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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
The term "pilsener" is widely used to describe a number of beers available on the market. According to German criteria for a true pilsener, however, the vast majority of them would be unrecognizable as such. By this definition, a pilsener is a lager beer with a light golden color (5-8 color units by European Brewers’ Convention standards), a specific gravity in the 11.5-12.5% Plato range, and a hops content of at least 28 EBUs (European Bitter Units). Most so-called domestic "pilseners" fall far short in these categories; Bayern Pilsener easily meets all three (6 color units, 12% Plato, 34 EBUs). What does all this technical jargon mean? It means you have purchased one of the very few authenic pilseners brewed in America. Reward yourself by enjoying this beer the way it was meant to be served: pour your cold Bayern Pilsener, in two or three slow steps, into the center of your glass (a fluted or "tulip" glass works best). The thick creamy head (the German term for this is "crown") and you have just created the mark of a classic Bavarian pilsener. It is functional, too - the crown holds finely distributed natural carbonation inside the glass and acts as a shelter for this beer’s distintive, hoppy flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Pours clear gold with a thin white head. Aroma of grain apple, earth. Taste is sweet fruiut with some slightly earthy bitterness. Medium light body, lively carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12190) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2010
on tap-pours a white head that laces and gold/amber color. Aroma is grassy, lemon, grain. Taste is grassy/lemon/spice hops, grain, yeast. Finishes dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Bottle. Pours a golden body with a white head. Grassy, grainy body, some light floral notes, and a dry earth finish. Soft with cracker like malts and a drying finish. Eh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle:   Translucent straw, a little hint of gold, thin sudsy white head, falls quickly, leaving hardly any lacing.   Soft grassy notes, pale malts on the nose.   Quite grassy on the tongue, good dose of sweetness, clean on the exit.   A little mealy, or cereal like, but not bad.   I don’t say this often, but for a Pils it could stand to be a little less heavy.   Falls off quickly at the finish.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, perhaps even a bit heavier than I would prefer.   Lingering cereal/mealy notes on the tongue.   Tiz okay, but wished it were a bit more crisp, less heavy, and not as mealy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - NOV 4, 2009
At Bayern: Bright, but pale yellow with a small white head. Nice sheets of lacing. Faint yeast and malt in the nose. Crisp and wheaty with a light floral element. A little earthy in the tail before a lingering floral ending.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mbgrayson (719) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Decently smooth, not very distinctive but quite drinkable. A thumbs up from me.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Bottle... Poured clear, barely golden or yellow with a white head head that dissipated immediately. Cracker malts on the nose. A little hoppy and citrusy, but mostly a dull malt character that dominated. Wasn’t a fan of this pilsener at all. More like a pale lager to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JPDIPSO (5657) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Light golden color with a few white bubbles atop. Sweet grain and malt aromas with hints of herbal hops and a bit of earth in the background. Grainy and fruity flavors that don’t remind me of a crisp, sharp pilsner. Really jones’n for a good pilsner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 4, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours golden, small head, lively carbonation. Malt and lemon aroma. Grassy, hints of banana, and a mild spice is present in the flavor. Crisp light finish with some hop bitterness. It’s easy to drink, but nothing to brag about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5618) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Bottle. Citric grassy nose, soft water predictions with lemon cream and delish pale malts. Slightly hazy yet still transparent golden with a leggy short head. Taste is dry and surprisingly bitter, with light herbs and spice. Hay, light grain. Light-medium body with a slightly chalky after. Has a lot in common with ... not Bayern, but those soft, bitter North German Pilsners - has some Veltins, some Flens, some Köstritzer, and yes, a little Jever. Good show.

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