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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Photo of Sammy
3.07/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Apple juice can be natural and that is the claim, though there can be preservatives in apple juice. Specifically green apple juice aroma. Almost translucent body , with white creamy foam, lots of lace. It taste like a soda, a few gulps are drinkable, only. Light lagerish mouthfeel.

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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 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 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 TheSevenDuffs
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can to brandy snifter.

A - Pale straw yellow with two fingers of bright white head that immediately receded to a small layer on the top of the beer.

S - Huge green apple aroma up front. Some lighter bready malt notes in the background.

T - The apple is not as pungent as the nose suggested but it is still very evident in the palate. The green apple is balanced by bready malts and a very slight hop presence. There is a slight tartness present in the finish. Not bad for an apple beer, but generally not my cup of tea.

M - Light to medium body. moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Derek
3.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Crystal-clear with a slightly gold hue; small hints of a white head.

S: Overpowering apple. It smells a little artificial, but fortunately it's nothing like that fresh urinal-puck smell.

T: Crisp apple flavour with pleasant, bready-maltiness in the background. Hints of metallic-grassyness from the hops. It has a sweet/tart balance, with very little bitterness... (balance is more like a cider than a beer).

M: Moderate body is surprisingly malty for it's weight. Moderate carbonation.

D: Better than expected!

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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 DrJay
3.2/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of deonreds
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

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 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 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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4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of Kmat10
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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 thehyperduck
2.88/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tallboy can from the LCBO served ice cold. The unusually persistent autumn temperatures (which have now lasted into February) have been continually triggering cider cravings in me for months now. I also haven't had a fruit beer in a while, so I figured this might kill two birds with one stone.

Pours a clear golden-yellow colour, topped with a fizzy, even white head with poor retention. I'm not going to make a big deal out of the head fizzling away almost immediately - fruit beers usually seem to do this, and it boosts the 'cider vibe' they were presumably going for here. The aroma is overpoweringly like green apple jolly ranchers. My nose isn't powerful enough to detect anything beyond their syrupy tartness. I kind of like the aroma, but its sheer strength just makes it seem artificial.

Fortunately there are some beer-like characteristics to describe in the flavour. Don't get me wrong - green jolly rancher and granny smith apple skin are quite dominant, but beneath the admittedly powerful presence of those flavours, there is some light, bready malt in the background. No hop presence, noble or otherwise, which is disappointing for anything with 'pilsener' in its name. Finish is fairly clean; a bit tart with some welcome dryness. Thin, watery mouthfeel, similar to a cider but with too much syrupy slickness to be as refreshing as a real cider or even a pilsener. Moderately soft carbonation for the style.

Like a lot of fruit beers, this doesn't seem to have much to offer beer geeks beyond the usual 'crisp and refreshing' type-adjectives. I have a feeling most cider drinkers would agree when I say that this combines the two drinks to produce a final product that would probably leave both groups a bit disappointed. There are not enough beer traits to satisfy beer drinkers, and the apple flavour is likely too artificial and cloying to satisfy most cider drinkers.

[Updated Sept. 14 2014]

Another can, grabbed on a whim - I've been drinking a lot of cider lately and decided to see how this one compares. The answer? Poorly. This beer tastes like candy, although to be fair there is an underlying, grainy, pilsnery base that reminds you that this is, in fact, a beer. I generally enjoy most Nickel Brook offerings, but Green Apple Pilsner is definitely one of their weakest concoctions, IMO.

Final Grade: 2.88, a C.

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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

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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Photo of bobsy
2.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw yellow with a fluffy white head, which rapidly dissapears to form a thin film, but leaves lacing in sheets. The aroma is 90% fresh pressed apple juice, but there is also the faint hint of coarse grain in the back. The nice thing is that is does smell natural. The same goes for the taste and it takes me back to drinking apple soft drinks as a kid. The juice is clean and natural enough (I have some farm pressed cider for comparison), but there's very little there to compliment it. Maybe a little soft grain hanging around in the background... definitely no noticeable hops. Far too sweet without the bitterness to balance it out. The body is light, and the carbonation is high, but very short-lived in the mouth.

I have to give the drinkability higher marks thank I'd like, as this drink goes down very easily. The fact that it tastes very little like a beer, and the carbonation is soft (inspite of being fairly high) makes it akin to slightly fizzy juice. This is definitely no complex big beer that demands an evening's attention.

As a pilsner this would be god-awful, but as a fruit beer its not that bad. The problem is that its far too fruit heavy and has very little beer character for a style that, done successfully, can deftly juggle the two. Sadly, its a little one-dimensional.

Addendum: Tastes far better with a double of shochu mixed in, which speaks volumes about the beer. Anything that is enhanced by adding a horrible Japanese sweet potato liquor must be pretty crap.

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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 DangerDawg
3.17/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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 pootz
3.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from the first bottled release.

The pour puts a light gold lager in the glass with a 2 finder frothy cap ...good retention fair lacing. Lively carbonation

Aroma is intensly green apple and cidery, light mustiness and a touch of hay.

Light bodied. sharp mouth feel. Modest malt spine.

Up front the palate is bathed with granny smith apple tastes and sweet malt sugars as well as being peppered with carbonation like a dry green apple cider ...sweet and tart with no tetectable hop presence.... mid way through you taste some light graininess then the finish is crisp, clean, dry and tart.

The overall profile of this beer is like a green apple cider with malt tones to it. A decent summer drink , not to everyonre's tastes but certainly one of the most defined fruit flavored beers on the Canadian market.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3/5  rDev -2%

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