Schmucker Bio-Pils | Privat Brauerei Schmucker Ober-Mossau KG

10 Ratings

Brewed by:
Privat Brauerei Schmucker Ober-Mossau KG

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by CAMRAhardliner on 10-06-2009

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of paxkey
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Love the bottle cap on this beer. Has a color image of their mascot(?)( a grey haired gentleman dressed in what looks like quaker garb) holding up a frothy mug.

pours out cloudy and pale. very yellow colored beer looks like lemonade. huge frothy head, 3 fingers and nice lacing. so far looks like a well made beer.

citrus in the aroma. smells like a light lager. no off smells, just familiar and not very inspiring.

starts out smooth, a little too smooth, kinda slides down the throat like an easy drinking macro. a bit bitter on the finish with little to no aftertaste. bready malt and citrus notes.

easy drinking and plain, no macro off-tastes, but not very exciting either. a well made but otherwise boring drink.

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Photo of Sammy
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A drinkable but not so great German Pilsner. Lots of white foam on a very pale yellow body. Cheesy smell. Expires many months into the future. Highly over carbonated and almost astringent also overpowers the fact that there is some malt here that is not bad.

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Photo of biegaman
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As far as I know there's nothing in the organic rulebook that says you can't filter your beer; looking through the fogginess of this glass is like trying to see to the other side of a tornado. And the yellow colour is awfully drab and toneless. And the foam exists only along the perimeter. Despite all this, I'm attracted to it - it looks genuine and substantial.

Likewise for the aroma. The hops measure up twice as tall as the malts and they have the pungency of a hockey locker room after overtime. It has lemons and grassiness, a little something floral, an aura worthy of being bottled as perfume that keeps me going back in again and again for giant breaths. I don't know if I'll ever get around to drinking it.

Ten minutes later I still haven't had enough of smelling it but I suppose it's time I take a taste. Not bad. Not as fetching as the bouquet but it makes a formidable opponent. The lightly peppered spice, the lemony suds, the grassy undertones all follow us over into flavour but linger only in small capacity in the aftertaste. But enough about hoppiness...

The malts are uncharacteristically damp and heavy for a pils. Normally this is a fairly plain, light-bodied style but this one seems to have let itself go a little and is drinking a little pudgy. Because the malts remain clean and neutral and the beer is still every bit as refreshing it doesn't impact things negatively, on the contrary, I appreciate the extra heft.

I'm not sure how much going organic helps the environment if you ship it half way around the world but it does seemingly do things for quality and drinkability. Schmucker Bio-Pils is one of the few German pilsners that's made it to this part of North America in fine shape. The organic element is a plus but this is worth buying for a whole bunch of other reasons.

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Photo of pootz
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Small 330ml bottle (thanks Cal)

Pours a hazey light straw color with a linen white cap...modest retention and lace.

Good nose for a Franconian Pils; rising biscuit dough over woody-twiggy leafy nobel hopping.

Nice hop bite in the front recedes to let malts impart a permeating biscuit taste, balanced by herbal-earthy tones and a light musty undertone....clean, lightly dry finish with a light hop bite at the end.

Nicely done organic unfiltered lager but muted....I suspect the export version is pasteurized for stability and that process removes a good deal of the natural taste of this beer (which is the whole point of producing an unfilterd beer). I'd like to try this on tap fresh.

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Photo of Derek
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy dirty straw, white head, light retention & lace.

S: Huge hop aroma: steelie-grass, floral, slightly herbal & peppery. Some underlying sulfur from the yeast & hints of grainy biscuit.

T: Really nice hopping, but the malt doesn't back it up. Steelie grass, floral & slightly herbal, quite grainy (uncharacteristic of a German brew, especially a Pils); fresh, crisp apple, decent bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body has a surprising hop acidity.

D: Decent, but I expect more from the father land.

I'm not sure if organic malting hasn't yet matured (smaller malt houses?), or if it's the varieties that perform without chemical assistance are just naturally more grainy?

Thanks Bobsy, I owe you one!

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Photo of bobsy
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle as part of my ongoing effort to educate myself about pilseners. I tried this back to back with a local example from Old Credit. Schmucker's big claim is that they use organic hops and malt.

Pours perhaps the lightest colour of any pils I've come across. This is a pastel yellow with a slight haze, and a good bone white head that shows good retention and lace. Earthy, herbal aroma, full of grain. In fact, lots and lots of grain.

The brewery lists this at 30IBUs, and the hops do provide a bit of a bite upfront. After that, though, it descends into a deep and uncharacteristic graininess, that I've not found in the style before - perhaps this is a feature of the organic malt? Its also earthy and mineral heavy with a good herbal profile. The bitterness lightly reasserts itself in the finish. An odd flavour for a pils, and one I'd dig more were it not for the occasional hint of plastic at the back of some sips. The body is about right for the style, though the carbonation is a bit too prickly.

Weird, but drinkable.

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

While I was down at the queens quay LCBO I noticed this bottle which id never seen before so what the hay something new to try.
The beer poured a nice golden yellow with a mild opaqueness. This was topped off by a nice pure white head with good retention, eventually settling to a nice thing but present coating on top.

Powerful malt tones akin to crackers and bread first hit me upon initial whiff. Nice floral hoppiness though a bit subdued. Juicy apple esters mingled throughout the nose giving a very refreshing feeling.

The hop bitterness was right up front on this one as I would expect from a true pilsner. Sweetness from the malt played second fiddle but was a great balancing act to the mild astringent hop presence. Notes of juicy star fruit esters mixed with honey. A linger bitterness finish off the palette nicely. It was very smooth and refreshing in the mouth, and light/medium bodied, much better than the watery feel I expected.

A very nice pilsner with good flavor and the refreshing appeal I look for in the style. Definitely more than just another gimmick organic beer.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool Hessian looking guy on the label. I like the old-school, campy labels you find on a lot of German beers.

The pour reveals a slightly hazy straw liquid with a fluffy, long lasting head that leaves a tremendous amount of lace on the glass. The aroma is of herbal slightly minty hops and a grainy maltiness. The first sip shows a good amount of earthy hop flavor with a sea air saltiness. Bready malts balance out the hops and with some warmth, overpower them. The finish is lightly bitter and quite herbal. The mouthfeel is vigorously carbonated and light bodied.

This is a pretty nice Pils. It has a good amount of hop flavor, and a nice malt balast. Perhaps it could be a little more bitter and fresher or 'juicier' in the hop profile. Still worth a try for sure.

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Schmucker Bio-Pils from Privat Brauerei Schmucker Ober-Mossau KG
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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