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High Country Pilsner ("Golden Trout Pilsner") - Mammoth Brewing Company

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High Country Pilsner ("Golden Trout Pilsner")High Country Pilsner ("Golden Trout Pilsner")

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BA SCORE
76
okay

44 Ratings
THE BROS
50
awful

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 18.83%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mammoth Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
aka Mammoth Golden Trout Pilsner

Golden Trout Pilsner: Crisp and refreshing as a high Sierra stream, High Country Pilsner/ Golden Trout Pilsner combines a light malty body with a floral hop finish. Pilsner malt, Vienna malt, and noble hops make this a beer of exceptional flavor.

(Beer added by: ChainGangGuy on 03-23-2008)
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Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
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1/5  rDev -69.1%

vma, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of Todd
2.03/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz brown stubby. Pours an extremely pale straw colored beer, full of haze and topped by a pearly white frothy head that sticks and retains - just as healthy as all of the other beers I've tried from this brewery.

Cooked veggies (dimethyl sulfide), grain and soap in the nose.

Thin bodied, watery. Sweet-ish, with a doughy malt character and sugary notes. Mild hop tingle on the palate with a very weak rind and herbal flash of flavor. Some leftover water from boiled veggies is present in the flavor (DMS). Loads of grain tannins in the mouth, not overly pleasant and dominating most of the beer's experience. Soapy edges. An uneventful and bland finish, drying, husk-filled and annoying. "I can't shake him!"

Not overly impressed by this offering. It's one of those "Why bother?" brewing it beers. And hey, I like traditional Kölsh beers, but this one just missed the mark.

Todd, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
2.3/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a two finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Pale clear amber color. Very light carbonation and light bodied. Hoppy/piney nose. Starts bland and boring, hints of malt and hops but seems watery, good lawnmower beer. Glad I only bought one. $1.69 for a 12oz bottle from Hi-Time Cellars Costa Mesa, Ca.

jdhilt, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of IceAce
2.48/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Twelve ounce bottle with no visable freshness dating

Pours a slightly hazy syel;low straw body with a full finger of stark white foam with decent staying power. Aroma ranks stronger than the appearance might indicate with a nice pale malt nose.

Entry is much too quiet...almost devoid of carbonation. Midtaste shows malt as promised in the nose, but also features a mouthfeel which comes across as thin and slightly watered down.

The finish begins with a brisk hop note followed by, well, almost nothing. No zip...no malt...no carbonation.

IceAce, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of TrojanWheels
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

TrojanWheels, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
2.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very pale golden dull yellow. Small fizzy white head qucikly faded to nothing. Only thing left was a flat yellowish liquid. No head, not much in the way of visible carbonation.

Light musty grain, maybe some corn. Nothing too terribly impressive here. Was actually quite dull in the aroma category. Smelled like a Natty ice. Boring, dull malt grains, mixed with a slight corn or rice flavor. Nothing really making this pop or stand out to me. It just didnt have anything behind it.- Light feel, decent carbonation. This was about the only redeeming category. It was not slick, a bit thin, but the feel was actually a bit enjoyable.Very decent if it is cold, anything above fridge temp, was defiantly not worth the trouble.

Overall this was entirely forgettable.

mikesgroove, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
2.6/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a Pils glass.

Pours a clear gold, with a ½ finger of foamy bright-white head. This retains with a thin look, which leaves some light spotty foam down the sides of the glass. The aroma is citric, grassy, and bready feeling in the nose, punctuated by a sharp earthy mustiness. There's a bit of a mineral smell here that a little off-putting as well. Not a fan.

The taste starts with a sharp tingle of hops and a bitter splash of citrus up front. Unfortunately the grainy sweetness of the Pils malts fall a little flat across the back of the palate and seem to die out way too soon. This finishes with some lingering earth and bitterness that hangs in the mouth for too long. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, being crisp up front but then lessens into a flatter feel the more it sits in the mouth. Amazingly enough, despite a sub 5% ABV, this almost feels like this is too beefy in the mouth and really cutting back on the drinkibility of this.

This just wasn't a very well done Pils, with a malt and hops out of balance and a body that could be more crisp and clean feeling. Nice looking can but that's about it.

Kegatron, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of washburnkid
2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Why does this beer have THREE names?

A: Small white head fizzles down to nothing far too quickly. The beer is hazy orange and straw yellow at the edges.
S: Interesting aroma for a German pils. I get citrus right off the bat, like there's a lemon sitting in the beer. Spiciness and wheat, and not-so-fresh grains that are otherwise indescribable. Refreshing on the nose, but had this been a blind tasting, the aromas would have made me think wheat instead of pils.
T/M/D: Grains, grass, earth, fresh hay bales, citrus, and mild spice. There's definitely a lot packed in there, with a bitter citrus zest to boot. Highly carbonated, and I actually choked on the first swallow, but light on the body. I'm tasting a combination of at least two different styles, which makes this beer a bit of a mess. With a pils, I expect crisp/clean/straightforward flavors. This one is all over the place.

washburnkid, Jul 30, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

the_encinitan, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
2.93/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a slightly hazy straw color with an initially fluffy white head which dies down to a thin ring.

S: The nose is sweet and toasty with an almost honey like aroma. There isn't much in the way of hop character, but plenty of biscuity malt.

T: The flavor is similar to the nose in that it is sweet and bready without much in the way of hopping. There is perhaps a touch of bitterness on the finish, but almost all malt.

M: The beer is nearly flat after what seemed to be a well carbonated pour. Very odd, especially for a pilsner.

