Highland Pilsner
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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #63
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #17,763
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 10.82%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
85
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Highland PilsnerHighland Pilsner
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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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 85
Photo of Reef
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of Foyle
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of mrmojoe
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Dieseltech1982
2.04/5  rDev -47.4%
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.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy pale straw yellow.
Smell is grassy hops with a hint of pepper.
Tastes like it smells. Grassy with some pepper.
The finish is a slightly sweet fruit.

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Photo of JimKal
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is yet another pilsner that just didn't work for me. Pours a nice yellow with good carbonation, a decent head, and nice lacing on the drink down. But for taste and mouthfeel I much prefer Woosie.

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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with a 30 November 2016 date stamp on the bottom into a lager glass.
Pours pale golden in color with fine clarity and visible carbonation. A good sized white head proves to be capable of leaving fine lacing even as it reduces to a thin top coat rather quickly.
Mild for style, mainly due to a rather light hop load, this is a clean and refreshing pilsner. Good, if a bit subtle, complexity. Nice medium-light body with proper carbonation and a reasonably dry finish.

Overall: recommended, but enjoy the subtleties and don't expect to be hit over the head with HOPS.

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Photo of argock
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottled on mixed 12-pack received as a Christmas gift from a co-worker.

A: clear pale yellow with white frothy 2-finger head and decent lacing.

S: Crackery, ready pils graininess with mild herbal, slightly grassy hops aromas

T: Solid pils flavor, not as bitter as it probably should be but with solid pils malt crackery character with herbal, honeysuckle, and floral hops notes. Low-medium bitterness that may have fallen off due to age.

M: Fairly crisp but I think could use a bit more carbonation to make the body a bit light and bite a little sharper.

O: Solid beer and would be glad to have anytime -- would love to have a fresher example and will update when that happens.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, it pours a nice light golden color with a sweet, fluffy, head. The head lasts a while. Citrus in the nose. The mouth gets the ever so slightly bitter malt flavor. Yum!

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Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

Brewer's intention is a German style Pilsner. Clear golden hue, lot of bubbles rushing to the top. The hop character is pretty deep, more than just one or two hops are used. German Hallertau Blanc, a few other Hallertau types, Saphir, Perle, and Hersbrucker hops produce a fresh grass, lemony, peppery, dragonfruit, tea-like, and leafy tone in the nose and on the palate. Ample hop bitterness weighs on the pale malt backbone. Clean and refreshing with a hint of alcohol in the finish. A spectacular brew.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and bright, straw yellow in color. White, near finger head with decent retention, resulting in thin, broken layer of suds. Fair lacing with some spotting and a few broken lines.

Smell - Aroma is mostly lightly fruity (think a trio of apple, grape and faint apricot) and a bit of grain, with hints of black pepper and some fresh cut grass.

Taste - Follows the nose a bit. Lots of clean grain and fresh grass up front and throughout. Lesser notes of black pepper spice and some very light fuitiness come through mid-taste. Faint caramel in the finish that is otherwise dominated by the aforementioned hop character and fair grain notes, along with a hint of mild lemon.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with moderate carbonation. Slightly bitey. Not as crisp and dry in the finish as one might want in a pilsner, but nothing much to complain about here, either.

Overall - This is a unique and fantastic tasting pilsner. Not the sharpest, easiest drinking pilsner, but nothing that would be too heavy even on the hottest of days. All the Highland beers I've tried have been quite solid in the very least. I'd recommend them to anyone looking to try a brewery with solid beers throughout all styles.

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Photo of scbeerman
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Likely the best American-made old-world style pilsner I've had. Perfectly balanced between mildly bready malt and peppery, herbal, and lightly tropical notes from a mixture of old and new German hop varieties, it finishes clean, crisp, and inviting. Mouthfeel is creamier than I sometimes prefer, likely as a result of higher-than-average ABV for the style. Still, an excellently executed take on the style. For $7.99 a six pack, this is tough to beat.

