Peak Organic Fresh Cut | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Fresh CutPeak Organic Fresh Cut

Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of cmgm1592
4.86/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What an American Pilsner should be. It pairs a traditional Czech style with an enormous amount of hops on the front, which is a nice reflection on the U.S. Obsession with that portion of beer making. Super drinkable super refined.

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Photo of openmind
4.86/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My days of "kill me with dem bitter hops" are over. And I think a lot of folks and brewers are going in that direction, too.

However, that doesn't mean that I don't want a nice hop flavor and aroma, and many IPAs fit the bill nicely.

Pilsners and lagers are making a comeback - a nice beer with flavor and less ABV, has an appeal.

So, I tried this one.

Appearance. It looks like beer.

Smell. (I prefer "nose") Out of this world. Bready. Tropical fruit. Spice.

Taste is wonderful. A nice clean start with a bit of pine/spice. mid-point - A night of tropical splendor. And then a nice crisp finish. A ton of dry-hopped flavor, Not bitter.

MF - creamy nice.

This is going to be my "always have a sixer in the fridge" beer for a long time.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Despite what the approved pic depicts, they are now putting this beer into CANs, making it very attractive to/for The CANQuest (tm), my ongoing, misguided attempt to drink & review EVERY CANned beer in existence.

From the CAN: "Pure Ingredients, Delicious Beer"; "A Dry-Hopped Pilsner"; "[Certified] USDA Organic".

In my barfly world, "Fresh Cut" usually refers to potatoes prepared locally for French Fries, but this works, too. The Crack! was nice & loud and I got a squirt across my fingertips thanks to it being a brimful craft CAN. That is always the sign of a good start, but I have learned to become more gentle in terms of my subsequent Glug. I still got a finger of soapy, bone-white head that quickly fell to wisps. Color was a lightly-hazy Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2). Nose had a brilliant lemon/grapefruit/citrus smell & my mouth immediately began watering! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was so intensely citrusy that I thought that I might be drinking an AIPA! However, that said, I also began to perceive a cracker/biscuit malt presence that was totally appropriate for the style. In fact, it began to remind me of lemon biscotti from Enrico's Biscotti Company in Pittsburgh's Strip District. Finish was dry, slightly tart and definitely refreshing. F**k it, I am clearing out the cooler this summer to make room for a whole buncha CANs of this one!

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Photo of CaliforniaJohnson
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%

Poured into a tulip glass.
Bottle date: July 07, 2014
Pour date: August 18, 2014

APPEARANCE: pale, honey yellow with a tall 2 inch white, foamy head. Beer shows some sediment and cloudiness. Honeycomb lacing around walls of glass, and head reduces to a little puck in the middle.

SMELL: smells like fresh pine and wet pants with a nice mellow grain.

TASTE: I'm getting lemon-drops, grass, and pine needles. Very well-balanced; neither the hops, grains, or malts overpower. This beer I'd say is aromatically hop-shifted, while the flavor is grain-shifted. Great level of bitterness - makes for a crisp finish. All the flavors dissipate together linearly.

FEEL: pretty bubble and burp-inducing. Not a very filling beer, fairly thin-bodied, but the big flavor makes up for it.

BURP: very pleasent

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Photo of kflorence
4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy, light golden in color with a half inch of frothy white foam atop. Carbonation looks to be average. Surprisingly, the head retention is fairly good and there is some lacing on the glass edge as you drink. Wasn't expecting the cloudiness, but it looks quite inviting!

S: Cream corn and fresh cut hops dominate the aroma with a solid light malt profile with notes of honey and butter. A treat for the old nostrils. Fresh cut, fo sho.

T: Follows the nose quite well: light buttery malts and cream corn up front followed by a lemony, floral and grass hop tang, finishing with a marriage of the two. Both classic and revolutionary, this one packs the sweet, light graininess of Czech style pilsener, but with a decidedly American citrus and floral hop characteristic that makes itself known without being overpowering.

M: Light bodied with average, but lively carbonation, this one is extremely smooth and drinkable with a slight bit of chewiness. Very sessionable.

O: Wow. This one blew me away a little bit. Was not expecting so much hop goodness here and was pleasantly surprised to find how well it worked since it makes itself quite known but finishes very balanced. This is my third brew from this wonderful brewery and I must say they are quickly becoming one of my favorites. In terms of pilsners, Pilsener Urquell has always been the benchmark brew for me, and this one satisfies the cream corn and hopiness of the former while adding a decisively American fresh hop characteristic all of it's own to balance out the mix. I would not hesitate to seek this one out whenever I'm in the need of a good pilsener, and I will now pay close attention to what this brewery releases. Cheers!

