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Old Credit Pale Pilsner - Old Credit Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Old Credit Pale PilsnerOld Credit Pale Pilsner

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BA SCORE
76
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44 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Old Credit Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pootz on 10-16-2004)
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Reviews by DaveBar:
Photo of DaveBar
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at the LCBO for approx. $5.00 680ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass.

A- Ok. Opened well, pours almost clear

S- Ok. Not much to smell at all

T- Ok. Nothing special, a bit of hops.

M- Ok. Nothing to write home about. About the same as Budweiser

O- Ok. Will not buy again though

Food Pairing

This simple beer will go with anything Bud can go with

Enjoy

DaveBar, Apr 10, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

beerhunter13, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of Swedes21
2.68/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

341 ml served in a chilled glass

Appearance - beer pours a cloudy amber, although very yellow. The carbonation levels appear low and the white head lasted only seconds. There appears to be minimal lacing as well.

Smell - Had to take a few sniffs of this beer in order to nail down the scent. I can smell some floral as well citrus, although only hints. Their is a sweet smell as well, just not sure what it comes from.

Taste - Bitterness is the first thing that comes to the taste. The beer is bitter upfront and goes down smooth. There is not a lot of taste, the floral comes through but not much else.

Mouthfeel - the carbonation levels bring out the hops as well the floral taste. The amount of carbonation is not outstanding, but it does add some "substance" to the feel of the beer.

Drinkability - Not something i would seek out again and stock. Happy i tried, but not going to recommend.

Swedes21, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of MJ63
3/5  rDev -6.8%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Floral pilsner aroma, good looking moderate head. Served a bit too cold, still a moderate and very clean bitterness.
Well yes this is a pale lager, a pale pilsner as they express it.. I met the European brewer/owner at the brewery to have this fresh as he intends it. Ice is used to filter and it is left on ice to remove unwanted sugar, from 6.1% down to 0.1%.That point he is trying to educate as part of the health correctness, and is not (yet)promoted in advertising. He said there would be no aftertaste, but it was a bit of bitterness and was what we are looking for.

Sammy, May 12, 2007
Photo of paxkey
1.27/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

pours a gold color looks similar to apple juice. not clear not cloudy just kind of opaque. no head.

this might be soured. smells quite sour, vinegarry.
came in a six pack from lcbo called the discovery pack. this is my fifth selection and havent had any problems yet with freshness.

maybe not sour but highly vegetal. a bit of a bready yeast under that but still kinda sour smelling. afraid to taste it.

godawful. not soured just shite.
other then the mill street coffee porter every thing in this 'discovery pack' is horrendous. if someone offers it up dont walk away--run away.

paxkey, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in to Sierra Nevada pint glass.

A - Very pale yellow colour with a lot of visible carbonation and half a finger of white head that quickly disappeared.

S - Slight bitter hop bite is evident up front with some bready malts and a strange off-putting sour smell. Not a very pleasant nose.

T - Bready malts with a slight hop bite that is mostly noticeable in the finish. As the beer warms up a slight sweetness is evident from the malts.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation.

D - A very average pils that I would buy again with other choices available.

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of Mountainmanbrewing
3.91/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The bottle poured a clear, golden colour with a nice white head which fades shortly with time and leaves little lacing. Aroma is slight with a hint of noble hops.

Fairly light on flavour but with a bready malt which is balanced with a nice crisp hop bitterness. Very mellow & understated with a light body but a very good and easy drinking beer.

Mountainmanbrewing, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of patre_tim
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

patre_tim, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow colour with a small fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head stuck around for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, cookies, light hops, apples, corn

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation on the tongue and an average mouth feel. It really doesn't taste like a pilsner at all, more like an ESB session ale. Most of the flavour consists of malts, light hops, apples/pears, and corn syrup. There are also notes of lemon and cookies. The beer finishes with a malty aftertaste.

