156 of the Best Lagers, Blind-Tasted and Ranked
How We Taste & Test Beers
Composed entirely of Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judges who have all studied, trained, and been tested on their ability to discern characteristics in beer, our panel is independent and doesn’t include any CB&B editors or staff. The panel tastes all beer blindly—they do not know what brands and beers they are tasting until the tasting is complete.
Our goal is to inform you about the strengths and weaknesses of these beers as well as their relative differences (not everyone has the same taste in beer, so accurate descriptors are more valuable than straight numerical values). The quotes you see in the reviews are compiled from the review panel’s score sheets to give you a well-rounded picture of the beer.
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95–100 » Extraordinary World-class beers of superlative character and flawless execution
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80–84 » Good Solid, quality, enjoyable beers
75–79 » Above Average Drinkable and satisfactory beers with minor flaws or style deviations
50–74 » Not recommended
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Grupo Modelo Negra Modelo (79)
Sweet, rich, almost malted milk candy followed by medium, barely sufficient hop bitterness. Toast and biscuits with some roasty character. Slight autolysis meatiness: bologna, perhaps? Light hops and low bitterness.
Samuel Adams Noble Pils (80)
Moderate biscuit and subtle bread-like malt flavors. Low noble hops flavors that are much in the background. Slightly sticky mouth-coating finish that is more malt than hops. The citrus hops add an unexpected complexity.
Burial Beer Shadowclock Pilsner (82)
Malt-forward with bread, cracker, and biscuit notes. There’s an almost ‘peanut butter–like’ sweetness. Bitterness is slightly high, but it doesn’t linger, and it does help to cut the sweetness of the malt well. Floral hops notes carry into the finish. The carbonation makes it fluffy before giving way to the bitterness.
Schlafly / The Saint Louis Brewery Summer Lager (82)
Light, bready malt with crisp lemon notes that finishes tart. Thin body, verging on watery and noticeable diacetyl. There’s a bit of pils malt underneath the butter, but I have to look for it. Finishes sweet.
Widmer Brothers PDX Pils (82)
Crisp and refreshing though light-bodied. The malt sweetness is delicate with bread-like sweetness. The hops give complexity of some spice and floral notes but not overpowering. A bit of bitterness, but balanced with the delicateness of this beer.
Plzeňský Prazdroj Pilsner Urquell (82)
Faint, grainy Pils malt character. Malt sweetness balanced by a surprisingly bitter bite. Very light noble hops character. Finished clean with no fruity esters. Odd acidity in the finish. Not much hops flavor to usher in the bitterness. Skunky and slightly oxidized.
Left Hand Brewing Company Polestar Pilsner (82)
Sweet corn and bready sweetness. Slight lemony hops character with mild bitterness but little hops flavor. Finishes clean, but oxidation detracts from an otherwise pleasant flavor.
Full Sail Pilsner (82)
Earthy, woody hops flavor followed by a strong bitter finish. Slightly warming alcohol. I’m still getting the peach ester and intense floral flavors, like tulip or geranium. Bitterness balanced with a biscuit malt backbone. Both flavors blend together well.
Flying Dog Brewery Old Scratch (84)
Rich, thick, caramelly sweet malt body with some roast. Crystal malt character is strong. Hops give structure to a malt-focused beer. Bitterness in the finish lingers. Mild alcohol flavor with a crisp carbonic bite.
Epic Brewing Los Locos (84)
Strong citrus lime flavor comes through up front, with a saltiness that adds some complexity. The bread-like malt character gives way to the sweet lime and citrus notes. Light hops spiciness, with a light sourness, almost like a gose. Moderate carbonation with a medium body that finishes with a heavy lime note that continues to grow after the sip.
Shmaltz Pastrami Pilsner (84)
The blend of phenolics and herbs carries into the palate. Also, a strong smoky and salty character gives the impression of meat. Nice spiced malt sweetness with rye notes that dries out quickly, leaving one to break down the lingering flavors of olive pit, peppercorns, mushroom, umami. Finishes fairly dry and slightly bitter.
Tröegs Brewing Company Sunshine Pils (84)
Very sweet up front, but fades to super bitter and is champagne-like on the finish. The same bubblegum and cotton candy tones linger throughout, but are lost in the bitterness at times. Malt almost balances the spicy bitterness of the hops and is slightly sweet.
Big Choice Pinhead Pilsner (84)
Pleasant, unique hops flavor, with a mix of fresh grape, honeysuckle, and light spices. Some bitterness allows the other flavors to shine, but the hops are muted. A hint of toasty biscuit malt on the back end, but lingers with a residual sweetness that seems out of character.
Alvarado Street Peninsula Pilsner (85)
Similar to the aroma, with moderate-to-high perfume and sweet spicy hops flavors. Just enough biscuit and bready malt to keep the balance in check. The spiciness from the hops dances off of the medium carbonation to help lighten what feels like a higher gravity beer.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Hopfen (85)
Hops bitterness up front, with some spiciness, green peppercorn, and herbal characters. The earthiness lingers on the back of the tongue, but the toastiness of the malt is noticeable after the front end of the hops. Malt sweetness is biscuit-like, with a touch of candy sugar and caramel, even a bit of bread crust.
