Thomas Creek Dockside Pilsner - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 15.05%
Wants: 1
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 grub
2.15/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

tasting party sept 11/06 with northyorksammy, crwills, biegaman and me (grub). everyone threw in a few bottles and we had an interesting mix of beer and mead. not sure of exactly who contributed what, so i'll just thank everyone.

pours light yellow with a big white head.

aroma is malty. rye bread and biscuit. smells a bit like a milkbone.

taste is odd. slightly funky and definitely not like any pilsner i've ever had.

mouthfeel is ok. the carbonation is low and i don't think it's really working here.

drinkability on this one is ok, but not great. if i didn't know it was supposed to be a pilsner it's not half bad, but it misses the mark for a pilsner.

Photo of biegaman
2.21/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A hazed and semi-clouded appearence. No head at all. Milkbone biscuit in the smell. Quite awful, stale hops and malt. An indifferent beer with its only presence lying in its weakness. Light drinking. Closer to Euro Swill than pilsner. Carbonation at a good level. Mouthfeel leaves a cardboardy texture. Drinkable, but so is water.
Thanks CrWills.

Photo of Sammy
2.4/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

Photo of gpcollen1
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a golden yellow into my impy pint glass. Head rises a half inch or so and falls gently. Aroma is doughy/bready with nary a hint of hops to be found.

Hits the mouth a bit light but not quite watery. Has a light tingly carbonation that quickly transitions to a simple bready malt - that quickly fades to something a bit sour and ends with a hint of dry hops and I still have some sour on my tongue.

Not sure what the intention here was but it just did not do it for me.

Photo of crwills
2.57/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy light gold, very fizzy but no head. My fault for pouring it too cold, but I wasn't really caring too much with this one.

Aroma and flavour are very weak. Aroma is fruity hops, maybe peach, with some malt showing up. Corn or other grains, I think.

Taste is a little skunky, with some of the fruity hops and some floral notes. Carbonation is way too high. Mouthfeel is very watery.

Photo of nick76
2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is malty and grassy with a touch of corn and vegetables. The appearance is pale gold with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin but smooth. Overall it's not a bad beer but it's not a good one either. This is just what I was expecting so my hopes were not let down.

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

Photo of joepais
2.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Mikesgrove for this one
Bottle poured into a pint glass had a good finger worth of white head that went to a good lace .The body was gold in color and clear

The aroma of this brew is mostly fresh bread some grain

Flavors are a bit sour, kind of confused me but it wasn't bad. Not to much hop as well
Mouthfeel was light and crisp

Not very true to style had I drank it but I would not seek it out if I was looking for a Pills

Photo of rtratzlaff
2.81/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
2.86/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

If it weren't for the ten million barrels of Bud served up to the American public every year I'd describe this as a "pretty standard" Pilsner. Compared to most craft beers this is "pretty standard" but compared to the country's most popular brew this is a "pretty good" beer - it's more than just fizzy yellow beer.

The pour is good but uninspiring - the beers is a medium straw yellow with a thinnish white head. It's filtered to crystal clear but the minimal carbonation doesn't give it that classic "beer" look. The head quickly dies to a small collar with no lacing on the glass.

The smell is pretty good but disturbingly sweet. There are a lot of residual sugars in this beer and you can easily find them in the nose. While there are no corn adjuncts in this Pilsner the smell is vaguely similar to the Corn Pops cereal. Surprisingly no hops at all in the nose.

The taste is pretty good - there's a pretty clear malt body but again it's a bit on the sweet side. Still a slight corny note though it may just be suggestability on my part. Some light hopping of something vaguely noble but not enough clarity or strength in the hops to start to identify which Euro hop is used.

Mouthfeel is okay but a little syrupy for a Pils. Not enough carbonation to clean the palate and not enough hops to dry out each sip.

Compared to most craft brews this one's pretty run of the mill... Compared to Bud this is a pretty meaty brew. There's a pretty strong malt body here (even though it's a bit sweet) and the beer does have some personality but it's pretty far from the style standard. Not enough hops to keep my attention and too heavy bodied to be a good Pilsner.

Photo of MSchae1017
2.86/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer was tasted in a Pilsner glass from a bottle.

The beer pours a hazy orange gold with a sizeable frothy white head that holds and laces well. The smell is primarily sweet almost buttery. The beer tastes very sweet up front. It is almost buttery maybe toffee and possibly a little butterscotch. The beer has a fairly good thickness but is a little overly cabonated. Overall I do not find this a very drinkable beer because of the sweetness. It could certainly use more hop bitterness to balance out the malts.

Photo of Loki
2.91/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of DrJay
2.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to mikesgroove for sending this along in a recent trade.
Slightly hazed golden yellow colour with a short cap of fine, white foam. The head settled to a thin layers of fine bubbles and a thick collar after a couple minutes, leaving behind some streaky lacing. The initial whiff had notes of lemony hops and leaned to the floral side. This diminished after a few minutes, leaving a malty character behind, sort of crackery and bready with an undercurrent of caramel. As it warmed, fruity esters started to appear. Fruity, almost tart flavour up front with yellow grapes towards the end. Light lemon and cracker flavours in the mid. Fruity finish too, with some sharp tartness. Light bodied with ample carbonation, decent texture. This really missed the mark for a pilsner, but was still a drinkable beer.

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.

Photo of khiasmus
2.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Long day of work in the grain fields... A bunch of straw-hat clad chaps under a clear sky full of puffy white clouds.
"Why yes, thank you. You know I've heard that Pilsner is better for a dehydrated fellow than Water?"
"I doubt that, but think what you want."
A bit too watery, really, a bit to clear. Head retention is rather poor even with the constant bubbling.
A hint of grain husk and some white grape, a flash down the throat, and it's gone, leaving only slightly sour breath behind. Hops are rather wet-cardboardish.
Really it's not a bad pilsner, just not a good one. All the flavors are there, just not quite as well-done as one would hope.
Thomas Creek clearly has the skills. I've had a couple of their offerings that were terrific. This one just needs a bit of work.

"Back to the field, we ain't got all day!"

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.

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.

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.

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

The beer poured murky golden amber (a bottle conditioned pilsner mayber?) The head was white and stood tall, falling slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity and malty when first poured.

The flavor was fruity and slightly winey. There is some crispness to the flavor, but the beer is nowhere near clean enough for a pils. There is just enough bitterness to keep the beer from becoming sweet.

The finish was dry but fruity. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle. I could believe this was a pale ale or an english bitter, but a pilsner...no way. Purchased at Total Wine is Charleston, SC.

Photo of merlin48
3.01/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of bditty187
3.06/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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

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.

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.

Photo of csmiley
3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to mikesgroove for this extra.

A - Pours yellow-gold and fairly clear. The white head tops out at just under one inch. Retention is good. Lacing is better than expected. Head settles to a thin white cap. Not a bad looking beer.

S - Some fruitiness at first, mostly lemon. Mild grains come in around midway. Some softer sweeter malt finishes it up with hints of bread dough. Slightly solvent in the very end.

T - There is a decent hop presence in the flavor. Comes across as grassy. Malt backbone is significant doses of honey and pale malt. Grain comes in at the end mixed with a nice hop bitterness. Is that soap I'm tasting?

M - This one does have a good mouthfeel going for it. Lighter bodied with a bitter clean finish. The abundant carbonation works well for this brew.

D - Drinkability is just about average. It goes down easy enough. There isn't really much going on in this beer. At least not enough to keep me coming back for more. Glad I go to try it but this is not one I would seek out again. Given the other pilsner options available, this one comes in about the middle of the road.

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Thomas Creek Dockside Pilsner from Thomas Creek Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.