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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by allboutbierge on 09-27-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, picked up an Erie variety pack while visiting family in PA. Poured into a basic pint glass. Light straw color, decent carbonation. I was hoping for a bit more crisp flavor from this pilsner. A touch strong on the malt flavor.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a light amber color.

Overall: The taste starts out with a little bit of malt up front followed by some grain and a little bit of sweetness. This beer is pretty bland not much body to it. Does not taste like a craft beer. Good for people who like Miller and Budweiser.

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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 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 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 Slatetank
2.47/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

I purchased this at Giant, consumed chilled in a tulip shared with tenderbranson69.

The appearance is tarnished hazed gold with thick creamy white head with copious lace. The smell is off -very cooked green beans or cabbage, not good. The feel is just as bad if not worse -creamy low bitterness moderate carbonation and semi-dry finish yet slightly buttery smoothness.

The flavor is not only bad it is offensive to the originators of the pilsner style, very vegetal taste lots of dms and a light toast accent...not much hop flavor but a little yeast adding some sulfury taste to the mix. Overall this beer should be seriously avoided if not removed from the market since it is obviously flawed in many ways. I suggest if you like your taste buds don't make the same mistake I did.

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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 Darkmagus82
3.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lighter golden color with a huge billowy white head. The head fades relatively fast to leave a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a nice blend of a bready and caramel smell. Mixed with these are a lighter aroma of tropical fruits and some yeast.

Taste – The taste begins with a lighter bready flavor and a lighter caramel sweetness. As the taste advances further a light citrus flavor greets the tongue. These flavors take the taste to the end, and with a light hoppy flavor and a weakening of the caramel sweetness, the combination of flavors leave a crisp taste to linger on the tongue. Overall the flavor is rather subdued.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather light (as would be expected for a 4.2% abv. brew) with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Very appropriate for the pilsner style and it makes for one very easy drinking brew.

Overall – The flavors of the brew are a little watery and not to exciting. With this said however it is rather refreshing and quite easy to drink. While nothing to go out of your way for, this beer does make for a rather decent session brew.

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Photo of 57md
3.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light golden straw color with a thin layer of white head. The nose is quite bland - perhaps there is some yeasty notes, but that is it. The flavor profile is quite light with a little sweetness from the malt. The body is thin, even for a pils. There is some hop dryness on the finish which is nice, but not enough to save this offering from its well-deserved mediocre grade.

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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 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 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 Dave128
3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - A rigorous pour yields a finger head that dissipates quickly. Slightly cloudy golden straw color. No lacing and barely any head sticks around.

S - Smells of grassy grains and noble hops.

T - Rather inoffensive and clean. I can't really taste the hops...

M - Light bodied with heavy carbonation.

O - An easy going pilsner that is clean but doesn't really present anything special to the style.

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Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow with a thin lacing of loose head that has little retention. The smell is soapy at first, but once the head settles it's a little more grassy. The taste is light malt, grassy hops, and a slight lemony note. The mouthfeel is very light with a good amount of carbonation.

This is a rather weak, lightly flavored pilsner. I probably would look for something with a little more flavor and body.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

found this to be quite a worthy pilsner. smells is malty, definitely german in nature, with a well rounded hop aroma as well. taste is faile generic, but its undoubtedly a well made beer. the mouthfeel is what made this one for me, fuller bodied for a pilsner, great carbonation, and a quick crisp finish that begs for another sip. really sessionable and would be quality all year round. nice beer from erie

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Photo of micromaniac129
2.82/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy golden color, moderate carbonation and a very little foamy cap.
Aroma is lightly smelling of malts but has a more ale scent then pils.
Taste a bit like a pils but watery or washed out. Also notes of toasted malts and biscuits.
I did't really care much for this beer. It doesn't know what it wants to be.
Appearance was off aroma was boring and taste was... well it was in general a rather lackluster beer.

