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 Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by allboutbierge on 09-27-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of RedBaron
4.43/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a delightful pilsener, yes PILSENER, from an American craft brewer.

Appearance: Light, translucent golden, with a nice, rocky(ish) head.
Smell: light hop, but nice, zesty malt accents. Smells like an Alpine summer day!
Taste: Soft, crisp foretaste, malty middle, nice dry(ish) finish.
Mouthfeel: Incredibly balanced beer, with an excellent aftertaste of crystal malt freshness.
Drinkability: Quite high. This beer reminds me of a long-forgotten (sort of) pilsener beer brewed in the Chicago-area back in the early-to-mid 90s called 'Baderbrau'. While I think Baderbrau probably was the best damn American-made pilsener ever (that I've tried), I think Presque Isle may be its 1st cousin. I picked up the Presque Isle in the unlikely location of Kendallville, IN on a recent trip to a friend's wedding (2.5 hours east of Chicago), and this was certainly an astonishing find. Or, could it be that not many American craft brewers (that I know of, anyway) develop a passion for a true, south-German style pilsener? It's interesting that other BA'ers say that it was "slightly skunked". Again, perhaps I had just happened to stumble on dumb-luck, and found a fresh six-pack, or perhaps the whole hop-over-the-head-ale" craze basically defaults lager beer to something much less interesting, but
whatever the case, Presque Isle from Erie, PA (!) is a classic pilsener. Wish I could get it in Chicago. Find it where you can.

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Photo of kkosmoski
4.42/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Longneck with no indication of freshness anywhere on the bottle. Pours a clear light golden color in the glass with a solid white head. Extrordinary soft, crisp, delicate grainy malt aroma with a touch of herbal hop. The purity and simplicity of the grain is a pleasure to the nose. Flavor starts off very clean with perhaps a touch of sweetness and goes into a grassy bitterness just to balance, finishing off with a beautiful soft grainy taste that lingers nicely. Carbonation is at a fairly high level, but it is not stinging. Mouthfeel is on the medium side, and the drinkability of this lager is very good due to nice balance and clean, defined, delicious flavors.

I don't know if I just caught this at its peak of freshness, or my taste bud are lined up for this style and this beer at this particular time, but this is one of the better American pilsners I have had to date. I love it when I have low expectations of a beer and it just blows me away like this. I normally am into styles that offer more intensity in the flavor department than the pilsner style, especially this time of year. For some reason, the simplicity, crisp, consice malt flavor, and freshness of this beer knocked my socks off. A great take on the pilsner style from a brewery that I am going to have to start seeking out more.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.4/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at 6 pack west in Erie and I bought a growler of it. After finishing the growler I bought a case of it. It is a great lighter beer for the 90 degree days, very refreshing. Light mouthfeel and easy drinkable nature. Some faint grassy, straw notes in the scent. Mild hops and malt flavors peek though. This is certainly an all summer long beer. Great for warm days and cook outs.

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Photo of Borishare
4.22/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at the Sandbar on Route 832, also known as Presque Isle Boulevard, in Erie,Pa. On a beautiful Memorial Day just about a quarter mile before the entrance to Presque Isle State Park. On an outside patio in a 22 ounce pilsiner glass.
I've tried most of the pilsiners/kolschs from Eastern Pa. and I think this holds its own. It's very light but had nice hoppiness. It was extremely refreshing after a night of pounding scotch ales in a great brewpub down in Titusville.
I'm not going to bore you with a flowery desciption of the taste but I did pick up a case to go at the beer distributor down the street, appropriately named 'Presque Isle Beverages' and had a few ice cold ones on my front porch here in Buffalo,NY. This is a good one and I could drink it all day!

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Photo of MmmIPA
4.1/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very light golden color.Small head that didnt last long.Very nice carbonation.Fruity,hoppy and bready notes.Sweet to the taste but the hops take the malt down.Nice brew and very nice carbonation.Very easy to drink.Clean after taste.I like this beer quite a bit.Ide have it for sure again and great abv.

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Photo of Ladybugger
4.05/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cellar-temperature bottle into a goblet. Light golden color with a skim of white bubbles on the top and tiny bubbles rising vertically like a champagne. Aroma of earthy malts with a light sweetness. Flavor is light and slightly sweet, with a floral tone that reminds me of jasmine. There is no noticeable hop character, and nearly no bitterness. Plenty of carbonation keeps the flavor light, and there is little lingering flavor. This is a light-bodied beer that feels refreshing in the mouth and pairs well with food that might be overwhelmed with a bigger beer. This is a subtle and tasty pilsner, very drinkable, but its subtlety would be lost on someone looking for one of the louder, hoppier pilners currently on the market.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a finger and a half pillowy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell was authentic to the style. A nice noble hop aroma and clean grain bill.

The taste was also very authentic. A solid grain base that featured a mildly spicy hop element. Excellent biscuity aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was creamy and clean.

