Captain James Jack Pilsner | The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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3.82/5
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160 Ratings
Captain James Jack PilsnerCaptain James Jack Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
North Carolina, United States
oldemeckbrew.com

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 www.May20thSociety.org 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.

Added by CBlack85 on 05-12-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,491
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
160
pDev:
14.14%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
34
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of hottenot
4.88/5  rDev +27.7%
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 +0.8%
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 Ladnar
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Squire
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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 nonnie864
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
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 Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PeeDidee
1.94/5  rDev -49.2%
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 jwclt
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rclangk
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hilton - Charlotte

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of captaintrash
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of breardon1776
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Franziskaner
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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 ejimhof
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of reebtaerG
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrMullet
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +3.9%
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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Photo of ScottL1966
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of THANAT0PSIS
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
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 LooseMoose1978
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of twage04
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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 MoonDon
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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Captain James Jack Pilsner from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 160 ratings