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Nickel Brook Green Apple Pilsner - Better Bitters Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 72
Avg: 3
pDev: 29.67%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Better Bitters Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pootz on 06-11-2006

This one of a kind beer is brewed as a pilsner style beer which is then combined with natural apple juice and essence. The result is a refreshingly smooth beer with a crisp, clean finish, which is perfect for complimenting or cooking with poultry, pork and seafood.

Nickel Brook Green Apple Pilsner is a wonderful alternative for those looking for something new!
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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.42/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

473 ml can from LCBO poured into a pint glass on a cold October day.

Appearance - A clear golden yellow spills into the pint glass. Nice 2 finger white head with almost ten minutes retention time. Some bubbles are clearly visible in the beer and there's a nice thick white cap sitting on top. Nice lacing is left as well.

Smell - Apple cider, rhubarb, some other sour notes as a melding of green apple and rhubarb. Almost detecting a hint of strawberry / rhubarb pie as well.

Taste- Sweet at first, but then the sour green apple kicks in, replacing the sweet. Definitely tastes like a cross between cider and beer. Sip of almost all head is very sweet. Also picking up bready malts, rhubarb and apple as in the aroma. Second sip yields almost a pastry baking around these flavors of apple and rhubarb. Upon further reflection though the sweetness keep shining through and there's not quite enough beer here to meet the demand.

Mouthfeel - Slightly dry finish that is not unpleasant with medium / high carbonation. Slightly watery and a bit too fizzy for my tastes after the first few sips.

Overall - Pleasantly surprised with this beer enjoyed it quite a bit, but a bit too much of the apple juices and non-beer components within this beverage itself especially once the first few sips have been had.

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Photo of pokerman
1.76/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Overall it was a good attempt but I split a can with 3 people and nobody finished their sample. The flavour is very artificial and overpowering. Tasted more like apple skins than anything. Would not go well with any type of food either. Their ipa is ok but the organic didn't win me over enough to keep trying their brews

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Serving Type - 473ml can poured into a pilsner glass

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear golden colour, with a bright white fluffy head which shows no sign of dissipating. A great deal of carbonation is visible.

Smell - An incredibly powerful green apple smell as soon as the can is opened. By the time the beer was poured all I can really smell is green apple. Like it's ridiculous - it smells like it could be green apple soda. That said - over the top isn't a bad thing in a beer like this as its sort of a novelty to begin with.

Taste - Lot's of apple ans artificial sugar flavour going on here. The apple flavour is pleasant enough, the sugar not so much. It's so over powering that i'm struggling to remind myself that this is in fact beer that I'm drinking. Not sure what I was expecting from the nose, but the sugar here sort of kills it.

Mouthfeel - Extremely light body, high carbonation and a sort of water-y, but refreshing finish.

Overall - 3/5

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Photo of joemcgrath27
2.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - clear golden, plenty of bubbles, short head quickly disappeared
S - over the top apple and sugar aroma is dominate this to the point of being nearly impossible to smell any beer qualities, it is a decent aroma but not really a beer aroma
T - same as the nose, its more like an apple soda than a beer, not bad tasting not really beer tasting
M - light and well carbonated, but then its just a sugar bomb
O - a classic example of going too far with a feature ingredient

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Photo of SebD
2.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice pale yellow color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quite fast and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of green apples and jolly ranchers. Not much else.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a green apple flavor, mild sourness and some bready malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a light overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with somewhat bland flavors and aromas.

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Photo of emerge077
1.75/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing today Jay, this was a good one to start out with. Into a tulip glass it poured a pale anemic gold. High clarity, no carb or lacing visible.

Smells and tastes like a green jolly rancher. Bravo. Might as well just call this crap 4 loko and call it a day. Vague pale malt aftertaste. Bland and lifeless, dull and artificially flavored green apple soda. It has soda-like carbonation and a dry finish, thankfully not too cloyingly sweet, but the sugar is definitely in there.

Pass on the neon green can if you see it, this is purely alcopop in a can. The can actually suggests pouring over ice cream, blech.

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Photo of korguy123
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can into pint. Expiry NOV2612

A- Slightly hazy straw yellow pour with a short lived finger width white head. Lacing is minimal.

