Independent Pilsner

German Pilsener Coppertail Brewing Co.


Independent Pilsner, a German-style Pilsener by Coppertail Brewing Co.

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Independent Pilsner is a German-style Pilsener brewed by Coppertail Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the lager was served in a pilsener glass from a bottle.


The Pils pours a relatively clear straw hue and is topped by a generous cap of dense, white foam that shows remarkable retention. Ample effervescence is observed rising in the glass.


The aroma is bright with a scent of cracker, floral hops and a whiff of fruity esters.


The palate being with a neutral taste of cracker that transitions to a peppery and floral bite of hops. The mild bitterness lingers through the finish.


Its feel is smooth with a crisp, dry finish. The Pils has a medium body, high carbonation, and finishes with a mild astringency.


Doesn’t exhibit the clarity expected of the style, but otherwise, this brew receives high marks elsewhere. Head retention is excellent, the aroma is strong and pleasant. Its feel is spot on. Its palate is clean but perhaps its hoppy bitterness is a little rounded for a German Pils. Regardless, it tastes great. The Independent Pilsner is an easy-drinking and refreshing brew; a fine representation of the style.

Recommended Pairings

Coppertail recommends the following food pairings with their Independent Pilsner: cheeses of Havarti, Muenster, and Monterey Jack; mains of Bratwurst, Chicken Dishes, Grilled Salmon, Citrus Shrimp; and sweets of berry salad, and pound cake.

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About the German Pilsener

The German Pilsener is an adaptation of the Czech Pilsener that was first brewed in the 1870s. Its color ranges from straw to pale gold and should exhibit very good clarity. The aroma and palate should have a light grainy-sweet malt scent of cracker and honey. Should have pronounced noble hop notes that can be floral, spicy, and herbal. The palate should have moderate to high bitterness that lingers into the finish. Its feel should be medium-light with moderate to high carbonation. Its alcohol strength straddles sessionable and moderate. Comparatively, the German Pils is lighter in body and color, drier, crisper with higher attenuation and carbonation than the Czech style. It’s hoppier with more malt flavor higher bitterness than International Pale Lagers. The Pils has more hop flavor and bitterness than the Munich Helles.