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Photo of SoulFroosh
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've been searching for the perfect balance between the hop-bite of a full IPA, and an easy drinking Pilsner-lager. This is it. It's a beautiful beer.

Refreshing, hoppy, crisp, floral, with bite -- but with the lightness and drinkability of a Pilsner-lager. It goes down perfectly. Just the right amount of hop at the front of the mouth. Floral, lemons, grass in the middle -- leaving a perfectly balanced hop/grassy bite on the tastebuds to round off.

Now I just wish they'd package this in a 12 pack for $16 or so to save me buying a 6pk for $10 every time.

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Photo of DonnieHops
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My new favorite Pils....and maybe everyday beer....

Crisp and clean like a pilsner should be but also peppery, white pepper with a hint of citrus flavor.... A ever slight sweet finish.... Fresh Cut is delicious and refreshing....quaffable and grassy......... Luv it!!

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Photo of mrz200
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a Peak fan, but have been passing on this offering just based on the description as a Pilsner. Finally grabbed a 6er last week and had 3 of them before I knew what hit me! Delicious hoppy summer brew!

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Photo of AngryDutchman
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Meringue head, maize color. Hops are light/airy and not oily. Great pilsener flavor. Carbonation was high out of the bottle but feels perfect on the tongue. A delicious and refreshing example of the style and organic to boot. Top notch.

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Photo of Real_Thirsty_Guy
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is Golden darker yellow, hazy as noted by others, medium body
Fresh smell, citrus/grassy with something sweet only slightly detectable in the slosh
Taste is loaded up on grassy earthy hops, nice lingering aftertaste...
Very crisp and drinkable, smooth, super session beer, great thirst quencher
Available in 12 pack cans is a real plus...have em in a cooler iced right up!

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance- Pale golden color, a little cloudy, and a soapy three/four finger head.

aroma- Grassy, herbal/spice, and zesty citrus.

taste- Dry bitterness at first with grassy/spicy hops and bone dry malt combining for a crisp/well-carbonated start. The dryness lingers but is cut a little by sweet citrus hop flavors.

feel- Dry, medium/light bodied, medium/high carbonation, and the epitome of a dry/clean/crisp beer.

overall- This has just about everything an American Pils should have. Grassy/citrus hops, dry, crisp bite at first, and a mainly clean finish. Maybe the only knock is that dryness/bitterness lingers a bit, but as it warms up the finish smooths out. Overall, an excellent/world class beer.

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Photo of CommonSense
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25


Not your typical pilsner. This one carries plenty of flavor from the hops, almost reminiscent of a session IPA.

Peak is a consistent brewer that markets their organic beer at competitive prices. Delicious brews from some of the highest quality ingredients.

Try this, it blows any pilsner I've ever had out of the water.


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Photo of malvrich
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

from a brown bottle into a 14 ounce pilsner glass
a: the first thing that hit me was the cloudiness of the beer.
secondly, lots of carbonation producing prolific head with good retention and lacing.
golden dark yellow tint to the beer.

s: immediately punches you in the nose with a light but prominent hop aroma. bitterness is promised.

t: as promised, lots of hop bitterness up front. light and, as several others have noted, very citrusy.
not sure if i can pin it down to grapefruit or lemon but citrus is prominent. this hop forwardness is almost but somehow NOT overpowering and in my opinion does not detract from what is a very delicious, well balanced, light and flavorful brew. i am currently favoring pilsners and seeking out different ones to try. this is high on my current favorites list.

m: more body than you would expect from such a generally light tasting pils, but still quite light and highly drinkable. a bit light of medium body. carbonation gives nice tingle on the mouth.

o: absolutely delicious beer. light, sessionable with an unexpected though appreciated blast of hop bitterness lending a very refreshing citrus character. again, not what you expect from a pilsner, but good job by Peak even though liberties were taken.
i will buy this whenever i am in the area of the one store where i have seen it. at 8 bucks per six pack, its an absolute steal!

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Photo of lyman77
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another fantastic release from Peak Organic up in Maine!

This beer pours beautifully, with a couple inches of thick but lacy foam. The appearance is a pale, sunny, yellow with a slight cloudy haze of goodness. The nose is pleasant. Slight biscuit and floral notes are present. The head remains intact and present as I drink this. Nice.

