Captain James Jack Pilsner - The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
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4.65/5 rDev +20.8%
I hesitated to review this beer for a few days, as my previous reviews of OMB already probably make me look like a company shill...but this Pilsner is so outstanding I had to review it.
Served from the 50 l keg in my kegerator into a pilsner flute.
A: Very pale yellow with that subtle greenish hue you sometimes see in northern German pilsners. Crystal clear with a two-finger head that dissipates but leaves nice lacing all the way down the side of the glass.
S: Light grains, with maybe some graham-cracker hints. The malt is balanced by a spicy note from the hops. Very subtle overall.
T: Sweet pilsner malt backbone followed by a spicy, almost black peppery hop character and a crisp, dry finish. Delicious and, as always with OMB, perfectly balanced.
M: What else can be said about the mouthfeel of Olde Meck's beers? Perfection.
Overall I find this to be one of Olde Meck's strongest offerings. I didn't expect to like it as much as I do, but somehow OMB never fails to exceed my expectations, so I shouldn't be surprised. Perilously drinkable.
05-14-2011 20:36:48 | More by herrburgess
4.58/5 rDev +19%
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.
Excellent choice for those stuck on this side of the Atlantic!
01-09-2012 21:59:13 | More by damjadi
4.28/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
10-25-2012 20:59:42 | More by steveh
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
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
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
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
Impressive offering from one of my hometown breweries. Their flagship Copper has slowly grown on me since my first "meh" reaction to it. I was in my neighborhood pizza joint, saw the tap handle, knew they introduced this the other night when the Alstrom bros were in town, but what sold me to try it was when someone asked the bartender what kind of beer it was and he said "it's a pretty stout pilsner, it's got lots of hops". Hit me, I sez to the waitress.
Excellent lacing for a pilsner, very nice hops, more than Sam Adams Noble Pils, maybe even more than Victory Prima Pils, almost veering into IPA territory. Highly recommended, one of the best pilsners I've ever had.
05-17-2011 01:44:16 | More by peabody81
4.18/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
08-03-2012 17:06:53 | More by AnalogReigns
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
4.04/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
07-28-2013 04:26:22 | More by Mojo
Captain James Jack Pilsner from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
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