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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 142   ABV: 4.75%
To honor the water source from which all Brown’s Ales & Lagers are made , the Tomhannock Resevoir. Brewed in the traditional style that originated in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, our Pils is brewed using Saaz Hops (for bittering and later dry hopped during lagering for aroma). Pilsner Malts, and a yeast strain that is used to ferment some of the finest Pilsners in the world combined with the Pilsen -- like the soft water of Troy’s Tomhannock Reservoir. A portion of each pint goes to the Rennselaer Land Trust, to strengthen their watershed education programs.
Malts: Pilsen, White Wheat and Carapils
Hops: Saaz

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ben4321 (6827) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Sampled at the brewery, 7/3/15.
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.

BrewBoxer (2667) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Draft at the browns brewpub in a sampler flight in Troy. Light color easy drinking smooth nice session

User37895 (3085) - - OCT 22, 2013
Poured the usual color, actually a weak head for the style. The aroma was sulfur, cereal grains, grass, a touch of citrus. The flavor was highly malty, needed more crisp and clean and hoppy finish.. Boring and not top of the class at all.

merc7186 (3160) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2013
A: Clear Straw Hue, Passes All Light, White Head, Great Lacing S: Oranges, Lemons T: Banana, Mildly Bitter Malt M: Decent Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Semi Sweet, Semi Bitter. Overall, not a czech pilsner as it has too much fruit nose and fruit flavor...would be a great summer beer, very drinkable but not true to the style.

mike67 (1286) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2013
On Tap at the brewery. Pours golden with long lived white head. Aroma is of biscuit malt and hint of hops. Body is light and crisp. Nice amount of herbal hops balanced on the palate by biscuit malt. Finish is long and bitter. Well done pilsner.

ChadPolenz (1847) - 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.

auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2011
12oz Bottle, purchased from Westmere Beverage Center - Albany, NY. Camping backlog from notes. I should have known better than to buy a pilsner from a bottle, but it didn’t look like it had been on the shelf that long and the reviews were good. Unfortunately, this was pretty messy for a porter. Overcarbonated, light styrofoam, noticeable wheat presence and an intense yeasty spice. Just not clean and crisp enough for me.

ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2011
A - Pours a clear golden-yellow color with a finger of crisp white head. The head fades down to a spotty layer and a ring around the glass lacing fairly nicely. S - Aroma has some bready malts and some light citrus (lemon peel) aromas. There is also just some hints of floral hops mixed in. A bit subtle. T - Starts off with some bread malts and lemon flavors. Touch of hops in the background and a touch of wheat. Through the middle some deeper bread and other light fruits come through. The finish is a blend of the bread and lemon peal that lingers nicely. M - Light bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Very smooth and fairly crisp without being watery. The finish is a bit dry. D - Very drinkable. Smooth and fairly crisp. Couple use a bit more flavor overall, but what is there is interesting enough and well balanced.

nearbeer (5662) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Bomber. Clear, golden with a small lasting head. Nose is earthy grain and yeast, caramel, and some light spice. Flavor is the same, plus some toast and light citrus. Light-medium body has a nice carbonation and hop tingle.

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