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Pilsner | Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen

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Brewed by:
Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen
Washington, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by beertunes on 08-21-2009

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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of ZedMikey
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.86/5  rDev +23.4%
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 AdamSkylar
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RedDiamond
4.76/5  rDev +20.8%
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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Photo of piclee
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Noooddle
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DOCRW
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kopfschuss
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of tongatim
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Pocker
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
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 John_M
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
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 udubdawg
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of ckornmannn
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
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 ThirstyDutchman
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Aleforme
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of adkieffer
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of TwoTrees
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of canucklehead
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of BillHilly
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
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 VashonGuy
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Moose90
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Taybeh
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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