Back Cove
Rising Tide Brewing Company

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German Pilsner
Ranked #157
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3.88 | pDev: 10.05%
Rising Tide Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Notes: The Back Cove tidal basin lies at the heart of our city and provides the most iconic view of the Portland skyline. As a tribute to the civic leaders who preserved a park encircling Back Cove 100 years ago, we offer this crisp, easy drinking pilsner.

Back Cove is a North German-style pilsner fermented with kellerbier yeast. Harmoniously balanced, with hints of orchard fruit, clean malt and earthy bitterness.
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Photo of sulldaddy
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampling a cold 16 oz can poured into my snifter. Beer was picked up about a month ago at a shop and has a date stamp of 6-11-2019.
The beer pours a clear bright gold hue, very champagne color with a bubbly bleached white head of 4 cm foaming up and fading to a thin edge layer. Leaves good tight lattice after each sip.
Aroma is spot on for a pilsner with some grainy malt and a bit of cracker note and a little light sweetness. Some mild herbal hop character shows through too. Nose is mild though overall.
First sip reveals a light and crisp body with smooth texture and very fine and tingly carbonation. Easy drinking physical traits.
Flavor is similar to nose predictions with grainy malt up front then some husky notes and a bit of sweet note, sort of light fruit actually. Hops show up as herbal tea flavor and a little bit of a vegetal note. Crisp clean finish on the beer.
Pretty solid easy drinking brew. Glad to have tried this one

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Photo of jlindros
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No can date, but picked up at the brewery a few days ago
Pours a large fizzy foamy 1 finger head that fades at a med to quicker pace, mild to medium retention, little lacing, crystal clear straw light-yellow color

Nose light pilsner malt, little grainy straw, light floral slight herbal hop, very light in general, as it warms a bit more pilsner malt, light corn, but still light

Taste brings a little sweet grainy malt, actually a fair amount of grain-sweet pilsner malt, little doughy grainy cereal like, a touch of corn but barely, not a super rich pilsner malt character but some in there, medium hop bitterness with some floral herbal hops, drier finish with a bit more hop crispness, and some mineral/salts kicking in bringing a touch more crisp hop bitterness but I don't get straight up sulfates, as it warms a bit more doughy pilsner malt with more corn, a touch of fruit esters, and more herbal hop, that fruitiness gets a little off, maybe due to using the kellerbier yeast instead of a true German Pilsner yeast

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bod, a bit of a soft lager, medium to a bit higher carb

Overall not bad, an enjoyable pilsner without much going on, no real flaws, but doesn't have a lot of character either

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Photo of beersampler6
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very nice tasting pilsner with very well-balanced flavors and feel. Pours a crisp, clear golden color with a lot of fluffy white head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells mainly of some malt, corn, grain and a little faint muddled hops. Taste follows the nose. The balance and crispness of this beer is very well-done and there isn't an overabundance of sweeter malts at the beginning, nor is there too much bitter hoppiness at the finish. Smooth, thin, mild mouthfeel and just enough carbonation. Enjoyable and fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of superspak
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 11/27/2018. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of lemon, cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, wood, pepper, pine, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malts and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big lemon, cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, wood, pepper, pine, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, wood, pepper, pine, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness and balance of pale malts and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with no fruity/yeasty notes present. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Light lingering resins through the glass. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a delicious German pils. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malts and earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish, not aggressive. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Awesome clean pils malt showcase, with perfectly balanced noble hops. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive spot on style example.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Kinda sweet on the front almost that transitions to a prominent bitter hop bite to finish. Medium body, plenty of head and sticky lacing clinging to the glass. Middle of the road, the sweet threw me off a little though.

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Photo of illpass78
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 oz. at the brewery. Served in a wide mouthed stem glass.

Appearance: A clear straw with a thin film of white bubbles.

Aroma: Fruit, sweet malts, grass.

Taste: Follows nose. Clean and crisp. Good stuff. Nice sharp bite. Earthy and grassy.

Overall: Had been wanting to try this for a while. Hits all the noses you want in a good pils.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that left a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts and grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bready malts with strong notes of grassy hops and a light to moderate amount of associated bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This pilsener has a good balance between the malts and hops in the taste.

Serving type: can

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Photo of puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 16 oz can that was packaged 06/26/18. Sampled on August 20, 2018.

Bright straw yellow, heady pour with excellent clarity, which is the way a Pilsener should look.

Nice sweet, toasted bread and biscuit aroma with grass and herbal notes in the background. Smells clean.

Effervescent light to medium bodied beer. Smooth texture.

The taste is sweet and toasty with the grassy, herbal hops kicking up at the finish. Lingering, mildly dry bitterness to end it.

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Photo of Beer_Maineiac
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfully clear, with a thin, somewhat transient head. Surprisingly obstinate lacing.

Clean, crisp smell of grass, fruit and spice. Surprisingly bold taste for a Pilsner. Finishes cool, crisp, delightful
I really enjoyed this beer, both as a departure from the seemingly never-ending onslaught of New England IPAs, and, for what it is — delightful in its own rite.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautifully clear golden pour with a frothy, soapy cap of white head. Loving the variation of hues in the increasing number of locally produced pilsners. The range runs from cloudy to clear is this is one of the clearest I’ve seen.

Aroma and taste is that deceptively complex but “simple” mix of toasted bread, cracker and artisan dough. Bready and doughy through and through with a trailer of grassy and spicy hops. Clean and pronounced; malt before hops all the way.

Drinks crisp and finishes fairly dry; so easy to down a glass in short order. Great beer.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. Can 1/25/18 opened on 2/15/18. Never Filtered. Never pasteurized.

A sparkling, bubbly and bright golden color. Thick and creamy, crystal white cap. Holds on tight, excellent lacing. Fat chunks of lace stick all over the glass like leftover sea foam on a rocky shore. Constant foamy coverage is very impressive.

The aroma is actually very bold for a pilz, but features all of the classic players: musky, sweet and sour yeast, green grassy, veggie and spicy hop effect with a freshly baked bread and wild honey thing from the malted barley. Super excellent pilzy nose.

O.k, now...see I really like traditional style German Pilsners, much like how the Vermont based Von Trapp brewers do it. Fresh and awesome but sticking with the traditional style guidlines instead of just adding more hops. With that being said; I feel Rising tide seriously nailed it! Bready, herbal, dry and crisp malty bite and taste has some big layers of complexity for this style. Fresh herbs, spicy and tangy hops, dried golden wheat and maybe spelt, sour-bready but crisp malt...extra tangy and herbal! All ingredients seem very fresh and utilized to their maximum effect. This is easily one of the most complex and enjoyable German-style pilsners created here in America that I've ever had.

The body is very light, crazy crispy, fresh and healthy mouthfeel. Soo damn easy to crush but complex enough to ponder.

Top shelf quality Pilsner. Complex, enjoyable, classic and fresh.

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Back Cove from Rising Tide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 25 ratings