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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

99 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 99
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: 99 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Todd
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
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 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 TheSixthRing
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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 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 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 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 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 JohnGalt1
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Gusler
3/5  rDev -22.1%
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 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 Mark
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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 hopsputin
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deschutes Pine Mountain Pils

a: clear golden yellow with some very faint amber notes. large 3-4 finger rocky marshmallow bright white head. the fluid looks like something you'd find an ancient mosquito in, then use to create Jurassic Park

a: clean grains, sweet lemongrass, faint pine bark, noble hops, creamy, fresh biscuits

t: whoa - pine right away. its not so much a bitter pine, but just that earthy green flavor. fresh grassy flavors then fade to that slightly bitter hop characters. finishes clean with some fresh bread and sweet grassy grains

m: its a medium mouthfeel. carbonation levels seem to be a little less than i usually see in a pilsner

o: overall, its a good beer. its really earthy and green in the flavor, which i would have expected to contribute some bitterness to the flavor, but it doesn't seem to much. having that piney flavor is one that i haven't experienced in a pilsner before. its good, but a little different for the style. worth trying for sure, and quite refreshing for a nice sunny day in outside.

Photo of Reidrover
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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 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 GreenCard
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 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 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 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".

Photo of Zraly
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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 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 beerguy101
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light straw gold color, small head. A light bodied pilsner. Light malts and slightly spicy hops. Some citrus flavors. A traditional tasting pilsner. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Light refreshing beer.

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Pine Mountain Pils from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.