Firestone Walker Firestone Lager (85)
A little sweet in the start with a fair amount of bitterness on the finish. In the middle, it’s light clean malt, bread notes, and subtle sweetness. The hops bitterness is restrained.
Summit Brewing Keller Pils (85)
Clean Pils malt throughout. Falls slightly sweet on the palate, but the finish is crisp and carries enough bitterness to cut through. Floral and spicy hops notes play well with the malt and bring a nice complexity. Finishes fairly dry with a slight grain-husk tannic bitterness.
Against the Grain Bloody Show (85)
Fairly clean lager character throughout with a touch of malt sweetness up front that transitions into a some pithy bitterness. A subtle lingering citrus character competes with a slight hops bite.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Nooner Pilsner (85)
The front hits with some bready biscuit malt sweetness, as well as some cracker. Light, fruity citrus notes, with some pear, watermelon, and spice character. The hops are floral and spicy, which balances the malt sweetness. The bitterness is a bit bigger than the malt and hops flavors, but the beer is smooth, with a creamy mouthful.
Prost Brewing Company Pils (85)
Bitter and skunky notes up front that continue to grow well after the taste is over. The hops bitterness holds some pine and earthiness, as well as some floral tones, that carry through. Biscuit sweetness emerges toward the back, but is hidden by the strong hops.
10 Barrel Pub Beer (85)
Moderate bitterness up front, with skins of green apples, and a sweetness that creates an almost lemon-drop flavor. Floral hops are present, with some slight spice and pear character, and finishes clean with a touch of light bread sweetness and hops spiciness. Light and crisp with high carbonation, but a creamy mouthfeel.
Jack's Abby Craft Lagers Calyptra (86)
The grapefruit hops flavor with a touch of lemon and lime suggests a citrus pith. Starts out mild but builds and locks in like a pit bull on the finish and won’t let go. Pine resins mix with an earthy bitterness, and the malt biscuit flavors add a slight sweetness, but is overpowered by the hops.
Mikkeller Keeper (86)
Assertive hops bitterness and full resinous hops flavor, woody and sticky. Malt barely supports the hops, but does so cleanly. Huge hops flavor is skunky and pine-resiney. Bitter finish is harsh and hops astringency is over the top.
Deschutes Brewery Pine Mountain Pilsner (86)
Moderate malt sweetness with a sweeter corn character. Almost wheat-like. Clean lemony fruit and mild bitterness. Crisp finish with lingering bitterness softened by slight DMS.
Boulevard Brewing Company KC Pils (86)
Moderate malt sweetness. Sweet corn-like character. Virtually no hops profile and very little bitterness. Finish is sweet. Could use a bit more pils character.
Saint Arnold Brewing Company 5 O’Clock Pils (86)
The malt sweetness surprises on the taste and carries through to the finish. Biscuit and honey-like sweetness up front with some peach esters throughout and complementary orange and lemon. The hops provide a nice complexity of spice and earthy character, and the carbonation finishes clean and dry.
König Brewery Pilsener (86)
Light-bodied, with sweet, honeyed biscuit up front, followed by floral spice character. The bitterness lingers without changing flavors. Floral, vegetal, and light lemony tartness show through in the finish.
Red Brick Brewing Company Laughing Skull Craft Lager (87)
Light-bodied, crisp, with some bready sweetness and a slight citrus character. Very little hops flavor, with some pepper and bitterness up front, and a hint of floral that fades almost before you swallow it. Nice creaminess.”
Night Shift Brewing Pfaffenheck (87)
More malt character than most Pilsners, with a prominent biscuit note and a touch of bread crust. Hops bitterness is pronounced and lingers, which mutes any hops flavors, but some pine and cattiness come through. Finish is slightly sweet and malty for the style, but there’s also a grainy bite to balance.
Uinta Mango Lime Pilsner (87)
Base beer seems pretty clean, but there’s so much lime and mango in this ‘beer’ that it is hard to tell. Once the singular fruit flavors fade, there isn’t anything left, no malt body and little to no sweetness. Would benefit from some acidity.
South County 851 Helles (87)
The medium-sweet backbone is a surprise. Fresh malt, a touch of alcohol, light pine hops aroma. Balancing bitterness, but the impression is more sweet than bitter. More body than some of the others in this style. The aftertaste showcases the hops flavor.
FX Matt Brewing Utica Club (87)
Simple clean malt profile with a delicate balance of floral and sweet, spicy hops flavors. Carbonation is pretty high, giving it a fluffy mouthfeel but also a fairly sharp carbonic bite. The finish is a bit sweet.
