Green State
Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread

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German Pilsner
Ranked #73
Ranked #20,840
3.83 | pDev: 10.97%
Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread
Vermont, United States
Very Good
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Notes: A crisp, easy-drinking Pilsner beer that is influenced by the great brewing regions of the world, but that charts its own course through this elegant style. The Noble hops play a key role, but allow the malt to take center stage, providing a clean and satisfying quencher that is as welcoming as the Green State itself.
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Photo of lic217
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poor a light yellow with very little haze (slight ding because a pilsner should be crystal clear). Nice white head with lacing. Smell when opening the can is that lager yeast sulfur smell which quickly dissapears to a mild noble hop (floral, light spice, almost tea like). Taste follows the smell with plenty of nice noble hop flavors, plus some nice bready sweet flavors that hit then dissipate to a nice clean bitter finish. Complex and drinkable, exactly what a pilsner should be. Really nice beer.

Beer was 2 months old on day of review (16 oz can, 4 pack was $10)

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

July 20th 2019. 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. 93° 73% dew point= 101° feel.
Most stay clear of beer on these days. I reach for a (hopefully) well crafted Pilsner!

Clear solid gold color. A fine white snow cap forms shallow, dissipates quick with only minimal trace amounts of foam left. Not a bad to keep it in the can with a cookie!

Everything about this light lager is classic to the style. The aroma showcases the wonderful balance of herbal, green and old spice effects of the Noble hops and the light but heady earthy grains of the malt. Rich with peppery corn husk, golden field grasses and sour green scented lager yeast. Traditional!

It's nice to find a local craft lager that IS NOT overly hopped! A light, crisp herbal bite greets your palate first. In comes the grains, cucumber, herbs and spices and sour greens from the alchemy that is the overall flavor of this pilsner. Crisp and clean, good complexity for the style and very classic mouthfeel.

Might just be one of the finest versions in New England.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. can served in a willibecker. Pours a yellow-gold with a slight haze to the clarity and a thing, 1/8th inch, bright white head. Nose is grassy with a hint of lemon. Taste follows nose with a slight heaviness to the flavor profile - not really come out in the malt bill, but not light in body - closer to light-medium. Carbonation is just shy of lively. Overall, a very drinkable offering. This could be a goto if I can get it fresh.

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Photo of johnreggie
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Classic German flavor Pilsner malt and Noble hops. Great balance of bread, lemon , biscuit taste with a clean bitter and dry finish. 2 fingers of fluffy foam fade to faint lacing and sustained carbonation. Mouthfeel only slightly thin. As good as the best from Germany

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can.

Straw colored and hazy, with a big, fluffy, white head. Good retention and patchy lacing on the glass.

Grainy pils malt aroma with herbal/grassy noble hops. More cracker, grainy malt in the flavor, with a firm bitterness in the finish. Feels clean and smooth, medium-light bodied.

Not sure where the hazy/cloudy appearance is coming from, but otherwise it's a pretty spot-on German-style pilsner. Classic flavors with just the right amount of body. Would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of Chad_Rider
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better American takes at Pilsner. It has Pilsner taste without being wimpy so the malt is there, the noble hops are there, the sprizzle is there, all in really pleasing combination.

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Photo of TigerSoul
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Very Good" overall rating for this beer? No surprise, given that most of the ppl on this site think that the only beer that matters is double-triple-quadruple-quintuple-sextuplet Imperial Bombastic IPA at 12.5% abv. What has happened to the lovers of 'real beer'? I'll tell you what: they've found refuge in beers like this one, as damn near perfect a pilsner as you're likely to find. I had two of them, right from the 12oz can, at Hatch 31 bar in Bristol, Vermont over the weekend and I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Excellent from first to last sip.

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Photo of brureview
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is a prime example of a highly drinkable, tasty beer with a low ABV.
ABV % is not a reflection of taste and approach.

Nice pour: clear honey color with a 3F head.

