Thomas Creek Dockside Pilsner - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Thomas Creek Dockside PilsnerThomas Creek Dockside Pilsner

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BA SCORE
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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 15.05%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2003

26 IBU
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Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 52
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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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