Drink - It really doesn't taste like a pilsner.. and it really wasn't very good. I wouldn't seek this one out again.

spinrsx, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Mr_Rocca
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Mr_Rocca, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

RedAleMan, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of mooseisloose
2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A previously untried brew in a 680ml bomber bottle, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top yields a kind of skunky straw and grape kool-aid smell. Pours to a cloudy yellow straw colour with a thin large bubble head that dissapates quickly. Taste is very lemony and zesty as if this had lemon juice in it. The lemon is accompanied by straw. Not much hopping to speak of. Finish is sour like unsweetened lemonade. Mouthfeel is good, not really a factor in all this sourness. Not a bad beverage but I don't know about it being a beer, at least not a pils. This would be a great hot weather beer, problem is, its not hot, it's cold. Would be a great brew to make Strip and Go Nakeds. An interesting brew but not something I would want again.

mooseisloose, May 11, 2010
Photo of SebD
3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice pale straw yellow color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down fast and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of grainy malts, some breadiness and some floral hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some grainy malts, some breadiness and faint floral hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a slightly light overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

SebD, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 mL bottle; no best before date. Courtesy of this season's OCB Holiday Sampler. I seem to be outside of this brewery's distribution range, because the only time I've ever seen anything from Old Credit is in these samplers.

Pours a clear, pale, golden-yellow colour, topped with a half-finger of fizzy white head that quickly diminishes into a thin collar and cap. A far cry from the "thick, creamy, fine-textured head" the box describes it as, but maybe I'm doing it wrong. Decent aroma; some grainy, crackery malts, a hint of honey and some grassy hop notes. Nothing fancy, but at least it has quelched my suspicion that this isn't really a pilsener.

Somewhat interesting flavour; not entirely pilsener-y, but it's not like it's adjunct swill, either. Starts off light and grainy, a bit crackery/biscuity with a dash of honey sweetness. The hop bill comes across only mildly and only toward the finish - it's grassy, lemony, and maybe slightly noble in nature. Light, malty dryness in the aftertaste, of a fleeting nature (the package's words, not mine). Light-bodied and fairly watery, with moderate carbonation. Easy to throw back quickly, and probably not interesting enough to serve any other purposes.

I can't say for sure how fresh this is, since Old Credit doesn't stamp any bottling/best before dates on their bottles - but one thing I *will* say is that it does strongly remind me of a local pale lager brewed by Railway City, their Canada Southern Draft. The difference is, I pick up CSD from the brewery when it is quite fresh, while this stuff has probably been sitting around for a while, due to the nature of the OCB sampler system. I have a feeling this variable probably accounts for my difference in opinion between two relatively similiar-style brews.

Final Grade: 3.25, a marginal C+. Even though Old Credit Pale Pilsener is far from a bad beer in general, the lack of a significant hop bill restricts it from being an especially good pilsener. I don't know what price bracket this particular stuff is sold within, but if it were priced at the same level as most of the common 'premium' lagers (think Canadian, Moosehead, etc.), I could see myself opting for this instead when drinking socially. If you're looking for a genuine German-style OCB pilsener, I can't really recommend this, but if you just want a sessionable, straightforward lager, then OCPP might just be the brew for you. Cheers!

thehyperduck, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -37.9%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of TheBeeraholic
3/5  rDev -6.8%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of karait95
3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Even the color is a nice yellow pale one it is not as clear as it should be, the head is also little really withe with small bubbles but no layer stays on top of the liquid, there are not many traces on the glass after the head dissipates.

S: Nice aroma but not to strong, malty smell with some sweetness inside, not something really incredible, more average.

T: It is a little better at the beginning but not with a very good final you get a little bother somehow fast.

M: Nice, this is the best part, it is smooth for the tongue and it is a little mix of sensations, not to simple but even not to complex, refreshing sensation as a good lager.

karait95, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of funkengruven
4.28/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this pale gold wonder from a 680ml bomber, came out with ever so slight fizzing and no lacing. Smell is a tad sour, but not overly offensive. Taste is very very fresh, flavors of fresh grain are very evident that make their way to an exceptionally clean finish. There is practically no bitterness in this at all and the finish is surprisingly smooth. I'd take another in an instant. Old Credit Brewery is another fine example of good local brewing talent we have here in Ontario, this is one that should definitely not be overlooked.

funkengruven, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of bryehn
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale, rusty-gold colour with little more than a collar of head, despite a seemingly high carbonation.

