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Old Credit Pale PilsnerOld Credit Pale Pilsner
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Brewed by:
Old Credit Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
oldcreditbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by pootz on 10-16-2004

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35
Ratings:
48
Avg:
3.21
pDev:
20.25%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Floral pilsner aroma, good looking moderate head. Served a bit too cold, still a moderate and very clean bitterness.
Well yes this is a pale lager, a pale pilsner as they express it.. I met the European brewer/owner at the brewery to have this fresh as he intends it. Ice is used to filter and it is left on ice to remove unwanted sugar, from 6.1% down to 0.1%.That point he is trying to educate as part of the health correctness, and is not (yet)promoted in advertising. He said there would be no aftertaste, but it was a bit of bitterness and was what we are looking for.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.76/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in to Sierra Nevada pint glass.

A - Very pale yellow colour with a lot of visible carbonation and half a finger of white head that quickly disappeared.

S - Slight bitter hop bite is evident up front with some bready malts and a strange off-putting sour smell. Not a very pleasant nose.

T - Bready malts with a slight hop bite that is mostly noticeable in the finish. As the beer warms up a slight sweetness is evident from the malts.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation.

D - A very average pils that I would buy again with other choices available.

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Photo of biegaman
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pilsners look good in yellow, that's their colour. And this one, with its bright lemon yellow suit, looks just fine. Its complexion is perfectly clear and makes no fuss about highlighting when held to the light. There's a periodic whisk of bubbles that serves no purpose other then to please the eyes because there is no head, never was and never will be.

The best pilsners will give air of grassy, floral, spicy or lemony hops, perhaps a good bite of cracker-like malt too, but this one proclaims an odd combination of muscat grapes, a stiff carbonate water and buttery toffee. The latter can be attributed to a miscue somewhere along the brewing process but the other two leave me clueless (and apprehensive).

The flavour is pleasant, if only for having a clean and neutral disposition. The taste of corn grits predominates and neither bitterness nor sweetness overrides it. It is an agreeable corny taste, however, not one of cloying, synthetic adjuncts but just of a very grainy malt. This needs more of a hop presence, both for reasons of taste as well as bitterness.

The brewer uses some kind of ice filter to reduce the beer's sugar content down to virtually zero; this technique makes for a very parched beer. Indeed, the finish feels like ice - it is dry and has no aftertaste. The lack of biscuity sweetness allows the lemony, grassy quality of the hops (what little there is of it) to be noticed (and even appreciated).

"Pale" pilsner is right! You might as well add "faint" and "diminished" while you're at it. It's fair to imagine Old Credit's Pale Pilsner as an upgraded macro lager: it doesn't have any of the off-putting adjuncts but it doesn't really have any more character to it neither. While I'd take this over any major industrial brand 10 times out of 10, it's got far too much competition in the craft beer community to even earn a ranking in that league.

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Photo of Derek
4.01/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Clear, golden liquid. Pours with a nice white head, although there's not much retention, it does leave a little lace.

S: Not a lot of nose. Some bready malt, with a hint of noble hops.

T: Fairly light on the flavours. Nice bready malt, balanced with a clean, crisp hop bitterness. Very mellow & refined.

M: Body is fairly light, and it could use a little more carbonation.

D: Exceptional.

From the label:
"Our goal is to serve you a quality pale pilsner. We brew small batches with no additives or preservatives and in the finest tradition to ensure quality, freshness and taste. We use choice quality malts, imported hops and specially selected yeast. Our water is charcoal filtered to ensure purity. We heat our copper kettle over an open fire and our lengthy aging process gives our pilsner a unique flavour, we know you'll enjoy."

"Not pasteurized, keep refridgerated @40 to 45F and serve within 45 days."

45 days from when?

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Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow colour with a small fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head stuck around for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, cookies, light hops, apples, corn

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation on the tongue and an average mouth feel. It really doesn't taste like a pilsner at all, more like an ESB session ale. Most of the flavour consists of malts, light hops, apples/pears, and corn syrup. There are also notes of lemon and cookies. The beer finishes with a malty aftertaste.

Drink - It really doesn't taste like a pilsner.. and it really wasn't very good. I wouldn't seek this one out again.

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Photo of Viggo
2.62/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber, thin white head forms and disappears immediately, some spots of lace. Smell is sweet, some caramel and honey, citrus, bit of floral, nothing special. Taste is sweet up front, fruity middle and finish, some citric bitter/sourness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Not very good, thin and light.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.05/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another brew out of the OCB holiday mixer.

