Nickel Brook Green Apple Pilsner | Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

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Nickel Brook Green Apple PilsnerNickel Brook Green Apple Pilsner

Brewed by:
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This one of a kind beer is brewed as a pilsner style beer which is then combined with natural apple juice and essence. The result is a refreshingly smooth beer with a crisp, clean finish, which is perfect for complimenting or cooking with poultry, pork and seafood.

Nickel Brook Green Apple Pilsner is a wonderful alternative for those looking for something new!

Added by pootz on 06-11-2006

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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of KrisDLSmith
5/5  rDev +63.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +47.1%

Photo of Bestuurder
4.17/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came from a sample pack from OCB. Standard 341mL brown bottle.

Poured a cloudy cider colour. No head, no lacing to speak of.

The smell was sweet but not sucrose like. With a mild hopiness.

The taste was excellent, I was anticipating a cider or juice-like flavour, but not the case. Subtle hints of green apple, very refreshing. I would certainly pick this over the new Bud Light Lime on a very hot day in the pool.

Medium body with a slippery thickness. But not chewy. Very refreshing. Low alcohol makes this beer even better.

Certainly could have a couple more, but stick with one or two and you will not be disappointed.


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Photo of headlessparrot
4.01/5  rDev +31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You know what? I think this stuff is great, and nothing can persuade me otherwise. It's certainly not traditional, and it's not what I'm after when I'm thinking "boy, I need a beer," but it's light, great-tasting, and quite refreshing. The first time I ever tried it, the batch was expired, but even then it wasn't bad (a lot "sharper" I guess would be the best describer), but if you can find it fresh (and refrigerated, as I assume its not conditioned), it's certainly worth a try.

Pours from the ISB (with a label subverting the traditional Better Bitters look via a bright green background) into my pokal the way you would expect a pils to - straw/gold/yellow, whatever you want to call it. Darker than some pilsners I've seen, but fairly middle-of-the-road (plus speculation is moot, given the addition of the apples and their impact on colour). A fairly aggressive pour leads to two fingers of white, foamy head that quickly disperses, but leaves a few rings and some considerable lacing. Fairly standard, but looking good.

The nose, from the moment you crack the bottle, is green apple (Granny Smith) through and through (even with the glass about three feet away, I can distinctly smell it). Very sweet (perhaps sweeter than just apple), almost to the point of being candied (almost like a green apple equivalent to a Fuzzy Peach). But if you get the glass close, you can pick up some biscuity malt beneath the apple, and maybe - maybe - even just a dusting of Saaz-type hops. Faint grain. What's nice is that it isn't as sharp and vinous as a cider (in this respect, I disagree with some of the previous reviews, this smells/tastes nothing like any of the ciders that I've ever had).

Taste is not very beery, but is delicious. Quite sweet, but very well-balanced for what it is. Green apples initially (a boatload of them), maybe some hints of pear, though supported by a nice pils-y biscuit malty that slowly becomes more assertive. Just some faint bitterness on the finish and the slightest taste of maybe some kind of hopping. Yeasty (though not metallic). A touch of grain mingles with the apple aftertaste. Lacks the sourness of many Granny Smiths, though in this case I'm quite alright with that. Well-defined, however, which is what I like about this. Again, not as vinous and "sharp" as a cider - recognizable as having a beer base.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Most ciders I've had are very heavily carbonated; this features a very natural, gentle carbonation that's quite likeable. The only issue I take with it is that the sweetness almost sort-of coats the mouth, really influencing your ability to taste (if you happen to be eating something - in this respect, I would have this while sitting around, rather than with a meal).

Drinkability is amazing. Low ABV combined with a pleasant, (not quite but seemingly) natural taste and nose make this a beer I could drink for hours on end. The risks of a hangover are probably increased by the higher sugar content, but this is good stuff.

All in all, quite delicious, and one of the best fruit beers available in Canada (McAuslin's Apricot Ale, for example, pulls off the nose, but doesn't follow through on the taste - the Green Apple Pilsner, by contrast, scores high all-around). This isn't for everyone, but it's worth a try (and, of course, I think the ladies will love it).

