Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #30
Ranked #11,297
3.98 | pDev: 11.81%
Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen
Washington, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 94 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Almost clear, deep yellow with a nicely settling head that is already leaving solid lacing
Aroma: Floral hops, cut grass, pilsner malt, and a little lemongrass
Taste: Follows nose but the lemon note is especially more pronounced (as is everything). Super clean, crisp, and unbelievably refreshing
Mouthfeel: Great. Medium carbonation, full bodied but light and only lightly dry on the finish
Overall: Tasty stuff and glad I had the chance to try it. Hits all the right notes and a very authentic-tasting take on one of my favorite styles. Prost!

Aug 28, 2020
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Reidrover from Oregon

4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint on the patio of Westside Taphouse in Salem.
Lovely evening.
Pours the expected gold body..small white head.
Very nice traditional aromas..grassy floral hops and pale malts. Simple yet so hard to get right.
Taste is the same very traditional German pils.. excellent.
Great mouth feel..dry finish.
Excellent beer right up there with Heater Allen.

Aug 03, 2020
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Completely filtered orange-gold hue like wearing orange tinted glasses. Rising streams of bubbles and a couple fingers of dense sudsy froth, settling down gradually and leaving spotty lace on the glass.

S: Grass is very prominent along with honey. Lemon and slight peppercorn.

T: Good balance between the malt (fantastic malt), floral qualities, and muted citrus.

F: Mosty crisp but smooth. Fine carbonation and good mouthfeel for the ABV.

O: This pils puts the brewer's talent on display. It has fantastic balance and presence and I would drink many more despite it not being my favorite style. Very well done.

May 23, 2020
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Squire from Mississippi

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light golden yellow color with good white cap and lacing.

Aroma of fresh yeast rolls with floral, spicy hops.

Flavor starts with a firm hop presence that is reined back just short of bitterness. Very solid hop backbone fleshed out by bready malt that rounds things off nicely. The grain has depth and the hops have brightness. Simple flavors presented with complexity, balance and sophistication.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

If the Lager world is a base of gravel this is a gold nugget that shines out.

Nov 08, 2019
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HipCzech from Texas

4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Apr 27, 2019
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strohme2 from Michigan

4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Apr 14, 2019
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

**edit 28 Aug 2020**
side by side, a Chuckanut Bohemian pils ( undated, butpurchased last week) ,a Heater Allen pils (canned 26 June) and a Moonlight Reality Czeck (canned 15 July)
Chuckanut is grassier with blend of lemon peel and lemon pith and with minimal sweetness. It also has the most straw of the bunch. The Heater Allen has a faint DMS note that pairs well with the sharper,more aggressive hops. The Moonlight manages to blend a soft, doughy honey note into into a firmly lemongrass like hope note. On the palate, it's close between the Chuckanut and Moonlight. The Heater Allen is just rougher, a little sweeter and less flavorful than the others. The Chuckanut and Moonlight are similar, clearly variations on a theme, with the Chuckanut being crisper while RC is a little oilier with its hops. Both have similar soft, doughy malt character, though the hop oils are a little better Integrated into the RC. The finish on the Cnut is a little thin, a little watery, while the RC is firm through and through. The HA, though, is brash, a little messy and with a slight vegetal note. Overall, the RC wins, with a soft, integrated beauty to it that's marvelous.
Scores for Nose/taste/mouthfeel:
HA: 3.75/3.75/3.75
Chuckanut: 4.5/4.5/4.25
RC: 4.5/4.75/4.75

Jan 13, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev -1%
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.

Jun 02, 2018
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ckornmannn from Washington

4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Oct 02, 2017
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VashonGuy from Washington

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Mar 07, 2017
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Oct 01, 2016
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AWolfAtTheDoor from Washington

4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Oct 25, 2015
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Taybeh from Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Aug 08, 2015
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Pocker from Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Aug 08, 2015
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draheim from Washington

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Nov 02, 2014
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snaotheus from Washington

3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Jul 13, 2014
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mactrail from Washington

3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Jun 26, 2014
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tongatim from Washington

4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

May 11, 2014
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dirtylou from New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Mar 26, 2012
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Mar 13, 2012
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grittybrews from Washington

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Feb 20, 2012
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BillHilly from Washington

4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

Dec 27, 2011
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ccrida from Oregon

3.86/5  rDev -3%
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.

Oct 19, 2011
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canucklehead from Canada (BC)

4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Sep 16, 2011
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barleywinefiend from Washington

4.86/5  rDev +22.1%
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

Aug 08, 2011
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