Pine Mountain Pilsner

Oregon
United States
Deschutes Beer Pine Mountain Pilsner
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
81
Aroma:
16 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

A true German-style Pilsner featuring the finest Pilsner malt, Hallertau Mittelfrüh hops and German lager yeast. Cold fermented for a smooth malt taste with a crisp hop finish – as crisp as a clear autumn night on Pine Mountain.

Profile

ABV: 
5.2%
IBUs: 
40
Hops: 
Hallertau Mittelfrüh, Bravo
Malts: 
Pilsner, Carapils
Judges Review 
S J Klein's picture
Judges Rating:
81
Aroma:
16 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The nose has a sharp matchstick and corn quality. There's a light spice to the hop aroma, as well as light malt sweetness. It's dark gold with a rocky white head and big bubbles that leave nice lacing in the glass. There is a clean, sharp bite to this beer, accentuated by a sharp, sulfidic pilsner character and a sharp, clean, spicy hop profile. It has an almost caramel sweetness in the background, and it finishes sweet with a lingering corn flavor. With lots of bubbles, big hops, and characteristic pilsner sharpness, it's very bright in the mouth, and refreshing all the way down. A nice example of a pilsner with a sharp refreshing bite.

This beer was stewarded by Pete Devaris, a dear friend and one of the most accomplished brewers I know. In discussion afterward, Pete thought it featured hops over bitterness, to its detriment, and wondered "why are all American beers over-hopped?" I disagreed. I thought the bitterness worked in the beer along with the matchstick sharpness and effervescence to lighten up the body despite a very high final gravity. It's a deceptively big beer, and quite nice, even if a bit unusual for a Pilsner.