Inland Sea Pilsner (Honey Pils) | South Shore Brewery

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Inland Sea Pilsner (Honey Pils)Inland Sea Pilsner (Honey Pils)

Brewed by:
South Shore Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Honey Pils.

Added by stirgy on 06-26-2002

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by jj21:
Photo of jj21
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It looks like I'm alone here, but I really liked this beer. The only thing I will say is that I think it may have been overcarbonated. The second I opened it, foam shot out about 2-3 inches and it was hell to pour.
Yellow body with a great head (maybe due to over-carbonation) that poured worse (or better) than a Duvel. Great retention. Aroma of homey and malts was very prevolent to me. Very crisp on the nose and pallate. Nice honey backbone to smooth out the hops nicely. Very smooth drinker. I could see sitting down with a six pack or more and not getting sick of it. It was a very fresh bottle so maybe they changed something since the other reviewers. Maybe worth a revisit by previous BA's. Solid offering.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.45/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I could take or leave this beer. There isn't anything particularly bad or good about it.

It's not very flavorful nor are the aromas particularly good. The scent is like that of the air when it's full of bees but the beer offers only the slightest taste of honey and maybe apples. The honey is definitely overly subtle.

There may be some citrus to this beer but again its hard to tell. It's just kind of bland and not very refreshing. I would be ok drinking a few of these but only if I didn’t have other options.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow orange with a half inch head on top. Looks nice in the glass. Aroma is big sweet floral honey right off the bat. Slight herbal, noble hops underneath with a nice fresh graininess. I dunno if they reformulated this or not but the honey aroma I get here is big and vibrant.

First sip is floral, herbal honey sweetness along with a creamy pale grain malt. Light noble hops on the way down bring some spiciness and a kiss of bitterness. I found this a tasty brew overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. Goes down smooth. I thought this was an interesting brew and the honey really added a nice aspect to it. Quite a twist for a pilsner. I'd probably pick this up again sometime. Good summer brew.

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Photo of bishopdc0
2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yelllow in color with a very white head it dissipates is cloudy in color not what u expect from a pils

The smell is of pale malts a slight banana.

The is matches the aroma starts with a sweetness but end with an off yeasty flavor almost too intential. What u might expect in a belgian white but with out the suger and alco to match .it is lager taste but not what I expect from a pils

Drink is easy and smooth but the aftertaste doesn't keep me drinking

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of cokes
2.54/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazed golden yellow. Charged-up head fades fast.
Some Citrus on the nose. Hints of spice(?). Maybe some honey...but mostly from the expectation.
I honestly, did not squeeze that much flavor out of this. Some evident citric tones. Maybe just a hint of honey. Some maltiness...but pretty nondescipt in nature. That is about it.. Water flavors (or lack thereof) seem to dominate.
Light bodied, with a lot of fizz.
What worse is that it is not refreshing, which it should have been.
I'll pass on this one.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a growler of this in my fridge that I picked up at the brewery a couple weeks ago and forgot about. Opened today and still fresh and well carbonated.

Appearance: Clear deep golden color with a foamy head that didn't last long but left nice lacing.

Smell: I really liked the aroma of this beer, sweet with honey and malt and just a hint of peaches or apricots.

Taste: Not quite as bold as the aromas. The sweetness and malts are definitely the highlight here. Slight honey taste, but not cloying or overpowering. No real hops presence detected, but I know they are in there somewhere.

Mouth Feel: Light to medium bodied, a little thin and watery but carbonated well.

Drinkablity: I'm not a huge fan of the style, but it's good for what it is.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.3/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Tried this at a buddy's house during the superbowl.

A - Clear honey-yellow with a small white head and a decent amount of lace.

S - Honey and cereal. Reminds me of honey brown. Not a lot going on other than honey and grain.

T - Bitter hops and sweet honey make for an odd combo. Honestly, this clashes pretty bad on the palate. Some mineral characteristics are there too.

M - Light bodied, crisp, and thirst quenching.

D - Not so good. The combination of sweet honey and bitter really turned me off.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed April 30, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Effervescent tower of slightly hazy golden delight, topped with a nice think clean white head, that seems to be holding on. Bland yeast aroma. Fruity at first, yet possibly light struck. Flavors are simple. Sweet, with light honey, a dose of hops and some yeast to finish off. A little puckery on the back end. A little too tart for a smooth finish. I have to admit that this beer would be very nice on a hot summer day, and that it’s pretty good for the style.

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Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Inland Sea Pilsner, no mention of honey anything on the label. Served in a tulip glass.

Dark amber orange color, saturated tone with the slightest haze, otherwise clarity is good. Flecks of spotty lace around the edges of the glass, though fairly minimal. The surface skim lasts for awhile, breaking apart midway through the glass.

Aroma is subdued, but as it warms up there are soft notes of apple and crackers.

Smooth feel, pleasant apple yeast esters and crackery pilsner malt flavors. Light bodied with low carbonation that thankfully is not gassy or prickly at all. Lightly sweet but finishes dry. No off flavors at all. Overall a nice pils that would be pretty sessionable in warm weather.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an American tumbler pint glass. No date or info.

A - Cloudy golden yellow with a quickly rising eggshell head with good retention and sticky lace left on the pint.

S - Refined honey and pils malts blend nicely into something refreshing in aroma with a tiny hint of German hops to the back end.

T - The honey overshadows the pils malts a bit but it still remains somewhat true to the pilsner style. A yeasty finish carries through.

M - South Shore's Honey Pils is sweet and medium-bodied with a smooth, soft texture and a light, refreshing finish.