Two Roads Ol' Factory Pils (87)
Rich bready sweetness up front with a lingering toast note, reminiscent of dessert bread. Spicy hops character adds complexity, and a well-balanced bitterness persists through the finish, with a hint of pine and pithy citrus.
Great Lakes Turntable Pils (87)
Slightly pine-like and resinous hops flavors that become more perfumy and herbaceous as they linger. A slight ‘papery’ or cardboard-like flavor that isn’t quite oxidization. Subtle sweet malt flavors or sweet bread and biscuit. Finishes fairly dry and lightly bitter. A very subtle metallic characteristic on the finish.
Boulevard Brewing Company Boss Tom’s Golden Bock (87)
Soft, slightly soapy, even thin malt. Light malt is the strongest component. Some oxidized notes. Medium, balanced hop bitterness with a kiss of hop flavor. Harsh bitterness in the finish and a bit of ethanol, too. Clean lager finish.
Great Divide Brewing Company Nomad (87)
Full hops flavor without being resinous. Sweet malt plays a supporting role. Toasty malt notes are a little different for the style. Lively carbonation complements pungent hops, leading right into the closing bitterness.
EPIC Brewing Company Hop Syndrome (87)
Hops bitterness is the first impression. Very approachable, but bitterness lingers for a long time in the aftertaste. Soft malt softens the substantial bitterness. Aftertaste favors smoky phenols. Some lemon notes.
Radeberger Pilsner (87)
The malt takes charge, but the skunkiness hits up front. Some lime, spruce needles, and light floral round out the hops character and carry through the finish with some spicy bitterness. Pilsner back end, with a sulfury dry finish.
North Coast Brewing Co. Scrimshaw Pilsner-Style Beer (87)
The biscuit sweetness, a little honey, cracker, and malt make this complex but not too sweet. The floral hops character is nice, with just a bit of bitterness. Yeasty, with a bit of Laffy Taffy ester, and some mild smoky and spicy phenol. Slight lemony sourness combines with a bit of melon, for a semidry finish.
Bitburger Premium Pilsner (87)
Skunkiness up front, followed by malty biscuit, honey, and cracker. Floral hops bring on some spice and bitterness, along with some lime. Good body and high carbonation create a nice bite at the end.
New Belgium Brewing Summer Helles (88)
Faint, soft pils malt and a restrained bitterness complement each other. Lemony and grainy. Some grainy sweetness in the aftertaste keeps it from finishing as clean as it could. Light bitterness and a nice clean lager profile.
Creature Comforts Bibo (88)
Super bright and crisp Pilsner malt character. Cracker-like malt sweetness hits up front. Hops come through with some floral and spice and mild bitterness through the taste. Finishes very dry with a lingering bitterness. Somewhat bright/effervescent mouthfeel.
Tröegs Brewing Company Tröegenator Double Bock (88)
Full, sweet malt fills the first sip. Decent malt profile, if a bit simple. Caramel, toffee, and hints of cocoa. Some cardboard and sherry aftertaste. Hops are sufficient to just balance the malt. Moderate alcohol drives the sweet finish.
Oskar Blues Brewery Mama’s Little Yella Pils (88)
ice hop flavors, fresh and juicy. Some mild oxidation in the not-quite-fresh malt. Light, heathery hop flavor. Low bitterness but the finish is nonetheless crisp and clean
Goose Island Beer Co. Four Star Pils (88)
Well-balanced malt and hops character, with the sweet toasted cracker malt sweetness complementing the herbal and flowery tones of the hops. Clean finish and great balance.
Four Peaks Golden Lager (89)
Light spicy hops, soft bready malt. Low bitterness, but it builds a little in the finish. Spicy hops are quite nice, but the sweet balance is tasty but out of style.
Ninkasi Brewing Company Lux (89)
Grainy pils malt with mild, floral hops. Sweet up front, followed by slightly sharp bitterness that doesn’t overpower the flavor but lingers in the finish. Not harsh, but would like more malt. Lively carbonation. Slight astringency in the aftertaste.
Devils Backbone Gold Leaf (89)
The light cracker maltiness with a hint of honey is sweet, but not too sweet. The hops are floral, earthy, herbal, and spicy, and the bitterness drops off at the end. Nice, dry, and clean at the finish.
August Schell Fort Road Helles (89)
Bready malt, spicy pine hops flavor, pleasant balancing bitterness that builds into an almost tartness. Still, some bready and caramel notes that are well-balanced with the other flavors. Some might find this a bit sweet for style.
Sketchbook Pinky Sweater (89)
Clean and light with a complexity from the rice not normally found in craft Pilsner. Hops are restrained but still bring a nice floral note. Finish is dry with a touch of the rice sweetness.
Societe The Heiress (89)
A firm bitterness lingers pleasantly throughout. Moderate malt, bready and toasty. Fairly light on the hops flavor. The hops bitterness is a bit pronounced for the style, but it balances the sweetness.
