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Captain James Jack Pilsner - The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

83 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 16.15%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Sammy, Aug 17, 2014
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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.

metter98, May 26, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

kylehay2004, Dec 20, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

oberon, Aug 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Jason, Apr 10, 2012
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.

Kegatron, Mar 12, 2013
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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.

dbrauneis, Jul 15, 2014
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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.

GarthDanielson, Nov 16, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Axnjxn, Sep 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

KevinGordon, Feb 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Reagan1984, Jul 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

UncleJimbo, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

prototypic, Oct 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

st9647v3, Jul 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Bung, Nov 19, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

smithj4, Jun 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

DrinkSlurm, Feb 05, 2014
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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.

BeerAdvocate, Jun 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

buckyp, Sep 26, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

wedge, Nov 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Falcone, Apr 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

RedneckBeerz, Jul 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Todd, Jan 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Kurmaraja, Apr 20, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

ThePorterSorter, May 25, 2012
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Captain James Jack Pilsner from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.