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Alcatraz Penitentiary Pilsner

Alcatraz Penitentiary Pilsner
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Formerly brewed at Alcatraz Brewing
Style: Pilsener
Orange, California USA


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.06/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
This classic Czech beer has defined light lagers for centuries. Its crisp malt flavor gives way to delicate hop aromas that linger with a spicy bite.

At the Orange, CA location.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Sample at the pub. Rating #10. Dark golden color with a white head. Clean and crisp with a light bite, pretty good. (1789)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sledutah (6972) - Utah, USA - NOV 1, 2010
On tap at the brewpub
Appearance: Clear golden with a small white head and some lacing left in the glass
Aroma: Faint aroma of pale malts and citrus
Taste: Pale malts, grassy and bitter citrus in the finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 20, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2010 On tap at the Orange location. Pours with a clear golden body and minimal head retention. Aromas are fruity and floral. Hop forward, and bready. Apparently it is entirely hopped with Saaz (FWH and a lot of late additions/KO), but the hopping some how comes across with a lot of tropical fruit notes (myrcene, which is suppose to be low in saaz) in the flavor (mango, lychee, guava) as well as grassy. A nice bitter pilsner bite. Odd hop notes from this batch of pilsner, but I find it pleasant. Lively bubbles, dry and bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2010
On tap at Orange brewpub. Pours clear golden with light grain, light grassy hops. Flavor of light grains with some grassy hops and light spices. Drinkable but that is about it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (15755) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 17, 2010
A: The pour is a pale straw yellow color with an initially fluffy white head. S: The nose is quite spicy, which I suppose should be attributed to the hops. Itís pretty much the only thing I pick up on the aroma, in fact. T: The flavor is similarly dominated by this spice character. Itís reminiscent of a spice Iíve tasted, but I canít quite put my finger on it. A soft grain sweetness follows the intense spiciness. M: The body is light to medium with a moderate level of carbonation. D: This was just too bland aroma wise and the flavor was rather one-note: not a combination I generally look for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (8452) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Draft. Golden beer with a whitish head. Malt and light spice aroma. Spice and malt flavor with light mineral notes. Medium-light body. Spice, mineral, and malt lingers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
alexanderj (3527) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2009
On tap a few weeks back. Color, I didnít write down, but it wasnít unusual. Flavor was a bit dry; yeasty and a bit earthy. Quite bready and bland for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
On draft in Orange, this was the pleasant surprise of the sampler set. Nice maltiness up front gives was to light hoppiness that makes this brew quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2009
On tap @ the brewpub. Clear light yellow golden with a half finger white head. Corn grain nose with some faint floral and pasta notes. Flavor is still pretty corny and grainy, with moderate bitterness. Still some pasta, however. Dry finish, bitterness at 3. Moderate prickly carbonation with a light body. OK oils.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
StefanSD (2354) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2009 On tap at the Orange CA Bar/brewpub. A translucent gold pour with a small white head that had fair retention. The aroma was soft grains and some green lightly funky hops. The flavor had a bread and biscuit flavor with little of the green hop character detected in the nose making it into the taste. The palate was silky smooth with overactive prickly carbonation. The finish was short and biter. Overall: This had the character of a moderated SNPA style pale ale, not really true to the pils style. That aside it was quite sessionable and enjoyable, a good choice to watch a baseball game to.

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