D - A good summer beer, the honey comes out nicely in this one to a good sweet level but not cloying.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour into my imperial pint creates a fluffy, white head that recedes slowly. A nice looking layer of carbonation remains throughout. The beer is a pale, golden amber in color.

smell: The balance here seems pretty good. There is a decent spicy hop presence alongside a considerable honey, amber malt sweetness. Not bad at all.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body on the heavier end of the light range.

taste: Not much honey flavor on the tongue, it's contribution to this beer seems to be mostly aromatic...though it does add to the sweetness somewhat. The characteristics are a moderate sweetness, some grainy malt flavors, and a light bitterness that comprises the finish.

drinkability: Pretty easy to drink, and interesting enough to get a "good" mark.

Picked up a single at Woodman's while visiting dirtylou here in Madison. Part of me feels that this beer is incorrectly categorized.

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Photo of lester619
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this a buddy's house last weekend. Never heard of them before. Poured into a pint glass there was a hell of a lot of carbonation. Over half the glass was foam and there is not even a pint of liquid in the bottle. Head goes away fairly quickly. Golden yellow that is very cloudy like a wheat beer. Not all that apealing. Smell is kind of fruity, maybe some pear, flowery notes. Not sure. This doesn't look or smell all that great, but it tasted pretty good. Sharp, clean, refreshing, enough hop bitterness to make it worth my while. You can tell there is honey in there someplace. I could put down a few of theese on a hot day. I like it. I would drink it again. I wouldn't drive to Ashland for it, but it's not bad.

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Photo of atone315
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of wallrock
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of pweis909
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

American macro-lager? Style doesn't seem right. There is more malt in this beer than you get in a macro. Maybe more of a Munich helles? But not really hoppy enough to be a pils, to my way of thinking.

Gold, translucent, with a creamy head. Malt dominates the aroma and taste. I don't think there is actually honey in this beer, but maybe honey malt, aka brumalt, provides some of the sweetness? Hops are present to keep things balanced and drinkable.

This is not a beer that challenges, but just invites you to enjoy it.

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Photo of bplabernie
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sweemzander
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one!

(A)- Pours a huge eruption of white fluffy head. Beneath that is a clear goldenrod color. Crazy retention and lacing.

(S)- A lightly dry yet crisp lemon creaminess. Finishes in a light grassy honey sweetness.

(T)- A blast of sweet honey and lemon crispness. Finishes in a dry husk-like grass profile.

(M)- A rather large carbonation level even for the style. Sweet and creamy with a light grassy kick. Plenty of honey sweetness in this.

(D)- An interesting take on the style. Crisp and refreshing yet sweet at the same time. Creamy malts galore.

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Photo of slavall
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Strix
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can't decide if this is a pilsner or a macro lager. Clear yellow with little head. Perhaps a hint of honey and grains in the smell. Taste of fresh grains, maybe a gentle honey finish. Mouthfeel somewhat weak. This is drinkable, but wasn't very exciting for me. I'm not really a fan of this style, whatever style this is, I prefer a little more flavor to things. This has more flavor than a Budweiser, but not enough flavor to keep me too interested. South Shore has much better offerings.

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Photo of Matuhg
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of demcorhip
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice looking pils. Crystal clear straw coloured pils with big, three finger white coloured head (although once the remainder from the bottle was poured in it did get cloudy). Decent amount of carbonation is helping to keep the head around. In fact, it is displaying excellent retention, and is leaving big, sticky, fluffy gobs of lace.

Honeyed cracker accentuated by floral Nobel hops.

Simple malts, a touch of honey from the honey malt, as well as clean malt flavour from the pale malts. A fairly clean hop bitterness shows up at the finish, along with Nobel hops that hint at lemon, citrus, and fresh cut grass.

Light bodied, and fairly clean and crisp. This is quite refreshing after spending some time outside working on the graden. Smooth and almost creamy as well, perhaps from the use of honey malt.

This is a great summer beer, it would be easy to knock more than a few of these back. And its certainly approachable enough to macro drinkers to be a nice fit for summer gathering fare. Im getting more and more impressed with this brewery, and will certainly be drinking more from them. Nothing overly complex here, but even this approachable brew has some nice subtleties to be appreciated by the craft beer drinker and fans of the style.

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Photo of zeff80
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a small, fizzy, white, short lived head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of grains, honey and some floral notes. Nice and pleasant.

T - This lager has a sweet blend of honey and caramel with a touch of grain flavor. There is a mild bitter grass hop profile.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a fairly dry finish. A light bodied and easy drinking pale lager.

D - Overall, this is a pretty nice beer. I could see enjoying a sixer of this on a warm day by Lake Superior.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Largely malt aroma with a developing sweetness in time that appears to be the honey. Not without hops, but mild. Light aroma character overall. Honey most notable in aroma.
Cloudy gold with a very short-lived rather white head that eventually just becomes a smear of bubbles and a ring. Appealing enough.
Nice touch of sweetness upfront, but it doesn't last to long as a hoppy presence in flavor and bitterness appears to balance and then eventually dominate, but not in a heavy handed manner. It pretty much lasts to the finish which consists of a short-lived slighty bitter and slightly dry conclusion.
Fairly heavy and thick feel, which gives it a nice feel, although may not be appropriate for style (it's closer to Schell Pils).
Light in flavor oveall, but enjoyable enough and worth a purchase if spending some hot summer time in the great north woods and lakes and looking to avoid the normal macro swill.

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Inland Sea Pilsner (Honey Pils) from South Shore Brewery
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