S- Strange, it smells like a green apple Jolly Rancher. slight floral hops. Slightly sweet from the malts.

T- Green apple jolly rancher, that slowly transitions to a bright floral Pilsener taste. Floral hops with a sweet malty backing.

M- Light bodied, lively carbonation slightly syrupy finish.

O- The apple is a good touch, it smells and tastes refreshing but the finish makes it taste and feel more like a artificial syrup than anything else. I'd be interested to see what "Naturally Flavored" is/means.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can to brandy snifter.

A - Pale straw yellow with two fingers of bright white head that immediately receded to a small layer on the top of the beer.

S - Huge green apple aroma up front. Some lighter bready malt notes in the background.

T - The apple is not as pungent as the nose suggested but it is still very evident in the palate. The green apple is balanced by bready malts and a very slight hop presence. There is a slight tartness present in the finish. Not bad for an apple beer, but generally not my cup of tea.

M - Light to medium body. moderate carbonation.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.18/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

473ml can, a new arrival in Alberta from an equally new (to us) brewer from Ontario.

This beer pours a very pale, diluted apple juice (natch, I can smell it from a few paces away), with three fingers of thinly foamy sullied white head, which leaves some random upshots of arced lace around the glass as it eagerly recedes.

It smells of sweet, fruity apple power bars, and very slight earthy hops. The taste is sickeningly sweet, heavily sugared apple puree, a wee bit of alcohol, surprising, given the ABV, but not, really, given the ingredient listing. Some sullied pilsener notes seep through, grainy and grassy, but they are totally overridden, sadly so.

The bubbles are lively enough, until they meet the fruity, sweet morass that is the core of this misbegotten offering. Smoothness? Sure, why not, as that may be the only asset currently perceptible. It finishes as sweet as ever was, the fruit more culpable than the malt could ever be. Exit, stage left, enter stage right: tongue scraping.

Good god. I get adding some apples to the mash to lend some fruity flavours, in an earnest effort at style blending. Here, though, we have but a blatant, and unfortunately cheap-seeming effort at low-balling: don't sell me with the "apple cider", and follow through with just the "apple". Add to that the liquid sucrose, and the crappy soda comparisons seem all the more sensible. Gah.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tallboy can from the LCBO served ice cold. The unusually persistent autumn temperatures (which have now lasted into February) have been continually triggering cider cravings in me for months now. I also haven't had a fruit beer in a while, so I figured this might kill two birds with one stone.

Pours a clear golden-yellow colour, topped with a fizzy, even white head with poor retention. I'm not going to make a big deal out of the head fizzling away almost immediately - fruit beers usually seem to do this, and it boosts the 'cider vibe' they were presumably going for here. The aroma is overpoweringly like green apple jolly ranchers. My nose isn't powerful enough to detect anything beyond their syrupy tartness. I kind of like the aroma, but its sheer strength just makes it seem artificial.

Fortunately there are some beer-like characteristics to describe in the flavour. Don't get me wrong - green jolly rancher and granny smith apple skin are quite dominant, but beneath the admittedly powerful presence of those flavours, there is some light, bready malt in the background. No hop presence, noble or otherwise, which is disappointing for anything with 'pilsener' in its name. Finish is fairly clean; a bit tart with some welcome dryness. Thin, watery mouthfeel, similar to a cider but with too much syrupy slickness to be as refreshing as a real cider or even a pilsener. Moderately soft carbonation for the style.

Like a lot of fruit beers, this doesn't seem to have much to offer beer geeks beyond the usual 'crisp and refreshing' type-adjectives. I have a feeling most cider drinkers would agree when I say that this combines the two drinks to produce a final product that would probably leave both groups a bit disappointed. There are not enough beer traits to satisfy beer drinkers, and the apple flavour is likely too artificial and cloying to satisfy most cider drinkers.

[Updated Sept. 14 2014]

Another can, grabbed on a whim - I've been drinking a lot of cider lately and decided to see how this one compares. The answer? Poorly. This beer tastes like candy, although to be fair there is an underlying, grainy, pilsnery base that reminds you that this is, in fact, a beer. I generally enjoy most Nickel Brook offerings, but Green Apple Pilsner is definitely one of their weakest concoctions, IMO.

