Palmetto Charleston Lager | Palmetto Brewing Company

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Palmetto Charleston LagerPalmetto Charleston Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Palmetto Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
palmettobrewingco.com

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A light clean crisp taste than can only be achieved with a Bohemian lager brewed in southern style.

Added by Mitchster on 02-07-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
118
Reviews:
51
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
13.82%
 
 
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of RBorsato
4.38/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden with a nice ivory head and good carbonation which leaves good lace. Nice grainy malt aroma and flavor with a nice hop balance to finish. Medium bodied and smooth. Much richer mouthfeel than the macros.

A quality American Lager and well above the mass produced swill. A great session beer for summer. One of Palmetto's better brews.

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4.25/5  rDev +25%

Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, light copper colored body. The head fades away quickly and leaves average lace.

S - Fruity malt with a hint of caramel and some spicy hops in the background.

T - Thick, bready malt up front with some toasty notes. A surprisingly strong hop character shows up in the middle with notes of pine, grapefruit, and some floral notes. The beer finishes with equal parts toffee malt and floral hops as well as moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a well balanced finish.

D - Very good, lots of malt and hop character as well as a smooth lager finish. Almost like a pale ale and really quite good for what it is.

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Photo of MerkinMan
4.06/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Dark yellow / pale gold and very clear. Loose white head drops to half its original size in about 90 seconds.
S: Crackery malt aroma up front with a hint of earthy/spicy hop aroma in the background. No aromatic flaws. Very slightly sulfury from pilsner malt (pleasant).
T: The first impression is of balance. Malt flavor and hop bitterness are very complimentary. Same cracker / light bread flavor from the malt with again the earthy spicy hop character to follow. Aftertaste leans to bitter, but not at all harsh, and still retaining some sweetness (perhaps slightly corny).
MF: Medium light bodied and quite carbonated. Somewhat prickly on the tongue. No alcohol warmth or creaminess. Produces loud crisp burps.
O: A well-built traditional beer. I bet others will knock it for not being extreme enough, but to me this is a very good example of an American interpretation of an old-world pilsner.

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Photo of cbe1961
4.04/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a whiff of skunkishness as soon as the cap came off, this one worried me - was I getting some awful Heinie knockoff?

But it turns out the skunky note up front was actually rather pleasant - reminded me of high school madness - and it finished with a toasty, well rounded flavor. The combo was great.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a chill hazed medium yellow with a nice half finger head that melts slowly to a pretty layer of lacing.
Aroma is sweet pale malt with a bit of bready yeast.
A very significant and substantial nose for an american lager.
Very flavorful and pleasant without the presence of corn or rice.
Again, sweet pale malt blended with a tingly citrus hops that leaves the mouth clean as you swallow. A light floral presence as well.
Aftertaste is again a balance with a little more leaning towards grapefruit. Warming alcohol on the swallow...they don't list the ABV but it sort of tastes and feels like 7%....high for a lager.
Mouthfeel is nice and full...not watery at all.
Great summer beer. I've yet to try anything from this brewer that I didn't think was well above the mark.
Not a big fan of American Lagers, I almost feel guilty putting all '4's up for this brew, but in all honesty, it doesn't deserve less. It's one of the best of it's style IMHO. I really love the hop presence and balance it shows.
Thanks again to oldirtysurfer for sharing these beers with me.

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Hackattack
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am more a fan of ales and a lot of the darker stuff, but this lager is my favorite of all the lagers I have tried hands down. It has the taste of a finely crafted ale. Great beer! If you live in the South Carolina area try it. You won't be let down.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a Pilsner glass from the bottle.

It pours a golden color with a frothy head that laces at first but then dissipates. It smells strongly of barley and tastes pretty much the same. The malts are balanced nicely with hops. It has a good body to it with even carbonation. It is a good beer for easy drinking without dipping into bud-miller-coors.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden color with a thin white head that is gone faster than a week-end.
Smell is of fresh-cut grass and I like the smell of fresh-cut grass.
Taste is heavy on the malt as expected. Also some straw flavor in there. Taste is actually really good and is very flavorful considering the style. It's missing the corn taste that a lot of similar beers have, which is a good thing.
Mouthfeel is simple and boring.
A very drinkable BBQ beer.

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Photo of tmm313
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of treehugger02010
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My girlfriend got this for me and I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a clear golden color. The head is one finger tall, white in color, small sized bubbles, poor retention and thin lacing.
Smell: The aromas are sweet, grapes and wheat.
Taste: The flavors are a bit tart, bread and earthy hops.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very crisp.
Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden yellow.

Faint smell, but not a suprise for this type of beer.

The beer has a really nice taste. It is not too strong nor too weak. It is more malty than anything, but that would be given with the name.

Has a good mouthfeel, and a good body that has some substance too it.

This beer had good drinkability. It would be a good choice as a nice beer you can have a few of without feeling really full.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a very clear yellow-gold with peach accents, forming a poofy white head with flocculent clumps. Retention is OK, and lacing is delicate. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is interesting...like sweet cornbread, husky pale malts, and soggy grains. Taste is also intriguing, with an odd twang of semisweet malt husks, butter, raw crystal malt, freshly cut hay, and catnip. Mouthfeel is somewhat bubbly and sharp, with a light body and toasty, semi-astringent finish. Tettnager or Hallertauer are evident in the mildly perfumy, yet distinctly noble, floral finish. Finishing bitterness is moderate, and the husks take on a subtle vanilla character towards the end. Dunlap hop sacks are evident throughout. Despite it's interesting character, I couldn't see myself drinking more than three of this peculiar brew.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is one refreshing beer. I think when I move back down to SC, this might become my new staple in the fridge. It's got a well balanced proportion of hops and malts, which are a little on the light side, but that aids the refreshingness of it. It's quite smooth and goes down nice and easy. The color was a semi-cloudy pale straw color with a fluffy white head. Tastes were of the light fruits persuasion mixed with a little bit of honey. I liked this one and I will definately drink more of this.

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Photo of pecokid
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of claytri
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours gold with a white head. The smell is a little light, but basically malt and hops with maybe a hint of alcohol. The taste is pretty well balanced between malt and hops and has a nice bit of flavor without being overpowering. Medium and somewhat dry in the mouth. A pretty decent beer to drink. If I'm ever in SC again I'll have another.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought this back north after trip to S.C.
It poured nice yellow and brownish; smells of wheat and powdery malts; the taste was much better than the smell; refreshing but not super clean at the end; nice malty hop twang, a touch of dark bread flavor adn macro type sweetness;

I would certainly go for this out of a freezing cooler on a hot day in South Carolina.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid pale yellow in color with a thin white head that faded fast and leaves tiny strings of lace. Smell is of citrusy lightness, short, bright, crisp, fresh, and pretty soft. Taste is mildly crisp, light, with a crispy sharp sweet bitterness. Mellows out to a hollowness in the finish. Hops are a bit citrusy and lightly balanced in with the malts which lend to be a bit breadish and grainy. Feel is a lighter-medium body with a slight sharpness and lightly textures but smoothing. Not a bad brew, could use some added boldness and more flavor but still pretty enjoyable and drinkable.

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