Fresh Cut
Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Bohemian / Czech Pilsner
Ranked #63
Ranked #17,237
3.88 | pDev: 11.86%
Apr 08, 2023
Sep 06, 2013
Very Good
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Notes: Fresh Cut is a sensory experience. It conjures impressions of freshly chopped ingredients, a newly mowed lawn, or the air after a cooling rain. This pale lager delivers captivating notes of fruit, grass and spice - highlighted by the luscious Chinook hop. The beer finishes crisp, dry and refreshing, helping to enhance the colorful flavors up front. Obviously we’re crazy about this beer and had to use a thesaurus to express our feelings about it.

Fresh Cut is a dry-hopped pilsner. Chinook, Citra and Centennial hops provide aromas of citrus, grass and spice. Though the front palate is loud with IPA qualities, the finish is distinctly pilsner- crisp, dry and extremely refreshing. Enjoy!

SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS: Fish Sandwiches, Lobsters, and meals eaten on rustic outdoors single-origin hand-hewn Amish furniture

38 IBU
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Reviewed by TigerSoul from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
If I could describe a beer as "pleasantly biting", this is it. The nose has simple fragrance notes, as described by the brewer, outdoors on a breezy late spring/early summer day, some hay, some grass, maybe some floral pollen. The taste is rich and bready, especially for such a light-bodied beer, but that bitterness cuts through almost immediately on the finish. It comes as a surprise, actually. I think the dry-hopped element was executed perfectly on this one. Highly recommended.
Apr 08, 2023
Rated: 4.14 by TheYeasticandoo from Massachusetts

Apr 05, 2023
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Bought from the Monthly Microbrewed Beer Club. (I don't subscribe; I just enjoy rummaging through their remainders.)
Fresh Cut is true to style and true to the planet, organic and locally sourced. Paired at lunch with my KC BBQ (sweet and thick) veggie burger, Fresh Cut's hops filled in for the BBQ's shortage of tang and long on sweet. funny how complements are made sometimes. Fresh Cut Looks average, but finished clean and lingers semi-dry. Flavorful to match the lunch.

Glad to have my first from Peak, I went on their website and see they are over 15 years old and are moderate purveyors of hops; balanced, yet passionate about their brewing as if they were still home brewers. As mentioned, organic ingredients and locally sourced. They brew for the table. They prove sustainability tastes good and has multiple rewards. They push all the "good guy" buttons. And for all that, I give them great Overall Hugs. I look forward to finding a brew of theirs in the Belgian tradition.
Aug 25, 2022
Rated: 3.84 by florisj135 from Virginia

Aug 20, 2022
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A Microbrewed Beer Club offering. Pours a light gold color with a foamy white head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of flowers and lemon. Taste is lemony. Crisp and dry.
Jun 10, 2022
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Clear golden pour with a white head. Flowers, grass, and lemon zest leads in both the smell and taste. Floral tones are stronger in the taste with various citrus, pilsner malt and grains. Whereas in the nose grass, light hop bitters, yeast and lemon are emphasized. Really well balanced beer, crisp, clean with mild hops, malt and yeast felt to a lesser degree, decently carbonated.
Nov 03, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by bankboy66 from New Jersey

Aug 14, 2021
Rated: 3 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Jul 04, 2021
Rated: 4.26 by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

Jun 09, 2021
Rated: 3.71 by zachary_snackery from Massachusetts

May 16, 2021
Rated: 3.97 by bgillespie from New Jersey

Feb 05, 2021
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz can purchased from the fridge as a single for $2.49. Best by 2/19/2021, so who knows how old it is. Seems fresh.

Look: Very pale - a golden straw color with a very soft haze. A nice, white foamy head on the pour that has reduced to a quarter inch. Lots of small bubbles rising up the glass. Looks really refreshing.

Smell: Lots of citrus and dank hop notes right off the bat. Lemon zest and grapefruit rind, perhaps even grapefruit seeds, are present, along with some spicy and earthy notes. Fresh cut grass of course also, along with some more subtle spice notes (cinnamon and clove).

Taste: Up front, it's very clean with some crackery malt and lively carbonation. Then you get a bit of tanginess that borders on juiciness but stops short of going that far. The dry finish is long and bitter with lots of grapefruit pith. It's a very refreshing, clean, and crisp beer. Very flavorful for 4.6% ABV.

Feel: Medium bodied for a pilsner. Decent level of carbonation.

Overall: Wow. I never knew that I liked pilsners so much! Maybe it's the dry-hopping that's doing it for me. Maybe it's also the combination of hops used here: chinook, citra, and centennial. An unusual selection that really works well in this recipe. I could drink a lot of these. It's very drinkable and delicious!
Oct 27, 2020
Rated: 2.09 by Chilmer from Iowa

Oct 18, 2020
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Reviewed by AccipiterofBeer from New York

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a shaker. Cloudy yellow pour.

L: 3.25 Cloudy banana yellow. Lingering thin white head.
S: 4. Aptly named. Reminds me of fresh cut greens. Hop forward. Dank and noble hops. Lemongrass.
T: 4. Bitter dank hops balanced out by noble hops. Floral. Cereal like.
F: 4. Fantastically light bodied and smooth. Great session lager.
O: 4. Great pilsner. One that would be lovely to enjoy after mowing the lawn.
Oct 11, 2020
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Rated by rclangk from West Virginia

3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
BOM 7/2020 & 5/2022. More of an IPA taste than a Pilsner.
Sep 05, 2020
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Reviewed by barneyrubble from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured into tulip glass it exhibits a big off white foamy head that keeps 3 fingers for quite a while. Color of the beer is pale yellow haze that is not quite translucent.

