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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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76
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44 Ratings
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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:
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(Beer added by: pootz on 10-16-2004)
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2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

Jotora, Sep 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

Mr_Rocca, Aug 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

patre_tim, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

BuckyBeerBeaver, Apr 13, 2014
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
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 MJ63
3/5  rDev -6.8%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
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
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Molson2000
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Molson2000, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of kelvarnsen
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

kelvarnsen, Dec 31, 2012
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
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

RedAleMan, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

andrenaline, Nov 10, 2012
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2/5  rDev -37.9%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

ZachRusk, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of peensteen
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

peensteen, Apr 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

beerhunter13, Mar 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

SnatchyMcPants, Jan 17, 2012
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 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 TheHammer
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

TheHammer, Feb 26, 2011
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 GodOfBeer
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

GodOfBeer, Dec 22, 2010
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Old Credit Pale Pilsner from Old Credit Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.