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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
The term "pilsener" is widely used to describe a number of beers available on the market. According to German criteria for a true pilsener, however, the vast majority of them would be unrecognizable as such. By this definition, a pilsener is a lager beer with a light golden color (5-8 color units by European Brewers’ Convention standards), a specific gravity in the 11.5-12.5% Plato range, and a hops content of at least 28 EBUs (European Bitter Units). Most so-called domestic "pilseners" fall far short in these categories; Bayern Pilsener easily meets all three (6 color units, 12% Plato, 34 EBUs). What does all this technical jargon mean? It means you have purchased one of the very few authenic pilseners brewed in America. Reward yourself by enjoying this beer the way it was meant to be served: pour your cold Bayern Pilsener, in two or three slow steps, into the center of your glass (a fluted or "tulip" glass works best). The thick creamy head (the German term for this is "crown") and you have just created the mark of a classic Bavarian pilsener. It is functional, too - the crown holds finely distributed natural carbonation inside the glass and acts as a shelter for this beer’s distintive, hoppy flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2007
As usual, this Montana beer finds its way into my glass courtesy of the most generous Skyview. A slightly hazy dark yellow beer with a solid grainy nose and a little bit of hops. The grain in the body tasted a little stale and the hops yeilded a somewhat metallic taste, but that was ever so faint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Thanks to Skyview for sharing. Pours a lightly cloudy straw yellow with a small quickely receding white head. Nice banana, as well as some sweet citrusy fruit, ans a slight flroal hoppiness. Kinda watery mouthfeel, but a nice floral hop bite. There is also a kinda funky stale bread flavor. Not terrible, but not too great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thedm (5434) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2007
This draft brew from the Oregon Brewers festival poured a small sized head of foamy fine to medium sized bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a slightly hazy yellow colored body and a good lacing. The aroma was hoppy malty and banana. The crisp mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of malt and mild hops. A decent one that I would consider buying again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Draft at the Iron Horse in Missoula, MT. Clear light gold under a small white head. Nice Pils type aroma: grainy, biscuity, and floral. Body is medium, carbonation to match, and a clean, dry mouth feel. Well balanced between a thirst quenching, crisp bitterness and a light grainy sweetness. This was obviously fresh, and well crafted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skyview (5456) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Bayern Pilsener (unfiltered):
On draught at the Bayern brewery’s tap room in Missoula, Montana. Pours a slight hazy golden blonde brew with a which white head that has an excellent retention. Aroma of light golden grain malt, grassy hops, and a touch of fruity pears. Taste is smooth, light to medium bodied with a golden grain and light citrus flavor. Finish still has some carbonation texture with slight bitterness and a gritty grain aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Very nice pils that just has a strong crisp and grassy finish that takes the edge off a hot day. Well built with a dry straw like maltiness, subtle, but enough to hold up to the nice finishing hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bhensonb (13611) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 4, 2007
Aroma of grassy hop, slight malt. Clear light gold color, with a very slight white head. Starts sweet, develops a little body as the carbonation leaves, finishes rather balanced with the hop finally coming forth. Pretty good, though more bitter would fit the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6196) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Draft at the brewery taproom; Poured in the traditional slow style (nice!), this has a classice German visual appeal -- golden grain, bubbly, with a nice bright poofy head. Sharp hoppy aroma. Silky smooth and sharply, almost puckeringly, bitter. Classic German pils, reminiscent of a good ol’ Bitburger stubie. (#2929, 5/19/2007)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
troopie (2290) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle. Hazy gold with thin white head. Really ugly for a pils. Nice hoppy aroma with malt backbone. Malty flavour with hoppy bite. Pleasing finish. This is a tasty ugly looking pilsener.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5735) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2007
12 oz bottle, via kyzr. Pours a crystal clear light gold colored body under a very thin fizzy white head that immediately vanished. The aroma is very light, just a bit of bready pils malt, a little bit of grassiness, and a hint of DMS. Fairly crisp flavor with just a hint of DMS on the finish. Light bitterness level. Mouthfeel is light bodied and thin with a fairly crisp finish. Moderate lively carbonation that’s appropriate for the style. This wasn’t half bad, not the most exciting beer, but still enjoyable.

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