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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Ratings: 192 |  Reviews: 122
Photo of Lare453
1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

Photo of JackTheRipper
1.71/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color. Clear. Scant head with just a trace of lacing.
S: The predominant aroma is a strange metallic smell. If you try hard enough, you can smell a faint whiff of malt.
T: Again, very metallic tasting. Not as bad as putting a penny in your mouth, but not by much. As far as "beer" tastes go, good luck finding them.
M: Oily, metallic. Yuk.
D&N: Hate to say it, but I'd rather drink a macro than this swill. Avoid this one.
Edit to add: In the company of Prima Pils or Sunshine Pils, this one really sucks.

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Photo of sendbeer
1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of GordonQuid
1.96/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured a clear straw color with a fluffy 2 inch white head that did not dissipate, slight lacing apparent.

Smell.... Very little aromas present. Perhaps a slight grainy cereal smell is detected?

Taste is watery and grainy with very little hop characteristics. To be honest this thing is watered down and cheapened.

Extremely light in body. Perhaps drinkable on an extremely hot day and there is nothing else to drink.

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Photo of irish6174
2/5  rDev -36.3%

Photo of dugly2ugly
2/5  rDev -36.3%

Photo of dan027
2/5  rDev -36.3%

Photo of cpolking
2/5  rDev -36.3%

Photo of eze153
2.03/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This one poured a light yellow with a small head and then there was no lacing. The smell was like fresh in your face hops, which really does not do it for me. The initial taste is full of hops flavor but then a terrible mid-taste like metal rears it's ugly face and then the after taste is kind of clean and crisp. I don't know how I am going to drink the rest of these in my variety case. The mouthfeels is average, which is the only average aspect about this beer. I would not recommend this beer unless, you like hoppy/metal flavored beer. There is a possibility for this beer to be good, but Erie needs to get rid of the metal taste.

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Photo of TheOtherMike
2.16/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

They can't all be winners. Found some very good beer on a trip between Michigan and New York, but this was the inevitable "stinker". Found it in Erie, PA.

Appearance - medium golden color, clear, slight head. Well carbonated.

Smell - like a very basic beer. Nothing really stood out.

Taste - Fermented corn-bread. Very crisp.

Drinkability - no thanks. I choked-down one bottle and gave the rest away. I had too many other good beers at hand.

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Photo of dmamiano
2.16/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very light straw color. Small head that looks "soapy" instead of creamy. Diminishes quickly. Appears a bit hazy.
Very faint, nondescript aroma..slight malt noticed.
First taste I get is a bit of skunk if possible. No hop or malt really detected.
Not my idea of a good beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.17/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale gold with an abundance of fine carbonation leading up to a large cap of bleached bone white that is light and airy rather than creamy. The head deflates exceptionally slowly and leaves arching strands of thick lace when it does so. Preque Isle Pilsner has a bright, clean, uncluttered look. What's not to like?

The nose isn't so wonderful. I'm able to appreciate some amount of noble hoppiness, but it's swamped by a strangeness that I can't quite place. It smells like the Kellogg's cereal factory that I toured as a kid. Sort of an overcooked oatmeal smell with a little clay-like earthiness mixed in. Not pleasant (then or now).

Unfortunately, the flavor follows suit. It's a little more recognizable as beer on the palate, although something is seriously wrong with Erie Brewing if they think this is what a good pils should taste like. It isn't quite bad enough for me to think that it's infected, but it isn't feeling 100% healthy either.

Earthy, old grain (corn especially) dominates; inexcusable in a beer of this style. There's also a rotten pear flavor that, obviously, doesn't contribute anything of value. I give up. The flavor profile is too weird, too indecipherable for me to be able to figure it out. The only thing that matters is that this isn't anywhere close to good beer and will never enter my glass again.

The body/mouthfeel is on the lackluster side. It's midway between light and medium with a restrained amount of carbonation that doesn't help mouth interest in the least. At least it's a cut above the flavor.

Presque Isle Pilsner is my first Erie Brewing Co. beer. It won't be my last though since I picked up two others on my most recent trip to Ohio. I hope they have something more to offer than this sad excuse for a pilsener. It shouldn't be too hard since the bar has been set laughably low. Steer clear of this one.

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Photo of brentk56
2.21/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a modest head that drops quickly to a ringlet leaving just a few dots of lace

Smell: If I were holding a piece of cornbread to my nose, this is what it would smell like

Taste: From the sweet bready opening to the lack of grassy hops, this beer is devoid of pilsner character; tastes like a macro lager

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Right down the drain; sorry excuse for craft beer

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Photo of tommyguz
2.25/5  rDev -28.3%

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 Sammy
2.38/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Mr. Goodbars. Hoppy though no aroma. Yellow and lacey. Not too drinkable and too much carbonation, interaction with saaz makes it into a club soda with a bit of beer. And this dried out the mouth. Not representative of style. Below average for sure.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.44/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy yellow gold, some initial lively carbonation, but a disappointing quarter finger head that turned into a oil slick within seconds.

Aroma has some enjoyable noble hop spice to it, but there's a slight musky quality lurking in the background.

Taste starts with a proper sweet spot down the middle. Noble hops approach from the sides, but never deliver a proper bite and the taste comes up short. A clean finish that starts before the swallow.

Solid mouthfeel, maybe a bit on the firm side for a pils, but good. Drinkable though not greatly desirable.

While there are no major flaws, there is nothing to really sell this beer either. Far too many superior pilsners in Pennsylvania to revisit or recommend this one.

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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 JohneHoodlum
2.46/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a dateless brown bottle into a pilsner glass after being well refrigerated.

Appearance – Light golden hue with a good amount of head and nice lacing.

Smell - Grain and faint hops.

Taste - A little bit of grain, malt, and hops equaling into a dull cardboard taste. Not much going on here.

Mouthfeel – I felt it had a little too much carbonation. Clean dry finish.

Drinkability – Drinkability is there if you’re not a fan of much favor. Better then the big guy macros, but that’s not saying much.

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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 IdrinkGas
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Chinaskifan1
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of heerboth
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of soupieman
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Analog_kid
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

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