Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen

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German Pilsner
Ranked #30
Ranked #10,839
3.97 | pDev: 12.09%
Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen
Washington, United States
Very Good
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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 89
Photo of HipCzech
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Taylor Shellfish Farms (Capital Hill), served in a shaker pint glass. Clear, pale gold with a modest head of white bubbles. Clean aroma a floral, spicy hops along with fresh bread. Flavor continues with light lemon, crackers, mineral earthiness and spicy hops. Closes crisp, bitter and clean. Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. A solid, nicely balanced and flavorful Pilsener - perfect to wash down some HH oysters.

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Photo of strohme2
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle with no date seen but I assumed it is fresh by the generous BA who sent it. Poured into an English tulip glass. (I need to rectify having no Pilsner glass.)
Golden yellow, fluffy pillow of 2 fingers head. Slightly aggressive pour. The head condensed, flattened but lasted damn near the entire beer leaving laces all down (could be that I drank it that fast!)
Nose of lemon, hay, doughy malts. Plus it has that crisp, classic hop bitterness nose.
Taste starts out as malty sweet which opens up to crackers, lemon, earthy/spicy bitterness. Touch of honey at the finish.
Supremely drinkable with a light body and subtle finish.
This is a beer I could have year round whether sitting on the deck on a hot summer day or next to a fireplace at the cabin apres ski. Well done.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from New Seasons.

A clear straw yellow with a dense white head with good retention and lacing this looks great. The nose is perfect. Crisp, snappy, lightly doughy with a firm hop bitterness and a lovely leafy note. Mild mineral character , mildly dusty, rounds out the nose. The palate opens bitter with earth, mineral, grass, mild lemon, all with remarkable depth. This is followed by a light but complex malt flavor, a blend of straw, light dough and a touch of honey. Bitter on the finish with a touch of hop oil resin and a little soap that's lightened by a touch of honey. Light in body and crisply carbonated, this beer is spectacular.

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Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sea-Tac. Poured a clear, straw-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of grasses, toasted bread and floral notes. It was sweet and crisp with a mild bitterness.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Transparent yellow. Not much head retention, but perfect amount of carbonation. Very aromatic. Biscuit up front with a pretty hoppy finish. Crisp. This is a really well done pilsner; I'm not sure I've had a better one.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not usually a pilsner fan, but this beer could change my mind.

It looks great, served in a pilsner glass at the brewery. It's light yellow, with a white head and foamy lacing. There are continuous bubbles.

The aroma is grassy. The taste is lightly spicy, light biscuits, and mild hop bitterness.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ivar's Salmon House. Poured into a shaker pint glass. Pours a light to medium, slightly hazy golden amber with a thin white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of smooth grainy biscuit malt, light grassy hops; lightly spicy and aromatic, smells nice. Flavor is rich biscuit malt, lightly grassy and floral continental hops, hint of spiciness and lemon. Medium bodied with a light creaminess. I've been away from pilsners for a while, leaning towards the hops flavors in IPAs, but this pilsner, with pleasant spicy and floral hops and malt could win me back. I've not had a fresh German style pilsner in decades, but this was a lot more flavorful than continental bottles that travel slowly to market here. This seems a bit more malty than I'd expect, but that is exactly what I like in the style. The malt and hops were well integrated and flavorful, far richer than I'd expect from the ABV. Another fine brewery from this area that I'm long overdue to sample. Look forward to trying their other styles.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My parents grabbed me a growler of this while they were in Bellingham. Drank this about a week later out of my SIren's pint glass.

Pours clear light golden. Vigorous pour yields an average snow-white head, which recedes quickly. No lacing throughout the session.

Sweet cereal grains on the nose. Slight grassyness.

Palate mimicks the nose. Sweet with a earthy hop bitterness. Crispy, malty grains. Well balanced flavors around.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style. Dry, light bodied, crisp finish with nice lingering hop bitterness.

