Recommendations on a pilsner

Discussion in 'New England' started by beerandrecords, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. beerandrecords

    beerandrecords Initiate (124) Jun 28, 2017 Pennsylvania

    Hey folks, I'm sure these kind of questions get asked all the time but looking for recommendations for 3 or 4 pilsners I can get in NE. I live right on the border of Southern VT and NH and have a pretty good beer shop available in Keene and the Coop in Brattleboro. Been drinking IPA's pretty much for ever but looking to expand my horizons some with an eye toward narrowing down my go to beer in this style.

    I know it's all subjective. Also looking for examples that are indicative of tradition, nothing with adjuncts, if that's even done with pilsners...

    Thanks!
     
  2. meefmoff

    meefmoff Disciple (374) Jul 6, 2014 Massachusetts
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    You shouldn't have any trouble finding Green State Lager by Zero Gravity where you are and that's a great straightforward option. Fairly cheap too!
     
  3. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,377) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    We get that in NY, and I really enjoy it as well. That and Von Trapp seem to be the obvious suggestions.

    Just to touch on the 'adjunct' issue for a bit; it helps to look at Pilsners as a broad style at this point. The Continental substyles (Czech, German) will be all malt. Classic American, or Pre-Prohibition, Pilsners did contain adjuncts by necessity but were hopped like their Continental cousins. Those however eventually morphed into the AALs of today. There are some revival CAPs available these days, and they can be tasty in their own right, but in general a Pils will be all malt.
     
  4. vtcraft

    vtcraft Aspirant (225) Apr 1, 2013 Vermont
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    Try some of the Largers from Jack Abby and Traps
     
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  5. wasatchback

    wasatchback Disciple (318) Jan 12, 2014 Utah
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    To try the best you have to drive to Greensboro, VT or Germantown,NY unfortunately. Von Trapp is very traditional and damn good as well. The lagers brewed at Notch are fantastic, not sure how the batches produced at 2 Roads are though.
     
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  6. NAPO

    NAPO Aspirant (263) Jan 7, 2014 Massachusetts
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    Rothaus pils tannen zäpfle is what you need. it's on the pricey side, but it's one of the best pilsners I ever had.
     
  7. epoole3

    epoole3 Initiate (198) Aug 28, 2005 Massachusetts
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    From CT:
    Counterweight Workhorse
    Fox Farm Gather
    Kent Falls The Hollow
    Nebco Elm City

    MA:
    Aeronaut Robot Crush
    Fort Hill Hera Pils
    Berkshire Busker Czech Pilsner

    ME:
    Foundation Riverton Flyer

    NY:
    Suarez Palatine
    Suarez Qualify
     
  8. Auror

    Auror Defender (645) Jan 1, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Good options available relatively fresh in NH stores:
    Rothaus
    Peak Organic Fresh Cut
    Moat Mountain Czech Pilsner
    Jack's Abbey Post Shift (and currently Sunny Ridge)
    Switchback Citra Pils
    Von Trapp Pilsner
     
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  9. mgp

    mgp Initiate (140) Jan 30, 2010 Massachusetts

    If you find yourself in the greater Boston area, look for Edgeworth by Idle Hands. It's a really solid American Pilsner.
     
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  10. beerandrecords

    beerandrecords Initiate (124) Jun 28, 2017 Pennsylvania

    I was drinking the IPL on the 4th and liked it a lot!
     
  11. beerandrecords

    beerandrecords Initiate (124) Jun 28, 2017 Pennsylvania

    I'll see if I can track it down. I'm willing to pay for great beer.
     
  12. papposilenus

    papposilenus Champion (847) Jun 21, 2014 New Hampshire
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    Talk to Zack. Tell him what you've had and what you've liked. He's a wizard - an ugly, foul-mouthed, abusive wizard, but still. He'll run around the store like a meth-ridden troll making up a mixed pack of singles for you to try. It's what he lives for.
    It's at Brewtopia.
     
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  13. skivtjerry

    skivtjerry Zealot (544) Mar 10, 2006 Vermont

    Vermont Pilsener from Lost Nation is very good.
     
  14. oldbean

    oldbean Aspirant (293) Jun 30, 2005 Massachusetts

    Lots of good recommendations here. Some personal favorites are Green State, Jack's Post Shift, Fresh Cut, Berkshire Busker, any Kent Falls, any Schilling*, Notch Session Pils.


    *They haven't distributed beer in the past, but I believe they're starting now that their expansion is up and running, so it may be headed towards you in the near future.
     
  15. lic217

    lic217 Crusader (787) Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut
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    Von Trapp Pilsner, Either Jack Abbey Pilsner (Sunny ridge or Post Shift), Konig Pilsner or Bitburger Pilsner are great cheap options as well. Summerfest by Sierra Nevada is a great pilsner floating around right now as well.
     
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  16. oldbean

    oldbean Aspirant (293) Jun 30, 2005 Massachusetts

    Oh, also Jack's Abby House Lager. Not technically a pils, but it could probably pass for one and it's cheap, ubiquitous, and excellent.
     
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  17. forum8417

    forum8417 Initiate (171) Feb 1, 2011 New Jersey
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    if your feeling adventurous, the next time tree house releases trail magic, the drive is worth it. just had my final can the other day with some seafood, absolutely amazing.
     
  18. NAPO

    NAPO Aspirant (263) Jan 7, 2014 Massachusetts
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    It's about $16-17 for a 6 pack of 11 oz bottles. It's one you need to have at least once.
     
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  19. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Crusader (731) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    It's randomly in 12.2 oz. bottles. Really odd.

    While I agree, when fresh, it's arguably the best Pilsner that's been suggested so far...but "when fresh" is the key. It's a crapshoot.

