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Palmetto Lager - Palmetto Brewing Company

Palmetto LagerPalmetto Lager

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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.24%


Brewed by:
Palmetto Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A light clean crisp taste than can only be achieved with a Bohemian lager brewed in southern style.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 02-07-2002)
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden with a nice ivory head and good carbonation which leaves good lace. Nice grainy malt aroma and flavor with a nice hop balance to finish. Medium bodied and smooth. Much richer mouthfeel than the macros.

A quality American Lager and well above the mass produced swill. A great session beer for summer. One of Palmetto's better brews.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2003 12:28:41 | More by RBorsato
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nickfl

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, light copper colored body. The head fades away quickly and leaves average lace.

S - Fruity malt with a hint of caramel and some spicy hops in the background.

T - Thick, bready malt up front with some toasty notes. A surprisingly strong hop character shows up in the middle with notes of pine, grapefruit, and some floral notes. The beer finishes with equal parts toffee malt and floral hops as well as moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a well balanced finish.

D - Very good, lots of malt and hop character as well as a smooth lager finish. Almost like a pale ale and really quite good for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 03:15:28 | More by nickfl
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IntriqKen

California

4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a chill hazed medium yellow with a nice half finger head that melts slowly to a pretty layer of lacing.
Aroma is sweet pale malt with a bit of bready yeast.
A very significant and substantial nose for an american lager.
Very flavorful and pleasant without the presence of corn or rice.
Again, sweet pale malt blended with a tingly citrus hops that leaves the mouth clean as you swallow. A light floral presence as well.
Aftertaste is again a balance with a little more leaning towards grapefruit. Warming alcohol on the swallow...they don't list the ABV but it sort of tastes and feels like 7%....high for a lager.
Mouthfeel is nice and full...not watery at all.
Great summer beer. I've yet to try anything from this brewer that I didn't think was well above the mark.
Not a big fan of American Lagers, I almost feel guilty putting all '4's up for this brew, but in all honesty, it doesn't deserve less. It's one of the best of it's style IMHO. I really love the hop presence and balance it shows.
Thanks again to oldirtysurfer for sharing these beers with me.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 19:06:53 | More by IntriqKen
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MSchae1017

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a Pilsner glass from the bottle.

It pours a golden color with a frothy head that laces at first but then dissipates. It smells strongly of barley and tastes pretty much the same. The malts are balanced nicely with hops. It has a good body to it with even carbonation. It is a good beer for easy drinking without dipping into bud-miller-coors.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 18:05:32 | More by MSchae1017
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treehugger02010

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My girlfriend got this for me and I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a clear golden color. The head is one finger tall, white in color, small sized bubbles, poor retention and thin lacing.
Smell: The aromas are sweet, grapes and wheat.
Taste: The flavors are a bit tart, bread and earthy hops.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very crisp.
Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 01:57:26 | More by treehugger02010
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wcudwight

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden color with a thin white head that is gone faster than a week-end.
Smell is of fresh-cut grass and I like the smell of fresh-cut grass.
Taste is heavy on the malt as expected. Also some straw flavor in there. Taste is actually really good and is very flavorful considering the style. It's missing the corn taste that a lot of similar beers have, which is a good thing.
Mouthfeel is simple and boring.
A very drinkable BBQ beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 03:21:19 | More by wcudwight
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DrinkinBoy

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden yellow.

Faint smell, but not a suprise for this type of beer.

The beer has a really nice taste. It is not too strong nor too weak. It is more malty than anything, but that would be given with the name.

Has a good mouthfeel, and a good body that has some substance too it.

This beer had good drinkability. It would be a good choice as a nice beer you can have a few of without feeling really full.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2007 04:51:45 | More by DrinkinBoy
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is one refreshing beer. I think when I move back down to SC, this might become my new staple in the fridge. It's got a well balanced proportion of hops and malts, which are a little on the light side, but that aids the refreshingness of it. It's quite smooth and goes down nice and easy. The color was a semi-cloudy pale straw color with a fluffy white head. Tastes were of the light fruits persuasion mixed with a little bit of honey. I liked this one and I will definately drink more of this.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2004 01:24:56 | More by JISurfer
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a very clear yellow-gold with peach accents, forming a poofy white head with flocculent clumps. Retention is OK, and lacing is delicate. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is interesting...like sweet cornbread, husky pale malts, and soggy grains. Taste is also intriguing, with an odd twang of semisweet malt husks, butter, raw crystal malt, freshly cut hay, and catnip. Mouthfeel is somewhat bubbly and sharp, with a light body and toasty, semi-astringent finish. Tettnager or Hallertauer are evident in the mildly perfumy, yet distinctly noble, floral finish. Finishing bitterness is moderate, and the husks take on a subtle vanilla character towards the end. Dunlap hop sacks are evident throughout. Despite it's interesting character, I couldn't see myself drinking more than three of this peculiar brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2003 01:44:35 | More by Mitchster
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claytri