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Photo of hoptailbrewery
4/5  rDev +30.7%

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4/5  rDev +30.7%

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4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of allergictomacros
3.95/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear yellow/gold with a fizzy, fast dropping head.

S - Mostly apple, but with a maltiness as well.

T - Interesting, and not bad to boot. Quite sweet up front with a solid apple flavour, but not especially tart. Good balance between the fruity/tart flavours and hop bitterness. Some grain appears in the finish as well.

M - Light and quite fizzy.

D - Quite enjoyable for what it is. Somehow both fruit and beeriness both manage to come out in this one. Like a cider-beer cross, but without the bitterness that often tastes out-of-place in fruit beers, and without the dry tartness in ciders.

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Photo of Sathanas
3.79/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A perfect beer for those who don't like beer. Basically like a green apple cooler.

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Photo of ikidunot
3.77/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deonreds
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of fortyfield
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of patre_tim
3.63/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Straw and filtered with moderate carbonation and 2 fingers of white, fizzy head.

Smells of apples and apple jam, apple candy, and sort of a fruity apple confection.

The taste is of apples, apple confection, slightly sweet, very little tartness, and a hint of bubblegum.

Light body with heavy carbonation.

Got in Toronto, drinking in Muskoka, Mar 10, 2018. About what I'd expect from this brew based on the description.

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Photo of crwills
3.62/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a half-pint of this on tap at Smokeless Joe in Toronto.

With my usual caveat that I rarely like fruit beers, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I was expecting a Jolly Rancher-esque sweetness, but it was only a little on the sweet side and well balanced by some crisp hops. Reasonable carbonation (this is not a fizzy alco-pop), and some flavourful bready malt make it quite well rounded. Good colouring as well -- dark for a pilsner, but excellent clarity (and doesn't resemble apple juice).

I couldn't drink a lot of it, but it was far from unpleasant and I can understand its popularity.

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Photo of Mindsquall
3.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the other 6 pack I picked up today when I went to visit the Brewery.

This poured from the bottle a standard yellow lager with a decent looking head that subsided to a nice crown on the top of the glass with some lacing. Smell is of Apples, with some malt in there. This is reflected in the flavor. Interesting combination if I must say so myself. The apple flavor is prevalent initially, but comes to a finish with some malt overtones and a ever so slight hop character. Personally I don't find this one too bad actually, it's quite refreshing and quite drinkable.

A unique brew, a little strange, but overall not too bad.

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Photo of Electros
3.54/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a very light yellow color beer with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light sweet apple notes with medium sweet malt base is interesting. Taste is quite refreshing with loads of apple juice which doesn't taste too much like some fake syrup. Body is a bit light with some spritzy quality and good carbonation. I know this is considered a cheap thrill by most around here but I am a sucker for those refreshing fruit beer and this one isn't half-bad.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised when the OCB discovery pack #2 got re-released, and that's where I got this one from.

Appearance - Pours with a good thumb of head that retains decently but doesn't lace that much. The beer itself has incredible clarity and is a light golden color that is a bit more bright then a typical light beer. The carbonation looks slightly lax, and it could use a bit more color but all in all, solid.

Smell - Unsurprisingly the smell of apple juice is dominant. It's fairly strong though, and it eclipses the slight grain scent in the background. The downside of this though is that it smells slightly too sweet.

Taste - I'll be honest, I've got a sweet tooth but this beer is slightly too sweet for me. The apple flavor is of course dominant and the barest undertone of malt and hops just barely make an appearance near the end to remind you this is a beer. The apple juice does taste authentic, but it's almost like they added a bit of sugar into the mix.

Mouthfeel - This beer leaves a very nice apple aftertaste. Most of the sweetness has passed and it's perfect. The carbonation is a little lax however, which is a bit disappointing. Also the transition between overwhelming sweetness and slight bitter end needs a little work too.

Drinkability - This beer is dangerously smooth, and I have never had a beer go down that easy. It's very light on the stomach, it's very refreshing and it doesn't have any gas issues. The only thing keeping it from the perfect score is how sweet it is. I would have no problems polishing a case of this stuff in short order.

