Pine Mountain Pils - Deschutes Brewery

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Pine Mountain PilsPine Mountain Pils

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BA SCORE
87
very good

71 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 6
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 kflorence
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear, pale golden in color with a thick, frothy head atop. Carbonation looks lively, hopefully it doesn't come off too harshly. Head retention is great and there is a fair amount of lacing on the glass edge as you drink. This is exactly what you want a pilsner to look like!

S: Very grassy on the nose with light fruits and grains. A little butter. Slightly astringent. Simple and modest with classic pilsner notes.

T: Quite similar to the nose. Lots of grass and light fruits, not unlike a chardonnay. Finishes crisp and bitter with a lingering chardonnay aftertaste.

M: Light bodied with ample, but not overly aggressive carbonation, this one is very smooth and crisp with a hint of buttery oil. Finishes dry.

O: While I can appreciate this as a classic and well-refined pilsner, it isn't quite my cup of tea. This one comes off overly like a sparkling chardonnay to me, which I don't really care for. With that aside, this is a really beautiful brew and quite sessionable. I would expect no less from Deschutes. Cheers!

Photo of Arkay
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

Photo of irishgreensoda
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

Photo of dipso123
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

Photo of drinkAK
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

Photo of craigreno
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of neckbeered
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of brianmandell
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

Photo of powdersoldier
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Braz
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of TrojanRB
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

Photo of dertyd
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Jameswoody
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of tjcamm
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Pine Mountain Pils from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.