Fresh Cut
Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #25
Ranked #17,333
3.89 | pDev: 11.83%
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States
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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dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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
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AccipiterofBeer from New York

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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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barneyrubble from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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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akaizer from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Manta200 from Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
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
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
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
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Gajo74 from New York

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.

Feb 04, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

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.

Jan 19, 2020
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yuriyt from New York

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.

Dec 27, 2019
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RaulMondesi from California

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 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
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brentk56 from North Carolina

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

Aug 15, 2019
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Tantonys from Maine

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!

Jun 06, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

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...

Jun 01, 2019
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keithmurray from Connecticut

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.

May 06, 2019
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

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.

Jul 20, 2018
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haines710 from Delaware

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!

Jun 20, 2018
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Mulryan18 from Massachusetts

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

Apr 22, 2018
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

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.

Jan 08, 2018
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specialmonkey from New York

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.

Sep 20, 2017
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Sheppard from Virginia

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.

Jul 30, 2017
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PapaCapUSN from Texas

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

Jul 21, 2017
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Holderness from Massachusetts

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


Jul 19, 2017
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

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.

Jul 04, 2017
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cmurphy7 from Massachusetts

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.

Jul 03, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jul 03, 2017
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