Peak Organic Fresh Cut - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 7
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
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Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Flounder57 on 09-06-2013

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Reviews by Maxwell:
Photo of Maxwell
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a pale yellow with a huge head of egg-shell white bubbles. The head mellows to a rocky terrain and sits approximately a finger’s width above the glass. As the head fades, it leaves fluffy, string-clouds of lacing. In body, the beer is clean and clear, except for a slight haze that clouds the other side of the glass. Constant streams of tiny bubbles can also be seen feeding the aggressive head of the beer. On the nose, the beer smells superbly hoppy, moving from fresh cut grass (hence the name) to juicy citrus, lemon peel, and even a ghost of herbal mint. On the tongue, the beer tastes decidedly bitter up front with a nice, mellowing, bready sweetness moving in with the middle and finish of the sip, though not balancing out the beer. The bitters taste decidedly grassy, with only hints of citrus coming through. Acidity is light in the mouth, but does give the beer a faint pop, as well. In flavor, the beer begins as bitter, fresh cut grass and pine, this moves into brief grapefruit before the crackery malt flavors start to balance out the sip. The finish is of bitter grass, grapefruit pith, and just a touch of salinity. In the mouth, the beer feels on the heavy side of light in body, with a smooth and creamy carbonation, definite effervescence, and a mouthfeel that is crisp, smooth, and slightly prickly. The mouth is left dry and astringent once the beer has left. Overall, this is an aggressively bitter beer, which I both appreciate and wish for a little less of. They captured the flavor of fresh cut grass rather well, but the astringency is a little too high, and the pilsner malt character is a little too light for my taste in the style. This is a good hoppy pilsner that should appease many a hophead, but as far as the style goes, it is a bit unbalanced.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +3.6%

This is a very good beer. It poured the hazy pale yellow with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent carries a gin like flare with touches of mild pine and hints of citrus. The taste has a great Czech pils base with a neat pine/gin twang. The mouthfeel is m3edium in body with good carbonation. Overall I am really enjoying this beer.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a hazy straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured grassy herbal hops and a biscuity pils malt.

The flavor was round and delicate as it should be with a springy herbal hop and moderately chewy pils malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a gentle carbonation.

Overall a very well made and tasty pils.

Photo of CaliforniaJohnson
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%

Poured into a tulip glass.
Bottle date: July 07, 2014
Pour date: August 18, 2014

APPEARANCE: pale, honey yellow with a tall 2 inch white, foamy head. Beer shows some sediment and cloudiness. Honeycomb lacing around walls of glass, and head reduces to a little puck in the middle.

SMELL: smells like fresh pine and wet pants with a nice mellow grain.

TASTE: I'm getting lemon-drops, grass, and pine needles. Very well-balanced; neither the hops, grains, or malts overpower. This beer I'd say is aromatically hop-shifted, while the flavor is grain-shifted. Great level of bitterness - makes for a crisp finish. All the flavors dissipate together linearly.

FEEL: pretty bubble and burp-inducing. Not a very filling beer, fairly thin-bodied, but the big flavor makes up for it.

BURP: very pleasent

Photo of TTripp725
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This beer started out decently and then as it went on the after taste was horrible

Photo of puboflyons
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle bottled 04/06/15. Sampled on June 4, 2015.

Slightly hazy pale yellow pour under a huge white head.

Aroma of European barley and grainy malts, bread, and slightly grassy.

Light and refreshing body.

The taste is sweet and toasty with a mild to moderate balanced bitterness. Ends clean.

Photo of lyman77
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another fantastic release from Peak Organic up in Maine!

This beer pours beautifully, with a couple inches of thick but lacy foam. The appearance is a pale, sunny, yellow with a slight cloudy haze of goodness. The nose is pleasant. Slight biscuit and floral notes are present. The head remains intact and present as I drink this. Nice.

As a dry hopped pilsner, there is more initial bitterness than from your typical Czech style. But this beer remains very smooth and clean, the hop notes fade nicely into a tasty lager body. Slightly piney, Saaz hop hints. Did I mention it is smooth? Subtle fruit notes follow on the clean aftertaste.

Overall, I really enjoy this spring release. More complex than some of the traditional offerings in this style, courtesy of the dry hop process. But in spite of that it remains true to the crisp and clean pilsner style. Highly recommended.

Photo of Amalak
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There's a very earthy, grassy taste. It leaves a tingly feel on the tongue. There's a sugary candy taste, powdery grape. A very mild hoppy bite. It has a good taste, but there's a strange sugary undercurrent that cuts a bit much.

The color is a dull straw gold, semi-opaque, with a good foamy white head and some lacing. A bubble here and there. Very, very weed-like scent. Strong and lovely.

Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy straw yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose along with faint hints of the underlying bready malts.
T: Much like the smell, flavors of grassy hops stand out in the taste and contribute a light to moderate amount of associated bitterness. The hints of bready malts are a bit stronger compared to the smell, but are still overshadowed by the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tasted a lot more like an ale than a lager and seemed like a hoppier version of an APA. It's not a bad choice if you like hops and want something that's lighter in body, but I found it unusual that it had lots of crispness for a lager, which seems unusual compared to some of the Imperial Pale Lagers that I've tried.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

August 10, 2014

12 oz bottle; Pilsner glass

A – Straw, very light gold. Definitely in line with the German style pilsner. Very minor foam on top that only lasted for a few seconds.

S – Tons of grass, pine, some grapefruit. Has an acidic, bitter finish on the sniff. Very earthy, smells like wild bush in the forest, or like I dumped lawn clippings in my beer. In a good way. It lives up to the name.

T – Very bitter and hop-forward. Lots of hop flavor, again very grassy and piney. More of the assertive hoppiness I’d expect of a Czech pils but with American hop character.

M – Very bitter aftertaste and finish, extremely crisp. Carbonation feels like a million tiny bubbles washing over my tongue. Would go great with spicy foods as it cleans the palate nicely.

O – This is a very crisp, fresh-tasting beer, and I think an excellent example of a GERMAN-style pilsner, but highly Americanized. The bitterness is very assertive, and I think this would pair well with a lot of flavorful, richer, or spicy foods. No something I’d drink a lot of on its own, but I have no complaints.

Photo of illpass78
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance. Pours a slightly hazy straw with a big pillowy white head. Somewhat surprised by the haze. Expected clear. Maybe I didn't read the label closely.

Aroma: Smells of grass, hops, lemon and slight toast.

Taste: Taste follows the nose - it's fairly grass-forward. Decent dry hoppy bite. Finishes easily.

Mouthfeel: Good summer depth.

Overall: Decent pilsner. There are better crafty pilsners on the market - MOAT's comes to mind, as does Narragansett's Bohemian - but it has flavor and appropriate body. A good companion for tacos or pizza. Sneak this to your annoying Coors Light-swilling buddy and then make fun of them for drinking organic beer.

Photo of cbutova
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Tall 12oz bottle releases a semi-hazy extremely pale golden body into my glass. The head is white and foamy with decent retention dying to a fluffy ring around the beer. Lacing is fairly plentiful with sheets and webs around the serving vessel.

S- Dry hopping provides hop hints out of the ordinary Noble or spicy Saaz range. Citrus fruits are present along with floral, grassy and spicy notes. Slight Pilsner grain and yeast but mostly clean. Lacks overall strength.

T- Feels more like a traditional Pilsener here with a lot of the fruity hops in the aroma failing to show up, they do just a bit with a hint of lemon. Grassy, herbal and spicy hops rounded out by pale bready malts.

MF- Light bodied but a substantial creamy feeling on the palate. Carbonation comes down on the high side of things contributing to that smooth puffiness. Grassy bitter finish.

A solid Pils with just a bit of non-traditional hop hints outside of the normal Saaz barrage. Good but doesn't stack up with the greats in terms of lager yeast and hop bite.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 10/15/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a good hops bitterness for the style. Then some breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a hearty malt character, but there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are better options in the style.

Photo of atr2605
3.17/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-pours a slightly cloudy straw color with a white sudsy head with good retention that leaves some lacing
S-lots of lemon, grassy,slightly herbal
T-tons of resin, pine, and grass with some citrus in the background
M-light and crisp, good amount of carbonation
O-not a subtle pilsner, more of an over hopped blonde ale. Tastes good but not real accurate of the style

Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with way too much carbonation, forcing me to stop pouring with 1/4 of the bottle left, a big fizzy airy slightly creamy but bubbly 3 finger head fades semi quickly but reinforced by tons of bubbles streaming from the bottom even with no etch at the bottom, mostly clear little hazy watery lemon yellow color.

Nose isn't too bad, but quite light and hard to get a lot of aroma out of it, mild grainy toasty pilsner malt, quite grassy and some straw, hint lemony too, some light lemony grassy hops but a decent hop base, little bready and doughy too.

Taste is decent, much more flavor than I expected, quite lemony too, with a lemon rind bitterness, lemony hops, little grassy hops and slightly spicy, fair bitterness too. Malts are light though, little grainy bready doughy, some toasty pilsner malts, a little wheat like it almost seems, mild hay and lemongrass, fairly grassy in the malt category too, again too much carbonation and bitterness just gets rampant. Finish lingers for a while, it dries quite a bit but more lemon rind, and astringent bitterness takes over and almost makes the beer a bit unpleasant, but not quite there.

Mouth is lighter bod, too much carbonation that gets in the way.

