Green State Lager
Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread

Green State LagerGreen State Lager
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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #77
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
86
Ranked #21,919
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 10.68%
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
227
From:
Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  8
Gots
  60
SCORE
86
Very Good
Green State LagerGreen State Lager
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.

25 IBU
Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 227 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very pleasant beer, honeyed malts and a graininess throughout, some mellow hop character, mellow floral and spicy flavors. very refreshing, a perfect summer beer!

Jul 01, 2020
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Bigbeerman from New York

3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So there we were, we'd been traipsing around this slimy damp green **** of a rainforest for days now (felt more like weeks) and now we finally had a chance to relax (if you can call swatting bugs and watching for headhunters from the kor porate tribe relaxing).
As I lay there my back against the wide flat roots of a huge mugumba tree, eyes closed listening to the bugs buzz and the birds call when suddenly with a dull thud (thowck)a blow dart embedded it's self in to the tree right next to my temple!
Thinking quickly I slipped behind the wide smooth trunk only to come face to face with a coiled deadly orange striped mango snake!
Thinking quickly and moving slowly I reached into my pack and removed... a can of...
Green state lager purchased from Elixir 16(in beautiful downtown Troy NY).
Oops there I go again got to remember to separate my facts from fiction.

Poured into a nonic
L- 1 finger of white rocky head that fades fast into a small ring around the glass with small islands.
Golden yellow color (typical lager).

S- malty, earthy hop and yeast, spicy lemon on the finish .

T- bread, lemon,hoppy herbaceous bite, just a hint of tart apple on the throat.

F- crisp, medium carbonation, dry finish on the back of the tongue and throat.

OA- a delightful lager, very drinkable, I'll definitely have more of this beer!

May 28, 2020
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 16fl.oz. can purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
03/11/20
Served in a Willi Becher

Nearly crystal clear, golden yellow appearance. The body was topped by a small, frothy, bone white crown that quickly fell to a thin collar. Some streaky lacing stuck along the glass.

Very solid aroma. Really crisp, lemony and bright. Nice biscuity malt presence. Dry, powdery, lager yeast notes were also apparent. Touch of wet hay and earthy mustiness too.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose but slightly punchier. Super crisp, snappy and bright. Lemon notes came through big time. Lemon zest specifically. Pilsner malt notes were also apparent. Bit of wet hay in the center. Some grassy hops appeared on the back end and carried into the finish. Touch of lingering earthy hop bitterness after the swallow.

Fantastic fluffy, lighter bodied mouthfeel. The liquid contained a super fine, fairly aggressive effervescence that turned uber creamy, slick and smooth on the palate.

Green State Lager is a super tasty and easy drinking German Pilsner by the folks at Zero Gravity. I can imagine this being a great “cooler beer” in the summertime.

Apr 27, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 2/4/20

Pours a crisp, clear honey gold body topped with a tight two fingers of fluffy egg shell-white head; great retention fades from the center to a dense, frothy cap, light collar, and a thin, soapy spread of spotty/stringy lacing.

Aroma pops with deep, bready pilsner malts accented with a quiet floral hay tone before a middle offering a slightly sweaty barnyard herbaceousness into a crackery honeycomb close.

Taste features crackery pils malt comprising a dense bready open, while the mid-palate is cut with wet hay entwined with a fresh, grassy touch; woody honeycomb is fleeting on the finish.

Mouthfeel offers a flaky, light body with a boosting, upper echelon carbonation smoothing steadily over a crisp mid-palate with an easy prickle; a light, grassy bittering transitions seamlessly into the rounded and semi-clean finish.

A comprehensive sample of an American-made German pils; endlessly crisp while hardly abandoning a sense of malty heartiness and an ever-so-slight yet uncompromised grassy hop presence that comes together with equal parts ease and conviction.

Feb 22, 2020
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JRed from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Transparent golden in body with white bubbly head. Aroma of light lemon skin, floral notes, light vanilla, and light grass. Tastes of light lemon notes, light citrus, honey, sweetened cereal grain. Light bodied with light carbonation.

Feb 02, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

A - Yellow gold light carbonation and thin white head.

S - Dry earthy citrus with crisp malt aroma.

T - Honey cracker malt, earthy citrus, peppery citrus rind, and finishes with a lingering citrus piney bitterness.

M - Medium body and dry.

O - Crisp, refreshing, and easy drinking.

Jan 31, 2020
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RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Darker golden and slightly hazy. 2-finger white puffy head. Decent lacing.
S - Light breast malt, fairly strong from the can.
T - Follows the nose. Pear/apple mix. Nice.
F - Thin to medium mouthfeel. Nice crispness on the tongue.
O - A really nice easy drinker. Will get this again.

