Spencer Premium Pilsner 12 oz

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The World's First Trappist Pilsner

Brewed by: Spencer Brewery
Country: United States
Style: Pilsner

ABV: 4.7%
Ratebeer.com rating: 89
BeerAdvocate.com rating: 88

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Spencer Premium Pilsner (ABV 4.7%) is the world's first Trappist Pilsner. Straw colored with a dense, creamy white head, it's brewed from pure Pilsen malt, German noble hops and fermented with classic lager yeast. It is remarkably clean, crisp, and refreshing. The brewery's original name for this beer, "Feierabendbier", literally translates as "celebration-after-beer" but more commonly means "after-work-beer", or more poetically, "well-deserved-beer".

The name is derived from the German tradition of closing the workday together by sharing a light, refreshing beer. Larry Littlehale, the Spencer Brewmaster who trained, studied, and brewed for decades in Germany before joining Spencer Brewery, introduced the monks to the feierabendbier tradition as a 'sometimes event' at the brewery and as a simple way to honor the manual labor so fundamental to Trappist monastic life. 12 oz. bottle.

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Spencer Brewery at St. Joseph's Abbey: Spencer, Massachusetts

Spencer Brewery is a project born of tradition and necessity. For over 60 years, the monks at St. Joseph's Abbey have cooked and packed jams and jellies at their monastery under the Trappist Preserves label. This business has supported them, while providing wholesome monastic work and charitable assistance to persons in need. However, looking to the future, they saw a need for an additional enterprise that will support their community and charities in the years to come.

Just a few years ago, one of the brothers expressed interest in brewing and even did some training at a local craft brewery. Over time, his passion for brewing affected some other monks, who recognized that brewing was a very traditional monastic enterprise. Thus, when the time came to re-chart the economic path for the monastery's future, the idea of a brewery gained traction.

With the blessing of the abbot, they embarked upon a two-year data-gathering mission. They visited each Trappist brewery to learn everything they could from their European brothers. Beginning at the Abbey of Westmalle, they slowly made their way around Belgium, staying at the monasteries and making friends, receiving good advice and drinking some of the world's best beer. The final stop of their first trip was the Abbey of Sint Sixtus, brewer of the acclaimed Westvleteren ales. By the end of their second trip and more detailed discussions, they were confident that they had put together a realistic plan for a new brewery. Following monastic tradition, the monks voted and confirmed the project by an overwhelming majority to build America's first Trappist brewery.

Observing Trappist tradition, they named their brewery, and the beer, Spencer after their beloved town of Spencer, Massachusetts.
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6 reviews

Wonderful Beer!
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Sep 4, 2022  |  By Larry D.
It pours a slightly amber golden color with a beautiful large white, long lasting rocky head. It has a clean pilsner aroma with hints of hay, cracker & honey. Clean, crisp complex & delicious. I taste honey, biscuits, cracker, lemon, vanilla & hearty bread. This is a absolutely wonderful beer and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to drink it.
Larry D.

So sad....
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Jul 31, 2022  |  By BILL D.
I had finally found a beer that I really loved. Spencer Premium Pilsner had become my favorite go-to beer for all occasions. I bought several cases from Belgian Ales -- and then I learned the sad truth: the monastery was no longer going to brew beer. Apparently they had considered selling the business to another company, but keeping the brewery on the monastery grounds -- thus allowing the beer to be called a true Trappist product -- but they decided against it. This is tragic, since this is, was, the only Trappist beer produced outside Europe. They blamed the proliferation of craft beers, which made it difficult or impossible to market their fine products nationally. Nonsense! We stopped at a barbeque place in California a couple of months ago and they had Spencer Premium Pilsner proudly displayed on their beer chart. I enjoyed a couple there and extolled its virtues to my companions. They need a better marketing firm. Now all I'll have will be fond memories. After, of course, I finish the four cases I just ordered. Maybe Belgian Ales will still have some in stock when I finish enjoying these, one a day. I hope so. And I so hope the monks reconsider their initial decision and allow someone else to continue to produce this wonderful brew.

Thrills for the Pils
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Jun 13, 2021  |  By Nicholas C.
Great taste, great style, I will buy again. I'm a big pilsner guy and this is good stuff.
Nicholas C.

Spencer Pilsner
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Feb 13, 2021  |  By Dylan M.
This Pilsner is tasty, light and drinks easy - goes well with cheese, greens and meats. It is a can't miss. The bottle is also attractive. Cheers.
Dylan M.

Spencer Pilsner
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Jun 23, 2020  |  By Monica
As expected. Excellent, and shipped quickly

Spencer Premium Pilsner 12 oz
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Feb 27, 2020  |  By O R
We tried this beer last Saturday night at a small gathering of men (7, including a priest) & we really loved this one. We also tried the Spencer Trappist Ale 11.2 oz, which we loved too. But, the Spencer Premium Pilsner 12 oz took the 1st prize! Both great products though!