1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Pine Mountain Pils - Deschutes Brewery

Not Rated.
Pine Mountain PilsPine Mountain Pils

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

59 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.25%
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Pine Mountain Pils Alström Bros
Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of neckbeered
neckbeered

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

05-04-2014 18:31:43 | More by beertunes
Photo of powdersoldier
powdersoldier

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

05-04-2014 16:07:35 | More by powdersoldier
Photo of Braz
Braz

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-25-2014 04:21:36 | More by Braz
Photo of TrojanRB
TrojanRB

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%

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
Photo of dertyd
dertyd

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

04-14-2014 06:18:16 | More by dertyd
Photo of vkv822
vkv822

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

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
Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
ArchEnemyBrew

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

04-11-2014 00:01:03 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
Photo of Jameswoody
Jameswoody

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

04-08-2014 01:16:49 | More by Jameswoody
Photo of tjcamm
tjcamm

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-06-2014 23:59:00 | More by tjcamm
Photo of TheSixthRing
TheSixthRing

California

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

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
Photo of twelveinches
twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-03-2014 03:57:37 | More by twelveinches
Photo of Zach122
Zach122

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-31-2014 01:04:54 | More by Zach122
Photo of JohnGalt1
JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.09/5  rDev +5.4%

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
Photo of stephensinner
stephensinner

Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-26-2014 04:02:07 | More by stephensinner
Photo of Bitterbill
Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

03-13-2014 22:25:09 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of rab53
rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-08-2014 06:01:32 | More by rab53
Photo of Beertracker
Beertracker

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-13-2011 01:44:31 | More by Beertracker
Photo of Gusler
Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -22.7%

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
Photo of freed
freed

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

10-14-2003 03:09:09 | More by freed
Photo of RoyalT
RoyalT

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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
Photo of Mark
Mark

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

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
Pine Mountain Pils from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.