Nickel Brook Green Apple Pilsner - Better Bitters Brewing Co.

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Nickel Brook Green Apple PilsnerNickel Brook Green Apple Pilsner

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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 23.18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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:
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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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -25.5%

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3/5  rDev -0.7%

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2.15/5  rDev -28.8%
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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2.23/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev +1%
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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2.25/5  rDev -25.5%

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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

Photo of philipquarles
1.63/5  rDev -46%
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.

Photo of emerge077
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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.

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3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of irishkyle21
3.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Green Apple you say? Well it is different. Pours with a small head with no retention and very little lacing. Has a straw colour.

I love the smell of this beer. A lot of apples ( probably artificial though) but still very welcome to this nose. Hard to pick up anything else cause the apple is so overpowering.

The taste is very sweet and a lot of apples come through. Once again it is pretty hard to detect anything else do to the fact that the apple's over power everything. Not the most drinkable beer (IMO) it seem to be more of a cider/cooler/beer hybrid. But I can see it being enjoyable once in awhile.

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2/5  rDev -33.8%

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3.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this one at the Toronto Festival of Beer. I was a little skeptical at first but I have to say as weird as it was I liked this beer. The apple flavor was very artificial but it is a fun beer and from what I could see it was very popular especially with the ladies.

Appearance- Don’t worry it wasn’t green or anything. Average looking for a lager, pale yellow with a little bit of head.

Smell- The apple smell is insane overwhelming. I like the smell of apples but it is like a good cologne you can like it but there can be too much. You can only smell the beer a little bit mainly a little bit of hops. Not a good scent when you are nauseous and hammered.

Taste- Was wonderful but I could see where some people would be a little upset. The beer flavor is there but barely. It tastes more like apple malt soda than a beer. The flavor is too artificial to be compared with cider it is almost like Jones’s Green Apple Soda. There is a little lager taste but not much.

Mouthfeel- Very light and easy to drink.

Drinkability- This beer is a crazy refreshing beer and seems like it would be a great party beer for the summer.

Photo of headlessparrot
4.03/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You know what? I think this stuff is great, and nothing can persuade me otherwise. It's certainly not traditional, and it's not what I'm after when I'm thinking "boy, I need a beer," but it's light, great-tasting, and quite refreshing. The first time I ever tried it, the batch was expired, but even then it wasn't bad (a lot "sharper" I guess would be the best describer), but if you can find it fresh (and refrigerated, as I assume its not conditioned), it's certainly worth a try.

Pours from the ISB (with a label subverting the traditional Better Bitters look via a bright green background) into my pokal the way you would expect a pils to - straw/gold/yellow, whatever you want to call it. Darker than some pilsners I've seen, but fairly middle-of-the-road (plus speculation is moot, given the addition of the apples and their impact on colour). A fairly aggressive pour leads to two fingers of white, foamy head that quickly disperses, but leaves a few rings and some considerable lacing. Fairly standard, but looking good.

The nose, from the moment you crack the bottle, is green apple (Granny Smith) through and through (even with the glass about three feet away, I can distinctly smell it). Very sweet (perhaps sweeter than just apple), almost to the point of being candied (almost like a green apple equivalent to a Fuzzy Peach). But if you get the glass close, you can pick up some biscuity malt beneath the apple, and maybe - maybe - even just a dusting of Saaz-type hops. Faint grain. What's nice is that it isn't as sharp and vinous as a cider (in this respect, I disagree with some of the previous reviews, this smells/tastes nothing like any of the ciders that I've ever had).

Taste is not very beery, but is delicious. Quite sweet, but very well-balanced for what it is. Green apples initially (a boatload of them), maybe some hints of pear, though supported by a nice pils-y biscuit malty that slowly becomes more assertive. Just some faint bitterness on the finish and the slightest taste of maybe some kind of hopping. Yeasty (though not metallic). A touch of grain mingles with the apple aftertaste. Lacks the sourness of many Granny Smiths, though in this case I'm quite alright with that. Well-defined, however, which is what I like about this. Again, not as vinous and "sharp" as a cider - recognizable as having a beer base.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Most ciders I've had are very heavily carbonated; this features a very natural, gentle carbonation that's quite likeable. The only issue I take with it is that the sweetness almost sort-of coats the mouth, really influencing your ability to taste (if you happen to be eating something - in this respect, I would have this while sitting around, rather than with a meal).

Drinkability is amazing. Low ABV combined with a pleasant, (not quite but seemingly) natural taste and nose make this a beer I could drink for hours on end. The risks of a hangover are probably increased by the higher sugar content, but this is good stuff.

All in all, quite delicious, and one of the best fruit beers available in Canada (McAuslin's Apricot Ale, for example, pulls off the nose, but doesn't follow through on the taste - the Green Apple Pilsner, by contrast, scores high all-around). This isn't for everyone, but it's worth a try (and, of course, I think the ladies will love it).

Photo of Roke87
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.

Photo of IBUnit63
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%
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...

Photo of RedAleMan
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of SebD
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.

Photo of thehyperduck
2.7/5  rDev -10.6%
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: 2.70, a C-.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.28/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Photo of Hoppy_McGee
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

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Nickel Brook Green Apple Pilsner from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.