Bell's Brewery, Inc. Consecrator Doppelbock (89)
pfront malt flavor is sweeter than the aroma promises. Malt is rich, lightly toasted, and slightly nutty. Tasty, if a bit simplistic. Medium hop bitterness is balancing. Alcohol is a touch hot but dries the finish. A little sticky.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Stammtisch (89)
Delicate sulfur tones, with just enough biscuit malt to soften the edges of the spice and pine hops bitterness. The bitterness lingers without overdoing it, but sits on the tongue a bit too long.
Breakside Brewery Liquid Sunshine Pilsner (89)
A nice, delicate sweet biscuit malt profile that complements the hops bitterness. Some light minerality adds a bit of complexity that highlights the malt character, with some earthy and musty notes. The carbonation helps open up the hops, allowing the flavors to stay on the tongue with a crisp, welcoming feel.
Odell Brewing Company Double Pilsner (90)
Smooth pils malt with an alcoholic aftertaste. Hop bitterness is medium and balancing. Some sweetness in the middle of the palate keeps the finish from being crisp. Hop flavor is about right for traditional Pils, but it seems light for a double. Finish is sweet and could be drier with a touch more bitterness.
Great Lakes Brewing Company Eliot Ness (90)
Rich, sweet melanoidin malt. Caramelly and full, the crispy toast malt is followed by ethanol and reasonable hop flavor. Hop bitterness balances the malt nicely. Hop flavor is somewhat piney. Finish is dry with some warmth. Less of a malt bomb than the nose implies.
Abita Brewing Company Amber (90)
Smooth, clean malt with light toast notes. Sweet, bready, and crackery. Soft hop bitterness falls away in the finish to leave a fading malt sweetness. No-frills hop flavor. Crisp finish without much aftertaste.
Ska Brewing Mexican Logger (90)
Starts with a biscuit sweetness, as well as some toast and roastiness and honey notes. The assertive hops bitterness is supportive, but doesn’t overpower. Some of the mintiness is still present in the flavor. The lighter carbonation makes this a creamy and smooth lager that refreshes.
Deep Ellum Brewing Co. Neato Bandito (90)
Bitterness up front, with some phenolic tones. Medium honey with some floral hops that add spice and complexity to the balance. The carbonation helps keep the beer refreshing and light, with a very dry finish. A malt sweetness lingers in the finish.
Schlafly Pilsner (90)
Malt sweetness hits up front with biscuity character. Medium body is nice and holds up the beer well. A little lemon. Some soft floral notes and spice add complexity. Low on bitterness, but enough to balance the sweetness. Restrained bitterness lets the malt and hops flavor complexity linger on the finish.
Silver City COLD ONE (90)
There is a nice sweetness through the taste. Cracker, a little lemon. The hops are delicate with notes of floral hops and a little bit of spice. A bit grassy. The bitterness is low. The beer blends well throughout the taste with a very pleasant finish—not overly dry, bitterness balances very well, and there’s a lingering earthy, lemon hops character.
New Belgium Pilsener (90)
The flavor carries with a biscuit malt sweetness throughout the taste. The hops provide some nice subtlety, but the taste carries the sweetness through the finish. Nice medium body and carbonation. Smooth finish.
Penn Brewery Penn Gold (90)
Thin bodied. Almost Kölsch-like. Light esters, very mild hops flavor. Light bitterness is stronger than the hops flavor. Incredibly mild flavor. Faint malt sweetness and still a touch of that apple flavor. Some grain-husk character, but it’s not excessive. Nice hops flavor and bitterness in the finish.
Three Taverns Prince of Pilsen (90)
Light fruit and candy sugar up front, though not particularly sweet on the finish. There’s a nice lingering cracker dryness. And it’s slightly chewy. Tropical-fruit hops character comes across again, but balances nicely with the underlying beer. Not much bitterness, lingering fruity, earthy hops character.
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu Optimator (90)
Crisp hops flavor competes with the malt, but malt wins in the aftertaste. Smooth malt offers caramel, toast, and toffee. Hops flavors are a bit distracting but flavor is ultimately about malt. Alcohol lightens the body and is not overly hot.
Sixpoint Brewery The Crisp (90)
Aggressive citrus and berry hop flavors. Malt balance is clean and relatively neutral but slightly biscuity. High alpha hop character. Bitterness is crisp and lingering, assertive but not harsh.
Lagunitas Brewing Company Pils (90)
Sweet but balanced malt is a bit too toasty for the style. Little to no hop bitterness. A hint of ethanol. Clean, crisp finish, well-carbonated and dry. Some faint butter notes in the finish. Almost some caramel character.
Utah Brewers Cooperative Wasatch Last One In (90)
Some slight floral notes. Light-bodied, sweet bready malt with some biscuit. The clean freshness of the pepper and lemon is well supported by the malt and invites the palate to take a second and third taste.”
Santa Fe Brewing Company Freestyle Pilsner (90)
The malt hits up front, with some pear-like juiciness. The citrus flavor has a bit of delicate lemon. Noble hops character is there to balance and has a touch of floral and apple—would’ve been nice to have a touch more bitterness to reign in the sweetness. A touch of diacetyl and a light lingering astringency in the aftertaste.
