Thomas Creek Dockside Pilsner - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 15.05%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
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Thomas Creek Brewery visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2003

26 IBU
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Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 52
Photo of inebrius
4.13/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

How many beers have you tried that claimed to be a pilsener yet tasted like pasta water? It's nice when the bottle label delivers.

All the marks of a quality european style brew out of the hills of Greenville. Lavender baked pretzel aromas invite a sip of spicy sweet malt juice that finishes long, dry and muscular. This ain't yer pappy's grocery store swill. Seriously impressive brew from Thomas Creek.

Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Soft, light malt aroma and flavor. Dry aftertaste although it is short lasting. Light gold color and clear. Modest head but it does leave good sipping circles of lace. Light pale malt and flowery hop aromas. The taste matches the smell. Overall, this is one of the better pilsners I've had made in America. If you like this style, seek this one out.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a pale yellow color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A decent aroma of malt, citrus, and hops.

T: Tasted of mild hops, malt, and a hint of lemon. Like all pilsners, this one won't win any prizes for originality or complexity, but it is smooth and easy to drink.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick, oily finish. Light-bodied.

O: On the whole, decent beer. If you're insistent on drinking a pilsner, drink something like this.

Photo of xShoWTeKx
3.94/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Crystal clear, light amber in color with a thumb wide head.

S: Smell is a little lacking, nice citrus smell with a hint of maybe wine grape.

T: Taste follows the nose with a bready front followed by the citrus and a very faint wine grape taste. Small hop presence but still very noticeable.

M: Light body with an extreme amount of carbonation.

O: Not very complex by any means but a very great beer to enjoy in larger quantities on a hot day.

Photo of drperm
3.82/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone Soup, Landrum, SC

I tend to favor local beers whenever I get the chance; TC definitely qualifies as a local brewery for me. This one is solid, for sure. It does sit there looking a bit ho-hum in the glass (nervous glance around at neighboring tables -- might they think I'm drinking macro US watery stuff???), but once it hits the nose there's no doubt that we're talking a real pilsner here. Great balance of malt and bitterness. Not at all over the top, but solidly holds its own. Try with creamy pasta dishes or shellfish. Nice one.

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radiant goldenrod with sun-faded lemon edges and numerous streams of racing bubbles. A good looking chunk of cue ball colored cream was created on the pour and is beginning to leave several scraps of sea foam lace. Impressive residue in the end earns even more respect.

The aroma is reflective of the (typical for the style) ingredients. Pale and pils malt don't contribute much... while Hallertauer, Perle and Tettnanger hops add a grassy spiciness that is enjoyable enough to squeak out the above-average score.

Dockside Pilsner is a solid stateside version. This must be a fairly fresh bottle (TCB just started distributing to Iowa) because 26 IBUs seems low. There's a moderate push of bitterness at mid-mouthful that is sustained to and through the semi-crisp finish. Love those biting German hops.

Lightly sweet and untoasted cereal grains provide a sturdy base (relative to the ABV), upon which reside bitter grasses and hints of lemon zest. There's a very slight off-flavor that keeps my enthusiasm in check, but identifying it isn't proving to be easy. Maybe just a less than tidy yeast strain.

Along with the look, mouthfeel is a highlight. DP is more full and more creamy than the vast majority of 4.5% ales and lagers. It also has bubbles that contribute exactly the right amount of mouth energy (high end).

In my still somewhat limited experience, Thomas Creek brews average to above-average craft beer. Dockside Pilsner, even though the scores won't be higher, might be the best of the lot so far. I'm looking forward to seeing what else this outfit has up its sleeve.

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.64/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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

Photo of Zach136
3.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale, translucent body, thin white head, OK lacing.

S - Tortilla chips and a touch of spicy, grassy hops.

T - Very similar to the nose. A bit more astringent bitterness than I prefer.

M - Light bodied, refreshing.

O - A fine example of the style. Nothing to write home about though.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear straw with a quarter inch of white fizzy foam.

S - Nose is a bit chalky with lemony candy.