Excellent lime, malty aroma.

Dry, slightly tart MF.

Lime, fruity taste.

Dry crisp finish. Excellent goto beer.

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Photo of cbutova
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Pale gold body with a slight cloudy appearance and a one finger white cap. The frothy white head has decent retention and a blanket on the top leaves just a small amount of spotty lace.

S- You can tell it is a lager right off the bat as the lager yeast is strong with a good dose of hops and some sweet grains in the background. Floral, earthy and spicy hops with a touch of bread, slight pale fruit like pear and sweets.

T- The sweetness and the fruit hints from the ferment build a bit more from the aroma with pear and apple coming to mind just a bit too much before giving way to the traditional Pils hops. Floral, herbal, earthy and grassy hops lead to cracker, bready, Pils barley and sweet notes.

MF- Frothy and puffy medium body. The carbonation is at a fairly high level and it ends bittersweet.

A decent Pils but in the end for the style it is just a bit too sweet and has too much yeast influence taking away from the nice noble hops.

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Photo of Premo88
4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can poured into pilsener
(courtesy of @TongoRad; it has a born-on date printed on bottom of can but is very hard to read ... July 9, 2018 maybe)

L: mostly clear yellow topped by inch-tall head of white/offwhite foam; not crystal clear but at least 80-90%; tons of activity in glass pushes up constant skin and collar of white foam; no major sticking/lacing

S: bread malt explosion ... peach, donuts/sweet pastry, apricot ... the intensity is not overbearing but it's very sweet; as it warms, some light grassy/lemony hops join in — they're very subtle but mix in well with the bread malt

T: fantastic bread malt opening, sweet and bread doughy, classic note; as it warms like the nose the hops start joining in, more earthy than in the nose but with hints of grass/lemon/lemon peel; the aftertaste is way more bitter than any part of the swallow, a very earthy back-bite that's almost got a black pepper taste ... again very classic notes befitting the style

F: light-to-heavy lightweight, at times almost watery but so full of carbonation with just enough weight that it never feels too loose or watery

O: as good an opening act as any pils I've tried on the bread malt end of the style's spectrum; the hops build up a layer of earthiness that help counter the malt sweetness, and at times the hop flavor is just a hair on the green side, light grass/cilantro with maybe a pinch of lemon/lime peel; a very classic version of the style, not Americanized or tricked up in any way and so good I'd buy it in 12-packs or cases ... six of these would never be enough (bonus points and a hearty handshake to the brewer for keeping the ABV under 5% ... lovely!)

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a Libbey style pilsner glass. Packaged June 14th 2017.

Pale bodied, and a bit opaque appearance, with a light lemon to faint brass yellow color, maybe a touch of green too. Big bleach white head, easily making three fingers with good retention, and quite a good bit of staying power. Some faint carbonation is present.

For an older lager, still a solid nose. Mild herbs, and fairly clean scented. Touches a little hair of spice as well, almost peppery but not quite.

Playful beer. Fine bubbly carbonation that almost gets a champagne like quality, but manages to add a good contrast to a honey like but not overly thick malt base. Good touching pils bread dough, with an excellent matching herbal quality. Light stinging touch of grass and an almost white pepper like warmth on the finish. Light very small touch of sweet honey rounds out real nicely.

Flavors heat and pop galore. Great pils.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear straw yellow color, with visible carbonation. An aggressive pour yielded a large foam head. With a moderate retention, the head soon dissipates into a thin layer of film and yields some lacing.
The nose reveals a toasted grain and sweet malty aroma. There is a faint touch of hops that evoke floral and grassy aromas.
Sweet and silky at first, the taste highlights the toasted malts. A light bit of noble hops spice balances things nicely midway through the drink. The finish is peppery and dry.
Medium to light bodied with a gentle carbonation. Smooth at first, then crisp. There is a good amount of sweetness, however, it is finely balanced with hops and dryness.
A fine example of the German Pilsner style. Refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 7/25/17, lost in the back of the fridge I guess.

