Puck The Beer
North Coast Brewing Co.

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,962
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3.61 | pDev: 11.91%
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
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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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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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antonyliu from California

4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass

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

Sweet, flowery, spice.

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

Almost a champagne carbonation, that about sums it up.

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
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FLima from Brazil

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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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MAB from Canada

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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
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nick_perry from North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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Gajo74 from New York

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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
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El_Jay from Ohio

1.46/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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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bmeehan from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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
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puck1225 from Texas

3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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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DaveBlack from Virginia

3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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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stevoj from Idaho

3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass exhibits a clear straw colored body floating a quickly disappearing clumpy white head.
The only complaint I have is the aroma. Sour, but clearly yeasty. The yeast, I expect, but the sour confuses my delicate nose.
The flavors of bitter hops, citrus, bread, and malt explode out of the glass.
Feel is light-er, clean, and dry.
There are lots of these in my future, or so the moon told me.

Jul 13, 2016
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ShamasUVA from Connecticut

4.84/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is everything it claims to be-- dry, drinkable, complex yet straightforward. The hops and the yeast character are in-balance. This is not a funky beer, definitely in the clean/bitter camp of saisons. One could drink 8 of these.

Jul 04, 2016
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artdob from California

3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had many saisons, so my frame of reference for the style is extremely limited. That said, here goes the review.

The beer poured with a massive ultra white head over a mostly yellow, leaning apricot colored, beer. The head subsided to a light foam after a minute or so.

On the nose, I get some grapefruit, malt, apricot nectar, and stewed peaches.

The palate is really crispy, slightly sour. Initial notes of grapefruit, seltzer, ending with a finish of maltiness which then turns again to the sour notes. The taste experience is somewhat light, but at an ABV in the 4% range, this is a good chiller for a hot summer day. Good carbonation. The finish is a roller coaster moving from between contrasting (sour to sweet malt) notes.

Another quality beer from North Coast showing a diverse side of their beer portfolio.

Jun 19, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

While a few aspects of this beer will be hard for me to give it a rave, I appreciate that North Coast did not amp-up the alcohol and, instead, created a pleasant, refreshing, fruity summer beer.

I personally could use less hops and carbonation. But without the alcohol, this saison had to offer something distinctive; and dry-hopping was it.

I bought this as part of my research to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's end date. Puck is a central sprite in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and is in the court of the fairy king, Oberon (another famous summer beer from another company, Bells.) Anyway, the review is not wholly conclusive as I am recovering from a cold... and promise to re-rate this summer.

My re-rate lowered taste and Feel by .25. There are too many hops to go with garlicky food. While the carbonation and hops did help cut through the fat of a brie, the dry-hopping simply does not go well with food.

May 18, 2016
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ParnellJoseph1138 from Minnesota

3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Highly carbonated, blonde and clear with no haze. Settled into a thick white head. A definite Belgian yeast aroma. An orange an fruity taste profile with a solid malt foundation. However, it is not crisp and does not have the same plesasing taste profile as other leading such as father Hennepin or Cynic.

Feb 28, 2016
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful golden hue with a rocky foamy head. But then it lacked a bit in aroma and flavor. Petit definitely, but maybe too much. Still, very quaffable, just missing those delicious saison qualities you expect when using the same yeast as Le Merle. Cheers!

Feb 01, 2016
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StArnoldFan from Texas

2.96/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Highly disappointed with this offering. Supposedly a dry hopped saison yet it smells like an average Pilsner but I did get a slight peppery scent as it warms. Mild lemon and pepper taste. Overly bubbly, even for a saison. Very poorly executed and I can not believe this was an anniversary beer for North Coast. Thank God I only bought a single.

Jan 28, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Light yellow, surprisingly minimal head for a saison.

On the nose is a faint banana and lemon.

Taste is too light on flavor, difficult to detect, slightly salty, almost a gose.

This is a surprisingly weak brew for NC.

Jan 17, 2016
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timmy2b from New York

3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a goblet, half at a time. Nice clear golden color in the pour with a white lace around the edges and cloudy head in the middle that lingers from the carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Very light on the tongue with a little lemon up front and I swear I am tasting peach in the aftertaste. The feel is very light in the mouth and easy to drink. Would try again, but will not be a go to beer for me.

Jan 06, 2016
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TheSixthRing from California

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and golden yellow with a white, fluffy finger width head. Great retention, leaving a thin layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is virtually non-existent, minus a few small spots.

Smell - Spicy clove and fruity, slightly sour esters make up the aroma.

Taste - Light but well balanced flavor. A bit of grainy wheat sits beneath the slightly spicy, slightly fruity character. Finish is mild lemon sourness.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with moderate carbonation. A bit watery in the finish, but nothing unexpected for a 4% beer.

Overall - Eh, it's okay. Probably wouldn't buy it again, it's simply too light for my taste.

Nov 30, 2015
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: It pours a light golden with a large white head that produces significant lacing.

Smell: It has a fruity aroma with spice and hints of pepper and some salt.

Taste: It has fruity flavors with lemon compliments, slight flavors of pepper and other spices with a bit of floral hop bitterness.

Feel: It is light bodied with high carbonation and a low bitter finish.

Overall it has a light, pleasant combination for fruity flavors highlighted by lemon and spices with a hint of pepper. It is light bodied and easy drinking.

Nov 20, 2015
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