Pilsner | Granville Island Brewery

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Granville Island Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by canucklehead on 06-28-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of BDTyre
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I agree with Stephenlouis..this is a lot like GI's India Pale Ale. The malt balances out the hops a little more than in the IPA, and the hop flavour is a bit different, probably due to the Saaz hops.

Pours a nice crystal clear gold colour. Smell is grassy with hop spicyness. Overall, this is a good beer but does not seem to be a straight pilsner. A little bit watery, but overall a nice summer drink/

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Photo of thesilverhand
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light gold with a thick head of fine white foam that dissipated quickly.
Pleasant aroma, with sweet malt and a nice touch of hops. It has a soft, slightly flat mouthfeel, and really good sweet malt flavour. The hops could stand to be a bit more aggressive, but it has a decent balance.
Overall, a very nice beer. Not earthshatteringly good, but very nice.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice little beer I found refuge in when I was tasting slews of amatuerish poorly done Japanese micros. Thank the Gods for the Silverhand who saved the day with this lovely treat.

Big fluffy pure white head on a nice golden body.
Nice pilsner aroma (I guess that is Saaz hops and pilsner malt?)
Softer in the mouthfeel than a czech pilsner, but this little beer is great. It is nicely hopped with a nice rich bisuity maltiness. They need to treat their water so that the hops come out a bit better.

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Photo of Garin
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It pours a straw yellow, the slightest bit cloudy (edit: it's chill haze. As it warms, the cloudiness disappears), with a white creamy, bubbly head that sticks to the sides of my glass as it shrinks.

Sweet floral aromas and a very subdued saaz presence.

The flavour begins crisp and clean, slightly sweet up front with an interesting progression through clean malt in the middle and a biscuity finish with some hops character that doesn't hang around too long. Perhaps not quite bitter enough for my taste, but it is very nice all the same. It's easy drinking, and completely enjoyable. Full marks for drinkability.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A summer release from Granville Island in a brown 650 ml bottle. On the side of the label it has a short blurb on the origin of the pilsner lager, and then claims that they've lagered their pilsner for over six weeks. That sounds about right.

This pils is a clear bright golden colour, smallish foamy white head that subsides to a ring, and leaves small traces of lacing. Biscuity sweet malt on the nose, followed by some metallic grain, with a faint trace of herbal hops. The hops make more of an appearance in the flavour, showing up immediately on the first sip, balancing out the grain and biscuit elements throughout to the finish. Lingering herbal hop aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full for a pils, and it lightens up on the finish. My only complaint is that the flavour profiles are too soft and rounded, it lacks that crisp sharp flavour that the grains and saaz hops would normally lend to the style. Still, it's a very drinkable Canadian interpretation on the style, Granville Island just needs to sharphen the edges on it.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the new summer seasonal from the proto-tap series brewed on Granville Island itself. The beer comes out at the same time as OK Spring Helles and Shaftebury 420 lager and I hoped this would be the superior lager as it is made in small batches and the other proto-taps have been excellent. Alas, this beer is only good and maybe not as good as the Helles.

It pours bright gold with a nice head but lacks the real saaz nose that I expected. The first taste was too malty and very canadian lager tasting. This is not the Czech Pils that I had hoped for in Granville Island. The beer finishes a little sweet and lack any real big flavour. Don't get me wrong this lager is very drinkable and better than any macro but I expected more. Drink Shaftebury or OK Springs lagers as they are less expensive and even better than this beer.

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Pilsner from Granville Island Brewery
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 6 ratings