Orange Blossom Pilsner² (Squared) | Thomas Creek Brewery

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Orange Blossom Pilsner² (Squared)Orange Blossom Pilsner² (Squared)

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Thomas Creek Brewery
South Carolina, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 139
Photo of WoodBrew
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried a can of this at Oudette's in Florence, Alabama. It poured a clear golden with no head and no lace. The scent had hints of honey. The taste was bitter leaning. Sweet honey on front....alcohol on the finish. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it's what I would expect a mead to taste like.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first gander into Imperial Pilsners. At 11% this beer should be boozy, but it's not. The mouthfeel is where this beer excels, and it where it wanes is its lack of hop character. Definitely a nice sipper, a little sweet for my current palate, but the lingering honey, orange, and cream soda notes are well executed. I've never tried the original -OBP, so I can't compare it.

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Photo of rawfish
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Extra in a trade with an awesome FL BA. Thanks Brandon!

Dark, darker than the orange blossom honey that was used to brew it. Forms a small half finger head which has practically no staying power. Lacing licks the edges of the glass leaving temporary marks.

I guess I didn't read the label clearly when I first poured this, honey soaked biscuits, orange starburst, spearmint, some lemon pledge and boozy. Label says 11%, wowza!

Thick simple syrup, molasses and caramel pile it on with a backing of honey flavor that oozes through the finish. Hops are a now show, a tickle of grass and husky grains with some balancing bitterness. Alcohol is sensed but the malt character in this lager is just too dominant.

Heavy, syrupy and damn near cloying at times, the large malt (not so much the alcohol) kills the drinkablility of this beer. The carbonation is very smooth...not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Maybe hide the bottle and call this a barleywine and I'd be on the other side of the fence.

Ironically if this were called a wheatwine it would be rated probably alot higher and no one would bat an eye. Interesting aroma, hints of chemical and natural complexity, I really can't tell which. The flavor is golden when it comes to malt, with nothing else to balance and the honey just about crowns it. I just can't get past the fact that this is a pilsner and it 180s nearly everything I has hopes for when I cracked it.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into shaker pint. Best Before date 5.16.13.

Look- Darker than typical for a pilsner, somewhere around light amber. Big, crackly head to start, settles down to a half-finger of off-white froth that sticks around for a while. Plenty of visible carbonation. Respectable lacing for the ABV.

Smell- Reminds me of shortbread or honey-spread fresh biscuits. Quite sweet, but not overly so for something with honeycomb on the bottle.

Taste- This is where I did a double-take and checked the label. I hadn't realized that this one weighed in at 11%; go figure. Good one on me for that. It's not boozy at all, but I was expecting something a bit lighter. Honey, biscuit, pilsener malt. Something of a dried mango/pineapple flavor. Aftertaste is of honey and cream soda. A beer to savor.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, exceptionally so. Mild carbonation is present on the sip, but overall it feels like drinking twice-steeped tea with honey and cream. Pretty clean, surprisingly dry finish. Not a quick drinker.

Overall- It's not bold for an 11% brew, and I'd certainly recommend having this as the first beer of the night, as the light toasty-honey-nougat flavor would be easy to lose and otherwise it's fairly plain. I'd have a second if I'd bought more than the one bottle... and stop there, this could be dangerous. I'm not sure how the brewers pulled this one off, but bravo- this could have easily been a sticky, sweet, boozy mess and it comes off as a pleasant well-balanced sipper. Even without any other double-honey 10%+ lagers to compare this to, I feel pretty strongly that this one would be significantly better than average.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 3/1/12.

A - Pours a bright amber color with perfect clarity. There is no head whatsoever. I may have mistaken it for apple juice if it weren't for the very thin white halo clinging to the circumference of the surface. Not much in the lacing department. I guess the lack of head and clarity could be attributed to the style and high alcohol, but it doesn't look much like a beer to me.

S - Extremely sweet aroma. Honey, citrus, grape juice, and alcohol are the primary smells. I can't help but think that this beer smells exactly like Wild Irish Rose. Way too sweet and boozey. I am not looking forward to the first sip.

T - The honey makes itself known from the very beginning. Sweet cherry, apple, and black grape juice accompany some bready malt. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. It is very sweet, but not cloying. It tastes a bit like a beer/wine/cider hybrid.

