Captain James Jack Pilsner | The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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BA SCORE
3.82/5
Very Good
152 Ratings
Captain James Jack PilsnerCaptain James Jack Pilsner
BEER INFO

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

Style: German Pilsener

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:
#15,190
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
152
pDev:
13.61%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
31
Trade:
1
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Reviews by bobhits:
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3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A beer under 5% made in ameirca and sold in bombers? I wasn’t aware such a thing were possible. Hand written bottled on date of 5-10-11. I guess with the elections nearly in full swing what better time to cheers to independence and democracy, and once again mixing politics with beer. Truly no two things were more made for each other!

Crystal clear light golden straw colored body, mild carbonation, and a thin head with decent lacing. So yeah as most pilsner’s fizzy yellow beer. Nothing stands out here to make me expect much.

The nose is a blast of Euro smelling hops (think Nobel Pils) with intensely sweet caramel malt. Two very distinct aromas that comes one after the other. The sweetness starts to turn to toffee and toast while never turning to the darker malt bills like an irish red would.

Citrus dry hops open, but they are quickly dominated by a very strong malt bill. This beer actually does remind me of some of the better milds and even reds I’ve had from England. I am a bit surprised at the malt’s flavor here as the 4.9% would lead me to expect a touch less sweetness. Instead this beer comes off rather malt forward even with a pretty aggressive hop profile.

A lot thicker in body thanks to being well carbonated without going over the top. Still I was hoping for a bit more crisp and clean summer like effects and instead this one drinks heavier than it is.

A rather surprising offering from an American brewer and I’m glad to have received this extra. I personally never would have picked this one up as I imagine the price was high given the bomber format and the style leads to rather unimpressive beers normally. This is for somewhat interested in malt a FAR better beer than Sam Adams Nobel Pils and even this hop head would go for this on tap before the Sam. Cheers to the brewer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of gopens44
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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 stakem
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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 MichaelProcton
2.66/5  rDev -30.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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

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

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #64 (May 2012):

LOOK: Crystal-clear pale gold, three fingers of head

SMELL: Fresh grass, dusty biscuits, spicy herbal hop, very clean, bread crust

TASTE: Deep smoothness, very crisp, clean, biscuity, spicy hop, balanced bitterness, slightly herbal, bready, mild nuttiness, very dry finish

Close to perfection in a style that is nearly impossible to reach. Balanced and easy to knock back, and still shows off some depth. A great example of American craft brewers making amazing lagers that easily rival their European counterparts.

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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

On tap at the brewery. Served in a Pils glass. Pour a clear gold, with a sudsy bright-white cap that leaves back a healthy amount of rich lacing down the sides. Smells fresh, leafy and spicy, with a zesty citrus presence that is mostly lemon. The taste has a tight and zesty citric bitterness that zips the tongue. An equally tight malt backbone works with that citrus, giving this tanginess across the back. Spice lingers in the finish. The feel is medium and lively in the mouth with a fair amount of sharpness to the carbonation. I think that the hoppiness of this style of Pils holds back the overall drinkability of this for me a bit but there is no doubt that this is extremely well made for what it is. Another very solid beer here from the OMB.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Photo of Treyliff
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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Captain James Jack Pilsner from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 152 ratings
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