Classic Pilsener | Nicolet Brewing Company

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Nicolet Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-13-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by Beerandraiderfan:
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3/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Back in 2003, I was living on the east side of Milwaukee, and there was/(still is) this little Polish market (Koppa's) a block from my apartment. They carried some decent Wisconsin microbrews, many of them in the old Bavarian and Germanic traditions. Nicolet appeared to be one of those breweries they carried. So I picked up a six pack back in the day, $6, and did what us Marquette kids did back in the day and drank them.

Poured out a pale straw yellow. Frankly, looked closer to BMC than I would have liked, but it had a lazier carbonation that showed the beer wasn't in any hurry, plus the head was .5" that had some decent retention. Aroma was fairly mute, most descriptive thing you could say was that it was non descript grainy in a cereal bran and corn flake kind of way. Slightly bitter, slightly sweet, with barely perceptable hop quotient, they don't jump out as if they are big in the Noble hop tradition with a lemony zestiness, no, this is fairly bland, hot weather beer. Definitely not made for a Lake Michigan winter.

I never revisited this beer after that first and only six pack. Still have the cardboard side though, amongst all the other wallpaper, where this review was written on the backside, before the day of this poor student having internet in his home. . . ah the good ol' days.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jeffboo
3.38/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light, sparkling orange color with small white head. The aroma is lightly grainy with some floral hops. The body is light and crisp, with some good hop flavors coming through a good malt base that's a little bready. It finishes dry with a little hop bitterness. A step in the right direction for a pils when fresh. I wonder if Bighuge and Zap had an aged bottle in their review?

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Photo of ZAP
1.45/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A bit cloudy on the pour..frothy, creamy head that stays..sour smell on the nose, but also some cinamin if you can believe that? I even looked around to make sure there wasn't some cinamon bread laying close by throwing me off...It's subtle, but it's there.

Taste wise this is very poor...sour cidery...almost like someone poured 3 ounces of lemon juice into the bottle. Very disappointing. I've got three bottles of this..I am finishing #2..I'll be hard pressed to drink #3... It is this poor. I would take ANY macro over this ANY day of the that tells you how bad this is...

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Photo of Bighuge
1.58/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours Golden, but has a very evident haze. Nice head. A bit pungent on the nose. Very tangy taste. I think it is acetyl. Very bitter after taste (in a bad way). Fizzy mouthfeel. Very poor beer overall. Not even close to what a classic pilsener should taste like. The bottle says best before March. I'm sampling on March 12. This shouldn't be that bad though.

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Classic Pilsener from Nicolet Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.35 out of 5 with 4 ratings