South Peak Pilsner
La Cumbre Brewing Co.

South Peak PilsnerSouth Peak Pilsner
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Bohemian Pilsener
Ranked #73
Ranked #20,350
3.91 | pDev: 12.79%
La Cumbre Brewing Co.
New Mexico, United States
South Peak PilsnerSouth Peak Pilsner
Notes: Are you craving something a little more rustic? Our pilsner will get you there. Sure, over 99% of lagers are filtered bright. Well not our’s. Loads of Czech saaz hops, the finest quality Continental pilsner malt, and uber-traditional production methods are the hallmarks of this glorious lager.

45 IBU
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 25 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of denver10
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours translucent yellow with a slight white head. Aroma is fronted by the earthy lager yeast, there's also some toast, grass, and florals hanging about as well. Some lemon fruitiness appears as it starts to warm up. Flavor follows suit with moderate bitterness. Creamy, active, crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is good.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In a ten ounce pils glass at the brewery.

Sudsy head, pale white in color. Golden/wheat body is impeccably clear. This beer looks impeccable. 5

Light lemon aroma around crackery, bready malts. Light and nice. 4.25

True to the nose, this is lemony---in the lightest of ways--- then a sweet breadiness that becomes more crackery. The finish leaves a floral flavor on the tongue. 4.25

After a bike ride, the first sip was refreshing. Light, crisp, light- to medium-bitterness, and a bubbly, tingly finish. Sweetness sweeps in and out. 4.5

Beautiful pils. God damn I've neglected this beer. This is summer drinkability. So damn good.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled March 2011
The beer pours from the growler with a brilliantly clear, bright gold color that is crowned by a pale colored head. The aroma has as sweet grain note to it up front, but a spicy herbal note quickly adds a soft, balancing note to the nose. The malt contributes a pale cracker like character as well as touches of hay and even some honey like character that is also likely accentuated by the hops.

A firm bitterness as the beer first hits the palate leads into a soft, grainy sweetness in the middle. A herbal, slightly menthol like note mingles with the bitterness that again comes to the fore in a crisp, clean finish. The body has a nice lightness to it, without being too much so, and this is definitely nicely quaffable. A honey-like malt character becomes noticeable after a bit, but this is well tamed by the firm hop bite. Clean malt notes for the most part seem to have a touch of corn flavors to it at times.

This is so nice and quaffable, light bodied, but wiith enough texture to keep it just sticking to the palate; though the firm bitterness certainly dries out the finish considerably. This is definitely quite nice, if the corn notes were cleaned up a bit this would be an incredible example of a Pils.

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Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler into a pils glass. Crystal clear pale golden body topped by a clinging, lasting head. Impressively clean nose with a big saaz presence. Spicy, floral and herbal hop aromatics are dominant, but there's a great pils malt backbone supporting the hops. Firmly bitter on the palate with a floral, herbal, somewhat mineral bite. Bready, doughy pils malt softens the bitterness a bit in the finish. This is impressive stuff, one of the finer American-brewed pilsners I've tried. To my palate it's more German than Czech due to the substantial bitterness and clean yeast profile.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I overheard this was a Bohemian style pilsner—not Czech, as listed—and to distinguish it from La Cumbre’s also-excellent Beer.

This pours a clear golden yellow and appears vibrant in the glass. There’s a light and grassy hop aroma that comes across, along with a pronounced bitterness on the flavor. The 45 ibus (on the high side for a pilsner?) will do that. I get a lot of sharp and grassy flavors with a dry, piney grassy finish. Very clean, very crisp.

This warms well with a light bready/biscuit aroma coming through on the palate and on the finish.

Clean, clear finish and effervescence keeps it light and pleasing.

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Photo of bump8628
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at La Cumbre. Beautiful looking pilsener. Expansive frothy white foam on top of an almost clear straw body. Perfect streams of bubbles glide up the sides of the glass. Grass, lemon rind, and flowers. Husky barley malt and a touch of raw dough. A super lager. Just a bit more in the way of hops would send it over the edge.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of trying this brew on cask at La Cumbre. I don't recall ever having a pilsner on cask before this one. The beer arrived with a a pale yellow color and a modest head. It doesn't looks as crisp as it might out the keg, but I wouldn't expect it to. Grassy hops in the aroma along with pale malt. On the palate, the husk of the lightly toasted malt is noticeable, but the bitterness of the hops dominates. Grass and spice meld to produce a "casky" pilsner experience. Due to the warmer temps and reduced carbonation of beer in a cask, the beer comes across almost as a deconstructed pilsner. The flavor of each component lingers in the mouth waiting to mix with what is coming next.

An interesting, balanced and tasty brew.

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Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at La Cumbre 12 oz. pour $3.25 into short pilsener glass 2.11.11.

Light gold clear body a bit clearer than other house beers, good trails of carbonation rising up sides of glass, nice retention and lacing. A bit sweet in the nose, flower hops, clean. Taste mirrors the nose, a bit on the sweet side. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing. More of a Bavarian style, no banana or clove. Reminds me of Victory Prima Pils. Nicely done.

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South Peak Pilsner from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 25 ratings