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Slimy Pebble Pils - North Country Brewing

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.87%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Country Brewing visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 12-24-2013

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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 15
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Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev +2%

The CANQuest (TM) is up and running today! I have divested myself of so many bottles that it is silly, but now I am back where I belong.

From the CAN: "1% of all sales helps fight stupidity."; "A true Pilsner beer"; "You [CAN] only embrace freedom if you take responsibility. S[CAN] Your C[AN]!"; "Enjoy responsibly & Please recycle".

I got a little spritz across the fingers on the Crack! which usually indicates good carbonation. It was a brimful craft CAN, for sure, and I found out that it is often by design to reduce head space (primary) and to make the CANsumer happy (secondary). I actually initiated an Inverted Glug, but I had to back off when the head became too much to CANtrol. The pseudo-cascade settled into two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was Solid Gold (SRM = 5), baby, with NE-quality clarity! Of course, this was like a Siren call to the Unholy Trio of Croesus, Mammon and Midas, still coming off of their earlier high. I often wonder why, with all of their gelt, they feel the need to hit me up for some. I guess that is how they hang onto their riches. Nose left no question that it was a German-style Pils, since the malts were getting in the way of the grassy hops. It took me a while, but I realized that as a self-avowed hophead, I need not be CANstrained to APAs and AIPAs. Pilsners will also do the trick, but Czech Pils are the best, IMHO, because they focus on the hops, while German Pilsners allow the malts to lead the way. Mouthfeel was medium. I was pleasantly surprised by how upfront the grassy hops actually were in this one! This was not slimy at all. Granted, it was not as outright hoppy as a Czech Pils might be, but it was not heavy on the malt, either. Finish was semi-dry with the malts making a brief reappearance before allowing the hops to linger. 5% ABV puts it at the upper threshold for a session beer, but on a hot, humid Summer day, this could fill the cooler with CANs with no problem.

Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A big thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, some mild malts. Taste is light, grains, malts, floral, a bit of an unusual aftertaste. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%

-can. 1% of all sales helps fight stupidity.

(3.25) A: Pale lemon with a hint of orange, quick release of macro-effervesce. Soapy oatmeal colored head, has large voids, stands 2 inches in a pilsner glass that quickly dissipates to a washy covering. No lace here.

(3.20) S: Pilsner grains, hint of orange, light strength with some dried herbal hops.

(3.50) T: Dry grain flavor, light dried orange, dried herbal hops with a flash of malt sweetness. Finishes with a wet kiss of lemony hopping. Has a bit of funky grains/greenery and yeastiness after the swallow that lingers a bit.

(3.35) M: Slippery, slimy texture, or subliminal? Carbonation around the tongues edges but more laid back then crisp.

(3.45) O: Traditional german styled pilsner, decent flavor, though capping and mouthful could use some work, which is rather insignificant in retrospect. Most people have been spoiled by the amercian hop infused pilsners of late, this is more dry, with a good pilsner malt backing, with an slightly above average level of hops then an german counterpart, but trends more closer to tradition then being bastardized version.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.05/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Poured into a pilsner glass.

2.75 A: Clear deep yellow color. Big foamy white head requiring two pours. Retention is average and spotty lacing is left.

2.0 S: Grainy maltiness with a dusty woodiness. Nondescript fruitiness. Hmm. This isn't what I want in a pilsner. It isn't clean. There's a vegetal component that is DMS-like, but it's not quite corny.

2.0 T: The taste isn't any better. Lots of strange vegetal off-flavors. The base is again grainy with lemony fruitiness.

2.5 M: Even the mouthfeel is lacking. Medium body. Despite lots of carbonation, it seems flat on the tongue. Lacking in creaminess.

1.75 D: I hope the rest of the mixed 8-pack does better than this one.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.64/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear goldenrod color with frothy bleached white head of 2 cm that fades slowly during the sampling. Leaving nothing but a clingy edge layer.
Aroma is sweet grainy malts and maybe a little white grape and simple sugar. A little spicy hop hit, but the nose is pretty mild overall.
First sip reveals a light to average body with very fine and tingly carbonation.
Texture is smooth and light, very easy to drink.
Flavor is brief sugary malt and grain up front but roll to a bit of an herbal tea bitterness on the finish that lingers and dries out my palate.
The beer is very easy to drink and fairly straightforward. Not flawed and not too complex, probably spot on for the style Id say. In a can makes it a good beach, pool or boating beer.

