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Thomas Creek Dockside Pilsner - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Thomas Creek Dockside PilsnerThomas Creek Dockside Pilsner

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BA SCORE
74
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85 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 15.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
26 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2003)
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Reviews by Loki:
Photo of Loki
2.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours golden color with a slight cloudiness to it with a small head that fades quickly. The nose gives off mildly sweet malt, some barley, with hints of hops. The beer tastes very crisp and clean with a slight citrus hint. Not a great beer, but much better than its mass produced counter parts. Good summer time beer.

Loki, Apr 20, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have tried a few Thomas Creek brews with mixed results.Poured into a pilsner aclear straw color with a nice crowned white head atop leaving broken lace behind as it settled slowly.Lighter aromas of toasted grain with a bit of bread dough,a hint of peppery/spicey hop as well.Prickly and thin in the mouth at first it gets a little better after a few drinks but is still off,flavors arent bad with notes of lightly sweet pizza dough and a tad of honey as well with a crisp finish.I dont think its as bad as most everyone else but its pretty average.

oberon, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of BeerDreadz
3/5  rDev -6%

BeerDreadz, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of merlin48
3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, medium yellow body with a shortlived, white head that leaves some patchy, island chain, lace on the pils glass.
Aroma is faint. A bit of grainy malt and a hint of subdued, herbal hops.
Mouthfeel is average, with a light body and medium carbonation.
Taste is pleasant and clean, with grainy and biscuity malt and a subdued hops bitterness. Not very complex.
A good "lawn mower beer", and palate cleanser, but nothing special. Still, better than a macro.

merlin48, Oct 06, 2004
Photo of asuburbanman
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

asuburbanman, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

acurtis, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of Sammy
2.33/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Off-the-mark pilsner. Good head, yellow with lace. barleywine aroma. Metallic and off tastes. fizzy, not well carbonated. Thin to medium mouthfeel. I will have to be convinced to try this brewery again. Not drinkable still thanks for picking up crwills.

Sammy, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of WoodBrew
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My neighbor brought pack some Tommy Creek Pilsner from his recent trip to SC. I thought the beer was quite good....better than the C+ average currently ranked on BA> The color was clear and golden...decent carbonation that gave a thin white head. The smell was typical of most pilsners and nothing beyond notable. The taste was a very good balance pilsner with hop, malt and barley. The mouthfeel was quite nice...very easy on the pallet and definitly a decent beer to session with.

WoodBrew, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of nhudson
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from bottle bought at Whole Foods in Birmingham poured into a pint glass

a: Yellow gold, clear as can be. You can see right through the beer, which is what I am looking for in a pilsner. head forms quickly then goes away to almost nothing but a wisp around the glass edge.

s: Grassy notes, from the hops plus a slight grain aroma. Nothing amazing. After swirling it around I get a slight lemon aroma but then it goes away.

t: Again nothing great or amazing, just a good drinking pilsner. I get a very heavy bready malt flavor that quickly goes away in the finish.

m: light, low carbonation

d: easy drinking on a hot summer day.

nhudson, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of bditty187
3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sickly pale gold in hue, for a microbrewery Pils the color is especially off-putting. Yet another volcanic head from Thomas Creek, in a Pilsner glass I got a fist of foam. Yikes! Not too surprisingly the head retention was great. Subsequent lacing was splotchy, thick, and unorganized. While it’s a sad looking beer in the color department, the head saves it from sucking.

The nose is lemony and husky, while the nose is bright and lively it doesn’t smell hoppy like a Pils should. I don’t want to be the style police but at least give me some hope the palate won’t be insipid. There are few malty influences. Moderate potency, not too chatty… pleasing smells but there isn’t much here to call it inviting.

The palate was shockingly bad. A Pils, this is not. There is no malt foundation. The hops are overly lemony and the bitterness is fleeting. No further complexity beyond that. I can think of more attributes missing than are present. I get a bitter lemon candy finish, clean aftertaste with only a slight residual sweetness. The palate is not flawed and it has flavor but when I open a bottle that says, “Pilsner” I better be getting one. No so much here.

Medium in body, low carbonation, the mouthfeel is decent but nothing noteworthy.

