a stale papery cardboard character over leafy hops. It finishes flat and dry with minimal hop bitterness.

Notes: As it is this Pilsner fails in every way. I would have to think that this was an old bottle but without a freshness date there is no way to know.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presque Isle Pilsner
Erie Brewing Co.
Style: German Pilsener
ABV: 4.20 %

LOOK: Clear gold with lots of carbonation bubbles. Head is short livid but did leave lace. Honestly, it looks like a pilsner beer.

SMELL: Aromas of grains, buttered bread, lemony citrus, hay, and green apple.

TASTE: Light bready malts, just enough hops to make an impression. Malt, grains a little green apple. Upfront sweetness yet fairly bitter, simple but agreeable beer.

FEEL/IMPRESSION: Medium bodied, good but not super crisp carbonation. Not the cleanest example but not bad either. This is a lawnmower beer, but there are lighter examples with better flavor out there.

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Photo of kinger
3.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crisp, light, and completely quaffable. Light straw golden color with a tall white head, splotchy lacing, and lively carbonation. Considerably creamy and well received. Flavor is nice but relatively basic for the style. Nice light maltiness, I detected a touch of sourness toward the end. A handful of these could quickly and easily vanish, this is one drinkable brew.

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2.25/5  rDev -28.3%

Photo of almychristopher
2.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

this beer pours a clear light yellow color with a foamy head that fades to patchy lacing pretty quickly. the aroma gives away those nasty little bottom feeders in the mix, other than that there might be a bit of crystal malt there, but very light. the taste is a little disappointing very light sweet malt character with not much in the way of hops. with the light mouthfeel it's just not one of my favorites.

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Photo of kkmiller76
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of BeerMark
3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While this isn't my favorite style of beer, I'll try to be objective here. Looks like a pretty good pilsener to me. I mean the colors and scent are...present aren't they? Smell has some slight lemony characteristics. Yeah. Taste is pretty good. It's beer and it's better than some junk I've had before. To be honest, I find this beer to be similar to Miller Light. And man that brings back some bad memories for me. Drinkable....yes. Desirable....no. May be this brewery's least appealing offering.

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Photo of woodske1
2.77/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Way too watery for a microbrew. I know its a Pilsner but that doesn't mean it shouldn't have a taste. The appearance is also nothing special but has more color than a coors light.

Microbrews shouldn't make beer like this...its too normal and tastes like Coors should make it...not a small craft brewery.

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Photo of gciccarelli
3.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Straw yellow color with virtually no head. Very crisp and clear.

S - Not very strong. Slight hint of cereal grain.

T - Grainy, watered down. Kinda tastes like your average macro. Very little hops noticeable, just cereal grains.

M - Light body, medium carbonation.

D - Highly drinkable. Watered down and not at any extreme of the taste spectrum - a "refreshing" beer. Wouldn't go after it for taste though.

Overall, a disappointment from Erie considering all of their other brews in the variety pack I bought were solid. Reminded me of a macro more than a good pils.

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Photo of mullenite
3.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glassware - Ikea Pilsener

Appearance - Pale gold in color with visible carbonation and what was initially a 1.5 finger white head that receded in to ring. No cap or anything and no lacing.

Nose - A little funky and not very good. Some earthy hops in there but, unfortunately not enough to cover the sour aroma. There is also very little biscuit hanging in the background.

Taste - Taste is better than the smell and actually pretty good. Nice noble hop taste balanced with a little bit of a fruity background with green apples and pears. The tartness works in an interesting way, though I don't think it's usually considered appropriate for the style.

Mouthfeel - Thin body with lots of carbonation, very cleansing and very refreshing.

Overall - Given that there are many better German Pilseners out there, and the fact that I tend to prefer the Czech style I won't likely by this again. Not really bitter enough and not really appropriate for the style but it is a good beer, in an interesting sort of way.

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Presque Isle Pilsner from Erie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.14 out of 5 with 193 ratings