Casco Bay Pilsner | Casco Bay Brewing Co.

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Casco Bay PilsnerCasco Bay Pilsner

Brewed by:
Casco Bay Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by beernbbq:
Photo of beernbbq
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice find. Pours a deep golden blonde with a tight white head. Nice Saaz nosed hop with import style malt background aroma. Taste is very clean, even for a Pilsner. Even for its modest body and alcohol content, there is more than meets the eye and can be enjoyed in a variety of contexts.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, does has some sort of best before dating, but I could not read it on the label so the info was of no use...oh well...pours light, clear and golden straw in color. Has a moderate snow white head that leaves a lot of fine lacing and sheeting. Nose is the typical nice pilsner, rye, crisp hoppy aroma. Mouthfeel and flavor profile are moderatly crisp, cleansing and hoppy. Not bad, but doesnt attain the level of pilsner classyness of the higher rated all stars of the style. Nice sessioner, would go well with a wide variety of foods.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a spectaular bright and sunny yellow in color with a thick, billowing white head that really lasted and left a thick lace on the glass. Aromas are a malty-hop mix, nicely balanced, with that idea being carried into the flavor. Starts off with a dry dose of bitterness, middle is quite sweet (almost honey in flavor?), and ends with a long-lasting, slightly bitter dryness. Better than average mouthfeel and very drinkable. Great summer session brew.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one showed up in the February BOTM shipment. Pours a pale golden with a brilliant white head and super-fine carbonation. Fruity, hoppy aroma indicates more of the same on the palate. Wonderfully hoppy, kind of tangy (Saaz hops, perhaps?). Lemon and sweeter fruity essences emerge later, finishing with a light hop bitterness. A beautiful pilsner, one of my recent faves.

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Photo of UncleFrank
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Im usually a bit uneasy when it comes to micro pilsners. This is a beer best left to the larger companies that are on the other side of the pond of course. Im pleased to see that this measures up.
The beer is clear, bright,and golden straw with a thin and lasting head.
The aroma is of grainy malts and earthy hops. Very light of each, but evident nonetheless.
The taste is sweeter than I expected, not as crisp. However as I let this beer get warmer in my glass the flavor changed. The hop taste and bitternes become more apparent and balance the beer. This is nice but a bit too hoppy for a pilsner. Pilsners are usually better when colder, but not this one. The body is light to medium. After taste is dry but not crisp with a touch of hops lasting in the mouth. This when the beer is warmer.
I could easily put alot of these away.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled a bottle of this. Found it to be light, thirst quenching beer. Went well with the Salmon I ws eating. Very faint taste of hops and an ample head. Definitely a "summer" brew.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a white head.
Very European pilsner in aroma and taste. Aroma of pungent hops and light, grainy malt.
Hop bitterness in the forefront start to finish. Grainy malt background. Decently balanced though the pungent hops maintain their stronghold.
Light bodied. Mouthfeel is a little thin and fizzy.
Drinkability: Above average.
Overall a good pilsner, but flavor and aroma not as strong as a Pilsner Urquell, IMO. If you're not into this type of hops (which I'm not) this is a tough one to really enjoy, but easy to knock back.

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Photo of Hagbard
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light golden with a very thin white head that seems a bit oily as it clings to the side of the glass. The beer has the appearance of straw. A nice crisp hoppy aroma wafts up, reminiscent of wild grass with floral hints. I poured it a bit colder than I should have. The initial taste as it touches my tongue is a sharp bitterness. The bitterness starts as a pinpoint delivered by the abundant carbonation, but quickly coats the tongue with a more subdued version. The bitterness is joined by a more flavorful aspect of the hops...grassy, hay, floral hints. This beer seems very clean and crisp, as a pilsner should be. In the aftertaste, I note some diacetyl butteryness, which doesn't fit with the other tastes. A disappointing way to finish an otherwise very tasty pilsner. Overall, I think this is a very refreshing version of the style, but the diacetyl in the finish keeps it from being counted among the world's best.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

