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18th Anniversary Pilsner - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

36 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

(Retired) Released 2006
Alc. by Vol.: 5.0%
IBUs: 34

(Beer added by: freed on 07-03-2006)
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Reviews by tfinn:
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tfinn

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a brilliant straw with singleton carbonation bubbles feeding a dissipating ring of bright white head.

initial scent has some DMS (acceptable) which settles into herbal straw and a gentle hint of sweet malt.

taste is incredibly dimensional for such a light beer. there's an initial carbonation tap on the tongue, which morphs into a battle between green hops and malt. the malt fades away, and the hop bitterness comes up.

I have to knock mouthfeel a little since I feel less bittering hops would make this more drinkable. it's quite slaking, and the hop bitterness persists. this would certainly cut through any greasy foods (like a sausage or other meats) but as a standalone after-work refresher it's a bit much.

drinkability is very high, and I would definitely hit this again if I had another, although perhaps after frying up some potatoes and cheese. there really is nothing like fresh pilsner on a hot day to refresh one's spirits.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 01:35:41 | More by tfinn
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

08-14-2013 02:56:54 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

05-25-2013 21:40:55 | More by Slatetank
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azdback

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

01-29-2013 06:54:30 | More by azdback
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vince4953529

California

4/5  rDev -1%

11-15-2011 03:58:40 | More by vince4953529
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear as a bell, with a golden color and a fluffy head that leaves webs of lace on my pilsner glass

Smell: Primarily bready, but some grassy hops are still in there, despite the age

Taste: Opens bready, with a lemony twang that builds after the swallow; with the age, it's a bit on the malty side

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Don't know why I didn't get around to drinking this sooner as I could kick myself, but despite the age, it is still quite enjoyable (just different from what it was in its salad days)

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 01:32:40 | More by brentk56
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Off notes from 11-29-2006. Pours a crystal clear straw color with some head. Nose is slightly hoppy, but tame. Flavor is excellent. Multiple characteristics coming together for a smooth ride. Starts slightly bitter with a tart lemon/citrus edge. Touch of a sweet edge. Very smooth. Mouthfeel has a good carbonation. Unsurpassed drinkability.

Happy 18th Anniversary Deschutes!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 08:29:41 | More by RblWthACoz
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pale yellow, great clarity, narrow band of spongey pure-white foam, lace

Aroma: perfumey floral hops, grainy (like that husky smell of mashed grain)

Flavor: fluffly malt profile with a grain husk overtone; herbal hop flavor and a slight bitterness; finishes semi-dry with a spry aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light body, pert carbonation, soft texture, crisp

Other comments: This beer smells and tastes almost exactly like the grain mash of the first lager homebrew I did. Not that I'm some amazing homebrewer or anything... it's just that it tastes really fresh!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2007 03:21:44 | More by GreenCard
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SkinnyElvis

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dubbercody for this beer as part of the BA Get Bombed Anny Club. Pours yellow with the foam settling quickly. Hoppy smell for a pils. Tastes very crisp with a little bit of bite. Mouthfeel and drinkablility are very good and this could be a great session beer. I would love to see the recipe of this beer and Prima Pils from Victory for a comparison since they taste very similiar (which is a good thing in my book). Excellent example of a German Pilsener. Highly recommended.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 19:31:16 | More by SkinnyElvis
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GClarkage

California

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/21/06- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, Bond Street 2006 release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Pale, clear and yellow with a full inch of fluffy crystal white head. Very nice patchy lacing. A nice light creamy film of a head remains after the head dies down.

Smell- Ultra hoppy and a bit sugary sweet. Mild grainy nose. Does this have spices added? Smells quite like a tripel to me. Also some alcohol notes are in the air as well.

Taste- Creamy, semi-dry and certainly hoppy. Mild to ligher grainy taste with a lasting bitterness. Alcohol is somewhat forthright.

Mouthfeel- As stated above, with a suprisingly lower level carbonation.

Drinkability- Very refreshing brew perfect for hot weather. Very flavorful and tasty...considerably mouth watering. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 17:22:24 | More by GClarkage
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Wasatch

Utah

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean/clear yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little foamy head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is sweet malts/hops, and some spices. The taste is slightly hoppy and bitter, nice touch of spice. Light body. Drinkable, but not really my cup of tea. Would recommend though for people who like this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 00:39:29 | More by Wasatch
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stunningly refined, Deschutes 18th Anniversary Pilsner delivers a beautiful European-style lager that has one foot in the Czech tradition, and one foot in the German style. It's very pale golden body is clear enough to see your fingerprints through the glass, and its rocky bright-white head holds well, slowly dwindling to a whispy surface covering and average collar. The nose offers floral hops, cut grass, straw, dull dried/spent lemon, and a hint of mildly sweet and grainy maltiness - and that's what appears in the flavor! It starts with a bristling-carbonation "hit" of bitterness atop grainy maltiness, and immediately injects that with lemony fruitiness and a touch of lager-acidity. Bitterness remains constant. Floral notes appear. Then more citrus, but it's soft; and then more cut-grass and grain - straw-like and earthy. It finishes decidedly dry, but not harsh, and the supple malt and grassy hops follow into the finish. It lingers with a sweet, very lightly honeyish note; and of course, some grassy hops. It's well-rounded and soft like a Czech Pils, but also has that hard, raspy edge of a German pils. Quite nice! Certainly worth trying! Mesmerizing in a way!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 03:03:26 | More by NeroFiddled
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What an incredibly pale color for an all malt Pilsner. This beer is a pale gold color that even approaches the lightness of straw. It is of course brilliantly clear and is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, just barely off-white colored head that is soft and fluffy yet leaves a touch of lacing. The aroma is very light; a touch of sweet grain aromatics up front and a touch of grassy herbal hops are what is first noticeable. The aroma definitely has a grassy note to it as both the malt and hops contribute to this note.

