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Captain James Jack Pilsner - The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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86
very good

107 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CBlack85 on 05-12-2011

Summer - Captain James Jack Pilsner - OMB developed this smooth, refreshing pilsner beer as our salute to the spirit, courage and resolve of Captain Jack and the members of the Mecklenburg Convention (see www.May20thSociety.org for more information). A classic northern German "Pils", this straw-colored lager is smooth, with a subtle yet assertive hoppiness that doesn't overwhelm your palate or the beer's malt backbone. A perfect summer refresher.
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Ratings: 107 | Reviews: 28
Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Kegatron for gifting me with a bottle of this. 12oz bottle pours a clear straw yellow color with a white head that is quick to fade.

The smell is bready with grain, quite sweet and fresh. A hint of fruity alcohol/yeast ester is also present.

The taste is much the same with cereal-like grains with a mild mineral and carbonic bite that has a lasting clean grassy bitterness. A touch of fruitiness is present as it warms up.

This is light bodied and modestly carbonated. A fine summertime beverage you could toss back effortlessly.

Photo of GlassOfHops
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw in color. Light grassy/bready nose. Clean and light with the desired smooth yet crisp mouthfeel. Diggin it though I think its a little light for my taste, which may be more traditional, but I'd prefer a Prima Pils.

Photo of WckdVbz
2.84/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Didn't like this at all.

Photo of humuloner22
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Another win for this brewery that is located in my state. I think this is a perfect example of what a pilsner should taste like. Its isn't pretentious it is what it is, but it is done well. My only complaint as is the case a great deal of the time with craft breweries who make this style of beer is its on the pricey side. You can get a very similar beer in the macro world for a quarter of the price or at least a third. Nevertheless, this is a nicely balanced beer.

Malty, clear, crisp, with just the right amount of hops to balance everything out. This is a very enjoyable beer. I will buy it again, more than anything to convert more friends to this great world in which we live. There is more out there than just the macro's and guys like these tend to do it better.

Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudy straw color with white head

Smell - lemon rind, hint of honey

Taste - grassy, lemon rind, slight bit of honey sweetness

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight bitterness upfront,crisp, clean, bready finish

Overall - good pilsner that is refreshing and is crisp & clean.

22 oz bottle

Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale to medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint hints of straw yellow. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready and cracker malts with light aromas of floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of bready and cracker malts with some light to moderate amounts of sweetness, almost like from a corn adjunct. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of floral hops and just a hint of spicy hops.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Clean and crisp.

O: A nice example of a classic pilsner - another very good German beer from Olde Mecklenburg as I have come to expect. Very enjoyable and easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Definitely one to grab again, especially in the warm summer.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a pilsner glass, the beer is a bright, pale, crystal clear, golden-yellow coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy, white head. Nose of floral hops and toasted grains, remaining subtle throughout. Flavors of toast, honey, and floral hops on a crisp, tight body. The aftertaste is subtle berry sweetness and toast. Clean, crisp finish.

Photo of Axnjxn
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bomber into a tulip. 8/6/13 bottling date.

Pours a crisp light golden color with a nice inch and half white head. Refreshing, crisp, smooth aroma with a touch of lemon zest and malts. Taste is true to style with a good amount of sweet citrus mixed with bready malts and noble hops. Lemon grass, floral. Refreshing. Just a real easy drinking pils. Light bodied, mild carbonation.

OMB never disappoints and this is no exception. Recommended.

Photo of Mojo
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber -> Grand Teton snifter

A - very crystal clear medium gold with a small head, a small retention ring and no real lacing to speak of.

S - very subtle on the nose, mostly floral

T - very smooth easy to drink. Kind of bready with a mild bitter finish

M - medium thick, with no real aftertaste, not as much carbonation as I would have liked.

O - nothing not to like about this beer, but it doesn't blow you away with awesomeness either. But it is a perfect summer beer, light, refreshing and tasty.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #64 (May 2012):

LOOK: Crystal-clear pale gold, three fingers of head

SMELL: Fresh grass, dusty biscuits, spicy herbal hop, very clean, bread crust

TASTE: Deep smoothness, very crisp, clean, biscuity, spicy hop, balanced bitterness, slightly herbal, bready, mild nuttiness, very dry finish

Close to perfection in a style that is nearly impossible to reach. Balanced and easy to knock back, and still shows off some depth. A great example of American craft brewers making amazing lagers that easily rival their European counterparts.

