Pine Mountain Pils | Deschutes Brewery

Pine Mountain PilsPine Mountain Pils
BA SCORE
70.5%
Liked This Beer
3.86 w/ 122 Ratings
Pine Mountain PilsPine Mountain Pils
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 08-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,544
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
122
Liked:
86
Avg:
3.86/5
pDev:
9.07%
Alströms:
4.02
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 122 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of Donkster46
4.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I got this one at safeway on the cheap. I really wasn't expecting much, since I am not a huge fan of Pilsners. This one really surprised me. Right now it is by far my favorite Pilsner. Pretty good on sunny warm summer day like today! I would definitely buy this one again.

 272 characters

Photo of WoostaBia
4.64/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of he best pilsners, a favorite! Perfectly crispy, hoppy smooth refreshing beer. Glad I picked it at Walmart Gresham, Oregon Walmart.

137 characters

Photo of KoG
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of OMsweetOM
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of IDABEERGUY
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Might be the best pilsner I have ever had......just amazing and exactly what I think a pilsner should be....

108 characters

Photo of Auraan
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous golden body with a light cloudiness, but still able to be seen through, with a one finger, thick, bubbly white head. Overall impression of appearance is of a very nice Pilsner. Scents of soft, sweet, grainy Pilsner malt with light notes of graham cracker upfront, backed by a medium-light floral, jasmine and clover-like noble hop aroma mingling with spicy noble hop aromas. Overall impression of aroma is of a crisp, clean hop-forward German Pilsner. Flavor begins with floral and spicy noble hop flavors at medium-high levels with moderate bitterness, hops imparting notes of jasmine. Middle continues these flavors with a light grainy Pilsner malt becoming discernible. Finish is dry with notes of floral and spicy noble hops, light grainy Pilsner malt. Aftertaste is dry with notes of floral noble hops continuing. Overall impression of flavor is of an excellent German Pilsner. It is crisp and hop-forward with the right character and balance for the style. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with high carbonation and a crisp feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of the perfect Pilsner. Overall this is an excellent American-brewed example of a German Pilsner. It hits the style perfectly in all respects and showcases the virtues of this underrated style.

 1,281 characters

Photo of rarigney
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown with a summer star light night over the mountains on the label, “freshest through end of month notched” on the side of the label.

Appearance: Dazzling display of uniform and aggressive carbonation that quickly rises to the top to reform the crisp looking white head that crowns the top of this pale golden brew.

Smell: Fresh smack of noble hops, spicy Czech Saaz leaves a clean hop nose. Some malt in the aroma, cotton candy, a ghost like sulphur and faint hay are suggested to the brain.

Taste: Moderate body, smooth and creamy to the point of sheer delight. Carbonation holds on to some crispness. Big grainy maltiness, light biscuit, grape skin and husk on the tongue with a lingering pale malt sweetness that stays subtle. Hops are perfect and stay clean with herbal fresh grassy and spicy flavours let alone the quick snap and mellow recoil of the bitterness. Mild astringent finish of grain and hop that cleans house for a slightly puckering dryness.

Notes: Quite close to import in flavour minus the aged or traveled flavour or the soft water trait associated with imported pilsners. An impressive brew which comes to no surprise for this brewery … a black olive, feta cheese and plum tomato pizza would be perfect with this beer.

 1,278 characters

Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Foamy white head lasts for as long as it takes me to drink one of these. Clear golden brew is light yet definetly yellow and is loaded with small CO2 bubbles that rise in abundance. Aroma is of light bread and a very light spicy hoppiness. Taste is very pleasing as it is distributed all over your tongue by the carbonation. Spicy Saaz flavor with a blend of a German hop that complements the slightly dry full malt flavor of the pilsner malts. Smooth light mouthfeel with little hop bitterness is very refreshing yet not lacking in flavor. Excellent session brew and an excellent pilsner.

 589 characters

Photo of Bitterbill
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, best by May 25th, 2014. Bought at Poplar Wine & Spirits for ~$4.

It pours a bright and clear straw gold with a 2 finger head of foam(vigorous pour) and plenty of lacing.

All those German Pils smells are here in abundance. Spicy hoppiness, grainy malt, definitely a desirable nose to me.

First sip in and I'm back in love with this long departed friend. A skillful use of the Hallertau and Mittelfruh hops give it that, yes, spicy hhop kick German Pilsner taste, helped by a slightly sweet, grainy taste from the malt. Yes!

On the heavy side of light bodied with good carbonation making for a great mouthfeel for the style.

I hoped for a long time that Deschutes would bring this back. And they did. And I am very grateful.

 740 characters

Photo of WheelsRule
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Best before 12/14/14. Served chilled into a pint glass.

