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Straub Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Pilsner - German
3.81 | pDev: 12.34%
Jan 07, 2018
May 18, 2014
Very Good
Notes: Classic, spicy European hop character. Light malty notes and a crisp clean finish. Originally released by Straub in 1951 called Straub "Fine Beer'.
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3.54 by Chackman151 from Arizona on Jan 07, 2018
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3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

12 oz bottle poured into Carton Dubvariant glass.

L: Light straw color, 2F head with good retention, some lacing, cap and ring.

S: Lots of Pils malts, some citrus, some yeastiness.

T: Bready and malty, a little bit of lemon, and hint of spice and some bitterness.

F: Medium body, light to medium carbonation. Nice balance.

O: Decent Pils.

Sep 30, 2016
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

Had this on 2016-09-15 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz bottle

A - Fairly-clear, straw-gold with a 1.5-finger head and good lace.

S - Fruity, rising bread, honeysuckle. Pleasant.

T - Sharp bite of lemon zest bitterness up front, then lightly toasted bread, grassy, herbal, white pepper. Bitterness starts early and lasts long into the finish. The bitterness is on the harsh side.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation

O - Not bad but the harsh hop flavors are more than I care for in Pilsner.

Sep 15, 2016
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2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Mildly hazed medium yellow color. One and a half fingers of pillowy white head. Retention is about average and a half finger of lacing is left behind.

3.0 S: Bready and crackery malts. Light grassy hops. Hay with a light metallic note. A touch of yeastiness. Not as clean as I usually like my pilsners, but still decent.

2.75 T: Like the nose, this isn't the cleanest of pilsners. Somewhat muddled bready and cracker malts. Bready, borderline doughy yeastiness. Just a touch more bitter than I'd prefer. Grassy and earthy hop flavor.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A bit less bity than Straub's other craft offerings, however, it isn't as crisp as I'd like for the style.

3.0 D: Pretty mediocre pils. Not bad, but there's plenty of much better ones out there.

Sep 04, 2016
3.79 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania on Aug 13, 2016
3.28 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Aug 11, 2016
3.36 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Aug 11, 2016
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

A - Very clear bright gold color with a thin creamy lacing ring and moderate carbonation.

S - Honey malt and lemon citrus aroma.

T - Honey malt with slight toastiness, somewhat grainy, and finishes with a floral citrus bitterness that cancels out any sweetness as it lingers with some toasted sweet honey poking through ever so slightly.

M - Medium body with gentle prickly carbonation that ends creamy.

O - A decent pilsner, but not memorable.

Aug 07, 2016
3.75 by DeutschesBier from Maryland on Jul 05, 2016
3.7 by Octoberist from Pennsylvania on May 29, 2016
3.77 by Maillard from Ohio on May 20, 2016
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3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

My beloved, in-person trader, tone77 (who has departed for points south for the winter) dropped this off for me at one point, only to have it become part of the interminable bottle backlog at Chez Woody. I am on a (modest) hiatus from leaving Chez Woody to try and get caught up.

From the bottle: "The world's first Pilsner was brewed in Bohemia in 1842, the same year our town of St. Marys, PA was founded by Bavarian immigrants. We brewed this classic continental Pilsner to celebrate our rich heritage and lager brewing traditions."; "Our founder, Peter Straub, began brewing in 1872 in the German settlement of St. Marys, PA. Five generations later, we are proud to be one of the few remaining American Legacy Breweries (tm) in the country producing American lagers."

I Pop!ped the cap and gave it a heavy-handed pour since previous reviews indicated that it was unfiltered. I got just over a finger of puffy, bone-white head with decent retention for my trouble. Color was a cloudy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose had the biscuity, grassy scent that I associate with the GER style of Pils. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was really big with Noble hops. Even better! OMFG. If they can make this to put in a bottle, might they put it in a CAN?!? I am really impressed by their lager offerings thus far. Back to the taste. Very grassy with an underlying biscuitiness. Man, this is just the kind of thing that we Pennsylvanians love! Break out the pretzels and we're made. Finish was semi-dry and very pleasant, leaving a grassy flavor in its wake.