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Carolina Beer Company, Charlotte Airport Terminal D

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that died down and left a patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderae aromas of bready and cracker malts are present in the nose along with faint hints of floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a bit malty and a little sweet. The cracker malts stand out in particular. Hints of yeast and spices are present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice pilsner. The cracker malts make it unique when compared to the bready malt flavors that dominate the style.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tap at the brewery.

Pours a light gold with a white head that dissipates to a lacing.

Light citrus and grassy malt aroma.

Flavor of citrus, grassy malts, and lemongrass.

Light body with mild carbonation on the tongue.

Solid, flavorful pils, very sessionable, definitely worth having.

Photo of n2185
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: pilsner and crstal malts on the nose with sweet bread and biscuit aromas. Slight piny hop aromas well.

T: pilsner malts with sweet breads and biscuity flavors. Piny hop flavors bring up a clean finish.

M: light body with medium carbonation, this beer is light, crisp, and refreshing.

O: a good pilsner overall. Clean, tasty, and refreshing.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Served in a Pils glass. Pour a clear gold, with a sudsy bright-white cap that leaves back a healthy amount of rich lacing down the sides. Smells fresh, leafy and spicy, with a zesty citrus presence that is mostly lemon. The taste has a tight and zesty citric bitterness that zips the tongue. An equally tight malt backbone works with that citrus, giving this tanginess across the back. Spice lingers in the finish. The feel is medium and lively in the mouth with a fair amount of sharpness to the carbonation. I think that the hoppiness of this style of Pils holds back the overall drinkability of this for me a bit but there is no doubt that this is extremely well made for what it is. Another very solid beer here from the OMB.

Photo of B33R
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love It!  
                                                                          

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ive heard so many good things about this beer, and now I finally get to try it! Bottled on Nov. 16.

Nice clear yellow body. Initially, it had a soda pop fizz (hell it even sounded like pop), now theres a shell of the once 3/4 inch bright white head and a small amount carbonation.

Slick, grainy malt dominate the smell. Slight earthy hops and malt round out what is a light, slick, drinkable German Pilsner.

Earthy malt dominates the taste exactly like it should. Earthy, spicy noble hops just come and go intermittently, and i love it. Very slick taste and feel, which nicely balances out the super earthy characteristic from the malt and spicy, herbal hops.

This is a very good German Pilsner, and precisely what Ive come to expect from Olde Mecklenburg. Well done, guys!

Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Olde Mecklenburg

Served in a tall pilsner glass, appears pure gold with a small, frothy white head on top. Nice drippy lacing. Aromas of flowers, light spice, cereal grain, and biscuits. Fresh, crisp floral hop flavor over some light crackery grain and dough. Light bodied and very crisp. Another quite authentic take on a classic German style from these guys. Super drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of steveh
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More from the East Coast -- the typical Olde Meck 19 ounce bomber, bottled on 8.21.12.

A -- Pours a brilliant, clear gold with a firm, creamy and long-lasting, off-white head.

S -- Mellow bready malts with light DMS back. Maybe the vaguest of citrus hops in the finish.

T -- Fresh, bready malts up front with a mild tinge of spicy to lightly citrus hops in the middle, finishing with a smooth cracker character and lightly bitter hops in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a light body and lightly dry finish.

O -- A very nice brew in a style that's difficult to recreate away from the source. The lingering, but not overpowering bitterness in the aftertaste along with the dry finish -- on top of the great malt breadiness, make this a very nice German-style Pilsner. This is a great, afternoon in the beer garden sort of beer. Nothing vying for your attention but the easy-to-drink characters.

Photo of AnalogReigns
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK, I admit, I'm friends with the employees and owner of Olde Meck... but this really is a superior Pilsner.

REAL Pilsner--in the brewer world--really is, as a large American-originated (but now foreign owned) brewery calls it's caricature of it, "the champagne of beers." Unlike that excuse of a beer...a solid good pilsner...is the ultimate of the brewer's art.

For some reason...the American craft-beer revolution--has been all about EXTREMES. Extremely hoppy...extremely dark....extremely (imperially) stout... Whatever the style is, craft-brewers in the USA, HAVE to be over the top....

