Captain James Jack
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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German Pilsner
Ranked #48
Ranked #17,215
3.87 | pDev: 13.95%
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Summer - Captain James Jack Pilsner - OMB developed this smooth, refreshing pilsner beer as our salute to the spirit, courage and resolve of Captain Jack and the members of the Mecklenburg Convention (see for more information). A classic northern German "Pils", this straw-colored lager is smooth, with a subtle yet assertive hoppiness that doesn't overwhelm your palate or the beer's malt backbone. A perfect summer refresher.
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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 165
Photo of beertunes
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to nc41 for this one from his box from NBS BIF#8. 12oz bottle poured into 14oz teku. Poured a lightly hazy straw gold color with 3/4 inch of white head that had moderate retention and lacing.

The aroma was the expected blend of grains and floral hops, with a bit of skunk hiding in the background.

Pretty similar on the tongue, hits all the expected notes, with just a touch of hop bite on the finish.

The body was a touch on the full side for the style, and smooth. The finish was nicely crisp and dry.

Drinkability was very nice, i could easily see knocking a few of these back out by the river.

Overall, a nicely solid example of the style. worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of hottenot
4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nice authentic German Pils. Not too hoppy, not too malty. No corn, rice, or sorghum in this one. Far better than the Miller Lite claiming to be a pilsner. Which it is not.

Very clean and could drink a few pretty easily. Probably one of the best pilsner beers you could get.

At least in the USA.

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Photo of Griffin2
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle dated 6/26/18 into a Pilsner glass.
L - Pours a yellow straw color with a white head that dissipates quickly.
S - Smells of sweet maltiness.
T - Tastes crisp with some nice maltiness.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Awesome summer beer.

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Photo of Squire
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light golden color with creamy white cap and lace.

Fresh clean aroma of white yeast rolls and floral, spicy hops.

Flavor is a good deal more hop forward than the scent indicated, not overtly so, rather the hops sing just a little louder than the malt. I won't go so far as to say unbalanced because it's not and the malt does surge forward occasionally but then drops back behind the hops.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Good effort here, a refreshing Pilsner style that's easy to drink and has a more meaningful hoppiness than standard Euro lagers.

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Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle; undated.
Pours pale golden with great clarity but a weak weak head.
Nicely balanced if mild aroma. The flavor also leans to the mild and malty sides for a pilsner.
Light bodied with near medium carbonation.

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Photo of PeeDidee
1.94/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Lacks the hoppy taste of a Pilsner .. Miller lite has better taste. Capt Jack is Rum and should stay that way, you want a true Pilsner Beer try “Jever”!

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with a fingernail of brilliant white on top. Faint grassy hop aroma. I'm tasting grassy hops and pale malt. The mouth is dry, crisp, and quaffable.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw yellow/gold.
Smell is spicy floral hops.
Taste is a pleasant grassy with just a hint of floral hops. Mild, crisp spicy bitter finish.
Very good pilsner.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear gold, with a one finger white head that moves to a thin lace, with good lace retention on the side of the glass. Smell is of floral hops and bread. The taste is right in line, with a slightly bitter zest finish. The feel is medium, at times almost creamy, with the carbonation coming in a scoche below medium. Overal, a tasty Pilsner from one of Charlotte's best breweries.

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4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Olde Mecklenburg Captain James Jack

A: This 4.8% German Pilsner pours a gorgeous, absolutely radiant gold. It is completely crystal clear. Unfortunately, carbonation is lazy, the completely white head was less than a finger even on a rather hard pour, and the lacing is spotty. 2.75/5

A: Wasting no time in redeeming itself, the aroma is excellent. Lots of spicy, earthy hops that also come off just a little floral, underpinned by fantastic malt complexity, very German in character: honey, sugar cookie, cracker, and rising bread dough. A yeasty sulfuric lager bite rounds it out with a tinge of minerality. It is tough to find any fault in this rich, intense, authentic, tantalizing take on a tough style to get right. 5/5