Sharp and biting up front, the beer takes on a big clean bitterness to it from the get go. The beer is very light and quenching on the palate, with a touch of a malty body that has just a wisp of grain sweetness to it. Grassy & herbal hop components are also quite noticeable. This beer really captures the essence of a German Pils, it is light and crisp and not nearly as malty as Bohemian version would be. It is certainly a bit bigger in the hop department than your typical German Pils. It does have a nice, crisp, solid bitterness but it has quite a bit of hop flavor as well; notes of lemon grass, fresh cut hay, herbaceous notes sort of akin to basil, and even notes of honeysuckle all are found here. As the beer warms a bit I begin to notice the sweet malt a bit more; it adds just a touch of clean grain-like sweetness to this brew, not enough to balance, or get in the way of the hops, but just enough so they are not too much.

I was not sure what to expect of this beer, but I must say I am impressed. It is perhaps a touch bigger than most German examples, but there are certainly German ones that it is not bigger than, and it really has that crisp balance that one expects of the best German Pilsners. Clean malt notes yield to the dominant hop components, which ultimately leave a nice grassy bitter note lingering on in the palate just asking for you to take another sip. This is just a great take on a German Pilsner!

Purchased from: Liquid Solutions

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 23:19:00 | More by Gueuzedude
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 65 cL bomber.

A: The pils is a very pale yellow color, looking as though it has been watered down. There is no head, no sign of any carbonation beyond the bubbles that are easily visible.

S: The aroma on the pils is a grainy, biscuit malt with no indication of a hop presence.

T: The flavor is a very restrained, very subtle one. The malts are biscuity and really dominate the taste. Hops are present, albeit in a reserved manner. They provide a bit of flowery bitterness that keeps the pils moving nicely.

M: The mouthfeel, especially as it warms, is nice. The hops add a nice kick to compliment the grainy base.

D: Nice abv, nice flavor (even for a pils, which is not my favorite style), I am beginning to like the Bond Street series.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 19:25:26 | More by akorsak
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner a clear sprtzey looking light straw with a big blooming white head that never really totally settles rings of lace were left behind as it inched its way down.Fresh herbal aromas and lemon zest a bit toastiness underneath as well,delicate flavors lightly sweet honey malt and a touch toastiness lingering into a lemon/ herbal zip into a lingering finish.A great pilsner light and refreshing but very flavorful like it should be,I could drink this all night with no problems.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2006 23:23:54 | More by oberon
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gmcfarre

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bomber into Imperial Pint glass
Served @ about 45 degrees

A - Pours an impeccably clear straw color with several carbo bubbles streams. Head forms to at least 2 inches in height yet collapses quickly to leave a thin covering on the brew. Lacing is solid and coats well.

S - Nose is all bitter noble hops, yet seems light and potentially refreshing. A touch of peppery spice complements the bitterness of the hops well.

T - No big surprise here, this is a tried and true pilsner that doesn't try anything too risky. This is certainly no knock against this brew, but don't come into it expecting an American twist of some sort. Noble hops bring the bitterness without an extremely drying aftertaste. Malts bring a mouthfilling biscuity taste, but naturally the Nobles steal the show.

M - Mouthfeel starts off with a moderate carbonation that fills and refreshes immediately. Aftertaste is crisp and slightly bitter.

D - A great beer for a warm drinking day. Unfortunately it is neither warm outside nor is this beer available but as a one time brew. Kudos to Deschutes for tackling a new style well and resisting the American trend of brewing massive and style bending one-offs (not that those are bad in anyway...).

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 03:32:55 | More by gmcfarre
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light 14k carat gold color with tons of carbonated bubbles and a very crisp, pure white head.
Aroma of cracked grain and just a hint of floral hops.
Flavors of light grain, hint of caramel and some flowery hops prevail.
Mouthfeel was fairly light in the mid-range of style but had a very dry, crisp finish which was appealing
Drinkability was above average, not an earth-shaker but a very solid brew from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 17:37:04 | More by CRJMellor
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acid-washed lemon, one of the palest pilseners that I've ever seen. Large bubbles cling to the sides of the glass while small bubbles speed up to an impossibly bright white crown of bubbly froth. The head looks good while it lasts, even if it isn't the best lace generator in the world. 18th Anniversary Pilsner looks like the beer equivalent of a bright, sunny day.

