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 metter98
3.12/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light straw yellow in color and has a low amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly dissipated into lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The smell is quite malty and has aromas of biscuits and butter.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite buttery and also has a bit of initial sweetness. No bitterness from the hops is detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
D: Without any bitterness to help balance all of the malty flavors, this beer isn't very easy to drink.

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Photo of breweryaprntc13
3.12/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light golden yellow with a large thin foam which quickly recedes leaving little lacing.

Crisp alcohol/ base malt pilsner aroma, but right for the style.

Base grains, wheaty flavor, esters.

High carbonation level, thin body, dry

Smooth and light but not much flavor.

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Photo of stewart124
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Plenty of visable carbonation. Golden yellow with a centimeter of white head that falls quickly.

Straw and cereal in the nose with little spice notes from the hops but very little hop traces.

The taste is fairly sweet with plenty of carbonation and there is a pleasant hop bitterness. The sweetness really takes over this beer and I do feel like I am drinking cornflakes. The dms really pushes through and takes over this german pils. It is hard to appreciate this for what it is worth with all the dms and the little bit of hops.

I feel this is a decent pilsner but really misses in hop bitterness and clean malt character.

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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 rfgetz
3.15/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright golden yellow, almost no head from an aggressive pour. Scent is sweet with notes of hay and lemon grass. Taste brings the sweetness and candied lemon to the front, notes of grass and light malts. Very undercarbonated and oily mouthfeel. A beer that tastes decent but falls out of style a bit... lack of carbonation kills it.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale yellow with decent carbonation. Excellent foam and carbonation as well. Thumbs up!

Smell: Fresh grass with some hay and a hint of cherries. Not a whole lot of hops. It's kind of a fresh smell. Not very strong, but I think it smells pretty good. Wish it were stronger.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts out pretty well. Wet hay and definitely cherries, something that definitely pervades when this beer warms a bit. My big knock on this beer is that it gets kind of sour and sticky and is kind of watery in the finish. That said, it feel alright initially.

Drinkability: I'd say the mouthfeel makes this awkward and kind of average. I kind of nursed the one I had.

Overall: A good idea, an average finished product.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, a pale yellow color. A small white head forms and disappears quickly, leaving no lace.
Smell is hops, citrus, malt. Well balanced.
Taste is more hops, less malt than in the nose. Light citrus.
Dry finish, fairly crisp but not biting or harsh in any way. For me, for a plisner lager, this is pretty darned good stuff.

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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 PSUDREW
2.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Kind of grassy nose
taste is...meh. Not horrible, but honestly, it really doesn't knock you over like some PA Pils does. this is a light, easy beer. it won't knock you socks off, but I can think of worst in the style. This beer is not amazing, but all in all, you can do a lot worse in a Pilsner style

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Photo of garuda
2.72/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nothing too appealing about the appearance. It pours a clear very pale yellow, with a semi-fizzy white head, some retention and some lacing.

S - The aroma is very light with some pale malts and some grassy notes.

T - Light again on taste with some pale malts, some light herbal hops in the aftertaste.

M - Light body with a higher carbonation, gives an accurate mouthfeel for a pils with some roughness across the palate.

D - The light overall nature of the beer allows for a high drinkability in that respect. I'd grab one of these before a macro pils any day, but its not a beer that I would specifically seek out again.

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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 cjgator3
2.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a slightly hazed golden yellow color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is grainy malt with a hint of fruit sweetness and a touch of hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is grainy malt with a touch of citrus. The malt is rather sweet and I kept waiting for the hops to kick in to balance out some of the sweetness but they did not arrive in the manner I was hoping for.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Pretty thin.

D- Overall, I'm not very impressed with this one. I would probably pass on it next time.

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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 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 Billolick
3.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ouncer, pours clear and very light/golden amber (basically fizzy yellow beer...) white head, minor staying time and then just fine spot of lace. Grassy and light malt nose. LIght brew tastewise, perhas some light maltyness picked up, also light drying, somehow German tasting hops. Not a lot of characteror complexity going on here. Light and fairly tasteless, just a notch above you know who...B/M/C...

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

Presque Isle is an average Pilsner that hardly pushes past the flavor profiles of many American industrial beers.

A part-malt, part-grain flavor and aroma profile balances toward the grains with a light vegital flavor, light butter, and harsh mouthfeel. Somewhat empty; makes me wonder if the beer is all-malt or just under-malted.

Hop aroma is very subtle but brings out a nice floral, almost fruity character. I just wish there were more of that. Bitterness is a bit high and amplified by the harsh grain bite. A little grassy, herbal, and floral.

Light esters help out the hops and give a light lemon and apple note burried behind the grains. Pesky butter notes just won't go away. Sulfurs of match-sticks also give a harsh note to the otherwise aroma and taste of fresh baked crackers.

Standard yellow, the beer is just a hair off of brilliant. The filtration has stripped away anything that would help the fizzy head formation, weak retention, and non-existent lacing.

This is the first of a series of beers that I'll be reviewing from the brewery. Let's hope they get better than this.

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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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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 association330
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date

A - Pours bright gold, with a fleeting eggshell head. Leaves a thin cap with little lace.

S - Funky/grainy pilsener malt, some lemon rind, some spicy hops

T - Sweet, with more funky/grainy taste. Not enough hop bitterness to qualify as a proper pils.

M - Medium-light bodied, with medium-low carbonation. Not crisp enough.

D - Tolerable, but not really desirable nor pleasant. I won't be buying this again.

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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. May be this brewery's least appealing offering.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
2.56/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass.Very pale slightly hazy yellow almost water white.White fizzy heading that fizzes out to nothing.

Smell is kind of funky hoppy at first followed up by a fruity yeast funk that I can't quite put my finger on. There is a bit of metallic tasted in this.

Taste is flat,light,sweet and watery. A beverage with a slight fruity hop twang with carbonated water. Almost no taste besides what is written above.

Mouth is watery and flat but as soon as you move it around in the mouth it foams up immediatley.

Drink is not too good very hard to even finish this beer.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a nice white head. Nose is almost wine like. Cheap white wine really. Grapey and like something that has alcohol in it. Taste is kind of skirting on the same parameters. Calms down a bit after being open for a few minutes. Stays slightly sweet and a touch grain-y. A bit too sweet though really. Feel is slightly thicker on the liquid for the style. A so-so pilsner. Not really bowled over by it, but it is drinkable enough I guess.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I deemed this beer a summer worthy beer on a whim, simply because it's from PA and a pilsener. Let's see how it is

A: Straw yellow with a big white head. There are some small particles floating around, but otherwise, this is damned clear. Some lacework is present. Retention is surprisingly poor.

S: Very clean, with a mild hop character, earthy bitter and slightly mineraly. I really have to strain to catch any buttery characteristics, and I might be imagining things at that point. Malt is moderate, and noticeable with a doughy, bready in character. Solid.

T/M: Watery with a mild blend of hop character ( earthy and herbal), a faint bitterness and a light sugary sweetness. Definitely mineraly, with a mild metallic character that enhances the drying character of the finish. A little muddled. Watery palate, with crisp carbonation and a *very* drying finish with a mild bitterness and a mild sweetness

D: Decent, inoffensive, and rather bland - and this from a fan of pilseners. There are better ones out there. Still, something I would never refuse if offered

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Presque Isle Pilsner from Erie Brewing Co.
3.14 out of 5 based on 192 ratings.
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