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 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 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.

Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
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 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 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 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 UncleJimbo
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz, brown bottle, with hops flowers and leaves in bas-relief in the glass ringing the bottle just below the neck; expiration month notch on the label.

This pils poured a clear, effervescent, straw yellow color with creamy, persistent, white foam that coated the glass somewhat. The smell was lightly malty with some grain, bread, and citrus. The effervescence tickled the nose. The taste was a very nice, strongly floral flavor with the hop bitterness coming after the initial floral taste. There were also flavors of biscuit, malt, citrus. The mouthfeel was smooth with a crisp finish; rather tangy overall. The body was medium-light with good carbonation. There was a very floral and hoppy aftertaste. This was a very good and easy to drink pils.

Thanks to Reidrover for my first taste of Deschutes.

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 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 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 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 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.

Photo of freed
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
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 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 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 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 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 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 alexgash
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow, strawn body with a big, glow in the dark white head. I can pick up some subdued malts and a moderate amount of spicy, gritty hop presence. Taste...crisp, clean malts up front, followed quickly by big, citrusy, juicy, and peppery hops (saaz I'd guess), leading to a bitter, slightly acidic finish with lingering notes of apples. Very refreshing and I love the hop level in this!

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 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 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 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 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.

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