Jan 19, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Around medium body with about the same for carbonation
Aroma is bread,grain,cracker,hay,earthy hops,malt,yeast and what came off as a little bit of corn
Taste followed the aroma,nothing dominated which was good as it allowed all the components in the aroma show up in the tasting
Really there isnt anything to complain about,solid attempt at the style and I would try it again

Jan 16, 2020
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent light honey/yellow color, with a decent foamy,puffy head.Smell fresh cracker,malts,fresh hay,mild corn.Tastes like oyster crackers, (no actual oyster taste), noble hops, nice malt bill. Feels well crafted and quaffable, nice carbonation, nice ratio of hops to malt. This tastes neither German or Czech, sort of a high quality take on the "American" style pils. Overall a decent ,nice easy drinking beer-

Jan 15, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am baffled by this one's appearance. I would have sworn that it had been dropped off by my local, in-person trader, @tone77 , for inclusion in The CANQuest (tm), but he does not appear to have reviewed or rated it. Hmm. Is it possible that we somehow got distro at one point? Hmm.

From the CAN: "VT Pilsner Beer"; "A crisp, easy-drinking Pilsner beer. Noble hops in perfect balance with only the finest Pilsner malt provide a clean and satisfying brew that is as welcoming as the Green State itself."

I managed to overCAN my perplexed state of CANfusion in order to Crack! open the vent. I then beCAN a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. I was enraptured by its formation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) & I wondered whether it might be a chill haze since it seemed to be clarifying from the bottom to the top. Hmm. Nose smelled wonderful with a pleasant toasty, biscuity maltiness underlain by/with a soft, grassy, hay-like Saaz hoppiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was on the light side, not exactly watery, but not out of spec for the style, either. The taste followed the nose with a prevalent biscuity maltiness & a grassy Saaz hoppiness. Finish was semi-dry to dry & very refreshing. This would make for a great cooler-filler in the Summer. Mmm. YMMV.

Oct 30, 2019
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descobar from Florida

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6 week old 12oz can poured into pilsner glass.
Look: pours straw colored with 1" frothy white head with decent retention (a few minutes later 1/4" remain). this beer has close to perfect clarity. little to no lacing was observed.
Smell: bready, biscuity, fresh hay. herbal hops, earthy yeast. slight diacetyl (buttery) aroma.
Taste: lightly sweet malt combined with herbal hoppy bitterness for great drinkability balance.
Feel: medium body, rich, creamy texture and just moderate carbonation. subdued astringency. finish was smooth and lengthy with a light sweetness lingering.
Overall: super easy drinking, well made lager. only complain is that I expected a bit more briskness in the carbonation.

Oct 24, 2019
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can with a hard to read date that looks like 9/13/19. Opened 10/7/19.
1" white head falls quickly but hangs in there at 1/4" solid...some early lacing. Golden beer, active carbonation swirling bottom to top, slightest chill haze on this one.
Pilsner malt, also earthy (clay), mineral aroma and a clean, spicy noble hop presence.
Crackery / bready malts, on point...soft hay, very balanced flavor
Close to crisp, soft mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation perceived. Low bitterness, dry finish. Finish lingers.
This one has grown on me, first couple of tries I thought meh, but there's some subtle flavors here and there that pulled me to the side of this very well made beer.
Good.

Oct 07, 2019
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm trying this beer at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT. It poured a clear golden with white head that did leave some lace. The scent had grain and grass flare. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with grass, grain and earth presence with crisp hop finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

Oct 01, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a lightly hazy amber with a nice white head that slowly diminishes as you watch. In the nose, it is crisp and refreshing with a touch of hops and malt. In the mouth, it is lightly malty with a touch of hops. Enjoyable!

Sep 22, 2019
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keithmurray from Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can

Appearance - slightly hazy straw colored body with white head

Smell - biscuit, fresh cut grass, bready

Taste - bread, fresh cut grass, biscuit, cracker, slight lemon peel

Mouthfeel - medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, clean and refreshing, no overhopping, which is what a lot of these brewers are doing and trying to pass it off as a 'pilsner'

Overall - rock solid pilsner here, flavors are vibrant and clean, no off flavors or overhopping. I would gladly re-visit this and it is certainly worth your time to try this if you like pilsners.

Sep 10, 2019
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lic217 from Connecticut

4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
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)

Jul 31, 2019
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Jul 20, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Jul 13, 2019
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johnreggie from New York

4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
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. And here I am exactly a year later enjoying this wonderful beer- sticking to my review and have to add “ consistent excellence”

Jun 28, 2019
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

May 25, 2019
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Chad_Rider from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Apr 22, 2019
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TigerSoul from New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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. ... I originally posted this 15 months ago, now I would like to add something to my review: Green State continues to please my palate like no other American lager or pilsner. It is absolutely perfect for the style. And it's getting wider distribution as well, which tells me that I'm not the only one sharing this opinion.

Mar 19, 2019
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Dec 12, 2018
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Oct 22, 2018
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Premo88 from Texas

4.51/5  rDev +17.4%
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!)

Sep 16, 2018
Green State Lager from Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 227 ratings