JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2010 Tap at HDG. Pale golden beer, white head. Good floral nose, fresh and zesty with clean pale pilsner malt. Straw-like maltiness and a bright zesty citrusy aroma. Flavour is also quite lovely. Fresh hoppy flavour with dry, flinty malts. Great balance and a fresh citrusy finish. Bitterness is moderate, but the minerally character helps accentuate it. The best new pils I’ve had in awhile. puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Tap at Hop Devil. This is a surprising and very good pils. I’d never even heard of this place, and got this randomly off the menu to finish off the night. A good choice it was. Aroma is a bit vegetal, crisp celery, a little muggy and sweaty, nice German hops. Loosely filtered pour. Flavor is very grainy, pure rich hops and pale malts. Very well made, balanced, drinkable. Excellent. jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Very yellow in appearance. It’s a good, crisp beer. Fairly hoppy, but goes down smooth with a bit of bite in it. It’s very good for a pilsner. mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2005
On tap at Tap New York. Pale yellow in color with a nice white head. Crisp and Refreshing. Hoppy aroma. Citrus hops. Touch of bitterness in the finish. Clean tasting. Refreshing flavor. Decent pils. MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2005
Tap NY. Pale, clear, white head. Spicy hop aroma. Nice malt/hop balanced flavor. Nice noble hops. Pleasant and well done.
beastiefan2k (4007) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Pint pour @ brewpub. Looks beautiful with a dull golden color and a rush of carbonation bubbles in the middle. The bubbles seem to never let up. The pilsner is very clean with no off flavors. Mainly a clean white bread-like sweetness. Not citric or fruity at all but still very nice. A light hoppiness detected in the flavor. Very easy drinking and thirst quenching. Nicely made, doesn’t go above and beyond but does not falter either. hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Sampled at the brewpub. Light golden in color with a medium white head. Aroma has some earthy hops as well as some bready pils malt. Taste has bready pils malt, lightly grainy with a nice moderate earthy hop presence. Body is lightly creamy and is light to medium. Finishes with a light bitterness with some lingering bready malts. Very clean and crisp, can’t find any flaws in this. Excellent pils. ben4321 (6547) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Sampled at the brewery, 7/3/15.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 23, 2005
Clear golden color with a white head and drippy lace. Clean, grassy aroma. Good flavor as well. Crisp, with a nice, dry close. Quality pils.
On draught at Tap-NY. Pours gold with a decent white head. Smells of citrus and pepper. Taste is slightly lemony and bitter on the finish. Very nice! ChadPolenz (1827) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2012
I’ve been drinking Brown’s Tomhannock Pilsner for years now and I notice a significant difference between the tap (where it’s great) and the bottle (where it’s just plain good). Since I’m writing this review at home with the bottle in front of me, this is all I have to go by. Maybe someday I’ll go to the brewpub with a laptop and write a review of the draught.
I poured a 22oz bottle into a pilsner glass.
Appearance: Extremely pale yellow, lemon skin hue. Somewhat cloudy for the style but plenty of visible fine carbonation. Forms a large, white, frothy head which retains and laces extremely well.
Smell: On tap this beer has a citrusy hop smell akin to a pale ale, but the bottle is much more grassy. It’s akin to a saison with hay and an almost egg-like smell. There’s a subtle lemon fragrance as well, but it’s much more pronounced on draught.
Taste: Brown’s Tomhannock Pilsner is brewed with a rather basic, simple recipe using only three malts and one hop variety. Yet it has much more flavor than the vast majority of pilsners and other pale lagers on the market including the all-malt (adjunct-free) offerings. It’s a lager without the generic "beer" taste, as this opts for more of an earthiness to the palate. Saaz hops likely account for the surprisingly strong dry bitterness and spiciness throughout the palate. There’s a hint of lemony citrus right as it finishes, although this is much more pronounced on draught. The pale malts combined with the hops create for a dry, crisp flavor overall. There’s a hint of a cracker-like starch in the aftertaste, but for the most part it’s clean and refreshing. I wish more pilsners tasted like this.
Drinkability: It’s remarkable they got so much flavor out of a 4.75% ABV brew, yet Brown’s Tomhannock Pilsner never tastes or feels like a light lager at all. The mouthfeel is not fizzy or thin or watery and it goes down extremely smooth. A fantastic beer to wash down appetizers while watching sports or chatting with your friends in a relaxed atmosphere.