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Pine Mountain Pils - Deschutes Brewery

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Pine Mountain PilsPine Mountain Pils

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BA SCORE
86
very good

57 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 08-24-2002)
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Reviews by Dope:
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

06-05-2014 02:42:23 | More by Dope
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -16%

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.

10-10-2003 00:08:07 | More by RoyalT
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Todd

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours a clear pale yellow beer with a whispy white lace -- decent retention.

Fresh, spicy, soft fruit / esters, light grain.

Light on the palate with a very spicy hop character, bit of pine and a herbal base. Splash of citrus. Somewhat malty, low sweetness with a firm medium body. Fruity esters in the background. Fresh grain flavours and a slight bitty feel on the palate. Sweet bready finish with a touch of lingering leafy astringency from the hops.

An unusual pils, but a rather tasty one.

08-24-2002 14:41:35 | More by Todd
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%

Presentation: 12 oz brown with a summer star light night over the mountains on the label, “freshest through end of month notched” on the side of the label.

Appearance: Dazzling display of uniform and aggressive carbonation that quickly rises to the top to reform the crisp looking white head that crowns the top of this pale golden brew.

Smell: Fresh smack of noble hops, spicy Czech Saaz leaves a clean hop nose. Some malt in the aroma, cotton candy, a ghost like sulphur and faint hay are suggested to the brain.

Taste: Moderate body, smooth and creamy to the point of sheer delight. Carbonation holds on to some crispness. Big grainy maltiness, light biscuit, grape skin and husk on the tongue with a lingering pale malt sweetness that stays subtle. Hops are perfect and stay clean with herbal fresh grassy and spicy flavours let alone the quick snap and mellow recoil of the bitterness. Mild astringent finish of grain and hop that cleans house for a slightly puckering dryness.

Notes: Quite close to import in flavour minus the aged or traveled flavour or the soft water trait associated with imported pilsners. An impressive brew which comes to no surprise for this brewery … a black olive, feta cheese and plum tomato pizza would be perfect with this beer.

06-17-2003 15:01:51 | More by Jason
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TheSixthRing

California

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

04-05-2014 02:39:46 | More by TheSixthRing
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dertyd

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

04-14-2014 06:18:16 | More by dertyd
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

07-07-2014 00:43:31 | More by WoodBrew
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mc4z

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-08-2014 20:54:33 | More by mc4z
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-13-2011 01:44:31 | More by Beertracker
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-10-2014 06:34:23 | More by GRG1313
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TrojanRB

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-19-2014 18:04:59 | More by TrojanRB
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Spikester

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -1%

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.

04-15-2014 05:20:14 | More by Spikester
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.09/5  rDev +5.7%

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

03-26-2014 05:48:29 | More by JohnGalt1
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Faroveryonder

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

07-19-2014 20:23:21 | More by Faroveryonder
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tjcamm

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-06-2014 23:59:00 | More by tjcamm
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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -22.5%

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

02-10-2004 23:44:50 | More by Gusler
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dipso123

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-10-2014 03:02:20 | More by dipso123
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Jameswoody

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

04-08-2014 01:16:49 | More by Jameswoody
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KoG

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-18-2014 00:42:10 | More by KoG
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Mark

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

09-28-2003 21:49:54 | More by Mark
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Reidrover

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +9%

Ok at long last I found this in Salem..just over the Cascades but I had looked since last summer!
Comes in the usual raised hop wreath Deschutes brown 12 oz bottle..nice simple label mountain and summer evening sky.
Nice looking pils when poured into a glass..bright yellow with a nice sized pure white head..nice carbonation present..head goes but leaves a nice covering and lace.
Nice fresh hop aromas..and also some buttery maltiness..very nice.
this is a typical German style pils ( and thats a good thing)..very well done on the hops..nice and crisp[ with a nice sweet malt undertone
Very good on the palate ..its crisp but not too "dry".
Very very drinkable American version of the classic German Pils.
Now if only the macros could make lager/pils like this.

07-24-2003 00:37:12 | More by Reidrover
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Braz

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-25-2014 04:21:36 | More by Braz
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vkv822

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

04-13-2014 07:57:45 | More by vkv822
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BrandonZp5

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-02-2014 03:50:24 | More by BrandonZp5
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GreenCard

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

Appearance: golden/light-straw color, brilliant clarity, tantalizing effervescence, fluffy white head w/ some nice lace-effects

Aroma: floral, grainy, malty, continental hop nose, clean, slight honey scent especially from the emptied glass

Flavor: mellow malt flavor balanced extremely well by a smooth Noble hop flavor and pert bitterness; very clean and dry, slightly tangy in mid-taste, residual bitterness clings to the palate

Mouthfeel: light body, zesty carbonation, crisp, refreshing

Overall Impression: This is a great limited release beer. Something to look forward to at the end of every summer. I could quaff these ad infinitum. Unfortunately, due to internal political machinations in this great brewery, we may see the quality of their beers take a sharp decline.

08-17-2003 19:25:30 | More by GreenCard
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Pine Mountain Pils from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.