Moat Czech Pilsner | Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.

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Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A European-style pilsner. Dry hopping produces a bouquet of aromas from the addition of traditional noble hops. This beer has a bigger malt profile than the average American Pilsner. It has medium hop bitterness and a clean floral finish.

Added by lordofthewiens on 10-18-2006

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you Moat for making a mire true-to-style Czech Pils. The dry hop effect is minimal with the classic noble hop. 16 oz. Can

Pure, clear gold color. Mild carbonation but vety crispy, lively feel. A classic medium sized white cap sits and spreads out fast.

The aromatic qualities are very good, classic buttery malt, herbal hops with hay and wheat effect, tangy and sweet nose. The classic malt and Noble hop aroma'blend together perfectly. Awesome aroma.

The first gulp has you saying: "classic Czech pils". Very European approach with perhaps a bolder, more delicious malt than usual. The Noble hops....dry hopped, gives a classic and true taste but Full of flavor, not really bigger or bolder, just more flavor. The balance is practically perfect. All those lovely pilsner flavor's are in Full effect: buttery but crispy malt, dense herbal and earthy hops with dry hay and wheat of summertime is the vibe it gives off. Sour and funky pils yeast....all together; this might be one of the very best American versions of the European classic Czech Pils.

I usually complain about American pilsners being much too hoppy but still trying to be traditional. Moat Mountain has finally created a European pils that might be better than most European versions of this style, and somehow keep it perfectly to style. The aroma and flavor is just awesome.

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Photo of SABERG
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can dated 1/25/17 into a tall cylinder.
A - Excellent clarity, gentle meandering carbonation make their way top side. A thin snow white cap resides for a bit. Cirrus style lacing clings in thin rings.
S - Pilsner malts, without the floor swept touch, clean bright hop very floral and noble. Just a hint of orange blossom and cut grass.
T - A touch sweet at the start, the malt have a nice biscuit quality, delightful helping of hop flower, a touch of Diacetyl, well within bounds, honey and warm toast.
M - Dances across the palate, correct in scale, carbonation is superb, not an off putting component anywhere.
O - A very fine Pilsner from Moat, body is quite good, the floral hops add a nice snap to the offering.
I look forward to more.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from a growler. Crystal clear straw-gold body. Light, pourus head of foam. Aroma of dough, cracker and faint floral and citrus notes. Taste is cracker, toast, light caramel and some spicy bitterness from the hops. Finishes crisp with a nice carbonation-pop. So drinkable.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the restaurant, served in the 8 beer sampler. The beer had a golden color with a nice aroma of hops with some citrus. Hop flavors are really balanced well in the taste department with a good mix of bread and malt. A crisp carbonation makes the mouthfeel a winner for this beer. Overall, a really good mouthfeel makes this beer really good.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Typical head which leaves a couple of spots on the glass after each sip. Pale gold color. Clear.

The smell starts off as cream, slightly soured.

Clean pale malt with a touch of berry to the swallow. This is under hopped for an American version of this style--more true to the Czech offerings. Highly carbonated with a moderate base.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

16 oz can was poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Toasted, bready, and sweet pilsner malts followed by lager yeast, herbal, and grassy hops.

Taste: Same as above with mild bitterness in the rear. Very traditional to the style.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, chewy, crisp, refreshing, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice brew from the North Conway guys. Will have to pick up more next time in NH.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - Clear pale boxy with bubbly white head. Not much retention or lacing.

S - Fruity grapefruit and orange rind. Nice malts

T - More fruity citrus hops, cherry with light doughy malts

M - Light body with moderate/high carbonation. Thin and a bit watery.

O - This was ok. The thin body with high carbonation isn't my thing. I'd prefer finer and less carbonation and more malt presence. Definitely drinkable but fairly underwhelming.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a pale, regal yellow, as is proper for a pilsner. It forms a head of eggshell white bubbles, but has trouble keeping said head. In body, the beer is lager clean and bright with a constant stream of carbonation bubbling from its depths. On the nose, the beer smells of buttery cracker malt and earthy, spicy hops in a balanced dance that reminds me of spicy bread. On the tongue, the beer tastes initially bready sweet with a drying finish. Bitterness is mellow, but balancing beside the sweetness, and there is a touch of bright acidity as well. The earthy hops even give the beer’s finish a slightly salty turn. In flavor, the beer begins much as the scent, with smooth crackery malts that hint at a buttery bread character. Herbal, spicy hops blend nicely into the bready cracker malt, creating a mélange of soft flavors reminiscent of black peppers, earth, and a smooth minerality that helps to dry the finish. The finish is soft and subtle, but briny and delightful, and the aftertaste rings with that brininess. In the mouth, the beer feels light in body with a heavier carbonation that both fluffs and snaps at the tongue. The beer feels crisp and snappy on the palate, and leaves the mouth slightly wet, yet refreshed and ready for further sips. When enjoyed from the can, the beer does lose much of the minerality that I enjoy so much. It becomes a bit restrained from the can, yet remains crisp and drinkable, which is to be expected with can drinking and such. Overall, this is a lovely delicate pilsner with nice subtle complexity and a superb briny character from the earthy hops, which I am really digging. It is definitely more balanced than the hop-forward American pilsners that have been hitting the scene lately. This is a lovely sessionable ale that is delicate enough to heavily drink, yet complex enough to make each sip enjoyable. I like it.

