Butte Creek Organic Pilsner
Butte Creek Brewing Company

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Pilsner - German
3.44 | pDev: 14.53%
Butte Creek Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light yellow beer, giant white head, geez this thing came effervescent! Smell was grainy lemon.

Taste lacked descriptors. Some grassiness to it, the mouthfeel was besieged by high carbonation. Seemed to be hopped in the old world vein. Kinda bitter though for a pilsner. Decent, no off flavors.

Nov 30, 2015
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MattSlem from California

3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Since being purchased and produced by Mendocino Brewing, this pils is very inconsistent. More often than not, it is contaminated with bottle gushers. When not contaminated, it is a very decent pilsner, but if you want a better version from the original brewmaster, try Feather Falls Casino's Soaring Eagle.

Feb 27, 2015
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Fuzzycranium from Texas

3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Just because it is organic does not mean that I will compromise on the expected style. For me, the only two things which could be improved is the water carbonates and therefore the mouthfeel.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer and feel that it has a ton of potential.

Oct 08, 2013
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jettjon from Florida

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a pint glass, overly carbonated for sure with a ridiculous pillow-like head. Slow fade to a towering head and clingy lace. Appears cloudy and unfiltered though checking with other reviewers, this characteristic is not noted. Nose of sweetish barley and citrus hops. Taste - decent hops bitterness up front, clean. Mouth - Nice semi-viscous and refreshing. Overall: An incredibly foamy “organic” take on pilsner that is atypical but enjoyable. Would definitely try again.

Jul 03, 2013
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Faint yellow liquid, massive white head, too massive, it was making up half the volume of the glass! Aroma was faint and mild in a grainy kind of way. Faint lemon smell.

Taste was pretty nondescript. A little lemonyness, mild grassy malt aspect. Not too much going on. Good warm weather beer, high carbonation, no off flavors. Pretty thin body and mouthfeel. More bitterness than your average pilsner. A little bit of that metallica thing going for it. Could use some more crispness. Saaz/Noble hops, but not enough for my liking. A little bit reminscient of the old school Full Sail Equinox esb at times.

There's always been some questionable consistency in recent years with Butte Creek stuff. I dunno, maybe that's why they have no distribution anymore. This one is pretty mild, especially if you look past the bitterness.

Apr 20, 2013
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OtherShoe2 from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale yellow with a foamy white head. A little lace.

Mineral and light malt in the nose, some leafy bitter notes.

Malt is light and grassy, and is immediately pushed aside by clean, nondescript bitterness. This flavor dominates to the point of fault. Too much aspirin in this one. Malt is lean and this one definitely finishes crisp. Mouthfeel is lighter and bubbly.

Overall, I liked it, but this has a bit too much bitterness for my enjoyment. It was hot today, and I really would have liked to reach for another one of these -- but just needed something a bit more refreshing.

Jul 04, 2012
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - clear golden yellow; loose, foamy, soap-like head; decent retention

S - lemon, grass, straw, herbal hops, noble hops

T - straw, bitter, noble hops, grassy, faint lemon

M - smooth, crisp, well carbonated, light bodied

This is a decent, refreshing, drinkable beer. It's to style but I wish it had a stronger malt character. Between the lemony notes and the noble hops it was hard to discern any malt at all. Overall, if you're looking for something lighter and refreshing this is worth checking out.

May 12, 2012
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farrago from New Jersey

3.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin head, barely more than a covering layer of bleached white, hard to call it foam, the lacing is thin and slides swiftly down the glass sides. Pale glowing yellow colored liquid consistent throughout, very few and widely scattered loose bubbles. Sweet nose of honey, biscuit, buttered scone, cocoa powder, almonds, floral water, lemon juice, then peach and apricot fruit, has a hoppy herbal side but it never rises above accompaniment element. Full-bodied and much foamier than expected from its visual appearance, fills the mouth close to completely and close to heavy for its type. Caramel, honey, butterscotch, biscuit, croissant, corn syrup and lemon peel. Garden herbs, wildflowers, wheat germ, saline, and a light quinine touch. Green and red apple, pear, peach fruit full with both juice and snap. Can’t quite say it is refreshing, easier to aver that this beer makes it hard to kick back and relax.

Nov 02, 2011
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Mora2000 from Texas

3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of pilsner malt with some grain and grassy hops notes. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of malt and grain with a little bit of earthy and grassy hops. The bitterness is low. Light to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nothing offensive, but a fairly bland beer.

Jul 27, 2011
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Sweasty from Texas

3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice to see another organic option available. The pils pours a nice straw yellow. Things are topped off by two fingers of white head. Head settles to a thick ring. Some lacing is left down the glass.

Onto the aroma. Much stronger than I was expecting. Plenty of grass notes present. Things are backed by some citrusy lemon notes. Some grainy malts present as well. Some cracker and sweet biscuit malt notes round out the nose.