As a dry hopped pilsner, there is more initial bitterness than from your typical Czech style. But this beer remains very smooth and clean, the hop notes fade nicely into a tasty lager body. Slightly piney, Saaz hop hints. Did I mention it is smooth? Subtle fruit notes follow on the clean aftertaste.

Overall, I really enjoy this spring release. More complex than some of the traditional offerings in this style, courtesy of the dry hop process. But in spite of that it remains true to the crisp and clean pilsner style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Lonborgski
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Photo of rcamp28
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Overall solid Czech Pils. The taste is, as the name suggests, very fresh. Crisp, clean taste. No after taste, which I like. I believe it's dry hopped. Peak, in general, makes really solid beers with quality ingredients. They don't do anything crazy, but all of their cores are good beers that you can't really go wrong with.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Slighty hazy golden color. Two fingers of off white head with great retention.

S: Citrus and european, grassy hops.

T: Very similar to the smell

M: Medium light body and medium carb. Very crisp and refreshing.

O: Not your average pilsener. The hop profile is fantastic. Great session beer.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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 VelvetExtract
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Far hazier than I would have anticipated if I had anticipated anything about this beer. Hazy yellowish orange. A finger's worth of tight, yet frothy head. Very generous lacing.

S-Shocked me from the first sniff. This is clearly going for the 'India Pale Lager' moniker and it, so far, is on the right track. Obviously grassy but there is also a ton of luscious citrus and other tropi-hop aromas.

T-Just as the nose advertised. Fresh cut grass - what a surprise! Tangerines and all other citrus fruits. A tight, little cracker maltiness. Really tasty.

M-Still light bodied but has more body than many standard Pilsners. Well carbonated. Moderate bitterness.

O-I would consider this an India Pale Lager. I would also consider this a goddamn delicious beer. Peak's best by far. I will go hunting for this sneaky bastard very soon. The ease of a Pilsner with the hop bite of an IPA; sign me up for that any time.

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Photo of RonJensen
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first taste of organic beers from Peak. I like the medium ABV percentage on this, Great tasting pilsner and when a beer is organic, it has no chemicals to worry about. I plan to try more styles from this company.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

A: Pale citrus-like grapefruit color with an impressively cloudy unfiltered appearance.

S: Good clean aroma commensurate with the pilsner style, with the addition of a fresh hop aroma from the "fresh cut". A very pleasing aroma and well balanced aroma for a pilsner.

T: Very good tasting pilsner with solid level of bitterness (typical for the style) and a nice level of flavor from the fresh hops present.

M: Good level of carbonation (higher) for the style, and well suited for the hot summer weather at hand.

Overall: This was an extremely impressive pilsner style beer, and one that really shines in the hot summer weather. Very refreshing overall experience, along with a nice cloudy pale citrus colored appearance. I am very much a hoppy IPA guy, but this is a GREAT BEER, very impressed.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding in every category. This beer pours a lovely light amber with a slight haze from dry hopping. Good persistent white head. Nose is breaddy and has lots of spicy hop. A citric tang in the background but no real fruit. No dms, no diacetyl. Breaddy but the hop is so bold! Fluent bread, with a good crust on it. Tantalizing hops with a soft sweet herbal playing second fiddle to plenty of hop spice. Dry, bubbly finish with a bitter that is substantiial but impeccably balanced. I need more of this. I want to review it again.

Clearly dated for freshness on the side of the bottle.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Lacing on the glass as the beef was drank.

Smell: Bready and sweet pale malts, grassy, floral, tropical, and citrusy hops.

Taste: Nice bready, chewy, and sweet malts. Citrus and tropical hops with light tingly bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, refreshing, chewy, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall: A delicious dry hopped pilsner. Tasty, chewy, and delicious. Only 3 weeks old and very fresh. Not traditional to dry hop a pilsner, but this one is here to stay folks.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +3.1%

This is a very good beer. It poured the hazy pale yellow with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent carries a gin like flare with touches of mild pine and hints of citrus. The taste has a great Czech pils base with a neat pine/gin twang. The mouthfeel is m3edium in body with good carbonation. Overall I am really enjoying this beer.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a hazy straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured grassy herbal hops and a biscuity pils malt.

The flavor was round and delicate as it should be with a springy herbal hop and moderately chewy pils malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a gentle carbonation.

Overall a very well made and tasty pils.

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