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Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States
German Pilsner
Ranked #156
Ranked #17,645
3.87 | pDev: 11.11%
Jan 01, 2023
Apr 27, 2016
Very Good
Notes: A finely nuanced pilsner featuring German Hallertau Blanc hops and three other Hallertau region varietals. Saphir, Perle, and Hersbrucker hops add notes of stone fruit, pepper, and lush grass to the German pilsner malt body. Cold fermented with lager yeast for a crisp, dry finish.
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Reviewed by CBlack85 from South Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Goose Island Willi Becher Glass

The beer pours crystal clear golden straw color with about three fingers worth of frothy white head that recedes slowly, leaving behind very little lacing.

The aroma is quite nice and inviting; lightly hoppy, mildly bready, with just the slightest lemony citrus

The flavor is smaller and less impressive; with a grainy sweetness and grassy hop character. it is fairly clean and pleasant, but lacks complexity. Medium/light bodied with a nice level of carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent beer, and is very drinkable, but leaves me wanting something more.
Jan 01, 2023
Rated: 4.4 by Mojo9 from Illinois

Sep 01, 2022
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Reviewed by brewerburgundy from West Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12oz can, tulip, canned 3/4/22.

The color is what I’d call blonde, it’s a lighter beautiful gold that seems to have a touch of haze. The head is poofy and white, made up of larger and smaller bubbles, with decent retention.

Crackery with a hint of lemon and minerals, the aroma is effervescent. It’s dry as a bone.

Its as effervescent as promised by the aroma, beginning with a rush of bubbles and light pilsner malt notes before giving the gifts of cut grass, lemon zest hops and a staunch, crisp bitterness.

It’s almost puckeringly dry and the carbonation is delightfully high.

This is a very enjoyable, dry, and flavorful Pilsner.
Aug 06, 2022
Rated: 4.55 by Hoptometrist from Ohio

Jun 28, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

Jun 22, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by Phoodcritic from Michigan

Apr 01, 2022
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Reviewed by lagrluvr

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 oz. can pours a pale straw clear body with nice full white head that slowly fades down, minimal lacing
smells are fresh crisp pale malt and German hops; much more than the typical bargain pils typically has.
Classic pils flavors, with a touch more complex hops bill that provides a nice little bitter edge. Not quite Urquell, but this is a German style pilsner, and a damn good one. Not perfect, but very good.
Feels great and crushable, clean finishing 5.5 abv local lager that is a solid go to when you just want the hopped traditional pilsner . Makes a great black n tan with their oatmeal porter. A Ballsy killer pilsner for years . Tons of flavor for a pilsner, and consistently a go to if you like German Pilsner. more complex and bodied than others. I love Warsteiner, and this comes in right next to that in terms of body, flavor, character....
Sep 10, 2021
Rated: 3.96 by MillyLite from Michigan

Jul 20, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by AlexL323 from North Carolina

Apr 07, 2021
Rated: 4.07 by ckaire69 from Georgia

Feb 27, 2021
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Rated by mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
On tap. Pours golden with white head. Body is light and crisp. Taste is of grassy, piney hops and biscuit malt. Long dry finish. Nice brew.
Oct 29, 2020
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Reviewed by hops_for_thought from New York

4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from a can (19May2020) into a pint glass

L: pours a perfectly clear very light straw gold (srm ~1-2) with a thick, dense white head. Sticks around for a couple minutes, leaves chunky thick lacing

S: nice, classic lighter pilsner nose. Malt leads, getting fresh bread, biscuit, graham cracker. Slightly sweet. Followed closely by nice noble hop character, floral, herbal, slightly spicy

T: delivers the nose, with the hops and malt coming across almost simultaneously and very well. Bittering noble hop character, earthy and somewhat spicy, playing off of the nice graham cracker/bread malt flavor. Less of that sweet character that I got from the nose. Medium/long finish, slightly drying

F: medium carbonation, light body, moderately drying, crisp, drinkable

O: delicious, full flavored pilsner with great hop and malt character. Drinkable and refreshing
Aug 14, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by markallmon from Tennessee

Jun 06, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Mandpasbury from North Carolina

Jun 02, 2020
Rated: 4.71 by PuffySAJ from South Carolina

Apr 23, 2020
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Reviewed by SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz. can poured Into pilsner glass
looks the part - straw gold, clear, bible rising.. nice white head fades out , Lacing is present around the sides...
Aromas are faint today, but wait til the end....Highland always leaves a nice malty aroma in the empty glass.
Classic Pilsner taste, with a crisp, dry body with substance, and peppery hop presence. Almost a touch fuller/smoother than a typical Pils? Very drinkable! This is a real good versatile beer, folks! One of the best US pils I've had yet.
4.25 being "Repeatable, many times". Easily.
Mar 29, 2020
Rated: 3.65 by jsouza from Massachusetts