Nov 23, 2015
4 by geodonnokepyo from Pennsylvania on Sep 14, 2015
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4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JPowell712 from Pennsylvania

This was a real treat of a beer. This is by far one of my favorite Pilsners. Right off of the pour you notice it is unfiltered by the cloudy appearance. The smell was very pleasant, sweet and slightly citrusy. The taste was a big refreshing crisp beer! The taste was one of the best I have had in a Pilsner. These are so good, I could drink many in one sitting! A very good beer to get your hands on!

Aug 08, 2015
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4.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by wattoclone from California

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber with billowing persistent head. Aroma is flowery pungent ripe fruit. Taste is malty and lightly fruity with a hop finish, exactly what one expects from a German pilsner. Outstanding for the style. All four German style beers in this Straub sampler pack are as as close to any authentic import as I have had. In fact, in a blind taste test I would have never guessed they were brewed in PA.

Jul 26, 2015
3.36 by Uniobrew31 from Pennsylvania on Jun 07, 2015
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3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, grains. Taste is malts, grains, a mild sweetness, hops are present at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a good thirst quenching beer.

Jun 06, 2015
4.14 by FatBoyGotSwagger from Pennsylvania on Jun 05, 2015
3.33 by misternebbie from Pennsylvania on Dec 26, 2014
4 by Bob255 from Pennsylvania on Dec 07, 2014
3.5 by ColdWaffles from Pennsylvania on Sep 18, 2014
3.5 by canawler from Pennsylvania on Aug 13, 2014
4.5 by SWPA_Brew from Pennsylvania on Aug 06, 2014
3.25 by IPAchris from Pennsylvania on Aug 03, 2014
3.5 by curlybird from Pennsylvania on Aug 02, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Scrapss from Pennsylvania

Poured from the bottle into a Staub Pilsner glass

A: Crystal clear yellow body, white head with soapy lacing and a 2 finger head that compacts to a thin disk. Carbonation is constant and sparse, with new bubbles travelling from bottom to top.

S: Classic Euro Hop profile with a little bit of that "skunk thing", combined with a nice malty backbone. As with all Straub products, a slightly vinuous note in the nose is present.

T: Perfectly follows nose with some very distinct classic German hop notes (Tettanger) and very clean light malts like carapils or a light two row.

M: It has a light-medium body with perfect carbonation. Finish wells up into a mild malty/sour note and falls down gently into a soft malty middle with a prickly/spicy side of the tongue feeling. Very nice.

O: These guys struck a nice balance with a classic lager style. Would recommend as an alternative try for anyone that likes any other Pilsner offerings.

Jul 27, 2014
3.5 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Jul 25, 2014
3 by Waveoff from Pennsylvania on Jul 20, 2014
3.75 by ChuckMartel37 from Pennsylvania on Jul 18, 2014
5 by Tbrookchris from Pennsylvania on Jul 16, 2014
3.75 by bret717 from Pennsylvania on Jul 15, 2014
5 by Adastra from Texas on Jul 10, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by drtth from Pennsylvania

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear bright golden yellow color with a 3/4" fluffy white head. As the foam begins to recede it leaves leggy lacing around the glass. There is more foam that glass showing. Sipping cleans one side of the glass and creates some widely scattered small patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas include the biscuity malt and herbal, grassy noble hop.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the grassy, herbal character dominating, a touch of sweetness from the biscuity malt that mingles with some background bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and slightly prickly from the persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the hops and malt start to fade into slightly the sweet earthy bitterness that never quite becomes dry.

On the whole this is a well made Pils that I'll be having again occasionally. While it is not, in my opinion one of the best made in PA it is a reasonable contender but not quite there yet for my tastes.

