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Nickel Brook Green Apple Pilsner - Better Bitters Brewing Co.

Nickel Brook Green Apple PilsnerNickel Brook Green Apple Pilsner

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 23.84%

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:
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!

(Beer added by: pootz on 06-11-2006)
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Reviews by Roke87:
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: can

06-19-2011 04:57:58 | More by Roke87
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3.36/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: can

10-18-2013 21:06:11 | More by DenisKolkin
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1.7/5  rDev -43.7%
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

Serving type: can

08-26-2013 19:26:27 | More by pokerman
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Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

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Ontario (Canada)

3.01/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Serving type: can

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Alberta (Canada)

2.35/5  rDev -22.2%
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

Serving type: can

12-10-2012 01:44:39 | More by joemcgrath27
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +32.5%

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Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -10.6%
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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07-30-2012 16:30:27 | More by ZachRusk
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1.73/5  rDev -42.7%
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.

Serving type: can

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Ontario (Canada)

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Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: can

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Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: can

05-27-2012 18:14:36 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Alberta (Canada)

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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.

Serving type: can

05-27-2012 05:30:55 | More by biboergosum
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

05-20-2012 04:10:52 | More by elricorico
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Nickel Brook Green Apple Pilsner from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.