Overall this is one fantastic pilsner, especially from an American brewer. A lot of pilsners can suffer badly from too much DMS, or too much corn, but this one is brewed incredibly well.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this at the brewery, but this review is from a 500 ml bottle purchased at the brewery into a pokal

a: clear (but not crystal clear) pale gold with a big 3 finger billowy head that subsides after a couple minutes
s: a little light sweet floral grassiness, some grainy sweetness as well...nice fairly delicate nose
t&m: here is where this shines. I kind of have to pay attention because it doesn't really demand my attention, but once you do...good stuff. Like their Helles, this is extremely clean and crisp. Starts off light floral and crackery, then by the middle it is a lot more substantial, with some grainy breadiness and some grassy hops and the beginning of a little twang. By the end, there is some nice gentle bitterness that creeps in and lingers a bit. Despite being very crisp with some good bitterness, there isn't any snap.

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Photo of Pocker
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Got this at Nikki's in Bellingham, WA. Was a decent, light color. Smelled good, but the smoothness and taste was what surprised me. Usually a beer that light in color tends to taste watery. Not this beer.

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Photo of draheim
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap into an American pint glass @ Ivar's Salmon House, Seattle. Pours a clear pale golden color w/ a minimal white head.

Aroma is delicate, floral, slightly grassy.

Taste is nicely grainy, floral, with a hint of white grapes. Clean, crisp, drinkable.

Mouthfeel is likewise crisp and light, refreshing.

Overall a really nice, restrained, balanced pilsner.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz bottle at 41 F poured into a pint glass. No date or code.

Pours somewhat hazy golden with a big white head that fades at a medium pace. Medium to small amount of active carbonation. Smell is bready, grassy, summery, nice.

Taste is a somewhat bready finish, somewhat subtle hop bitterness, slight honeysuckle characteristic.

Mouthfeel is very light and effervescent. Overall, it's pretty good.

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Photo of mactrail
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 500 ml bottle purchased at the brewery restaurant in Bellingham. Clear pale golden in the Einbecker Pilsner glass with a plentiful foam and lots of spritz on the tongue.

Crisp and light, with a resiny tang. Moderately hoppy with a bitterness that gradually creeps up to the aftertaste. Some light and crackery malt, but a substantial mouthfeel. A pleasant tangy and brambly taste. The hops are fruity and a bit herbal tasting, with a piney note. Plenty of bitterness but no real bite.

Overall, a fine example of the Pilsner style and a great quaff.

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Photo of tongatim
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Pilsn's Pilsner. Bright pale yellow, white modest head. Classic noble hop aroma with grassy, flowery tones. A little less dry than some renditions, with typical Chuckanut top-quality German grain coming through, but nicely balanced with generous carbonation and lingering hop bitterness.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, collins pub

appearance: shaker pint, bright and clear golden-copper body, active white foam with light retention

smell: grassy hops, lemon rind, pepper, grains, honey

taste: a solid pilsner that could be in strong rotation come summer time - grassy noble hops, lemon rind, honey, toasted grains, a little peppery bite. nice stuff

mouthfeel: relatively high carbonation, light bodied and easy drinking

overall: a well-done pilsner...somewhat of an anomaly in the region

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the Brewpub on 2-16-12

A - Served a light yellow-orange with a foamy head that slowly fades leaving solid lacing down the side.

S - Ahh..smells like a pilsner.

T - Pilsner, ya know. Nutty, corn, yeast.

D - Good carbonationa and a medium-light body.

O - Good for the style, but not my style.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden-yellow with a finger of bright white head. Mild aroma with grain, grass, and a hint of citrus.

Moderate carbonation and a light, smooth mouthfeel. Nice mix of malt up front mixed with grass, pepper, and lemon, and a long finish that starts quite grainy and becomes more smooth and biscuity as it lingers.

Nice full-flavored pilsner. Solid all-around.

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Photo of BillHilly
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

64 oz growler, cracked couple hours after acquisition.

A: Nice lace, bright golden, clear, excellent yeasting on etching.

S: Classic pilsner hop, grainy

T: Very balanced on the bright hops, not a palate crusher like some pilsners can be

M: Fairly high carbonation, but not overdone for a lager

O: Excellent example of a pilsner...having drank many due to my connection to Czech, this beer is a worthy brew!

