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Pine Mountain Pils - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

63 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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 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
Photo of drinkAK
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

drinkAK, Jun 05, 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
Photo of craigreno
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

craigreno, May 18, 2014
Photo of neckbeered
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

neckbeered, May 12, 2014
Photo of brianmandell
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

brianmandell, May 11, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

GRG1313, May 10, 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 powdersoldier
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

powdersoldier, May 04, 2014
Photo of Braz
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Braz, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of TrojanRB
4/5  rDev +3.1%

TrojanRB, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of Spikester
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Spikester, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of dertyd
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

dertyd, Apr 14, 2014
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 ArchEnemyBrew
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

ArchEnemyBrew, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of Jameswoody
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Jameswoody, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of tjcamm
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

tjcamm, Apr 07, 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
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +3.1%

twelveinches, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of Zach122
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Zach122, Mar 31, 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 stephensinner
4/5  rDev +3.1%

stephensinner, Mar 26, 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 rab53
4/5  rDev +3.1%

rab53, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Beertracker, Dec 13, 2011
Pine Mountain Pils from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.