T: As impressive as the nose, though the hops have taken a little bit of a backseat. In fact, no one aspect really seems to want to take the spotlight. This is an ensemble piece, greater than the sum of its already impressive parts. Unlike many beers that have a distinct beginning, middle, and end on the palate, everything here hits almost simultaneously. Just barely edging everything else out of the gate, honeyed doughy malt leads the way. Hops come through with light lemon but mostly spicy earthiness. Both vying aspects develop a little over time, the maltiness shifting to a drier cracker tone, and the hops becoming grassy and lightly bitter. Finally, that minerality with a little sulfur hits. This is a great example of the style, but German varieties are shockingly actually hoppier, and in the interest of furthering the near-perfect balance, it would be nice to see a little more hopping here. 4.75/5

M: Here is another small slip up, with a slightly watery feel and low carbonation, which is not a good combination on the palate. The dryness is great and spot-on, but the carbonation is so lazy and the feel so watery that it is mostly uninteresting at best and distracting at worst. 3.25/5

O: This is one of the most "tale of two beers" that I have ever encountered. The aroma and flavors are awesome, but the appearance and mouthfeel are shockingly weak by contrast. Of course the former two are most important, but it is a whole product and should be judged as such. The little bit of lacking from the hops is the only flaw in the taste, and this is a pretty fresh bottle (about a month old), so I cannot blame that. That said, this is one of the most authentic tasting and smelling German pilsners I have encountered in the US. I would be more than happy to have this on the shelf here. Pair with Periphery's "Periphery III: Select Difficulty," an album that is musically very impressive but lyrically bankrupt. 4.5/5

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Photo of twage04
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served at OMB in a nice pilsner glass. Beer is a little fizzy but still close to medium carbonation. Nice sweet grainy aroma and taste is much the same with some floral german hops contributing. There is a great grainy, cracker like taste that you don't often find in pilsners. Overall a very good beer, although I'd probably like a little more hop presence to keep up with the grain.

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Photo of WittyBeerReference
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Interesting take on a pilsner. Good American pilsner I suppose. Was excited about Bros score of 95 didn't meet my expectation. Agree with current BA score of 87 Very Good. OMB is a quality brewery this is a unique pils just not a favorite. Its no Bitburger (current rating of 79 Okay) ;) So take it for what its worth. .2

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pokal at around 55 degrees F.

A: Pours a crystal clear, extremely pale yellow,not unlike an overhead projector transparency, and forms several fingers of fizzy, dense white head with fair retention. Bubbles stream continuously and rapidly through this beer.

S: Golden grain and a freshly baked biscuit slathered in a jelly of pear and white grapes, near a garden of goldenrod and honeysuckle.

T: Follows the nose rather closely, opening with floral tones that sail above a base of biscuity malt and light fruits, with just a faint tinge of honey. Grassy tones manifest as the beer moves along the palate, mingling with the flowers to present a somewhat meadowy flavor profile. The finish lingers as a bite of doughy biscuit sprinkled with fresh lawn clippings and flower petals.

M: Light and lively, this is an easy-drinking, crushable beer. Which would be a shame, as one would then miss how the flavor profile changes subtly as it warms.

O: That is a good, tasty pilsner.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The appearance has the crystal clear and carbonation thing down, but it is a very, very pale in color. Ot looks more like a champagne than a pils.

Smells very good, but sort of subdued. A bit skunky, but not as much as a Czech. Some zesty bright fruit, yeast,fresh grains,and some floral aromas.

It tastes a bit too sweet initially, but balances itself out quickly and has a nice toasted grain aftertaste with a hint of bitterness. It offers some lemon rind, cut grass, bready yeast, and honey with a bit of spice.

Not super crisp, but fairly dry with ample carbonation. Nice amount of body for 4.8%. Very easy drinking.

