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Captain James Jack Pilsner | The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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

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

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

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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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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4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WittyBeerReference
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
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 msscott1973
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
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 +1.8%
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 -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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Photo of ZanF
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TurboBrew
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Captain James Jack Pilsner from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
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