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Pine Mountain Pils - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

53 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 7.77%
Wants: 3
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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Jason

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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

Illinois

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

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

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-06-2014 22:25:04 | More by KStark
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BrandonZp5

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-26-2014 01:34:10 | More by Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
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seanchai

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-24-2014 09:14:19 | More by seanchai
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kflorence

California

3.66/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2014 22:44:55 | More by kflorence
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Arkay

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-21-2014 23:07:18 | More by Arkay
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flagmantho

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2014 18:07:05 | More by flagmantho
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irishgreensoda

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-16-2014 21:58:52 | More by irishgreensoda
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2014 23:32:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
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dipso123

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-10-2014 03:02:20 | More by dipso123
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mc4z

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-06-2014 10:01:08 | More by SitkaSteve
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-05-2014 00:02:40 | More by drinkAK
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.13/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2014 16:38:06 | More by LambicPentameter
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craigreno

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-18-2014 05:17:14 | More by craigreno
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neckbeered

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-12-2014 15:46:53 | More by neckbeered
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brianmandell

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-11-2014 04:53:02 | More by brianmandell
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Washington

3.45/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 18:31:43 | More by beertunes
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Pine Mountain Pils from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.