Pine Mountain pilsner is a clerk golden yellow color with thick white head.

Aroma is hoppy and slightly sweet. Hops are both herbal and spicy.

Flavor is slightly sweet up front with peppery hops in the middle and a crisp dry finish.

Mouthfeel is light in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall a delicious, fresh, and hoppy pilsner.

 390 characters

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of nqdell
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Zanico
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Beerasaurus
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. Bomber
Best By: 09/04/15

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick creamy one-finger white head, leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a nice note of hops, yeasty, slight lemon note. The taste is very nice, malty, hoppy, slightly yeasty/peppery, with a nice little pine note. Medium body, with a nice bitter/dry finish. Overall a very tasty brew, very true to style. Recommended.

 475 characters

Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of grittybrews
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of ricke49
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Reidrover
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ok at long last I found this in Salem..just over the Cascades but I had looked since last summer!
Comes in the usual raised hop wreath Deschutes brown 12 oz bottle..nice simple label mountain and summer evening sky.
Nice looking pils when poured into a glass..bright yellow with a nice sized pure white head..nice carbonation present..head goes but leaves a nice covering and lace.
Nice fresh hop aromas..and also some buttery maltiness..very nice.
this is a typical German style pils ( and thats a good thing)..very well done on the hops..nice and crisp[ with a nice sweet malt undertone
Very good on the palate ..its crisp but not too "dry".
Very very drinkable American version of the classic German Pils.
Now if only the macros could make lager/pils like this.

 771 characters

Photo of GreenCard
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden/light-straw color, brilliant clarity, tantalizing effervescence, fluffy white head w/ some nice lace-effects

Aroma: floral, grainy, malty, continental hop nose, clean, slight honey scent especially from the emptied glass

Flavor: mellow malt flavor balanced extremely well by a smooth Noble hop flavor and pert bitterness; very clean and dry, slightly tangy in mid-taste, residual bitterness clings to the palate

Mouthfeel: light body, zesty carbonation, crisp, refreshing

Overall Impression: This is a great limited release beer. Something to look forward to at the end of every summer. I could quaff these ad infinitum. Unfortunately, due to internal political machinations in this great brewery, we may see the quality of their beers take a sharp decline.

 788 characters

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz, brown bottle, with hops flowers and leaves in bas-relief in the glass ringing the bottle just below the neck; expiration month notch on the label.

This pils poured a clear, effervescent, straw yellow color with creamy, persistent, white foam that coated the glass somewhat. The smell was lightly malty with some grain, bread, and citrus. The effervescence tickled the nose. The taste was a very nice, strongly floral flavor with the hop bitterness coming after the initial floral taste. There were also flavors of biscuit, malt, citrus. The mouthfeel was smooth with a crisp finish; rather tangy overall. The body was medium-light with good carbonation. There was a very floral and hoppy aftertaste. This was a very good and easy to drink pils.

Thanks to Reidrover for my first taste of Deschutes.

 811 characters

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing from notes after drinking this on 4/18/14. Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bottle with a best by date of 5/25/14 stamped on the side of the label. Poured into a 12 oz pilsner glass with tapered sides.

Appearance - Pretty classic look for the style--straw yellow blonde body with a fantastic bubble show rushing up from the bottom of the glass to sustain a fluffy two-finger head the color of faded lemon chiffon. Retention is moderate, eventually settling as a quarter finger perma-foam across the top of the liquid. As I drink it down, there are healthy sheets of lacing marking the passage of time betwen drinks similar to how sheets of rock mark the layers of time in a cliffside.

Smell - Pleasant pilsner malt biscuits and club crackers with a hint of citrus zest, but not in the pungent, powerful way citrus will come through from an IPA. More lemongrass than lemon. Some faint floral elements as well as a hint of yeasty spiciness.

Taste - Again, the malt is the star of the show, with grainy crackers and a touch of sweetness. Balance comes in the form of some slight bittering dryness and hints of grass and lemon zest as well as just a touch of white pepper spiciness. I prefer a bit of sweetness with this style, so long as the hops prevent it from becoming cloying or overly-grainy, and this is right on par with that approach.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and lots of carbonation, providing a sufficiently effervescent feel and a dry finish.

Overall, this strikes me as a great take classic German pils characteristics from a U.S. brewer. Perhaps a little heavier on the citrus and hops than you'd expect from some of the greats in the style, but it's very clean and drinkable while not sacrificing interesting flavor. I also don't particularly mind the format--I'd rather drink roughly two beers worth for $5 than buy an entire six pack. I hope they make this a regular seasonal release.

 1,908 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Pine Mountain Pils from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 70.5% out of 100 with 122 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.