1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Pine Mountain Pils - Deschutes Brewery

Not Rated.
Pine Mountain PilsPine Mountain Pils

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

71 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 71
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 9
Gots: 5 | 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

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (158) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 32
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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 -2.6%
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 arizcards
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +9.5%

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 -3.4%

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 -4.6%
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 +22.9%
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%
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 kflorence
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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 +3.9%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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 -2.1%
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 +6.2%
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 -11.3%
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 -1.8%
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 +2.6%
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 TheSixthRing
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and golden straw in color with a finger's worth of white head on top. Fair retention results in a broken layer of swirling suds on the surface. Lines of lacing are left on the sides with good stick.

Smell - Sweet, bready aromas strike first, backed by lesser notes of faint grass and spice hop character.

Taste - Clean, grainy malts with touches of bready sweetness. Hop hits mid-taste and hits on strong grassy notes and light spice, along with a hint of citrus that hangs with the grassy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with firm carbonation. Crisp, clean finish.

Overall - If you're looking for a classic, well made German Pilsner made by an American brewer, look no further: Deschutes nails it! Tough to grade, because it's great for the style, but the style isn't exactly excitable, so personally and flavor-wise, the beer does very little for me. It's damn drinkable though. I suppose that's all you can really ask for in a pilsner.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

RB

22 picked up over the weekend for about $4 at the 16th St Albertsons. Man... Been a LONG time since I remember seeing this one in bottles... Probably 10 years or so.

Pours a crystal clear straw golden... 1/2" white head leaves beautiful lace..

Nose shows more spicy hoppiness, but floral hops adds a nice layer IMO... grainy/cracker maltiness.

Flavor mirrors the nose but has a decent bitterness to balance the malts... very clean and very crisp... incredibly drinkable... Crushable.

4.25/4/4/4.25/4.25

Photo of Bitterbill
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, best by May 25th, 2014. Bought at Poplar Wine & Spirits for ~$4.

It pours a bright and clear straw gold with a 2 finger head of foam(vigorous pour) and plenty of lacing.

All those German Pils smells are here in abundance. Spicy hoppiness, grainy malt, definitely a desirable nose to me.

First sip in and I'm back in love with this long departed friend. A skillful use of the Hallertau and Mittelfruh hops give it that, yes, spicy hhop kick German Pilsner taste, helped by a slightly sweet, grainy taste from the malt. Yes!

On the heavy side of light bodied with good carbonation making for a great mouthfeel for the style.

I hoped for a long time that Deschutes would bring this back. And they did. And I am very grateful.

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer departs the bottle a very light yellow color, head is large and frothy, bright white in color, lace is adequate to cover the glass. Nose is sweet malt, chased by the fresh crispness, start sweet with a mild malt profile, top thin. Finish is light to moderate in carbonation, hops as one would expect in a pils, light, dry aftertaste, can’t say this beer does much for me, liked it much better on tap

Photo of freed
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly hazy for a pilsner, pale straw with rim of foam. Slight lacing with no cling power.

Aroma is very reflective of pilsners, or what they should smell like. Accurate European hop aroma and flavor really make this beer. The taste starts with a crisp bite of hops, a very clean but interesting malt profile, and a substantial bitter finish. Very satisfying drink, though somewhat cloudy.

Photo of RoyalT
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Very light yellow body with a gigantic, pitting head. Be careful on the pour with this one.

Smell – There’s a light hop aroma here, but an even bigger malt sweetness – not what I expected from a German Pils.

Taste – The sweetness comes out even more at the tongue. It’s more like a sucrose flavor which drowns out the light floral hops.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and fairly smooth, this pils goes down pretty well.

Drinkability – This one wasn’t bad and I wouldn’t mind having it again, it just seemed quite a bit off-style.

Photo of Mark
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw color was topped by a thick white head that left nice lace. Malty aroma with just a smidge of hop smells. Smooth crisp taste that was heavy on the malt side, saaz hops played a minor supporting role here. Nice medium mouthfeel and this is a good simple quaffer, but a good beer at the same time. Very German in character. NIce beer.

Photo of Zraly
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale, gold-straw color with a generous, pocky, white head. A dazzling display of carbonation and the fresh scent of clean, malty goodness and lemon zest. Clingy-ness is two thumbs up.

Flavor wise, this pils can't be beat. Wonderful bready malts, citrus mingled with the rose vase, smooth spice, and a mild fruity note brings everything to the forefront. There is an astringency that is rather coy and subdued...the finish then lingers into a snappy, crisp, dry note.

A well-rounded and well-constructed pils that is probably making my homebrewed Saaz-hopped pils jealous right now. I feel some envy coming on.

Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Foamy white head lasts for as long as it takes me to drink one of these. Clear golden brew is light yet definetly yellow and is loaded with small CO2 bubbles that rise in abundance. Aroma is of light bread and a very light spicy hoppiness. Taste is very pleasing as it is distributed all over your tongue by the carbonation. Spicy Saaz flavor with a blend of a German hop that complements the slightly dry full malt flavor of the pilsner malts. Smooth light mouthfeel with little hop bitterness is very refreshing yet not lacking in flavor. Excellent session brew and an excellent pilsner.

to view more.
Pine Mountain Pils from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.