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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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 cam477
2.25/5  rDev -26.5%

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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Photo of WillAndSarah
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Serving Type - 473ml can poured into a pilsner glass

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear golden colour, with a bright white fluffy head which shows no sign of dissipating. A great deal of carbonation is visible.

Smell - An incredibly powerful green apple smell as soon as the can is opened. By the time the beer was poured all I can really smell is green apple. Like it's ridiculous - it smells like it could be green apple soda. That said - over the top isn't a bad thing in a beer like this as its sort of a novelty to begin with.

Taste - Lot's of apple ans artificial sugar flavour going on here. The apple flavour is pleasant enough, the sugar not so much. It's so over powering that i'm struggling to remind myself that this is in fact beer that I'm drinking. Not sure what I was expecting from the nose, but the sugar here sort of kills it.

Mouthfeel - Extremely light body, high carbonation and a sort of water-y, but refreshing finish.

Overall - 3/5

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Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Kmat10
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of lgmol
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of JennBushey
4.5/5  rDev +47.1%

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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4/5  rDev +30.7%

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 Molson2000
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of ZachRusk
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

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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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of korguy123
3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can into pint. Expiry NOV2612

A- Slightly hazy straw yellow pour with a short lived finger width white head. Lacing is minimal.

S- Strange, it smells like a green apple Jolly Rancher. slight floral hops. Slightly sweet from the malts.

T- Green apple jolly rancher, that slowly transitions to a bright floral Pilsener taste. Floral hops with a sweet malty backing.

M- Light bodied, lively carbonation slightly syrupy finish.

O- The apple is a good touch, it smells and tastes refreshing but the finish makes it taste and feel more like a artificial syrup than anything else. I'd be interested to see what "Naturally Flavored" is/means.

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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 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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3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -26.5%

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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4/5  rDev +30.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -2%

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