18th Anniversary Pilsner | Deschutes Brewery

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18th Anniversary Pilsner18th Anniversary Pilsner

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
(Retired) Released 2006
Alc. by Vol.: 5.0%
IBUs: 34

Added by freed on 07-03-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by freed:
Photo of freed
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewery hoses looped on equipment make up the 18 on this lovely label. 22 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. The body of the beer is crystal clear and pale yellow. Light white foam settles after an initial topping of tiny bubbles. Active carbonation gives the glass interest.

The aroma is gentle with noble hops, dried straw and pilsner malts. Slight fruit aroma left from the yeast.

Tastes is light, sweet and dry - malt dances over your tongue briefly before a delicate hop bitterness ends the sip.

The beer is quite delicate and very clean but still has a bready body enough to satisfy. It's perfect for the warm evening while waiting for grains to steep.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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 RoyalT
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
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 Jason
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber with no freshness date ... 2006 is noted on the bottle.

A- Sticky white froth shows a great retention, carbonation is quite avtice with many bubbles racing to the top. Crystal clear pale yellowish color.

S- Malty aroma of fresh bread, hit of hay from the hops ... touch spicy. Very clean with basic but expressive aromas.

T&M- Just enough crispness to get by, big grassy and hay like flavors from the hops and a bit from the graininess as well. Clean all over with a sizable bitterness from the hops, spicy flavor with a fading pale malt in the dry finish.

D- As far as authenticity and drinkablility this has one up on their Pine Mountian Pils ... which I guess this beer is based off of.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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 NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 russpowell
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
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 akorsak
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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 CRJMellor
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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 bcm119
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of guitarmage
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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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Photo of Reidrover
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ok seved in the 22oz bomber. Nice label.
Really rather pedestrian in appearance pale gold, small head that dissapears in seconds.
Aroma is faint but pleasing hoppy, spicy..but again hardly there.
taste is a little better than the aroma but the bitterness dominates too much, not much of a show from the malts at all, but happily its a pleasant tasty bitter note .
Average mouthfeel, typical lager.
The best part about this , is it is very easilly drinkable.
I have to say though I am a triffle dissapointed with this one.
I was expecting it to be as good as the Pine Mountain Pils, but it doesnt seem to have the same malt backing .
Maybe I just left this bottle in my hot car too long this morning.
Probably try another soon.

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Photo of tfinn
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a brilliant straw with singleton carbonation bubbles feeding a dissipating ring of bright white head.

initial scent has some DMS (acceptable) which settles into herbal straw and a gentle hint of sweet malt.

taste is incredibly dimensional for such a light beer. there's an initial carbonation tap on the tongue, which morphs into a battle between green hops and malt. the malt fades away, and the hop bitterness comes up.

I have to knock mouthfeel a little since I feel less bittering hops would make this more drinkable. it's quite slaking, and the hop bitterness persists. this would certainly cut through any greasy foods (like a sausage or other meats) but as a standalone after-work refresher it's a bit much.

drinkability is very high, and I would definitely hit this again if I had another, although perhaps after frying up some potatoes and cheese. there really is nothing like fresh pilsner on a hot day to refresh one's spirits.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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 GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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 lackenhauser
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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 Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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 brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +8.7%
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 Slatetank
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of leedorham
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
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 gmcfarre
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Tupperwolf
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely bottle with a flat paper label. Very thoughtful artwork, there's a lot of detail in there, be sure to take a few long minutes to really appreciate the art that's been bestowed on this label before you drink the whole bottle and get too tipsy to enjoy the detail.

Pours a very light, clear sunshine yellow, with lots and lots of happy bubbles and a creamy, eggshell-white head that foams up and hangs about 3-fingers at first, soon settling down to a finger.

Tawny, creamy scents get very down to earth as the beer warms, letting a lot of bold dusty farmyard malts rise; Hops are more prominent while it's cool, just enough to keep everything balanced, their scent becoming acidic with the change in temperature.

Sweet, creamy, malty, with just enough hops; This is an all-american take on the German pilsener, and is incredibly drinkable and refreshing, the perfect beer after a sweaty bike ride home from work.

Mouthfeel is slick, soft, with a mildly crisp finish and just a bit of aftertaste hanging about to make you savor more.

A very nice lager indeed! If this were a year-round brew I'd definitely support it.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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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18th Anniversary Pilsner from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 36 ratings