Pine Mountain Pils - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

100 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 9
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 08-24-2002

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Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 42
Photo of Bookseeb
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance has a golden yellow supporting a nice healthy head leaving fair lace. Smell of the German leafy hops and soft malt. Taste is very yeasty American leaving it stronger in hops than malt. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation.

Photo of Suds
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vey yellow in color and, unfortunately, with a milky haze. Mg he head is creamy and firm. Nice Pils aroma....spicy German hops and a touch of sulfur...some background pale malt. Smells like summer. Ma refreshing and clean flavor...lots of hop bitterness and soft hops. A little rough in the fish, but still clean. Not bad.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into an old school beer mug purchased at a garage sale a while back. A sparkling lemon yellow with a fluffy white head that breaks down quite quickly. Aroma is classic low key white bread lager malt and grassy hops, smells fresh, bright, and subtly bready. Remarkably clean and crisp on the palate, no rocket science here. Green, grassy, floral (dandelion?) Hallertau hops exert a bold presence, as bold as this hop can truly be, that is. Lemon pepper spice and burnt popcorn notes do develop over time. Brisk carbonation and just a hair more body than the average German pils. Tangy, spicy finish is a highlight. Unassuming, perhaps a tad frumpy but well-executed, particularly in the noble hop department.

Photo of beergoot
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle label data: BEST BY 12/14/14 1003 9

The color sparkles with a pale, golden hue and the huge head maintains a fluffy, white, lasting cap. Mild fruity and light wet grass herbal aroma. Subtle grain flavors with an immediate hop bitterness presence; crackers and biscuit. Medium-light body; a bit of coarseness; dry finish.

A fine pilsner styling that is simple yet satisfying. There's nothing complicated per se, yet there is enough variety of sensory delights to make this beer a pleasurable enjoyment.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a billowy head of pure white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a grainy and slightly bready smell along with a little bit of a light caramel smell. Along with these aromas comes some very light fruit smells of an apple and pear nature along with some bits of hop of a grassy and earthy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather crisp but somewhat sweeter taste with a good showing of a grainy and bready taste mixed with some more fruity notes of apple and peach. As the taste advances the sweetness seems to shift with more peach and less apple, with some other flavors of caramel coming to the tongue. The sweeter flavors never really gain too much strength however, and remain in the backdrop of the more grainy and bready flavors of the brew. With a little bit of earthy and grassy hop that develop throughout the taste, one is left with a rather crisp and refreshingly easy drinking taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. For the style and the tastes, the feel is great as it makes for a very easy drinking and refreshing brew overall.

Overall – A quite refreshing and very easy drinking pilsner, that I think anyone who picked this up would like. This is a brew for all audiences, and it makes for a very easy drinking session style ale.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant clarity with this light golden beer. A fingernail of eggshell colored head is present. Brussels lacing. There's a blend of light malt and grassy hops that give it a crisp lemon note. The taste is as advertised in the aroma with earthy light malt and hops. That lager yeast gives it a well water to lemon edge. The mouth is moderately carbonated and crisp.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Pours two and half fingers of head on a light straw colored body.
The aroma is mild lemon and grain.
The taste has a good hop bitterness bite at the beginning. It tapers out to a mildly sweet finish.
Crisp and clean texture.
Wonderful.

Photo of marcellaproust
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I didn't think Deschutes could make a comme ci comme ca beer but this pilsner would be it, and there are really wonderful American takes on pilsner out there. Poured from a bottle: coarse, 1" plus head, beautiful straw-gold color. Smell: nice subtle whiff of hop, plant. Carbonation very robust and lasting. Taste: a straightforward lager with no real bite, but granted, no skunkiness either. Smooth. Lacks the wonderful character of pilsner which should and in fine beers can have that breadiness. Since everything else Deschutes makes is top-notch, I'll just take this as its ability to just be ordinary and fit in.

Photo of arizcards
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up at the end of August from Total Wine for $3.99. Best by 10/14/14.

Beer poured golden with a fine white head on the initial pour.

Nose is crisp Noble hops with a nice lemony tone.

Taste has a nice sweetness but not cloying at all. Hops have a nice lemongrass herbal effect.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean like a good pils is supposed to be.

Overall a delicious brew. I like Twilight but i could see this one replacing it in the 6 pack seasonal rotation!

Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Best before 12/14/14. Served chilled into a pint glass.

Pine Mountain pilsner is a clerk golden yellow color with thick white head.

Aroma is hoppy and slightly sweet. Hops are both herbal and spicy.

Flavor is slightly sweet up front with peppery hops in the middle and a crisp dry finish.

Mouthfeel is light in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall a delicious, fresh, and hoppy pilsner.

Photo of RyanK252
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Bomber poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours a very very light straw with some visible floaties and a white head that fades.

S: Floral hops, some grassy notes, a little skunk, and a nice touch of fruity light malt sweetness.

