18th Anniversary Pilsner
Deschutes Brewery

18th Anniversary Pilsner18th Anniversary Pilsner
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German Pilsner
4.05 | pDev: 9.14%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
18th Anniversary Pilsner18th Anniversary Pilsner
Notes: (Retired) Released 2006
Alc. by Vol.: 5.0%
IBUs: 34
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 36
Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear as a bell, with a golden color and a fluffy head that leaves webs of lace on my pilsner glass

Smell: Primarily bready, but some grassy hops are still in there, despite the age

Taste: Opens bready, with a lemony twang that builds after the swallow; with the age, it's a bit on the malty side

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Don't know why I didn't get around to drinking this sooner as I could kick myself, but despite the age, it is still quite enjoyable (just different from what it was in its salad days)

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Off notes from 11-29-2006. Pours a crystal clear straw color with some head. Nose is slightly hoppy, but tame. Flavor is excellent. Multiple characteristics coming together for a smooth ride. Starts slightly bitter with a tart lemon/citrus edge. Touch of a sweet edge. Very smooth. Mouthfeel has a good carbonation. Unsurpassed drinkability.

Happy 18th Anniversary Deschutes!

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Photo of GreenCard
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pale yellow, great clarity, narrow band of spongey pure-white foam, lace

Aroma: perfumey floral hops, grainy (like that husky smell of mashed grain)

Flavor: fluffly malt profile with a grain husk overtone; herbal hop flavor and a slight bitterness; finishes semi-dry with a spry aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light body, pert carbonation, soft texture, crisp

Other comments: This beer smells and tastes almost exactly like the grain mash of the first lager homebrew I did. Not that I'm some amazing homebrewer or anything... it's just that it tastes really fresh!

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dubbercody for this beer as part of the BA Get Bombed Anny Club. Pours yellow with the foam settling quickly. Hoppy smell for a pils. Tastes very crisp with a little bit of bite. Mouthfeel and drinkablility are very good and this could be a great session beer. I would love to see the recipe of this beer and Prima Pils from Victory for a comparison since they taste very similiar (which is a good thing in my book). Excellent example of a German Pilsener. Highly recommended.


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Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/21/06- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, Bond Street 2006 release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Pale, clear and yellow with a full inch of fluffy crystal white head. Very nice patchy lacing. A nice light creamy film of a head remains after the head dies down.

Smell- Ultra hoppy and a bit sugary sweet. Mild grainy nose. Does this have spices added? Smells quite like a tripel to me. Also some alcohol notes are in the air as well.

Taste- Creamy, semi-dry and certainly hoppy. Mild to ligher grainy taste with a lasting bitterness. Alcohol is somewhat forthright.

Mouthfeel- As stated above, with a suprisingly lower level carbonation.

Drinkability- Very refreshing brew perfect for hot weather. Very flavorful and tasty...considerably mouth watering. Excellent.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean/clear yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little foamy head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is sweet malts/hops, and some spices. The taste is slightly hoppy and bitter, nice touch of spice. Light body. Drinkable, but not really my cup of tea. Would recommend though for people who like this style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stunningly refined, Deschutes 18th Anniversary Pilsner delivers a beautiful European-style lager that has one foot in the Czech tradition, and one foot in the German style. It's very pale golden body is clear enough to see your fingerprints through the glass, and its rocky bright-white head holds well, slowly dwindling to a whispy surface covering and average collar. The nose offers floral hops, cut grass, straw, dull dried/spent lemon, and a hint of mildly sweet and grainy maltiness - and that's what appears in the flavor! It starts with a bristling-carbonation "hit" of bitterness atop grainy maltiness, and immediately injects that with lemony fruitiness and a touch of lager-acidity. Bitterness remains constant. Floral notes appear. Then more citrus, but it's soft; and then more cut-grass and grain - straw-like and earthy. It finishes decidedly dry, but not harsh, and the supple malt and grassy hops follow into the finish. It lingers with a sweet, very lightly honeyish note; and of course, some grassy hops. It's well-rounded and soft like a Czech Pils, but also has that hard, raspy edge of a German pils. Quite nice! Certainly worth trying! Mesmerizing in a way!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What an incredibly pale color for an all malt Pilsner. This beer is a pale gold color that even approaches the lightness of straw. It is of course brilliantly clear and is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, just barely off-white colored head that is soft and fluffy yet leaves a touch of lacing. The aroma is very light; a touch of sweet grain aromatics up front and a touch of grassy herbal hops are what is first noticeable. The aroma definitely has a grassy note to it as both the malt and hops contribute to this note.