Feb 26, 2020
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Reviewed by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appears Golden yellow, nice lacing and white head that dropped quickly.
Smells lightly bready, floral, lemony.
Taste follows the nose.
Mouth feel is light medium for the style. Nice amount of carbonation.
Overall, a good beer for the style.
Jan 28, 2020
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Reviewed by Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Very good pilsner, just a bit shy of outstanding. Pours a pale yellow with full head. Aroma is grassy and malty. Taste follows with a hint of citrus and lime. Light mouthfeel and a crisp, clean, dry finish.
Nov 19, 2019
Rated: 2.58 by bendukes86 from South Carolina

Oct 28, 2019
Rated: 3.63 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Oct 01, 2019
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Reviewed by Reef from South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 oz can
Pale straw, healthy two fingers head, full lacing
Grassy, malt aromas
Pleasant hop flavors, biscuit, light citrus,
Light and refreshing but full of flavor
My favorite from Highland.
Mar 09, 2019
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Reviewed by Foyle from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from 12 oz can into schooner glass. A sudsy, thick white head drops slowly with plenty of lacing. Color is clear pale straw. Aroma of grain and grassy hops. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors: cracker, lightly toasted malt, lemon and grassy hops. Overall: a worthy pilsner.
Jan 04, 2019
Rated: 3.83 by MephistosCafe from North Carolina

Jan 03, 2019
Rated: 4.44 by gschultz1942 from North Carolina

Oct 06, 2018
Rated: 4.39 by Matuhg from Michigan

Sep 20, 2018
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Reviewed by Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearance - Pours very clear yellow with thick foamy white head that lasts quite a while. Spotty lacing all around the glass.

Aroma - Floral hops, grassy, little sweet malt, some cracker.

Taste - Grassy up front, very mild smooth floral hops, toasted biscuit, little citrus.

Feel - Super light bodied crisp clean.

Overall - Excellent pilsner great flavors so well balanced easy drinking.
Sep 14, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by CollinaTiger from South Carolina

Aug 30, 2018
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Reviewed by mrmojoe from South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Very pale, almost clear. A little citrus, a little bready malt, a little pepper perhaps, a grassy/herbal note, and a decent hop finish; it's all there, but very understated, in a good way. A very well balanced, easy drinking pilsner. A clear step above macro brews, and perfect for summer, or when you want good beer but don't want to be beat over the head with it.
Jul 29, 2018
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Rated by Thehoff_21 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Great crisp refreshing beer
Jul 27, 2018
Rated: 4 by ECUPirate03 from North Carolina

Jul 20, 2018
Rated: 3.77 by jak from North Carolina

Jul 19, 2018
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Reviewed by NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Filled 05/16/18

L- The beer pours a beautiful clear straw with a full four fingers of pure white foam. The head recedes to a thin ring leaving modest lacing.
S- The nose is light both with spicy and earthy hop tones. There is just the slightest hint of sulfur in the backround.
T- Like the nose the hops hit you up front with spicy and earthy tones. The malt is light, but the bitterness I perceived is likewise light overall and it comes across as a balanced beer.
F- Overall mouthfeel is light. Carbonation is only moderate which takes away from the lightness a bit. All in all, it's still an easy drinking beer.
O- A good pilsener overall. It lacks a bit in bitterness and carbonation, but those are my only nitpicks. I'll have no problem finishing the 6 pack. Worth the money if your looking for an American pilsener.
Jul 01, 2018
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Reviewed by rapayn01 from Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I've had this a couple of times on tap at local restaurants and bars. It is a really good example of the style, though I probably inflate my taste scores by a quarter point when beers are on tap and tasty. I should look for this pilsener in cans because I enjoy the crisp refreshment in the summer.
Jun 08, 2018
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 6/20/2017. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, peach, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, peach, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 5.5%. Overall this is a very nice German pilsener. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Really great clean pils malt showcase, with nice earthy hop balance. A bit of fruitiness from the hops; but this is really traditional tasting, spot on stuff for the style. A very enjoyable offering.
May 19, 2018
Rated: 3.84 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Oct 28, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by OriginalWayOut from North Carolina

Sep 12, 2017
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Reviewed by Dieseltech1982 from North Carolina

2.04/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25
Not worth the time or money. Awful for a pilsner. No hops at all. Highland could do much better. I was very disappointed, tasted bland and very plain.
Jul 22, 2017
Rated: 3.68 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Jun 18, 2017
Rated: 3.28 by ntanner83 from Massachusetts

Jun 13, 2017
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