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South Peak Pilsner - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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South Peak Pilsner
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BA SCORE
87
very good

14 Ratings
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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 6.55%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
La Cumbre Brewing Co. visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Are you craving something a little more rustic? Our pilsner will get you there. Sure, over 99% of lagers are filtered bright. Well not our’s. Loads of Czech saaz hops, the finest quality Continental pilsner malt, and uber-traditional production methods are the hallmarks of this glorious lager.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: jdense on 02-13-2011)
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dipso123

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

04-10-2014 14:37:04 | More by dipso123
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22Blue

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

01-05-2014 17:08:53 | More by 22Blue
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MDM

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-15-2013 02:36:50 | More by MDM
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled March 2011
The beer pours from the growler with a brilliantly clear, bright gold color that is crowned by a pale colored head. The aroma has as sweet grain note to it up front, but a spicy herbal note quickly adds a soft, balancing note to the nose. The malt contributes a pale cracker like character as well as touches of hay and even some honey like character that is also likely accentuated by the hops.

A firm bitterness as the beer first hits the palate leads into a soft, grainy sweetness in the middle. A herbal, slightly menthol like note mingles with the bitterness that again comes to the fore in a crisp, clean finish. The body has a nice lightness to it, without being too much so, and this is definitely nicely quaffable. A honey-like malt character becomes noticeable after a bit, but this is well tamed by the firm hop bite. Clean malt notes for the most part seem to have a touch of corn flavors to it at times.

This is so nice and quaffable, light bodied, but wiith enough texture to keep it just sticking to the palate; though the firm bitterness certainly dries out the finish considerably. This is definitely quite nice, if the corn notes were cleaned up a bit this would be an incredible example of a Pils.

Serving type: growler

09-30-2013 02:04:06 | More by Gueuzedude
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nzerbe

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-25-2013 15:49:59 | More by nzerbe
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-24-2013 18:48:17 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-23-2013 14:53:37 | More by thebigredone
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largadeer

California

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler into a pils glass. Crystal clear pale golden body topped by a clinging, lasting head. Impressively clean nose with a big saaz presence. Spicy, floral and herbal hop aromatics are dominant, but there's a great pils malt backbone supporting the hops. Firmly bitter on the palate with a floral, herbal, somewhat mineral bite. Bready, doughy pils malt softens the bitterness a bit in the finish. This is impressive stuff, one of the finer American-brewed pilsners I've tried. To my palate it's more German than Czech due to the substantial bitterness and clean yeast profile.

Serving type: growler

12-14-2012 04:24:42 | More by largadeer
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

10-19-2012 02:47:58 | More by t0rin0
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elNopalero

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I overheard this was a Bohemian style pilsner—not Czech, as listed—and to distinguish it from La Cumbre’s also-excellent Beer.

This pours a clear golden yellow and appears vibrant in the glass. There’s a light and grassy hop aroma that comes across, along with a pronounced bitterness on the flavor. The 45 ibus (on the high side for a pilsner?) will do that. I get a lot of sharp and grassy flavors with a dry, piney grassy finish. Very clean, very crisp.

This warms well with a light bready/biscuit aroma coming through on the palate and on the finish.

Clean, clear finish and effervescence keeps it light and pleasing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2012 18:41:13 | More by elNopalero
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Number3red

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-25-2012 14:04:49 | More by Number3red
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at La Cumbre. Beautiful looking pilsener. Expansive frothy white foam on top of an almost clear straw body. Perfect streams of bubbles glide up the sides of the glass. Grass, lemon rind, and flowers. Husky barley malt and a touch of raw dough. A super lager. Just a bit more in the way of hops would send it over the edge.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2011 21:53:19 | More by bump8628
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of trying this brew on cask at La Cumbre. I don't recall ever having a pilsner on cask before this one. The beer arrived with a a pale yellow color and a modest head. It doesn't looks as crisp as it might out the keg, but I wouldn't expect it to. Grassy hops in the aroma along with pale malt. On the palate, the husk of the lightly toasted malt is noticeable, but the bitterness of the hops dominates. Grass and spice meld to produce a "casky" pilsner experience. Due to the warmer temps and reduced carbonation of beer in a cask, the beer comes across almost as a deconstructed pilsner. The flavor of each component lingers in the mouth waiting to mix with what is coming next.

An interesting, balanced and tasty brew.

Serving type: cask

06-04-2011 18:33:10 | More by BeardedBoffin
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jdense

Oregon

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at La Cumbre 12 oz. pour $3.25 into short pilsener glass 2.11.11.

Light gold clear body a bit clearer than other house beers, good trails of carbonation rising up sides of glass, nice retention and lacing. A bit sweet in the nose, flower hops, clean. Taste mirrors the nose, a bit on the sweet side. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing. More of a Bavarian style, no banana or clove. Reminds me of Victory Prima Pils. Nicely done.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 18:09:25 | More by jdense
South Peak Pilsner from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.