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18th Anniversary Pilsner - Deschutes Brewery

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18th Anniversary Pilsner18th Anniversary Pilsner

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very good

36 Ratings

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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:
Beer added by: freed on 07-03-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

(Retired) Released 2006
Alc. by Vol.: 5.0%
IBUs: 34
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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 32
Photo of RoyalT
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This one was light yellow and crystal clear with some nice visible carbonation and a pure white head.

Smell - This anniversary lager has a lovely Pilsny grain nose; very German. The hops though are faint faint faint. I had to basically imagine them to get a whiff.

Taste - Well, the grain steps back at the taste and there still aren't any hops to speak of, so that doesn't leave much except a husky type of sweetness that didn't offend but didn't endear me to it either.

Mouthfeel - This light-bodied Pils lacks the stiff carbonation typical of the style but does manage a crisp finish.

Drinkability - This is a moderately drinkable Pils. I'd split the bomber with a friend.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle to a tall pilsner glass.

A: Crystal clear golden/straw color with a white one-finger head. Plenty of large carbonation bubbles.
S: Fresh bready malt, mildly sweet. Slightly citrus hop aroma, somewhat herbal and grassy.
T: Crisp with mild bitterness. Touches of tangy citrus. Grassy with a malty wheat flavor - well-balanced.
M: Clean with a refreshingly bitter hop finish. Light to medium body and mouthfeel. A bit of carbonation prickliness.
D: Likable flavors, light abv, great session type beer - an excellent summer release by Deschutes. Happy 18th Anniversary...

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, clean deep golden color with two fingers of pure white head. The crown doesn't die off for quite some time but leaves no lacing on the glass.

The nose is clean and distinct with a nice breath of golden grain (you can almost smell the husks as it's being ground) and a matching oily sharp hop note.

The flavor is equally clean and quite bold. The grains are plainly evident with a bready, lightly roasted grain taste predominating the front end of each sip balanced by a sharp hop note with loads of green leaf and lemony zest. Not so much bitter as sharp and only a little sweetness left from the grain.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, about the only knock on this brew. Near perfect amount of carbonation, no residue left on the palate and a good dry finish.

A very drinkable pilsner and a very good example of the style - if anything even a little cleaner than Victory Prima Pils (which I've often thought was one of the best bottled American Pilsners) Plenty of hop to give it bite but not enough to overwhelm, this beer ought to impress both beer aficianado and macro drinker alike.

Photo of guitarmage
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Super clear pale yellow, almost spring green hues. Few bubbles drift uniformly upwards. Perfectly white foamy head. Leaves a nice lacing all over the top.

Smell: Grainy and hoppy, a little steely. Grassy malt, thin smells, definitely a little herbal hop.

Taste: Lemony citrus upfront, followed by a sticky hop flavor, then strong biscuity and bready finish. Also grassy and green.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, but smooth, not super crisp or hard. Good strong carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a great pils, also unique. Refreshing and citrus, but a good dose of hops balance it out. I could drink these all the time to cool off during this heat wave.

Photo of unklesyd
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Exceptionally pale and clear. Pours well, with a billowy white head that dies away and leaves a little lacing.

Wonderful light nose: subtle grassiness without the overwhelming Saaz "funkiness" .

Light bodied, not too acidic or bubbly on the tongue. Crisp bitterness and nice slightly sweet malt notes that don't take over the brew as in many pilsners. Very fresh hop flavor is subdued and balanced, yet a major flavor component.

Absolutely the best choice I could have made on a 100 degree day! I could drink several bombers of these back to back without wanting for another brew in between. The best of the Bond St. Series so far.

Photo of Tupperwolf
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely bottle with a flat paper label. Very thoughtful artwork, there's a lot of detail in there, be sure to take a few long minutes to really appreciate the art that's been bestowed on this label before you drink the whole bottle and get too tipsy to enjoy the detail.

Pours a very light, clear sunshine yellow, with lots and lots of happy bubbles and a creamy, eggshell-white head that foams up and hangs about 3-fingers at first, soon settling down to a finger.

Tawny, creamy scents get very down to earth as the beer warms, letting a lot of bold dusty farmyard malts rise; Hops are more prominent while it's cool, just enough to keep everything balanced, their scent becoming acidic with the change in temperature.

Sweet, creamy, malty, with just enough hops; This is an all-american take on the German pilsener, and is incredibly drinkable and refreshing, the perfect beer after a sweaty bike ride home from work.

Mouthfeel is slick, soft, with a mildly crisp finish and just a bit of aftertaste hanging about to make you savor more.

A very nice lager indeed! If this were a year-round brew I'd definitely support it.

Photo of Jason
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber with no freshness date ... 2006 is noted on the bottle.

A- Sticky white froth shows a great retention, carbonation is quite avtice with many bubbles racing to the top. Crystal clear pale yellowish color.

S- Malty aroma of fresh bread, hit of hay from the hops ... touch spicy. Very clean with basic but expressive aromas.

T&M- Just enough crispness to get by, big grassy and hay like flavors from the hops and a bit from the graininess as well. Clean all over with a sizable bitterness from the hops, spicy flavor with a fading pale malt in the dry finish.

D- As far as authenticity and drinkablility this has one up on their Pine Mountian Pils ... which I guess this beer is based off of.

Photo of MLegendre
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Extremely light yellow, perhaps the clearest beer I've ever seen. 1/2in white head that dissapates pretty quickly, hardly any lacing. Millions on bubbles rushing to the top.

A: Reminded me a bit of Heineken and pez candy. Not necessarily a bad smell, just nothing too impressive.

T: It's a very light beer, but has a pretty noticable hoppy bitterness that tends to increase as I drink the beer, with a bit of sweetness in the background. Leaves a very bitter aftertaste.

M: Very light with more carbonation then I usually like, but not so much that I dislike it.

D: For such a light beer I enjoyed it quite a bit. It was very easy to drink, good for the summer, and would make an excellent session beer. I definitely plan on buying more of these.

Photo of tfinn
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of Reidrover
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ok seved in the 22oz bomber. Nice label.
Really rather pedestrian in appearance pale gold, small head that dissapears in seconds.
Aroma is faint but pleasing hoppy, spicy..but again hardly there.
taste is a little better than the aroma but the bitterness dominates too much, not much of a show from the malts at all, but happily its a pleasant tasty bitter note .
Average mouthfeel, typical lager.
The best part about this , is it is very easilly drinkable.
I have to say though I am a triffle dissapointed with this one.
I was expecting it to be as good as the Pine Mountain Pils, but it doesnt seem to have the same malt backing .
Maybe I just left this bottle in my hot car too long this morning.
Probably try another soon.

Photo of freed
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewery hoses looped on equipment make up the 18 on this lovely label. 22 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. The body of the beer is crystal clear and pale yellow. Light white foam settles after an initial topping of tiny bubbles. Active carbonation gives the glass interest.

The aroma is gentle with noble hops, dried straw and pilsner malts. Slight fruit aroma left from the yeast.

Tastes is light, sweet and dry - malt dances over your tongue briefly before a delicate hop bitterness ends the sip.

The beer is quite delicate and very clean but still has a bready body enough to satisfy. It's perfect for the warm evening while waiting for grains to steep.

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18th Anniversary Pilsner from Deschutes Brewery
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