Final Grade: 2.88, a C.

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Photo of Roke87
3.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

473 mL can, slightly chilled and poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Pours a clear pale straw colour with a fluffy two fingers of white head that very quickly dissipates to a few bubbles on the top, no real ring though to speak of, leaving very minimal to no lacing throughout till finish.

Smell- It actually does have a nice green apple smell coming from it, right from the second I started pouring it into the glass I could smell the green apple aromas, very mild malt flavours as well, not really much going on other than the sweet green apple smells.

Taste- Just like the smells, the taste’s come through right away with that sweet green apple on the forefront with a mild hint of the malts in the background, again not too much other than the apple going on in the taste department either. It really reminds me of those green apple suckers that you can buy, I used to have them as a kid a lot, not really a fresh apple taste more of a candied taste going on in this one.

Mouthfeel- Very light bodied with ample carbonation, this one goes down smooth and crisp, rather refreshing especially on a warm summer day on a patio.

Overall- I’m not too sure what to think about this one, on the one hand it delivers everything that it says it is; a green apple pilsner. The sweet green apple taste definitely dominates both the aromas and the tastes, but on the other hand it is not really a fresh apple taste like a cider but more of a candied taste like you would find in a lot of children’s candies. To be honest though I didn’t think it was all that bad and like I said it would be a good beer, if very cold on a hot summer day outside on a patio. I did have rather low expectations but this one kind of came through a little better than I thought, too bad it has such a low ABV.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a very light yellow color beer with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light sweet apple notes with medium sweet malt base is interesting. Taste is quite refreshing with loads of apple juice which doesn't taste too much like some fake syrup. Body is a bit light with some spritzy quality and good carbonation. I know this is considered a cheap thrill by most around here but I am a sucker for those refreshing fruit beer and this one isn't half-bad.

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Photo of a74gent
3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has some apple, but not in a sweet or heavy way. Nice looking pour that takes a bit of head and then it slowly dissipates just leaving a little around the edges and a little haze on top. This is a nice alternative for those who are looking for a refresher. Not really like beer but not quite like a malterenative either. A nice change.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to the LCBO singles bin, I didn't have to buy the whole six pack to try this curious little item. The ingredients listed included apple juice, of course, but also lemon juice and liquid sucrose.

It poured a pale straw golden with very slight haze. There was a slight head but I blinked and it was gone, similarly the thin ring and a few cloudy wisps soon disappeared. The smell of green apple was there alright but it was of the sour gummies type that children love to eat, the artificial kind that make you pucker with your friends. Similarly, the taste offered abundant lemon-lime and sweet apple flavours but it was very contrived and seemed unnatural. The label listed hops as an ingredient but I would not have guessed they were in the beer nor much evidence of the malted barley that was supposed to have gone into this pilsner.

This is a type of beverage that might go well with the wine coolers and fruity vodkas inspired generation but it's hardly worthwhile for the serious beer drinker. Even if you happen to like fruit beers, this isn't much worth your while as there just isn't enough of a true beer presence to back it up.

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Photo of biegaman
2.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Green Apple Pilsner is (thankfully) yellow and not at all green. It has an extremely sunny complexion and strikingly bright highlights that shimmer like tinsel. It's clarity is on par with that of lemonade. The fact that this is has no head - zero, not even an outline - allows you to stare right down into the thick flakes of sediment that resemble cubes of sea salt.

The aroma is more audacious than most fruits beers. Naturally, I was expecting to smell green apples but not such an uninhibited amount; this bouquet is absolutely redolent of the stuff! And almost too vividly so, to the point that you start to suspect artifical ingredients. This is pleasant but not keeping a lid on things could easily result in overdose.

The beer smells so vibrantly fruity and has this distinctly minty component that I had hoped would transpire into the taste. Unfortunately these components, however perceivable they may be in the aroma, are overrun in the flavour. Sure, there is a perceptible note of apple but the taste of corn is paralyzing. Bleh. Yellow corn and green apple really do not mix.

To be clear, the ingredients list says nothing about adjuncts. It does, however, include liquid sucrose, lemon juice, citric and asorbic acid. I don't know why these items are used but I can tell you one (or all) of them has an absolutely detrimental effect on the mouthfeel. This texture is piercingly fizzy with a sharp acidity - it's like drinking seltzer.