Nose is hard to discern at first. Citrus, yes, and some salty water note with malt coming through.

Light soft lemony orange tang on the palate with some subtle sweet malt smoothness. Nicely balanced by subtle hops. Not overtly bitter but the hops do make their presence known.

Mouthfeel is smooth with nice mild carbonation and a super silky finish of dry cracker and mineral notes. Leans to the lighter side of medium and is nicely refreshing. It has just the right amount of hops to keep it from being cloying.

Overall a nice pilsner that has hints of a hazy juicy IPA. It boasts a nice citrus twist and less bitter hops than some pilsners. I like it. Another Pilsner to put into rotation.
Aug 30, 2020
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Reviewed by akaizer from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From a beer of the month club and from a can. Poured a clear, pale straw color with a robust and fluffy white foam head. Scent is fresh, crisp, and dry with a nice bout of grassy/citrus hoppiness. Taste has a nice malt backbone coming through with some bready notes that help to round out the grassy hoppiness. Feel is crisp and on the medium to lighter side with a lingering bitterness from the hops. An enjoyable and refreshing offering where the sum is greater than the parts!
Aug 14, 2020
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Reviewed by Manta200 from Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
From the monthly beer club in a can. Best by date 01/12/2021 (good for 5 more month)
Pours a straw color into a teku glass, Nice white head bubbly head with good retention. Fantastic chunky lacing.
Nice hoppy note, not too much, I like it.
Aug 12, 2020
Rated: 4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Aug 03, 2020
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Hazy gold appearance with a large white head and good lacing. Aroma of hayfields and lemongrass. Multigrain flavors upfront followed by spicy hops that lingered in the aftertaste. Medium-to-light bodied mouthfeel with a ton of carbonation. Crisp, clean finish.
Jul 07, 2020
Rated: 3.93 by Rainintheface from Florida

Jun 27, 2020
Rated: 3.83 by Deano_53 from New York

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Rated: 3.69 by SFHbeerME from Maine

May 11, 2020
Rated: 4.08 by NastyNorseman from New York

May 01, 2020
Rated: 3.84 by Budlum from Maryland

Apr 24, 2020
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a clear pale straw color. A thumb length head displays good retention and lacing.

The nose is surprising as its hoppy aromatics would fool one into thinking it’s an IPA rather than a Pilsner. It opens with fruity and floral hops aromas of citrus, stone fruit and grass. As it opens, a bit of honeyed sweetness and cracker malt seem to suggest traditional Pilsner aromas.

As with the aromas, the taste follows suit with IPA like hops flavors that are citrusy, floral and grassy. However, the clean and dry finish is most definitely Lager like. Furthermore, as the tongue gets acclimated to the surprising hops bill, it also enables it to note the opening up and developing malt profile. The malt flavors evoke clean and dry Pilsner malts, bready and cracker like. The bitterness is firm yet easy going throughout and especially highlighted in the finish.

Medium to light bodied, crisp and refreshing. The moderately gentle carbonation both accentuates the prickliness of the hops while at the same time supporting the increasingly round and smooth malt flavors.

I enjoyed drinking this, especially for its hops flavors. Style wise, it feels more like an India Pale Lager rather than a traditional Pilsner.
Feb 04, 2020
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Das Beer Garden. Clear yellow. Smells of light citrus and grassy hops. Doughy malt. Tastes the same. Citrus and grassy hops. Light bread and biscuit malt. Light bitterness. Easy drinking and light. The hops dominate it, but it's a nice pilsner overall.
Jan 19, 2020
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Reviewed by yuriyt from New York

4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Poured from can into a glass. Pours cloudy golden yellow with white foam. Aroma of grapefruit. Flavor is full of hop dankness with citrus and pine. Finishes dry with medium-light body. This beer doesn't win on style points but if you like a hop-forward dry hopped lager this will not disappoint. Mix of old and new school hop flavors with a clean finish.
Dec 27, 2019
Rated: 3.84 by dannycohen62 from Illinois

Dec 22, 2019
Rated: 3.82 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Dec 01, 2019
Rated: 3.93 by Hopfenpeter from Maryland

Nov 16, 2019
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This dang sucker is a week past the best buy date so we’ll have to take that into consideration. That being said, it’s still bright like spring, or summer, or fall, or winter in SoCal. Not sure if I am missing a lil crispness because of the age, but it would be nice if it was there.

As a whole, it’s still fairly pleasant like my baby mama when I come home a hour late, yet she doesn’t give me the stink eye.

Nov 11, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by DC118 from New Jersey

Oct 31, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by edthehead from Maryland

Oct 20, 2019
Rated: 4.08 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Sep 12, 2019
Rated: 3.69 by Quafftastic from Virginia

Sep 02, 2019
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours clear and golden colored with a two finger whipped egg white head; good retention and splashy lacing

Smell: Bready and crisp with a citrusy, grassy aspect; just a hint of sulfur

Taste: Bready, up front, with a hop bill that is more citrusy than grassy; some sulfur through the middle and a crisp finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Not a bad pilsner at all though it is distinctively American rather than Bohemian
Aug 15, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by ScottK22 from New York

Aug 08, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by alcoholicarrogance from Maine

Jul 16, 2019
Rated: 4 by Velivolus from Vermont

Jul 10, 2019
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