Peak Organic Fresh Cut - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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very good

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 VelvetExtract
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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 ThisWangsChung
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
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

Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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 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 Omnium
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Gatch
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Easy drinking, delicious flavor, good hop profile...I'd take this any time!

Photo of HamdenHector
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
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;

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

Says review is optional. It is not.

Photo of Ian_B
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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 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 jpro
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

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 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 Beric
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Peak Organic Fresh Cut from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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