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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   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.

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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 The crisp and clean hop flavor has been replaced by a cardboard, caramel unpleasant aroma.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.

BillKismet (4165) - 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.

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 it’s 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.

Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Pours gold with a decent white head. Smells of hay, pepper, some citrus and grapes. Taste is of lemons, some grapey elements. Pretty good for a pilsener.

oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Pours a nice golden yellow. Aromas of malts, hops. Crisp hop bitterness and dry finish.

hopdog (13249) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2005
12oz bottle labeled best before Oct. ’05. Poured a lighter and slightly hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of we grass, grain, banana and somewhat fruity. Tastes of banana, grain and a little doughy. The body was stronger compared to the other Pilsners of late (may have been the doughy/breadiness to it).

DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 29, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Belmont Station in Portland, OR) Best before October, 2005, so I’m within their window. This is supposed to be a crisp, hoppy pilsener, but it smells sweet and somewhat caramely, reminiscent of a light Oktoberfest, and oddly, shows a touch of alcohol in the nose as well. Similarly, in the flavor, it’s sweet, lightly caramely and a bit bready. It’s also mildly bitter and grassy, but never hints at anything I’d consider "hoppy". In addition, there are some other odd flavors that seem kind of floral, but I just can’t identify what I’m tasting. Medium bodied, so it’s even a bit heavier than most pilseners I’ve tried, and it doesn’t really approach the crispness the brewery claims. Pale golden in color, somewhat hazy in appearance, but the off-white head pours very small and quickly fades to a tiny ring, leaving no lacing. A very strange pilsener with some unidentifiable flavors, but that doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable. But I think this beer shares as much in common with an Oktoberfest as it does with a pilsener, maybe even moreso, actually.

11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Tap. Clear, medium golden/yellow colored. Not much head formation, just a layer of bubbles, no lacing. Aroma is lightly grainy, just a touch of noble hop, slightly grassy. Light malt up front, fair bitterness in the middle and finish. Clean. LIghter bodied, seriously undercarbonated. Fair.

Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Nice golden color,small white head that had a decent but short lived head.Nice hoppy aroma with a mild malt side and even a mild fruitside but it might be pushing it a bit.The flavor was nothing special but decent enough.Slightly sweet in a way with a decent hop presence and mild malt side but over all not worth getting bent out of shape over.Try it once and see if it’s worth going further.

mjg74 (3204) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Bottle. Pours a medium golden color. Grainy, slightly sour aroma. Flavor is quite grain with a bit of sourness and maybe a hint of malts.

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