Nickel Brook Green Apple Pilsner | Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

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Nickel Brook Green Apple PilsnerNickel Brook Green Apple Pilsner
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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 TerryW
1.48/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This one strikes me as something of a mistake. Its overall character is simply too harsh. It's excessively fruity and way too tart.

Clear and crisp looking, with a short head amd minimal lace. Strong, somewhat interesting nose. Taste and mouthfeel are both merciless assaults. Whatever there is in there for beer is buried in a rough edged and overwhelming apple flavour.

I enjoy ciders and have no particular fear of exotic beers, but this one doesn't offer anything really interesting or find any way to redeem itself. Unpleasant and not to my taste.

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Photo of philipquarles
1.68/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

341ml bottle out of an OCB "Discovery Pack". Pours clear gold with a fizzy white head that dissipates to nothing fairly quickly. Smells strongly of Granny Smith apples, or rather, artificial Granny Smith flavoring. Light malt in the background, but it's hard to pick anything out aside from the overwhelming tart apple. Taste is like sour apple Jolly Ranchers macerated in Bud Light. I don't care if Better Bitters claim it's "all-natural" apple juice--that's certainly not the case. Maybe natural apple juice plus syrup, etc, but there's something else there that gives it a rather disgusting sweetness. Feel is actually halfway decent, with a light-medium body and good carbonation. Could be quite drinkable on a hot summer day in the Gobi, but aside from that, this artificial apple bomb won't do much for the real beer fan. Sorry to be a sexist, but this one is definitely geared towards those of the female persuasion.

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Photo of tomghiley
1.74/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This is a perfect example of a beer that in theory, could be quite great, but is just an epic fail. It tastes like a bad Jolly Rancher, for a great green apple beer, I'll stick to my Unibroue Ephemere Pomme. This is probably the only weak beer in Nickel Brook's catalog, the rest of their beers are generally fantastic to say the least.

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Photo of emerge077
1.75/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing today Jay, this was a good one to start out with. Into a tulip glass it poured a pale anemic gold. High clarity, no carb or lacing visible.

Smells and tastes like a green jolly rancher. Bravo. Might as well just call this crap 4 loko and call it a day. Vague pale malt aftertaste. Bland and lifeless, dull and artificially flavored green apple soda. It has soda-like carbonation and a dry finish, thankfully not too cloyingly sweet, but the sugar is definitely in there.

Pass on the neon green can if you see it, this is pure alcopop. The can actually suggests pouring over ice cream, blech.

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Photo of pokerman
1.76/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Overall it was a good attempt but I split a can with 3 people and nobody finished their sample. The flavour is very artificial and overpowering. Tasted more like apple skins than anything. Would not go well with any type of food either. Their ipa is ok but the organic didn't win me over enough to keep trying their brews

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2/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of biboergosum
2.18/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

473ml can, a new arrival in Alberta from an equally new (to us) brewer from Ontario.

This beer pours a very pale, diluted apple juice colour (natch, I can smell it from a few paces away), with three fingers of thinly foamy and dirty white head, which leaves some random upshots of arched lace around the glass as it eagerly recedes.

It smells of sweet, fruity apple Power Bars, and very slight earthy hops. The taste is sickeningly sweet, heavily sugared apple puree, a wee bit of alcohol, surprising, given the ABV, but not, really, given the ingredient listing. Some sullied pilsener notes seep through, grainy and grassy, but they are totally overridden, sadly so.

The bubbles are lively enough, until they meet the fruity, sweet morass that is the core of this misbegotten offering. Smoothness? Sure, why not, as that may be the only asset currently perceptible. It finishes as sweet as ever was, the fruit more culpable than the malt could ever be. Exit, stage left, enter stage right: tongue scraping.

Good God. I get adding some apples to the mash to lend some fruity flavours, in an earnest effort at style blending. Here, though, we have but a blatant, and unfortunately cheap-seeming effort at low-balling: don't sell me with the "apple cider", and follow through with just the "apple". Add to that the liquid sucrose, and the crappy soda comparisons seem all the more sensible. Gah.

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Photo of cam477
2.25/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of traumaqueen
2.25/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of mintjellie
2.27/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale straw with two fingers of white head. The head fades away somewhat quickly, and leaves no lace behind.

Huge sour & sweet granny smith apple aroma. I can barely pick out some bread underneath it.

I wouldn't say the apple flavour tastes artificial. It's the sweetness that makes it seem so. The apple flavour itself is genuine, but it's dominated by the sweet taste of liquid sucrose used to sweeten this beer. Somewhat tart and lemony as well - the ingredients also list lemon juice and citric acid.

Light bodied and fizzy, but sticky from all that added sugar. Like really thin syrup. It feels like soda pop, but with finer carbonation. I can finish this, but I don't really enjoy it. I like sweet beers, but the sweetness in this is all wrong. I think it would taste better without the sugar.

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Photo of StormAles
2.31/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of kwjd
2.31/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After pouring into a glass, it looks just like a typical lager without much head. It smells like a glass of apple juice. It also tastes pretty much like sweet carbonated artificial apple drink, without much flavour that you would typically associate with beer.

It does go down easy and it doesn't taste bad, but it isn't for me.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.33/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - gold-yellow colour with a little foam head and moderate carbonation.

Smell - prominent smell of tart green apples over a light malt aroma. Interesting.