as far as i'm concerned, most pilsner brews are pretty boring. the casco bay pilsner helps to buck that trend a bit and the ersults are quite nice. it pours a healthy looking clear golden colour with a moderate sized head. solid and good. the smell here is surprising, with a bit of hops, sweetness, grain and some bubble gum. the taste is pretty much like the smell overall. the touch of goodness here is there is a sweet powdery flavouring that sort of reminded me of the rock solid stick of gum that used to be inside packages of topps baseball cards (it might still...haven't bought a pack of baseball cards in 15 years probably). anyway, while a crappy stick of gum it was, i always dug the flavour for the five minutes it lasted, and i'm getting that flavour here. sorry to be long winded, but that added touch helps separate this one from ordinary pilsners. this is a smooth, easy drinking brew that sets it self a bit apart from the rest of the pilsner pack. give it a try.

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Photo of Gusler
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If there is a quintessential beer look it’s a Pilsner/Lager setting in the Pilsner glass, bright translucent gold color, the head about ¾ of an inch in height, bright white in color, the condensation slowly forming drops that slide down the glass.

This beer meets all the prerequisites for that perfect look, limpid gold in color, bright white head, creamy in texture, and a nice filmy sheet of lace, all malt nose, fresh and crisp, with the start malt, lightly sweet, the top skinny in its feel. Finish is purposeful in its acidic bite, the hops present and spicy but not overpowering, quite dry aftertaste, the archetypal summer session beer in my humble opinion that is.

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Photo of TrickKnee
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not being a very big Pilsner fan i was very happy with this finding. Poured a a decent yellow color with a small white head. The body was not all that big but was good, and had a faint hop smell and taste to it. Would definetly drink it again. A perfect beer to sit back and relax with.

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Photo of marc77
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear golden yellow. Initially thick, porcelain white head recedes into a pitted, thin layer that leaves rough lace. Honeyish malt and grassy hop dominate the aroma, with secondary notes of grain husk and dough. White bread sweetness initially in flabor is followed by moist, chlorophyll rich hops and mild, vegetal DMS. Mild hop bitterness provides contrast, but lingers only briefly, allowing sweetness to quickly reemerge in an unfiltered, raw honey like fashion. Lightly bided, and mildly dextrinous, but oddly stagnant in mouthfeel. Floral burps ensue. Finishes mildly oily and slightly metallic. Perhaps not the freshest, but it still retains decent quaffability. The hop character apparently has faded considerably. "Best before 5/4/2003"

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Photo of granger10
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one surprisingly enjoyable pilsner! I got this from a friend but didn't really think much of it. I mean it's an pilsner made in America from a brewery I have never heard of. But this had a German influence written all over it. Malt base was sweet and a tad doughy. A citric sweetness comes out towards the middle. The hops are used really well in bringing out the spicyness of the beer. There is a floral hop tone underlying the initial spicy hops. Finish is somewhat tart with more of a lemony flavor. Very nice.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy (chill hazed?) light gold with a full pillowy white head and good carbonation. Very nice Saaz (?) hop and grainy malt aroma. Nice maltiness with perfect hop bitterness. Medium bodied and smooth with a crisp hop finish.

A thoroughly enjoyable Pilsner! Would be a staple brew in my fridge if it were readily available.

Per Casco Bay website: Original Gravity of 1.048 and 5.0% ABV

Best Before: 06/06/04
Tasted: 05/09/04

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Photo of ecoboy
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Best before 9/9/03 says the bottle: this was 7/16 and a close-to-best-anyway pilsener.

Long lasting, surprisingly pillowy head with the color of a pine plank (Darker than a Heineken by a factor of two.) Good light aroma of straw and biscuit. Clean, balanced and basic: neither malt nor hop dominate and neither are overpowering in the long run. The flavor profile leaps onto the tongue and then recedes quickly. This allows for superb usabilty with foods that might wilt in the presence of an IPA.

Not as impressed with the mouthfeel. With such a brief burst of flavor, the mouthfeel is all that lingers after the swallow: a coating of carbs and alcohol that doesn't sit right.

My drinkability points are definitely related to having peanuts or pretzels ar even better yet, cocktail shrimp on hand. Looking forward to personally doing this blind against an Urquell.

