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Pilsner | Backcountry Brewery

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Brewed by:
Backcountry Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly "Ptarmigan Pilsner." A traditional European Style Pilsner with a light hop aroma, smooth malt flavor and a distinctively clean finish.

Added by Bitterbill on 01-15-2004

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear golden yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small creamy off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, some malts, citrusy. The taste is hoppy, kinda malty, citrusy. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of COR8RFAN
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeremiah87
2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Jcarter1221
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of nygannon
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real nice one, My first try of this brewery I think. It was certainly fresh, as would be expected/hoped buying a sixer just a few miles from where it's brewed. Colorado has some stand-out breweries and after the usual caveats for n=1 and all, this one probably is going to stand out too. I think I'll try another sixer of something else from them in the next day or two while I'm in the state. Good job on this one.

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Photo of Domvan
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Redemption575
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of MimDIPA
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of SamN
3.02/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Very pale, light golden straw colored beer, small head that lasts but a few seconds. Powerful aroma; fruity/ floral hops with a firm bready malt base. Flavors are rather weak compared to the nose, with little of the enjoyable hops aromas translating. Mild lemony tartness, nearly no bitterness, very light malt flavors. Rough, aggressive carbonation, overrides the delicate pilsner characteristics.

Middling beer, not very impressed.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of beergoot
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pale, straw-yellow body with lots of carbonation and nice white head. Light biscuit aroma with a grassy, herbal scent. Soda cracker grain taste with a spicy, floral hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a lot of fizz; clean and dry finish.

The pour produced a hefty amount of carbonation that gave the beer an initial partially cloudy appearance. It reminded me of a hefeweizen more than a pilsner. Still, it was pleasantly light and delicate in the flavor department. I wouldn't turn down another one...

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Photo of cam12
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of famous_mortimur
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of spoony
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 355 ml bottle (dated June 11, 2013) into a pokal.

A-A slightly gentle pour produces very little head...just a short wisp of white foam that drops quickly to a collar and leaves a thin finger or two of soapy lace on the glass. The brew is very light in color with just a bit of gold highlighting and some chill haze. No carbonation is visible, which is unusual for the style.

S-The smell is slightly sweet with a prominent whiff of corn-scented grain. There is a bit of doughy malt, but only the faintest hint of sharpness or drying grassy notes.

T-The taste tracks the smell for the most part with a sweet profile of doughy malts, corn-like grains, and a whiff of sharpness towards the end. The brew doesn't want for flavor, but the flavor that is there is a bit unbalanced and one-dimensional.

M-Perhaps my bottle was old, but it was very flat for the style with a lazy bit of carbonation that would have fit on a stout, not a pils. The missing carbonation and lighter body gave the brew a watery feel.

O-I'm unsure if the June 11, 2013 date is a best-by or bottled-on date, but this brew is a bit a of a disappointment. I love a good pils, but this was not a good pils. It erred on the side of sweetness, which combined with the lack of carbonation to result in an unappetizing brew. That being said, the beer sort of grew on me as it warmed with some sharpness and grassy flavors coming out towards the end of the glass. Still...I've had better.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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