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Pilsner - Backcountry Brewery

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35 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Backcountry Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly "Ptarmigan Pilsner." A traditional European Style Pilsner with a light hop aroma, smooth malt flavor and a distinctively clean finish.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 01-15-2004)
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3.55/5  rDev +1.7%

MimDIPA, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of SamN
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Very pale, light golden straw colored beer, small head that lasts but a few seconds. Powerful aroma; fruity/ floral hops with a firm bready malt base. Flavors are rather weak compared to the nose, with little of the enjoyable hops aromas translating. Mild lemony tartness, nearly no bitterness, very light malt flavors. Rough, aggressive carbonation, overrides the delicate pilsner characteristics.

Middling beer, not very impressed.

SamN, Aug 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

eawolff99, Jul 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

WDJersey, Jun 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

bikesnbeerFtc, Jun 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

tylerstravis, Apr 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Canada_Dan, Mar 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

benloho, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of beergoot
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pale, straw-yellow body with lots of carbonation and nice white head. Light biscuit aroma with a grassy, herbal scent. Soda cracker grain taste with a spicy, floral hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a lot of fizz; clean and dry finish.

The pour produced a hefty amount of carbonation that gave the beer an initial partially cloudy appearance. It reminded me of a hefeweizen more than a pilsner. Still, it was pleasantly light and delicate in the flavor department. I wouldn't turn down another one...

beergoot, Jan 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14%

cam12, Jan 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

acurtis, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Todd, Oct 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

bsuedekum, Oct 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

famous_mortimur, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of spoony
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 355 ml bottle (dated June 11, 2013) into a pokal.

A-A slightly gentle pour produces very little head...just a short wisp of white foam that drops quickly to a collar and leaves a thin finger or two of soapy lace on the glass. The brew is very light in color with just a bit of gold highlighting and some chill haze. No carbonation is visible, which is unusual for the style.

S-The smell is slightly sweet with a prominent whiff of corn-scented grain. There is a bit of doughy malt, but only the faintest hint of sharpness or drying grassy notes.

T-The taste tracks the smell for the most part with a sweet profile of doughy malts, corn-like grains, and a whiff of sharpness towards the end. The brew doesn't want for flavor, but the flavor that is there is a bit unbalanced and one-dimensional.

M-Perhaps my bottle was old, but it was very flat for the style with a lazy bit of carbonation that would have fit on a stout, not a pils. The missing carbonation and lighter body gave the brew a watery feel.

O-I'm unsure if the June 11, 2013 date is a best-by or bottled-on date, but this brew is a bit a of a disappointment. I love a good pils, but this was not a good pils. It erred on the side of sweetness, which combined with the lack of carbonation to result in an unappetizing brew. That being said, the beer sort of grew on me as it warmed with some sharpness and grassy flavors coming out towards the end of the glass. Still...I've had better.

spoony, Aug 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Jmick28, Jun 30, 2013
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3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a shockingly light beer, even for the style. its almost perfectly see through, just tinted yellow, with a small white head. the nose is spent wheat malt and not much else, maybe a subtle fruity character from the yeast, but this smells nothing like a proper European pilsener. the flavor is also retardedly light, much like the amber its almost missing its flavor entirely. the malt profile is lacking any real substance and as such the texture is very watery. there is a funny herbal aftertaste, but I can quite place it. good carbonation but no body at all. too light for even my lady, and a beer without much to get excited about. I guess most breweries have a beer like this happening these days, but if this is the stuff you like to drink, stay out of the brewery for all i am concerned. theres a 7 barrel fermenting tank being wasted on this stuff around the calendar. unfortunate.

StonedTrippin, Mar 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Jason, Jan 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

crobinso, Jun 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Mebuzzard, Jun 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14%

kjkinsey, Dec 07, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasant surprise. Clear, pale gold with tenacious head and gorgeous lacing, aroma leaves something to be desired, a bit sweet, although a nice pepper note presents. On the palate this is clean, cracker and pilsner malt with a drying, earthy finish. A touch of sweetness and thinness keep this in the substantially better than your avg pale lager but safely out of great. Would buy regularly if available locally.

errantnight, Sep 27, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served cold from a pig to a pint.

Golden yellow color with good clarity. The really stiking thing about this beer is the lace. I've never seen such perfect lace on a pilsner. It leaves a thin sheet of the stuff all down the side of the glass.

Aroma is pleasant but my nose is so stuffed up it's hard to enjoy. Even so, it's a good pils aroma.

Flavor is also very good. It has a really nice hop bitterness but it's well balanced from start to finish. Smooth and crisp, the spicy German hops are excellent.

Mouthfeel is light in body and moderate carbonation.

Overall it's just about right for the style.

GilGarp, Jan 12, 2010
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3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A pretty good pilsner. If you're in the mood for one, this will do just fine. It's not trying to be flavorful and complex, it's just being a really good flavored standard of the type. Good idea really as having something on tap like this, where people only drink miller/bud, they could have this and be really really happy with it. More so of course.

A - Light yellow, nice lacing
S - lagery nose, touch of skunk. Reminds me of miller light, but not in a bad way.
T - Grassy, bitter, grain
M - dry
D - Yep, pretty easy to drink if you're in the mood for a pilsner.

HeroJH, Jul 09, 2009
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3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, straw gold color. Poured a 1 finger coarse head with fair retention (for a pils). Laced in light rings inconsistently.

S: Wet grains. Lemon zest.

T: Pleasing noble hop flavor; both flavoring and bitterslight. Wet grains in the middle. finishes dry, crisp and clean.

M: Light body. Nicely balanced carbonation to savor in the finish.

D: Very nice, well made pils. Can't hide off flavors in this style. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Haybeerman, Mar 02, 2009
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Pilsner from Backcountry Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.