Captain James Jack Pilsner | The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

very good
149 Ratings
Captain James Jack PilsnerCaptain James Jack Pilsner

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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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 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

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of damjadi
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very true-to-style German Pils.

Light body, no chill haze. Beautifully clear.

Light hop and hay aroma.

A real nice euro-hop with a clean finish and good malt backbone.

Good mouthfeel.

Excellent choice for those stuck on this side of the Atlantic!

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4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I hesitated to review this beer for a few days, as my previous reviews of OMB already probably make me look like a company shill...but this Pilsner is so outstanding I had to review it.

Served from the 50 l keg in my kegerator into a pilsner flute.

A: Very pale yellow with that subtle greenish hue you sometimes see in northern German pilsners. Crystal clear with a two-finger head that dissipates but leaves nice lacing all the way down the side of the glass.

S: Light grains, with maybe some graham-cracker hints. The malt is balanced by a spicy note from the hops. Very subtle overall.

T: Sweet pilsner malt backbone followed by a spicy, almost black peppery hop character and a crisp, dry finish. Delicious and, as always with OMB, perfectly balanced.

M: What else can be said about the mouthfeel of Olde Meck's beers? Perfection.

Overall I find this to be one of Olde Meck's strongest offerings. I didn't expect to like it as much as I do, but somehow OMB never fails to exceed my expectations, so I shouldn't be surprised. Perilously drinkable.

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4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
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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4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
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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4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
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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4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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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