Taste follows the nose. Grass notes dominate upfront. Lemon notes in the nose give way to a lemongrass like quality. The malt is drier on the palate. Biscuit and cracker notes shine beneath a solid malt graininess. The finish is quick with a short lingering herbal grassiness.

Butte Creek Organic Pilsner is a light bodied beer. Carbonation is adequate, but falls short of providing a proper crispness.

Nothing earth shattering here. Butte Creek offers up an easy drinking pils. Its a great choice for these scorching summer days.

Jul 15, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up just trying to fill a 6 pack up. The look of the beer is a standard looking yellow color with a fizzy white head. The smell is full of grass and some malts in the faint distance. The taste is earthy and actually has a slight hop bitterness to it which was a relief. The mouthfeel is light and has a good drinkable nature to it. Not really my style of beer but it was decent overall.

Jun 04, 2011
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cooch69 from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a striking blonde yellow with a nice compact head which fades quick.

Nose is really biscuity with some Noble hops.

Taste is pretty dry. Really biscuity and a nice bit of hops. A bit grassy on the end.

This beer is a good version of the style in my opinion. Very straight forward and satisfying. Plus being Organic is only a plus.

Feb 18, 2011
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ozzyCobblepot from New York

3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Hollow, frothy white head; very pale, straw-yellow body; light stream of carbonation
S: Biscuit sweetness, wheat, white grape juice, citrus note
T: Clean grain malt, touch of bitter hops, citrus in the mid-palate, dry finish
M: Crisp, medium bodied
D: Interesting take on a German Pilsner, simple and very drinkable

Dec 20, 2010
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khiasmus from South Carolina

3.07/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Alright sports fans, and here we are, a beautiful day for the game, as you take your seat in the stands and prepare to cheer on the team that you have loved ever since that one time when you were a small child, or maybe since you went off to see the wide world after leaving the nest and happened upon such furor, such rampant excitement, that you could not help but be swept away by it yourself.
And of course it comes down to the wire whether in the first play or the last, they always do. So settle back in your could-be-far-more-comfortable seat and enjoy a brew, at least until you're forced to jump to your feet and crane your neck and cheer at the top of your lungs for this run or that hit or that terrible call that will cost you...
And there it is in your plastic cup, a pale golden yellow that has just a bit of froth around the top and leaves a clean glass after each tilt. So you take a sniff. Well, this certainly isn't Budweiser. Mild cereal and cracker notes waft up from the constantly bubbling liquid, a touch of baking white bread and just the slightest hint of grassy hops. Unoffensive, but unremarkable, even for a Pilsner. WHOA! What a good run! you forget for a moment as you join in the eruption all around you, becoming simply another small addition to the deafening roar.
A nice big gulp gives the satisfying mildly prickly carbonation, but with a light body and crisp finish that is very refreshing, perfect on this mild, sunny day as you continue the ritual, the up and down, jumping from your seat in excitement and sitting down again either in elation or disappointment.
The flavour is quite serviceable, though still less than excellent. A leaning towards the cracker-grain in the mouth, with just the slightest bit of faint bitterness to balance and eventually linger in the mouth when the cracker grain has died down.
You will doubtless have several more of these as the game winds on, it's quite nice to gulp them back as you continue to be filled with alternating elation and frustration.
It's nothing special, but it beats the hell out of macro swill, and is quite a serviceable little pils. Now if only we can get that next run...

Oct 30, 2010
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Euro-style Pils gone organic, short white lace from a hard pour. The clarity is great, with a stunning golden straw color. A bit of doughy biscuit and horse feed grain in the nose as well as some grass hops. Crisp with a semi-rough grainy edge to start things off. Fuller bodied, which is typical for this style of lager. Wow, the grain just does not want to let go, though it does provide some sweetness. Faint earthy or almost mineral flavor in the middle. Hop bitterness comes in and intensifies that rough edge for a brief moment and then subsides to a more flavorful herbal tone. Finishes semidry with a long lingering graininess.

Good if your goal is to drink organic Pilsners, decent pitted against the rest of the pack. Either way, still drinkable and worth a try.

Sep 14, 2010
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Parrotbeak from Minnesota

3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow with an orange hue, and not head, save for a few white patches.
Smell is light, crackery malts, with some low-profile, grassy hops. Light notes of caramel and toffee, with some buttery malts coming in at the end.
Taste is light, caramelly malts, with some bitter, grassy hops following. More light, caramel notes, with a little bit of barley. Finish is slightly bitter, with a touch of hops.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light, with a clean finish.
Drinkability is very good. Very refreshing beer.

Jul 13, 2010
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of creamy, bright white, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Aroma of lemon, hops, malt, and a graininess.

T: Tasted of hops, with a nice malty backbone, lemon and grain. Pretty well balanced and flavorful, especially considering this is an organic beer.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: A surprisingly drinkable beer.