A - Pours an extremely pale golden colour, finger of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by grainy biscuit and grassy hops.

T - Flavour is mild and reminiscent of a macro lager, bready biscuit malts, hints of sweet corn and a touch of grassy hops on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, a tad prickly and finishes wet.

O - Decent but nothing spectacular here. Could be easily mistaken for a macro adjunct and I'm missing the loaded grassy hop flavours common for the style. Not something I would get again.

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Photo of kwjd
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a little bit confused by "pale pilsner" in that pale is usually implied. Pours a pale (they weren't lying) yellow with thin white head. Not too much lacing and ok head retention. Smell was pretty muted straw and grassy, some bread malt. Flavour had a little bit of grassy bitterness, but not too much. This was a clean beer and tasted fine, but won't seek out again.

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Photo of peensteen
3.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very light blonde colour, collar of white head, little to no lace. Smell is a mix of grainy malt and lemon, some earthy/grassy hops come through, some 'muddy' points with more crackery malts toward the end. Taste follows suit with lemon and cracker flavours, mild to moderate bitterness throughout, bright grassy hops, earth notes, clean finish and aftertaste. Medium carbonation, light to medium body. Pretty average stuff, fairly straight forward and inoffensive though a little uninteresting.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.4/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

680 ml bottle brought to me from the new Canadian woman working in our lab. The beer pours a very lightly golden yellow color with a finger of head that falls to cover the top of the beer. The nose is somewhat light, but I detect a honey-like sweetness and a floral component. The flavor is also a light honey sweetness that finishes a bit dry and a slight hop bitter. The feel is moderate to thick, and drinkability is really good. The beer is smooth and just begs me to try more of it. As far as a pilsner goes, I do like this beer. I'd give it another shot.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 mL bottle; no best before date. Courtesy of this season's OCB Holiday Sampler. I seem to be outside of this brewery's distribution range, because the only time I've ever seen anything from Old Credit is in these samplers.

Pours a clear, pale, golden-yellow colour, topped with a half-finger of fizzy white head that quickly diminishes into a thin collar and cap. A far cry from the "thick, creamy, fine-textured head" the box describes it as, but maybe I'm doing it wrong. Decent aroma; some grainy, crackery malts, a hint of honey and some grassy hop notes. Nothing fancy, but at least it has quelched my suspicion that this isn't really a pilsener.

Somewhat interesting flavour; not entirely pilsener-y, but it's not like it's adjunct swill, either. Starts off light and grainy, a bit crackery/biscuity with a dash of honey sweetness. The hop bill comes across only mildly and only toward the finish - it's grassy, lemony, and maybe slightly noble in nature. Light, malty dryness in the aftertaste, of a fleeting nature (the package's words, not mine). Light-bodied and fairly watery, with moderate carbonation. Easy to throw back quickly, and probably not interesting enough to serve any other purposes.

I can't say for sure how fresh this is, since Old Credit doesn't stamp any bottling/best before dates on their bottles - but one thing I *will* say is that it does strongly remind me of a local pale lager brewed by Railway City, their Canada Southern Draft. The difference is, I pick up CSD from the brewery when it is quite fresh, while this stuff has probably been sitting around for a while, due to the nature of the OCB sampler system. I have a feeling this variable probably accounts for my difference in opinion between two relatively similiar-style brews.

Final Grade: 3.27, a marginal C+. Even though Old Credit Pale Pilsener is far from a bad beer in general, the lack of a significant hop bill restricts it from being an especially good pilsener. I don't know what price bracket this particular stuff is sold within, but if it were priced at the same level as most of the common 'premium' lagers (think Canadian, Moosehead, etc.), I could see myself opting for this instead when drinking socially. If you're looking for a genuine German-style OCB pilsener, I can't really recommend this, but if you just want a sessionable, straightforward lager, then OCPP might just be the brew for you. Cheers!

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Photo of clvand0
4.2/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber sized bottle. Pours a golden color with a small head and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and has a subdued hop presence. Pleasant but mild aroma. Very light mouthfeel. The flavor has a subtle floral hop as well as a very mild malt in the back. This was a surprisingly good beer. I expected much less and was very surprised.

