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High Country Pilsner ("Golden Trout Pilsner") | Mammoth Brewing Company

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High Country Pilsner ("Golden Trout Pilsner")High Country Pilsner ("Golden Trout Pilsner")
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High Country Pilsner ("Golden Trout Pilsner")High Country Pilsner ("Golden Trout Pilsner")

Brewed by:
Mammoth Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
aka Mammoth Golden Trout Pilsner

Golden Trout Pilsner: Crisp and refreshing as a high Sierra stream, High Country Pilsner/ Golden Trout Pilsner combines a light malty body with a floral hop finish. Pilsner malt, Vienna malt, and noble hops make this a beer of exceptional flavor.

Added by ChainGangGuy on 03-23-2008

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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of Norvelljeff
4.75/5  rDev +48%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was one of my favorites during my first tasting session here. So i came back and kept coming back. Really love it here.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.27/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours yellow, with a small, fizzy, soapy white head, very good lacing.

S: Classic pils, with an earthy herbal Saaz hop note, sweet malt, lemon zest.

T: Big malt right off the bat, the Vienna malt used is clearly evident in a flavour that was not unlike Boston Lager. Lemon rind, orange, grapefruit pith and grass, make a tasty mix of American and German styles.

M: Sharp, crisp carbonation. Light bodied, very good feel for a pils.

T: Loved this pilsner, a great one out of Mammoth, possibly the best beer I've had from them. Full-flavoured, a great refereshing summer beer.

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Photo of Beer21
4/5  rDev +24.6%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.96/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My throat has beem semi-dry all day. Time for an after work beer:

A nice pour into my glass. At first look, the beer is golden sunlight blonde in color with a glow, and a finger's thick of quality head on top. Great retnetion. Dried grapefruit, lemongrass, grains....those aromas tease the nose. slightly rough at times. But in the mouth, the overall flavor melds better. A slight twist of lemon appears first, then lemongrass takes over from there. The lemon has a bit of an astringent edge to it. Surprisingly flavorful for just a 4.2% ABV lager beer. Medium bodied, creamy in the mouth... good pilsner.

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Photo of surfmeister
3.8/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Berger's in Mammoth
Ap: golden/yellow slightly hazy, lazy head with not much staying power
Sm: muted hops with fruity undertones
Taste:nice malt /hop balance with citrus, almost lemon addition, appropriate for style in that it is a more subtle version of a pale basically, many similar characteristics but in subtler fashion
Mouthfeel: light, but not lightweight
Drinkability: great session beer, could quaff many over pizza or in this case, BBQ
Overall: a fine blonde, great crossover ale

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Photo of woodychandler
3.77/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A CANQuest note of thanks to tjensen3618 who heard my impassioned plea for more new CANs and came through with this one. CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "Beer as Big as the Eastern Sierra. Alpine Water, Organic Ingredients, CAN-Conditioned. This golden Pilsner is crisp, light & refreshing. We start with pristine alpine water from our source at 8,000 feet; brew with organically-grown barley and hops; and then CAN-condition with active yeast to keep this beer fresh and alive from our brewery and into your hands. Cheers! Microbrew in a CAN? Aluminum CANs are less expensive, lighter to transport, easier to recycle and more convenient to 'pack out' than glass bottles. Aluminum chills fast and is perfect for tailgate parties, hiking, camping, fishing, river rafting, golfing, boating or any outdoor activity. Brewed & CANned in the High Sierra by Mammoth Brewing Company, Mammoth Lakes, CA."

Surprise! Another craft CAN filled all the way to the brim, erupting with beer when cracked open. My pour created a little less than a finger of off-white head with low retention. Color was a cloudy yellow, like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. Nose had a peppery hoppiness to it, underlain by grass and mint. Yum! Mouthfeel was medium with a lager sweetness along with a mild hoppiness on the tongue. Finish was dry, crisp and refreshing, just as advertised. Nice lacing, also. This could not have come at a better time, what with the CANQuest momentarily out of steam and the weather being steaming hot. I was glad to add it to the CANQuest, but it was like many other Pilsners out there. If you CAN get some, great, but don't fret otherwise.

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Photo of irthesteve
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of walshclimb
3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold with active bubbling and nice white head that dissipates just a little too quickly but leaves a good webbed lace. Light malty aroma, a little grassy with a hint of fruit. Good malty IF with a slightly piney, mildly bitter aftertaste. Light bodied and smooth, almost creamy and slightly tongue coating. Overall a decent session beer but priced too high for that really. I think the $18/12pack of cans is too high for a beer of this caliber. It's good but should be a bit less expensive.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


From a bottle and poured into a pint glass at 8000 feet, the same elevation at which it was brewed...

Pours a deep straw golden in color with a thick lasting head. Mostly clear, yet offers some spotty lacing given the lively carbonation.

Smell is of sweet malts yet offers a good degree of depth. Slightly pungent on the nose and with a touch of piney hops when agitated. A touch of Vienna malts are overriding yet not overwhelming.

Taste is somewhat rich and a touch chewy on the malts yet not overly sweet. Rather robust for a pilsner.

Feel is decent with a nicely carbonated finish and a nice malt and hop kick on the close. Drinkability is good and this beer can warm up without suffering any ill side effects.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.54/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear golden color with a slight orange tinge. White, half finger head. Sub-par retention. Spotty lacing.

Smell - Aroma consists of grain, with touches of honey, caramel and a floral hop character.

Taste - Moderate notes of grain and honey upfront while hops come across lightly, as floral with a minor grassy bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body, with moderate, somewhat lively carbonation. Nice crispness. Goes down easy.

Overall - A fair to good pilsner. Flavors are there, but don't necessarily hit the mark quite where they should. I don't know that I'd buy it again, but I have no problem with drinking this, and on a hot summer day, who knows? Without better options, I'd give this another swing.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of magictrokini
3.47/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap @ Clocktower. Pours clear gold with a nice little white head. Clean, bright aroma of hops, grass, pine, and sweet yeast. Refreshing taste of the same, but a dry finish. Honey, lemon, and bread also come out towards the middle. Nice beer, but nothing that stands out.

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

Mammoth probably has a stronger presence in my area than many here, so I've tried their beers on more than one occasion as the better alternative or to mix it up some. In most cases I'm pleased, though never wowed.

I feel like the Bros' review of this one is a bit harsh. While the Golden Trout Pilsener isn't by any means phenominal, it's a quietly tasty offering that's easy to take down by the mug on a casual summer night. There's a solid head with retention per usual, smooth mouthfeel with a little brothiness on the tongue it seems and a very mild hop character. I'd like the beer to be more crisp though.

I also get the feeling from reading these other reviews that it's not very good out of the can or bottle. I've only had this one on tap and it's been alright.

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

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, yellow body with a bubbly white head.

Smell: Pils malt aroma with a drop of honey and a note of citrus.

Taste: Pilsner malt flavor with a hint of grain. Sour lemons rush in, though that drop of honey fights to be head. Mild, spicy bitterness. The honey eventually shines through on the citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid pilsner and in a can to boot!

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Photo of nightwing002
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Wow. The Bro's straight doing this like a 50/50 bar. Raul ain't pumped, but it's not like he's going to take one bite and throw his Popsicle on the ground for the sun to eat the rest.

Raul drank it and he'd have another; but he won't tap a keg of it for his gramama's birthday.


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High Country Pilsner ("Golden Trout Pilsner") from Mammoth Brewing Company
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