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RATINGS: 212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Brewed in collaboration with Armand Debelder and Frank Boon at De Proef, essentially a recreating of the original Bohemian Pilsener.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2014
330 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy deep golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, floral, grass, straw, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, floral, grass, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Czech pilsner style. All around good robustness and balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Multiple bottles, drunk in 2007 and 2008.
Unfiltered, bottle conditioned, exported pilsner is some pretty volatile stuff. Just look at Rastacouere’s 4.4 and Ernest’s 2.3 ratings, two people with relatively similar tastes in beer. Thankfully, the batch or two of bottles we got in New England, were fantastic, on the 4.4 side, but I can certainly understand where Ernest’s rating came from. With such light beer, yeast-included, it’s very easy to develop an infection, relative to the filtered stuff. Plus, it’s brewed at DeProef who isn’t exactly known for it’s pilsner production. Then, add to it a journey overseas and storage in a warehouse and perhaps a warm beer store shelf and you start to wonder how this stuff ever tastes great. Fortunately, beer is a very resilient substance and the hops here dont hurt.
As for the beer itself, the best bottles showed an almost sour hop flavor associated with the best Eastern European hops. Spritzy, engaging carbonation and an immaculately dry finish, with ample dextrinous body for balance, made for one of the best microbrewed, yet traditional czech pilsners I’ve had. Served quite cold I find it best, as the yeast notes do mix in, inevitabley, even when the liquid is decanted properly.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PriorL (1279) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 29, 2013
33cl bottle. APPEARANCE: light clouded white beer, small stable white head. NOSE: herbs, grains, somewhat fruity, light hops. TASTE: grains, herbs, quite bitter aftertaste, quite decent taste! This is more than a regular pilsener!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (2516) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle purchased at 3F. Cloudy gold pour with small white head. Light malty aroma, grassy hop notes, some menthol aromas, light honey notes. Taste is crisp, very light soft honey sweetness with a good grassy finish. Palate is a tad overcarbed I think, body is light. Not that close to a czech pils, at least from my experience. Tasty beer though.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (3579) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Kermis. Poured a hazy light amber with a bubbly white head. The atom is yeasty with a little dry matt. The flavour is medium bitter with a watery bitter hop palate and a long bitter finish. Light bodied with average carbonation. A tasty lager indeed.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (4289) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle shared. Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of grass, weeds, malt and light herbs. Flavour is light to moderate sweet and light moderate bitter. Light to medium bodied with light carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (4679) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2013
33cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis. thin white head. Hazy lemon pour. Nice zesty bitterness. very drinkable. Nice one.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
prawlie (1055) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2013
Bottled. Opaque yellow with a good bubbly head. Dry, bitter. Malty aroma with hop character. Surprisingly good, its not a proper lager as it tastes of something!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sdmmb (503) - USA - NOV 12, 2013
Drunk from 33cl bottle bought direct from the brewery. Lovely hoppy pilsner full of flavour and taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EddyBeer1 (760) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2013
Blonde dorée légčrement voilée, effervescence moyenne, col blanc fin disparaît rapidement. Les malts clairs plutôt agréables laissent vite place ŕ une amertume fruitée (pamplemousse) et houblonnée qui reste assez longue en bouche, légčre astringence. Pas mal, pas mal...


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