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours gold with a white head. The smell is a little light, but basically malt and hops with maybe a hint of alcohol. The taste is pretty well balanced between malt and hops and has a nice bit of flavor without being overpowering. Medium and somewhat dry in the mouth. A pretty decent beer to drink. If I'm ever in SC again I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2004 20:18:31 | More by claytri
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andjusticeforale

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought this back north after trip to S.C.
It poured nice yellow and brownish; smells of wheat and powdery malts; the taste was much better than the smell; refreshing but not super clean at the end; nice malty hop twang, a touch of dark bread flavor adn macro type sweetness;

I would certainly go for this out of a freezing cooler on a hot day in South Carolina.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 01:36:53 | More by andjusticeforale
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid pale yellow in color with a thin white head that faded fast and leaves tiny strings of lace. Smell is of citrusy lightness, short, bright, crisp, fresh, and pretty soft. Taste is mildly crisp, light, with a crispy sharp sweet bitterness. Mellows out to a hollowness in the finish. Hops are a bit citrusy and lightly balanced in with the malts which lend to be a bit breadish and grainy. Feel is a lighter-medium body with a slight sharpness and lightly textures but smoothing. Not a bad brew, could use some added boldness and more flavor but still pretty enjoyable and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2003 18:28:49 | More by tavernjef
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dmamiano

West Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer out of curiosity while on vacation.
Drank on the beach at hilton head.
Beer pours a very light, golden color. Very clear and clean looking.
Not much head or lacing but well carbonated for sure.
In my opinion, for the style, this one stood out.
decent nose, with a slight malty biscuit aroma pushing through the sweet hoppiness.
Mouthfeel and flavor were very strong in my opinion for a lager of this type.
Good beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 01:11:35 | More by dmamiano
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had to try another Palmetto, alway..

A - Poured a deep hazy golden yellow, with a modest white fizzy head and a decent side lace. Head faded quickly and only left behind a slight ring. Lots of visible carbonation bubbling upto the surface thoughout the session, very lively looking,

S - Very light, lots of grain. A small off hoppy smell, and a bit of a bread like hint.

T - Light, enjoyable. Your typical lager but with a bit more of an earthy grain punch, and a deeper tone to it. Definatly not too watered down.

M - Smooth, a bit slick to be honest, but not too bad.

D - Went down very easy and smooth, could easily e an all night drinker.

Overall a very quality session beer from palmetto. I could drink this as a regular. Very easy and very smooth. Nothing to spectacular or unique, just a quality lager that was brewed for that purpose.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 00:51:55 | More by mikesgroove
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a limp-looking cloudy golden color. No head to speak of. Aromas are surprisingly hoppy and earthy. A bit of grainy malt and honey? emerge as well. Flavor was better than expected for a lager. Well-balanced between the hops and malt. Finishes with a grainy bitterness. Mouthfeel is above average. Very drinkable. Good summer beer.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2003 00:18:51 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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oberon

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The last of the trifecta of Palmetto beers tried,poured a nice light golden with a pretty big frothy-like head,aromas are pretty grainy with a light citrusy fruitiness but pretty muted.Very refreshing lager with some nice qualities to it some definant graininess and a touch of iron finishing with a just a light amount of bitterness.A smooth easy "sociable" lager great for get togethers,maybe something to give a macro swill drinker so they can taste a true lager beer.Well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2005 13:31:47 | More by oberon
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy marigold with sunshine yellow edges. The minimally jaundiced, bone white cap tells me immediately that this is a quality microbrew. It's stronger on persistence than on lace, although a short collar keeps things respectable.

It can't quite put my finger on the reason, but this is a more enjoyable nose than I usually find on all-malt lagers. It's lightly sweet and fresh grain-like, with musky, faintly floral hops. It may not sound like much, but it's a good combination that leads me to think that the flavor will be equally as good.

Palmetto Lager isn't outstanding on the palate and favors simple over complex (no suprise, given the style). Having said that, it's a competent, comforting little drinker all the same. Other than a modest sweetness, there's very little flavor contribution from the malt. The hoppiness is on the low end as well. The hops taste more German than American or English.

There's little, if any, deterioration with warming. Mostly because the flavor isn't flying high to begin with. During the short finish, the beer turns from modestly sweet to crisp and dry. The light-medium mouthfeel is slightly better than average on a good day. This is an obvious session brew as long as amazing flavor isn't high on one's list of gotta-haves.

