monkeychugg55 (818) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden color, small white head. The aroma is Saaz, hops and Pilsner malt. The flavor is similar, but with an overly strong bitter finish that is a little dry. Body is nice.
88DrawTap (13) - Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Fruity aroma. Golden with red hues. Malt sweetness followed swiftly by the earthy spiceyness of the saaz hops. Very full mouthfeel for a pils (of any type). Each sip got more earthy as it warmed up...if it wasn’t 18F in my garage, I probably wouldn’t have finished this one.
jtclockwork (6914) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2012
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Odd beer. Gushes like a geyser from the bottle. What’s left is cloudy gold with white head. Nose is fantastic - lots of brett, citrus, lemon and fruits. Taste is mostly dry cereal with a metallic finish. Probably the biggest difference between aroma/taste that I ever had in a beer. Light body.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft on tap at Hackney’s Printers Row (chicago, IL). Grabbed this on a late day while picking up a new Pipeworks brew. Pours a richer gold hue, some darkness with gentle haze, dulled honey glow with frothy whitish layer of head. Sticks around as a mellow film, ok lacing overall. Aromas are fairly clean, green earthy hops, kiss of florals, bread and pale malts, straw, cereal grain bent but fairly clean and dry overall. Initial is lighter end of the fold in body, lemonym dry earhy hops, some grass, touches of straw. Dry cereal grains, bready pils malts. A distinct lemony and grassy twang at times, touches of fruit and more grainy mellow middle. Firm dryness and bitter floral touches, earthy hops linger with a bit of paper clinging cardboard at times which is odd into the backend. Thoroughly average, a light sessioner with some firm bitterness at times into the backend and some odd paper notes at others. Ok.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle from Binny’s Lincoln Park. Pours a crystal clear, deeper gold colored body with a finger-width, creamy and frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is lightly sweetened pils malts with some grass, a hint of bread, some citrus, and a touch of buttery grains. Flavor is grassy with a bit of a minty, papery, peppery, spicy bitterness. Light pils malt note before this finishes dry, somewhat bitter, papery, and spicy before leaving a medium-length aftertaste following a light body and a fairly lively carbonation. Overall, this was a decent pils as is, but could be much better with some work. Well hopped and spiced, but a bit too bitter and slightly off-balance. Not bad, but could use some adjustments.
tmoreau (2060) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at this year’s Oak Park Micro Brew & Food Review. Dispensed to my fest glass with a clear, amber/gold hue, with some soft white head froth, and light, wavy cling to the lacing. The nose was fair malt, lightly lagerish, mild spiciness, and a wisp of butter. Lively carbonated and light bodied, the flavor also presented a rather peppery bitterness that contributed to the pleasantly dry finish. Imbibed an ocean of the original back in the day, but found it difficult to compare by memory. Hopefully my palate has improved as I found this a presentable Czech Pils.
Frank (2302) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is sort of a hopped up Americanized pilsner. The aroma is nice and APA-ish w/ a citric hop presence but those hops turn sort of overly earthy and grassy once tasted. It’s a little rough around the edges but has a nice light texture and creamy carbonation which makes it pretty decent overall.
DrnkMcDermott (2738) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, 6/$9 at Binny’s, Plainfield. I had this on draft at a CCBW event, but thought it "wasn’t ready." Trying to meet the soft water profile of a Plzn gave it a bit of wet peanut shell. But now that the beer is in bottles at Binny’s, I’m rating it from this. There’s still a bit of the soft water in the nose when I first pour, maybe I can also put it to oxidation in the headspace. Once it’s in a glass, there’s a big Saaz hop smell that drives away any bad first impressions. Color is dark golden, with a big white head. Taste gives you a choice between thinking of the malts, which are at attention, and the hops. I guess Saaz is best at making a statement when you’ve doing Pilsener beers, and this has hops in almost American quality. Bitter and just a bit peppery. I had the original Baderbräu long ago, but I can’t say I can compare my memory to this. But this is a good example of a locally made Pilsener. Nice malty aftertaste.
17thfloor (2426) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2013 [stevens point rerate] much cleaner beer here, seems a bit lighter in body, bit less bready, very quaffable, hops and fermentation are clean without flaw. looking forward to having this on draft around town!
[original batch]Pours clear copper with a sticky white frothy head. Aroma is floral, hoppy, toasty, bit of tea. Flavor is a punch to the face of butter, then strong noble spicy hops, quite spicy, nice sweetness, lightly bread, toasty, strong bitterness but with ample floralness to accompany the finish, actually probably more herbal tea-like. Carbonation is perfect, without the diacetyl this might be a 4 or 5 in body, but it’s really hard to get past that and the super strong bitterness which could probably be dialed back. I could see why this would be an award winning beer... just needs some work on the execution.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Binny’s Marcey. First to rate? Pours a nice looking clear gold with a fluffy white head. The nose is hop forward overall, albeit a slightly odd blend of hops. Spicy and a touch fruity. Grainy pilsner notes with some faint butter. On tasting, the yeast is a culprit, touch of butter. Good level of hop flavor tending towards herbal. Decent overall, just need to learn how to use that yeast correctly.