urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2005 Update: A good sample of this reveals some very good flavors and fine balance. Nothing stands out particularly, but it remains a fine spicy pilsner with a rich palate. Old: Not how I remember it. This one is metallic and rather unappealing. Some nice aroma and pleasant apple throughout with hints of butterscotch (but both at restrained levels). Something’s off--need another sample. jelifish (10) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2002
The funny thing about this beer is that it is not a pilsner, but a German lager. It should not be classified as this style. As far as German lagers go, it has some nice qualities. It’s fresh, crisp with a medium malt taste. The nose is very light at best. HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2007 The Pittsburgh stuff is much better. More of the good stuff. Style Dortmunder Export. (Brewed by Frederick Brewing Company) This beer is darker (full gold) than a typical pils. The beer starts malty and finishes mainly malty with a touch of spicy hops. I find this beer to lack two key elements that I like in a pils, 1. dryness 2. A good dose of hops. GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2004
had this one at the same time as troegs sunshine pils and talk about two opposites. this one poured a nice light goldem tan in comparision to the bright yellow of the troegs. mild malty flavors throughout with no real hops finish. I think if you would combine the two you could have a nice well balanced pilsner thehinge (292) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 1, 2006
Well carbonated, honey colored pour with a straw aroma. White head that has just a touch of lacing. Sweet, malty front end with a slightly bitter hop finish.
A good session beer.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2007
From the beer of the month club. 12 oz. Bottle. The beer pours a clear golden yellow with a white head and slick lacing. The aroma is full hop sweet malt and earth. The taste is smooth and malty with a light body and crisp, clean finish. Very drinkable and clean pilsner. Homebrewerguy (306) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Pretty much fits the commercial description except it didn’t mention the quickly diminishing head and poor lacing., very tasty brew, definitely meant to be a session beer as it goes down very easy with no one thing to the forefront,, nice malt and hop marriage. lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Slightly dark yellow, white cover. Aroma is crackery malt, some light grassiness. Taste is solid, again crackers, lightly bready but not heavy, some residual sweetness and dry, grassy, earthy hop finish. Nice, not sure why the name Pilsner and then the Vienna style though. shrubber85 (11324) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Toffee. Caramel malt aroma. Golden yellow with large white head. Mildly sweet barley malt and lightly bitter hay hops flavor. Nice easy drinking beer. Darkmagus82 (2302) - - SEP 30, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-28-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a nice golden amber color with a thick one finger white head. Large bubbles within the head pop, causing the head to slowly fade, with the loss of the head leaving a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is biggest of grainy smells but has other aromas of a grassy nature. Along with these aromas are some notes of a lemon citrus and caramel and a little bit of light fruit.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready and light caramel and fruit flavor. The sweeter flavors fades fast with some light hop of a citrus and grassy nature taking their place, along with just a bit of grainy malt flavor. These flavors largely take the taste to its end, where they are joined by a light yeast and some bitter grapefruit and sweeter citrus, to leave a still quite dry, lightly hopped, and bready flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly thicker side for a brew of its abv. and style with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. A higher carbonation level and thinner body may have been a bit more appropriate for the style and made it an easier drinking and more refreshing brew.
Overall –The flavors of the brew were rather nice, as the drier yet still somewhat complex flavors of the brew were quite appropriate for the style, making it a rather good choice. If only the body was a bit thinner and carbonation a bit higher than this would have been very enjoyable for the flavors and style. Overall however, the brew is well worth a try.