Peak Organic Fresh Cut - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 264
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 4.99%
Wants: 8
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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Photo of openmind
4.86/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My days of "kill me with dem bitter hops" are over. And I think a lot of folks and brewers are going in that direction, too.

However, that doesn't mean that I don't want a nice hop flavor and aroma, and many IPAs fit the bill nicely.

Pilsners and lagers are making a comeback - a nice beer with flavor and less ABV, has an appeal.

So, I tried this one.

Appearance. It looks like beer.

Smell. (I prefer "nose") Out of this world. Bready. Tropical fruit. Spice.

Taste is wonderful. A nice clean start with a bit of pine/spice. mid-point - A night of tropical splendor. And then a nice crisp finish. A ton of dry-hopped flavor, Not bitter.

MF - creamy nice.

This is going to be my "always have a sixer in the fridge" beer for a long time. (743 characters)

Photo of CaliforniaJohnson
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%

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 (802 characters)

Photo of kflorence
4.56/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy, light golden in color with a half inch of frothy white foam atop. Carbonation looks to be average. Surprisingly, the head retention is fairly good and there is some lacing on the glass edge as you drink. Wasn't expecting the cloudiness, but it looks quite inviting!

S: Cream corn and fresh cut hops dominate the aroma with a solid light malt profile with notes of honey and butter. A treat for the old nostrils. Fresh cut, fo sho.

T: Follows the nose quite well: light buttery malts and cream corn up front followed by a lemony, floral and grass hop tang, finishing with a marriage of the two. Both classic and revolutionary, this one packs the sweet, light graininess of Czech style pilsener, but with a decidedly American citrus and floral hop characteristic that makes itself known without being overpowering.

M: Light bodied with average, but lively carbonation, this one is extremely smooth and drinkable with a slight bit of chewiness. Very sessionable.

O: Wow. This one blew me away a little bit. Was not expecting so much hop goodness here and was pleasantly surprised to find how well it worked since it makes itself quite known but finishes very balanced. This is my third brew from this wonderful brewery and I must say they are quickly becoming one of my favorites. In terms of pilsners, Pilsener Urquell has always been the benchmark brew for me, and this one satisfies the cream corn and hopiness of the former while adding a decisively American fresh hop characteristic all of it's own to balance out the mix. I would not hesitate to seek this one out whenever I'm in the need of a good pilsener, and I will now pay close attention to what this brewery releases. Cheers! (1,708 characters)

Photo of SoulFroosh
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of malvrich
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

from a brown bottle into a 14 ounce pilsner glass
a: the first thing that hit me was the cloudiness of the beer.
secondly, lots of carbonation producing prolific head with good retention and lacing.
golden dark yellow tint to the beer.

s: immediately punches you in the nose with a light but prominent hop aroma. bitterness is promised.

t: as promised, lots of hop bitterness up front. light and, as several others have noted, very citrusy.
not sure if i can pin it down to grapefruit or lemon but citrus is prominent. this hop forwardness is almost but somehow NOT overpowering and in my opinion does not detract from what is a very delicious, well balanced, light and flavorful brew. i am currently favoring pilsners and seeking out different ones to try. this is high on my current favorites list.

m: more body than you would expect from such a generally light tasting pils, but still quite light and highly drinkable. a bit light of medium body. carbonation gives nice tingle on the mouth.

o: absolutely delicious beer. light, sessionable with an unexpected though appreciated blast of hop bitterness lending a very refreshing citrus character. again, not what you expect from a pilsner, but good job by Peak even though liberties were taken.
i will buy this whenever i am in the area of the one store where i have seen it. at 8 bucks per six pack, its an absolute steal! (1,379 characters)

Photo of lyman77
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (880 characters)

Photo of mpedara429
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Slighty hazy golden color. Two fingers of off white head with great retention.

S: Citrus and european, grassy hops.

T: Very similar to the smell

M: Medium light body and medium carb. Very crisp and refreshing.

O: Not your average pilsener. The hop profile is fantastic. Great session beer. (296 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Far hazier than I would have anticipated if I had anticipated anything about this beer. Hazy yellowish orange. A finger's worth of tight, yet frothy head. Very generous lacing.

