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Old Credit Pale Pilsner - Old Credit Brewing Co.

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Old Credit Pale PilsnerOld Credit Pale Pilsner

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 18.21%
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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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.43/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

680 ml bottle brought to me from the new Canadian woman working in our lab. The beer pours a very lightly golden yellow color with a finger of head that falls to cover the top of the beer. The nose is somewhat light, but I detect a honey-like sweetness and a floral component. The flavor is also a light honey sweetness that finishes a bit dry and a slight hop bitter. The feel is moderate to thick, and drinkability is really good. The beer is smooth and just begs me to try more of it. As far as a pilsner goes, I do like this beer. I'd give it another shot.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 02:58:13 | More by kmpitz2
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz. bomber poured into a snifter. It pours a medium gold color with one finger of head. A lot of lacing left on the glass. The smell has a little maltiness and some grassy hops. Just a little light. The taste is very good. Lots of fresh cut grass, hops and malt mingling together. A great balance. Some sweetness on the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy and smooth. The drinkability is awesome. A fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2004 08:39:00 | More by SheepNutz
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +32.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 18:44:27 | More by funkengruven
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber sized bottle. Pours a golden color with a small head and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and has a subdued hop presence. Pleasant but mild aroma. Very light mouthfeel. The flavor has a subtle floral hop as well as a very mild malt in the back. This was a surprisingly good beer. I expected much less and was very surprised.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2004 18:18:45 | More by clvand0
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +24.4%
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?

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 23:50:58 | More by Derek
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Mountainmanbrewing

Ireland

3.91/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 21:37:44 | More by Mountainmanbrewing
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

03-08-2012 21:20:33 | More by beerhunter13
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 14:35:50 | More by demcorhip
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BuckyBeerBeaver

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Old Credit Brewing Co. Ltd. is located at 6 Queen Street West in Port Credit, Mississauga and has been in business for roughly 17 years (as of 2011). The brewery currently produces 3 beers; an Amber Ale, Pale Pilsner and a seasonal Holiday Honey. Old Credit uses a sub zero brewing process and ice ages its beers with no additives, preservatives or pasteurization, though its beers are artificially rather than naturally carbonated. As a result, its beers have an estimated shelf life of 6 months but are best consumed within 45 days of production for optimal flavour. Old Credit does not believe in printing production dates or best before dates on its beers, but chooses instead to pay particular attention to its inventory management. The company's distribution is limited to the Greater Toronto Area.

Old Credit's Pale Pilsner ("Pilsner") is 5.0% alcohol by volume, and I tried it in a 680 ml bottle purchased from their on-premises retail store. Pilsner poured a clear, pale golden yellow colour, and following the ideal pouring method described on the company's web site, produced a 2" fluffy white head that lasted for quite some time. The head eventually settled down into a thin layer, leaving some moderate spotting down the glass. Pilsner's aroma was dominated by the hops, and its flavour very much followed the aroma with a hoppy bitterness dominating the brew. The finish was dry, but with a noticeable bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was crisp with the level of carbonation just right, and Pilsner was medium bodied.

Since the bottle held 680 ml, there was some beer remaining after the initial pour and this warmer beer was better balanced. The malt sweetness came through in both the aroma and taste of this warmer brew, better balancing the hop bitterness and with a more subdued aftertaste. While almost sacrilegious in North America, I would recommend taking this beer out of the fridge about 10-15 minutes before drinking...a much better experience than drinking it straight from the fridge. On balance, this is a respectable North Americanized Pilsner, though personally I could do without the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 22:10:40 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Revisting this beer after a not so spectacular bottle some years ago. Sampled fresh from the brewery, this brew has many subtle tastes that drop out in the bottle if it is shelved too long. It is these poorly handled bottles I must have gotten in previous tastings and if this brewer wants to continue to distribute through LCBO he should date code and set an expiry date on the package.

The beer pours a light clear gold with a modest frothy 1 finger cap which laces modestly.

Aromas are light and subtle...sweet carapils malts and light herbal Tettnang hopping are present.

Fair malt spine, light body and rounded mellow character. Sandy/grainy mouth feel.

Flavor profile is decent enough: sweet carapils malts up front are joined by a nice hoppy balance of unmistakable Slalter herbal woodyness and light bittering. Finish is clean, slightly wet with pleasant bready after tastes.

This is a German Pilsner in the Canadian micro malt-forward style. Far better than Maco lagers in quality for price and very drinkable. However this is one that has to quaffed in fresh condition....take it from the brewery store to be sure or get it on tap locally.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2006 18:20:55 | More by pootz
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +8%

11-16-2012 01:10:04 | More by RedAleMan
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SnatchyMcPants

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +8%

01-17-2012 02:51:17 | More by SnatchyMcPants
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +8%

03-12-2013 23:34:44 | More by Molson2000
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ZachRusk

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +8%

07-30-2012 18:40:04 | More by ZachRusk
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A nice two fingers of head that sustained admirably but did not lace. The body is a bright, almost white wine white with ample carbonation in the body.

Smell: Smells like it looks, like wine minus the alcohol. It makes it's presence known well enough and warming helps to bring out notes of lemon and light floral hops. All in all nice but nothing to write home about.

