Brewed by Brauerei Gradl
Style: Pilsener
Pegnitz-Leups, Germany


on tap


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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harrisoni (18801) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2017
On tap at the brewery. Clear gold lasting white head. Some hop and lemon on the aroma. S9me building hop on the finish. Noble hop flavours. Very decent pilsner. Good mouthfeel. Love it.

TAR (2776) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2016
Multiple liters during several sessions at the brewpub in Nov. 2015: Rich golden. Thick and creamy white head is mostly lasting. Very clean and focused aromas of lemon balm, fresh-cut hay, minerals, flower nectar, and a hint of rustic Franconian sulfur. Soft, fine-bubbled mouthfeel. Mineral-charged commencement paves a clean path for the snappy and weightless base of baguette and crackers. Exquisitely polished hoppiness unfolds with a lemony vibrancy and a nectary softness. Stiff minerals remain firm and clenching as they’re fortified by woody and herbaceous dimensions. Saliva-inducing hops beckon large gulps as the minerals and refined edgeless malt sharply contrast and dry things out. Lean and immaculate finish features a zesty interplay of minerals and a lemon-herbal scratch, with a flashier lemon balm characteristic lingering. A very stylish and sophisticated pils that’s sublimely synergistic with the extraordinarily pure and mineral-rich water that’s distinctly characteristic of this brewery. Doesn’t quite elicit the goosebumps that Gänstaller Bräu Pils did for me, as the complexity isn’t here, but this is clean as any lager out there and brings to mind Brauerei Witzgall in terms of mineraliness. Beautiful pils.

Dedollewaitor (16174) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2016
Bottle @ Hopfen & Malz, Berlin. BB 03/16. Pours clear yellow with a white head. Grain, bread, corn and grass. Rough and husky. Dry and bitter finish. Note: Gonna go to the source and have it in proper condition.

3fourths (9349) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2015
UPDATED: APR 25, 2016 From bottle and from draft at the brewery. Clear gold with a lasting and creamy white head. Intense Hallertau hop aroma manifests as lemon oil, persimmon, honeysuckle, and dandelion. Malt is crusty baked French baguette, and the mineral water quality is remarkably expressive, maybe the strongest and most enjoyable mineral character that can be found in Upper Franconia. Medium-light body, moderately sweet and perfectly balanced by bitterness, it’s creamy and silky and supple and savory, lightly acidic and wonderfully quenching and demanding of large gulps. Oily and juicy hop oils linger in the mouth, and the baguette malt quality even translates into a sort of intoxicating saltiness. This is world-beater Pilsner, easily one of the best in Franconia and the world as a whole, and may be the best mineral and noble hop expression I’ve ever experienced. Bottle of the Pils and Dunkel are available at the brewery at getränkemarkts in Pegnitz. At the Brauereigasthof you will find the Pils from tap and the Dunkel served from barrel. Both are world class examples of both Franconian character, and Franconian brewing technique.

Moravius (1318) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 11, 2015
Flasche (50 cl) von Hopfen & Malz, Berlin-Wedding. - Goldgelb, klar. - In der Nase milde blumige und schwach zitrusfruchtige Hopfennoten. - Im Antrunk blumiger, grasiger Hopfen mit feinem Zitronenöl. Für ein Pils sehr deutlich ausgeprägte Malzigkeit, wenngleich nicht zu süß. Durchschnittlich rezent. Im Abgang milde grasig-krautige Herbe und immer noch helle Malzsüße. - Malzlastiges Pilsener mit guten Hopfenaromen, aber nicht so ganz stimmig: die etwas dicke Malzsüße harmoniert nicht mit den eingesetzten, zwar hochwertigen aber zu milden Hopfenaromen. Der Biß fehlt.

Marheb (5786) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2014
La mousse est incroyablement érigée, le brasseur ne sais pas juste brasser, la façon de verser lui semble tout aussi importante. Le fromage vieilli, les différents zestes d’agrumes et des céréales fins et croquants se côtoient dans une machable et soignée concoction.

MartinT (9932) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2017 My Bottom Line:
This super fluffly Pilsener shares citrusy secrets, straw stories and herbal moments, all in a memorable conversation.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A dollop of foam decorates the shiny pale golden.
-The flavor profile is balanced.
-This is richer than your average German Pilsener. As such, it feels more like a Czech brewpub lager than anything else.
-Malts also offer a honeyed suggestion midway.
-This brewer knows what he is doing with malts. Try their Dunkel for a superb example of that!

On tap at the brewpub a couple of times.

Erzengel (8871) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 5, 2014
Ein typisch fränkisches Pils: Leicht malzig-süßlich im Antrunk. Im Mittelteil leicht herb, aber die süßliche Note dominiert etwas. Im Nachgeschmack bleibt eine schöne Herbe mit leichter Malznote zurück.
Test vom 26.9.2007, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 12,11,11,11,12,11 - 11,15

Maria (10211) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2011
It’s warm golden with a creamy, white head, and the aroma has notes of bread, flower and malt. The flavour has a light sweetness and delicious notes of bread and flower combined with a dry finish with a light bitterness. A really nice one.

bierkoning (13387) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2004
Full golden color. Malty barnyard aroma. The ruralness of the aroma comes back in the flavor. Hopbitter, somewhat malty, and the almost indescribable flavor of a petty farm that has almost disappeared in Holland, but is quite common in Franconia. Interesting pilsener, but well brewed? Not really.

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