Genesee Brewing Company Pilsner (90)
The bready, biscuit maltiness up front is more prominent than in some Pilsners and combines well with the lemony hops bitterness. Fruity, floral, earthy notes, and a moderate alcohol warmth to add a slightly spicy taste. Well-balanced and inviting.
Deep Ellum Rye Pils (90)
The prominent malt body has some nice biscuit sweetness. A little pepper character adds complexity, but it’s not too bitter. Detectable yeast esters of ripe pear and apple balance the bitterness of the hops. Finishes clean, smooth, and crisp with great carbonation.”
Jack's Abby Brewing Mass Rising (91)
ots of chewy hop flavor, but a surprisingly balanced malt body without much sweetness. Pleasant cracker-like malt flavor. Aftertaste is rather resinous and sticky. Strong bitterness finishes the hop story. Clean fermentation
August Schell Brewing Company FireBrick (91)
Soft sweet malt is quickly lightened by a crisp, balanced hops bitterness. Aftertaste of malt and lingering hops. Crisp lager finish leaves just a touch of bitterness.
Highland Brewing Pilsner (91)
Pronounced malt notes, graham crackers, light bread crust, sweet Pilsner malt character. Some peppery hops notes with complementing generic floral notes. Bitterness is a little restrained for the amount of malt sweetness, making it slightly off- balance for the style. Finish is clean and carries a hint of sweetness to cut the crispness.
Sixpoint Brewery Alpenflo (91)
The flavor is much drier than the nose hints at. Clean bready malt immediately joined by biscuits and a pleasant spicy hops flavor. Bitterness is perfectly balanced during the sip, but builds a little in the aftertaste, strengthening the bitter impression. Very clean ferment. Enough body to carry the flavors all the way through.
Coronado Seacoast Pilsner (91)
Moderate sweet biscuit and bread-like malt flavors that quickly give way to bright floral and perfume-like hops flavors that are definitely predominant. Dry finish that leaves a distinct floral hops flavor behind.
Cigar City Gasparilla Music Fest (91)
Clean and crisp. There is a nice light cracker-like sweetness up front with some floral hops notes that carry through the taste. The bitterness helps to even out the sweetness, and it is not overly bitter. Refreshing on the finish. Lighter in body and nice carbonation.
Lagunitas PILS (91)
The complement of the citrus hops notes and the malt sweetness give a candy sweetness, almost like a muted Smarties or Skittles. Frosted- Flakes–flavored skim milk after all the cereal is eaten but the milk remains. Bitterness is a bit restrained, but any more would probably upset the unique malt and hops combination.
Carton Brewing This Town (91)
Balanced: toasty malt with a touch of caramel partnered with a pleasant floral hops character. Hops deliver both a spicy flavor and pleasant bitterness. Caramel pushes this into sweet territory mid-palate. Some lemon appears at the finish, but it’s clean all the way through.
Prison City Work Work Work (91)
As on the aroma, the malt plays a backup role to the hops. Floral and spicy notes at first, but pine and lemon shine through quickly. Pronounced hops character that seems to bring some perceived sweetness to help the clean Pils malt balance the fairly high bitterness. Malt flavors of biscuit and bread hide somewhat in the background but are just enough to not let the complex and prominent hops flavors get out of control.
Hofbräuhaus Hofbräu Maibock (91)
Sweet, slightly sticky malt barely supported by restrained hops bitterness. Some astringency in the aftertaste. Some fruity cherry notes. Big malt, but not too sweet. Pils and toffee. Definitely warming with plenty of alcohol. Mild hops flavor. Remarkable bitterness. Finish isn’t very crisp.
August Schell Brewing Company Pilsner (91)
Upfront hop bitterness, balanced malt and hops in the middle, and a pleasant, bitter finish. Nice pils character. A touch of corn with floral hops reminiscent of gooseberry or white wine. Well balanced.
Summit Brewing Company Bohemian-Style Pilsener (91)
The cracker-like malt is sweet, with notes of salt, biscuit, and Pilsner malt. Floral hops are present but aren’t too bitter, and further notes of spice, melon, and lime linger through the aftertaste. Clean and refreshing, what it lacks in complexity it gains in simple refreshment.
Heater Allen Pils (91)
A bold flavor up front for a Pilsner, with sweet cracker and biscuit, but is quickly followed by some floral spice notes that carry the bitterness through the finish. Noticeable sulfur notes give way to the pine and spice of the hops, as well as some pepper. The malt characters are only in the foundation, providing the body, but don’t truly emerge until the bitterness fades into the aftertaste.
Bell's Brewery, Inc. Lager of the Lakes (92)
Smooth malt offset by light hop bitterness. Sweet, corn-like, and wheaty. Spicy hops slide right into the finishing bitterness. Very fruity, but light alcohol flavor. Yeasty, yet clean profile. Light carbonic bite.
