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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Reviews: 122 | Ratings: 192
Photo of nickfl
3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A full finger of loose, white foam on top of a clear, yellow body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Sweet malt with some grainy notes. Very light hop aroma.

T - Grainy malt but no pilsner richness. A bit of hops flavor with low bitterness, otherwise clean.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad but not really a pilsner. This is very light and clean, more like an all-malt premium lager than a German Pils. Nothing offensive about it, just a bit bland.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.51/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow color with a decent head to it. The smell is weak, it smells like an adjunct, with corn and a little malt. The taste is watery with notes of some floral hops and a little bit of cheap malt. The mouthfeel is watery with a little carbonation. The drinkability is okay, could you drink alot of these...yes, would you want to, probably not.

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Photo of yuenglings
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very clear white yellow with a good head and nice laceing.
S: Sweet corn right up front with a little grean appleness to it but not mush and a very small amount of hops at the end.
T: Not much going on here little bit of that apple from the smell. kind of missing some thing there is also a slight metalic taste at the end.
M: Smooth up front with a dryness at the end a little watery but it has good carbonation
D: Its a very drinkable beer but i dont think it is good enough for me to go out and buy it agian.

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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 Brenden
2.86/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours a clear, pale golden color with some very active carbonation. The head pours well but seems a little thin and foamy and dissipates quickly. It does leave about one finger of dense foam and some nice sticky lacing, at least part of the way down.
The aroma's interesting. Almost like a sort of sweet hops bud rather than raw and bitter. A little bit of salty rind aroma. There's some herbal grassy smell as well.
The flavor is much the same, but something in this is odd and I can't place it. Hops are very weak and it's like a watered-down flavor. I really don't detect much by way of malt. Citrus is there, but again, more like a salty rind.
It's fairly refreshing, but not as much toward the end. The carbonation is heavy at first, in fact too heavy, and then it just dies. It loses some of the crisp bite, though it is fairly smooth. Mouthfeel is light and it's a bit thin as it goes.
I wouldn't say to avoid this one, but it's not very good.

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Photo of xenolithic
3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a beer mug vigorously to form a 1 finger head that quickly recedes to a thin lace on top of the straw colored beer. Visible carbonation in the beer.

Smells sweet and malty with a touch of honey. Perhaps a bit of Brown sugar also in the nose.

Wow, the taste is a balanced malt sweetness with a little bit of bitter bite just at the end. Tremendously refreshing and thirst quenching. I can't say it's the most complex beer in the world, but it certainly fits into it's category, though lacking a little in the hops department.

Mouthfeel is a little oily, but also a touch watery. It fits the beer, but should be more watery per the style.

Drinkability on this one is superior. My only regret is that I mixed a six and don't have any more Presque Island Pilsner to drink. It might be a touch too malty-sweet to drink more than three, but this isn't a frat-party drinking beer.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.
Purchased variety 1/2 case from Wegmans, Warrington, PA

Pours a straw yellow color with very minimal head; clear.
Not much going on in regards to smell, perhaps a slight whiff of cereal grain and grass.
Some small hints of apples or pears on the palette, grainy...a bit watered down.
Body is light with middle of the road carbonation.
Thirst quencher and very easy to drink.
Happens to be in the variety case and I imagine this will be least my favorite...just because Pilsner's are just typically not very exciting.

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Photo of Kraken
3.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes, consumed 5/7/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Firm pour evokes a very short lived bright white head. No lace. Color is of a filtered pale watered down apple juice.

Nose- Muted and mild, nothing is standing out as a defining characteristic. Hints of apples, apricots and a touch of lemon zest. Very subtle.

Palate- Very active, apple and pear stand out. A faint and peppery spiciness. Finishes very clean.

Mouthfeel- active refreshing, crisp.

Drinkability- Good, could have quite a few of these on a hot day.

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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 woodske1
2.77/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Way too watery for a microbrew. I know its a Pilsner but that doesn't mean it shouldn't have a taste. The appearance is also nothing special but has more color than a coors light.

Microbrews shouldn't make beer like this...its too normal and tastes like Coors should make it...not a small craft brewery.

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Photo of gciccarelli
3.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Straw yellow color with virtually no head. Very crisp and clear.

S - Not very strong. Slight hint of cereal grain.

T - Grainy, watered down. Kinda tastes like your average macro. Very little hops noticeable, just cereal grains.

M - Light body, medium carbonation.

D - Highly drinkable. Watered down and not at any extreme of the taste spectrum - a "refreshing" beer. Wouldn't go after it for taste though.

Overall, a disappointment from Erie considering all of their other brews in the variety pack I bought were solid. Reminded me of a macro more than a good pils.

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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 almychristopher
2.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

this beer pours a clear light yellow color with a foamy head that fades to patchy lacing pretty quickly. the aroma gives away those nasty little bottom feeders in the mix, other than that there might be a bit of crystal malt there, but very light. the taste is a little disappointing very light sweet malt character with not much in the way of hops. with the light mouthfeel it's just not one of my favorites.

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

Light looking straw with a decent head of foam. Slight grass and lemon nose. Some sweetness, but mostly a husky malt with a bit of an astringent edge. Lemony hops and mild bitterness. Clean flavours and light body that leans towards the sweeter side. Good thirst quencher, but nothing doesn't excite me.

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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 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 paulthebeerguru
3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pilsner glass. pours a clear bright yellow color. nice white head, moderate lacing and decent retention rate.

S: nice sweet malty aroma. some biscuits and cake notes.

T: very clean tasting. clean biscuit malts, with some light hops, very light. some light banana notes as well.

M: clean and crisp. smooth palate. mellow/good carbonation level.

D: very drinkable and a good pilsner.

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Photo of nick76
3.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is malty and watery with a hint of grassy hops. The appearance is very pale gold with an average head that falls pretty fast. The flavor is like the aroma with more hops than expected with adds some semblance of balance. The palate is thin. Overall this is a good example of the style. Its pretty refreshing.

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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 kinger
3.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crisp, light, and completely quaffable. Light straw golden color with a tall white head, splotchy lacing, and lively carbonation. Considerably creamy and well received. Flavor is nice but relatively basic for the style. Nice light maltiness, I detected a touch of sourness toward the end. A handful of these could quickly and easily vanish, this is one drinkable brew.

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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 OWSLEY069
2.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean golden/ yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet maltiness, pils/ saaz hops, and touch of skunkiness until it warms up. In the taste, sweet to dry maltiness, small saaz hops all the way through. A small bitterness and a medium to small mouthfeel, with a dry small hop aftertaste. Nice hops all the way through, the touch of skunkiness scared me, but it went away. Nice, but just about average.

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