I don't like Palmetto Lager nearly as much as I like Palmetto Porter, but that's probably the style difference talking. This is an uncomplicated, uncluttered, ultimately uninteresting lager whose quality I can, nevertheless, appreciate. Bottom line: it's a good, regional, 'wash down a burger' kind of brew that deserves some measure of respect. Thanks to WOLFGANG for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2005 13:30:01 | More by BuckeyeNation
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy straw color with a nice white head. Lacing was non-evident as the head faded to a thin layer.

Aroma of lightly kilned malts and noble hops.

Taste is similar. Bready malt flavor with a bitter hop finish. Does not finish very clean.

Light bodied, nicely carbonated, and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2007 23:05:51 | More by ZimZamZoom
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slight chill-haze, dull coppery gold in hue; I’m pleased with the liquid color as sometimes beers of this sort depress me. White head, at the zenith the foam was two finger’s tall. The head leisurely faded to a soapy cap; head retention was respectable. There was some spotty subsequent lacing. Overall, this is not a shabby looking beer.

Classic all-malt grainy nose, I like it. I smell bread and multi-grain crackers. There is some husky grassiness at the back. The hops add a nice finish to the aromas. Too bad the potency is moderately low. I’ve said a few times that All-Malt Lagers get lost in the shuffle; thankfully the nose on this one standouts enough for me to care. I like the aromas, albeit it really isn’t breaking any new ground.

The palate is kind of sweet upfront, in the middle it gets a bit grainy, and by the finish it is almost alive with grassy-husky hops. The bitterness is low but this beer is well-balanced. I am surprised the aftertaste is sweet; I though it would be grainy in taste and texture but it was soft and sweet. I like surprises. The Honey-Nut Cheerios taste is plenty agreeable. Not a shabby little beer we have here. Solid.

Soft mouthfeel, low carbonation; medium-light in body, the mouthfeel is too pliable for the style. It works, as is, but a crisper body would have been more desirable.

This beer is plenty drinkable, I could session with this beer. It is not the tastiest of its ilk but it’s solid. I like it. I sailed through my glass. I’d rather drink a Helles or a Pils; to me All-Malt Lagers fall in the middle. This one wasn’t crisp or hoppy enough for me yet it wasn’t malty enough for me either. For what it is, this is a lovely, well-brewed beer. In fact, this might be the best of the style I have had, if not, it is top three for sure. Thank you timtheenchanta for the enjoyable South Carolina brew! Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 17:17:15 | More by bditty187
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MrHolland

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden yellow with about a 1 inch head.

Smell is of light grains not too much in this area.

This beer seems to pretty balanced, even though I am new to this style. Has a malt upfront that ends with a grainy taste and a little hops.

Has a good amount of carbonation with a nice feel on the palate.

This is a pretty good brew but have not had many of this style.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 02:00:17 | More by MrHolland
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Alkey

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden color with a nice head that fell slowly. Smells a bit of a sweet grain and malt aroma. Taste very well balanced some sweet malt flavors and a little grassy hop bite. This beer went down smooth and fast a good beer to have a few of.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 01:39:49 | More by Alkey
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metter98

New York

3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and poured with a finger high white head that quickly faded away leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. A very light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of bready and grainy malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is quite malty and has some notes of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and is a litte filling from all of the malts. A moderate amount of carbonation is evident.
D: This beer is quite sessionable and well-suited for drinking on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 14:25:08 | More by metter98
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured this Czech Pilsener from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a hazy golden color, produced an average head, nice retention, and it left a nice amount of lacing on the glass.The aroma consisted of fresh baked bread, and some slight notes of lemon citrus. Light in body, this Pilsener is quite refreshing and crisp. Very nice mouthfeel, plenty of malted grain some earthy hop qualities. Very nice session beer, would make for a great summer beer- a lot more flavor then a macro brewed lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 00:04:17 | More by GossageBrewery
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Palmetto is one of those small local breweries whose beers I tend to enjoy. Had this at one of the many seafood restaurants that dot Charleston and thoroughly enjoyed it. It went very well with my dish although the waitress had recommended Palmetto Pale Ale. A good full-bodied brew with a nice sense of hops in both the smell and taste to balance the malts. Crisp. clean taste with a nearly dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2003 15:03:51 | More by AtLagerHeads
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pour a clear golden color with a rocky head that leaves a few squiggles of lace down the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Grainy aroma with some lager twang

Taste: Bready, up front, with some developing sweet and grainy aspects that appear by mid-palate; after the swallow, the lager twang arrives though the finish has a surprising amount of toffee sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low carbonation

Drinkability: A bit too sweet for my palate, but certainly an acceptable brew

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 00:00:29 | More by brentk56
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Palmetto Lager from Palmetto Brewing Company
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