D: This is a fairly average beer, and it's not necessarily bad, but the near stillness of the pour really didn't do much for me. Between this and the Amber ale, it would seem there are some problems with the Mammoth quality control.

womencantsail, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of FosterJM
2.98/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

843rd Review on BA
Bottle to Pilsner
22 oz

No bottle date

Purchased at Shell Station, Bishop, CA

App- Very clear yellow with a moderate amount of bubble activity from the bottom up. Only about a 1/2” head formed. As it fell a small amount of lines formed.

Smell- A true bit of pilsner was there. That lemony, earthy, dank note. A bit of butter.

Taste- It's light, but not very flavorful. Its a tad run of the mill, but I guess most pilsners are. Has some lemon, wheat, and a bit of flavored water. A little balanced malt not for flavor depth.

Mouth- A light bodied beer with a high carbonation. A little lemon, and malt residual flavor.

Drink- It wasn't too bad and it wasn't too good. I keep trying to like pilsners and lagers and they just fall short for me. I have a few more Mammoth at home and hopefully they are more like the BA 2011 Bluesapooloza.

FosterJM, Oct 04, 2011
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

dertyd, Mar 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

waddellc2, Jun 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

Brohal, Aug 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

DrunkinYogi, Jan 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

fredmugs, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend bestowed a 12oz bottle of this brew on me after he returned from a fishing trip to the Mammoth Mountain area.
Appearance: clear light gold with a decent level of tiny carbonation and a modest bubbly white head that quickly flattened out to a small cap and ring, leaving no lace.
Smell: grainy and flowery with an overdose of fruitiness. No real hops aromas, though.
Taste/feel: light and dry. Fruity up front, mainly apple flavor. Husky graininess mid-palate. Nary a hint of hops again.
Overall: while not looking for the same level of bitterness as from a pils, I did expect more from this offering. However, it failed to deliver. Struck me as a quickly cobbled-together brew designed for people not ready to venture very far away from their macro favorite. A ho-hum beer I probably wouldn't bother with again down here. Maybe up at Mammoth, but not here.

Boilermaker88, Sep 13, 2005
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3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Stubby 12 ounce brown glass bottle with a simple brass colored twist-off crown cap. Generic design label has an orange background for the “Gold” with a centre portrait oriented rectangular port that contains a picture of a snow cap mountain overlooking an green valley complete with a babbling brook, alpine huts and coniferous trees. Described as ‘Gold – Handcrafted Ale, Brewed & Bottled in the High Sierra by Mammoth Brewing Company™, Mammoth Lakes, CA Elevation 8000ft.’ Alc. 4.8% By Vol. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pale straw with some gold flashes. Solid carbonation with a thick bleach white head at first that has a good staying power at first but about a minute or two into the drink it rapidly dissipates. High carbonation that reminded me of the levels witnessed in UK Keg beers. No lacing.

Nose: Clean nose, Pilsner Malts, lightly toasted grain and the merest whiff of Acetaldehyde, weird.

Taste: Soft feel, light grain malts mix with a dry Granny Smith apple slices. Funny Pear Drops taste backs up the Acetaldehyde that I got in the nose. Lingering pilsner malts are short lived. Crispy though. Low on bitterness with a one-dimensional grain ending. Hints of fruitiness are delicate and teasing, they never quite came out strong enough to rescue a 3.5.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally light on the palate, runs through the mouth quickly and gives the imbiber no reason to have it hang around. Around the lips, around the tongue, watch out stomach, here it comes.

Drinkability: Solid enough on a warm October afternoon in Long Beach. Refreshing and thirst quenching. Easily dispatched.

Overall: Described as a Kölsch……and I wouldn’t disagree. Yet it suffers a little from a Euro Lager feel and a flat look. Nevertheless a fresh & tasty offering that is quaffable…..nice enough, pleasing, but not mind-blowing.

Cheers to OCBrewFish/Swillinbrew for this one.

TheLongBeachBum, Oct 02, 2005
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3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at Sloccum's in Mammoth. It was a clear gold beer with a white head and fruity character. There were light hints of traditional dry pilsner malt and spicy hops, but for the most part, it was a bland, smooth a juicy taste that dominated this beer. I'm sure it appeals to the masses, but not to pilsner lovers.

tempest, Sep 01, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

nightwing002, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of RaulMondesi
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Wow. The Bro's straight doing this like a 50/50 bar. Raul ain't pumped, but it's not like he's going to take one bite and throw his Popsicle on the ground for the sun to eat the rest.

Raul drank it and he'd have another; but he won't tap a keg of it for his gramama's birthday.

Peace!

RaulMondesi, Jul 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

sloelco, Dec 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

2beerdogs, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of magictrokini
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap @ Clocktower. Pours clear gold with a nice little white head. Clean, bright aroma of hops, grass, pine, and sweet yeast. Refreshing taste of the same, but a dry finish. Honey, lemon, and bread also come out towards the middle. Nice beer, but nothing that stands out.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of TheRealBigC
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mammoth probably has a stronger presence in my area than many here, so I've tried their beers on more than one occasion as the better alternative or to mix it up some. In most cases I'm pleased, though never wowed.

I feel like the Bros' review of this one is a bit harsh. While the Golden Trout Pilsener isn't by any means phenominal, it's a quietly tasty offering that's easy to take down by the mug on a casual summer night. There's a solid head with retention per usual, smooth mouthfeel with a little brothiness on the tongue it seems and a very mild hop character. I'd like the beer to be more crisp though.

I also get the feeling from reading these other reviews that it's not very good out of the can or bottle. I've only had this one on tap and it's been alright.

TheRealBigC, Jul 28, 2012
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High Country Pilsner ("Golden Trout Pilsner") from Mammoth Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.