Perennial Pils (92)
Big spicy piney hops flavors at first bring a wash of medium bitterness afterward. There’s a malt body with light bready or saltine-cracker flavor.
KC Bier Co Pils (92)
Light bodied with a dry malt husk-like sweetness. Cracker-like. Some floral and spicy notes come from the hops and bring some bitterness to the taste, but it’s not overpowering. Well-balanced with a dry and slightly bitter finish.
WeldWerks Cereal Keller (92)
Slight malt sweetness up front (cracker, bread). Moderate spicy, earthy hops flavor is quite pleasant. Mild but persistent bitterness. The soft yeastiness in the finish is likeable.
Maui Brewing Co. Bikini Blonde (92)
Slightly sweet in the start. A touch of bitterness in the finish. Very mild spicy hops in the middle, with a slight tartness, bready malt, and a character verging on corn.
Maui Brewing Pau Hana (92)
Similar to the aroma, impressively clean, yet hits all the check marks one would look for in a classic Pilsner. Spicy and fruity floral hops flavors that balance well with a solid sweet biscuit malt backbone. The bitterness imparted by the hops really dries out the finish. A slight peppery phenolic-like flavor as it warms.
Jack's Abby Post Shift Pilsner (92)
The sweetness from the aroma carries strongly into the flavor. The Pilsner malt character is clean, and the floral hops bring just enough bitterness to balance. Well-balanced bready, biscuit malt flavors with clean noble hops flavors. Very crisp and clean drinking.
Summit Brewing Dakota Soul (92)
Nice light malt flavor. Just a touch of sweetness that is well-balanced in the finish with the soft hops bitterness. Hints of hops spiciness, but low hops flavor for the style. More of the Saaz hops profile would be good.
Fort Collins Brewery Maibock (92)
Full, rich malt: dessert beer! Hops are just enough to support the rich malt flavors. Strong malt palate with pils, melanoidin, and a bit of caramel. Hops spiciness and alcohol warmth meet nicely to take the beer to the finish. Mild balancing bitterness, but this increases over time.
Wasatch Brewing Company Devastator (92)
Hops bitterness balances the nice sweet malt in the initial sip. Malt is all caramel and cocoa nibs with melanoidin character. Light hop flavor is out of style but interesting and keeps malt in check. Light astringency and alcohol burn in the aftertaste.
Pyramid Breweries IPL (92)
ich malted milk body with chewy melanoidins. A little too sweet. Hops flavor is also aggressive, the strong but smooth bitterness crisp and balancing. Finish is fairly clean with some lasting bitterness. Malt backbone is just strong enough to balance. Nice lemon or orange rind citrus
Victory Brewing Company Prima Pils (92)
oderate bready malt sweetness followed by intense, resinous hop profile. Bitterness is high for the style but finishes clean and dry. Moderate malt sweetness with nice pils malt flavor. Needs more malt to balance. Crisp, with a carbonic bite and lingering astringency
Upland Brewing Company Champagne Velvet (92)
A relatively clean biscuit and honey Pilsner malt, balanced by the herbal spiciness of the hops. Touches of red apple and orange add some complexity, but overall, a very restrained and understated flavor. Nothing is elbowing for control. Incredibly dry and clean fermentation.
Terrapin Beer Company Sound Czech Pils (92)
Light and delicate, with some sweet light cracker-like notes that carry through. Herbal and floral hops add some unusual woody dankness and bitterness, as well as a lemon-like citrus complexity, without being overpowering. Perfectly fermented, with a fresh, clean, dry finish.
Hopworks Urban Brewery HUB Lager (92)
The first sip brings out the bready malt, with a touch of hops flavor that yields to the bitterness. Light nuttiness that might be a bit out of place, as well as some fresh fruitiness. Subsequent sips see the hops flavors build in complexity—spicy, with a big of evergreen pine. Some lingering bitterness in the aftertaste, clean fermentation.
Figueroa Mountain Paradise Rd Pilsner (92)
The skunky hops flavor is in your face, coupled with a touch of sweet malt. A low-level pleasant bitterness, but the flavors are mild. Fruitiness of fresh apples/pears with a low level of clean maltiness. All the flavors are fairly intense on their own, but together there is some balance.
Suarez Family Brewery Qualify Pils (92)
Light Pilsner and floral flavor up front with a very delicate body. Bitterness toward the end of the sip that lingers after the sip.
Jack's Abby Craft Lagers Spill the Tea (92)
Lots of dank, lots of tangerine. There’s a slight berry thing also, much the same as the aroma. The balance is great with medium-high bitterness and some low-medium pithy character that complements things well. The tea quality adds some nice earthiness on the swallow. The beer backbone is crisp and presents a great canvas for the other flavors.”