Sure, it is plenty easy to drink but pointless to do so. It is not crisp enough or hoppy enough or malty enough to be a Pils. As just a “beer” this is a fine drink. I like it “as is.” Nothing more, nothing less… Thanks timtheenchanta for the bottle.

bditty187, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of thagr81us
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Grolsch Pilsner. Poured a slightly opaque golden yellow with a half finger pure white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of earthy malt, dirt, and earthy hops. The flavor was of earthy malt, sweet malt, and earthy hops. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was not a bad Pilsner. Definitely a huge earthy aspect going on in this one. Enjoyed this one while out enjoying the warm weather and it beat the Hell out of sitting down to a yellow fizzy beer. This one is worth trying if you are a fan of earthy brews.

thagr81us, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of Scandoppelganger
4/5  rDev +25.4%

Scandoppelganger, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Bung
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Nice looking gold pour, minimal white head. Subdued aroma of biscuit and citrus, some hop. A bit musty actually. Pilsner Urquel-esque flavors. Some malt, some citrus, some pepper like spice and piney hops. Finish pretty clean and reasonable drinkability. Could have used a little more malt sweetness, but still not bad.

Bung, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of hustlemuscle
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the ugliest labels I have ever seen. Not sure if a color didn't print, or what, but... I digress. Pretty good looking beer otherwise, tending toward golden. Crystal clear, with a decent head that receeded to nothing. Not much for nose, and a little disappointing taste wise as well. Crisp but thin saaz, with a fruity undercurrent. It tastes nice, but it is just too watery to really be a top notch pils. Very refreshing though, good for a relaxing summer afternoon.

hustlemuscle, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a pale golden yellow, with no head and no lace. Lots of visible carbonation streaming up from the bottom.

S - Smell was lively, tingling the nose. Biggest aromas were of bread malts, very light smell. Hints of some fruitness as it warmed, maybe apples or pears.

M & T - The taste was suprisingly sour, lots of grape flavors, and other fruity tones intermixed with a grainy feel. A slight hoppy finish. Went down easy enough as it was quite smooth, but a bit too sourr, expecially for a pilsner.

D - Overall this was a bit too sour tasting for my liking. I will give it credit for being alot more complex then I thought it would be, however it just came off as too strong. A knoble effort none the less.

mikesgroove, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of metter98
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly faded away and left a ringer of bubbles around the edge of the glass. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of bready malts and grassy hops in the nose, as well as some notes of lemons. The smell is rather strong and is noticeable in the adjacent room.
T: The overall taste is dominated by flavors of bready and grainy malts. There are some hints of bitterness from the hops in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink and tastes like it would be a very refreshing choice in the summer months.

metter98, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

FUwolfpacker, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of rtratzlaff
2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light staw body with decent head that sticks and leaves good lacing. What the hell is floating around in this beer? Not a clear body.

Smells are slightly hoppy and a strong sweetness.

Taste is sweet cereal grains with a flash of hop bitterness that stays a bit. The mouthfeel is made really fizzy by the carbonation and doesn't really help the beers flavor profile. A Slightly soapy quality to the finish as well.

I didn't expect much and I wasn't let downn. Beer coming out of SC has a long way to go.

rtratzlaff, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of towersfall
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an awesome golden yellow color with a nice white head that compliments the beer well. The head also didn't appear until later in the pour.

Smell - Smells of hops and citrus with a thrid scent lurking.

Taste - Grains and hops are apparent as well as a slight fruit taste. I also taste a slight doughy-ness but it could be something else I just can't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel - Lighter pilsner style which I actually enjoy. It also has a strong sort of bitter finish.

Drinkability - Not a favorite of the style but I would definitely reach for it again. The taste is just interesting enough to make you wanna come back for more.

towersfall, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of DrMindbender
3/5  rDev -6%

DrMindbender, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of IBUnit63
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to pint glass at the Kingsport Grocery...

Looks more honey-colored than a true Pilsener - not unattractive but not quite to style

Lots of raw malt and mild Saaz hops. I usually steer clear of Pilseners because the Saaz really doesn't do it for me but I could actually use more here

Again, we actually need a little more Pilsener flavor-hops are way too mild - missing that bitter Saaz sting. The malt is more natural and raw, which is interesting.

This feels a little more sour than you would expect - there is a little more fruit than necessary - not sure where it's coming from. Finish is tight from a sort of spoiled citrus

Aside from all that it actually drinks pretty well - a little heartier than your average Pilsener but it'll play

IBUnit63, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of chefkevlar
3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very clear golden color with a 1/2in of white head which quickly receeds to a thin layer

S: Has a slight buttery yeasty smell to it, along with a slight floral hint

T: Very thin on flavor, with a little bit of a bready flavor and a hint of sweetness and not much else

M: Fairly thin with low carbonation

D: This beer is drinkable but didn't blow me away

chefkevlar, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of SC_Beer_Drinker
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

SC_Beer_Drinker, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of wgfxkmf
2/5  rDev -37.3%

wgfxkmf, May 29, 2012
Photo of skubas86
3.12/5  rDev -2.2%

skubas86, Sep 06, 2014
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Thomas Creek Dockside Pilsner from Thomas Creek Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.