Green State Lager
Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #70
Ranked #21,262
3.85 | pDev: 10.65%
Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread
Vermont, United States
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
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Reviews by von_kaiser:
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von_kaiser from Connecticut

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

Feb 28, 2020
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Jun 28, 2018
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Premo88 from Texas

4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
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
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread "Green State"

Haaa! I was expecting an IPA! With the word "green" in the name I associated it with hops, and to be honest, given the proliferation of IPAs in Vermont it seems like there might actually be a law that every brewery has to brew at least two! But it's not an IPA, it's a pilsner, and I guess it makes sense that if a Burlington brewery is going to brew a pilsner it'd be Zero Gravity.

Typical pilsner appearance. Mostly clear but with a slight haze (dry hopped perhaps?). Frothy white head. Average retention and lacing. Aroma of grainy pilsner malt backed by grassy and lightly herbal hops. The flavor follows, as it should, with an additional note of subtle lemon. A stiff bitterness balances it, and this is clearly done more in the Czech style than northern German. It finishes dry with some residual grassy and herbal hops that pass fairly quickly. Nicely balanced and rounded all-around. Light-medium in body with a standard carbonation that leaves it crisp and accentuates its grassy hops. Quite drinkable.

Nov 03, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

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.

Jul 30, 2017
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plaid75 from New York

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

Mar 18, 2019
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harsley from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 06, 2017
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deanhead from Vermont

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Dec 24, 2013
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hockeypuck from Maine

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 08, 2019
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ColForbinBC from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Aug 12, 2014
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nickfl from Florida

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Oct 21, 2014
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skivtjerry from Vermont

2.96/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Serving: Can poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Look: Straw color, good clarity but shows a lot of small protein flakes in bright light. Head is small with poor retention.

Smell: Mostly bready/sweet malt with some herbal hops... maybe a touch of licorice?

Taste: Like the smell. Flavors are subdued. The finish fades fast, ending with stinging carbonation.

Feel: A little weak all around. Very clean but nothing distinctive. In particular, could use some more IBU's in the finish.

Overall: Clean and refreshing but could have a lot more character. Definitely not a Bohemian pils. The brewery website simply says 'pilsener' and the word doesn't appear on the can. It makes the cut as a German pils but treads perilously close to American mega-brew.

Oct 22, 2015
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
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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jmalko from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 23, 2014
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draught at Mule Bar. Poured a clear, glassy, amber. A foamy, off-white head resides unwavering. Smells of apricot, grain, yeast and straw. Tastes of green apple and apricot, bready malt, orange peel, and a slight earthiness with a mixture of faint taffy and bubblegum at the end. Smooth yet bold for its size. A brilliant and complex pils that proves the style doesn't get enough props.

Mar 22, 2014
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nebula1999 from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Aug 11, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
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

Jul 26, 2017
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Oct 01, 2017
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PaleAleWalt from New York

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jul 30, 2017
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BubbleBobble from New York

3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nov 21, 2019
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Jun 27, 2017
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swierczt from Connecticut

3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apr 29, 2019
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mltobin from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Apr 05, 2014
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can dated 1/25/17 into a shaker pint glass
A - Wonderful clarity, honey drop yellow color, the carbonation is spot on
S - A bit of warm toast, touch of 2 row malts, cut grass, and a bit of corn tortilla out of the oven
T - Follows the nose closely, a bit sweet to start, then quick to dial back toward a gentle bitterness
F - Wonderful on the palate, lite in footprint, carbonation is quick to clean things up.
O - A very approachable lager, balanced and quite a nice offering
worth seeking out

Feb 13, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Jan 29, 2018
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 239 ratings