Coastline | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Washington, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 03-28-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 35
Reviews by freed:
Photo of freed
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was as surprised as the next person when first saw this beer on the shelf, but then I realized that maybe we don't hate lagers after all. Here's proof.

The beer is a deep golden color, like the the color you may see when under 100' of typical american lager. And it tastes as good as a typcial american lager after a hundred. Its a nice color with nice head retention, and the smell is attractive, though the hop flavor isn't as fresh as it could be.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.55/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – Nice, light yellow body with a big head that went down slowly and left tons of shaving foam lacing on the inside of my Ruination glass.

Smell – The citrus hop aroma is big for a Pils. There are also some floral smells and a light fruity sweetness along with a bit of must.

Taste – I don’t know what happened here, but this thing went downhill quick. The citrus hop from the nose is here, but there’s an offending flavor that left me cold. It’s hard to describe. It’s almost rotten, like eating rotten fruit. Disgusting!

Mouthfeel – Light and crisp but not as refreshing as I’d like.

Sinkability – This one is going down the drain.

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Photo of ADR
3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark gold, good puffy white 1/2 inch head of decent duration. Incomplete ring laces on a standard pint glass. Slightly toasty malt aromas, somewhat papery, whiff of hops. Light malt, but malt-dominated flavor profile, some shortbread and caramel and a bit of paper again. A little sense of creamed corn along with a reserved hop at the finish. Acceptable brew, heavier -bodied than I expected and lacking in the crisp department. Decent drinkability but nothing to run back for.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Pale golden hazy straw colored body with a creamy textured mountainous white vibrant head not a bad appearance just glad to see there's no fizzy head already gone, good retention as for lacing speckled sporatically not a bad appearance at all. Aroma: Bready biscuit malt here some grassy slightly citrus tones no spicy Saaz nipping at my nose here. Taste: Still bready malt tones but the hop bitterness is much more pronounced than I was predicitng earthy bitter tones some grass notes not bad at all very clean finishes a bit dry not too bad. Mouthfeel: I'm liking the creamy texture by no means extradordinary but a decent summer ball game brew here light bodied refreshing and decently flavorful not too bad. Drinkability: Yeah I could pound this stuff, but it's not that good if I was trying to get ripped I would pick something cheaper besides this one can be enjoyed I am sipping on her and as she warms the bready character comes out a bit more along with the hops, it's okay.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.01/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a bright and crisp gold color with a little bit of head and minor lace. It looks decent.

The smell seems off. It's much more potent and offensive than it should be. The taste isn't too bad, but isn't all that much better than macro swill. Mouthfeel and drinkability posses similar attributes.

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Photo of cokes
3.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a nice looking golden with a thick, creamy head that builds and stays around.
Nose is unremarkable. Macro-ish, with a touch of hops.
Fairly un-hoppy for a pils. Hops are there, but quiet and a little grassy. Malt body seems to dominate. A little weird for a pilsner. Just not a whole lot of flavor here, not horrible though.
Crisp and smooth in the mouth. But somewhat boring.
Easy to drink. However, there are many others that are better and more quenching.

I am not totally sold on Pyramid so far. But thanks go to Bighuge for the samples.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.76/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very nice summer thirst quencher. Light-to-medium body, all-malt recipe (no adjuncts), refreshing bitterness, good noble hop character, slightly malty, hop-bittery, grainy finish, good head reterntion. no major flaws. Not quite like the European version, but close enough.

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Photo of Gusler
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a minimal head and the lace adequate to cover the glass. Malt dominates the nose, fresh and somewhat sweet as is the start, top skeletal. Whopping in its acidity, hops decent enough to satisfy my hop fix, dry aftertaste and a good session beer, but basically average as this style goes.

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Photo of surfmeister
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: yellow, white, foamy head, staying power was weak
Smell: faint grassy, planty profile, little or no malt/yeast smell
Taste: aggressive bitterness immediately, hop bitterness outweighs hop floral/spice aspects. Just bitter.
Mouthfeel: Appropriate, if a little "Bud" like
Drinkablility: Probably better if tasted alone, but I tasted it against some smooth lagers with a more balanced malt/hop profile

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Photo of Fabric8r
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Writing from memory here, but doesn't this brew say on the bottle it is a pilsener? The style here on BA calls it a Pale Lager. Anyway, I thought this brew was dry, overly bitter, and not much for flavor compared to other beers from Pyramid. Got a mixed case with three other beer types and this one is my least favorite of the box. I mixed some IPA with this and seemed to improve it a little.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first thing that I noticed about this beer is that it is a quite hazy yellow-brown, more resembling a wheat than a Pilsner. It is fairly well carbonated, though this is difficult to notice due to the beer's cloudiness. The aroma is quite sweet, the malt dominating, though there are hints of hops. Taste is quite sweet and malty with an initial burst of carbonation, hops become more noticeable in the middle of the taste. Finish is dry with a touch of bitterness. An interesting and atypical Pilsner.

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Photo of jcalabre
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on 22 November 2002. I am writing my review from my notes.
I must admit that I'm not a big fan of the 'lighter' lagers. I am still looking to find a great one, this one was average. It was clear golden color w/ a frothy white head. the nose is slightly sweet. A good thirst quencher

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Photo of Zorro
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy golden brew.

