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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 Brewersí 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 beerís distintive, hoppy flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerdedone (3162) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2007
Sampled with stegosaurus. Pours a pale gold with a small white head. Aroma of grass, grain, and citrus. Flavor is malty with mild hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, grain, and fruit. The flavor is citrus, grain, sweet malts, fruit, and a very slight hoppy presence.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2007
12 oz. bottle via trade with kyzr - Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a thin white head. Flavor and aroma are grain and herbal hops. Light body and very thin palate. Decent Pils. Thanks Mitch

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Very nice, crisp, full flavored, hoppy pilsener. Possibly the best American-made craft brewed pilsener Iíve had to-date. The hops really made this for me, which were very up-front and bitter, but with a clean finish that didnít overwhelm the palate. Maybe a little heavy for the style, but a very good beer nontheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (14841) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 5, 2006
Bright yellow. Light but balanced aroma of continental hops and pale malt. Herbal hops, moderate bitterness, and light pale malt flavour. Reminds me of Veltins.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bitbucket (2164) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2008 Bottled. Pours a clear pale gold with a diminishing white head. Not much aroma but some flowery hops, hay and biscuit can be found. The body is light and a bit watery with medium carbonation. The taste is bread and toffee with a crisp pine/floral finish that turns a bit toward soap at the end of the glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blueduk (118) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2006 I had this beer on tap at The Bier Stein several weeks ago, and enjoyed it so much I had another. I concur with the reviewer whose experience with the bottled version was not as good. The beer pours pretty standard golden with firm white head. Sweet flowery perfume aroma with malty undertones of caramel and almonds. The beer is full and clean on the palate, and goes down crisp and easy without excessive aftertaste, although there is some grain flavor in the finish. Itís a not a classic example of the style, but I like the direction they took this one. Unfortunately, the beer was not as enlightening in the bottle as it was on tap.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Krausen (102) - USA - JUN 24, 2006
This was a really rough beer to review as at the brewery this was one of the best pilsners I have had in a long time. In the bottle it is really a let down. Very oxidized and the "best by" date is a month out. The crisp and clean hop flavor has been replaced by a cardboard, caramel unpleasant aroma. If you can find this on draft by all means order one, but in the bottle it leaves a lot to be desirerd.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BillKismet (3738) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 30, 2006
Blonde-bronze w. a fluffy head. Crisp, but subtle hopping w. a slight fruitiness. Boring, but clean w. a slight cardboard finish. Drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
roner77 (35) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2006
I cannot believe this beer is not rated higher. Friend tells me the brewer uses all czech malt and hops and itís apparent in the beer. A clean, crisp taste with an ample amount of bitters. Finishes quick and clean. I have no real problems with this one. And for the price I prefer it to some European Pils.

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