Pours a decent fizzy bubbly 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, some sticky lacing, hazy slight sediment like haze, golden honey color

Nose tons of raw gristy lager malts, almost straw like, cereal, toasted grain mildly sweet aroma, fruity lager notes

Taste brings more of the same, raw malts, toasted grain, bready dough, cereal grains, all lager malt characters, a bit of sweetness but not a lot, mild grassy hop with a bit of bitterness, just enough to add a nice balance, soft lager notes with a touch of a fruity complexion, although the hops kick it up a notch on the finish and get a little spicy bitterness, otherwise dry semi crisp soft lager finish.

Mouth is med ot lighter bod, soft lager with a bit of crispness, decent carb

Overall still a nice enjoyable lager, although wish I had it in summer rather than now, but still tasty.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a clear light golden yellow with a bit of chill haze. The head is two fingers, creamy and bright white. Retention is above average and there are many rings and patches of lacing left all over the glass.

Smell is sweet dough, cracker, straw, fresh cut grass, floral and spicy. An excellent mix of traditional German pilsner flavors.

Taste is the same. There is a mild bitterness that comes into play mid sip, but it is rounded out wonderfully by the sweetness and spices on the finish.

Feel is light, smooth and extremely drinkable. The finish is crisp and dry, leaving you wanting another sip.

Overall this is a great beer and criminally underrated on this site. It is everything I am looking for in an American take on a German classic. If there was a hair more carbonation I would score it even higher, but that is really just nitpicking.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

This one pours a light clear straw yellow, with a very small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like doughy and bready malt, with slight grassy hops.

This is quite simple, but very, very tasty. It's got a nice doughiness to the bready malt quality, with a slightly slick feel and a little bit of floral/grassy hops.

This is very light bodied and a bit thin,, with a good level of carbonation.

Zero Gravity makes some really underrated beers.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 10/1/17

A: Yellow gold with some straw - clear - pours with a small, white head, fades to a few wisps and a minimal collar

S: Light bread, bread dough, light grains - some lager yeast, with some light spice - some light grassiness from the hops - light sweetness, almost corn-like at times - light aroma overall, if I haven't already repeated myself enough

T: Fairly simple but it works - light bread, bread dough, crackers - some light grain - some pepper from the lager yeast - mild amount of floral and grassy hops - some light sweetness - slightly earthy - could be cleaner, but does have a nice finish regardless

M: On the light side of medium, low-medium carbonation, could be more crisp

O: But what about the mountain?

I've been meaning to try Green State for a while. It's a nice, well-rounded pils. It's not entirely fair to compare it to its German counterparts, but I'm going to do it anyway; it could be crisper. Otherwise it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Holderness
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty decent pils that tastes a lot like many Munich Helles lagers (Jack's Abby's House Lager in particular). Simple yet well constructed. Very refreshing


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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark straw/light gold. Has a bit of haze to it. Head strikes as a bit foamy. Very lofty to start, but fades pretty quick.

S: Straight floral honey and cracker. Hop character is kinda drummed out by a clean white bread and grassiness.

M: Light and clean. Finishes a tad heavy fit style. Well carbonated.

T: Mainly sweet malt. Herbal-lime bitterness is low to moderate. Crusty bread, honeysuckle and underripe fruit. I'm jaded by Suarez Family lagers. This is a totally acceptable American take, and something I'd drink again.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can to mug.
The appearance was a soft golden to light amber color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace.
The aroma had some soft sweet biscuits, grassy hops, mild clean white bread and a touch of lemon sweetness melding into a light fruity / almost sweet tea-like character.
The flavor was moderately sweet through the biscuit/white bready character flowing into the grassy hops and light fruity to tea-like parts. Clean bready aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt on par. It's quite smooth, clean and crisp as it flows over my tongue.
Overall, pretty nice as an easy drinking lager to go with it's respected food. But as a German Pilsener, I'm not so sure. Still, I'd have again for me.

