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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 2.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.78   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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In 1989, when Baderbräu was first introduced in Chicago, its upstart spirit, revolutionary nature, and award-winning flavor won accolades and captured the imagination of a great city. Rooted in the old-world ideals of Eastern Europe’s top craftsmen and infused with bold American character, this beer dared to be greater. This beer started Chicago’s craft revolution. Its amber color, spicy hop-forward aroma, malty body, and creamy finish set this beer apart from all others. Its artful combination of only the finest ingredients–water, aromatic Czech and German Noble hops, a private strain of European lager yeast, and robust malts from the USA—make this beer a style all its own.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2012
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2434) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2012
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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2012
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.


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