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Palmetto Lager - Palmetto Brewing Company

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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Photo of bs870621345
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this on vacation in Charleston. Reminds me of good times.

Pours a honey color with a 2 finger head that fades quickly leaving no lacing.

Smell is very bready and almost sour. No hops at all.

Taste is lightly hopped and heavy on the bread. Not too much happening. Very much like a standard lager taste.

Mouthfeel is nice, gently prickly and medium-light body.

Drinkability is good. Its unlike what I usually drink so I could drink more than one.

bs870621345, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of Citadel82
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Some dear friends brought me a sixer of this back from the Holy City of Charleston where the Ashley and Cooper rivers meet to form the Atlantic Ocean. Charleston is a picturesque city. This is a fine local beer.

Pours a nice pale yellow that is sharp and clear with fine persistent carbonation that feeds a pure white head that is rather short-lived.

Smell is rather minimal. Slightly fruity, slightly flowery hops with hits of soft hints of malt.

Taste is mild. There is a soft malt character, almost wheat like with a short bitter hop finish. The hops are very citrusy so I am thinking Oregon/California hops.

Mouth feel is crisp and light, very refreshing.

This is a drinkable brew. Wish it was available when I was at school in Charleston.

Citadel82, Apr 04, 2005
Photo of sachsich
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i got a 1/6th keg of this for my kegerator. i was excited for the local brew but was a bit let down.
appearance was good with a deep golden color
smell was decent with a floral aroma
the taste was a bit malty
mouthfeel was good with almost perfect carbonation, a bit too carbonated, but close
drinkability was very smooth

sachsich, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of Mikemcgrath4
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%

Mikemcgrath4, Sep 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Cynic-ale, Aug 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

bluedognever, Apr 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Hattie, Mar 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

beermeister9, Jul 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

threedaggers, Sep 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

BigDaddyJohn, Nov 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

jmdrpi, Feb 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Stinger80OH, Jul 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

benloho, Jan 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

greencovesteve, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of beernbbq
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very average beer, but good on a hot day, I am sure. Not much taste, either from the malt or the hops. Nothing poorly done or sloppy, just not much to be gained from this, either when it is first opened or as it warms. Still better than an American Macro, but just not as good as the better American Lagers, like a Stoudt's Gold or a Great Lakes Dortmunder.

beernbbq, Mar 19, 2003
Photo of Huffs
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Huffs, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Enola
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This would be a good camping beer. The beer is light with a thin head. The smell is like a mass produced beer with a sweeter ending. The taste is also like mass produced beer but without the harsh corn bite. The mouthfeel is smooth. I could drink this beer again. A sessionable beer.

Enola, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of blackie
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

consumed a six-pack during a recent trip to Charles Towne, review entered from notes

a: golden in color with slight white head

s: smells grainy, a little overly sweet but not bad, clean hop aroma but doesn't really stand out

m: low-med carb (needs more) light medium body

t: pale grain flavor with a clean hop flavor and light bitterness...pretty standard but not bad, finish could be cleaner

d: drinks easily, enjoyable in the heat

blackie, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a hazy yellow color, white head that quickly dissipates
S - lightly malty, strong lager yeast and a touch of hops
T - similar to the smell. Dominated by the lager yeast.
M - light bodied, nicely carbonated and crisp
D - I could see this being a tangy summer party lager as a nice choice in a cooler with a few other ales. The drinkability for this to me goes up with the heat index and BBQ factor.

barleywinebrewer, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of TXHops
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Msr. Kbub6f, I have in front of me my first Carolina beer. Even in my pre-BA days, I’m not sure I ever had a Carolina beer. Is that a bad thing? This pale ale pours a textbook amber, with brilliant clarity and a really impressive, smooth, clingy, lacey head of less-than-white foam. A slight acetaldehyde-ish apple aroma under-rode a decidedly fresh malt aroma. A good dose of caramel maltiness (crystal I believe) instantly filled my mouth, followed by the same, slight appley flavor, then a long, bitter-but-not-very-hoppy finish. The fresh crystal malt flavor crept back into the tail, allowing the hopless bitterness to subside a bit. Passing half the bottle over my tongue eventually allowed some murky, non-descript hop flavor to edge along side the mild bitterness. While I liked the nutty, almost cracker-like maltiness, I didn’t particularly care for the faint sour apple flavor and I was ambivalent about the bitterness sans hoppiness. The sourness was reminiscent of Bass and the bitterness harkened McNeil’s beers. The nutty crystal malt flavor conjured images of most American pale ales brewed in the English style. All told, this was a fine beer, but nothing exciting.

TXHops, Jul 04, 2003
Photo of avalon07
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thought I'd pick up a local beer as I've never had one before.

Poured from a bottle into a pilsener glass. Had no real head to speak of at all. The color was a light yellow with a cloudy texture.

There wasn't much smell about this one. The hops were most prevalent.

The taste wasn't too bad. Although I'm not a huge fans of overly hopped beer, this aspect worked for this beer. It was a solid, zesty taste.

There wasn't a whole lot of carbonation, so it didn't give much pop to the beer.

Even though this is an uneven beer, it's still somewhat drinkable. It had a more complex taste than I was expecting. Not bad.

avalon07, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The "Charleston Lager" poured a crystal clear pale golden with a white, tall, frothy head that fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was slight DMS and very fruity with just a slight maltiness and a grainy aroma.

The flavor was fruity, not clean at all, with DMS also present. The flavor was grainy and corny with a slight sweetness and then the bittering comes through just enough to balance out the beer.

The finish was fruity and grainy. The body was medium light.

12 ounce bottle. More like an ale thatn a lager, but very easy drinking. They probably used 6-row malt on this beer.

GCBrewingCo, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of brentk56
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
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

brentk56, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

AtLagerHeads, Apr 15, 2003
Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

metter98, Dec 23, 2010
Palmetto Lager from Palmetto Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.