    To the OP, check the date. The best by date is on the back of the bottle and is six months from bottling. Also remember that's European style dating. So if it says 01.12.17 that's December 1st, 2017.
     
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  20. NAPO

    NAPO Aspirant (263) Jan 7, 2014 Massachusetts
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    My buddy told me that. I usually I find it in 11.2 oz bottles which I also find odd. I heard Novare Res always have it on tap which Is an option i'm always looking for.

    Also agree with you, OP needs to try and get it fresh-ish.
     
  21. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Crusader (731) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Really? I've never once seen it in 11.2 oz. bottles. Out of curiosity, where did you see that?

    It's also regularly on tap at Olde Magoun's in Somerville, The Publick House in Brookline, and Row 34 in Boston.

    For the OP if you're looking for it on tap, maybe the Row 34 in Portsmouth has it on tap?
     
  22. FrankLloydMike

    FrankLloydMike Disciple (394) Aug 16, 2006 Massachusetts

    Smuttynose Vunderbar and CBC Remain in Light are my two favorite readily available pilsners in New England. Smuttynose should be easy to find in your area, not sure about CBC.
     
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  23. DarthCerevisiae

    DarthCerevisiae Initiate (128) Jan 13, 2016 Massachusetts
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    Threes Vliet has been making it's way into MA recently, and it can be pricey but super tasty. And one of the best looking cans out there.
    I agree with all the stand by's in this thread. Troegs Sunshine Pils and Left Hand Polestar are two really friggen good pilsners that a lot of people sleep on.
     
  24. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Crusader (731) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    I used to love Troegs, but I hardly even look for it anymore since it went year round. Because it's year round, and it's a Pils, it just sits on shelves gathering dust.

    Pilsners should be seasonals in my opinion to keep them moving.
     
  25. NAPO

    NAPO Aspirant (263) Jan 7, 2014 Massachusetts
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    It's been almost a year since I bought some. But I usually bought them at the Fifth Ave liquors in Millis or at Julio's.
     
  26. SpauldingSmails

    SpauldingSmails Aspirant (203) Sep 11, 2014 Massachusetts
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    I recently was able to get a case of a September/October date (don't know which). The manager at Giorgio's in Waltham was able to order it for me. I didn't leave any behind though. If they sold it in cans, I might buy a palate.
     
  27. Manfrombelmonty

    Manfrombelmonty Aspirant (298) Sep 12, 2010 Massachusetts

    Rothaus date question.

    If the drink by date is 1/8/18 is that an American January 8th or European August 1st?
     
  28. Jam23

    Jam23 Initiate (165) Oct 21, 2016 Massachusetts
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    See post #19
     
  29. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Crusader (731) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Of Rothaus?

    While we're on the topic of their Pils, their Marzen Export is on tap at Olde Magoun's. I've never seen that before. I might make a special trip just for that.
     
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  30. Manfrombelmonty

    Manfrombelmonty Aspirant (298) Sep 12, 2010 Massachusetts

    Cheers
     
  31. SpauldingSmails

    SpauldingSmails Aspirant (203) Sep 11, 2014 Massachusetts
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    Do you mean that you guys aren't psychic? Yes, Rothaus.
     
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  32. DarthCerevisiae

    DarthCerevisiae Initiate (128) Jan 13, 2016 Massachusetts
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    They unfortunately will probably never can anything. They are super environmentally conscious (even more so than the standard German/euro beer scene with reusing bottles, plastic cases, etc) and one use aluminum cans doesn't really jive with the rest of their atmos
     
  33. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer Zealot (582) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    I like Banded Brewing (formerly Banded Horn) Pepperell Pilsner. Good when fresh.
    NH: Moat Mountain Czech Pils.
     
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  34. meefmoff

    meefmoff Disciple (374) Jul 6, 2014 Massachusetts
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    I saw a 'Banded' beer on a taplist recently and wondered whether they had changed their name. Any idea why? I couldn't turn anything up on a google search.

    I remember liking Pepperell too but haven't had it in quite some time.
     
  35. Glider

    Glider Disciple (387) Nov 15, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Yes, Banded changed their name. Apparently it was part of a rebranding project, as you will see that their labeling has changed as well. See https://zero.nyc/work/banded-brewing-co/
    It says people were already calling them Banded, so they decided to shorten it. Maybe they also wanted to move away from the medieval/viking connection.

    They used to have some explanation on their site. I'm a bit surprised they took it down, as I imagine the last thing you want is people to be confused if you are still the same company.
     
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  36. meefmoff

    meefmoff Disciple (374) Jul 6, 2014 Massachusetts
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    That's really interesting and I like the new labels a lot. For whatever reason, I always found the super dark and busy design on their Daikachu DIPA sort of unwelcoming and confusing somehow. Apart from not being visually appealing it felt like a mish mash of a couple different themes that didn't work well together.
     
  37. Newport_beerguy

    Newport_beerguy Zealot (557) Feb 24, 2011 Rhode Island
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    Although the introduction of the new Luminaire label was sure as hell confusing for Rhode Islanders: image search this and Long Live Beerworks' Black Cat IPA label side by side.
     
  38. blynchus

    blynchus Initiate (161) Jul 15, 2014 New Hampshire
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    Can't believe Pilsner Urquell hasn't been mentioned yet. I've found cans in my local grocery store (southern NH) so I'm assuming where you are would be no different. They are commonly found in the tin lunchboxes with 4 16oz cans. Fantastic representation of the style
     
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  39. Manfrombelmonty

    Manfrombelmonty Aspirant (298) Sep 12, 2010 Massachusetts

    Love pilsners. But PU has that awful buttery taste. Can't be having it.
     
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  40. Sheppard

    Sheppard Savant (910) Mar 16, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Fresh Pilsner Urquell is a divine experience. Are the cans here dated? How fresh are we getting it?
     
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