Overall a very nice representation of the style. Very quaffable. Nice effort here.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.95/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

you can just keep drinking it. smooth and pleasantly crisp, it goes down like magic. it would be a great barbeque beer, or a brew for the summer. a little touch of hops, but definitely no kick in the pants. it is a wonderful beer.

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Photo of alucardswordlol
3.94/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - About as good as most other pilsners. Golden appearance, good carbonation going on. Just enough lacing on the head to remind us that it's a pilsner.

Smell - Just by smelling this beer one can tell it is not your typical pils. Erie obviously like the malts and the aroma of this beer drives it home. Very malty with extremely subtle spice notes. A nice forewarning that this is not your average budweiser or pilsner urquel

Taste - Relatively sweet for a pilsner, but not overwhelming. A whole lot of malty, yeasty sweetness up front then the flavors almost evaporate from your palate. A completely unique attempt at a pilsner. I know many other BA's have shot the beer down due to its lack of hoppiness or dry finish but I honestly find this beer refreshing.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is just as good as any other pilsner. Very light and not hard to gulp down at all.

Overall - The aroma sets you back for a pilsner. I completely understand how some palates can be confused by this effort. However It's nice to have a pilsner that isn't a copy paste of everything else on the market. Extremely flavorful and drinkable, for that reason alone I give it
a good to very good score.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.93/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pouted a nice light gold with a medium white head.
The aroma was mild grassy floral hops with just a touch of malty, doughy-ness.
The taste was buttery with the grassy hints I find really pleasing in a good pils. The malt was not overdone but balanced the mild hops nicely.
The feel starts almost bittersweet and faces into a tongue-coating smooth finish. Very nice.
I'm going against the grain here but I think this was a pretty damn good pils overall, and I'm a hard man to please in the Pils department. Hats off to EBC.

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Photo of u2carew
3.91/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz long neck. Consumed 01/12/10

A) Pours with a two finger head - fizzy and white. Quickly settles to thin lacing on top and sticky on the sides of the glass as you drink it down. Clear body with upward carbonation. Straw gold in color.
S) Light grain aroma with a base of mellow malt and citrus fruit.
T) A mellow grain and subtle sweet in the front then moves to a sweeter middle - caramel and nutty. Finishes with dry grain and a hint of hops.
M) Fizzy. Crisp. Clean. Light body.
D) A nice pilsener. I'd drink another.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.91/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden in color, with only a little bit of head, and that dissipates pretty quickly and doesn't leave a trace.

S: Grainy, slightly malty smell, but there really isn't a lot going on in the nose.

T: Taste is surprising, considering the lack of smell. Up front is a lot of maltiness, with a nice caramel richness. The finish has a nice grainy taste and just the teeniest touch of hops.

M: This is one of the few beers that I'm actually knocking off a little on mouthfeel, just because I wish it was a little crisper, body is medium light and ever so subtly sticky and the carbonation is made of tiny little bubbles.

O: This beer is really easy to drink (As a pilsner should be), good flavors and goes down easy. A thoroughly drinkable beer, if not particularly exciting.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.85/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy golden color with monstrous white puffy head.
Smell is very mild with a light fruitiness.
Taste is also very mild with some notes of fruity sweetness combined a light hoppiness.
Very refreshing, but little taste retention.
A pleasnt enough beer. Would be could for a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of iceball585
3.82/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pale straw yellow color, cloudy, thin white lacy ring around the glass, lots of fine sediment floating throughout

S- Citrus (mostly lemons), wheat, grains, pale malt, yeast

T- Oranges, lemons, wheat, light malts, yeast, grains, fairly mild taste

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, light and mild

D- Good session beer

This is a very good german pilsner. I wish they would have gone a little stronger on the flavor because it is very tasty.

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Photo of jman42
3.8/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A = Nice golden color. Good head which retained nicely. Decent lacing.

S = Malty with a touch of underlying fruitiness.

T = Crisp. Nice balance between hops and malt. Refreshing.

M = Good. Not too creamy/not too watery.

O = I found this to be a nice example of a pilsener. Was a bit less tart than some of the ones that I remember from my days living in Germany, but since I didn't appreciate that tartness, that's a good thing.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a great adaptation of a truely classic style. There is no suprises served up by this beer.

Appearance is the stereotypical golden color that beer is known for. It pours a nice head that dissipates rather quickly.

Nothing is outdone here, balance of the Czech saaz hops are evident with the aroma and crisp taste. A very drinkable session beer, which deserves respect for being a great summer beer that stays true to its roots. Can't ask for much more from a beer, cause this one is as loyal as a dog.

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Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm calling this one underrated. It also tastes, to me, like a Czech pilsner. It's colored a clear straw gold with a short white head that leaves lacing. The aroma has the trademark crisp, bready malts with a hint of sweet frosting. The flavor follows those malts with a mild herbal hop bite to provide balance. Sure, the flavor is a bit mellow, but this could easily be straight out of Europe and fits right in with the Czech options.