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Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear, light gold with a green hue. Decent start to the head which leaves only a few small spots on the glass.

The malt dominates the smell with an almost fruit punch sweetness. Mellow and mild.

The taste mimics the smell with the fruity base. The hop is more pronounced but not overpowering. Full bodied, particularly for the style. Moderate carbonation. The finish has a touch of sour dairy.

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Photo of metter98
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles covering most of the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing running down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grassy hops and bready malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bready malts, but there is a light to moderate amount of bitterness from the hops, which also contribute some hints of floral and grassy flavors.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a bit subdued compared to other pilseners, but is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable.

Serving type: can

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean, crisp, drinkable. I'm not going to go deep with a review because, although this is a beer that's very well made, tasty and light on the palate, to me its meant to be enjoyed, not fussed over. It certainly could hold up to a thorough investigation but that's just not how I see it. Poured it cold into a glass, enjoyed the golden hue, bready and floral aroma and the combo of biscuit-cracker-spicy hops with a kiss of corn sweetness and downed a few of these. Sessionable in the truest sense. Buy the sixer and enjoy them on a hot day.

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Photo of ichorNet
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Excited to finally get Zero Gravity via distribution channels in Massachusetts. I've long enjoyed their Conehead Citra-hopped wheat IPA, and I've visited the taproom before (which is also an American Flatbread location, as both establishments are owned by the same people), so to see Conehead alongside their lager and pale ale in my local Craft Beer Cellar's cooler was a welcome surprise after a day of work!

Pours a clear straw-golden color with a fluffy head of mildly-retentive white foam. It seems to sink down to almost nothing pretty quickly, but the body bears a lot of solid carbonation streaming upwards, and I of course love the clarity when it comes to this style, so I'm okay with it. No lace to speak of here, but, once again, this is a decent looking beer at the end of the day.

Nose is surprisingly hoppy; floral, slightly-piney and earthy with crushed flower petals, some damp earth and light spice notes. Bold crackery malt jumps out of the glass too, bringing forth some bready undertones and a dusting of yeast as well. Slight cornbread-like notes with some sage-like herbal components buried in the back. Very solid nose with some good complexity despite the more stripped-down down-to-earth style they went for here.

Even better on the tongue, with bold hoppiness featuring floral notes and light touches of pine. Bold bready malt and a very solid, grainy body give this some oomph despite clocking in at just under 5%. Definitely getting a lot of crusty bread, light notes of honeyed malt, floral hops, some light baking spice and a tiny bit of yeast character in there. Overall as expected for the style but quite well-executed.

Feel is a touch heavier-bodied than I'd prefer for a small German pilsener, but it's not bad. Carbonation is mildly pushy but overall pretty satisfactory. This is a style I tend to be a little harsh on regarding mouthfeel, though, as it's one of the most difficult aspects of this classic style to nail completely. It's also maybe a little too bitter for its own good, too, but I think that's natural for being an American made pilsner in the modern scene. Up for debate, though, I guess. Solid stuff!

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Photo of utopiajane
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours just golden yellow. Just a hint of burnished color on it. A white crown that is creamy and lasts. clear and bright. Nose is powerful with malt. This malt shows texture even on the nose. It is breaddy with a golden crust and softly biscuity too. Hallertau Mittlefruh are like downy sweet earth and saaz are sweet and lengthy with herbal. The restraiend floral is like a crisp cone. The drink is sensational . Breaddy malt takes center stage with bold textures. The noble hops are potent and each one is well defined. Swift bitterness and this finishes with sweet spice form one hop married to the sweetness in the other. Plenty of bread to finish clean and crisp with a good bubble.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review from notes, Sample at The Microbrew Invitational 6/3/2017
Slightly hazy deep yellow, bubbly white head. Rich bready pilsner malt soft floral hops light fruit and earth. Pretty nice lager.

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