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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 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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Ratings: 192 |  Reviews: 122
Photo of shbobdb
2.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At 4.20%, the beer is pretty low alcohol. Not much malt generally translates to not much flavor, and that rule of thumb holds true for this beer.

It pours a very light gold. More akin to a BMC-beer as opposed to a proper pilsner.

The taste manages to actually float between American Macro lager and European macro lager. It isn't necessarily bad, but I'd rather have a Stella or a Grolsch, if that is what it is going for. The beer is light and watery and the start. It progresses into a nicely malty middle, plenty of sweet pilsner malt and a nice bit or earthy hops, followed by a very metallic, soapy-dishwater finish.

It still tastes better than adjuct laden American Macro Lagers, but it has some of their other flaws. Not a big winner.

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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 mhewes
2.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A : Pours a nice golden color with a good white head that disappates pretty quickly

S : Not much going on here. I pick up a little malt and yeast but that's about it

T : The taste is pretty light. There's some malt, citrus and grainy flavors in there. I expected a little more hops in it.

M : Light with decent carbonation

D : It's an ok beer. Not one I'd really look for again unless they change it.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.4/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours strikingly yellow with a good amount of carbonation which creates a fluffy white head settles quickly to fine layer of foam. Some bits of sticky lace are left behind. The aroma is interesting enough, lemony and grassy. The mouthfeel is a bit spritzy, accenting a dry finish, but a watery middle and hint of adjunct knocks some points off. I wonder if the brewer's intention was to brew a Classic American Pilsner. Overall, not a bad pilsner, but I think there are better out there. Props to RedBaron for the bottle!

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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 Zorro
3.15/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled through ClockworkOrange and CA - PA BIF.

A clear sunny yellow colored beer with a strong white head.

Smell is sweet and bready with a lot of yeast aroma, there is a bit of biscuit too. Hops are herbal, grassy and lemony and not too strong.

The taste starts out very bready and malty with a lemony hop after taste. Quite grainy with a very mild hop flavor that keeps coming up lemon. Really more of a lager but it is good.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer I guess. I would have expected more of a hop bite but this is OK.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle a little bit ago and am sampling it at cellar temp poured into a pint glass.
The beer pours a bright clear gold color almost like champagne. A fizzy bleached white head foams up 1.5 cm and fades gradually to a sturdy and rocky surface layer.
Aroma is slightly grainy and a little sugary/corn syrupy. Not too much of a hop profile, maybe some floral notes.
First sip reveals a light body and very fine fizzy carbonation that tingles on my palate with each sip.
The flavor is fairly sweet and sugary up front and rolls to a bit of herbal and grassy finish. The flavor that lingers is a little herbal but not really bitter.
This is a decent beer but it is a little too sweet for me. No hint of ABV and it is very easy to drink. Not sure I would buy again, but it is an ok beer.

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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 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 cooncat
2.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving from a fresh bottle, poured into my special Sam Adams glass for optimal reviewing.

A vigorous pour produces only a half a finger of paper white head, which dissipates completely in short order. There is some sheeting upon swirling the glass, but even this lacing disappears. Color is a very pale yellow gold, which you could achieve by placing one drop of yellow food coloring into 16 oz. of water.

The nose is very light. What I can detect of hops is faint and non-descript (due to its lightness). A light butter cookie sweetness is also detectable, which, I assume, represents the malts.

Taste follows the nose, i.e., very light. This tastes like a low carb light macro lager. About the most constructive thing I could say is that it is balanced ... neither hop nor malt make any showing (and obviously, the 4.2% abv doesn't show either). Mouthfeel is thin and light, disappointing even for a pilsner. I would say drinkability is average, as it probably would be refreshing on a hot day, if water isn't available.

One can do much better for a Pilsner for the same money as what this goes for ($28 case). I would suggest my favorite pilsner, Victory Prima Pils or Pilsner Urquell for the same money, and for a much better beer. Sorry to say that I cannot recommend this, except for perhaps someone looking for a "lite" beer that isn't labeled as such.


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

Cloudy straw color with a short-lived thin white head. Aroma is lightly sweet with malt and notes of noble hops. Taste is some malt early followed by a little hop bitterness that actually lingers some. Not a real crisp finish here.

Light to medium in body, well carbonated and pretty smooth overall. Good drinkable beer but it seems off target.

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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 Gavage
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear pale yellow in color with a 1/4" head that breaks apart immediately. No lacing develops.

Smell: grass, hints of fruit sweetness, and a touch of bitterness are tough to pull out of the glass.

