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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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greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 4, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours golden, small head, lively carbonation. Malt and lemon aroma. Grassy, hints of banana, and a mild spice is present in the flavor. Crisp light finish with some hop bitterness. It’s easy to drink, but nothing to brag about.

ganache (6138) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Bottle. Citric grassy nose, soft water predictions with lemon cream and delish pale malts. Slightly hazy yet still transparent golden with a leggy short head. Taste is dry and surprisingly bitter, with light herbs and spice. Hay, light grain. Light-medium body with a slightly chalky after. Has a lot in common with ... not Bayern, but those soft, bitter North German Pilsners - has some Veltins, some Flens, some Köstritzer, and yes, a little Jever. Good show.

Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2008
9/26/08 On draught at Collins Pub, Seatle, Wa. Aroma is slightly caramel sweetness with almost no hop background. Appearance is clear yellow with a medium maintained white head. Flavor is sweet with lots of caramel sweetness up front, very low bittering, and slight floral sourness. Mouthfeel is very low bodied, slightly creamy, with a medium carb feel. Overall, this is good for people that like sweet, thin (on complexity) pilsners, but needs a bit more meat to be great.

SODAK14 (398) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - SEP 21, 2008
I didn’t really care for this Bayern product. It gave off a metallic taste...almost similar to a coors product. I tried this one with pretzels and even those didn’t help.

robforbes (2293) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2008
pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thin head, sediment, some lacing.
smell is faint, lemon, grain, corn.
taste is crisp, slight funk, sweet grass, lemon, some hops in the back, ends on the oily side.

Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2008
12 ounce bottle from By The Bottle in Vancouver, WA--Poured a cloudy hazed yellow/off-gold body with a thin white head. Grainy, grassy, bready nose with a thin mildly carbonic, approachable body. Easy to drink, but not so memorable.

pepperford (115) - robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Very light yellow, with a grainy, slight mineral aroma. Slight herbal flavor, clean and sharp bitterness.

ABUSEDGOAT (2967) - California, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Golden yellow colored. Aroma is grassy, some bread, lightly floral. Medium to light bodied, clean and drinkable.

19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Cloudy, pale yellow body. Very little head. Lots of banana on top of a light, sweet grainy malt body. A tad sour and strange spice.

Shag (3077) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Did Cougar and I have the same beer as the others at the tasting? Haha. Anyway a yellow appearance with a moderate white head. The aroma is rather malty with some lemons and whipped cream. The flavor is nice on this one with a good malt backbone and a slight bitterness. A refreshing pilsner.

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