The aroma reminds me of brewed orange pekoe tea with a bit of lemon, rye whiskey and, of all things, white wine at first whiff. It's kind of enticing, maybe a bit strong.

The mouthfeel is watery to be sure, but also bubbly. Kind of like a light beer.

Definitely getting tea in the taste as well, it has a nice bitterness to it and a slightly malty back-end. There isn't alot going on here, but finding it easy to drink and there's nothing particularly unpleasant about it. Feels like a Spring/Summer beer, not sure why it's in a Winter seasonal OCB sampler.

I'd buy it here and there for bar-b-que outings and it tastes like it would go well with Indian food. Passable, but will never make it into my regular rotation.

bryehn, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Clear, golden liquid. Pours with a nice white head, although there's not much retention, it does leave a little lace.

S: Not a lot of nose. Some bready malt, with a hint of noble hops.

T: Fairly light on the flavours. Nice bready malt, balanced with a clean, crisp hop bitterness. Very mellow & refined.

M: Body is fairly light, and it could use a little more carbonation.

D: Exceptional.

From the label:
"Our goal is to serve you a quality pale pilsner. We brew small batches with no additives or preservatives and in the finest tradition to ensure quality, freshness and taste. We use choice quality malts, imported hops and specially selected yeast. Our water is charcoal filtered to ensure purity. We heat our copper kettle over an open fire and our lengthy aging process gives our pilsner a unique flavour, we know you'll enjoy."

"Not pasteurized, keep refridgerated @40 to 45F and serve within 45 days."

45 days from when?

Derek, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of Jotora
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

Jotora, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of DenisKolkin
2.99/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

680 ml bottle picked up from LCBO for under $5 CDN. Served cold and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear golden color, about 1 finger of head that subsides very quickly. No lacing. Some bubbles are present but not an overwhelming abundance of them.

Smell - Cereal grains, very light and mild hops and malt aromas, grassy notes as well. Quite clean and crisp. Maybe a touch of lemon?

Taste - Faint grassy flavors, hop presence is invisible. No real bitterness here, a little bit would have gone along way in making this bolder.

Mouthfeel - Clean, crisp but thin tasting and strangely not very smooth.

Overall - Not a bad beer, that I would consider more frequently if they sold in can's or smaller bottles, but didn't enjoy the beer enough to revisit the 680ml bottle. While it's not very interesting it's certainly better than many of the AAL's on the market so price-wise, it's not noticeably worse.

DenisKolkin, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of SnatchyMcPants
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

SnatchyMcPants, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of demcorhip
3.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting brew. Likely not a lager, but an interesting hybrid ale somwhere between a kolsch and a blonde ale (at least when i drank it, it had been cellared for ~5 months). Reviewed to reflect the beer and not the style assigned to it. Thanks to chonyr for bringing this north.

Appearance
A straw coloured brew, clear with some yeasty floaters. Big 3 finger head atop this finely and somewhat actively carbonated beer. Decent, intricate webs of lacings and a decent collar gave me something to look at while drinking this brew.

Aroma
Big tangy hop nose with pronounced floral character, as well as fresh cut hay and a peppery quality. An estery hint of pineapple also present, the first clue that this was not a lager, overtop the bready malts.

Taste
White peppery fresh cut hay leaps out due the assertive use of noble hops. Fruity character also quite apparent, with a mildly acidic note of sweet yet tart red apple. Simple yet tasty pale malts with flavours of cracker and bread and an underlying wheatiness. Must be some wheat in the grain bill?

Mouthfeel
A refreshing, almost crisp light bodied brew. Just enough pale malts/grains to stand up to the zesty and tangy hopping.

Drinkability
A very drinkable and refreshing brew, perfect for the humid summer evening in which i enjoyed it. Solid, sessionable summer fare, although the pronounced hoppy bite might reduce its approachability. I'd gladly drink this again some hot summer's day.

demcorhip, Jun 16, 2007
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Old Credit Pale Pilsner from Old Credit Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.