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Photo of Boto
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle: Last of 4 in a variety case. This one pours a clear, golden yellow color. There was a bit of a white head on it. It lingers awhile and leaves some lacing. Milder aroma. Faint grains, grassiness and maybe a hint of lemon. The taste is a bit thin also. Just a faint touch of bitterness, with a lighter body to it. Decent enough, but fairly unexciting. It would make a good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured the beer into a pint glass, it has a golden body with a white fizzy head. The smell has some grain smell and a little lemon. The taste is crisp, with a hint of hops, and some citrus. The mouth feel is dry and crisp. Overall this is a average beer.

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Photo of kkipple
3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presque Isle is a fairly serviceable, if rather pedestrian, take on the German pils from way up in Northern PA. No bottled on date on this Pilsener makes me sad.

The Good:

Good clarity, an attractive bubbly beer with a head that sticks around even after faltering. Fine sharp carbonation, mineral-water body, drinkable. Fairly balanced. No off flavors.

The Not-So-Good:

No German hops detected here, fairly American-standard bitterness, not very subtle or complementary. Odd mash tun-esque grainyness, husky. Clumsy, but not bad. Easy to drink, but not very well crafted.

I dunno... this is a pretty good local, American German Pils... I mean if you live in PA or nearby and can get this cheap, I would drink it again. It doesn't really stand out, though. Simply decent, needs tweaking to really be a contender.

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Photo of Tone
2.97/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly, hazy maize color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of grain, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hop, and a hint of butter. Overall, good aroma, but the butter flavor is a major drawback.

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Photo of stakem
2.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with no indication of freshness, thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing. Poured into a pilsner glass, this brew appears a clear straw yellow color for the most part. However, a closer look reveals some small particulate stuck in suspension. There are lots of fizzy carbonation rushing through the solution in support of the finger of white head that initially appeared and then very rapidly dissolved. A light swirl brings less than a finger of head composed of large sized bubbles.

The aroma of this brew is strikingly fresh with a scent of grain smelling like a brew day where the grains are crushed and the water is just introduced into the mash. An absolutely fantastic aroma but seriously unexpected for this style of beer. Initially there was lots of sulfur and "green bottle beer" smell which fades away and is hidden by the fresh quality of the malt in this brew. There is little to no hop inclusion in the aroma, im stretching to find any characteristics and I faintly pick up on some grassy quality.

The taste of this brew is strikingly sweet with a fresh grain flavor that matches the expected taste indicated by the aroma. There is a light touch of sulfur and a bit of a vegetal flavor that intertwines which is a bit distracting. Faint flavors are hops are evident with a slight grassy flavor across the backend. This brew finishes crisp but not as crisp as the usual pils offering, perhaps a bit confusing with the exaggerated amount of grain flavors in this brew.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a lively level of carbonation, not excessive by any means but fitting of the style. The 4% abv is noticeable but not distracting. Overall a fairly decent attempt at the style but lacking in hops which makes me wonder just how fresh this example is. A pilsner with all grain flavor and lack of hops to balance out the sweetness is ackward for me to get into and enjoy.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.33/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out as a clear boring looking yellow with a fizzy white head with no lacing. The smell of the beer is grassy and had some malts in there. The taste was grassy, kind of had a bit of lager flavor to it also. The mouthfeel was very light and kind of boring. Overall just not an impressive pilsner.

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Photo of avaccani
3.32/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale yellow/straw with a bright white head that almost vanished as soon as I poured.

S - Lemon, citrus, pine, grass. Hops really shine, smells good.

T - Unfortunatly the smell was the best part of the beer. Taste is light, crisp, dry but it is harsh. Sharp on the tounge. After the initial sip they flavor fades into nothingness.

M - I liked the body of the beer, light, dry, very crisp.

O - This is a BMC lovers beer. It is drinkable, but nothing else.

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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 smcolw
2.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very modest head that settles to only rim bubbles. There is a touch of spots from the "lace". Chill hazed with a straw color.

Raw grain aroma, nearly no hop; awfully close to adjunct lager from a macro.

The taste mirrors the smell: a general lack of hop, raw grain flavor. There's nearly no aftertaste, just a modicum of hop. The body is pretty accurate but the carbonation is amped up.

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Presque Isle Pilsner from Erie Brewing Co.
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