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Captain James Jack Pilsner - The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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81 Ratings

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: CBlack85 on 05-12-2011)
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Reviews by VncentLIFE:
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

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!

12-01-2012 18:50:12 | More by VncentLIFE
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-07-2014 10:55:15 | More by oberon
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

06-29-2013 17:01:49 | More by BeerAdvocate
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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

07-08-2014 02:15:17 | More by Kappakoosh
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

01-12-2013 06:06:48 | More by Todd
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

04-10-2012 02:28:04 | More by Jason
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

05-13-2012 12:03:20 | More by Kgent84
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Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

08-17-2014 04:59:34 | More by Sammy
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

10-19-2013 05:34:19 | More by prototypic
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

03-12-2013 17:11:22 | More by Kegatron
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-03-2012 21:27:46 | More by GFish
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-28-2012 14:58:42 | More by PhillyStyle
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-19-2011 20:30:43 | More by Bung
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

07-13-2012 01:23:27 | More by trevorpost
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-19-2012 17:02:59 | More by dvmin98
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

02-09-2014 20:07:36 | More by KevinGordon
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North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

04-14-2013 21:49:15 | More by n2185
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +29.9%

07-24-2014 13:19:34 | More by lateralusbeer
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

@ 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.

11-05-2012 17:08:55 | More by wedge
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

07-24-2013 17:27:12 | More by st9647v3
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South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%

On tap at the brewery, served in a mug

The beer pours a clear straw color with a respectable amount of foamy white head. The head slowly recedes leaving behind lots of lacing

The nose is lightly grainy with a nice noble hop aroma. Not as hoppy as some other examples of the style that I have tried, but nicely hoppy in a subtle way. Like most of OMB's offerings there is a lightly bready quality in the nose.

The beer is very refreshing, clean, and crisp. A nice hop profile that is slightly spicy and floral compliments the grainy malt backbone of this easy to drink light bodied beer. There is a slight tingle of carbination on the tounge. This has the right mixture of flavors and is easy enough to drink that it keeps me coming back for more.

This is a great example of the style, and reflects OMB's commitment to excellence.

05-12-2011 15:01:05 | More by CBlack85
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New York

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

05-26-2013 13:47:29 | More by metter98
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-05-2014 02:31:57 | More by DrinkSlurm
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

01-13-2013 22:05:15 | More by jorrx003
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

08-19-2014 16:38:48 | More by jbriggs7
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Captain James Jack Pilsner from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
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