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Palmetto Charleston Lager | Palmetto Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Palmetto Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States | website

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

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50
Ratings:
117
Avg:
3.39
pDev:
13.86%
 
 
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Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and poured with a finger high white head that quickly faded away leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. A very light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of bready and grainy malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is quite malty and has some notes of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and is a litte filling from all of the malts. A moderate amount of carbonation is evident.
D: This beer is quite sessionable and well-suited for drinking on a hot summer day.

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Photo of brentk56
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pour a clear golden color with a rocky head that leaves a few squiggles of lace down the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Grainy aroma with some lager twang

Taste: Bready, up front, with some developing sweet and grainy aspects that appear by mid-palate; after the swallow, the lager twang arrives though the finish has a surprising amount of toffee sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low carbonation

Drinkability: A bit too sweet for my palate, but certainly an acceptable brew

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The last of the trifecta of Palmetto beers tried,poured a nice light golden with a pretty big frothy-like head,aromas are pretty grainy with a light citrusy fruitiness but pretty muted.Very refreshing lager with some nice qualities to it some definant graininess and a touch of iron finishing with a just a light amount of bitterness.A smooth easy "sociable" lager great for get togethers,maybe something to give a macro swill drinker so they can taste a true lager beer.Well done.

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Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy marigold with sunshine yellow edges. The minimally jaundiced, bone white cap tells me immediately that this is a quality microbrew. It's stronger on persistence than on lace, although a short collar keeps things respectable.

It can't quite put my finger on the reason, but this is a more enjoyable nose than I usually find on all-malt lagers. It's lightly sweet and fresh grain-like, with musky, faintly floral hops. It may not sound like much, but it's a good combination that leads me to think that the flavor will be equally as good.

Palmetto Lager isn't outstanding on the palate and favors simple over complex (no suprise, given the style). Having said that, it's a competent, comforting little drinker all the same. Other than a modest sweetness, there's very little flavor contribution from the malt. The hoppiness is on the low end as well. The hops taste more German than American or English.

There's little, if any, deterioration with warming. Mostly because the flavor isn't flying high to begin with. During the short finish, the beer turns from modestly sweet to crisp and dry. The light-medium mouthfeel is slightly better than average on a good day. This is an obvious session brew as long as amazing flavor isn't high on one's list of gotta-haves.

I don't like Palmetto Lager nearly as much as I like Palmetto Porter, but that's probably the style difference talking. This is an uncomplicated, uncluttered, ultimately uninteresting lager whose quality I can, nevertheless, appreciate. Bottom line: it's a good, regional, 'wash down a burger' kind of brew that deserves some measure of respect. Thanks to WOLFGANG for the bottle.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce can - $1.69 at Total Wine & More in Greenville, South Carolina.

Canned MAR/14/15.

Appearance: Fairly clear, straw-hued yellowish body with a small, short-lived, white head.

Smell: A little sniff of sweetish cereal grains, candied lemon, faint spice and a hint of yeast.

Taste: A light, cereal maltiness, a bit on the sweet side. Spicy, floral hops, restrained, as is its imparted bitterness with just a hint of fruitiness to it. Remains sweet for the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I would've hoped for something a little less sweet and a little more crisp.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had to try another Palmetto, alway..

A - Poured a deep hazy golden yellow, with a modest white fizzy head and a decent side lace. Head faded quickly and only left behind a slight ring. Lots of visible carbonation bubbling upto the surface thoughout the session, very lively looking,

S - Very light, lots of grain. A small off hoppy smell, and a bit of a bread like hint.

T - Light, enjoyable. Your typical lager but with a bit more of an earthy grain punch, and a deeper tone to it. Definatly not too watered down.

M - Smooth, a bit slick to be honest, but not too bad.

D - Went down very easy and smooth, could easily e an all night drinker.

Overall a very quality session beer from palmetto. I could drink this as a regular. Very easy and very smooth. Nothing to spectacular or unique, just a quality lager that was brewed for that purpose.

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Photo of avalon07
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thought I'd pick up a local beer as I've never had one before.

Poured from a bottle into a pilsener glass. Had no real head to speak of at all. The color was a light yellow with a cloudy texture.

There wasn't much smell about this one. The hops were most prevalent.

The taste wasn't too bad. Although I'm not a huge fans of overly hopped beer, this aspect worked for this beer. It was a solid, zesty taste.

There wasn't a whole lot of carbonation, so it didn't give much pop to the beer.

Even though this is an uneven beer, it's still somewhat drinkable. It had a more complex taste than I was expecting. Not bad.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.38/5  rDev +29.2%
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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Photo of tavernjef
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Photo of blackie
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

consumed a six-pack during a recent trip to Charles Towne, review entered from notes

a: golden in color with slight white head

s: smells grainy, a little overly sweet but not bad, clean hop aroma but doesn't really stand out

m: low-med carb (needs more) light medium body

t: pale grain flavor with a clean hop flavor and light bitterness...pretty standard but not bad, finish could be cleaner

d: drinks easily, enjoyable in the heat

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Photo of KYGunner
3.02/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This was a bit of a let down with a stale barley malt and some Pilsner and cereal grains. Very stale malt to a point where I thought it was past its prime, though it was told to me that it was a new keg.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
2.99/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pale amber body, slightly hazy, foamy white head that hangs around and leaves some lacing behind.

