RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   SEASONAL: Summer   ABV: -
Named after New Haven’s nickname: the Elm City (but not to be confused with Elm City Connecticut Ale!) It is a true German Pilsner: crisp, refreshing, pronounced. Perfectly balanced pilsner malt made with all German ingredients and Hallertaur hops. It is a perfect compliment to a hot summer’s day! It’s definitely not your grandfather’s beer, but it’s what your grandfather’s beer was trying to be. A must have!!

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brucebruce81 (391) - GUAM - SEP 12, 2009
Its pretty smooth a prettÝ mild lager not to overpowering its a pretty tan in color

fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2009
can, pours light gold, light white head. Aroma is light sazz and malt. Flavor is nice and malty with a peppery sazz finish. Nice pils.

riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2009
Nose is mostly bready with hints of grass and lemon. Pours pale yellow with no head and some light haze. The flavor has a hint of fruitiness not usually found in a lager. This is followed by bread, grass, and a light pepper note. There is a slight metallic note that I picked up towards the end. Light with crisp carbonation. Lingering grassy notes.

zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Can, bought in Connecticut. Pours yellow/gold, with a white head. Aroma is grain, malt, and a little fruit. Flavor is grain, honey, grass, and malt. A decent session beer.

shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Pours a slightly pale yellow color with a white fluffy head. Aroma is honey, some grain, some astringency, a light peppery hops. Flavor is malty, honey, and a bitter peppery finish.

fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2009 Can. Aroma of lemon with touches of grassy, leafy hops. Flavor continues to be very leafy with large doses of doughy malt. However, a harsh graininess and astringency work their way in, along with some diacetyl. In the end, not very good.

LilBeerDoctor (3930) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Can. Pours a clear golden with a white head. Aroma of diacetyl and grainy cardboardy wheat malt. Tastes alright at first, very sweet though and then a diacetyl and wheaty finish. Blargh, this was pretty bad, especially the diacetyl. A flawed beer. 4/3/5/2/9 (2.3/5)

MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 13, 2009
My Bottom Line:
This unfiltered German-style Pilsener offers hay-like cereals over grassy hops, while a lemony edge accompanies the herbal, leafy finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam thins out over the hazy straw yellow.
-The pils malts are quite bulky; this could be crisper, methinks.
-That citrusy character is pleasant, but also atypical at times.
-The flavor profile is balanced throughout, but I admit I would have liked a more compelling finish.
-This is not a very memorable pils, but it is still quenching.


kevd193213 (991) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 9, 2009
12 oz can. Slighly cloudy yellow pour with a medium white fizzy head. Aroma of pepper, hops and malt. Nice even finish.

BroSpud (2189) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUN 8, 2009
Can. One of the better pilseners I have had though I’m not a big fan of the style. Pours hazy golden. Tastes soapy, citrusy and somewhat sweet. Good for what it is.

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