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Photo of chamberscreek
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pilsners are a tough lot for me to review. They're a great beer during the hot summer season, but tougher to pull out much character. The Highland Pilsner fills the bill for summer refreshment, and it's certainly far better than average. It opens up with a crisp, lightly-citrusy aroma, with a hint of something -- almost a melon flavor (just not sure). Bubbles are just right. There's not a lot of ooomph in the middle of this beer, but that's a pilsner -- it still manages to show some flavor and character, and ends with a nice clean finish. Very drinkable without being boring.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This crystal-clear, very effervescent paleish-gold beer is topped by a large white rocky head that shows modest retention; lacing is fair, consisting of bands and dots. The nose is light, leading with lemony cookie-dough malt, beautifully balanced by spicy Noble hops, all overridden by light alcohol overtones- understated but deliciously well-executed. The palate is bigger than the nose: a very slightly sweetish grainy/biscuity malt hedged round by a modest Noble hop spice and a slight tartish lemon character; the bitterness is pleasant but on the lighter end of the range for the style. The finish is quite clean, showing just a hint of caramel, though it is fairly astringent and has a good carbonation bite; the linger is a moderate spicy/tannic bitterness that lasts for awhile. Mouthfeel is right for the light body, and the texture is medium-creamy and quite peppery from the enthusiastic carbonation. (12 oz can, 100 days after pkg)

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 05/12/16, poured & enjoyed 25 July 2016.

Straw gold, essentially clear with a white head that left a little lacing on my glass. Nice mildly bready or crackery aroma with what I imagine as a light golden hops aroma, slightly spicy. Taste presents a great balance of light bready malt and crisp hops. Both were fresh & clean but made their presence known distinctly. A good, maybe great, pilsner that doesn't try to be anything else.

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Photo of John1985
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice yellow gold with a quick fading head. Aroma was bready malts with some hops in back. Very balanced flavor of malt sweetness and hops with a slightly bitter finish. Very flavorful and refreshing. This is a nice change up from my usual prima pils and Nooner.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, blonde body with a medium-small, white head.

Smell: A little grassy, grainy with some lightly sweetish subtle honey tones and a singular drop of lemon.

Taste: A subtly honeyish taste of lightly bready, lightly biscuits pils malt. Grassy herbaceousness tamed with a touch of sweet, clean lemon. Acceptably bitter. Drying finish with light, lingering tastes of pilsner malt and sun-dried herb.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A decent pils.

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Photo of TonyLema1
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: beautiful, clear straw color, nice fluffy white head
S: biscuity, with earthy hops
T: smooth, slight breadiness, hop flavors at the finish
F: light bodied, I could crush these all day
O: could be my favorite American made pils

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Photo of Dave1999
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a completely transparent light straw colour.

The smell is grass, lemon, pepper, very little light.

Taste is grass, lemon, medium bitterness, light malt.

The mouthfeel is crisp, light, medium carbonation.

I really enjoyed this Pilsner easy drinking with some delicious German hops.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can, filled 5/11/16, poured into a pint glass. Clear, pale yellow with green tinges (due to the lighting), translucent, with a half finger of white head that moves to a thin lace prior to the first sip. Aroma is of grass, mild spice, and light floral notes. The taste is clean pilsner based, with a slight zing to it. Grass and grains round it out. Stone fruit is mentioned, but I only pick it up slightly as it warms and get to the 2nd half of the glass. The mouthfeel is light, and the carbonation is medium light, very smooth.

Goes down fast, eminently sessional, and well crafted. A good break from the IPA onslaught I subject myself to, especially in the summer months.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A pale gold beer with a white head that fades but leaves a tiny bit of lacing behind. The aroma is bright with hints of lemon, grass, yeast and some floral notes. A nice sweet taste with a bitter finish that is accented with lemon and malt. Really good example of a pils.

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Highland Pilsner from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 85 ratings