Firestone Walker Brewing Company Pivo Pils (92)
iney, grassy noble hops balanced by clean, grainy pils malt. Some fresh watermelon notes. Finishes crisp, clean, and surprisingly bitter. Some alcohol warmth at the end
Drake's Brewing Flyway Pils (93)
Simple malt, bready with a lingering grainy sweetness that has a somewhat tannic lingering astringency. Strong floral hops character with hints of rose and a grassy note on the finish. Bitterness is fairly restrained and nicely balanced.
Burial Beer Pinnacle of Dreams (93)
Good rye malt blends with the base malt to add some spicy interest to the mix. Malty, but relatively dry. Moderate noble hops flavor but a bit of citrus, too. Medium bitterness. Finish is primarily the hops flavor with a touch of the rye malt. Fairly full bodied.
Kona Brewing Company Longboard Island Lager (93)
risp, light, and refreshing, the spicy, grassy hop flavor really fills the middle of the palate and the aftertaste with a tart touch of lemon. Crisp, clean finish with mild bitterness and very light alcohol. A little thin but enjoyable
Mikerphone Helles Lager My Old Friend (93)
Rich tropical-fruit blend with a superclean malt backbone. Subtle biscuit, bready malt flavors that quickly give way to dry citrus hops notes of lemongrass, orange peel, and grapefruit. Finishes with a smooth fruity bitterness that lingers pleasantly with a slight stickiness.
Samuel Adams Fresh as Helles (93)
Like the nose, the focus is on the floral. The sweet balance makes it even more like orange-blossom honey. Light bitterness and a pleasantly dry finish.
Ska Brewing Rue B. Soho (93)
Broad spectrum grapefruit flavors, from the zest to flesh to juice to even a touch of tartness. Could be used for a kick-ass Paloma recipe. Finishes somewhat tart and a bit sweet with some citrus bite.
New Belgium Brewing Blue Paddle (93)
ight, clean malt. Noble hops provide slight floral and spice character. Mildly hopped but in style. Finishes crisp, clean, and dry with a touch of astringency in the aftertaste
Saint Arnold Brewing Company Summer Pils (93)
Light-bodied but balanced well and slightly creamy. The hops are not overly bitter but provide some nice spice to break up the malt biscuit sweetness. Very clean and dry finish.
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse 3 Golden Hairs (93)
There is a lot of spice in this beer—cinnamon-like, earthy, woody, and floral—from the hops. The prominent bitterness envelops the malt sweetness with the yeast esters and balances nicely. Medium body, finishes dry, light, and refreshing.
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project Von Pilsner (93)
Moderate grainy, crackery malt, and the herbal hops are nice and add some depth. Low to moderate sweetness with very low bitterness and a touch of acidity. Very light body with medium carbonation transition into a smooth quiet finish. Very refreshing and clean.
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan Weihenstephaner Original (94)
risp and assertive bitterness followed by smooth, slightly sweet malt. Fine, lively carbonation dances on the tongue. Light pils malt followed by a brisk flash of spicy hop flavors, then a light bitterness
21st Amendment Brewery El Sully (94)
Light Pilsner malt with a medium-sweet biscuit presence, but is not overly sweet. The floral, earthy hops flavors blend right in, with a low-key pleasant bitterness. Bright body with a slight apple note toward the end of the sip and a refreshing carbonic bite.
Maplewood Pulaski Pils (94)
Delicate malt flavors, light matzo-cracker notes, sweet biscuit and bread flavors that are cut through by moderate floral hops bitterness. Low sulfur, as on aroma. Slight lemon flavor that grows through the finish. Bitterness doesn’t linger.
Jack's Abby Brewing Saxonator (94)
lean, rich malt with just enough hop bitterness to balance. Rich malt sweetness gives way to a pleasantly dry finish. Hops are lightly applied. A touch of carbonic burn and alcohol with some light oxidation
Samuel Adams / Boston Beer Company Double Agent IPL (94)
ig hop flavor follows the aroma: grapefruit, pine, and cedar. Bitterness is assertive but enjoyable. It coats the tongue well past the aftertaste. Malt sweetness rounds out the flavor, but since it wasn’t invited to this party, it leaves early
Trumer Brauerei Berkeley Trumer Pils (94)
Malty, biscuit sweetness is smooth, light-bodied, solid, and slightly sweet. The lemony, floral, spicy hops accent the clean malt bill nicely, and the high carbonation makes everything pop just a little. Finishes with just enough bitterness to make you want another sip—or gulp.
Utah Brewers Cooperative Squatters Squasatch Hoppy Pils (94)
Smooth, light, soft Pilsner malt throughout, with a medium-sweet malt cracker background. The hops profile adds some floral notes, with a medium bitterness that carries through the finish, and some citrus character in the back. The beer finishes dry on the tongue.