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Photo of SebD
3.05/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice pale straw yellow color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down fast and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of grainy malts, some breadiness and some floral hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some grainy malts, some breadiness and faint floral hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a slightly light overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

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Photo of pootz
3.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Revisting this beer after a not so spectacular bottle some years ago. Sampled fresh from the brewery, this brew has many subtle tastes that drop out in the bottle if it is shelved too long. It is these poorly handled bottles I must have gotten in previous tastings and if this brewer wants to continue to distribute through LCBO he should date code and set an expiry date on the package.

The beer pours a light clear gold with a modest frothy 1 finger cap which laces modestly.

Aromas are light and subtle...sweet carapils malts and light herbal Tettnang hopping are present.

Fair malt spine, light body and rounded mellow character. Sandy/grainy mouth feel.

Flavor profile is decent enough: sweet carapils malts up front are joined by a nice hoppy balance of unmistakable Slalter herbal woodyness and light bittering. Finish is clean, slightly wet with pleasant bready after tastes.

This is a German Pilsner in the Canadian micro malt-forward style. Far better than Maco lagers in quality for price and very drinkable. However this is one that has to quaffed in fresh condition....take it from the brewery store to be sure or get it on tap locally.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.99/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

680 ml bottle picked up from LCBO for under $5 CDN. Served cold and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear golden color, about 1 finger of head that subsides very quickly. No lacing. Some bubbles are present but not an overwhelming abundance of them.

Smell - Cereal grains, very light and mild hops and malt aromas, grassy notes as well. Quite clean and crisp. Maybe a touch of lemon?

Taste - Faint grassy flavors, hop presence is invisible. No real bitterness here, a little bit would have gone along way in making this bolder.

Mouthfeel - Clean, crisp but thin tasting and strangely not very smooth.

Overall - Not a bad beer, that I would consider more frequently if they sold in can's or smaller bottles, but didn't enjoy the beer enough to revisit the 680ml bottle. While it's not very interesting it's certainly better than many of the AAL's on the market so price-wise, it's not noticeably worse.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ive never seen a 680 ml bottle before. This lager one pours a very pale gold with a sptritzy head that leaves some lace ridges on the glass. The aroma is sweetish with a side of grassy floral hops. Its too weak and lacking complexity. The tase is light and maltcentric. Theres a syrupy sweetness that tends to hijack other malt flavors. Diacetyl is also apparent. Hops are too light to be a pilsner IMO. The mouthfeel is bogged down by the sweetness and butter notes. The finish is light and lacking in bitterness.

This is an average micro lager, its definitely not nuanced enough and its too sweet. Diacetyl should be non existent. Still, its not undrinkable and miles ahead of Canadian or Blue.

On the label they mention that the coppers are heated over open fires. Thats impressively antiquated.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.04/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Hmm... clear straw, wussy head... and floaties? I get a bad feeling about this one.

S - A touch of that skunky and sweet floral hops. Some sockiness as well.

T - Bready I suppose... mild overall flavor with a graininess and mild hop bitterness.

M - Carbonation level is actually quite nice, unlike a lot of pils/lagers. Slightly slick mouthfeel.

D - Not bad, easy drinking, lager I guess. Not outstanding.

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Photo of DaveBar
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at the LCBO for approx. $5.00 680ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass.

A- Ok. Opened well, pours almost clear

S- Ok. Not much to smell at all

T- Ok. Nothing special, a bit of hops.

M- Ok. Nothing to write home about. About the same as Budweiser

O- Ok. Will not buy again though

Food Pairing

This simple beer will go with anything Bud can go with

Enjoy

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Photo of Coronaeus
3.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

680ml bottle from LCBO

Clear golden straw with minimal and quickly dissipating head. Sugar and light biscuit on the nose. Light caramel with next to no hop character in the taste. Light body with strong carbonation. This is better than I thought it would be, but not by too much. Certainly a cut above macro AALs, but not something to seek out.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A previously untried brew in a 680ml bomber bottle, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top yields a kind of skunky straw and grape kool-aid smell. Pours to a cloudy yellow straw colour with a thin large bubble head that dissapates quickly. Taste is very lemony and zesty as if this had lemon juice in it. The lemon is accompanied by straw. Not much hopping to speak of. Finish is sour like unsweetened lemonade. Mouthfeel is good, not really a factor in all this sourness. Not a bad beverage but I don't know about it being a beer, at least not a pils. This would be a great hot weather beer, problem is, its not hot, it's cold. Would be a great brew to make Strip and Go Nakeds. An interesting brew but not something I would want again.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.28/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz. bomber poured into a snifter. It pours a medium gold color with one finger of head. A lot of lacing left on the glass. The smell has a little maltiness and some grassy hops. Just a little light. The taste is very good. Lots of fresh cut grass, hops and malt mingling together. A great balance. Some sweetness on the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy and smooth. The drinkability is awesome. A fine brew.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.46/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A nice two fingers of head that sustained admirably but did not lace. The body is a bright, almost white wine white with ample carbonation in the body.

