mymaestro (51) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours straw color and hazy soul a thin white head. Great tasting Pilsner with a grassy start, sweet taste, then a dry finish. Was not expecting such a good light beer at an airport bar!
Chad9976 (1420) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
If a pilsner is made with American hops but still has Old World pilsner character, is it really a pilsner? I guess that depends on how much of a style purist you are. Me, I like beers that taste good styles be damned and Peak Organic Fresh Cut Pilsner is good example of what I mean. It has an overt modern American taste and aroma due to its use of – dare I say trendy – hops. It tastes and drinks like a pilsner to me.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. It was bottled on 2/9/15 and cost $2.60 ($0.22 per ounce).
Appearance: Pale maize hue with a cloudy body though carbonation is still visible. Pours to an average-sized, white foamy head which retains and laces pretty well.
Smell: A clean, bright citrusy aroma with a floral background as well. Pilsner malt is still prominent.
Taste: Right off the rip, there’s a familiar spicy sensation to the palette akin to that of European pilsners made with Noble hops. Though I suppose the flavor is better described as grassy than spicy (hence the name). Lemonpeel is also quite prominent, though that seems to be a combination of hops and the raw pilsner malt. It has a bit of a cracker flavor as well. Mild bitterness through the middle, though the finish is equally as good with a delicious taste of citrus and melon fruit. These flavor combinations are rare for a pilsner, though this does drink like a true lager and not simple a “lagerized” pale ale or IPA.
Drinkability: I was a bit surprised to found out Peak Organic Fresh Cut Pilsner is only 4.6% ABV as it has the body of something stronger. The mouthfeel is not paper thin or watery in any way. Crisp to be sure, but it still has a sense of weight and viscosity. Refreshing across the palate and leaves a flowery hop aftertaste that’s dry and stoic. Now if only this were available in cans as it’d make a great session beer in the summer.
damzz (345) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 1, 2015
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours slightly hazy medium yellow with a white lingering head. Nose is hops. Taste is a slight sweetness with hop bitterness in the lingering aftertaste. Prefer less hoppy pilsners.
Marduk (3991) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 25, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Slightly hazy light amber color. Small size, white head, stays. Fruity, citrus, orange peel, hops in aroma. Citrus, fruity, grainy, hoppy taste. Hoppy citrus in aftertaste. Fizzy carbonation.
FatPhil (10892) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 23, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
330ml bottle (K Kamppi, Helsinki)
Hazy straw, large spongy head. Light fruity aroma, as sweet as passion fruit in places, but citrussy too, some very light lagery grains. Taste is harsh, very soapy, acidic. Thinish palate, but the unfiltered nature fills it enough, and even mellows the soap a bit. But soap never disappears. Was best on the nose.
ben4321 (4781) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Morgan’s BBQ, 6/13/15.
Murky golden color with a thick, frothy off-white head. Citrus and pilsner hop aroma. Mid-sweet flavor. Medium body. Clean and drinkable. Average to lively carbonation. Solid feel. Not a bad beer, but it felt slightly limited.
TBone (14175) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 330ml (Mikkola Prisma, Pori)
Hazy yellow color, small steady white head, lace. Grassy, catpissy aroma. Light-bodied, crisp. Grassy, grainy, citrusy and catpissy flavor. Grapefruity finish. Nicely hopped pils.
Kavu (2919) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 6, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0,33l bottle from a friend. Pours cloudy yellow with a medium head. Aroma is malts and fresh hops. Flavor is bitter malts with a hoppy finish. A bit watery and thin but decent.
puboflyons (2542) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle bottled 04/06/15. The pour is pale yellow with a fluffy. lingering white head. There is definitely a pilsener character to the aroma with the toasted bread, pale malts, spice, graininess, and grassy hop note. The body is light. Overall a sweet and crispy flavor with a mild hop dryness to finish. Emulates the Czech style well.
Eurlager (28) - New York, USA - MAY 6, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first taste of organic beers from Peak. I like the medium ABV percentage on this, Great tasting pilsner and when a beer is organic, it has no chemicals to worry about. I plan to try more styles from this company.