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Photo of John
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear straw/yellow. Huge lumpy head that doesn't quit. Light, fresh saltine cracker-like aroma. Hop flavor is assertive and lingers well after the finish. Pair with food or enjoy on its own, as this brew's got plenty of flavor. Impressive.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brilliant, crystal clear gold body topped by a finger of just off white head. Little head retention and no significant lacing. A nice malt nose that foretells the lovely malt flavor. Very decent hop balance that restrains the malt sweetness makes this a very drinkable beer. This is a beer that is smooth in body, but finishes with a perfect crispness. A very well crafted Pilsener, IMNSHO.

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Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A two finger stark white head tops off it's crystal clear orange-gold body, super carbonated, maybe a bit too much. The head stays as a cap, thick at edges, and leaves belgian lace.
Light fesh aroma, floral and grassy, a slight soap note.
Light and crisp, citric lemon and orange, peppery spice. Not bad bitterness for a pilsner - czech like. It's better when slightly warmer than most pils. Not as good as say a Victory Prima Pils, but a good pilsner.

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Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of SheepNutz
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a medium gold color with two fingers of head. There is decent lacing. The smell is light and malty, with some grassiness coming through as well. The taste is fairly malty at first, with a bit of a lemony citrus twang. The finish has a good dose of hops, very crisp and refreshing. The mouthfeel is pretty good for a pils, and the drinkability is fantastic. Another solid offering from Casco Bay.

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle, with some sort of illegible dating code on the label. Obvious particulate matter in the bottle.

A careful pour yields a clear pale yellow beverage. Swift moving lines of thins carbonation, & a perfectly large pillowy white head. Head retains incredibly well & leaves a thin sheet of lace behind.

Nose is full of floral hoppy goodness.

Very straight forward & to the point. Some malty sweetness, and plenty of flowery noble hop flavours. Crisp, clean, refreshing. Prickly carbonation, light bodied. Quite a nice pils.

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Photo of chilidog
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As part of a Tackle Box sample pack, this pils would be a welcome member to any summer lawnmower team. It pours a nice bright clear yellow with a good two finger head. Lace was fair and held on awhile. The aroma was malty and grass-like. The taste starts off abit malty and rounds out with a crisp citric hop. Not to much of either, but nicely balanced.The finish leaves a refreshing crisp feel while a slight bitter-dry lingers on. The body of the beer seemed abit thin. But like mentioned above, the drinkability would be big releaf come summers dog days. ( note; im reviewing this in January, I say bring it on!!)

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden brew with a nice head of snow white foam that leaves just a bit of lace on the glass. Light aroma showing mostly floral hops, just right for this style. Crisp,clean bittersweet flavor with a very drinkable medium body and a snappy bit of carbonation. A great Maine made example of a classic European style.

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Photo of Greenlabel
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although I'm a devout ale man most of the time, this Pilsener from Casco Bay has to rank as one of my favorites. Pours a golden color with a steady head and, for a US pilsener, has an outstanding body to it. It seems to be an attempt to emulate a European-style Pilsener and I think they've succeeded quite well. I'm pleased to see that it's freshness dated on the label side and I've yet to get one that wasn't very fresh. This may be heresy but I enjoy drinking this more than Pilsner Urquell which is probably, in part, to its being a fresher product by the time it reaches the consumer. Maine brewers certainly have produced a lot of fine products and, to my taste, this is one of them.

I've also had this product on tap at the Great Lost Bear in Portland and would give it the same relative rating for that type of serving also.

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Photo of Shaw
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice golden pilsner with a short white head that simmers down fast. It's got a grassy, sweet smell that's quite nice.

The taste is good, too. It has a bit more bitterness than I expected, which takes a bit away from that "clean" pilsner taste. It isn't as sweet as the smell. I'm left with a nice grain flavor in my mouth after swallowing. After repeated sips the bitterness dies down, to be replaced with some nice subtle malt flavors and notes of unfermented sugars.

The mouthfeel is good and light, as I was expecting. Overall, this is a good pilsner that's a couple degrees more "American" than its German brethren.

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Casco Bay Pilsner from Casco Bay Brewing Co.
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