Smell: Smells like it looks, like wine minus the alcohol. It makes it's presence known well enough and warming helps to bring out notes of lemon and light floral hops. All in all nice but nothing to write home about.

Taste: Neat and clean, as it starts with a very mild biscuit malt that turns to a mixture of malt and grapes and ends with the barest dusting of hops. Very smooth, albeit light to the taste and could certainly be a bit more flavourful, but I liked it.

Mouthfeel: My biggest problem is, it is very similar to diluted wine. It's got some odd acidic notes which I don't like. That and I really wish there was a bit more of a hop presence. Also no aftertaste at all to speak of. Still the carbonation is superbly done.

Drinkability: Yeah....I polished this off before I could finish typing the whole review. Crisp and clean but not to the point you'd say it's watered down and light. It's just a bid odd to drink because of the taste. The complete lack of hop presence make this easy to guzzle.

Final Thoughts: I've called Duvel the champagne of Beer before, and when I drink this, I can't help but feel this is the Spumante Bambino. Cheap, bubbly tastes like wine, not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination but your wallet leaves you far more inclined to buy it at new years. I'd pick it up again in the summer. Heck, I'd be tempted to just drink it from a bomber.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
2.65/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's a boring beer to look at, a straw like gold with lots of visible carbonation at first that's gone quickly, not a lot of head, and zero head retention or lacing.

The aroma is fruity. Like apples. Some caramelly bread, sugary sweet pale malts, and floral notes as well.

The taste is fruity, with a straw like, highly sweet pale malt badly in need of more hop flavor and bitterness. Far too fruity for a pilsner. Only slightly drying in the finish.

Very light bodied mouthfeel, very watery after a few minutes. The carbonation blows its load as soon as it's poured and doesn't last long, a problem not helped by the fact that this comes in 680ml bottles--you're looking at a good 500ml or so of under-carbonated beer to finish by the time it's gone.

It's an unexceptional though passable beer from a brewery I simply can no't warm up to. Their labels are badly designed, they don't advertise or have a website or any kind of brand identity. Which would be okay if they brewed exceptional beer. But they don't. It's pretty mediocre. Their beer only comes in monster sized bottles. Add to this the fact that the owner seemed rude when I was there last summer and there's no reason on Earth I can think of why I bothered to give this a second chance.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off, I liked the label with its invitation to take a brewery tour and the advice, "Not pasteurized, keep refrigerated @ 40 to 45F and serve within 45 days" ... but as Derek pointed out earlier, 45 days from when?

This beer poured a pale, clear yellow in my tall Boddingtons glass that might have been a bit wide for this pilsner. The white head was fizzy but short lived, no lace and no ring to speak of. Mildly carbonated with only a bit more retention than your typical macro-pilsner.

Smell was grassy, wet straw. Taste was a bit on the sweet side, mildly hopped with an appropriately light malt balance, inoffensive but nothing too remarkable either. Light body, good for a hot day but not to be taken too seriously. I recall some years ago being impressed with the amber beer from this brewery, I should try it again; as for this beer, it's not offensive and probably okay for a non-beer loving crowd at a BBQ but a serious pilsner drinker would not find anything to cherish with this offering, it's just "okay", there's really nothing special about it.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.21/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this pale gold wonder from a 680ml bomber, came out with ever so slight fizzing and no lacing. Smell is a tad sour, but not overly offensive. Taste is very very fresh, flavors of fresh grain are very evident that make their way to an exceptionally clean finish. There is practically no bitterness in this at all and the finish is surprisingly smooth. I'd take another in an instant. Old Credit Brewery is another fine example of good local brewing talent we have here in Ontario, this is one that should definitely not be overlooked.

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Old Credit Pale Pilsner from Old Credit Brewing Co.
3.21 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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