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Emerson | Alpine Beer Company

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3.89/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Inspired by owner/brewer Pat McIllhenneys travels to New Zealand, this beer uses imported New Zealand organic hops.

Added by xlperro on 06-17-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
41
Ratings:
52
pDev:
9.77%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of epyon396
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamLand
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 32-oz. growler
Glass: Clear 15.25-oz. pilsner glass
From: Alpine Beer Company Tasting Room in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $7.50
Purchased: June 19, 2016
Consumed: June 19, 2016
Misc.: N/A

Had a taster of this the previous night and really liked it. Had never heard of it before, but it appeared to be first reviewed way back in 2005. Perfect for this 108-degree weather.

Poured a medium yellow, hazy color with two fingers of frothy, white head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. World-class spiderweb lacing, great for a pilsner. Good-to-very good retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled corn, hay, cereal, grass, green grapes, New Zealand dry hops, garbage, sulfur, and hints of dry pineapple, melon and stone fruit. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste is much better than the nose, getting Czech Saaz notes, specifically corn, hay, grass, honey, dry pineapple, dry green grapes, melon rind, cereal, sourdough bread and vegetables. Those New Zealand hops and hints of Galaxy are also among the tastes. This is very good. (Taste - 4.25)

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, grassy finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This was just a really good pilsner, perfect for this heat wave as well. Could drink this all day. Not quite as good as Pizza Port Pick Six, but close. (Overall - 4.25)

4.13 | 92 | A-

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.96/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bright yellow pilsner, around 1/3" white head on it. Aroma was slightly Sorachi-esque, lemon, but understated hop aromas given the brewery.

Taste was just a lager brought too early, needed some clean up time still given the flavors I was coming across. I see why they retired this, just isn't economically feasible given the time it takes for these when they can crank out world class hoppy ales instead.

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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of imyourhero21
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of rand
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to Pilsner glass

A: Golden-yellow in color, forms a frothy 2-inch head in the pils glass, leaving patchy lacing everywhere. A surprising amount of suspended yeast swirls about.

S: Floral and effervescent - do I detect of hint of champagne? Yep, it's there...something with the combination of New Zealand hops and biscuity bottom-fermenting yeast is reminding me of the bubbly stuff, although I can't detect anything distinctly grape-like. A touch of sweet malts, unprocessed grains linger.

T: The hops distinguish this Pils and jump out in front, which are more floral than citrusy. Almost tastes wet-hopped. This is quickly met with a cracker-y middle, carrying a sweet multi-grain undertone. The floral hop snap highlights the sweet notes of the brew, in what is otherwise a traditionally dry style, but that sweetness lingers a bit at the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied, but seemingly more viscous than many Pilsners. Carbonation is more foamy than crisp and cleansing.

Damn tasty, and if you feel like a pils with some hop-forward layering, you could do a lot worse. But it's not the most harmoniously rounded flavor profile and needs to be a little more crisp. I'm all for coloring outside-the-lines when it comes to beer styles, but a Pilsner loses a few points if it isn't relatively dry and refreshing.

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Photo of jlb502
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of TheRealDBCooper
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this bottle a while back, just found notes.

A: Small bubbly head dies to nothing but a ring. A golden hued and semi clear beer.

S: Smells nice with a great dry hop presence typical of Alpine. Some sunflower seeds and grainy malts basically make up the malt profile, pretty solid aroma.

T: Has a lager like grainy bready malt base with some crisp dry grass hops. Some savory meat like tastes run over the palate and are tempered/disguised by lemon grass and more clean malts. Interesting.

M: Crisp and medium, a little spicy, nothing special.

O: Wasn't crazy about this but it is a good beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Dan, thanks. At the time of this review, this beer is #35 on the Top Beers - German Pilsner list on beeradvocate.com. I really enjoyed this beer but seemed to be the only one, served in a Bruery tulip.

Beer is yellow with a mild haze, lazy wispy white head, small bubbles, low retention, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet pilsen malt and some mild piny hop / earthy hop aroma, smells wet.

Beer is medium to light in body, moderately bitter on the finish, wet and watery in the front, decent mouthfeel and a nice finish. I had a second pour of this, I enjoyed it a lot.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 010/02/11 notes. Poured into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy pale yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of crisp floral hops, grapefruit, citrus, bready malts, and grains.

t - Tastes of bready malts and grain up front, follow by very light floral hops. Not much citrus like the nose, and the grain is dominant. A step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp and easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent pilsener. I liked the citrus and floral hops in the nose, and wished they would have come through more in the taste. Worth checking out and would give another shot.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by mdfb79. Thanks Dan.

