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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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74
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85 Ratings
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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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Photo of grub
2.13/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

grub, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of bditty187
3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

bditty187, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

RedwoodGeorge, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
2.85/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

MSchae1017, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of hustlemuscle
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the ugliest labels I have ever seen. Not sure if a color didn't print, or what, but... I digress. Pretty good looking beer otherwise, tending toward golden. Crystal clear, with a decent head that receeded to nothing. Not much for nose, and a little disappointing taste wise as well. Crisp but thin saaz, with a fruity undercurrent. It tastes nice, but it is just too watery to really be a top notch pils. Very refreshing though, good for a relaxing summer afternoon.

hustlemuscle, Aug 14, 2005
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

brentk56, Mar 10, 2005
Photo of inebrius
4.13/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

How many beers have you tried that claimed to be a pilsener yet tasted like pasta water? It's nice when the bottle label delivers.

All the marks of a quality european style brew out of the hills of Greenville. Lavender baked pretzel aromas invite a sip of spicy sweet malt juice that finishes long, dry and muscular. This ain't yer pappy's grocery store swill. Seriously impressive brew from Thomas Creek.

inebrius, Dec 03, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.03/5  rDev -5%
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.

merlin48, Oct 06, 2004
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.

GCBrewingCo, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of Loki
2.93/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Loki, Apr 20, 2003
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Thomas Creek Dockside Pilsner from Thomas Creek Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.