T: Light floral hops, lemon grass, light pilsener malt sweetness. Nice bitterness and bite.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation.

O: This was a pleasant surprise. I'm not much of a pilsener guy and I got this bomber dirt cheap a while after it's best by date. It's quite solid and tasty, especially with a plate of tacos.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a very solid german type pils here with the deschutes flare than makes them one of the better breweries in the country. this is just so light on the malt, pale watery almost looking yellow shade with a tall white head with fine retention. the nose is only minimally hoppy, in line with more old world german pilsener beers, but it just seems fresher, more enticing than do some of the often stale smelling imports. the malt is so fresh and light, no weight to it at all, which is only aided by frantic carbonation. refreshing summer style for me, too low key for fall. its nice to have a beer this light still so loaded with flavor though, and the german hops finish it up really well. the hops are probably dosed a little higher than is traditional, but the varietals are so subtle in their own ways that it never seems quite hoppy, just flavorful and well balanced. one of the better american made pilseners i can recall, and for 4 or 5 bucks a bottle, its a steal.

Photo of Donkster46
4.77/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I got this one at safeway on the cheap. I really wasn't expecting much, since I am not a huge fan of Pilsners. This one really surprised me. Right now it is by far my favorite Pilsner. Pretty good on sunny warm summer day like today! I would definitely buy this one again.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Pine Mountain Pilsner is a very nice beer. It poured a very pale yellow with white head that did not lace. The scent was burnt rice husks with touches of grass and peat. The taste was most earth and grass with a slight corn meal push. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall a great sessionable pilsner that could compete against the big foreign names.

Photo of RJLarse
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hmmm. Two entries for this beer on BA. I'll take this one since it hs the correct name. Shame on whoever added it as "Pine Mountain Pils." I bought a bottel of Pine Mountain Pilsner at a grocery store, poured in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a pale gold color, crystal clear, with torrents of bubbles rising in the glass. Thin white head is remarkably resilient, leaving sheets of lace on the glass.

Smell is lager-ish. A dandelion scent with a faint floral aroma of perfume or nail polish along side.

Taste is a bitter cereal flavor, with a wet bitter dandelion finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. As the bottle says "crisp as a clear autumn night on Pine Mountain."

Overall a very good pilsner. I'm not a huge fan of the style, too much like macros, but this one was very good.

Photo of kflorence
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear, pale golden in color with a thick, frothy head atop. Carbonation looks lively, hopefully it doesn't come off too harshly. Head retention is great and there is a fair amount of lacing on the glass edge as you drink. This is exactly what you want a pilsner to look like!

S: Very grassy on the nose with light fruits and grains. A little butter. Slightly astringent. Simple and modest with classic pilsner notes.

T: Quite similar to the nose. Lots of grass and light fruits, not unlike a chardonnay. Finishes crisp and bitter with a lingering chardonnay aftertaste.

M: Light bodied with ample, but not overly aggressive carbonation, this one is very smooth and crisp with a hint of buttery oil. Finishes dry.

O: While I can appreciate this as a classic and well-refined pilsner, it isn't quite my cup of tea. This one comes off overly like a sparkling chardonnay to me, which I don't really care for. With that aside, this is a really beautiful brew and quite sessionable. I would expect no less from Deschutes. Cheers!

Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into a clear plastic cup. Not ideal, but we make do on the road.

Appearance: pale yellow hue with a tiny touch of haze and a blizzard of effervescence. Head is two fingers of creamy white foam. Love it!

Smell: nice malt that is lightly sweet and lightly grainy, with a slightly herbal hop character. It's quite balanced and refined; I rather like it.

Taste: a bit sweeter than the aroma, but still quite nice. Bitterness is also a little high, but the overall effect is balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel: light bodied but with an intensely creamy carbonation. Not bad at all.

Overall: tasty, refreshing and extremely drinkable. Another great beer from Deschutes.

Photo of snaotheus
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber at 41 F poured into a pint glass. Bottle has a best by date of 05/25/14.

Pours with a big white coarse head that fades halfway fast, then reaches equilibrium with the ample carbonation. Clear yellow with a slight coppery hue. Smell is crisp and grassy with a slight spiciness.

Taste is a little softened from the aroma, which is slightly disappointing. It's not as crisp. Slow bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is effervescent. Pleasant and light. Overall, nice, tasty, refreshing beer.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 6/15/14.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, grass, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, refreshing, and easy to drink.

Photo of Dope
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 06/15/14.

A: Pours a hazy straw gold. Tall, frothy white head. Great head retention and thick, fluffy lacing everywhere.

S: Lightly grassy with a hint of sulfur. A little crackery malt. Just a hint of citrus. Very subtle aroma.

T: Grassy up front for sure. Lots of it with just the lightest hint of citrus. That lightly bitter, sulphury pilsner malt flavor kicks in in the middle and through the finish. Very light cracker malt adds just a touch of sweetness. Some herbal spiciness. Light wave of bitterness and grass in the drying finish.

