Puck The Beer
North Coast Brewing Co.

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From:
North Coast Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #842
ABV:
4%
Score:
81
Ranked #26,534
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 11.98%
Ratings:
329
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 13, 2021
Added:
Aug 07, 2014
Wants:
  6
Gots:
  55
SCORE
81
Good
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Notes: First brewed to celebrate our 25th anniversary, the beer now known as PUCK, a petite saison of just over 4% ABV, won a place in our hearts and in our year-round portfolio of beers. Brewed with premium Pils and wheat malts and fermented with the same yeast strain used to make our renowned Saison, Le Merle, Puck is sharp and spritzy with a delicious flowery, spicy dry-hop aroma—the perfect accompaniment to any celebration, big or small.
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3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Aug 13, 2021
 
3.75 by infuturity from Massachusetts on Jan 16, 2021
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3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Damn I swore I reviewed this one. September 27, 2015 was the initial bottle.

Pours a clean and good clarity golden color with 3/4" white head. A looker. Aroma had a real dry, wheat and barley grain aroma, clean, but yeasty and hoppy florality. Pretty similar to Le Merle, but maybe a bit more on the session side of things.

Taste was like a pilsner and saison hybrid, the nice crisp light pilsner malt, spritzy noble hop like notes, but then the dryness and yeast impact of a saison. Its a good amount of flavor in a tight and light body. A hint more bitter because of the pilsner aspect of the beer and the hopping along those lines. Hefty carbonation levels. Its kind of a unique take on either a pilsner or a saison. I thought it was a fun drink, would bang again if they ever make it. It was affordable (I think a 4pk/$10) which enjoyable + affordable is the magic formula.

May 20, 2020
 
3.23 by Spezz from California on May 11, 2019
 
2 by doggietuna from Oklahoma on Jan 07, 2019
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4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by antonyliu from California

12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass

Look:
A dull honey color, with a white jacuzzi height foamy head.

Smell:
Sweet, flowery, spice.

Taste:
White peach, nectarine, then a bitterness layer. Young grapes.

Feel:
Almost a champagne carbonation, that about sums it up.

Overall:
This saison has a beautiful white peach sweetness to it, wrapped in big fizz carbonation. Ends with a citrus rind bitterness. I would drink again because it’s refreshing.

Nov 21, 2018
 
3.68 by onewayboogie from California on Nov 05, 2018
 
3.66 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky on Oct 28, 2018
 
3.85 by tazzman from Florida on May 17, 2018
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3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by FLima from Brazil

Yellow golden color with a huge head that moved quickly and had great retention.
Aroma with notes of pineapple, honey, white bread, lemon drops and pears.
Flavor with notes of pineapple juice, herbal hops, honey, coriander, lemon drops, champagne and pears. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light body with effervescent carbonation.
Mild Saison that is very easy to drink with quite refreshing notes. Good substitute for session beers. That said, don’t expect the complexity nor intensity of a good Saison, including their Mele which yeast was taken from.

Jan 31, 2018
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3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by andrewh995 from Arizona

Pours a clear gold with a massive white head and lots of floaties. Smells of faint lemon, herbs, and yeast. Tastes of coriander, orange/lemon zest, light hops, yeast, and some malt, but all the flavors are barely there. Very think crisp body with high carbonation. Overall a sub average saison.

Jan 01, 2018
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3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by MAB from Canada (AB)

Not bad flavor for a saison, but the lack of alcohol oomph is noticeable.
It was hazy, slightly fruity, definietly yeasty, and over decent. But forgetable, sadly.

Oct 30, 2017
 
2.35 by corywalston from North Dakota on Oct 26, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Czequershuus from Minnesota

This beer pours a bright gold with a fairly large head. The aroma is bright, with black pepper, clove, and loads of floral tones, green bean, and honey. The flavor is light and bright, with clove, black pepper, and a so many flowers, as well as a light salad like quality, like watercres. The mouthfeel is light bodied with lots of fizzy carbonation. Overall this is a tremendous little table beer, with a distinct moreish quality.