Jun 25, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by BeerIsland from Pennsylvania

The Pilsner didn't hold a head too long but the cloudy gold looked nice in the glass. Light malt aroma and little hops. Lightish in general although the maits are pretty good. Cripsness is traded in for a softer and pleasant mouthfeel. All in all, a pretty decent beer.

Jun 22, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

Found this in my mix six section. Almost had all their beers! Into a pint glass.

A - Good orange yellow color with a 1/2 of head that pulls back to a mild lace ring. Not much sticky lacing.
S - Rather sweet smelling with mild cereal grains. Mild hops but mostly sweet.
T - Mild hops, cereal grains, and some sweeter malts. Not much skunk. Not bad.
M - Light to medium body. Easy to drink.

Overall it was worth the $1.85 but I don't enjoy the style very much. One and done really.

Jun 20, 2014
4 by aqualung23 from Pennsylvania on Jun 16, 2014
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3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by wvsabbath from West Virginia

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden tan, 1/2 foamy head with some decent lacing.

Smell - Pilsner malts, caramel, minor bitter hops, some sugars and a bready/grainy aroma.

Taste - First sip has plenty of biscuit and bready malts along with some bitter hops. Minor sweet sugars, a bit of herbal flavor and caramel. A little orange and grapefruit near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light and smooth malts coat the tongue. Palate gets some hops, sugars and herbal notes. Aftertaste is caramel malts, a little bitter hops and some light sugars.

Overall - Simple and easy to drink. Nothing new for the style just done well enough to enjoy. I enjoyed the hop kick it provided and it works well with the malts. Not bad at all.

May 31, 2014
4.5 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania on May 23, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by WVbeergeek from West Virginia

Real beer drinkers please go forth and flock toward this Straub Sunshine Sampler pack, it's awesome four styles all incredibly drinkable a great mix of warm weather beers. This stuff looks great in a glass crystal clear straw golden hay toned with a bright white head forming thick fine speckled lacing left behind in glorious even bands.

Aromatics citrus herbal and grassy noble hops speak volumes the label states there are 35 IBUs with Sterling, Tettnang, and traditional hops. Beautiful citrus nose grassy hops layered with each other biscuit malts interwoven skillfully.

Flavors are fantastic, flowing forth with citric noble hopped, notes of hay, and fresh cut grass. A bit of residual sweetness found with each sip, that I don't care for in my pils I want this thing fermented out almost completely. I just went through a case of Sunshine Pils from Troeg's this is definitely more in line with an American brewed pilsner than the version from Troeg's which finishes bone dry just the way a like it just a kiss of malts. This has some grainy malt character, bready qualities, and nice depth overall. Still great just not the way I like my pilsner...rich malt depth on the other hand is this beers strength.

I'm a fan of the new wave of Straub creations whoever is responsible my hat is off to you, rich cereal grains on the palate are married with great hop character leading to a semi dry mouthfeel light to medium bodied ample carbonation goes down easy with each sip.

Overall I think I've stated my opinion on this German style pils, brewed in St Mary's PA where Straub's German roots are shining in modern day brewing!

May 20, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a crystal clear golden amber color with a one finger head of pure white foam. Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles are seen streaming up through the brew. The head fades relatively quickly leaving only a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is mainly of a bready smell mixed with some lightly grainy smells. Along with these aromas are some lighter caramel and light fruit smells of apricot and peach as well as a hint of a grassy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a very smooth bready flavor mixed with a little bit of a doughy and caramel taste. These flavors create a nice base for the profile lasting to the end of the taste. Along with these more malty flavors some other lighter sweet tastes of a light fruit flavor of apricot, peach and a bit of orange comes to the tongue. Right at the end some herbal hop flavors and a bit of hay come to the taste, leaving a very pleasant flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side as well. The thick body is really nice for the bready and malty flavors of the brew all while the higher carbonation does a wonderful job at keeping the brew more crisp and refreshing.

Overall – This is a very nice pilsner. Very flavorful but yet still crisp and refreshing with a nice clean flavor. Very nice.

May 18, 2014
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