arbine (5) - Bavaria, GERMANY - MAY 16, 2015 does not count
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruity and fresh with a slightly bitter aftertaste that finishes off the first sweetness really well. Not as bitter as I would expect my real Pilsner to be -and as I personally like it - but that’s to be expected, I guess.
Chad9976 (1355) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pilsner is a style I never had much affinity for until the last few years. So many breweries make generic pale lagers than they call “pilsner” but really only few put out traditional, to-spec pilsners and Butte Creek’s “Organic Pilsner” is an example of one done right. This is a clean-tasting, yet fairly complex palette that’s gorgeous-looking and amazingly drinkable. I’m scoring it high because of those latter two factors.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a footed pilsner glass. There was no freshness date. It cost $3 ($0.25 per ounce).
Appearance: Perfectly golden hue; nearly crystal clear with plenty of effervescence always visible. Pours to a medium-sized, white, frothy head which retains laces very well.
Smell: Light spicy Noble hops and plenty of pils malt. No DMS.
Taste: There’s a difference between true pilsner and pale lager. Anyone that doesn’t understand the difference would do well to try this beer as a good example. Light spicy hop sensation right away. Not especially bitter at only 26 IBUs, though it is a little tingly from the Noble hops. Slight cracker-like maltiness through the middle with a zesty lemony sensation as it goes down. Well-balanced to be sure, but still quite delectable. It may not be amazingly delicious, but it is much much more than just satisfying. It’s a pilsner drinker’s pilsner.
Drinkability: It’s rare to find a commercial pilsner under 5% ABV. At 4.5% ABV, Butte Creek Organic Pilsner is one of the lightest versions you’ll find by a mainstream brewery. It doesn’t sacrifice body, though. Yes it’s thin and crisp in the mouth, but it’s by no means watery or boring. There’s constant flavor delivery from beginning to end and quite refreshing while in the mouth. This would be a perfect brew to utilize the convenience of cans rather than bottles. Sessionable for drinkers of all skill levels.
Jrwhitney6 (356) - - MAY 3, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beer of month club. Pours a straw color with decent head. Malt/yeast nose. Taste is of a crisp Pilsner - some malt, slightly metallic taste (but not bad), and maybe a drop hoppier than normal pils.
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mpstockdale (6) - - DEC 5, 2014 does not count
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Good beer. A nice opening bite that goes down smoothly. Slight aftertaste.
slowrunner77 (6705) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Crisp as a good pilsner should be, but pretty lifeless after that. Sweet lightly fruity malt and a very subtle hop bite. In all fairness, not sure of the age, but it’s ok."
jcnielsen (2484) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Magnolia Natural Market and Cafe in Aiken. Pours a clear yellow color with white head. Straw, earthy, malty, hay aromas. Nice, straw, earthy, slight grassy, grainy flavors. Not bad.
degbert (1315) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with faint green highlights and a high, lacy, bleached-white head. Nose is lemon, a very faint salinity, and cereal. Some hops on the front of the tongue, but it fades quickly; hollow on the midpalate, with a metallic overtone and a medicinal funkiness. Finish is long, murky, and ashy bitter. Not too crazy about this one.
Rocketman2013 (108) - Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma: caramel. Appearance: golden, hazy, minimal head, white foam. Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter. Palate: light body, creamy, average carbonation, bitter finish.
GIJOE (801) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JUL 25, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Yellow, fizzy beer with a thin white head and sparse lacing.
Slight floral aroma and flavor is much the same. Slightly bitter aftertaste.
It’s okay, but I wouldn’t buy it again.
emacgee (4299) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 3, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Soft pale blonde pour with one finger of sticky white head. Nose is bready and lightly oxidized with some musty hop notes. Sharp and lightly astringent palate. Grassy hops and a metallic finish. Meeehhhh. Bleehhhh.