The aroma isn't nearly hoppy enough. I expected a Saaz explosion and am greeted with a Saaz popgun pop! each time I put my nose over the glass. It is musky and lightly lemon citrusy though, and is pleasant enough in a gentle, summer breeze kind of way.

Deschutes claims that this beer is more hoppy than a traditional pilsner. I'm not so sure about that. It's more hoppy than it is pils malty and has a nice bitter finish, but I'm not quite ready to bestow the hophead's seal of approval. Lemon peel and lemongrass are dominant, with no more than a moderate amount of Saaz spiciness.

To be fair, the hoppiness is cumulative and is impressing me more and more as the ounces pass. This would be a better beer if it was a bigger beer. Both more malt and more hops would do wonders, even if that meant that it was no longer light and refreshing. I can't fault the brewery for the beer they chose to brew, I'm just sayin'. The finish borders on crisp and clean; no surprise there.

I do feel like penalizing the mouthfeel just a tad though. While clearly the product of a talented brewer, it's just too light and too generously carbonated to appeal to me as much as the flavor. Did the brewer hit his target? Probably. Is it a target worth aiming at? Probably not. Since this is my review...

Hop Trip, the only other Bond Street beer that I've had, is clearly superior to 18th Anniversary Pilsner. That said, this is still good beer and would have a credible chance to be very good with a bigger pair of cojones. If you have a bottle, drink up, lest the hops fade into oblivion.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 15:23:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mentor

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger head that quickly settles. Crystal clear light straw colored liquid. Head settled to a sticky white layer. Smells hallertauer hoppy, pils malty, and straw.

Tastes strong hallertauer hop flavor. Very mild hop bitter. Malt flavor is wet during the taste, but dry in the finish from the hops. Nice czech pils beer here. A bit fruity after warming, but that could be from the hops.

Light mouthfeel and light carbonation. Tiny bubbles in the front ring of my tongue sting my tastebuds.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 00:39:37 | More by mentor
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours efferevescent light golden with a 3 fingers feep white head. Okay lacing, not much head retention

S: Grassy with hints of lemon & floral hops

T: Classic pils taste, light maltyness, grasyness & a hin of floral hops up front. Nice grapefruitty/hoppy finish with real thirst quenching juicyness

MF: Medium bodied, excellent carbonation & superior balance> Nice softness to it

Drinks to easy, they need to keep this one alive, one of the best pils I've had in the states

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 20:48:51 | More by russpowell
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rowew

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber. No freshness date, but it is marked with 2006 for the anniversary. Described as a German style Pilsner.

Appearance: Pours clear and bright yellow, with quite a bit of bubbling. Big frothy head fades completely but leaves heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Bready malts and just a bit of sulphur. Subtle noble hops.

Taste: Lots of bready malt flavor with a bit of spicy hop flavor.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable - great American pilsner. I am always happy to see this style done well by an American craft brewer since so many pass it over.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 22:25:42 | More by rowew
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leedorham

Washington

3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

The smell is overwhelmingly of hop aroma with a slight acidity that seems to be coming from quite a bit of carbonation.

The taste is dominate by hops, hops, and more hops. The beer is not too bitter but there is a lot of the piney-grassy hop taste to it. The carbonation also takes a very up-front role in the whole drinking experience. Overall, this is a very good beer if your a hop lover but more harsh on the palate than I would typically drink. I look forward to next year's effort.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2006 04:36:49 | More by leedorham
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pale golden color. Not a lot of head though seems like a decent carbonation level. Low aroma-sort of sulfury and hoppy all in one. Nice hop bite to it but I miss the malty notes found in a good pils. This is good none the less. Good body-finishes nice and crisp on the tongue. Slightly dry as well. A very drinkable pils from a US brewer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 00:57:00 | More by lackenhauser
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ReebShorts

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle. All of my pint glasses were in the sink, so poured this into an orval chalice.

Poured a very clear, pale yellow, slight head (mostly due to the type of glass I would speculate). Adequate carbonation noticeable.

Aroma of grass/hay, mildly spiced hops, and lemon.

Smooth mouthfeel, there is a floral, slightly hoppy bite on the back of this one. The floral (perfumey) presence is a bit overdone for me however, and seems slightly out of balance.

I love most everything from this brewery, and had high hopes for this one, but I must say this did not meet my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2006 03:54:54 | More by ReebShorts
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Pooba001

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 22 oz. bottle into what Sierra Nevada calls their "tulip" glass. Very clear pale hue with nice fluffy head that hangs around momentarily. Carbonation appears moderate. Aroma is of grain and Czech hops. Tastes better than it smells, very smooth, slightly grassy, crisp and zesty. Hops are noticible (Saaz?), nice to see in a clean pilsner like this. Mouthfeel is excellent, not too thin, really perfect for the style. I can see myself wanting to drink 9 of these on a hot day, my kind of "lawnmower" beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 22:09:28 | More by Pooba001
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18th Anniversary Pilsner from Deschutes Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.