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Photo of lsummers
3.74/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I've had this a few times now, and I know the reviews haven't been stellar but dang I'm enjoying this one.

Looks great with its golden cloudy appearance and its white head that leaves a touch of lacing.

Smell is almost the best part, the fruity characters that come through are awesome. Also leads to some of the malty ness that comes through more in the taste. But mostly just Fruit!

Tastes like the fruity smell mixed with a pancake. Quite pleasant, and drinkable. The malty favors come through on the back end but their still very subtle. As with any pilsner the palate has to be very clean to taste the subtle flavors they offer.

Mouthfeel is a bit overly light, I wouldn't mind some thickness on this one since i do feel its a bit sweet.

Overall I feel it's a fantastic pilsner, and probably my favorite Erie brewing brew.

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Photo of Ty1erC
3.65/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.*

a: it's pale yellow with some fine sediment suspended throughout. very little retention and no lacing.

s: sweet malt, slightly floral.

t: crisp and clean. the malt and hop flavors are very subdued.

m: light-bodied, low to medium carbonation.

d: this is a nice, low alcohol beer. something you could drink all day (if need be).

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Photo of Fish113d
3.64/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow color with a thin white surface layer with just a slight edge layer around the glass that sustains throughout the tasting.

Pale citrus malts with a hint of grass and earth on the nose.

Sweet and "tangy" up front with a hint of lemon peel. A bit of pale, weak malt comes through on the sip as well. Fairly watery but quences your thirst well.

Fairly carbonated with a very thin body. Refreshing feeling makes this easy to drink. Nothing fancy or flashy, but a decent summer pilsner.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.63/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, not date. Pours a pale golden color with a four-finger white head, showing decent retention and spotty lacing.

The aroma is dominated by grain, along with some sulpher, and a little hoppy herbiness. The delivers the grain, a lemony oily-ness, but some more hops might be nice.

It's light bodied with good carbonation, crisp and refreshing. It has a nice dry finish, but a little more hops on the end would add some depth. Very drinkable, but overall, it's a slighlty above average pils.

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

Though its raining outside right now, this is the ultimate beer to drink on the sunny shores of Lake Erie, the shores of Presque Isle. Its color is the true 'gold and clear' that the brewery promises. The taste is not as strong of a pilsner taste as a beer like saranac pilsner but still carries the signature bite of hops that is typical of pilsners with a sweet smell. Another great quality of this brew that it is shared with other pilsners is that you can drink it all day without the slightest sense of fullness, even on a hot day (combined with its rather light carbonation its lightness is why i rated the mouthfeel as its lowest quality). I highly recommend this beer to anyone, especially for pilnser fans who want a good pilsner taste without the sharp bitter aftertaste.

But as the folks at Erie Brewing surely know more about beer than I could ever even imagine know I will leave you with their description. "Brewed in the tradition of lagers first made in Pilsn, Bohemia, in 1842, our highly drinkable version isn't just gold and clear like the original. Czech Saaz and Classic American Cluster hops produce a delicate aroma and dry finish, along with a malty balance essential to the style.

5KD recommended and approved.

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Photo of Phatz
3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I bought a mix case of Erie Brewing Company beer several weeks ago at Chester County Beverage. 8 each of Mad Anthony's Ale [awful] Presque Isle Pilsner [pretty good] and Railbender Ale [really good]. So for $29 it is almost a worthy purchase for 2/3rds of the case.

The undeniable truth is this beer drinks VERY easily. A little dull... maybe but, it has a few flaws but still is certainly easy drinking.

Appearance: Pours perfectly clear pale straw yellow color, with a big white head the rises to the top of my Brooklyn Flute Glass and fades quickly leaving no lace. The carbonation bubbles are big and rise slowly through the body of the beer.

Smell: Cereal grain and corn husks with odd almost tart fruity bitter hide in the bosom of the beer. The aroma does require some searching but is it not bad.

Taste: Start off with grain and corn husk bitterness that reminds me a bit of Straub. It has a Macro element but is pleasant in it own right. It is straightforward with a touch of sweetness and a sour earthy small Saaz hop element. That is my one complaint. A bigger hop character would add more depth to this Pilsener. The finish has a lingering sour grain bitterness that fades in short order.

Mouthfeel: Small. clean crisp uninspired but easy through the palate.

Drinkability: This is what the beer is about. Drinkability. It is a hot weather summertime chugger! poundable refreshing and at 4% you can drink a case and still stand.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of matty
3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this one!! Pale yellow colored beer with average aroma.This is not your typical German Pilsner with the smell and taste of bitter concentrated skunk.This is actually a fresh malty taste.The best feature of this beer is it's smoothness.I would purchase this again and recommend to anyone.

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