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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Peak Organic Brewing Company visit their website
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 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 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 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 ThisWangsChung
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy straw color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. I like the frothy texture, if not the unimpressive retention. At least a lot of lacing is left behind as the head (quickly) fades. (2.75)

Smell: I seem to pick up a lot of buttery diacetyl, undermining the hop characteristics - Shipyard strikes again? There are nonetheless touches of grass and bell pepper coming through, along with some sugar cookie sweetness. Luckily, the hops shine more vividly as it opens up. It's slightly different for a pilsner, and really not bad smelling at all. (3.25)

Taste: Just like the nose suggested, except even worse: diacetyl runs roughshod over the entire flavor profile. It completely steamrolls both the grassy hops and malt sweetness. I get used to the diacetyl-heavy flavor, but I never learn to enjoy it. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied for a pilsner, with a good dryness. Even with the lingering malt sweetness, it's dry and easy drinking. High carbonation aids its mouthfeel. At least this part of the beer is successful... (3.5)

Overall: Underwhelming is the only word for this. Maybe I should sample it fresher, but it couldn't have degraded that badly after two and a half months. I will not be on the look for this one again. (2.75)

2.95/5: Oops, our lawn is turning brown (1,348 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 mothmanscott
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of snilsen13
2.66/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured from can
hazy yellow, thin head with some lacing
no strong smell in glass
pine smell just before tasting
medium hop flavor, clean, not much malt flavor
aftertaste is a little sour, but basically finishes dry
thin body, decent carb
easy to drink but nothing special, this beer needs some malt/yeast character.
there are several widely available domestic pils I would choose over this, such as Victory. (407 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (1,039 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 UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -6%

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. (563 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

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. (705 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 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 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 jpro
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours a cloudy, straw gold... very light, with a wispy head of about one finger of foam - leaves a few strands of lace. Musty tropical fruit on the nose, as well as citrus and light malt sweetness. Taste is pretty hoppy without much malt back-up; citrus rind; light resin; a touch chalky... pretty bitter, actually. Light mouthfeel and high carbonation - pilsnery. Not a bad summer beer, I guess. (402 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 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 infinitebruner
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (1,100 characters)

Photo of atr2605
3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
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 (366 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 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 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 smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -5%
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. (463 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 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)

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Peak Organic Fresh Cut from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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