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Pine Mountain Pils - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

60 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 5
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:
No notes at this time.

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

UCLABrewN84, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

GRG1313, May 10, 2014
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Jason, Jun 17, 2003
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +3.1%

rab53, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

JohnGalt1, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

beertunes, May 04, 2014
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

Gusler, Feb 10, 2004
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.

flagmantho, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Bitterbill, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

WoodBrew, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

RoyalT, Oct 10, 2003
Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

alexgash, Sep 22, 2003
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

twelveinches, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

UncleJimbo, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Reidrover, Jul 24, 2003
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.

Dope, Jun 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

WDJersey, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of beerguy101
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

beerguy101, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of Todd
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Todd, Aug 24, 2002
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.

vkv822, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

mc4z, Jun 08, 2014
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.

TheSixthRing, Apr 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

dertyd, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of LambicPentameter
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

LambicPentameter, May 23, 2014
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Pine Mountain Pils from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.