If this hot summer weather can hardly entice me to finish the bottle I don't see what chance this has of being drinkable in other situations. I really disliked it (and not the least because I prefer other fruits to flavour my beers). A good green apple beer - Unibroue's Ephemere Pomme, for instance - is worth buying, drinking and cooking with. This is not.

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Photo of decimator
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the OCB discovery pack no. 2.
341ml bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

A - Poured yellow with a slight haze to it. Head was a 1/4" which was quickly gone. Looks like your average macro lager.

S - Strong apple juice aroma and not much else.

T - Apples. Very sweet with some sourness. I find it almost too sweet at times. Good apple aftertaste.

M - Feels much stickier then your average Lager/Pilsner.

D - Pretty drinkable at first but the apple taste can get overpowering as you go. One bottle is enough.

Is this really a beer? It's more like a fizzy alcoholic apple drink. It's good for what it is. I'd rather have a cider or mix my apple juice with Whiskey.

Also this stood out as the only Pilsner (and a fruity one at that) in a six pack that was filled with various amber and brown ales. I was a little disappointed that this OCB pack wasn't more varied then it was.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.24/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The last of the OCB mix six pack I picked up in Ontario.

Poured into a pint glass results in a pale yellow color with about a finger of head. Head evaporated quickly, leaving no lacing.

Smell is strongly of granny smith apples.

Taste is somewhat fizzy. Granny smith apple flavoring is definitely apparent. More like a light cider than a beer.

Very smooth, with a bit of an apple aftertaste. Not bad for a summer afternoon beer. Personally though, the fizziness is a bit off-putting. If I wanted something cider-like I would get a cider.

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Photo of mintjellie
2.27/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale straw with two fingers of white head. The head fades away somewhat quickly, and leaves no lace behind.

Huge sour & sweet granny smith apple aroma. I can barely pick out some bread underneath it.

I wouldn't say the apple flavour tastes artificial. It's the sweetness that makes it seem so. The apple flavour itself is genuine, but it's dominated by the sweet taste of liquid sucrose used to sweeten this beer. Somewhat tart and lemony as well - the ingredients also list lemon juice and citric acid.

Light bodied and fizzy, but sticky from all that added sugar. Like really thin syrup. It feels like soda pop, but with finer carbonation. I can finish this, but I don't really enjoy it. I like sweet beers, but the sweetness in this is all wrong. I think it would taste better without the sugar.

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Photo of Bestuurder
4.17/5  rDev +39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came from a sample pack from OCB. Standard 341mL brown bottle.

Poured a cloudy cider colour. No head, no lacing to speak of.

The smell was sweet but not sucrose like. With a mild hopiness.

The taste was excellent, I was anticipating a cider or juice-like flavour, but not the case. Subtle hints of green apple, very refreshing. I would certainly pick this over the new Bud Light Lime on a very hot day in the pool.

Medium body with a slippery thickness. But not chewy. Very refreshing. Low alcohol makes this beer even better.

Certainly could have a couple more, but stick with one or two and you will not be disappointed.


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Photo of IBUnit63
2.51/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK, I'll bite. At Kensington market at some Tapas place I don't recall the name of. Poured into a Pilsener glass and shows off a thin head with lots of carbonation and, maybe by the power of suggestion, a subtle green apple tinge. Not the skin, but the fruit inside.

Well, it definitely has that green apple extract smell. In fact, that's about all I'm getting...Maybe just a little bit of Pilsener character in malt and maybe someone looked at a picture of Saaz hops when brewing this. But yup - this really reminds me of that Smirnoff Green Apple stuff - y'know..."tart fuel." It smells good. But does it smell like beer? Not quite...

The collar on this one definitely matches the cuff. All green apples, all the time. Really nothing more to say about this.

OK, this really isn't beer to me. That's not to say it doesn't provide the tart green apple feel it was intended to provide...of course it does! It's light, at least somewhat refreshing and relatively smooth when cold.

Again, when cold it goes down pretty easily. But those looking for a real beer should keep on walking. OK, people...move along...there's nothing to see here...