S-Shocked me from the first sniff. This is clearly going for the 'India Pale Lager' moniker and it, so far, is on the right track. Obviously grassy but there is also a ton of luscious citrus and other tropi-hop aromas.

T-Just as the nose advertised. Fresh cut grass - what a surprise! Tangerines and all other citrus fruits. A tight, little cracker maltiness. Really tasty.

M-Still light bodied but has more body than many standard Pilsners. Well carbonated. Moderate bitterness.

O-I would consider this an India Pale Lager. I would also consider this a goddamn delicious beer. Peak's best by far. I will go hunting for this sneaky bastard very soon. The ease of a Pilsner with the hop bite of an IPA; sign me up for that any time. (915 characters)

Photo of RonJensen
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first taste of organic beers from Peak. I like the medium ABV percentage on this, Great tasting pilsner and when a beer is organic, it has no chemicals to worry about. I plan to try more styles from this company. (215 characters)

Photo of T-34-85
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (837 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Lacing on the glass as the beef was drank.

Smell: Bready and sweet pale malts, grassy, floral, tropical, and citrusy hops.

Taste: Nice bready, chewy, and sweet malts. Citrus and tropical hops with light tingly bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, refreshing, chewy, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall: A delicious dry hopped pilsner. Tasty, chewy, and delicious. Only 3 weeks old and very fresh. Not traditional to dry hop a pilsner, but this one is here to stay folks. (730 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +5%

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. (347 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +5%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
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 (666 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice clear yellow straw color with 1.5 fingers of white head, and just a little bit of lacing.
S - Aroma is outstanding pilsner malt, some light tropical fruit notes, big grassy freshness, a touch of pine, lots of lemon.
T - Taste is similar to aroma, pils malt a touch of peppery bite, then some big pine and citrus hop bitterness, lemongrass.
M - This is very dry, which to me, hurts it from being as sessionable as it could.
O - Very good pils, lots of fresh flavor like its name proceeds it to be. (537 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,799 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: a little hazy; 1 finger pillowy white head that receded slowly; moderate lacing;

S: with the "fresh cut" name, I was expecting a grassy aroma; instead I got a really inviting grapefruit;

T: grapefruit is still present, but what most prevalent is the light malt; low bitterness on finish;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation; crisp; dry finish;

O: really enjoyable; thirst quenching; (391 characters)

Photo of thezach
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is so close to being something outstanding, but falls flat in just a few too many areas. Decent for the price; a tasty six-pack if you like a beer that is light/crisp and robust in flavour. Bitterness is mild to medium, but well-balanced by a soft bouquet of lightly sweet malt, citrus hops and grassy bitterness. Savory lager/pilsner smoothness but overall crisp and dry finish. (384 characters)

Photo of droomyster
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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. (389 characters)

Photo of Beric
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 19 June 2015

Appearance: Pours a really cloudy golden color with a soapy white head. Definitely did not expect this to be cloudy, but with the dry hopping I'm not overly surprised.

Smell: Huge citrus hoppiness in the nose and definitely some grassiness too.

Taste: Tons of hops again, with little to no malt presence, which is disappointing. The beer tastes fine, but it's definitely no 'pilsener' (as is reflected in the overall rating). This is basically a session IPA with all these hops, as the subtle biscuity notes that lager heads love are all but absent.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation. The body seemed a bit thicker than I was expecting.

Overall: A good beer for IPA drinkers for sure- and don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this beer!- but it is not a pilsener. (819 characters)

Photo of JAFoley
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

A - Pale golden body with bubbly white head. Modest retention but nice lacing.

S - Light citrus hop

T - Nice dry pine and floral hops. Malts are doughy and spicy.

M - Medium/light body with moderate carbonation. Slick and slightly thin.

O - This was very enjoyable. But I would have preferred a stronger malt presence to give it more body and balance. (359 characters)

Photo of Fieldzy27
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

White bubbly head with a pale straw body that is hazy and very unfiltered looking.hop aroma is strong with citrus and grapefruit and some herbal notes. Taste is lightly bitter with crisp bite that fades to an ultra clean finish. Best beer from this brewey hands down. (268 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (1,070 characters)

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Peak Organic Fresh Cut from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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