M - Medium body with some subtle carbonation. Clean finish without much alcohol burn.

O - I received this beer as an extra in a trade and wasn't sure what to expect from this "Pilsner." It is brewed with honey, so I knew it would be sweet. The smell was nauseating, but the flavor was acceptable. Good fruit flavors and no sign of the 11% alcohol. I am glad it wasn't a bomber, because I was growing tired of it by the end of the 12 oz. pour. To be fair, it wasn't the worst beer I have tried and I always appreciate unique and experimental brews. I don't endorse this beer fully, but if you tend to like beers with some wine or cider characteristics, give it a try.

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Photo of DaveHack
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very a very clear golden color with a very thin head.

Smells sweet and boozy

At first taste it 'almost' sweet. Not sure how else to explain that. Definately taste honey as it goes down, and then there is a slight alcohol burn...but it is very small for an 11% beer.

There is a mellow creaminess in the mouth. Feels pretty sticky and thick. Very dessert in nature.

This is a pretty interesting and exciting experiment. I kinda like it, and kinda don't. It's really hard to explain. I think 12 ounces is just too much (at least for me). The proper serving would be 3 or 4 ounces after dinner. I really think it should be tried though, it is a very creative and different beer.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear orange glass holds a thin cover of white that leaves tide marks of lace.

Smell: Sweet, borderline cloying honey with a hot alcohol vapor.

Taste: The honey flavor is nice, a bit white wine but balances well with the malt base. The floral citric orange is nice, but a touch artificial.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, average carbonation, dry finish.

Overall: My wife liked it much more than I, so was happy to share. It's good, just a bit too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear honey. No head to speak of, a wispy off white ring, but hey, it's 11%.
Smell: sweet and malty, not very assertive.
Taste: as the nose predicts. Sweet and malty, but not a lot happening. Tasty and pleasant but not anything grand.
Mouthfeel: pretty thick and chewy.
Overall: tasty and pleasant, but again nothing grand.

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Photo of ONUMello
2.4/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Transparent orange; a 1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly
S: Smells like orange marmalade. The orange is quite pronounced, along with honey. Interesting, though not much else there.
T: Sweet, honey, orange. Nothing else.
M: Sweet and thick.Not pleasant at all.
O: Dumped down the drain after taking two sips. Interesting for sure, good if you want a quick buzz at 11%, but I couldn't drink it.

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Photo of prototypic
2.96/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Huge thanks to csmiley for the bottle!

Orange Blossom Pilsner Squared pours a copper color. It’s mostly clear. Definitely has an orange tint when held to light. A soft, white head tops it off. It only stands about a finger tall. Retention was definitely short, and lacing was rather light. Probably too much abv for it to survive.

The nose is not very good. It’s a little lacking in strength. The first whiff smells quite medicinal. Alcohol comes through loud and clear. No big shock there. It’s an 11% abv Pilsner after all. There is a light orange scent. Honey comes through as well. It’s a little sweet smelling. It smells a bit grainy and earthy. All in all, it’s just okay. Not very good.

The flavor is very average. It’s a little earthy and grainy up front. I’m definitely getting Pilsner malt. There’s a bit of a sweet flavor, but not as much as you might expect. There is an orange flavor, but it’s much more subtle than it should be. Honey seems to come through a bit stronger. It works okay with the malt flavor, but not great. Alcohol is strong in the mix. It’s definitely on the boozy side. Perhaps a little warm. Finishes with a mix of grainy notes and honey.

The body is medium. Carbonation is dialed down pretty nicely. It doesn’t have a bad feel, but it’s not quite smooth. Nonetheless, this is one of its stronger attributes. Drinkability is rather limited. The flavor isn’t great and it’s big. Very big. Too big….

Orange Blossom Pilsner Squared isn’t very good. It’s okay at best. Frankly, the orange and honey flavors just don’t work well with the Pilsner malt base. It’s also too big and too boozy. 11% abv is far too much for this one. As a novelty, I guess it’s interesting and perhaps worth a try. Stick with a single bottle if you can.

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Photo of shanblur
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 6/3/12 printed neck of bottle. Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a clear light orange with a minimal white head. Definite effervescence present. No lacing.

S - A slight citrus quality which is overpowered by a sweet honey aroma.

T - Sweetness abounds in the taste. No hops detected. Not a complex taste, just sweet.