Even the big guys, AB/Miller/Coors/PBR etc. are EXTREMELY...bland, mild & tasteless.

TRUE Pilsner, however, as the Germans & Czechs invented it...is extremely...refined, balanced...and un-extreme. Hence the irony, how in the world does one become EXTREME in perfection?

Enough philosophy: This beer is an EXCELLENT example--in AMERICA no less...of what German & Czech tastes consider the finest permutation of beer.

It is incredibly well balanced--one can simultaneously taste the noble hops and the fine German malt--and has a terrific aroma, and light bread aftertaste. Drinking this beer is a trip to Germany.

If you DON'T like it (and many craft-beer aficionados have a hop-&-other-extremes-burned-out palate....)--than you really should consider yourself NOT one who understands fine beer, period.

Prost!!!

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 05/18

The beer pours a crystal clear yellow with no head. No lacing and no head. The nose is a slightly fruity with lots of sweetness from the malt. It's a very drinkable lager with no spice and reserved sweetness. The aftertaste is slightly fruity and fades very quickly. It's exactly what I expected and much better served fresh.

Photo of ChristianBlack
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has this on-tap poured into a pint glass. It had a nice straw, golden colored appearance with a decent head. The taste was what you might expect from a pils. Pretty basic one note malt backbone with german hops. The mouthfeel was good and had proper carbonation. Overall, the is a decent pils. While ABV isn't a factor in the overall taste or rating, most of the ones I have had in the past are more than 4.8%.

Photo of damjadi
4.56/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very true-to-style German Pils.

Light body, no chill haze. Beautifully clear.

Light hop and hay aroma.

A real nice euro-hop with a clean finish and good malt backbone.

Good mouthfeel.

Excellent choice for those stuck on this side of the Atlantic!

Photo of kylehay2004
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewery. Single finger head with nice retention and lots if lacing. Clear golden. Aroma is mostly malt, light hops and touch of citrus but is overall meager. Flavor is mostly malt and grain up front with a nice noble hop character in the finish. Not getting the citrus u picked up in the aroma. Light body and high carbonation. Semi dry. Overall a nice fairy aggressive pilsner. Lighter than Sam Adams noble pils but probably more drinkable too.

Photo of crossovert
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650l bottle. Bottled 11.04. 11.

It pours a beautiful clear gold with a big white head.

It really smells like it came from Germany. It has a bit extra yeast and American water smell but other than that it is pretty close. The hops are done right.

It is a nice Bavarian-styled brew. Perhaps slightly hardier in maltiness than the average but with a beautiful noble hop flavor. The sweetness definitely gets more noticeable as it goes, but still a good one.

A true German styled pilsener.

Photo of bobhits
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A beer under 5% made in ameirca and sold in bombers? I wasn’t aware such a thing were possible. Hand written bottled on date of 5-10-11. I guess with the elections nearly in full swing what better time to cheers to independence and democracy, and once again mixing politics with beer. Truly no two things were more made for each other!

Crystal clear light golden straw colored body, mild carbonation, and a thin head with decent lacing. So yeah as most pilsner’s fizzy yellow beer. Nothing stands out here to make me expect much.

The nose is a blast of Euro smelling hops (think Nobel Pils) with intensely sweet caramel malt. Two very distinct aromas that comes one after the other. The sweetness starts to turn to toffee and toast while never turning to the darker malt bills like an irish red would.

Citrus dry hops open, but they are quickly dominated by a very strong malt bill. This beer actually does remind me of some of the better milds and even reds I’ve had from England. I am a bit surprised at the malt’s flavor here as the 4.9% would lead me to expect a touch less sweetness. Instead this beer comes off rather malt forward even with a pretty aggressive hop profile.

A lot thicker in body thanks to being well carbonated without going over the top. Still I was hoping for a bit more crisp and clean summer like effects and instead this one drinks heavier than it is.

A rather surprising offering from an American brewer and I’m glad to have received this extra. I personally never would have picked this one up as I imagine the price was high given the bomber format and the style leads to rather unimpressive beers normally. This is for somewhat interested in malt a FAR better beer than Sam Adams Nobel Pils and even this hop head would go for this on tap before the Sam. Cheers to the brewer.

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Captain James Jack Pilsner from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.