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Photo of philipquarles
1.68/5  rDev -44%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

341ml bottle out of an OCB "Discovery Pack". Pours clear gold with a fizzy white head that dissipates to nothing fairly quickly. Smells strongly of Granny Smith apples, or rather, artificial Granny Smith flavoring. Light malt in the background, but it's hard to pick anything out aside from the overwhelming tart apple. Taste is like sour apple Jolly Ranchers macerated in Bud Light. I don't care if Better Bitters claim it's "all-natural" apple juice--that's certainly not the case. Maybe natural apple juice plus syrup, etc, but there's something else there that gives it a rather disgusting sweetness. Feel is actually halfway decent, with a light-medium body and good carbonation. Could be quite drinkable on a hot summer day in the Gobi, but aside from that, this artificial apple bomb won't do much for the real beer fan. Sorry to be a sexist, but this one is definitely geared towards those of the female persuasion.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.33/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - gold-yellow colour with a little foam head and moderate carbonation.

Smell - prominent smell of tart green apples over a light malt aroma. Interesting.

Taste - weird combination of drinking sweetened apple juice over a very light, sweet malt. Very sweet overall, you have to want a sweet drink to like this a lot.

Mouthfeel - a lot like pop or sparkling water. Not reminiscent of beer, especially with the tart acidic apple finish.

Drinkability - definitely a novelty beer, but one I won't be bothering with again. Not my cup of tea, due to the sweetness and lack of beer character. If I wanted sparkling apple water I would select intentionally.

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Photo of Sammy
3.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Apple juice can be natural and that is the claim, though there can be preservatives in apple juice. Specifically green apple juice aroma. Almost translucent body , with white creamy foam, lots of lace. It taste like a soda, a few gulps are drinkable, only. Light lagerish mouthfeel.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised when the OCB discovery pack #2 got re-released, and that's where I got this one from.

Appearance - Pours with a good thumb of head that retains decently but doesn't lace that much. The beer itself has incredible clarity and is a light golden color that is a bit more bright then a typical light beer. The carbonation looks slightly lax, and it could use a bit more color but all in all, solid.

Smell - Unsurprisingly the smell of apple juice is dominant. It's fairly strong though, and it eclipses the slight grain scent in the background. The downside of this though is that it smells slightly too sweet.

Taste - I'll be honest, I've got a sweet tooth but this beer is slightly too sweet for me. The apple flavor is of course dominant and the barest undertone of malt and hops just barely make an appearance near the end to remind you this is a beer. The apple juice does taste authentic, but it's almost like they added a bit of sugar into the mix.

Mouthfeel - This beer leaves a very nice apple aftertaste. Most of the sweetness has passed and it's perfect. The carbonation is a little lax however, which is a bit disappointing. Also the transition between overwhelming sweetness and slight bitter end needs a little work too.

Drinkability - This beer is dangerously smooth, and I have never had a beer go down that easy. It's very light on the stomach, it's very refreshing and it doesn't have any gas issues. The only thing keeping it from the perfect score is how sweet it is. I would have no problems polishing a case of this stuff in short order.

Final Thoughts - There are fundamentally two problems with this beer. The first one is that the apple taste is a bit too sweet and the reason actually is evident on the bottle's label, where they actually list the ingredients. The fourth ingredient is liquid sucrose, which is what I know is making the beer a bit too sweet. Maybe they thought the yeast would take care of it, but it's a bit too much. I'm pretty sure this would be a lot better if it got the hoof, or less of it was added.

The second problem is how to classify this beer. Now I took a look at the alcohol content at it is only a mere 4%. Now if you treat this as a pilsner, this stuff is horrible. If you treat this as a light lager, this is probably the best light I've ever had. If you treat it like a fruit beer though like I am, it comes as a slightly better then average.

I was pleased by the experience as a whole and with a little bit of fine tuning, this could have been even better. If you know someone who doesn't drink beer, have them try this.

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Photo of kwjd
2.31/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After pouring into a glass, it looks just like a typical lager without much head. It smells like a glass of apple juice. It also tastes pretty much like sweet carbonated artificial apple drink, without much flavour that you would typically associate with beer.

It does go down easy and it doesn't taste bad, but it isn't for me.

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Nickel Brook Green Apple Pilsner from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.