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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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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 16.25%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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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sendbeer

Georgia

1.5/5  rDev -53.1%

01-05-2013 05:48:09 | More by sendbeer
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wgfxkmf

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -37.5%

05-29-2012 03:15:16 | More by wgfxkmf
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -33.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 15:04:28 | More by grub
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

2.28/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 14:56:27 | More by biegaman
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.33/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 01:06:43 | More by Sammy
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gpcollen1

Connecticut

2.42/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 21:02:18 | More by gpcollen1
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asuburbanman

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

02-16-2014 22:13:37 | More by asuburbanman
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jaswilson2

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

02-18-2014 14:07:10 | More by jaswilson2
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 21:37:57 | More by crwills
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

07-17-2014 22:05:30 | More by acurtis
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

07-08-2012 02:31:01 | More by TheBigBoy
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

12-18-2013 17:10:45 | More by RochefortChris
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 21:33:37 | More by rtratzlaff
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joepais

Maine

2.78/5  rDev -13.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 01:29:36 | More by joepais
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nick76

Florida

2.8/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 11:30:02 | More by nick76
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MSchae1017

Georgia

2.85/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2006 03:33:40 | More by MSchae1017
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RedwoodGeorge

California

2.88/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2006 04:41:16 | More by RedwoodGeorge
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DrJay

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 00:24:34 | More by DrJay
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Loki

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2003 08:19:49 | More by Loki
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beer2day

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 03:19:16 | More by beer2day
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khiasmus

South Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -6.9%
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!"

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 21:23:10 | More by khiasmus
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BeerDreadz

Florida

3/5  rDev -6.3%

06-25-2014 00:38:34 | More by BeerDreadz
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metter98

New York

3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 13:28:20 | More by metter98
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DrMindbender

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -6.3%

07-28-2014 22:38:59 | More by DrMindbender
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Mojo

Alabama

3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 04:30:18 | More by Mojo
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Thomas Creek Dockside Pilsner from Thomas Creek Brewery
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