Jul 12, 2010
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a fluffy head that leaves sheets of lace

Smell: Sweet cereal grains, somewhat bready, with only a slight noble hop character

Taste: Opens with a sweet cereal element that adds a lemon chiffon pie and noble hop character by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweet lemon notes continue into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Though it is far from the best pilsner I have come across, I rather enjoyed the sweet lemon character

Apr 17, 2010
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LibraryTom from California

3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice bready malt, that lingers a bit too long, and an unfocused hop takes over around mid palette.

Good lacing, and great carbonation make up for an overly sweet malt that lacks complexity.

Better than your average mass market pilsner, but a bit flabby.

Nov 14, 2009
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ricke from Sweden

3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to rayjay for this one.

A: Golden yellow with a nice white head that leaves plenty of chunky lacings as it settles.

S: Rather big smell, considering the style. Prominent, slightly buttery, malty aromas, notes of toffee and light fresh hop notes of grass and herbs.

T: A refreshing taste, but somewhat on the light side. Malts reminiscent of wheat crackers, gentle buttery flavors, restrained but clearly defined hop notes of grass, resins and lemon peel. The finish is somewhat bitter with mineral notes and light flavors of hops and malts.

M: Moderate body. Unfortunately, the carbonation is slightly to restrained and mellow, which is not very beneficial for this kind of beer.

D: A well crafted pilsner that seems to be brewed with the historical traditions of the style kept in mind. Not the most fantastic beer I've come across, but a good pilsner nonetheless. Easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

Sep 21, 2009
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ThreeWiseMen from California

3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Clear golden body shows moderate carbonation. A small, loose, white head formed on top but quickly dissipated to a ring. I know not to expect much head retention in pilsners, but this head seemed rather dull. While I realize that a New Belgium globe isn't the ideal glassware, this one just came out dull. No hissing carbonation or crackling head. No fizziness. Yeah, just kinda boring.

Smell: Sour pilsner malt, and lots of it. Lemon rind also plays a pretty large role. Grass is there too, but to a lesser extent.

Taste: Pilsner malt, dough, salt, spices, and something else quite sharp (and even waxy?). There's a lot of flavor in this one, and maybe too much - flavor profile seems tumultuous at times. Luckily, lemon rind and leafy hops consistently bring things together in the finish. Not too shabby.

Mouthfeel: As anticipated, carbonation is low. There weird sharp flavor causes me to tick after each sip (kinda like the cop in "Dumb and Dumber"). A lot of sourness and dryness on the back end. Body is light and malty.

Drinkability: This was definitely different. Good different? Bad different? A little bit of both. It seems to me like the brewers are trying to do too much with this one. I'd prefer something a little subtler.

Aug 25, 2009
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #2 from Castle lake campground, outside MT. Shasta city.

A pale golden-straw color, rightous carbonation with a 2" all-white head, slow dissipation.

The aroma is a very rich and hearty with musty herbs, dried hay, wheat, corn stalks, grainy yeast, slightly sour yeastiness in the back. Very big aroma for this style.

wow, at the very first sip I quicky realized this was one of the tastiest organic brews I've had. This has really good complexity for such a simple and subtle-flavored style. Ultra clean feeling and tasting malt, fresh herbs, dried corn, wheat, musty and slightly peppery yeast adds further depth. Perfect balance of light, crispy malt and subtle but earthy hops and a nice complex yeast is the key to my heart style-wise. This is even closer to style than the highly rated Prima pils and very much on-par with the excellent Stoudt's pils.

Hopefully the term "organic" isn't turning some folks off!

Jul 09, 2009
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Gavage from Nevada

3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear yellow color with a short head that falls immediately. Some big bubbles hug the side of the glass.

Smell: some grass and cereal come through to the nose softly.

Taste: mild grainy malt profile with some grass, golden apples, and a mildly biting bitterness. A bit thin on the flavor profile overall.

Mouthfeel: lighter in body. Crisp to start, less crisp late. Aftertaste is clean.

Drinkability: this one is a bit thin and watery for my tastes, but it does go down easily. A mild and tame pils here that is a bit dull.

May 17, 2009
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow color. The head is small, and recedes within seconds to almost no lacing. This beer looks more like a witbier than a pilsener. The aroma is of bready malt with absolutely no hop character. The taste is breay with a hint of caramel, and again no hint of the hop character one would expect in a pilsener. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with low carbonation for the style. Overall, this is a really bad example of a pilsener. I will not be drinking this again.

May 11, 2009
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colts9016 from Idaho

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pilsner glass at 43 degrees.

Appearance: A pale straw color. There is a quarter inch finger head that has no retention to it. The white head with some foamy and creaminess. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear with a touch of haze.

Nose: There is a light grainy aroma with some straw, floral, and a subtle sweetness.

Taste: A very light grainy flavor, there is some straw floral spiciness and pepper on the end.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated. The body of the beer is very very light. The finish is kinda rough. The beer has a bland flavor, nothing holding it together. It is really hard to drink, didn't like this beer at all. There is some lacing on the glass.

May 08, 2009
Butte Creek Organic Pilsner from Butte Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 99 ratings