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Pilsner | Backcountry Brewery

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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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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 43
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
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 SamN
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
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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Photo of beergoot
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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 spoony
3.49/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a shockingly light beer, even for the style. its almost perfectly see through, just tinted yellow, with a small white head. the nose is spent wheat malt and not much else, maybe a subtle fruity character from the yeast, but this smells nothing like a proper European pilsener. the flavor is also retardedly light, much like the amber its almost missing its flavor entirely. the malt profile is lacking any real substance and as such the texture is very watery. there is a funny herbal aftertaste, but I can quite place it. good carbonation but no body at all. too light for even my lady, and a beer without much to get excited about. I guess most breweries have a beer like this happening these days, but if this is the stuff you like to drink, stay out of the brewery for all i am concerned. theres a 7 barrel fermenting tank being wasted on this stuff around the calendar. unfortunate.

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Photo of errantnight
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasant surprise. Clear, pale gold with tenacious head and gorgeous lacing, aroma leaves something to be desired, a bit sweet, although a nice pepper note presents. On the palate this is clean, cracker and pilsner malt with a drying, earthy finish. A touch of sweetness and thinness keep this in the substantially better than your avg pale lager but safely out of great. Would buy regularly if available locally.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.16/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served cold from a pig to a pint.

Golden yellow color with good clarity. The really stiking thing about this beer is the lace. I've never seen such perfect lace on a pilsner. It leaves a thin sheet of the stuff all down the side of the glass.

Aroma is pleasant but my nose is so stuffed up it's hard to enjoy. Even so, it's a good pils aroma.

Flavor is also very good. It has a really nice hop bitterness but it's well balanced from start to finish. Smooth and crisp, the spicy German hops are excellent.

Mouthfeel is light in body and moderate carbonation.

Overall it's just about right for the style.

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Photo of HeroJH
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A pretty good pilsner. If you're in the mood for one, this will do just fine. It's not trying to be flavorful and complex, it's just being a really good flavored standard of the type. Good idea really as having something on tap like this, where people only drink miller/bud, they could have this and be really really happy with it. More so of course.

A - Light yellow, nice lacing
S - lagery nose, touch of skunk. Reminds me of miller light, but not in a bad way.
T - Grassy, bitter, grain
M - dry
D - Yep, pretty easy to drink if you're in the mood for a pilsner.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, straw gold color. Poured a 1 finger coarse head with fair retention (for a pils). Laced in light rings inconsistently.

S: Wet grains. Lemon zest.

T: Pleasing noble hop flavor; both flavoring and bitterslight. Wet grains in the middle. finishes dry, crisp and clean.

M: Light body. Nicely balanced carbonation to savor in the finish.

D: Very nice, well made pils. Can't hide off flavors in this style. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of hopdog
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Backcountry Brew Pub.

Poured a very light yellow / golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of light grass, grainy, with a light honey sweet Tastes of grains with some grass. finish. Thin and watery body.

Notes from 12/15/06

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Photo of andreasmwatt
1.33/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1






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Photo of ArrogantB
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium yellow in color with a soapy white head coating the sides of the glass. It smells hoppy and slightly malty. Mouthfeel is light and easy but dangerously close to watery, taste is a little earthy and not much else. This would be decent for shotgunning outside the ballgame, not that I do that sort of thing.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours from 22oz bottle a clear straw gold with a large head of foam that settles down but stays for the entire session and has good lacing.

The smell is of malt and it's very sweet on the nose.

The taste on first sip is strong on the sweet malt with some earthiness and a touch of bitterness near and through the finish.
I think that it's similar to a lot of American Pilsners I've had in the past(New Belgium Blue Paddle comes to mind) but it lacks a certain oomph that would make it stand out.

A few more sips in and I'm getting a "salty" flavour that I'm not really enjoying all that much. Hmm....pretty ordinary; I note that the best by date has March notched and a pen mark where 2007 would be so maybe I'll have to try again with a fresher bottle if I can find one. As is, it's pretty ordinary.

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours a very traditional straw color that is slightly hazy. Head is nice and thick and about 1 inch. Lacing is stick and sticky. Looks good all over.

S - Slightly muted noble hops with a bit of a citrus-like zest.

T - Very nice and clean noble hop flavor with a good deal of herbal spice thrown in the mix. Gets slightly grainy in the middle of the tongue, but finish is still clean and drying.

M - Creamy mouthfeel that dries well in the finish. Nice amount of carbonation sets this on off on the tongue.

D - A solid and seemingly well crafted pilsner. Give it a try if you can find it.

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Photo of mentor
4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review of the revised Pilsner from Backcountry Brewing. I've left my original review from 2006 below, but the scores posted represent my current tasting, here in June of 2013.

Pours a thin layer of fine white head over a crystal clear pale straw liquid. Nice streams of bubbles feed the head. Smells of noble earthy and spicy hops. Saaz zippy and a bit of lemon. Tastes bold earthy and spicy hops with nice lemony tart and sweet. The ferment was clean with no esters or fusels. At the start, the hops take the beer toward a Bohemian Pils, but they decrease in intensity and zip at the same time a gluten flatness rises. The beer finishes crisp with fine sharp carbonation and leaves lingering earthy hop floral on a dry tongue. Great summer quencher. Perhaps a bit more zippy on the hops for the style, if you are picky about style guidelines.

Review from 2006:
Bottle was a 2006 GABF left-over that was given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Thanks a million to GABF and to backcountry for the opportunity.

Pours nearly a finger of white clingy head. Dirty pale blah yellow. A little bit greenish color. Not pretty. Smells a little bit orange and hay. Very mild and a touch metallic.

Tastes wet sweet. A touch grassy and some oranges. Some sour tang. The sweet becomes a bit much. Aftertaste show a mild and drying hop bitter.

Md body for the style and modest carbonation.

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Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the source, Had this over turkey day weekend, BBD Jan 06

Pours golden with a 1/2" white head. Very good head retention & good lacing

S: Perfumy hops, some grassyness & citrus, all pretty subtle

T: Grassy with cirus hops up front Lemon notes & some malts in the crisp finish

MF: Soft & efferevescent, medium bodied & good balance

Drinks fairly easy, not a bad pils at all

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Photo of DogFood11
2.86/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

had this in denver, picked it up at davidsons south of downtown. looked like a find and ended up being average at best.

has the saaz hop profile but it ends up subdued. wheaty/grainy and adjunct tasting especially at the finish. I broke this open at a party and most of them thought it was a budweiser. nuff said.

below average pilsener

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Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a grainy pale malt scent along with a dry lager yeast aroma and Czech hops. The taste is good also. It has a smooth malty flavor that boasts of pale malts. It goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking pilsner. It's got malt presence along with a bitter hop flavor; a good drinker.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: slear, bright golden color, large, fluffy bone-white cap of foam.
Aroma: floral, honeyish, mildly hoppy, but for the most part, dry. Hits the mark for the style.
Sweetly greets the palate, all softness and smooth. Light bodied, but never lacking in pleasin'ly tasty flavor. Strats bright and sweet, dries out neatly at the end. Exquisite drinkability. I'd like to have this around on a regular basis, to quench thirst at every oppurtunity.

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Pilsner from Backcountry Brewery
3.49 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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