Lubiere (9788) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A golden pils with a thin white head. Fresh grainy malt with light German hops. In mouth, super fresh pils with grainy malt and nice crisp fresh hops. Tasted at Festival des Fromages de Warwick, June 14, 2008.
Sammy (8404) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2010 A superior malty aroma. A good bitterness, very good craftsmanship using Saaz hops. Medium mouthfeel. Yellow with low carbonation bubbles. A drying aftertaste, very natural , satisfying.
Enjoyed at Mondiale 2008, at the recommendation of Fred of Hopfenstark.
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Vices et Versa. Thick white moussey head over a light golden coloured beer. Aroma is lightly hoppy with an acceptable floral nose. A bit of lemon and light spice. The flavour is quite nicely balanced. Very clean crisp pilsner malt base and a light citrusy and lemony hoppiness. The bitterness comes through pretty nicely actually. With a lingering fresh crackery sweetness.
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2011 My Bottom Line:
This snappy Bohemian Pilsener is gloriously hoppy throughout, convincing hopheads with its spicy flavors and gripping wooden and herbal bitterness. A slick mouthfeel and accompanying Québécois cereal fruitiness point towards drinkability, yet this is a lot more intense than your typical Czech Pils.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam skirts the clear golden.
-The nose is not as captivating as the flavor profile, showing some Saaz hops battling with a dusty, mineral character.
-The cereal sweetness is not exactly expressive, offering a little honey and mostly support.
-Carbonation is rather prickly.
-You have to say that brewing this hoppy a Pilsener is a gutsy move for your brewpub’s "house blond". And they really don’t want to take it down a notch! Kudos to them!
On tap at the brewpub, at Vices et Versa and from bottles.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 9, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Saint Bock. Pours a clear golden yellow with a medium white head. Light aromas of hops and grain. Thin bodied with a little bit of sweetness coming through. Light bitter finish, and a strange flavor that’s almost briny, and reminds me of a Kalamata olive. Not so tasty.
rosenbergh (6582) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at Vices & Versa, Montréal, QC.
Clear pale golden colour with small white head.
Sweet malty aroma almost like in strong Baltic Lagers.
Grassy hops and something sweet in flavour. Bitterness. I’m not quite sure if the bitterness is right kind of bitterness for Czech Pilsener.
Radek Kliber (6378) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Mondial 2008
Appearance: dark gold with fizzy white top. Fine carbonation.
Nose gentle yet quiet proper “Pilsener hop” aroma , mineral hay like with golden clean malt base.
Flavor/Palate : Soft malted base , clean full –Grain character. Gentle , light yet solid hop profile. Quiet nice rendition of Bohemian pils.
Rastacouere (6122) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Completely clear, shining pale golden lager covered by a fair white head that keeps being fed by heaps of small bubbles. Relatively subdued aroma touching the nostrils with flowery notes, but not terribly aromatic. Simple and focused flavour profile where the maltiness takes little room, barely a small cerealic whisper, no graininess noticed. Plain straightforward cleanliness on the palate. A refreshing, but not crisp, offering that shoots a considerable bitterness from the healthy spicy, flowery, grassy saaz dose. Light-bodied. Taking pleasure in its purity and cleanliness. Pretty much my type of beer, but I’m not very fond of those biting bubbles and the exagerated focus on hops that do not translate is as much aromas as bitterness. Still a fine pint though and I would order it again.
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught. Mondiale 2009 - day 2. Pale gold with an average white head. Aroma of honey and clover - the taste was of grass, fresh, light, but with an increasing harshness. Very light-bodied, oddly astringent, with a weird aftertaste. Meh.
Glouglouburp (5956) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: True to the style simple basic pilsner. Very enjoyable.
How: Pint at Vices & Versa
The look: Clear golden-blonde body with a medium white head leaving good lacing.
In long: Light on nose it only hints on grassy hops. The basic impassive cereals come with a little sugary sweetness. That’s as close as a malt profile can get to my faithful morning Corn Flakes. Then comes a generous amount of Saaz with its expected dry grassiness. Dry bitter finish. My first girlfriend (Ma première blonde) is a very simple but effective Pilsner the type of which we don’t get often enough up here. Yep, my first girlfriend went down easy, and so did this beer.