Taste: grainy malt is pretty mild here along with some grass, a piece or two of lemon zest, and a soft bitterness that creates a dull and slightly unbalanced beer. Just a bit too sweet as it needs a bit more bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Clean aftertaste. Lighter side of a medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: very average pilsner IMHO. After having the Heritage Alt from Erie, this was a bit of a letdown.

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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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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours very pale golden with almost no head, even with a hard pour. Slight chill haze, and no lacing. Smell has some butteriness when first poured, and then some slightly sour graininess. Light grassiness as well. Taste is relatively clean with no hint of butteriness and just faint graininess. Fairly blah, your typical Euro style pilsner. Very faint floral hops. Mouthfeel is okay as well. Fairly soft and well carbonated, but lacks some crispness the style should have. Not the greatest shakes, but not terrible.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, I must say that after taking my first couple of sips, and then going to the site to see that this has an overall score of 77... what? This is no pilsner urquell or czechvar, but I have to believe that some are slamming this beer simply because they don't like light beers period. It is certainly above average for the style, no matter what you think of it as far as quaffability.

A- Light golden with two fingers of white head when poured into my pilsner glass. Leaves no lacing, but bubbles incessantly.

S- Grassy, a hint of corn, and maybe a hint of marijuana in the nose. Faint light malt, and the hops are merely shown present by the grassy notes.

T- Faint sweet malt, fresh milled light grain, and some balancing piney hops that give an excellent note to the finish. Solidly above average, but nothing spectacular.

M- Medium-high carbonation, but it has no body. Simply too watery, even for a pils.

D- Highly drinkable. You could have several. An excellent brew to pull out of the fridge after a 115˚ day here in columbia, sc.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grass. Remember chewing on a stalk of grass or straw as a kid while enjoying a rest in the shade on a hot summer day? This beer poured a beautiful golden color in the glass, with a foamy head that happily impeded the first few sips. But the scent in the nose when I raised the glass to my mouth was grass--straw to be exact. Clean, fresh and summery. The mouthfeel was surprisingly full to moderate; and the taste as expected, clean malt with a hint of grassy hops. The malt peeked through a bit more as the glass warmed, but that's where the taste stopped. Not much more there. In fact, I kept wondering when the taste would show up. But just a tad watery on the end. That said, very fresh, drinkable beer that would be wonderful while... enjoying a rest in the shade on a hot summer day.

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

Had on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD. Pours a nice clean gold, with a beautiful white head. It has a slight malty scent, with a decent flowery-hops overtone. It begins slightly sweet for the style, but finishes fairly dry. Malty and hoppy, fairly well balanced. It was not overly carbonated, thin to medium on the tongue. A decent warm weather drink, but not a great pils!

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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 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 PittBeerGirl
2.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- golden yellow in color with white head

S- hard to pick up. Malt? corn? I don't know

T- boring. some malt with a dry finish. similar to a BMC lager

M- light body with light carbonation.

D- this is an all around boring non-offensive beer with a low ABV. Its pretty easy to drink but hard to enjoy.

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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 aluskungs
2.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this from a friend who brought it back to New England from Michigan. He said that it is pretty good, I tend to disagree with him.

Pours and looks great. Good visible carbonation and a small thin head is always there with a lot of lace on the side of my glass. The color is a little off. Hazy yellow pale color that looks like you know what, not that appealing.

Has a corny skunky smell. I can't smell any hops, just a malty sweetness. I would like some hop aroma from a pilsner!

The taste is more like bud meets a cream ale. No hop bite or crispness. This beer is limping across my taste buds. Over cooked vegetables come to my mind for some reason. More corn taste and sweetness. I guess there is some hops, there has to be, but damn if I can tell. There is some lingering bitter aftertaste, but it's more like a husk bitter than a hop bitter.

I was expecting a good beer, my friend knows beer (editor of a beer rag) but this beer didn't excite me, in fact i'm glad this beer and review is over.

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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 akorsak
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 12 oz bottle served at Rotelli's in State College, PA.

A: The pils is a pale yellow color with a thick fluffy head.

S: The aroma is a thin grainy malt aroma, no spicy earthy hops.

T: The taste is a thin, grainy malt. The dirtiness of the earthy hops never quite emerges, leaving a cereally malt that is not very good.

M: The mouthfeel is a grainy, ordinary malt body that is quite thin and quickly disappears.

D: Pass on this one, the hops never emerge, leaving the flavor flat.

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Presque Isle Pilsner from Erie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.14 out of 5 with 192 ratings
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