Taste - weird combination of drinking sweetened apple juice over a very light, sweet malt. Very sweet overall, you have to want a sweet drink to like this a lot.

Mouthfeel - a lot like pop or sparkling water. Not reminiscent of beer, especially with the tart acidic apple finish.

Drinkability - definitely a novelty beer, but one I won't be bothering with again. Not my cup of tea, due to the sweetness and lack of beer character. If I wanted sparkling apple water I would select intentionally.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
2.38/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - clear golden, plenty of bubbles, short head quickly disappeared
S - over the top apple and sugar aroma is dominate this to the point of being nearly impossible to smell any beer qualities, it is a decent aroma but not really a beer aroma
T - same as the nose, its more like an apple soda than a beer, not bad tasting not really beer tasting
M - light and well carbonated, but then its just a sugar bomb
O - a classic example of going too far with a feature ingredient

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.48/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to the LCBO singles bin, I didn't have to buy the whole six pack to try this curious little item. The ingredients listed included apple juice, of course, but also lemon juice and liquid sucrose.

It poured a pale straw golden with very slight haze. There was a slight head but I blinked and it was gone, similarly the thin ring and a few cloudy wisps soon disappeared. The smell of green apple was there alright but it was of the sour gummies type that children love to eat, the artificial kind that make you pucker with your friends. Similarly, the taste offered abundant lemon-lime and sweet apple flavours but it was very contrived and seemed unnatural. The label listed hops as an ingredient but I would not have guessed they were in the beer nor much evidence of the malted barley that was supposed to have gone into this pilsner.

This is a type of beverage that might go well with the wine coolers and fruity vodkas inspired generation but it's hardly worthwhile for the serious beer drinker. Even if you happen to like fruit beers, this isn't much worth your while as there just isn't enough of a true beer presence to back it up.

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Photo of Pmicdee
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Simon212
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of kelvarnsen
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of IBUnit63
2.51/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK, I'll bite. At Kensington market at some Tapas place I don't recall the name of. Poured into a Pilsener glass and shows off a thin head with lots of carbonation and, maybe by the power of suggestion, a subtle green apple tinge. Not the skin, but the fruit inside.

Well, it definitely has that green apple extract smell. In fact, that's about all I'm getting...Maybe just a little bit of Pilsener character in malt and maybe someone looked at a picture of Saaz hops when brewing this. But yup - this really reminds me of that Smirnoff Green Apple stuff - y'know..."tart fuel." It smells good. But does it smell like beer? Not quite...

The collar on this one definitely matches the cuff. All green apples, all the time. Really nothing more to say about this.

OK, this really isn't beer to me. That's not to say it doesn't provide the tart green apple feel it was intended to provide...of course it does! It's light, at least somewhat refreshing and relatively smooth when cold.

Again, when cold it goes down pretty easily. But those looking for a real beer should keep on walking. OK, people...move along...there's nothing to see here...

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Photo of biegaman
2.52/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Green Apple Pilsner is (thankfully) yellow and not at all green. It has an extremely sunny complexion and strikingly bright highlights that shimmer like tinsel. It's clarity is on par with that of lemonade. The fact that this is has no head - zero, not even an outline - allows you to stare right down into the thick flakes of sediment that resemble cubes of sea salt.

The aroma is more audacious than most fruits beers. Naturally, I was expecting to smell green apples but not such an uninhibited amount; this bouquet is absolutely redolent of the stuff! And almost too vividly so, to the point that you start to suspect artifical ingredients. This is pleasant but not keeping a lid on things could easily result in overdose.

The beer smells so vibrantly fruity and has this distinctly minty component that I had hoped would transpire into the taste. Unfortunately these components, however perceivable they may be in the aroma, are overrun in the flavour. Sure, there is a perceptible note of apple but the taste of corn is paralyzing. Bleh. Yellow corn and green apple really do not mix.

To be clear, the ingredients list says nothing about adjuncts. It does, however, include liquid sucrose, lemon juice, citric and asorbic acid. I don't know why these items are used but I can tell you one (or all) of them has an absolutely detrimental effect on the mouthfeel. This texture is piercingly fizzy with a sharp acidity - it's like drinking seltzer.

If this hot summer weather can hardly entice me to finish the bottle I don't see what chance this has of being drinkable in other situations. I really disliked it (and not the least because I prefer other fruits to flavour my beers). A good green apple beer - Unibroue's Ephemere Pomme, for instance - is worth buying, drinking and cooking with. This is not.

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Photo of SebD
2.72/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice pale yellow color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quite fast and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of green apples and jolly ranchers. Not much else.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a green apple flavor, mild sourness and some bready malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a light overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with somewhat bland flavors and aromas.

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Photo of WillAndSarah
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pilsner tastes more like a cider than any beer.

It pours a gold straw color with a wimpy head and sparse lace trails. The aroma is full on apple sweetness with some hay and grain notes. The taste is sweetish apples with a dry yeast flavor and some restrained maltiness. Hops are lost in all the apple flavor. the apple is tart and sort of processed tasting. The mouthfeel is sticky sweet and highly carbonated. The finish is apple tartness and sweetness.

This is overly fruit tasting with very little actual beer flavor. It could use some more complexity and less sweetness. I regret buying a six pack for 11 bucks.

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