Samuel Adams / Boston Beer Company Samuel Adams Boston Lager (95)
harp, clean hop bitterness overlays sweet, toasted malt with cracker notes. Assertive, slightly resinous hop flavor. Good complexity. Sweet up front, but hop flavor and clean bitterness keeps it in check. Clean lager profile. Finishes dry and slightly bitter
Victory Brewing Company Victory Lager (95)
right pils malt sparkles, a little perfumy. Hop flavor dominates the light, bready malt. Bitterness is clean and some spicy, peppery notes add interest. Medium carbonation but little head
Utah Brewers Cooperative Wasatch Snap Down (95)
Same hops profile as the flavor, but with more emphasis on the citrus. The bitterness is much lower than expected, with some nice malt to balance that is detected more in the mouthfeel. Finishes dry without too much hops bite and just enough of the fruity flavors to entice you back for another sip.
Jack's Abby House Lager (95)
Pronounced acidity immediately upfront, but rolls into a wonderful peach juiciness. The spices are subtle, the peach is the star of the show, with a nice lingering mild sweetness that helps balance out the acidity.
Bierstadt Lagerhaus Helles (95)
Light spicy hops flavor with a touch of wood and bready malt. There’s a light bitterness, but a touch more would increase the crispness. Nice dry finish.
Ballast Point Longfin Lager (95)
Grainy but still crisp and fairly dry. Emphasis on hops is slightly pronounced. Slightly bitter. Nice bread and light Pilsner malt flavor. Medium-light mouthfeel.
pFriem Mexican Lager (95)
Very simple but again very clean. Light spicy hops towards the end of the sip try to take over but are quickly complemented by bread, malt sweetness. Well done.
To Øl Brown Paper Bag (96)
uge hops-forward flavor with plenty of malt to back it up. A bit raw or grassy with alcohol in the aftertaste. Bitterness is assertive and barely tames the alcohol burn, but there’s enough malt sweetness to carry it. Clean with no esters
Finback Brewery Telephone Lines (96)
Smooth mouthfeel and body. Some nice cracker-like malt sweetness followed by some citrus-fruit character. Some lemon. Some spice notes add complexity. Bitterness balances well throughout the taste. Fruity. The carbonation adds to the taste. Refreshing and crisp. Restrained bitterness on the finish leaves you with lingering light fruit and spice character.
August Schell Citra Blanc (96)
The subtlety of the caramel in the malt bill really helps the citrus and tropical-fruit character shine through. Bitterness is present but not overpowering. Finishes with a slightly sweet fruitiness and hint of sugar bread.
Dust Bowl Hobo Pilsner (96)
The hops character isn’t as pronounced as it is on the aroma. Clean Pilsner malt presents first with moderate citrus and a touch of peppercorn spice in tow. Balance is slightly bitter, which lingers into the dry finish pleasantly.
pFriem Family Brewers Pilsner (96)
A nice delicate biscuit sweetness that gives way to a floral, herbal, and citrus hops flavor. The hops hit in the middle and provide some complexity and bitterness. Nice carbonation that ends with a clean, dry finish.
Ayinger Brewery Celebrator (97)
risp hop bitterness up front prepares the tongue for a full, malty body. Robust toffee, coffee, and caramel with good balancing bitterness. Alcohol thins the body, oddly increasing drinkability. Some papery and sherry-like oxidation. Not at all cloying
Aecht Schlenkerla Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche (97)
ull of malt and smoke without being sticky. Slight oxidation in the malt body is mostly hidden by the smoke. Some dark fruit (prune-like) sweetness. Smoky sweetness hits first and lingers in the smooth, warming alcohol finish. Aftertaste is crisp with a touch of ashy graininess
The Post Brewing Company Howdy Beer (97)
Initially, a sugary malt character, with medium-low orange notes. Nice Pilsner malt character, with some delicate biscuit, almost like toasted cracker. Prominent hops bitterness throughout, with some lingering astringency. Good carbonation and finishes clean and refreshing.
Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers Sunny Ridge Pilsner (97)
Sweet Pilsner malt, almost candy-like, with some somewhat tart citrus notes. Slightly earthy spice notes of the hops are well placed, above a Czech Pilsner level, but not overdone. Balances nicely, and the carbonation and mouthfeel are spot on.
Jack's Abby Brewing Hoponius Union (98)
Full-bodied and almost sweet. Strong, beautiful, juicy hops flavor of citrus and cedar. The clean hops bitterness is firm but not overwhelming. Malt is strong enough to support the hops and adds complexity.
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company Trauger Pils (98)
The malt body is light for the hops bitterness in this Pilsner and hits with a slight bready malt sweetness and citrus before the hops kick in to balance. Good carbonation, super smooth, with a nice carbonic bite. Slightly bitter finish, but clean.
Rogue Farms Good Chit (98)
Much maltier than expected, although not really sweet—more in the Czech realm of Pilsners. Toasty and bready delicateness is restrained, with distinct sulfur tones and a nice hops bitterness that lingers.
EPIC Brewing Company Double Skull Doppelbock (99)
alty sweetness is the first impression. Nice complexity as the flavor develops. Toast, toffee, and cocoa complement dark fruit flavors. Moderate hop bitterness lingers alongside the malt, and hop flavor is relatively pronounced. The more I drink it, the more I like it