S- Grainy malts, some earthy hops, slight hints of lemony citrus. Slight hint of skunks ness to it as well that comes and goes.

T- Lots of sweet grainy flavors, hints of lemony hops come through, but this one tastes a lot like sweet grainy water. Very few pilsner-like qualities.

M- Medium-light body, tastes somewhat dirty, medium carbonation.

O- Not sure if this one is incorrectly listed as a Czech pilsner, but it tastes like a slightly heavy euro lager. Drinkability is decent, but the aroma and taste leave a lot to be desired.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
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 GCBrewingCo
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The "Charleston Lager" poured a crystal clear pale golden with a white, tall, frothy head that fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was slight DMS and very fruity with just a slight maltiness and a grainy aroma.

The flavor was fruity, not clean at all, with DMS also present. The flavor was grainy and corny with a slight sweetness and then the bittering comes through just enough to balance out the beer.

The finish was fruity and grainy. The body was medium light.

12 ounce bottle. More like an ale thatn a lager, but very easy drinking. They probably used 6-row malt on this beer.

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Photo of bditty187
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slight chill-haze, dull coppery gold in hue; I’m pleased with the liquid color as sometimes beers of this sort depress me. White head, at the zenith the foam was two finger’s tall. The head leisurely faded to a soapy cap; head retention was respectable. There was some spotty subsequent lacing. Overall, this is not a shabby looking beer.

Classic all-malt grainy nose, I like it. I smell bread and multi-grain crackers. There is some husky grassiness at the back. The hops add a nice finish to the aromas. Too bad the potency is moderately low. I’ve said a few times that All-Malt Lagers get lost in the shuffle; thankfully the nose on this one standouts enough for me to care. I like the aromas, albeit it really isn’t breaking any new ground.

The palate is kind of sweet upfront, in the middle it gets a bit grainy, and by the finish it is almost alive with grassy-husky hops. The bitterness is low but this beer is well-balanced. I am surprised the aftertaste is sweet; I though it would be grainy in taste and texture but it was soft and sweet. I like surprises. The Honey-Nut Cheerios taste is plenty agreeable. Not a shabby little beer we have here. Solid.

Soft mouthfeel, low carbonation; medium-light in body, the mouthfeel is too pliable for the style. It works, as is, but a crisper body would have been more desirable.

This beer is plenty drinkable, I could session with this beer. It is not the tastiest of its ilk but it’s solid. I like it. I sailed through my glass. I’d rather drink a Helles or a Pils; to me All-Malt Lagers fall in the middle. This one wasn’t crisp or hoppy enough for me yet it wasn’t malty enough for me either. For what it is, this is a lovely, well-brewed beer. In fact, this might be the best of the style I have had, if not, it is top three for sure. Thank you timtheenchanta for the enjoyable South Carolina brew! Worth a try.

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Photo of ordybill
2.22/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has some grain and hops but does has a slight skunk aroma.
Appearance- Pours an amber color with a large white head.
Taste- Not very good to me, has a heavy grain flavor with an odd yeast aftertaste.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation This beer has a dry finish.
Overall- I did not care for this beer at all, in fact i haven't found a Palmetto product that I am very fond of. There are many Lagers out there that are better than this including the BMCs.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.83/5  rDev +13%
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 IntriqKen
4/5  rDev +18%
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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Photo of brdc
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks azurelimits for this one. Small capped bottle poured into a pint glass.

Light golden in color, average white head, some retention, little to no lacing.
Aroma, just like the flavors, is subtle and not particularly complex; some malty sweetness with cookie notes, minimal grassy hoppiness.
A decent, simple brew.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Palmetto is one of those small local breweries whose beers I tend to enjoy. Had this at one of the many seafood restaurants that dot Charleston and thoroughly enjoyed it. It went very well with my dish although the waitress had recommended Palmetto Pale Ale. A good full-bodied brew with a nice sense of hops in both the smell and taste to balance the malts. Crisp. clean taste with a nearly dry finish.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.94/5  rDev +16.2%
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 barleywinebrewer
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a hazy yellow color, white head that quickly dissipates
S - lightly malty, strong lager yeast and a touch of hops
T - similar to the smell. Dominated by the lager yeast.
M - light bodied, nicely carbonated and crisp
D - I could see this being a tangy summer party lager as a nice choice in a cooler with a few other ales. The drinkability for this to me goes up with the heat index and BBQ factor.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing impressive here but drinkable....however I would not recomend the purchase of more than a sixer. Medium light in colour and murky. Carbonation is active but not expressive.
Very thick island lace lends to the only other active colour.
Taste has a floral quality to it but minor.
Fairly well balanced with a light bitter finish.
Session beer....NO
Dinning...yeah, ok...with fish. I hate fish.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a limp-looking cloudy golden color. No head to speak of. Aromas are surprisingly hoppy and earthy. A bit of grainy malt and honey? emerge as well. Flavor was better than expected for a lager. Well-balanced between the hops and malt. Finishes with a grainy bitterness. Mouthfeel is above average. Very drinkable. Good summer beer.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this one.

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