Trail Puncheon
Tree House Brewing Company

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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #75
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
86
Ranked #14,975
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 6.14%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
19
From:
Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  0
SCORE
86
Very Good
Notes: For this presentation of Trail Magic, we carefully blended Trail Magic that had first been lagered in stainless for eight weeks and transferred to French oak for eight weeks for additional cold conditioning with a fresh batch to taste. What resulted is a beautifully refined pilsner that is greater than the sum of its parts, with layers of sophistication, elegance, and refined softness that can only be crafted with dutiful patience and mindful brewing practice. Enjoy.
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 19 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by artrocity:
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artrocity from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jun 09, 2019
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greenboat from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jun 23, 2019
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Ajlvt from Washington

3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aug 18, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow hue with a slight haze to the clarity and a creamy, off-white head that settles into consistent skim embedded with ringlets. Nose is fairly subdued - clean with some grassy notes. Taste follows nose; however, no indication of oak-aging. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation that finishes clean and almost semi-crisp. Overall, a solid example of the style. Delicious and drinkable.

Jun 30, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery today.

A - Poured a nice crystal clear golden hue with a thin white head that fades rather quickly to leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of nice German pilsner notes, pilsner malts, lager notes, light hops, light grassy notes, light malt sweetness. Very light oak note in the background. Super subtle.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice soft lager notes, good pale pilsner malts. Flashes of orange peel and grassy hops. Finish is just a little oaky. Little bit of straw notes along with some dough as well.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, faintly crisp. Decent body.

O - Overall this beer, while alright doesn't really do much for me. There are some odd flashes of bitterness as well. Wouldn't mind seeing a bit more oak come through on this.

Serving Type: on tap

May 31, 2019
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BEER88 from Washington

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Elicoleman from Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 30, 2019
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Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 02, 2019
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brutalfarce from Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light crisp clean refreshing great for a hot day nice sweetness to it

Jun 10, 2019
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 06, 2019
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siege06nd from Virginia

3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sep 02, 2019
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JPeterson17 from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jun 02, 2019
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour at the brewery, overall like the changes in trail magic from last year, but this oak aged version does not stand out out, I feel if you gave it to me blind I could not tell the difference and I get little to no oak

Aug 05, 2019
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SebastianOwl from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jun 05, 2019
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grahuba from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 02, 2019
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whatsgoody from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 05, 2019
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Nichols33 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 01, 2019
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on draft at the brewery into a German Stein glass.

Pours a hazy pale gold color with a finger of creamy white head. The head is gone in a hurry, leaving a few spots of lace as it settles into a thin ring.

The aroma brings notes of sweet bread and grass, with some Noble hops on the back end. There's the absolute foggiest idea of vanilla and oak here.

The flavor has a bit more depth. Lots of fresh biscuits, pilsner malts, Noble hops, and very subtle oak chips. There's some citrus peel on the finish.

The feel is medium-light bodied with pretty good carbonation. Crisp and highly drinkable.

Overall, a pretty good pilsner that is a welcome upgrade over Trail Magic, however I feel the differences are far too subtle to be noteworthy. The oak is not nearly as present as it should be. Still, this is a very drinkable beer and one I'd love to see in cans or bottles.

Jul 10, 2019
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fossage78 from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 14, 2020
Trail Puncheon from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 19 ratings