Taste: Neat and clean, as it starts with a very mild biscuit malt that turns to a mixture of malt and grapes and ends with the barest dusting of hops. Very smooth, albeit light to the taste and could certainly be a bit more flavourful, but I liked it.

Mouthfeel: My biggest problem is, it is very similar to diluted wine. It's got some odd acidic notes which I don't like. That and I really wish there was a bit more of a hop presence. Also no aftertaste at all to speak of. Still the carbonation is superbly done.

Drinkability: Yeah....I polished this off before I could finish typing the whole review. Crisp and clean but not to the point you'd say it's watered down and light. It's just a bid odd to drink because of the taste. The complete lack of hop presence make this easy to guzzle.

Final Thoughts: I've called Duvel the champagne of Beer before, and when I drink this, I can't help but feel this is the Spumante Bambino. Cheap, bubbly tastes like wine, not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination but your wallet leaves you far more inclined to buy it at new years. I'd pick it up again in the summer. Heck, I'd be tempted to just drink it from a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 04:09:45 | More by TheHammer
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pilsners look good in yellow, that's their colour. And this one, with its bright lemon yellow suit, looks just fine. Its complexion is perfectly clear and makes no fuss about highlighting when held to the light. There's a periodic whisk of bubbles that serves no purpose other then to please the eyes because there is no head, never was and never will be.

The best pilsners will give air of grassy, floral, spicy or lemony hops, perhaps a good bite of cracker-like malt too, but this one proclaims an odd combination of muscat grapes, a stiff carbonate water and buttery toffee. The latter can be attributed to a miscue somewhere along the brewing process but the other two leave me clueless (and apprehensive).

The flavour is pleasant, if only for having a clean and neutral disposition. The taste of corn grits predominates and neither bitterness nor sweetness overrides it. It is an agreeable corny taste, however, not one of cloying, synthetic adjuncts but just of a very grainy malt. This needs more of a hop presence, both for reasons of taste as well as bitterness.

The brewer uses some kind of ice filter to reduce the beer's sugar content down to virtually zero; this technique makes for a very parched beer. Indeed, the finish feels like ice - it is dry and has no aftertaste. The lack of biscuity sweetness allows the lemony, grassy quality of the hops (what little there is of it) to be noticed (and even appreciated).

"Pale" pilsner is right! You might as well add "faint" and "diminished" while you're at it. It's fair to imagine Old Credit's Pale Pilsner as an upgraded macro lager: it doesn't have any of the off-putting adjuncts but it doesn't really have any more character to it neither. While I'd take this over any major industrial brand 10 times out of 10, it's got far too much competition in the craft beer community to even earn a ranking in that league.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 02:30:19 | More by biegaman
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karait95

Mexico

3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 02:27:09 | More by karait95
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GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From an OCB six pack. Pours a cloudy very light yellow with a thin white head.

Not anything interesting in the aroma, some sweet grassy grains; maybe a hint of fruit, nothing stands out here.

Tastes like a light fruity pilsener, finishes sweet and crips, could use more hops!

Overall a decent lager but nothing unique.Crisp and refeshing nonetheless!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 22:50:45 | More by GodOfBeer
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 15:29:01 | More by thehyperduck
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 23:28:52 | More by Sammy
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very light blonde colour, collar of white head, little to no lace. Smell is a mix of grainy malt and lemon, some earthy/grassy hops come through, some 'muddy' points with more crackery malts toward the end. Taste follows suit with lemon and cracker flavours, mild to moderate bitterness throughout, bright grassy hops, earth notes, clean finish and aftertaste. Medium carbonation, light to medium body. Pretty average stuff, fairly straight forward and inoffensive though a little uninteresting.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 13:59:37 | More by peensteen
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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 19:28:39 | More by bryehn
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ive never seen a 680 ml bottle before. This lager one pours a very pale gold with a sptritzy head that leaves some lace ridges on the glass. The aroma is sweetish with a side of grassy floral hops. Its too weak and lacking complexity. The tase is light and maltcentric. Theres a syrupy sweetness that tends to hijack other malt flavors. Diacetyl is also apparent. Hops are too light to be a pilsner IMO. The mouthfeel is bogged down by the sweetness and butter notes. The finish is light and lacking in bitterness.

This is an average micro lager, its definitely not nuanced enough and its too sweet. Diacetyl should be non existent. Still, its not undrinkable and miles ahead of Canadian or Blue.

On the label they mention that the coppers are heated over open fires. Thats impressively antiquated.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2005 02:53:20 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 22:45:01 | More by SebD
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another brew out of the OCB holiday mixer.

A - Pours an extremely pale golden colour, finger of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by grainy biscuit and grassy hops.

T - Flavour is mild and reminiscent of a macro lager, bready biscuit malts, hints of sweet corn and a touch of grassy hops on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, a tad prickly and finishes wet.

O - Decent but nothing spectacular here. Could be easily mistaken for a macro adjunct and I'm missing the loaded grassy hop flavours common for the style. Not something I would get again.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 20:57:32 | More by andrenaline
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Old Credit Pale Pilsner from Old Credit Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.