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Piedmont Pilsner - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
79
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44 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 10%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: SaCkErZ9 on 02-08-2010

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Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 20
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with a freshness date.

Crackling white head still leaves some sudsy lace on the glass. Very clear and very pale yellow color. Very clean aroma; Grainy, lemony, grassy, husky flour, faintly salty and herbal. Fluffy and crisp carbonation in the light to medium body, lots of grain ... maltiness is dry. Hops give a quick sting of bitterness than jump right to an lemony herbal flavor. Nutty yeast meets up with some mild husky graininess in the dry finish.

Easy drinking and clean, just what a good lager should be. Awesome to see smaller brewers take on lagers and prevail.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.19/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a .5 liter stein a thin, very light lemon color,a thin quick to fade white head atop,not a good starting point.Aromas were decent with some light toastiness and iron,a faint floral hop not is there as well.Pretty light in the mouth,at times it felt watery.Toasty cereal grain flavors at the onset,a slight lemon note,along with passing leafy hop but its light.Iam a fan of most OH brews,this one not so much.

Photo of chinchill
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22 oz poured into St. Bernardus snifter in the SC Piedmont. Just purchased in NC but a little past the best by date of April 2013. At least it was refrigerated in the store and at home since purchase.

A: Light straw-golden color; clear; undersized sudsy white head quickly disappeared. Looks undercarbonated. Rating of 2.75 may be generous but allows for the possiblity of adverse effects of being a little old. {Likewise for Feel}

S: More or less the expected mix of bready malts and grassy/spicy hops, but not a lot of hops for style.

T: Lightly bitter with grassy hops. Faint, biscuity malts.

M: Carbonation is low; light bodied, semi-dry finish, Could use a more carbonation.

O: A decent pilsner, but not one worth seeking out. Try a different pilsner or a different Olde Hickory instead.

Photo of tdm168
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours clear golden yellow; thin lacing of fizzy, soft, white head with little retention

S - straw, lemon, grassy

T - straw, intense lemon character, grassy, bitter finish that is more intense than the rest of the flavors

M - very crisp, over carbonated, bubbles explode all over the palate, light bodied and easily quaffable

This is to style and drinking, but it loses a lot of points on the little things. The flavor is slightly unbalanced, a bit too lemony, and a bit to bitter. It's definitely over carbonated. Otherwise, it is drinkable and sessionable.

Photo of thagr81us
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into an Olde Hickory goblet (proper!). Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grain, fruit, big earth, hay, and dirt. The flavor was of sweet malt, hay, grain, bread, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. This brew was actually quite spot on for the style if I'm honest. Tons of grain and wheat aspects going on here that make this one fairly intriguing and refreshing. Really wish it would have done something to stand out quite a bit more from others in the style. Glad I got to try it and if you're a fan of the style I suggest you do the same at least once.

Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head.
A: Light aromas of biscuit and bready malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has hints of grassy and floral hops towards the finish along with a loght amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and a little clean on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a great way to begin a meal as it really opens up your palate.

Photo of Cresant
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. Best by June 2012. The body was pale golden and crystal clear. There was a white foamy head that stayed a while.

The smell was lightly vegetal, corn. Spritzy and fruity.

The taste was earthy hops and saltine malts. Semi clean and semi dry.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and there was a good amount of carbonation. I like to see craft pilsners. I would seek this one out again but I was glad to try it.

Photo of jpmclaug
3.07/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into my Stiegl .5L Pils glass.

A - Pale golden straw color with a bubbly white head.

S - Crisp, floral, grassy grainy aroma typical of a high quality pils.

T - Kinda of a boring pils. Light grainy aroma with a maybe a hint of a hint of bitterness. Not really picking up the nice noble hop presence that I crave in my pilsners. Luckily there is no cheap adjunct taste at the end.

M - Light body with a good amount of carbonation

D - easy drinking but kind of boring. I was hoping to find a good local pils but this is just a mediocre one. If I was out somewhere and this was offered I wouldn't turn it down but any place that offers this I am sure would have better options.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy/sudsy white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed

S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy malts with some lighter amounts of lemon/citrus. There are light grassy hops, some light to moderate herbal hops, and just a touch of floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate amount of grainy malts with just a touch of breadiness. Then there are light flavors of grassy and floral hops with a slightly stronger presence of herbal hops. Light amounts of lemon/citrus. Light amounts of bitterness that fades pretty quickly.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Clean and crisp

O: I found this beer to be extremely easy to drink and very enjoyable - super clean mouthfeel and lighter flavors make this one I would definitely grab again. Matches very well with food as it almost acts like a palate cleanser.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color with a clear hue, with a thick white head and a little lacing. Smells of corn husks, sweet malts and faint hops. Tastes of corn, grain, somewhat bittersweet hops and a ton of malts. Mouthfeel is medium and very thick with a nice pleasant carbonation. Drinkability is okay.

Photo of cpetrone84
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours an extremely pale yellow color with a thin loose bubbled head. The nose is a very grainy, light biscuit and a lot of crystal malt. Lightly astringent and some grassy hops. The taste is a bit more balanced and put together. High carbonation makes it almost champagne like but takes away from the finish. The favors are more pronounced than anticipated due to color and carb. Fair bit of earthy grain, light crystal malt, a bit doughy malt transitions to a hint of sweet citrus and a stronger grassy hop. Fair bitterness hits an quits immediately. The high carbonation may detract from the flavor as it is a bit thin.