The beer is yellow and mildly hazy, with a thick, white head that leaves ample lacing on the glass. The aroma is really floral, with light spice and hop notes. Unusual for the style, though not totally unappealing. The flavor is odd, overly floral, and not what comes to mind when I consider the style. Still somewhat enjoyable, though not up to Alpine standards. This one needs improvement.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Perry's in Livermore and pour into my Beck's stange to review.

White and very yellow beery looking head of about an inch in height. Transparent and yellow in color.

Grassy hops and pale malts scream hoppy pils to me in good fashion. Some lemony citrus comes into play.

Taste is of hop forward pils, bordering on pale ale to me.

Smooth, easy drinking, light to medium body, good carbonation.

My second offering from Alpine and yet again, the hype has not lived up to the taste for me. But I have not thrown in the towel yet, they have several others I want to try first.

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Photo of Trilogy31
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright light golden slightly darker than a typical bmc pilsner with a frothy finger of white foam. Nose has a very impressive array of bready and biscuity malts with a hint of yeast along with the slightest whiff of orange blossoms. The taste is what run bmc and other supposed imperial pilsners wish they could be. It is summed up as a really easy drinkable sessionable beer that is truly expertly made - it is simplistic perfection, bready malts, backed by a light bitterness and a slight hint that emerson and nelson are related with citrus and distant tropical fruits playing in the background. Oddly this beer had some floaties, but as udual i wish i had easy access to Alpine - this beer was perfection for a 6% pilsner.

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Photo of beagle75
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, pale golden color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass. A few bubbles are observed to rise in the column while tiny floaties are plentiful, hanging motionless.

S: Very herbaceous and lemony, dank--bordering on skunky--at first but then turning minty. Malt presence is debatable, but does seem to serve a supporting role by contributing some light backbone.

T: Begins dry, with very honest grapefruit citrus flesh that begins to yield some of its initial intensity after a few minutes. Grass remains as soft pilsner malt appears, staying understated until late. Acidity is very pleasant, being both mild and uplifting. There is a slight vinous thread that seems to bleed from the middle into the beginning more as other hop aromatics fade. Bitterness is fairly mild, with some aromatic mint and citrus detectable to buoy interest.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, soft and refreshing on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Intriguing but not intense or extreme, this beer generates appeal from its unorthodox combining of pilsner grain with intensely aromatic hops. While the sensory profile is not unique among American-brewed experimental lagers, this beer has a drinkability edge on its contemporaries thanks to the mere 6% abv. Surprisingly, it benefits from the gradual warming that occurs in the glass; it seems simplistic when at its coldest, but nuances emerge as the beer warms and aggressive grapefruit fades.

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Photo of bashiba
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very sedimenty dirty dark yellow with a big thick sticky white head.

The smell is very green, grassy, and floral. very fresh hop smelling.

The flavor has a nice combination of light grainy malts and fresh noble like hops. Simple and balanced, there are some sublte underlying difference in the hops with some hints of dark fruit and berries.

The mouthfeel has a nice creamy body with good levels of carbonation.

Very nice sessionable Pils, a bit off the classic style but in favorable ways.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ]light golden yellow with a dense creamy head that leaves slight lacing.

Aroma is surprisingly intense. Light fruit and fresh cracked pepper, with a good bit of yeasty funk.

Taste is pale biscuit malt along with nice caramel notes. Then the strong hop notes take over. Initially resinous grapefruit, then the grassy, spicy saaz hop funk takes over. Finishes crisp with a lingering spice warmth.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Nice resinous hop oil coating.

Overall very crisp and flavorful. Plenty of light fruit and peppery funk to keep things interesting.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into SN shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a light amber tinged golden with a large, dense, bright white head that slowly faded into a very thick and fuzzy film that left streaks of lacing down the glass. Carbonation looks very active.
S: Green hops dominant the light scent but they take some work to find. The smell is very light on this one, and besides hops I get just a touch of sweet citrus and bready malt.
T: I get flavors of melon and other sweet fruits, pale malt, a bit of bread and some citrus. The finish is lightly sweet yet spicy, and the aftertaste is very lightly bitter and full of pale crackery grains.
M: Heavier than I would like. The bubbly carbonation is almost nonexistent on my palate. The body is decently thick, and the mouthfeel is heavy and slick.
O: I still like Prima Pils better, but this was a pretty good beer. It’s a bit too thick on the palate and soft in the carbonation for me to call it refreshing though. I was expecting something lighter and more bubbly.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle shared at Matt's by...someone.

Pours a mostly clear golden orange color with a foamy white head. Minimal lacing. Odd aroma for a pils; lots of citrus and tropical hop notes with some floral hops in the background with pale malt. Flavor has a stronger bready malt base, slightly dry and musty, with a unique strong hoppy blend for a pilsner; more floral than the nose, but citrus is still present. Fuller body than usual, with moderate carbonation. Not my favorite pilsner, but well done and a lighter less complex replacement for a typical Alpine IPA.

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Emerson from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 52 ratings
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