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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 2.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.82/5   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2934) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MarkoR (814) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2015
Bottle from Jewel Osco, in Chicago. Pours a deep golden colour with a generous white head. Aroma is grain, herbal. Taste is same plus some hops, bread and grass. Average pils.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
nuplastikk (5270) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2015
12oz bottle. Probably wouldn’t have bought this had I known it was brewed at Stevens Point, a contract brewery that never seems to make a decent product. Grainy, dirty, sugar mouthfeel. Not true to style at all, though there is some bready, doughy tones...reminiscent of a lager at times. Head fades away after a few seconds. Just an embarrassingly sub-par product.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
freekyp (1715) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2015
A solid take on a Czech pilsner with a crisp hoppy finish, a light malt background, and balanced profile. Sessionable and at home with most foods. Finish is somewhat bitter and long.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Narnad (1513) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2015
Pours a deep clean golden color with a dense, white, creamy head. Aroma has a lot of noble hops with a slightly sour, wet grainy husk nose. Flavor has a Heineken-like hops presence (grassy, spicy hops bite) with a lot more husky grain flavor at the finish of the brew. Body is light and clean with a modest amount of carbonation in the beer. Overall a good lagered brew with good drinkability.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scarletfire65 (1193) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Bottle at Hyatt in Chicago. Crackery malt. Grassy and herbal. Dry saaz finish. Bit of orangey citrus.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
arminjewell (8857) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Pour on tap, clear yellow pour with white head, aroma brought notes of malt, some sweet cracker notes, some soap, hints of bread, slight yeast, some slight spice. Taste is a mix of grass, bread, biscuit, some yeast, touch of soap, finishing dry, clean.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1749) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2014
On tap at Beer Camp - Chicago. Pour is hazy amber with a medium white head. Aroma and flavor of pilsner grain, pale malt, slight sugar, and dough. Some slight spice/yeast in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Headbanger (3580) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2014
12oz bottle 6/17/14 (Binny’s Naperville Mix A Six)-42° in Lager Glass-Pours a light golden with a small white head. Aroma of corn, malt, and grains. Taste of the same with a grassy taste along with slight hops and sweetness. This light bodied brew is not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewBoxer (2482) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Draft at the Hyatt hotel bar Taste is a hoppy easy drinking pilsner wiyhj a crisp quality that balances like a german pilsner. Very good session

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Pilsener? Really? Poured from the bottle, it had a yellow/gold body with small lazy bubbles and a huge rocky head that was slow in settling. The aroma was a grainy sweetness. It tasted grainy and had a sugary sweetness with a quiet earthy grassy bitterness that finally arrives in the finish. Not a Pils, obviously, but perhaps drinkable as a Premium Lager. Perhaps.

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