DrnkMcDermott (2914) - 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.
MarkoR (732) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
nuplastikk (5095) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
freekyp (1673) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Narnad (1504) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
scarletfire65 (1129) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2015
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Hyatt in Chicago. Crackery malt. Grassy and herbal. Dry saaz finish. Bit of orangey citrus.
arminjewell (8679) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Dfonorow (1731) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Headbanger (3545) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
BrewBoxer (2458) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.