Sharp and biting up front, the beer takes on a big clean bitterness to it from the get go. The beer is very light and quenching on the palate, with a touch of a malty body that has just a wisp of grain sweetness to it. Grassy & herbal hop components are also quite noticeable. This beer really captures the essence of a German Pils, it is light and crisp and not nearly as malty as Bohemian version would be. It is certainly a bit bigger in the hop department than your typical German Pils. It does have a nice, crisp, solid bitterness but it has quite a bit of hop flavor as well; notes of lemon grass, fresh cut hay, herbaceous notes sort of akin to basil, and even notes of honeysuckle all are found here. As the beer warms a bit I begin to notice the sweet malt a bit more; it adds just a touch of clean grain-like sweetness to this brew, not enough to balance, or get in the way of the hops, but just enough so they are not too much.

I was not sure what to expect of this beer, but I must say I am impressed. It is perhaps a touch bigger than most German examples, but there are certainly German ones that it is not bigger than, and it really has that crisp balance that one expects of the best German Pilsners. Clean malt notes yield to the dominant hop components, which ultimately leave a nice grassy bitter note lingering on in the palate just asking for you to take another sip. This is just a great take on a German Pilsner!

Purchased from: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of akorsak
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 65 cL bomber.

A: The pils is a very pale yellow color, looking as though it has been watered down. There is no head, no sign of any carbonation beyond the bubbles that are easily visible.

S: The aroma on the pils is a grainy, biscuit malt with no indication of a hop presence.

T: The flavor is a very restrained, very subtle one. The malts are biscuity and really dominate the taste. Hops are present, albeit in a reserved manner. They provide a bit of flowery bitterness that keeps the pils moving nicely.

M: The mouthfeel, especially as it warms, is nice. The hops add a nice kick to compliment the grainy base.

D: Nice abv, nice flavor (even for a pils, which is not my favorite style), I am beginning to like the Bond Street series.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner a clear sprtzey looking light straw with a big blooming white head that never really totally settles rings of lace were left behind as it inched its way down.Fresh herbal aromas and lemon zest a bit toastiness underneath as well,delicate flavors lightly sweet honey malt and a touch toastiness lingering into a lemon/ herbal zip into a lingering finish.A great pilsner light and refreshing but very flavorful like it should be,I could drink this all night with no problems.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bomber into Imperial Pint glass
Served @ about 45 degrees

A - Pours an impeccably clear straw color with several carbo bubbles streams. Head forms to at least 2 inches in height yet collapses quickly to leave a thin covering on the brew. Lacing is solid and coats well.

S - Nose is all bitter noble hops, yet seems light and potentially refreshing. A touch of peppery spice complements the bitterness of the hops well.

T - No big surprise here, this is a tried and true pilsner that doesn't try anything too risky. This is certainly no knock against this brew, but don't come into it expecting an American twist of some sort. Noble hops bring the bitterness without an extremely drying aftertaste. Malts bring a mouthfilling biscuity taste, but naturally the Nobles steal the show.

M - Mouthfeel starts off with a moderate carbonation that fills and refreshes immediately. Aftertaste is crisp and slightly bitter.

D - A great beer for a warm drinking day. Unfortunately it is neither warm outside nor is this beer available but as a one time brew. Kudos to Deschutes for tackling a new style well and resisting the American trend of brewing massive and style bending one-offs (not that those are bad in anyway...).

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light 14k carat gold color with tons of carbonated bubbles and a very crisp, pure white head.
Aroma of cracked grain and just a hint of floral hops.
Flavors of light grain, hint of caramel and some flowery hops prevail.
Mouthfeel was fairly light in the mid-range of style but had a very dry, crisp finish which was appealing
Drinkability was above average, not an earth-shaker but a very solid brew from a great brewery.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acid-washed lemon, one of the palest pilseners that I've ever seen. Large bubbles cling to the sides of the glass while small bubbles speed up to an impossibly bright white crown of bubbly froth. The head looks good while it lasts, even if it isn't the best lace generator in the world. 18th Anniversary Pilsner looks like the beer equivalent of a bright, sunny day.

