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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Ratings: 132 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by Flounder57:
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
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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Photo of bishopdc0
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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 mdaschaf
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
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 GratefulBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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 mffraser364
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of benbazi
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a bright yellow to copper color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that quickly slid off at a moderate pace. Slight lace ran here and there.
The aroma had a nice blend of biscuit to bready malts playing with a slight grassy to earthy spicy hoppiness coming in and around those malts.
The flavor was moderately sweet with an ample spiciness coming about to balance. The aftertaste was slightly bready with a fair spicy hoppiness about it.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps just a touch under with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt on par. Bready crisp finish with a little bit of spiciness, but not distractible.
Overall, I'd say it was a pretty good Czech pilsener that I would have again.

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Photo of Shaymus
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puboflyons
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
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 jj2338
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DJoe
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fitzy84
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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 n2185
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of rjp217
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of d_brommer_nh
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of jmilo64
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

Photo of ScaryEd
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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 Mmcdonald79
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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 OnTheBusWithGus
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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