Final Thoughts - There are fundamentally two problems with this beer. The first one is that the apple taste is a bit too sweet and the reason actually is evident on the bottle's label, where they actually list the ingredients. The fourth ingredient is liquid sucrose, which is what I know is making the beer a bit too sweet. Maybe they thought the yeast would take care of it, but it's a bit too much. I'm pretty sure this would be a lot better if it got the hoof, or less of it was added.

The second problem is how to classify this beer. Now I took a look at the alcohol content at it is only a mere 4%. Now if you treat this as a pilsner, this stuff is horrible. If you treat this as a light lager, this is probably the best light I've ever had. If you treat it like a fruit beer though like I am, it comes as a slightly better then average.

I was pleased by the experience as a whole and with a little bit of fine tuning, this could have been even better. If you know someone who doesn't drink beer, have them try this.

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Photo of ZachRusk
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of Roke87
3.49/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

473 mL can, slightly chilled and poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Pours a clear pale straw colour with a fluffy two fingers of white head that very quickly dissipates to a few bubbles on the top, no real ring though to speak of, leaving very minimal to no lacing throughout till finish.

Smell- It actually does have a nice green apple smell coming from it, right from the second I started pouring it into the glass I could smell the green apple aromas, very mild malt flavours as well, not really much going on other than the sweet green apple smells.

Taste- Just like the smells, the taste’s come through right away with that sweet green apple on the forefront with a mild hint of the malts in the background, again not too much other than the apple going on in the taste department either. It really reminds me of those green apple suckers that you can buy, I used to have them as a kid a lot, not really a fresh apple taste more of a candied taste going on in this one.

Mouthfeel- Very light bodied with ample carbonation, this one goes down smooth and crisp, rather refreshing especially on a warm summer day on a patio.

Overall- I’m not too sure what to think about this one, on the one hand it delivers everything that it says it is; a green apple pilsner. The sweet green apple taste definitely dominates both the aromas and the tastes, but on the other hand it is not really a fresh apple taste like a cider but more of a candied taste like you would find in a lot of children’s candies. To be honest though I didn’t think it was all that bad and like I said it would be a good beer, if very cold on a hot summer day outside on a patio. I did have rather low expectations but this one kind of came through a little better than I thought, too bad it has such a low ABV.

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Photo of a74gent
3.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has some apple, but not in a sweet or heavy way. Nice looking pour that takes a bit of head and then it slowly dissipates just leaving a little around the edges and a little haze on top. This is a nice alternative for those who are looking for a refresher. Not really like beer but not quite like a malterenative either. A nice change.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Green Apple you say? Well it is different. Pours with a small head with no retention and very little lacing. Has a straw colour.

I love the smell of this beer. A lot of apples ( probably artificial though) but still very welcome to this nose. Hard to pick up anything else cause the apple is so overpowering.

The taste is very sweet and a lot of apples come through. Once again it is pretty hard to detect anything else do to the fact that the apple's over power everything. Not the most drinkable beer (IMO) it seem to be more of a cider/cooler/beer hybrid. But I can see it being enjoyable once in awhile.

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Photo of Cycle69
3.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.42/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

473 ml can from LCBO poured into a pint glass on a cold October day.

Appearance - A clear golden yellow spills into the pint glass. Nice 2 finger white head with almost ten minutes retention time. Some bubbles are clearly visible in the beer and there's a nice thick white cap sitting on top. Nice lacing is left as well.

Smell - Apple cider, rhubarb, some other sour notes as a melding of green apple and rhubarb. Almost detecting a hint of strawberry / rhubarb pie as well.

Taste- Sweet at first, but then the sour green apple kicks in, replacing the sweet. Definitely tastes like a cross between cider and beer. Sip of almost all head is very sweet. Also picking up bready malts, rhubarb and apple as in the aroma. Second sip yields almost a pastry baking around these flavors of apple and rhubarb. Upon further reflection though the sweetness keep shining through and there's not quite enough beer here to meet the demand.

Mouthfeel - Slightly dry finish that is not unpleasant with medium / high carbonation. Slightly watery and a bit too fizzy for my tastes after the first few sips.

Overall - Pleasantly surprised with this beer enjoyed it quite a bit, but a bit too much of the apple juices and non-beer components within this beverage itself especially once the first few sips have been had.

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Nickel Brook Green Apple Pilsner from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.06 out of 5 with 81 ratings