The aroma isn't nearly hoppy enough. I expected a Saaz explosion and am greeted with a Saaz popgun pop! each time I put my nose over the glass. It is musky and lightly lemon citrusy though, and is pleasant enough in a gentle, summer breeze kind of way.

Deschutes claims that this beer is more hoppy than a traditional pilsner. I'm not so sure about that. It's more hoppy than it is pils malty and has a nice bitter finish, but I'm not quite ready to bestow the hophead's seal of approval. Lemon peel and lemongrass are dominant, with no more than a moderate amount of Saaz spiciness.

To be fair, the hoppiness is cumulative and is impressing me more and more as the ounces pass. This would be a better beer if it was a bigger beer. Both more malt and more hops would do wonders, even if that meant that it was no longer light and refreshing. I can't fault the brewery for the beer they chose to brew, I'm just sayin'. The finish borders on crisp and clean; no surprise there.

I do feel like penalizing the mouthfeel just a tad though. While clearly the product of a talented brewer, it's just too light and too generously carbonated to appeal to me as much as the flavor. Did the brewer hit his target? Probably. Is it a target worth aiming at? Probably not. Since this is my review...

Hop Trip, the only other Bond Street beer that I've had, is clearly superior to 18th Anniversary Pilsner. That said, this is still good beer and would have a credible chance to be very good with a bigger pair of cojones. If you have a bottle, drink up, lest the hops fade into oblivion.

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Photo of mentor
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger head that quickly settles. Crystal clear light straw colored liquid. Head settled to a sticky white layer. Smells hallertauer hoppy, pils malty, and straw.

Tastes strong hallertauer hop flavor. Very mild hop bitter. Malt flavor is wet during the taste, but dry in the finish from the hops. Nice czech pils beer here. A bit fruity after warming, but that could be from the hops.

Light mouthfeel and light carbonation. Tiny bubbles in the front ring of my tongue sting my tastebuds.

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Photo of russpowell
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours efferevescent light golden with a 3 fingers feep white head. Okay lacing, not much head retention

S: Grassy with hints of lemon & floral hops

T: Classic pils taste, light maltyness, grasyness & a hin of floral hops up front. Nice grapefruitty/hoppy finish with real thirst quenching juicyness

MF: Medium bodied, excellent carbonation & superior balance> Nice softness to it

Drinks to easy, they need to keep this one alive, one of the best pils I've had in the states

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Photo of rowew
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber. No freshness date, but it is marked with 2006 for the anniversary. Described as a German style Pilsner.

Appearance: Pours clear and bright yellow, with quite a bit of bubbling. Big frothy head fades completely but leaves heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Bready malts and just a bit of sulphur. Subtle noble hops.

Taste: Lots of bready malt flavor with a bit of spicy hop flavor.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable - great American pilsner. I am always happy to see this style done well by an American craft brewer since so many pass it over.

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Photo of leedorham
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

The smell is overwhelmingly of hop aroma with a slight acidity that seems to be coming from quite a bit of carbonation.

The taste is dominate by hops, hops, and more hops. The beer is not too bitter but there is a lot of the piney-grassy hop taste to it. The carbonation also takes a very up-front role in the whole drinking experience. Overall, this is a very good beer if your a hop lover but more harsh on the palate than I would typically drink. I look forward to next year's effort.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pale golden color. Not a lot of head though seems like a decent carbonation level. Low aroma-sort of sulfury and hoppy all in one. Nice hop bite to it but I miss the malty notes found in a good pils. This is good none the less. Good body-finishes nice and crisp on the tongue. Slightly dry as well. A very drinkable pils from a US brewer.

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Photo of ReebShorts
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle. All of my pint glasses were in the sink, so poured this into an orval chalice.

Poured a very clear, pale yellow, slight head (mostly due to the type of glass I would speculate). Adequate carbonation noticeable.

