Butte Creek Organic Pilsner | Butte Creek Brewing Company

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Butte Creek Organic PilsnerButte Creek Organic Pilsner
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Butte Creek Organic PilsnerButte Creek Organic Pilsner

Brewed by:
Butte Creek Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by maxpower on 11-02-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 99 |  Reviews: 68
Reviews by jettjon:
Photo of jettjon
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ricke
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Billolick
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ouncer sampled, pours semi hazy yellow, lame white medium bubble head, minimal lacing and next to no nose, hmmm, off to a bad start here. Has some drying german tasting hops, but this one just seems to miss the mark, not exhibiing the quested for snappy, crisp hop/malt balance in the well known models of the style. Oh well at least its all organic...

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of Bamabrew22
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Not really a big pilsener fan, but this one was a pleasant surprise. Poured a clean, clear straw almost golden hue right out of the 12oz bottle. Smell was effervescent, and not much to report. Mildy alcholic odor. Taste was refreshing, with a mild maltiness and just a touch of hops. This beer was on the sweeter side. Would be a great lawnmower or summer session brew. Clean and crisp taste.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
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!

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Photo of cokes
2.92/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a smoky bright yellow topped with a fleeting white froth.
The nose is mild with its saltine crackers and dried herb and lemongrass bitterness, but on the whole, it smells the part.
The maltiness is in place first, but it leave nearly no impression; not that typical crackling dryness, instead more of a flavor-absent pastiness in its place. A strange interlude comes in midway with a forced, sweetish impression of blue razzberry candy. Hop contributions are limited to a vague notion of grass and a linging zinc astringency.
The body is pallid, mirroring the beer itself.
There is just nothing here, inching barely past most macros.
On the positive side, it is wet.

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Photo of Sammy
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

These guys make organic stuff, bit of depth and earthiness to an otherwise run-of-the-mill pils. There is a middling OK mouthfeel to this, though somewhat metallic element and a bit acidic in the finish overriding the bitterness. Probably better with food. Refreshing but drying and a drop of fruit. Definately leans on the bitterness.

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Photo of tdm168
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich golden color topped by a half inch of creamy white head that's gone in a flash. Nice carbonation keeps welling up from the bottom of the glass. Aroma of crisp pilsner yeast, a touch of light sweet malt, and a touch of spicy Saaz hops. Palate is more assertively hoppy than the nose, with nice spicy Saaz present from the front through to the finish. Lightly sweet malt up front is usurped by the crisp pilsner yeast towards the finish. Body is light, crisp, and finishes clean. A very good beer, especially on a night where it's 90 degrees inside my house well after sunset.

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Photo of russpowell
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden/honey in color with massive white head that drops to a tiny film. No lacing or head retention

Smell: Repressed malt and euro pils/export style skunkiness

Taste: Crisp hops bitterness and slight dry fruitiness up front. Graininess and more hops on the midle and finish

MF: Pleasant, no real flaws, but not much that impresess either

Fairly drinkable, just nothing to get excited about

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

Photo of BeerTaster
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

White head Pale yellow in color with just a slight haze. Smell was sea breeze hop aroma. Taste was a lite malt backbone with the hops a little more up front what I would expect from a German Pils. Mouthfeel was where it lost me it was a little bit watery.

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Photo of elricorico
2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A hazy yellow colour with a two finger white head. Plenty of lacing.

The smell is grainy and has a slight citrus quality. Faintly reminds me of a cleaning product with a lemon scent.

There is a slightly unusual sweetness right up front, like some kind of lemon candy. A strong grapefruit impression behind that, lingering to the end. Some crispness in the finish. Odd.

Fizzy and light bodied. Impression of a carbonated grapefruit drink.

Not a beer I would suggest to anyone.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, pale yellow color, thin white head. Faint yeasty aroma, some bananas and spiciness on nose. Good lemon tang flavor, some sourness, and crisp. Body and mouthful is very light and thin with some herbal hopping on tongue upon warming with some light bread notes. Light malt, straw in finish. Actually pretty decent flavor and not bad for a pilsner. Overall has a nice lemon tang and is quite refreshing on a hot summer day, though the body is noticeably watery.

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Photo of LakerLeith
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of DoctorRobert1969
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this one and compare it to Anchor Cali lager. Nice hops but not too much. Clean and crisp. I did have a bad batch once though.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of CBA: Poured a golden color lager with a small white bubbly head with some minimal retention. Aroma of hops is quite dry with probably a lot of Saap hops in there. Taste is dominated by Saaz hops with a dry finish. Body is above average for the style with some medium carbonation. While this is an enjoyable beer, I thought it was slightly too hoppy for the style with some subtle notes of overcooked vegetable which I didn’t agree with.

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Photo of WhitmansNiece
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of theopholis
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a fairly clear, light yellow body with a small white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, and leaves some lacing that slowly fals down the glass.

Aroma- Failry malty for a pils, nice balance of malt, aroma hops and just a touch of malt sweetness. Fairly crisp smelling.

Taste- Wow! For a pilsner, this beer has a very pronounced taste. Strong bittering hops up front, with a pronounced graininess in the middle, and back to hops on the back of the toungue. This tastes more like a hybred pils-English better than a true pils. Still, it's not half bad. But it's not to style by a long shot. Very pronounced asfter-taste to.

Mouthfeel- Just a tad heavy for a pils, but it has a medium body overall, and just the right level of carbonation.

Drinkability- To heavy and hoppy for a lawn-mower beer, but pretty good overall.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz picked up yesterday at Erickson's for about $1.70... poured into my smaller weizen glass.

1" head dies back slowly... nice collar atop a fizzy crystal clear straw colored brew.

aroma is almost all pils malt with some background spicy hop nose.

flavor is crisp pale malts... not too sweet though... some background hop flavors with more than enough bitterness for the style... I like this one quite a bit. Body is light/medium with abundant carabonation.


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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly decent but a touch watery looking golden colour with a mid-sized, slightly foamy head.

The aroma is fairly average: Hints of chalk, grass and grain with some hops noticeable along with notes of citrus fruit and other general sweetness. Not bad by any means just a bit faint and typical overall.

The flavour takes the aroma and steps it up a bit. There's a definite dirty, earthy, grassy flavour mix going on here. The middle gets a bit sweeter and more floral and even stretches to a hit of juiciness before mellowing back out again with a nice mix of the earth and sweeter notes at the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied but again a bit watery and not as crisp as I would have liked.

This one isn't half bad. A few minor tweaks here and there could move it from above average/fairly good to very good indeed.

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Butte Creek Organic Pilsner from Butte Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 99 ratings