Photo of irishstoutlvr
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A nice floral note. Pretty smooth beer. I have not been drinking too many pilsners as of late, due to the crap that the big beer companies put out. I am glad I tried this one. It was a nice, refreshing beer. The hop note calmed as I ate my dinner with it. I had a spicy burger with homemade chips. The beer complimented the food nicely.

Photo of Onenote81
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another new offering from Olde H. around this area. I thought I'd be adding this one, but just a day late. ;)

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a much lighter-than-expected pale yellow. This looks just like a macro lager. Nice frothy white head on top. Decent retention; left some sticky lace. Scents of grassy hops, light honey, and faint bread. The body is a little thinner than I would like as well. Almost an oily feel on the tongue. This is a really refreshing pilsner. Crisp hops at the forefront, but nothing overpowering; some mild sweetness in the middle and a lightly tart finish. This was better than I expected. Great beer for the backyard.

Photo of Chaney
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My wife picked this up for me on a recent trip to Raleigh.

Served in a DFH Alehouse pint glass.

A: Poured a mustard yellow, with some cloudiness that went beyond mere chill haze. Nice fluffy head and visible carbonation.

S: Faint scent of grain and sweet sour dough bread. Subtle yet serviceable.

T: Easy drinking for sure, I just wish there was a bit more flavor here. Still, I dug the bitterness on the end and the crispness of the pilsener malts overall.

M: Very nice on the carbonation front. VERY bubbly and comforting.

O: I'd drink this one again, especially as it becomes hotter and hotter outside.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass a clear golden color with a small, wispy white head. Bits of lacing but overall rather wimpy.

Aroma is slightly grassy and very metallic. A bit of noble hop aroma but mostly this one is light malts with some grassiness.

Flavor was decent. A bit sour but a nice hop balance with some caramel flavor and more earthy malts. Slightly bready.

Not bad from this local brewery. Having this one in bottles makes it easily accessible and perhaps worthy of consumption on Lake Hickory in the summer months; then again, perhaps not.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a honey yellow color with good carbonation leaving a medium white cap, some bubbles and lacing

S: Nose is a bit grainy, some biscuit dash of flowers and light honey

T: An immediate dose of light floral and grassy hops with some grains and biscuit, light refreshing, a nice small hop bite and a tad bit of astringency

M: Light bodied, dry but a tad bit astirngent with lingering hop bite and grass

O: Not to bad, easy to drink, crisp and refreshing

Photo of fields336
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz poured into SN Snifter
Best by Dec '11

A: Light straw, champagne, golden in color, Completely clear, about .5 finger bubbly head, dissipates slowly leaving some vigorous bubbles around the edge of the glass. Lots of bubbles on the bottom of the glass, and streaming up to the surface.

S: Bready, biscuity, nutty, earthy in aroma, not a lot of hops, but some grassy or earthy ones are present.

T: Nutty, biscuity, bready, with a nice touch of bitterness on the middle /front of the tongue. The hops are present, definitely grassy and earthy as is expected. Perhaps a slightly heavier hand on the hops would have been nice. The pieces are all here, but I think not in the right amounts. Regardless this is a refreshing beer, and a nice beer to drink in the summer.

M: Carbonation is good, not great. light bodied, dry finish, sticks to style for the most part, but could use a little more carbonation. easy drinking, and refreshing nonetheless

O: I think this is a good beer but not a great beer. Its easy drinking but there are certain pieces that need tweaking. Has a lot of potential, I like the earthy, nuttiness of it but needs more hops, and more carbonation.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a light yellow body with a fizzy, medium-sized, white head comprised of long-lasting foam.

Smell: Pilsner malts with its envisaged graininess with the sheerest glaze of sweet-scented honey and hops smelling grassy and fairly spicy.

Taste: Grainy German pils malt with a low but likable honeyesque sweetness heading steadily towards the spicy, herbal hops hinting at a drop of lemon. Well-rounded, balancing bitterness. Dry, lightly grainy, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: A good, solid pils. I've run into bottles from Olde Hickory here or there, maybe it's finally time I made the long, arduous trek out there to visit them firsthand.

Photo of craytonic
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice white head with good lacing, typical pilsner color. Crystal clear

Smell & taste: A bit faint, some light malts, flour, and very faint hops. There just really isn't much going on here

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, although the carbonation is perhaps a bit aggressive

Drinkability: Easy drinking, not sure of the ABV. Just not a ton in the flavor department.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.07/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Strong, malty aroma has a fruity aroma that is mainly apple and has a note of apple. It pours a clear, rather wan straw yellow with a thick, if not persistent, fluffy white head. OK, so this is a pils, maybe I should give it a break. Flavor has malty and fruity components, apple with some grapefruit and hints of banana and pear. Texture is fairly fizzy but, it seems, on the thin side. Maybe a pilsner fan will appreciate this one more than I do, since I prefer darker beers such as stouts and brown ales.

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Piedmont Pilsner from Olde Hickory Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.