M - Oily with little to no carbonation.

Not a bad beer. Definitely can't tell it is 11% alcohol by the taste. I could see this working as a pairing with food.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a nice, yet quickly dissipating head.

Smells of sweet bread that fades into pineapple Lifesavers. Interresting.

Cherry Lifesavers followed by honey, sweet bread, caramel malt, alcohol. Strange, but good.

The feel is thick and syrupy with light prickly carbonation.

A sipper, and fairly pleasant. Sweet and good for dessert.

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Photo of EgadBananas
2.01/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark orange. minimal white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is faint, with some orange and sugar notes.

Candied sweetness, but you do get some of the orange blossom. You feel the alcohol, but not much taste of it.

Slightly syrupy, and slick. It's a bit of a mess on the palate.

I'm curious as to the point of this beer. The viscosity and alcohol completely ruin any chance of pilsner crispness and refreshing qualities. Not everything works if you "Imperialize" it, and this is a shining example.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.97/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Why is this a Herbed/Spiced brew? American Strong Ale, all the way. It tastes like a super-powered Cream Ale. The beer is amber-orange, and has a very small wisp of white suds atop. The nose is slightly sweet with a good amount of grainy and spicy notes. The flavor is fairly boozy, though it is not unexpected given the ABV, and is lightly toasty and caramelized. It is not great but it is not bad at all. It is worth noting that the orange blossom honey is not noted.

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Photo of PDXHops
1.66/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

On tap in a shaker pint (which quite frankly was about 8-10 ounces to much). See-thru orange with a finger's worth of creamy head initially. This mostly fades away fairly quickly, but leaves some scattered lacing here and there.

The only aroma suggesting this is a beer is a hint of graininess. Otherwise, it smells remarkably like a creamsickle. Thickish, syrupy and EXCRUCIATINGLY sweet. Some citric hops and husky grain flounder in a sea of marshmellow fluff and orange hard candy. I realize the honey the feature ingredient here, but this is overkill. At home it would have been a drainpour; at the bar, I left 2/3 of it untouched. Strong recommendation to avoid (unless you're a fan of underattenuated messes like Creme Brulee and Dark Lord; in that case, this may be a treat for you).

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Photo of UnDeadly
1.89/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, Glass stein

Appearance - Orange-red, quite dark for a pilsner, or even imperial pilsner. Moderate carbonation but almost zero head or lacing.

Smell - Lightly floral, perfumey, smells sticky-sweet, not in a particularly good way. Some alcohol notes as well.

Taste - Ugh, wow, not a fan. I get those floral notes but its as if it was flavoring cheap store-brand medicine. Some honey notes in the mid, but finishes with a cheap diet soda flavor.

Mouth Feel - Thin mouthfeel, stinging carbonation, and significant heat from the alcohol.

Overall - Wow, my first real drainpour. Ever. Seriously, I've powered through some pretty bad homebrews in my day, but my God, this is the worst beer I have had in a long time. The flavors were cheap and medicinal, the alcohol was certainly not well hidden, and it was overall just a painful experience. I want to wash it off my tongue with BMC.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.12/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear orange with a darker brown highlight. Nearly no head bit decent lacing.

Smells very sweet, strong honey presence and a touch of spicey hop bitterness. A touch of floral notes as well. Very clean all around though.

The sweet honey flavor is still predominant but the spicey hoppiness definitely begins to shine through. Has a clean bite and only a touch of booziness.

Has a light bodied mouthfeel with a crisp and somewhere between creamy and foamy carbination. Dry crisp finish.

Dangerously drinkable. Could easily down a few of these and this may be deceptive with what it could do to you.

Overall a really clean and crisp beer with some potent flavor that really impresses the palate while remaining relatively calm. Im pretty impressed.

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Photo of boudreaux
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Jewel clarity and a warm, deep honey-amber color; steady stream of small bubbles slowly rises to meet a foamy cream head that quickly dissipates to leave little/no lacing; almost looks like apple juice after a minute or two

S: Fairly simple; sweet and malty with honey and golden raisins most prominent; also slightly floral notes

T: Rich, sweet malt leads off; followed by a slightly citrus/orange notes; honey and clove spices also present; boozy flavor is a constant

M: Burst of carbonation gives a fresh, fizzy mouthfeel; medium body, with a warming effect due to the alcohol

D: Too heavy, with a high ABV, to make it a session; definitely goes down easy enough though

Overall, a good, rich flavor that seems to work even at colder temperatures. I'd recommend having one or two.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a snifter.

