Signs, a German-style Pilsener by Civil Society Brewing Co.

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Signs is a German-style Pilsner that’s brewed by Civil Society Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the lager was served in a pilsner glass from a 16 oz. can.


The Pils pours a pale gold and is slightly hazy. The lager is topped by a thick cap of dense, pillowy white foam that shows excellent retention. Gobs of lace clutch the sides of the glass as the head slowly reduces. Some bubbles stream upward in the glass.


The aroma is initially pungent with a scent of wet grass but disappears altogether as the beer warms.

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Its palate begins with a taste of cracker malt followed by a mild bite of floral and spicy hops. The light bitterness carries to the finish. A flash of malty sweet honey is picked up on the swallow.


Its feel is soft and smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry.


Doesn’t show as much clarity as expected of the style but that’s nitpicking. Its body is on the high end and its carbonation is on the low end for the style. Combined, this brew comes off as a little thick for a Pils. Its aroma is appropriate but vanishes all too quickly and its palate is pleasant even if it exhibits better balance than most examples of a Pils. Signs is an enjoyable brew but not a great Pilsener.

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