Pecks Pilsner | Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)

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Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Here's a toast to the "Mother of Madison," Rosaline Peck; frontierswoman and owner of Madison's first public house. Our gold lager is brewed in true European style using only the finest imported Czech Saaz hops and lagered for a minimum of thirty days. Enjoy this old-world classic as you never have before - fresh at the source!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2002

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 34
Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on tap at the downtown brewpub. 38 IBU and 5.4% abv. Golden and lacey. A mild bitterness, neutral aroma, and so-so drinkability. Carbonation is felt too much as minerals in water however. Served at the right termperature, as their beer generally are.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at the Madison brewpub.

Another entry in my pre-interview extravaganza. It pours a clear pale golden straw topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose is faint, with only trickles of wheat and flowers coming out of the oblivion. The taste holds notes of corn, wheat, light greens, and some puffed rice. The body is light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, not too much difference between this and the German-style pils, but that's not all bad, as both are pretty good.

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Photo of Redrover
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a growler purchased at the Rendezvous in Montello, WI. The Rendezvous is combination canoe outfitter, fishing goods, café & now beer seller. They have four Great Dane beers on tap. Growlers are reasonably priced and every 6th one is free.

Poured into a pint glass, the beer is a hazy straw with a thick bone white head and decent lacing.

The nose is grainy with some perfume like hops.

The taste starts sweet and is of grains, some caramel, crackers and a light bit of bitterness at the finish. This is not the crisp pilsners that I love, but it does have a unique take on the style.

The mouth has midlevel heft with a trace of finishing dryness.

This was an easy growler to finish off. I drank some doing some yard work and then some more fishing off the pier.

Glad to see that I can get growlers a ¼ of mile from my cabin on Buffalo Lake!

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Photo of joe1510
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz Pour
Bodega Brewpub

Peck's Pilsner shows off a bright golden body with good clarity. The head was small when poured and clean white but didn't last long at all. There were small spots of lacing left behind but the head died down to nearly nothing.

The nose is full of cereal graininess. The graininess brings along a slightly sweet component that seems to fit well. There's a mild grassy bitterness to compliment the sweetness of the cereal grains. There's a touch of corniness as well.

Each drink shows off exactly what the nose suggested. Clean graininess adds a good deal of sweetness for a pils and the grassy hoppiness brings with it a mild bitterness. This is good but fairly one dimensional and the sweetness level is a little high for my liking.

The body has a moderate weight to it with moderate carbonation. The finish shows off that sweetness where I prefer more dryness.

I could easily drink a couple of these in a sitting. It's easy to put away but rather boring. A couple glasses would be enough to make me want to move onto something more interesting.

This was my first brew from Great Dane and while it was solid it didn't make the greatest of first impressions. With that said I'd love to try more of their beer.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm reviewing this under the downtown Dane but I had it at the new(er) one at the Hilldale Mall. I have to say, I haven't had a pilsner outside of the Czech Republic that I actually liked, so this one surprised me.

A: Served in an imperial pint, a nice golden body with just a whisp of head. I can't fairly downgrade the beer for it not having a nice big head because it probably sat at the bar a little while before it got to me, and who knows how the bartender poured it.

S: Wow, great aroma. Very green smelling saaz hops, it's really unmistakable. A little bit of a malt aroma to it, but mostly hops much to my surprise.

T: A lot of hops for what I typically associate with a pilsner, and I like it. The malts do a great job balancing everything out. I'm really surprised that the beer tastes this good considering how hard the water is in Madison. They must have to treat the heck out of it.

M: For the style I think it's a great mouthfeel. There would be nothing better than sitting on the outdoor patio here and enjoying one of these.

D: Very drinkable, you won't get tired of it, every sip was enjoyable, I really liked this.

Overall, probably the best beer by style that I've had at the Dane.

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Photo of MDekker
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in downtown Madison at the brewpub. I was expecting a lighter color, but it showed up an uninspiring brown color with a nice finger of creamy head. Clear. There wasn't much too the aroma - mostly hops, if anything. I was disappointed here. The taste was more interesting, with notes of wood and nuts, but a consistent hoppy flavor throughout. All the flavors linger awhile. In the mouth it does really well, smooth and creamy. Overall, it was a pleasant drink, and it went well with my Texarkana burger.

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Photo of sudz42
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't detect noticeable Salz as others mention, although there is some hop to this beer. I do detect a stronger malt taste than Urquell, whose malt is bready, and Peck's is American sweetish.

Granted I downed a quick 4 oz. sample before boarding a flight at Dane Co. airport in Madison.

Also sampled their Verruckte German Pils, which was lighter than this and possibly truer Pils.

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Photo of Derek
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Madison airport.

A: Golden-yellow, white head, very little retention, good lace.

S: Big saaz aroma (metallic-mineral, spice, grass); sweet bready malt.

T: Metallic-mineral saaz flavour; great bready-malt backbone, good bitterness. It's the bready malt that puts this ahead of their German Pils (I actuall prefer the german hop flavours though).

M: Solid moderate body is malty; moderate carbonation.

D: Good.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the downtown Dane

appearance: served in an imperial pint glass at the brewery...dark golden body, white frothy head, touch of lace

smell: typical euro hop aromas, touch metallic, sweet toasted grain, light bready malt character

taste: fruit sweetness is dominant, euro hopping, metallic, toasted malt, sweet fruit...just not very good

mouthfeel: light-medium body

drinkability: alright

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Photo of shbobdb
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Nothing like a good pilsner. Nothing. The beer poured a delicious honey-gold with a head that was . . . well, not quite as fluffy as it could be. Despite this, take a whiff. Man, that is some grassy saaz right there mixing with a faint hint of malt. The taste is clean and refreshing. Really a fantastic brew. It is hard to hit the pilsner style right, without compromising and becoming a bulked-up BMC, but the Dana manages this with ease.

Nothing could be finer, sitting at the Dane, relaxing, and having a Peck's. Well, I would have liked it if Devil's Lake had been on tap, but Peck's is a fine replacement.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear deep golden tone. Decent amount of carbonation noted surfacing at a good clip. Head is thin and white. Nice aroma of biscuity malts and spicy, slightly peppery hop attributes. Body is medium-full. Carbonation a little on the light side for the style. Very nice taste. Good combination of bready, biscuity malts and bitter, flowery hops. The Saaz are noticeable and add a nice little zip to this beer. Solid Czech style pils. I have a feeling a growler of this won't be enough.

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Photo of cokes
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear golden body, somewhat deeper in color than most pils. Tight, ivory head sticks most of the way down.
Floral hops and bready malts on the nose.
Taste starts off on the dry side, with notes of saltine crackers, and wafer cookies. Bulks up midway, with hearty sour-dough bread notes. Finishes with a fresh blast of blossoming floral hops.
Lacks the hop spiciness associated with a true czech pils. As an american example, it is a pretty damn good one.
On the hefty side for the style.

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Pecks Pilsner from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
3.74 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
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