Photo of 57md
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a yellowish-copper with a finger of head that dissipates down to a thin film that covered the liquid. Some lace settles on the glass. The pilsner malt is present in both the nose and flavor profile. The finish is dry and moderately bitter.

This is a mild but tasty offering.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a white soapy head. The aroma is hoppy and has a hint of lemongrass. In the taste, fresh hops giving off grass, leaf and hay like notes. Bitterness is dialed in well and the beer is quite refreshing. Has a freshly kilned malt flavor. Medium bodied feel with a soft medium carbonation. Overall, this is a very good pilsner, much better than average.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Light gold in color. Short lasting 1 finger bubbly head. Not much lacing either, and the clarity is par at best.

S: Peppery noble hops are noticeable as well as graham cracker sweetness from malts. Getting lots of sweet creamed corn scent on this.

M: Really nice mouthfeel. Light-medium body, smooth graininess on palate, and plenty of carbonation leading to a dry finish.

T: Fruity esters especially green apple and banana do tend to dominate. Some breadiness and mild bitterness on top of that. Graham cracker sweetness from pils malts, and floral hop note. Really just too fruity for a classic German pils, but not bad tasting- if cold.

Photo of ONUMello
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pils glass
A: Golden color with a one-finger head that settles into a thin lacing; fine bubbles
S: Crisp, clean, lots of grains but nothing else
T: Malts/grain, a hint of hops/herbs but rather unremarkabe
F: Light-bodied, a bit bitter
O: Decent but other pilsners I'd reach for first

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My first of the cans from North Country.

Pours more amber than I would expect for the style. Mild grassy nose. Flavor is consistent but a bit thicker than I think it should be for the style. It's smooth enough and an easy drinker for sure. Nothing overly interesting though.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.04/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A nice looking beer, golden body with a two finger, although a bit soapy head. Not much scent coming through but nothing offensive. A bit grainy on the nose. Smooth tasting on the palate, a bit thin, and a bit unbalanced. Nice hoppy kickback after the beer goes down. Nice and dry. This is really a decent Pilsner. It is a a good beer and quite hoppy, but I don't care for Pilsners. It is nothing I would EVER refuse but I won't be seeking this one out, either.

Photo of BeerMeUp12
2.06/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Overall just not impressed. Bad aftertaste

Photo of Ricochet
2.34/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Paw friendly 12oz can.

L: Cloudy dark yellow with mild carbonation. Head ended quick but lasting lace.
S: String beans? Stale water? Beets? Wow. Not anything I expect with a Pils.
F: Sweet, almost no foam, canny.
T: The first few I had of this seemed a little average but when I put it in the glass to rate, it's had to believe this is a Pils. The only real plus it doesn't taste like adjuncts. It's not real dry with more sweet. The hop profile is good enough and it has a slight canned flavor at the top but not as it goes on. After giving a minute off, I came back and licorice was another flavor I detected.
O: I'm not sure what to make of this one. It's okay, but it's not a beer I'd get again.

Photo of thecheapies
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color, and it has a bounty of bleach white head. Two fingers worth, and the fluffiness looks like overbeaten meringue topping.

Crispy and herbal with pilsner malt grassiness and some bittersweet hops with zesty and floral characteristics. Semi-metallic, and leaning toward sweet for the style. Hints of green apple. Nice.

Very bitter upfront and following throughout. Crispy citrus zest and a bright flowery and grassy note. Pilsner pale malts with a salt cracker presence that almost has some salinity to it. Bold and refreshing. Extra grain in the finish. Almost too intensified, whereas, it's a lot more bitter than it could've been hoppy. Still, very pleasing.

Superman carbonation. It's huge and crushing. I don't mind big-time effervescence in a good pils, but it can be overdone. This is a burpfest. Body is nice and light. Not watery or thin.

I like this beer, a lot. Makes for a good pilsner. Cheers!

Photo of Omnium
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can > Pint Glass

A - Clear straw yellow with two fingers of fluffy white head, medium wall of lacing.
S - Skunky, pepper, clove, old grass, a little banana, grains.
T - Taste is ok, bread dough, baking flour, a lot of grain, a little hint of in-discernible fruit, a little black pepper, some skunky metallic kinda weird taste on the end.
M - Light, kinda watery, and metallic.
O - Decent pils, nothing to rave about, kinda tastes like slippery rock water though...

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Slimy Pebble Pils from North Country Brewing
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