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Photo of illpass78
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw with heavy carbonation and a big white head that has decent retention.

Smell: Nice aromas for a lager - hops, biscuit, some floral notes, a tiny bit of lemon.

Taste: Taste follows the nose. Lots of nice biscuity malts. Very refreshing and clean. Some nice hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: It's pleasant on the palate - mouthfeel is just right for a lager.

Overall: Good stuff from this Granite State brewer. Have a few of these and you'll be on a Live Free Or Die kick for sure. It's very appealing and reasonably complex as pilsners go - nice flavors, good depth, perfect presentation. I'll definite have more Moat offerings after trying this one.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, golden-orange coloring with a filmy, sparse, white coating on the surface. The nose is light, with some toasty grain characteristics, and not much else. Clean. The flavors are buttered toast, with a tangy, floral highlight. The aftertaste is clean, with a touch of hops to bitter and clean. Slightly bitter, drying finish. Clean and tasty.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Moat Mountain pub on October 9, 2012.

It pours a kind of olive-yellow with a thin, fizzy white head that dissolves fast. It looks like it should.

The aroma is rather in-distinctive with an emphasis on grains and a somewhat clean, crisp hop note mixed in.

The body fell into the light to medium range with a smooth, creamy texture.

The taste was similarly grainy like the nose but it tasted fresh. The low hop bitterness balanced things out pretty good at the end. Overall, typical for the style.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a sample glass.

Appearance: Yellowish gold color with a thin white head.

Smell: Sweet smelling malts, corn and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Light bodied and very smooth. Tasted sweeter with a bitter sweet aftertaste.

Overall: Decent brew, it was refreshing, but nothing special.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the source 8/25/2012.
Comes to the table a light golden straw color without much of a head by the time the waitress sets the glass down. Smells of floral and spicy hops with a fair amount of bready pilsner malt to back it up. There's a hint of lemony tartness that while faint just seems out of place in the aroma. The flavor is bready and sweet pilsner malt that gets blasted with spicy hops. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet spicy mouthfeel. Nice pilsner not the best I've ever had but definitely quaffable.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gold with a thin skim head. Didn't arrive with much foam at all so I blame the bartender/server, not the beer.

Aroma is sweet malt with a little swampy hop. Missing the peppery Saaz I was hoping for.

Smoother than I though it would be (I was expecting more crispness) but it works well just the same. Slightly spice add zest to an otherwise inoffensive malt character.

A nice beer to wash down Chocorua, Middle Sister and First Sister summits.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ben for bringing this one back! Poured into a pint glass. The color is light gold and clear. The head is about a half inch and leaves behind some lacing.

The aroma is full of Euro-hops and slight biscuit.

The taste starts out malty. The finish is crisp and hoppy. There is just enough hop bitterness to balance this out.

This is light and drinkable. Very good stuff. I love the freshness.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a growler at the brewpub yesterday after an intense hike up Mount Washington. Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a finger of white head.

Big grassy hop aroma here with a nice toasty malt aroma in the background. A little bit of lemon rounds this out. The taste is a kind of biscuity. A nice hop bitterness to the finish here.

The feel is nice and light with good carbonation. Overall an enjoyable pilsner. Glad a got the growler!

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Lilee's Public House during dinner.

Pours into a pint glass, a golden yellow color with a good size white head, fades at a slow rate and left bits of lacing on the glass, bubbles continuously rising up from the bottom through the entire drink.

Smell has a decent hop aroma, bit grassy, with a sweet malt backing, bit of citrus creeps into the nose.

Taste is very clean and crisp, a very easy drinker to be sure and perfect for a hot summer day (it was easily in the 90's the other day), a good mix of sweet malt and citrusy hops with neither overpowering the other, finishes slightly dry.

Probably one of the better Pils I've had in a long while, Moat did it right.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Flatbread Pizza Company in Portsmouth NH.

A: Clear golden yellow. One finger, chunky head. Nice lacing.

S: Nice little hop aroma, very grassy.

T: Similar to the nose, some hops upfront and then some earth/spiciness afterwards. Has a slight malt kick on the backend.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Easy to drink, went extremely well with the pizza I was eating. Very fresh and crisp.

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Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a potent musty noble hop.

The taste was upfront spicy and musty noble hop with a balancing grainy malt.

The moutfeel was of average fullness with a sharp, dry finish.

Overall a very tasty and highly drinkable pils. Well done.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this mid-October, told it was distinct from their Golden Dog Pilsner. It was a pretty, clear yellow, with a small head and some lacing. It had a fresh grass aroma, as well as a little grain. Taste was a little underwhelming. A little sweet, a little malt, a little hops. Still, a refreshing beer for a guy who'd been in a car for a while.

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Moat Czech Pilsner from Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
3.77 out of 5 based on 120 ratings.
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