T - Crisp, lemony hops. Tinge of husky grain and a light lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Sharp carbonation with a light body.

D - Lacks depth and isn't terribly tasty, but I suppose it would be fine for quaffing whilst sitting on a dock on a hot day or somesuch. Easy drinking anyway.

Photo of hustlemuscle
3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.51/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of Bung
3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Crystal-clear, pale golden-yellow body. Foamy white head on top that settles quickly, but leaves a thin layer of bubbles and some lacing.

S- Toasted pilsner malt, hints of citrusy noble hops.

T- Pretty basic and very similar to the nose. Hints of toasted pilsner malts and hint of citrusy, grassy noble hops. The flavor comes through fairly full sometimes, but other times it shows up watered down.

M- Light bodied, very crisp, medium-high carbonation. Somewhat sticky and sweet.

O- A pretty good basic pilsner. Not a great example of the style, but a good offering.

Photo of confer
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up while visiting Greenville, SC. I'm not sure how widely it is distributred but I never saw it in PA.
Pours nice enough. Bright gold minimal head and lacing. Crystal clear.
Smell is dull lemons, not much there.
Taste is the same as the smell with a very small amount of bitterness in the finish.
MO- This is a good enough beer for a summer quencher nothing great but not bad.

Photo of Douglas88
3.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to Joe, listed as Dockside Pilsner. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a small white head. A nice citrus aroma, some honey and light malt notes also. The taste is very smooth and nice; sweet honey, smooth citrus and a very light bitter hop bite in the finish. A light earthy malt throughout. Refreshing and very quaffable.

Photo of nhudson
3.31/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Need to make more of an effort to try local brews like this as I have seen a few different varieties from TC hit the shelves recently. This brew pours very pale gold, looks a bit like a macro lager, but has a good bit of carbonation in the bubbles rising. That leads to a nice nice lacy white head that doesn't leave. Aroma has a good showing from the hops, some light grassy notes and a good bit of citrus. Unfortunately, not much more than the hops come through in the taste as a big sweet lemon zest flavor overwhelms leaving no room for the malt to balance. Hops offer a little bitterness but the citrus is too strong here. At least its not watery and flat.

Not a bad offering, I think this just needs a tweak or two and could really be good.

Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My bottle says 'Dockside Pilsner'...

Appearance - pours a slightly hazed straw color, an inch of snowy white foam on top. It is very sticky, taking the chance to stick everywhere inside the glass.

Aroma - grain, a zest of spice that is gone too quickly to identify. A slight whiff of fruitiness after setup.

Taste - basic grain out of the gate. A light citric bite mid-palate and on the swallow, turning a little drier and astringent towards the finish. Some brief florals, but the tasting started very cold so it needs a little warm-up time, but not too much - it's a pils for Pete's sake! Interesting spicing as I get accustomed to it. Clove gumdrops?

Mouthfeel - very well-carbonated, lighter per the style.

Drinkability - a fine session pils, but doesn't really stand up to my faves for the style.

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12 oz bottle poured into snifter. Purchased at total wine in Charleston.
A: pours a clear golden body color, thin white foam head, some carbonation.
S: pilsner malt, hay
M: light body, crisp
T: pilsner malt, fresh hay,
O:easy drinking brew

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is crisp, malty, slightly fruity and inviting. It pours a clear straw yellow - not inspiring to me, but about average for a pilsner; head is thick, white, fluffy and fairly persistent. Flavor is typical of a pilsner, malty, slightly fruity and not complex. Texture is smooth and tingly, good if typical. Nice, but I guess a pilsner lover will appreciate it more.

Photo of brentk56
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear medium gold body, a little dark for a pilsner, with a decent head and some lacing

Smell: A grainy malt character with a somewhat musty smell that I am having a hard time describing

Taste: Much maltier and sweeter than I would expect from a pilsner; not bad, but not the crisp, bitter taste I was expecting; very little in the hops department

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation

Drinkability: Basically, a summer afternoon beer that is OK, but mislabeled as a pilsner

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Thomas Creek Dockside Pilsner from Thomas Creek Brewery
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