M: Medium/light bodied with light bitterness and quite dry overall.

O: Pretty much what you'd expect from a typical german pilsner. Crisp, dry, and light. May be hopped just a little extra as there is a decent wave of bitterness in the finish. Nice and well balanced and very drinkable.

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing from notes after drinking this on 4/18/14. Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bottle with a best by date of 5/25/14 stamped on the side of the label. Poured into a 12 oz pilsner glass with tapered sides.

Appearance - Pretty classic look for the style--straw yellow blonde body with a fantastic bubble show rushing up from the bottom of the glass to sustain a fluffy two-finger head the color of faded lemon chiffon. Retention is moderate, eventually settling as a quarter finger perma-foam across the top of the liquid. As I drink it down, there are healthy sheets of lacing marking the passage of time betwen drinks similar to how sheets of rock mark the layers of time in a cliffside.

Smell - Pleasant pilsner malt biscuits and club crackers with a hint of citrus zest, but not in the pungent, powerful way citrus will come through from an IPA. More lemongrass than lemon. Some faint floral elements as well as a hint of yeasty spiciness.

Taste - Again, the malt is the star of the show, with grainy crackers and a touch of sweetness. Balance comes in the form of some slight bittering dryness and hints of grass and lemon zest as well as just a touch of white pepper spiciness. I prefer a bit of sweetness with this style, so long as the hops prevent it from becoming cloying or overly-grainy, and this is right on par with that approach.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and lots of carbonation, providing a sufficiently effervescent feel and a dry finish.

Overall, this strikes me as a great take classic German pils characteristics from a U.S. brewer. Perhaps a little heavier on the citrus and hops than you'd expect from some of the greats in the style, but it's very clean and drinkable while not sacrificing interesting flavor. I also don't particularly mind the format--I'd rather drink roughly two beers worth for $5 than buy an entire six pack. I hope they make this a regular seasonal release.

Photo of beertunes
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hated 22oz format bottle. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear, bright golden-yellow color with about an inch of bright white head that had very good retention and decent lacing.

The aroma was nicely grainy, and had a smooth hop presence. There was a slightly annoying sweetness that I didn't care for however. On the tongue, that sweetness was nicely countered by a tart, dry hoppiness. The grain was the main flavor, and the hops lingered at the back.

The body was fairly typical for the style, perhaps a bit fuller than ideal, and had a dry finish. Drinkability was very good, the 22 was gone quickly and easily. Overall, a nice example of the style. Not among the best, but very far from the worst. Worth a shot if you see it.

Photo of Spikester
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Most of these reviews are from 2003 or so. From a bomber purchased at Winco . Best by date of May 25, 2014.
Pours clear pale gold with two fingers of dense white head. Some lacing shows as head recedes. Smell is spicy noble hops with a good amount of cracker malt.
Taste is spicy noble hops with just enough cracker malt to balance the flavor. I suppose the freshness may play a role in how much hop character there is and my sample is hop forward without departing too much from the style. Mouthfeel has a bit of a pucker factor with plenty of carbonation and a dry medium bitter finish. Overall a very fine American version of the style. If it was in six packs I would probably buy more for the summer months.

Photo of vkv822
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz : pilsner glass
best by: 05/25/14

Pours a clear, golden yellow with a craggy, white head with good retention.

Grassy, herbal, floral hops with a light crackery malt backbone.

Medium body, foamy, fizzy carbonation.

A very well done pilsner. Easy drinking but tasty, enjoyable hops and malt character.

Photo of archyquaffer
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Info from the Deschutes website:
"A true German style pilsner"
ingredients: pilser and cara-pils malt, sterling and hallertau-mittelfruh hops and German lager yeast
IBUs- 40
ABV- 5.2

Interesting- they include an outline all grain recipe for homebrewers, so you can clone it if you like.
OG-1.050-1.060
FG- 1.005-1.012
fermented at 50 degrees

Poured from a bomber into a tall sampler. A moderate pour produces about an inch of billowy, snow white head that is quite stiff and sticks around for the duration. The beer is a rich golden color and crystal clear with swirling carbonation.

Floral, spicy and grassy hops and maybe just a little cooked corn are apparent in the aroma. The flavor is very balanced, with plenty of hop bitterness balanced out by a pleasant light malt flavor. There's mainly a light citrus rind quality to the hops and not so much of a piney taste, despite the name. Some salt and pepper spiciness. Unique and unexpected but very subtle berry-like flavors come through at times. The aftertaste mingles lingering bitterness and sweetness, with some saltiness. There's much to savor.

This is a refreshing yet still complex beer that is very worth a try. It's good to see some efforts being made to make some good lager beer. Now put it in cans so I can take it to the lake.

This was marked down as if on clearance but still had a freshness date about 2 months in the future. People might be put off by the "pine" name, which strongly suggests west coast "hop bomb".

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Pine Mountain Pils from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.