Overall meh, nothing special, but then again I don't expect much from Peak Organic, so perhaps it's more on the "good" side for a beer from them, a big hop presence that starts nice, but gets too lemony and astringent, decent malt just wish there was more of it, but too much carbonation, and that lemon astringent character is too much.

Photo of SoulFroosh
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've been searching for the perfect balance between the hop-bite of a full IPA, and an easy drinking Pilsner-lager. This is it. It's a beautiful beer.

Refreshing, hoppy, crisp, floral, with bite -- but with the lightness and drinkability of a Pilsner-lager. It goes down perfectly. Just the right amount of hop at the front of the mouth. Floral, lemons, grass in the middle -- leaving a perfectly balanced hop/grassy bite on the tastebuds to round off.

Now I just wish they'd package this in a 12 pack for $16 or so to save me buying a 6pk for $10 every time.

Photo of Hammertimeee1
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very good Beer. Just the right amount of Hops and citrus flavor. Slight pine needle scent but acceptable.. I really like this beer!

Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Moderate head that becomes just a ring of bubbles. Decent spots for lace. The liquid is a cloudy dark straw color.

Mild but clean true Czech Pilsner aroma.

The flavor is far stronger than the smell indicates. Starts with a soft pale malt taste with no graininess. The hop comes on very strong and quickly. More neutral bitter than anything else. Borderline harsh, certainly too much for a pilsner. Full bodied for the style but not too rich. Good carbonation.

Photo of T-34-85
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

A: Pale citrus-like grapefruit color with an impressively cloudy unfiltered appearance.

S: Good clean aroma commensurate with the pilsner style, with the addition of a fresh hop aroma from the "fresh cut". A very pleasing aroma and well balanced aroma for a pilsner.

T: Very good tasting pilsner with solid level of bitterness (typical for the style) and a nice level of flavor from the fresh hops present.

M: Good level of carbonation (higher) for the style, and well suited for the hot summer weather at hand.

Overall: This was an extremely impressive pilsner style beer, and one that really shines in the hot summer weather. Very refreshing overall experience, along with a nice cloudy pale citrus colored appearance. I am very much a hoppy IPA guy, but this is a GREAT BEER, very impressed.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

Bottled 6/16/14.

Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grass and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that packs a surprising hop punch that I wasn't expecting.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 08/15/13

A: Pours a lightly hazy straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a half-finger of fluffy white cap

S: Grassy hops stand out with a little bit of pilsner malt. House yeast is present, but doesn't stand out nearly as much as the herbal and grassy hop character

T: Follows the nose. Herbal and grassy hops start things off. Goes into the pilsner malt and a little bit of fruitiness. Finishes with a bit of bitterness but it's clean aside from that

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very dry

O: A nice, hoppy pilsner. Easy to drink and quite affordable. Give it a go if you're into the style or lagers in general

Photo of mothmanscott
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy deep straw producing 2 fingers of foamy, clumpy, somewhat lasting, white head that leaves webby sheets of lace. Aroma is crisp & dry, pilsner malts, biscuit & cracker, lemon/orange & grassy hops. There is something in the aroma that is reminiscent of beaten egg whites/meringue. Taste is a more vibrant version of the the nose: pilsner malt, cracker/biscuit with lemony & grassy hops with bitterness & dryness developing in the mid-sip & intensifying through the finish & aftertaste where it lingers as a heavy & bitterness & astringency. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation, dry, crisp, astringent & lightly prickly.

Photo of thezach
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle, about a month old.

Simply put, delicious! There is a smooth light malt to back up a grassy, slightly skunky hop and yeast aroma. Frothy white head that fades to a nice sticky lace that lasts and lasts. Clean bitterness, a little bit of spice in there. Completely and utterly drinkable and refreshing on a cool sunny summer day.

Photo of droomyster
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a clear golden body with a big white head with good retention and lacing. Aromas are big on freshly cut grass with heaps and heaps of fresh Meyer lemons. Flavors have an initial honey Graham cracker sweetness before the green grassy taste blended with lemon peel dominates the middle and the finish. I'd like a Pilsner that isn't shy about its taste. This is a wonderful summer beer.

Photo of AlcahueteJ
2.22/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well, I had high hopes based on favorable reviews for Peak Organic's Fresh Cut Pilsner. I bought two bottles last night. It's supposed to be a Czech pils, but...not really. Another over-the-top hoppy lager. The nose and taste both are wonderful, if you want an IPA. Dominated by fresh grapefruit, making it hard to find the malt in this beer. Even the color is off, as it looks like a partially hazy golden lager....at least the slight haze part they got right.

I assume this is what they were aiming for though, with a name like "Fresh Cut." Hop heads who want a hop-forward low abv beer that's crisper than an IPA will love it. Pilsner fans will not.

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Peak Organic Fresh Cut from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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