Sep 09, 2017
 
3.61 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Aug 10, 2017
 
3.92 by cdean801 from California on Jul 30, 2017
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2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by nick_perry from North Carolina

Straw yellow color, lot of rising bubbles visible. Very foamy three finger white head, lot of retention. Bouquet is light but hints of grass and yeast come through. Taste is very dry up front, with some tart, grassy notes on the finish. Structure seems a bit unbalanced, however. From North Coast, I’d prefer La Merle Saison.

Jun 30, 2017
 
4.12 by hayesjw from California on Jun 14, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a semi-hazy burnt yellow color rimmed with a little white foamy cap of a head. Moderate lacing touches the sides nicely. The aroma starts off with some sweet apricots, and apple (red delicious/Granny Smith sort of blend), sly vinous, sweet to bitter crisp grassiness. Lemon sweetness. The flavor brings all of those flavors together sweet with a refreshing spritzy taste. Sly sweet citrusy aftertaste with a quick finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a big crushability about it. Low riding carbonation yields a semi-dry aspect. Overall, decent saison worthy of coming back to.

Jun 06, 2017
 
3.72 by Gemini6 from Michigan on May 24, 2017
 
3.47 by BeerSexLove from Virginia on May 21, 2017
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3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Gajo74 from New York

Pours a straw color, slightly hazy, and with a modest bubbly head.
The nose is mostly sweet. It is dominated by honey malts, baked bread and fruit, of which for some reason melon stood out.
However, the aroma was not necessarily a harbinger of things to come. At first, I found the flavor kind of clean. I tasted Pilsner malt amidst what I perceived to be a fairly light body, almost watery and with gentle carbonation. As the drink warmed, the taste became huskier and grainier. Some sweetness developed in the form of apples, pear and iced tea sweetness. There was some dryness in the finish.
I was looking forward to trying this one because I'm usually impressed by North Coast's stuff. Although it wasn't bad and drinkable enough, I feel something about it missed the mark for a Saison. I feel like it lacked some of the earthiness, spiciness, bone dryness and even complexity of the best Saisons.

Apr 23, 2017
 
3.62 by Sabre311 from Texas on Apr 14, 2017
 
3.71 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Apr 09, 2017
 
3.68 by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania on Mar 19, 2017
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1.46/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5
by El_Jay from Ohio

Although colored like a Pilsner, it is slightly hazy. This is over carbonated. Well after 3 minutes there are still are a lot of large bubbles rising to the top. The carbonation overwhelms the tongue and masks whatever flavor this beer has. By the time the carbonation subsides, you're left with a watery beer aftertaste.

Mar 18, 2017
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3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by bmeehan from Pennsylvania

It's got a great flavor that mingles a bitter, floral hoppiness, with a nice light and refreshing body. This is a strong saison in the sense that it's a good showing and has a uniqueness to its flavor, but it's not going to hit you hard at only 4%. There are better saisons out there, but this isn't anything to knock.

Feb 16, 2017
 
3.72 by IDABEERGUY from Idaho on Feb 05, 2017
 
3.5 by DMc8ride from California on Jan 30, 2017
 
3.92 by VABA from Virginia on Jan 01, 2017
 
4.15 by phantomanboy from Missouri on Nov 06, 2016
 
3.09 by dertyd from California on Oct 22, 2016
 
3.62 by Sappyjoker from Illinois on Oct 18, 2016
 
3.78 by Alphakitty from New York on Oct 16, 2016
 
3.94 by InfernoBoss from California on Oct 16, 2016
 
3.33 by Commandophile from Illinois on Oct 12, 2016
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3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by puck1225 from Texas

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Clear yellow color with a nice white head and decent lacing. Slight floral sweet smell. Taste is ok but not great. Feel is good. Probably not something I will seek out.

Sep 28, 2016
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3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by DaveBlack from Virginia

The beer looks great, and smells great, but that really only serves to highlight the fact that the taste is...lacking. Starts with a big punch of grainy, hoppy, slightly funky saison, but quickly fades into nothing. A fairly disappointing beer.

Sep 25, 2016
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3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by stevoj from Idaho

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Spicy, musty aroma on top of a clear pale golden body. Small fluffy head. Taste brings in some yeast, grass, hay. Finish is very abrupt, but overall extremely tasty.

Sep 23, 2016
 
2.99 by mig100 from Texas on Sep 05, 2016
Puck The Beer from North Coast Brewing Co.
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