This is a very nice example of a German Pilsner.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a pint

A- pours a light and clear straw color with a thin foamy one-finger head that reduces to a film and leaves some lacing behind

S- floral and grassy hops, spicy yeast, Pilsner malt

T- crisp Pilsner malt up front with some spicy yeast and some grassy hops. The finish is crisp with a toasted linger

M- medium-light body with medium biting carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- solid Pilsner with high drinkability

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Photo of gopens44
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This thing is exactly what I had hoped. See, the trade was initiated by a conversation over well crafted Pilsners, where I was offered a chance to check this one out.

Looks spot on for what I thought it would be, as it is crystal clear yellow with active bubbling up to a big, frothy, white head. Lacing is artful but not overwhelming.

Nose offers the crisp noble hops that I expected as well with a touch of spice and floral "ness" in great balance.

Taste is just terrific with a nice biscuity opening that widens into pear before fading off into a peppery bitterness. I am really digging this!

Finishes off slightly on the "wetter" side of dry with nothing cloying or astringent. Just crisp and succinct on exit.

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Photo of blivingston1985
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden hay in color. Nice tight eggshell white head. Lovely texture. Pure and clean. Mouthfeel borders on envloping. Finish is nearly perfect. Damn fine pilesner as far as I can tell. Must try if visiting North Carolina. World class in my book.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2015-08-27 at the brewery on tap

A - Mostly clear straw yellow with a 1 finger white head and nice lace.

S - Rising bread, lemon and floral

T - Quite bready. Lemon. Moderate bitterness. Earthy spice. Tasty.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Soft indeed.

O - A very nice Pils.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
2.66/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served via keg at a Wingate, NC wedding reception. Pretty, deep color, and more lacing than I'd expect given the smallish head. Smell very muted, and I could appreciate some hoppiness in the flavor for the style, but there's something off here. A little sour, even. Not something I'd pursue again.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw color that is capped by a modest pearly white head; squiggles of lacing

Smell: Bready, but slightly sweet; grassy tones throughout

Taste: Bready and biscuity in the malts with just a bit of lingering sweetness; the grassy hops add balance but are a notch weaker than the malts

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Though I bought my bottle recently I now see it was brewed back in November; a fresher one might have a better hop profile; still, quite good

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Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Kegatron for gifting me with a bottle of this. 12oz bottle pours a clear straw yellow color with a white head that is quick to fade.

The smell is bready with grain, quite sweet and fresh. A hint of fruity alcohol/yeast ester is also present.

The taste is much the same with cereal-like grains with a mild mineral and carbonic bite that has a lasting clean grassy bitterness. A touch of fruitiness is present as it warms up.

This is light bodied and modestly carbonated. A fine summertime beverage you could toss back effortlessly.

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Photo of GlassOfHops
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw in color. Light grassy/bready nose. Clean and light with the desired smooth yet crisp mouthfeel. Diggin it though I think its a little light for my taste, which may be more traditional, but I'd prefer a Prima Pils.

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Photo of humuloner22
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Another win for this brewery that is located in my state. I think this is a perfect example of what a pilsner should taste like. Its isn't pretentious it is what it is, but it is done well. My only complaint as is the case a great deal of the time with craft breweries who make this style of beer is its on the pricey side. You can get a very similar beer in the macro world for a quarter of the price or at least a third. Nevertheless, this is a nicely balanced beer.

Malty, clear, crisp, with just the right amount of hops to balance everything out. This is a very enjoyable beer. I will buy it again, more than anything to convert more friends to this great world in which we live. There is more out there than just the macro's and guys like these tend to do it better.

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Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudy straw color with white head

Smell - lemon rind, hint of honey

Taste - grassy, lemon rind, slight bit of honey sweetness

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight bitterness upfront,crisp, clean, bready finish

Overall - good pilsner that is refreshing and is crisp & clean.

22 oz bottle

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale to medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint hints of straw yellow. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready and cracker malts with light aromas of floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of bready and cracker malts with some light to moderate amounts of sweetness, almost like from a corn adjunct. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of floral hops and just a hint of spicy hops.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Clean and crisp.

O: A nice example of a classic pilsner - another very good German beer from Olde Mecklenburg as I have come to expect. Very enjoyable and easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Definitely one to grab again, especially in the warm summer.

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