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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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TrojanRB

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 05:20:14 | More by Spikester
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dertyd

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 07:57:45 | More by vkv822
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ArchEnemyBrew

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

California

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 02:39:46 | More by TheSixthRing
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Idaho

4.09/5  rDev +6%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 05:48:29 | More by JohnGalt1
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stephensinner

Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Wyoming

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Arizona

3/5  rDev -22.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2004 23:44:50 | More by Gusler
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freed

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2003 00:08:07 | More by RoyalT
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Mark

California

3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2003 21:49:54 | More by Mark
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Zraly

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2003 00:15:20 | More by Zraly
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2003 07:27:53 | More by RenoZymurgist
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alexgash

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 17:29:33 | More by alexgash
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2003 05:23:08 | More by UncleJimbo
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GreenCard

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2003 19:25:30 | More by GreenCard
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beerguy101

California

4.13/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2003 00:25:41 | More by beerguy101
Pine Mountain Pils from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.