Smell is sweet and grainy with a distinct lemon and peach scent.

Taste is a bit sweet with a fair amount of bitterness to it. There is a bit of wheat taste to this and it does resemble a wheat beer a bit, including that slight lemon taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

A refreshing drinkable brew, not real great but it isn't bad either. The bitter finish gets stronger as you drink it.

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Photo of marc77
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light golden in color w/ a slight haze. Could be a touch more clear if you care about that sort of thing. The head dissipates fairly quickly into a thin lace. Grainy malt and slightly grassy Saaz hop aroma dominates, but a subtle spiciness is noticeable. High carbonation as usual for a pilsner. Very clean all around in flavor. Ample hop bitterness balances residual sweetness quite well. Other than that, malt flavors are quite subdued, but a hint of biscuity malt is quite pleasant. There's more toasty malt flavors than usual for style. Finishes with a clean bitterness and more grainy malt flavor. Although there certainly aren't any flaws in this beer, more character, especially hop flavor and aroma would have made this better. Good drinkability, but there are better microbrewed pilsners out there.

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Photo of Mark
3.91/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I picked this lager over the ale's offered, due to the miserable heat wave here in no. Cal. It was an appropriate choice. Pale gold color was topped by a nice white head. Extensive lacing adorned the glass. Saaz hops seemed to be prominent with good malt base. A nice refreshing beer. Nothing spectacular but very acceptable when in the mood for this style.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in the 12 oz Pyramid stubbie brown bottle.
The appearance is of a deep golden coloured beer that is slightly hazy.Good carbonation is present.It has a slight pure white head.
The beer has a very sweet malty aroma for a pilsner, though the hops can be detected in the background.
This beer surprised me with its taste, a nice honey sweet, fresh hoppy taste a very nice pilsner in my opi ion great sweetness with a well balanced small bitter "kick" at the end.
Feels very nice on the tongue..not cloying and not too dry like some pilsners I have had..very nice.
A most drinkable pilsner..will have again.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.4/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a pilsner with little head, no lace, smells like a Bud but tastes better. Fairly smooth, but I'm ready for something different.

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Photo of sinistersteve
3.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clean and golden in color. A small head forms from the pour, but thins out quickly. Really light in the taste (I guess I'm to used to the stronger ales I suppose). Probably better to drink in the heat of the Summer than the cool crispness of Autumn.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color. Head started out big, sticky, and white in color. Now after a few sips, the head is a thin layer of foam which is leaving a surprising amount of lacing on my glass.

Smell: is a floral hop aroma with a hint of spiciness underneath it.

Taste: What I taste most is a slightly bitter hoppy taste. There's just a bit of a grainy taste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry, finish is very clean. Alcohol feels about right for its ABV%

Drinkability: Not overly hoppy. This is a pretty good beer, I eat quite a bit of cheese, and this beer is going very well with some extra sharp cheddar. Would make a fair session beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.56/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed in October 2004 from a 12 oz bottle purchased from the local gc. Reminds me of most Pyramid beers. Not impressed with this one at all. Poured and looked decent, but had that musty smell that I am familiar with on most Pyramid brews. Has decent amounts of wheat and maybe some citrus in the scent. Has good carbonation, but has that musty taste too it also. Still had two months left on the expiration, so I doubt a real fresh one would taste much different. Just not a real fan of this beer. Was hoping for much more.

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Photo of stirgy
2.65/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoy by 1/16/04 printed on the bottle.
We’re over a month overdue on this one. It seems like I roused up some yeast in the bottle. This poured out a cloudy and pale yellow. The aroma tends to be a bit musty and has a sour graininess. The taste is light, fruity and flavorful. Low in bitterness and lacks that crisp German pilsner snap to it. Light to medium body of sweet malts and finishes a bit fruity. Ok. Drinkable, but nothing that special. A fresher example might increase the enjoyment.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.11/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear, golden body topped by a decent white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lace. The nose is of light malting and perhaps a small sense of citrus hops. The taste is decent though not impressive. Clean, crisp finish from a light mouthfeel. Reasonable carbonation and average drinkability.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium gold color, large white foamy head. A medium bodied pilsner. Hops are spicy and noticeably bitter. Good flavor. Nice mild malts. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Nice flavorful pilsner with none of the usual weird and strange aftertastes.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a hazy golden colored brew, small white head on the top, some carbonation bubbles rising up. Sweet nose, lighly floral. Smooth malty taste, medium bodied. Crisp clean feel. Some hop presence. Dry aftertaste. Refreshing. Not a bad beer, worth a shot.

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Photo of usualpulp
3.84/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a nice white head, and lots of carbonation.

Lots of citrus and hop smells here, with a slight grainyness, almost smells like wheat.

Taste is clean and crisp. There is a nice fruitiness to counteract the hop bite. Though i would have liked to have seen more hop bitterness to the beer.

The mouthfeel is a little thin, slightly on the watery side.

Overall this is a good beer, nice and refreshing, just not too complex.

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Coastline from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 39 ratings