A: It pours a transluscent dark red color with some orange hues and not even a semblance of a head.

S: Orange, honey, and mild pilsner malt.

T: Orange, honey, and mild pilsner malt; shocking. It tastes good but it has the complexity of Kool-Aid.

M: The body is medium-thick with a small amount of carbonation and no noticeable alcohol heat.

D: This goes down too easily and is most similar to a mild-flavored and weaker bodied wheatwine.

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Photo of gfsufb
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this served from a bottle at Fifty brews in Orlando. Must say I prefer the original much more. This beer smells amazing but its taste is over the top. It feels syrupy in the mouth and is beyond sweet. It almost tastes like a mead not a beer. Overall this would not be a choice as despite the high alcohol content the level of sweetness is just too much.

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Photo of beersensei305
2.99/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This 'pilsner' pours a deep golden hue with a tinge of red. No head no lacing. The smell is slightly sweet but mostly of booze. This beer has a strong flavor, mostly honey and alcohol. There is a slight taste of orange. Sadly, this beer has potential but doesn't deliver, it just gets you drunk and quick. Great to taste but you can only really have one... I made the mistake drank the four pak and had a major hangover. Try it...

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.18/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz.

Pours a basically clear orange amber with a white head that retains as a lacing.

Smells of honey and sweet malts.

Tastes incredibly rich and sweet. Honey and sugar malts mixed with mild citrus orange and potent spices.

Feels moderate with slight but sharp carbonation and a bit of a warming sensation.

Pretty interesting wildcard of a beer. It describes itself as a pilsner but there isn't really any pilsner to it. It's more similar to an imperial pale ale sans hops. Great beer, too strong to drink a lot of but totally worth trying.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 7 Jun 2010. Thank to M for this bottle!

Served in the Seabright mug. Largelight tan head, quickly dissipating. Well carbonated. Clearl dark honey color. Aroma is sweet, caramel and honey, hint of orange. Very sweet and sugary to start. Lots of honey noticeable. Could pour this over a biscuit. Floral tangy orange throughout. Ethanol is warming, like a liqueur almost, but not hot. Medium body. Plenty of ethanol.

Decent but not sure if I can produce enough insulin to have another anytime soon.

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Photo of scottyshades
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep rich golden color with a small white cap. Retention is decent given the abv

S: Strong alcohol right off the bat. This smells like a giant beer. Caramel malts, molasses, brown sugar, honey, and toffee. Absolutely no hops.

T: Damn...a little too rich for my liking. Very sweet, caramel, molasses, honey, and residual sugar. Hops seem to give a slight bitter twang. Alcohol is very agressive and not concealed well. Not too complex by any means

MF/D: Chewy feel naturally, sweet sweet flavor makes this hard to consume- and the alcohol...lingering bittersweethoney finish

mobile review

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Photo of Thiestru
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into my Terrapin pint glass.

Appearance: Deep copper, or, more accurately, a rich honey color. Rather thin, whitish head and no lacing; with a thicker head, this could have looked really excellent. Good as is, though.

Smell: Honey and alcohol. 11% alcohol... honey pilsner... I guess it follows, right? I would have liked something else too, though, but with a beer of this sort, I'm not sure what.

Taste: Again, honey and alcohol. Noticing a trend? This beer does exactly what it sets out to do, which is a) taste like honey, and b) get you drunk. As a matter of fact, though, the honey taste isn't overwhelming; it isn't too rich. The alcoholic taste nearly overpowers it, actually. I'm trying hard to detect other flavors here, but in vain. Maybe some faint malt, but not much.

Mouthfeel: Decently thick and carbonated. It's not as thick as a honey liqueur, like Baerenjaeger, but it works.

Drinkability: Did I mention this has 11% alcohol per volume? Well, if I didn't, it has 11% alcohol per volume. This isn't a weak beer. Also, it tastes like honey; did I mention that? I don't have as much of a taste now for sweet beers as I did three years ago, but this is still quite enjoyable, and if I had the tolerance for it, I might - might! - have another. For now, one suits me fine.

A solid beer; I've never had anything quite like it, and I've had a lot of different beers. Definitely worth trying.

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