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Pilsner - Backcountry Brewery

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19 Reviews
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Reviews: 19
Hads: 40
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 19.71%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 01-15-2004

Formerly "Ptarmigan Pilsner." A traditional European Style Pilsner with a light hop aroma, smooth malt flavor and a distinctively clean finish.
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Reviews: 19 | Hads: 40
Reviews by andreasmwatt:
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1.33/5  rDev -62%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1






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Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of GilGarp
4.16/5  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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the source, Had this over turkey day weekend, BBD Jan 06

Pours golden with a 1/2" white head. Very good head retention & good lacing

S: Perfumy hops, some grassyness & citrus, all pretty subtle

T: Grassy with cirus hops up front Lemon notes & some malts in the crisp finish

MF: Soft & efferevescent, medium bodied & good balance

Drinks fairly easy, not a bad pils at all

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Photo of HeroJH
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of errantnight
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.55/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of hopdog
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Backcountry Brew Pub.

Poured a very light yellow / golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of light grass, grainy, with a light honey sweet Tastes of grains with some grass. finish. Thin and watery body.

Notes from 12/15/06

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real nice one, My first try of this brewery I think. It was certainly fresh, as would be expected/hoped buying a sixer just a few miles from where it's brewed. Colorado has some stand-out breweries and after the usual caveats for n=1 and all, this one probably is going to stand out too. I think I'll try another sixer of something else from them in the next day or two while I'm in the state. Good job on this one.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DogFood11
2.86/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

had this in denver, picked it up at davidsons south of downtown. looked like a find and ended up being average at best.

has the saaz hop profile but it ends up subdued. wheaty/grainy and adjunct tasting especially at the finish. I broke this open at a party and most of them thought it was a budweiser. nuff said.

below average pilsener

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Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a grainy pale malt scent along with a dry lager yeast aroma and Czech hops. The taste is good also. It has a smooth malty flavor that boasts of pale malts. It goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking pilsner. It's got malt presence along with a bitter hop flavor; a good drinker.

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Photo of SamN
3.02/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of nygannon
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of beergoot
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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...

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3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours a very traditional straw color that is slightly hazy. Head is nice and thick and about 1 inch. Lacing is stick and sticky. Looks good all over.

S - Slightly muted noble hops with a bit of a citrus-like zest.

T - Very nice and clean noble hop flavor with a good deal of herbal spice thrown in the mix. Gets slightly grainy in the middle of the tongue, but finish is still clean and drying.

M - Creamy mouthfeel that dries well in the finish. Nice amount of carbonation sets this on off on the tongue.

D - A solid and seemingly well crafted pilsner. Give it a try if you can find it.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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Pilsner from Backcountry Brewery
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