Captain James Jack Pilsner | The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good
37 Reviews
Captain James Jack PilsnerCaptain James Jack Pilsner
BEER INFO

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

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 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
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
140
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
27.3%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
25
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 140
Photo of twage04
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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 -11.7%
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 +9.9%
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 -0.8%
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 -4.6%
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 +4.6%
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 +13.8%
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 -3.3%
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 -32.1%
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 +2%
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 -9.9%
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 +3.1%
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 +2%

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 +2%
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 +1%
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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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a pilsner glass, the beer is a bright, pale, crystal clear, golden-yellow coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy, white head. Nose of floral hops and toasted grains, remaining subtle throughout. Flavors of toast, honey, and floral hops on a crisp, tight body. The aftertaste is subtle berry sweetness and toast. Clean, crisp finish.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bomber into a tulip. 8/6/13 bottling date.

Pours a crisp light golden color with a nice inch and half white head. Refreshing, crisp, smooth aroma with a touch of lemon zest and malts. Taste is true to style with a good amount of sweet citrus mixed with bready malts and noble hops. Lemon grass, floral. Refreshing. Just a real easy drinking pils. Light bodied, mild carbonation.

OMB never disappoints and this is no exception. Recommended.

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Photo of Mojo
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber -> Grand Teton snifter

A - very crystal clear medium gold with a small head, a small retention ring and no real lacing to speak of.

S - very subtle on the nose, mostly floral

T - very smooth easy to drink. Kind of bready with a mild bitter finish

M - medium thick, with no real aftertaste, not as much carbonation as I would have liked.

O - nothing not to like about this beer, but it doesn't blow you away with awesomeness either. But it is a perfect summer beer, light, refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Carolina Beer Company, Charlotte Airport Terminal D

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that died down and left a patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderae aromas of bready and cracker malts are present in the nose along with faint hints of floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a bit malty and a little sweet. The cracker malts stand out in particular. Hints of yeast and spices are present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice pilsner. The cracker malts make it unique when compared to the bready malt flavors that dominate the style.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tap at the brewery.

Pours a light gold with a white head that dissipates to a lacing.

Light citrus and grassy malt aroma.

Flavor of citrus, grassy malts, and lemongrass.

Light body with mild carbonation on the tongue.

Solid, flavorful pils, very sessionable, definitely worth having.

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Photo of n2185
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: pilsner and crstal malts on the nose with sweet bread and biscuit aromas. Slight piny hop aromas well.

T: pilsner malts with sweet breads and biscuity flavors. Piny hop flavors bring up a clean finish.

M: light body with medium carbonation, this beer is light, crisp, and refreshing.

O: a good pilsner overall. Clean, tasty, and refreshing.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of B33R
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love It!  
                                                                          

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ive heard so many good things about this beer, and now I finally get to try it! Bottled on Nov. 16.

Nice clear yellow body. Initially, it had a soda pop fizz (hell it even sounded like pop), now theres a shell of the once 3/4 inch bright white head and a small amount carbonation.

Slick, grainy malt dominate the smell. Slight earthy hops and malt round out what is a light, slick, drinkable German Pilsner.

Earthy malt dominates the taste exactly like it should. Earthy, spicy noble hops just come and go intermittently, and i love it. Very slick taste and feel, which nicely balances out the super earthy characteristic from the malt and spicy, herbal hops.

This is a very good German Pilsner, and precisely what Ive come to expect from Olde Mecklenburg. Well done, guys!

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