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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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BA SCORE
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pootz on 10-16-2004)
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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 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 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 kwjd
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a little bit confused by "pale pilsner" in that pale is usually implied. Pours a pale (they weren't lying) yellow with thin white head. Not too much lacing and ok head retention. Smell was pretty muted straw and grassy, some bread malt. Flavour had a little bit of grassy bitterness, but not too much. This was a clean beer and tasted fine, but won't seek out again.

kwjd, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of biegaman
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

biegaman, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off, I liked the label with its invitation to take a brewery tour and the advice, "Not pasteurized, keep refrigerated @ 40 to 45F and serve within 45 days" ... but as Derek pointed out earlier, 45 days from when?

This beer poured a pale, clear yellow in my tall Boddingtons glass that might have been a bit wide for this pilsner. The white head was fizzy but short lived, no lace and no ring to speak of. Mildly carbonated with only a bit more retention than your typical macro-pilsner.

Smell was grassy, wet straw. Taste was a bit on the sweet side, mildly hopped with an appropriately light malt balance, inoffensive but nothing too remarkable either. Light body, good for a hot day but not to be taken too seriously. I recall some years ago being impressed with the amber beer from this brewery, I should try it again; as for this beer, it's not offensive and probably okay for a non-beer loving crowd at a BBQ but a serious pilsner drinker would not find anything to cherish with this offering, it's just "okay", there's really nothing special about it.

ThatWineGuy, Jun 11, 2010
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 MeisterBurger
2.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's a boring beer to look at, a straw like gold with lots of visible carbonation at first that's gone quickly, not a lot of head, and zero head retention or lacing.

The aroma is fruity. Like apples. Some caramelly bread, sugary sweet pale malts, and floral notes as well.

The taste is fruity, with a straw like, highly sweet pale malt badly in need of more hop flavor and bitterness. Far too fruity for a pilsner. Only slightly drying in the finish.

Very light bodied mouthfeel, very watery after a few minutes. The carbonation blows its load as soon as it's poured and doesn't last long, a problem not helped by the fact that this comes in 680ml bottles--you're looking at a good 500ml or so of under-carbonated beer to finish by the time it's gone.

It's an unexceptional though passable beer from a brewery I simply can no't warm up to. Their labels are badly designed, they don't advertise or have a website or any kind of brand identity. Which would be okay if they brewed exceptional beer. But they don't. It's pretty mediocre. Their beer only comes in monster sized bottles. Add to this the fact that the owner seemed rude when I was there last summer and there's no reason on Earth I can think of why I bothered to give this a second chance.

MeisterBurger, Aug 24, 2009
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
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 Viggo
2.63/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber, thin white head forms and disappears immediately, some spots of lace. Smell is sweet, some caramel and honey, citrus, bit of floral, nothing special. Taste is sweet up front, fruity middle and finish, some citric bitter/sourness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Not very good, thin and light.

Viggo, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of allergictomacros
3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Hmm... clear straw, wussy head... and floaties? I get a bad feeling about this one.

S - A touch of that skunky and sweet floral hops. Some sockiness as well.

T - Bready I suppose... mild overall flavor with a graininess and mild hop bitterness.

M - Carbonation level is actually quite nice, unlike a lot of pils/lagers. Slightly slick mouthfeel.

D - Not bad, easy drinking, lager I guess. Not outstanding.

allergictomacros, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of pootz
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

pootz, Jun 11, 2006
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 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 CAMRAhardliner
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of clvand0
4.22/5  rDev +31.1%
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.

clvand0, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
4.33/5  rDev +34.5%
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.

SheepNutz, Nov 04, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
4.43/5  rDev +37.6%
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.

kmpitz2, Nov 03, 2004
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Old Credit Pale Pilsner from Old Credit Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.