Fresh Cut
Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Style:
Bohemian Pilsener
Ranked #15
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,918
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 11.83%
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
421
From:
Peak Organic Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  16
Gots
  127
SCORE
87
Very Good
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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Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of yuriyt
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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’s there. As a whole, it’s still fairly pleasant like my baby mama when i come home an hour late, yet she doesn’t give me the stink eye.

Woot!

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of Tantonys
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One mighty fine pilsener. Organic! Excellent hopping. Bright, very floral. Full bodied. Very pleasant. Like taking a walk in a a fresh cut field of barley & hops on a sunny day!

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Photo of beergoot
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow body; straw; thick, soapy head yet looks rocky and has sticky elements of foam clinging to the glass. Spicy, grassy aroma; a twinge of lemon. Light flavors throughout; faint bread crust; strong hop bitterness from start to finish; subliminal esters. Light body yet crisp; mild juiciness but relatively dry mouthfeel overall.

This is a pretty impressive organic pilsner. The dry hopped character hit the mark as described by the brewery on its web site. A damn fine beer all around...

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Photo of keithmurray
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - clouds straw color with white head

Smell - citrus, grass, bread

Taste - citrus, grass, bread

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, citrus upfront, hoppy in the back end

Overall - this is a pale ale masquerading as a “Pilsner” these kind of beers are disappointing. As a beer on its own, it’s not bad, just not what I was looking for when I want to drink a true Pilsner.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip shaped pint glass - color is straw gold, a bit hazy for true pilsner, head is off white with fine bubbles and presents about 1/4 inch thick and then lingers with a slight top and some lacing on the glasses.

Smell is quite floral, herbal, light pine from the hopping, moderate crackery malt in the background.

Taste is similar herbal, grassy, floral in hop flavor, which presents upfront, then malt follows with light biscuit and cracker qualities. Definitely a hoppy pils but the backbone of the pils style is there though a bit more subtle than others in the style.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, light sweetness then dry and lightly bitter hop presence on the tongue. Lingering presence.

Overall a quality beer with a floral and grassy hopped take on the czech pilsner style.

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Photo of haines710
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple 12 oz cans at local restaurant near Philadelphia. Wasn’t sure what to expect with the first but loved it so much that I had another. Perfect pairing with fish tacos. Very hop forward and clean and dry. Pours a hazy straw color with a nice head. I want more!

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Photo of Mulryan18
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - golden, bright;
Smell - fresh
Taste - clean, strong, incredibly fresh (poured from tap)
Feel - very clean finish
Overall - solid beer from a solid brewer

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can

A slightly hazy, straw gold color, bubbly with a very substantial, creamy crystal white foam cover. Slow dissipation, plenty of good lacing.

A sweet 'n sour, bready pils malt aroma, cream of corn, herbal and zesty hop kick, cucumber and sweet, piney hop thing too.

This is a very clean feeling and tasting pils malt effect right off. An excellent balance of light, herbal and peppery malt with a little kick of dry, earthy and slightly fruity hops. The dry, earthy hop bite and peppery, zesty kick happens right at the end, after the light and clean malt tones ride off. Fresh, clean bite!

A very well balanced pils, traditional in most ways with just the right dry-hopped enhancement.

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Photo of specialmonkey
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours nice with appealing color, carbonation, and head. Made in Portland, Maine. Dry-hopped, organic, and delicious.

I've been getting at Whole Foods in 12 oz cans. It's refreshing and tasty but a little pricey. I love a good Pilsner, Peak Fresh Cut is exceptional in a world with so many average and below.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale straw. White head. Coniferous hop aroma dominates the nose. For a "Czech" pilsner, this is very American hop forward. More like a full flavored session IPL at this point than a pilsner. To me that's where I knock points off of Peak as these are labeled as pilsners instead of IPLs. I do really like this beer though.

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Photo of PapaCapUSN
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is the purest hop beer I've ever had the pleasure to meet. Fresh Cut is the perfect moniker. No fruity aromas, no spicy notes. Just....dank....hops. Yessssss

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Photo of Holderness
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned ~7 weeks ago.

