Southern Cross | Olde Hickory Brewery

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Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brentk56 on 12-23-2011

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by ChristianBlack:
Photo of ChristianBlack
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a while back. Poured on tap in a pint glass. The appearance was a nice pils look with a good head. The smell was pretty aggressive in the hop category. More than a traditional pils. The taste was balanced with the hops and the 5.75 ABV. This almost seemed like a cross between a pils and an ipa. Everything else was better than average. Overall, I would give this a 4.25, but BA doesn't have a half-way point between 4 and 4.5

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner a fuller than expected golden color with a great defined two finger clingy white head that left globs of lace as it settled very slowly into a frothy mass.The nose is light with light citric hops, and a tinge of toast and iron.Big citric,amd spearamint flavored New Zealand hops jump out at ya at first sip but they are not the only component to the beer a firm somewhat dry malt base with a bit of crusty bread,a faint iron note as well.Wow OHB really hit a home run here,this is a fantastic hopped up pilsner.A great pilsner,one of the best, if not the best I have had.

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Photo of Spaten454
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bomber with me.

A - pours a dark copper with a thin white lacing of head

S - very herbal hop aroma

T - quite hoppy - herbal, spicy; cereal grains

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is a decent beer, but it's intense for the style. The hop character is composed of New Zealand hop strains. It's intensely herbal and spicy. There are none of the grassy, noble hop characteristics here. Overall, it could use a bit of balance. I enjoyed it, but if I'm going for a pilsner I'd like something smoother and more easy drinking.

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Photo of MADPolo
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of beerFool28607
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of wolfeman007
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of n2185
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, clear yellow--almost amber--with two fingers of white head that recedes into a froth ring with a little lacing.

S: Pilsner malts and biscuit aromas with sweet citrusy and floral aromas from the hops.

T: Sweet biscuit flavors up front before a big blast from the hops. Some grapefruit flavors at first followed by strong notes of earthy and resiny pine. The finish is fairly bitter, especially for a pilsner.

M: Medium-light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is a bit oily feeling in the mouth with all of the hoppy characteristics. I'd like it more light and crisp.

O: A good pilsner, overall. I like the strong hop presence, though the body holds it back some.

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Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold crowned with a frothy, fluffy head that retains rather well. Buttery/biscuity pils malt aromas along with an interesting blend of NZ hops...grass, lime, fruit, and something kind of spruce-like. Nelson Sauvin is noticable. Hoppy and refreshing flavor. Slight metallic hint at first, though it seems to vanish after the first sip. Floral, leafy, minty, and green hops with some fresh grain in the aftertaste. Medium-light body, slick, oily, bitter, and lightly drying. This is a fine, unique hoppy pils. An intriguing showcase for New Zealand hops, which I'm increasingly looking forward to brewing with myself.

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Photo of tclapper
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of cwguy5
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of daliandragon
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cool looking bottle I picked up at the dispensary in Apex. Olde Hickory kind of popped up out of nowhere in the last year or so. The weather has been brutal so pilsner figured about right. This one has a decent white head above a translucent golden body. Carbonation does not appear to be excessive. The nose is earthy and bread tones with some moderate noble hop coverage.

This impresses me off the bat with strong hop flavors and a quenching, refreshing mouthfeel. The carbonation is present but isn't able to temper the zesty hopping. This is much more flavorful than most pilsners and seems more like a double or Imperial than a standard German pilsners. For four bucks for a bomber, this is a nice deal too. Definitely the best effort I've seen from these brewers. Very encouraging.

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Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of dar482
2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

There's a foamy head with a bright yellow color. At first taste, it has a decent amount of hops, but not something of a delicious pilsner. After a while though, it just starts getting ending so fast. It's dry, lacking in flavor, and then it just dies. It's one of the quickest beers that has fallen off my palate before.

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Photo of danoeltico
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of jifigz
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Commis for hooking me up with this pilsner and being a great trading partner.

Okay, so the appearance is a pretty standard clear golden yellow with a nice frothy head of pure white that lingers for a decent amount of time. The Pilsner may be a little darker than some other notable German-style Pilsners that I have had (even though they are calling this a New Zealand-style Pils, and I am not sure what that means.) The beer left wonderful lacing all over my pint glass.

The aroma of the beer is clean grain with almost no hoppiness shining through in the nose. It smells slightly metallic and not at all like a wonderful Pilsner.

The taste is, well, it is better than the aroma led me to expect. It starts off fairly neutral and quickly gives way to some grainy huskiness. There are some metallic notes in the flavor that are easily picked up and the ending is extremely bitter. I love bitter beers and bitter endings, but I like them to mingle with nice hop flavor, too. This beer is just bitter with no great hop flavor you expect to pop in a German Pilsner.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery and fits the Pilsner style quite well.

This is an average beer. I am very thankful for the chance to try this beer (thanks to Commis,) but this certainly isn't a Pilsner that shines with quality. I think this needs a bit more hop flavor and balance.

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Photo of JCam9981
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of JLaws
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of BlueFeetAndBeer
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of righthereisay
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a bottle in Swansboro, NC at Harrika's brew haus.

Not that I care about labels, but this one looks like it was made with a dot matrix printer using a photo they found on google.

Anyways, had this one a nice day on the beach.

Smell: Hoppy, bread, nothing special
Taste: Grassy hops, some citrus, nothing really special about it. Maybe more hoppy than expected.
Mouthfeel: Went down easy. But then again, what doesn't go down easy on the beach...
Overall, it was rather regular. Wasn't bad, but wasn't great either.

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: An inch of foam sits on top of the clear golden liquid and webs the pint glass on the way down

Smell: Bready tones, with a hint of vinous and grassy hops

Taste: A hint of bread, up front, followed by the quick appearance of the vinous grassy hop bill; the beer becomes increasingly bitter, after the swallow though it finishes with a touch of residual sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: A very interesting and refreshing twist on the pilsener style; a top notch beer from Olde Hickory

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Photo of Onenote81
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the newer bottle offerings in the area. They've had this on draft at their tap room before, but the first they've bottled. Glad they did. Best by Jan. '13 marked on the side.

22oz bottle, split with my wife, poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear pale gold. Light bubbles rising throughout. A nice frothy white head rest atop, leaving behind great sticky lace all over the glass. The rose is lush with ripe oranges, lemon, lime, tangelo. Really a citrus bomb. I like it.

Fresh, crisp mouth that aides drinkability and is refreshing at the same time. The citrus carries over to the flavor as I get grapefruit, bitter orange rind, and a snap of lemon on the back end. The bitterness in this one is fantastic. A nice addition to this style. This could be a MIPA (Mild IPA). Crisp smack of bitterness, but it doesn't linger leaving the palate scorched. 4 types of NZ hops were used in this one, including one of my favorites - Jade - and you can tell. Great beer. One I will share with others in upcoming trades, no doubt.

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Photo of mklinger
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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