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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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BA SCORE
74
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85 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 15.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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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Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 49 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

WDJersey, Jan 20, 2013
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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.

Mojo, Jan 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

BeerFan95, Jun 26, 2012
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2/5  rDev -37.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

OldTime, Mar 10, 2012
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.

SLeffler27, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +25.4%

BeerNut78, Jan 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Ejayz, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +25.4%

khargro2, Jan 11, 2012
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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.

avalon07, Jan 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -6%

Sam2000001, Nov 22, 2011
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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.

pburland23, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

WoodBrew, Sep 11, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

confer, Jul 24, 2011
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.

thagr81us, Feb 28, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

nhudson, Jan 14, 2011
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 05, 2011
Thomas Creek Dockside Pilsner from Thomas Creek Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.