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Thomas Creek Dockside Pilsner - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 91
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2003

26 IBU
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Reviews: 52 | Hads: 91
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Picked this up recently at Joe Canal's in Parsippany on the singles rack. I didn't expect much from this, mostly because of the other Thomas Creek beers that I had in the past. This was indeed true to form but the body was light and the aftertaste was quite odd, to the point where I couldn't quite pinpoint what I was drinking. As an afterthought, the alcohol was light enough not to be noticed but that was in line with the rest of the qualities of this beer.

The pour to this was better than I expected - golden, clear, and with a frothy head that never quit throughout my session. Great lacing left on the side of my pint glass that rivaled heavier beers that I've had of late, as the rings were neatly arranged on the back side once I worked my way through this. Not a strong aroma and not a strong flavor profile either - usual grains and cereal but with a hint of earl grey tea and wheat thrown in for good measure. Was that sour grass and straw in there too? I don't know bu- belch! Whoa...is that mint I taste? Hay? Old lemon zest? Gosh, I can't quite figure it out but it's odd. Something about the taste wasn't right and there was even a few bits of something or other floating in the head, but it looked like it was poured out of a shaker and not your typical sediment. Just something about all of that that didn't quite measure up to the appearance of this...

Sure, you could have a whole pile of these and never feel buzzed but you'd be in the bathroom given the amount of water needed to chase this down. I'm sure someone in the south loves this beer as a summer refresher but with so many session IPA's on the shelf now, why grab this? The Victory Prima Pils or the Brooklyn Pils would easily blow this out of the water but at least I grabbed the accompanying sleeve to add to my collection. This wasn't something that I"d reach for again. (1,857 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw color. The head is less than a finger high and white in shade. Retention is lousy, and only small pockets of lacing stick to the glass. (3)

Smell: Uh, guys...I'm not picking up much. Maybe some traces of mint, grass, and malt sweetness, but that's really it. While not really flawed, it's really lacking in character (even for the style!) (2.75)

Taste: This seems slightly odd. I pick up notes of mint and other assorted herbs to start, before the light malt backbone finishes it off. Exactly as the nose suggested, there's almost nothing of interest here. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: Very light, as a pilsner should be. It does have a bit of body to it, though. Decent carbonation aids its easy drinking nature. (3)

Overall: This is quite easy to drink. The problem is, other pilsners out there show off a bolder, more expressive flavor profile. This would be good with food in fairness - then again, so are the aforementioned other pilsners out there. (2.75)

2.79/5: A bit of a snoozer (1,041 characters)

Photo of ordybill
3.17/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a soft aroma with grass and malt the primary driver.
Appearance- A pale clear yellow color with a very small white head
Taste- Has a very slight flavor, not bad but lacks character
Palate- A light bodied medium carbonated pilsner
Overall- Not a bad beer to drink when needing to be refreshed, very much in line with a BMC brand to me. (392 characters)

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 (241 characters)

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. (290 characters)

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. (574 characters)

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. (487 characters)

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. (402 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle -> World Market Pilsner Flute Glass

This beer pours up a very pale clear straw with a one finger head, a small retention ring, and minimal lacing. The smell is very grassy. Might be some pine too, but I mostly get grasses. Taste is very mild. Mostly malt and not much on the hops side. Mouthfeel is kind of thin and watery although there is adequate carbonation. Not bad, but certainly unremarkable. (419 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fills an antique pilsner with a clear, golden straw and thin white head that quickly dissipates despite streaming carbonation from within.

Grainy malt with some wet cardboard and lacking a crisp hop presence.

The flavor is reminiscent of grainy straw. Malt is present, though hops are not. The finish is mild.

Medium body and astringent with decent carbonation.

Somewhat refreshing and probably an easy-going lawnmower beer. It may be unfair to have sampled this on a cold February day. Regardless, it could use some fine tuning.

I am thankful for this gift and, overall, it is reminiscent of a retro 1970s summer beer. (624 characters)

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. (559 characters)

Photo of pburland23
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Beer pours a bright, clear golden color with a thin, wispy layer of white head. Pretty average looking pilsener.

Smell is somewhat underwhelming. It's grassy with some bready malts and a hint of lemon. The taste is quite similar. The lemon is more upfront in the taste. It's refreshing, but drowns out the traditional pilsener tastes.

Mouthfeel is light and slightly under carbonated.

Overall, a decent pilsener. Not one I would seek out, but it did hit the spot sitting on a balcony overlooking the ocean in South Carolina. (594 characters)

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. (485 characters)

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. (388 characters)

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. (616 characters)

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. (633 characters)

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. (1,587 characters)

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. (715 characters)

Photo of chefkevlar
3.06/5  rDev -4.1%
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 (368 characters)

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. (368 characters)

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. (349 characters)

Photo of beer2day
2.96/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale a very clear lemony yellow with big 2-finger head. Decent carbonation and head retention. Laces well.

Very faint lemons are all that is present to the nose. Not bad for the style, but the nose just really isn't there.

Nothing on the initial hit. Finally on the very tail end I pick up a little bread body, pepper, and some lemon in the finish.

Feel is a little thin for the style.

Not a great drinker by any means, but would probably be good on a very hot day. Faint praise. (484 characters)

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. (652 characters)

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. (326 characters)

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. (550 characters)

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Thomas Creek Dockside Pilsner from Thomas Creek Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.