L -- Pours a very slightly hazy straw color with a two-finger white head produced with gentle pour. Minimal retention and some lacing.
S -- Mild grapefruit, grass, pine, and papaya
T -- Pilsner malts and grassy hops. Simple and straightforward. The overall character is definitely improved by the dry hopping
F -- Light mouthfeel. Medium+ carb. Very drinkable, but a little watery on the tail end
O -- Nice New England-made pils

75/100

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouring a cellar temp can into a snifter. The beer pours a little hazy but sits in the glass a bright clear golden hue. A fluffy bleached white head of 3 cm foams up even with a very gentle pour. The foam fades quickly leaving large pockmarked craters on the surface and some windowpane lattice on the glass.
The aroma is fairly mild with some pilsner malt and a bit of grassy hops. Also a little bit of spiciness but overall a little underwhelming on the nose.
The first sip reveals a light crisp textured body with very fine and tingly carbonation. VERY easy to drink this beer.
Flavor is a brief bit of biscuity malt which rolls to rindy and spicy hops that linger with a little bitterness long after each swallow. No booze to be found at any point and at 4.9% this is probably a pretty easy session beer. Id want a little more on the nose to bump up my rating but overall it is fine for what it is.

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Photo of cmurphy7
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

had this out of the can. 4 months since canning. this is a very light beer. the look, smell and taste are all very light. It does have a fresh taste and finishes clean. if you like a very light beer this could be a good option.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Shelburne Tap House. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a soft semi-hazy transparent yellow color. I poured fast to yield some head and so there was about a finger’s worth and that dissipated at a nice pace. Stringy lacing here and there. The smell had some soft spicy to semi-sweet grassy hops over top of a light cracker malt backbone. The taste copied the smell pretty much the same way. Semi-spicy aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a nice sesionability about it. Carbonation feels good, semi-low with a nice cut from the spicy to grassiness hitting my tongue nicely. Overall, for a pilsener, I liked it. I’d say it leaned towards the Czech style, but then again, could be the yeast as well, since it is Peak Organic.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Clear straw with a huge pillowy white head.

S: Lemon, pink grapefruit, pine needles, grass, honey, golden bread crust.

T: Lots of juicy lemon and pine grapefruit, a little bit of yellow grapefruit peel bitterness, white bread and honey in the middle. Grainy minerality with a touch of metallic bitterness. Finishes clean and lightly bitter with residual grassy notes.

F: Could stand a little bit more carbonation, but light and easily sluggable. Crisp and refreshing.

O: A solid pilsners that tastes like it uses American C hops. Comparable to Founders PC Pils.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I don't know if I got the best batch made or what, cuz this is one hell of an American pilsner! Bright and clear straw color with a fluffy white head, bursting with citrus orange and grapefruit aromas. Flavor is semi sweet, a bit buttery, and full of that same citrus. Fresh, clean and balanced feel with a light, juicy, yet dry and mild bitter finish. So easy to guzzle down. This is a great light beer that will gladly occupy fridge real estate. Cheers!

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Photo of Snave
2.35/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I found this beer on sale at my local grocery store. Being a fan of pilsner I thought I would check out the reviews and I decided to get a 12 pack.

After drinking my first one, I wonder if I am tasting the same beer the other reviewers tried.

The beer had a very bready/lemon smell.

It poured a pale yellow with a thick foamy head.

The first taste I was expecting a typical pilsner with a slightly bitter taste, clean finish and no lingering after taste.

What I got was something that tasted a lot like an IPA. Very hoppy with a grassy aftertaste that stays with you long after you finish the beer.

I don't care for IPA, that's why I stick to mostly lagers. This beer definitely dissapointed me and I have 11 more of them I'm not sure what to do with. I guess I will invite some friends over.

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Photo of Beejay
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pale yellow, slightly hazy with a large white head.

S: Lots of hop character, but that isn't surprising form something labeled dry hopped. Grapefruit and orange peel.

T: Taste follows, orange peel, and grapefruit hops, perhaps with a touch of pine in the finish. Grain character is light, and otherwise it is a pretty clean tasting brew.. Almost a little humdrum.

M: Light and crisp, with moderate to high carbonation, some cling in the finish.

O: Good, but nothing really calls out as pilsner to me.. this could just be a clean IPA.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow gold, minimal head, with droopy sticky lace.

Bready aromas with lemon, corn, and spicy yet measured pine.

Flavor is lemony, bready malt.

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Photo of Lonborgski
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear deep gold color poured from 12 oz bottle. One finger head that leaves nice lacing.
Smell of sour lemon, maybe a surprising hint of funk.
Taste of dry slightly sour lemons then hop bitterness follows.
Effervescent feel that lingers. Very nice.
Overall, a very nice summer beer.

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Fresh Cut from Peak Organic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 421 ratings