Aroma of grass/hay, mildly spiced hops, and lemon.

Smooth mouthfeel, there is a floral, slightly hoppy bite on the back of this one. The floral (perfumey) presence is a bit overdone for me however, and seems slightly out of balance.

I love most everything from this brewery, and had high hopes for this one, but I must say this did not meet my expectations.

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Photo of Pooba001
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 22 oz. bottle into what Sierra Nevada calls their "tulip" glass. Very clear pale hue with nice fluffy head that hangs around momentarily. Carbonation appears moderate. Aroma is of grain and Czech hops. Tastes better than it smells, very smooth, slightly grassy, crisp and zesty. Hops are noticible (Saaz?), nice to see in a clean pilsner like this. Mouthfeel is excellent, not too thin, really perfect for the style. I can see myself wanting to drink 9 of these on a hot day, my kind of "lawnmower" beer.

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Photo of bcm119
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a brilliant frothy white head. Smells like fresh hay and spicy hops, but the aroma is mild.

Has a crisp nose of very pale grainy malt, with just a hint of sweetness that comes as a cereal grain flavor.

Hops are integrated into the body perfectly with a slightly green, citric bite that appears towards the finish. Maybe just a bit more hops than the typical european pils. Has a really tasty aftertaste of fresh pale malt.

Overall a very clean, bright pils that tastes very true to style, only fresher than the usual green-bottled offerings we get in the states. I'd rate this as one of the better American pilsners, close to the Victory Prima, but not above it.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This one was light yellow and crystal clear with some nice visible carbonation and a pure white head.

Smell - This anniversary lager has a lovely Pilsny grain nose; very German. The hops though are faint faint faint. I had to basically imagine them to get a whiff.

Taste - Well, the grain steps back at the taste and there still aren't any hops to speak of, so that doesn't leave much except a husky type of sweetness that didn't offend but didn't endear me to it either.

Mouthfeel - This light-bodied Pils lacks the stiff carbonation typical of the style but does manage a crisp finish.

Drinkability - This is a moderately drinkable Pils. I'd split the bomber with a friend.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle to a tall pilsner glass.

A: Crystal clear golden/straw color with a white one-finger head. Plenty of large carbonation bubbles.
S: Fresh bready malt, mildly sweet. Slightly citrus hop aroma, somewhat herbal and grassy.
T: Crisp with mild bitterness. Touches of tangy citrus. Grassy with a malty wheat flavor - well-balanced.
M: Clean with a refreshingly bitter hop finish. Light to medium body and mouthfeel. A bit of carbonation prickliness.
D: Likable flavors, light abv, great session type beer - an excellent summer release by Deschutes. Happy 18th Anniversary...

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, clean deep golden color with two fingers of pure white head. The crown doesn't die off for quite some time but leaves no lacing on the glass.

The nose is clean and distinct with a nice breath of golden grain (you can almost smell the husks as it's being ground) and a matching oily sharp hop note.

The flavor is equally clean and quite bold. The grains are plainly evident with a bready, lightly roasted grain taste predominating the front end of each sip balanced by a sharp hop note with loads of green leaf and lemony zest. Not so much bitter as sharp and only a little sweetness left from the grain.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, about the only knock on this brew. Near perfect amount of carbonation, no residue left on the palate and a good dry finish.

A very drinkable pilsner and a very good example of the style - if anything even a little cleaner than Victory Prima Pils (which I've often thought was one of the best bottled American Pilsners) Plenty of hop to give it bite but not enough to overwhelm, this beer ought to impress both beer aficianado and macro drinker alike.

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Photo of guitarmage
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Super clear pale yellow, almost spring green hues. Few bubbles drift uniformly upwards. Perfectly white foamy head. Leaves a nice lacing all over the top.

Smell: Grainy and hoppy, a little steely. Grassy malt, thin smells, definitely a little herbal hop.

Taste: Lemony citrus upfront, followed by a sticky hop flavor, then strong biscuity and bready finish. Also grassy and green.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, but smooth, not super crisp or hard. Good strong carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a great pils, also unique. Refreshing and citrus, but a good dose of hops balance it out. I could drink these all the time to cool off during this heat wave.

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18th Anniversary Pilsner from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 36 ratings