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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2
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20
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of stephenjmoore
2.99/5  rDev -12.1%
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 blackie
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
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 -11.2%
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 newbeeraday
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of ordybill
2.22/5  rDev -34.7%
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 AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev +17.6%

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 GCBrewingCo
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
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 TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of bditty187
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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 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 RoryOMoore
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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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Photo of benloho
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of WCKDVBZ
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of brdc
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
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 GeorgiaBeerGuy
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
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 +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 barleywinebrewer
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Zylod
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DuffDaddy
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint with dinner at Poogan's Porch in Charleston.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
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 +5.9%
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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Palmetto Charleston Lager from Palmetto Brewing Company
3.4 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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