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Photo of ccrida
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the Collins Pub, Chuckanut Pils is clear pale gold with a white head leaving nice lace.

Smell is very muted, a light sweetness.

Taste is on the sweeter side grain wise, really nice presentation of the taste of the cereals. Nice floral note as well.

Mouthfeel is dry, crisp, light bodied.

Drinkability is good, this is a well made pils, flavorful without being overly so, and no off-flavors. Highly recommended and worth seeking out.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the money beer from these guys. Looks lovely and smells of fresh hops and dough. The beer is slightly grassy in the hops area but is so well balanced and drinkable that you want another. Considering that Boundary Bay is the ale king of the area it is great that the other brewery is a lager centered one. There are not many lagers in Washington compared to BC and this is one of the best.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.86/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured a clear light yellow with good carbonation and a small white head.

S: Nice for the style, does not smell overly sweet, grainy, or toasted. Just enough floral and grassy hops to keep it legit and true to style

T: Taste is grains, Noble hops leaving a nice grass and floral element, crisp, clean with a pronounced hop bittering

M: Mouthfeel is light, grainy with minimal booze, light sweetness and so refreshing that it's dangerous

O: Extremely drinkable, sessionable and the best American crafted German pils I have had and I really dig this style. There is a reason these guys and this beer cleans house at GABF and across the world! Could drink all day, anyday

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Photo of LazyL
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Chuckanut Brewery. Another crystal clear beer. Poured a bright straw with a pillowy white head. The nose is a little spicy and not much else. The taste is spicy, a bit soapy and has some pepper and clove. The mouthfeel is dry, clean and has a light body. Over all too dr and would be hard for me to go through two.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap at the Wedgwood Alehouse in Seattle.

Appearance: slightly hazy basic yellow color. Almost no head, but with a pub pour that's not too surprising. Still, what is a Pilsner but a clear, heady beverage?

Smell: sweet malt with a hint of grain and a nice dose of noble hops. Earthy and yummy smelling!

Taste: pretty grainy -- too grainy for my taste -- with a bit of sweet malt. Quite bitter for a Pilsner, but I like it; the hop character remains nobly earthy.

Mouthfeel: medium body with very low carbonation, especially for the style. Frankly, it's not my favorite at all; though it must be said it has a lot more body than a mega lager, and for that it gets points.

Drinkability: this beer is somewhat all over the place. I wish it had more carbonation, which would improve both the mouthfeel and the appearance. Still, it's not a bad beer, and I would not turn down another.

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Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewery the other day.

The beer pours a light gold color with good head retention and lacing. The beer has a very pilsner-like nose, with honey, biscuit dough and light pepper. This smells quite nice. The flavor profile in this beer is terrific, and tends to replicate the nose. There is a surprising amount of flavor in this beer, and it finishes with an excellent crisp, bitter finish. The beer is quite light, crisp and refreshing, and drinkability is superb.

No surprise at all that this beer showed well at the recent GABF. This is terrific stuff.

Update from 4/13. Sampled again recently at E9. I was curious to see if the beer had changed much since I had it at the brewery some years back, as Chuckanut has gone through several brewers since then. Happily, the beer was every bit as delicious at E9 in Tacoma as it was at the brewery. This beer is so easy to drink, it's hard not to just drink it right down at a sitting over the course of a few minutes. My pint was gone before I knew it. Just an altogether excellent pils.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.76/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As with the Vienna, Chuckanut's Pilsner shows flawless clarity, this time in sunny yellow with a smart cap of gleaming white lather. The body is ideally effervescent as it sweeps past the gullet. Striated lace forms easily as the beer drops down the glass.

This pilsner's taste is everything it should be. It is dry, spicy enough to garner distinction, yet still clean enough to finish with perfect refreshment value. The aroma is of vague cereal grain.

Pilsners don't always get the love they deserve in the craft beer world and that's too bad. They're neither the malt monsters nor hop bombs that often attract more attention. But this pilsner earns high marks for its perfect body and visual expression, its exceptional refinement, and complete ease of consumption.

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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 89 ratings