blipp (5594) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Pours gold with a white head. Grainy aroma with a light sweetness. The flavor has grain, straw, and a light sweetness. Not bad.
jredmond (4847) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Rattle. Pours a Clearview golden body. Aroma is plain pale lager. Mouthfeel is smooth and thin with notes of LIONSHEAD. BRR
JohnnyJ (4040) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Clear yellow pour, white head. Grains, slightly floral, light bitter hops. A nice clean, dry, hoppy pilsner. I like it.
Sammy (8022) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler from Bierkraft. A nice bitterness, very Czech pils. Not complex but nice, with bitter water edge. Medium mouthfeel, decent drinkability. Lacey.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Alewife, Charm City. Pretty good Czech-style pils here, starting from a bright golden pour that’s moderate carbonated. Crisp looking all round, and the nose is lightly fruity for the most part. It’s certainly a dry and hoppy pils, but not in the kind of noble hop way you’d expect. It’s more like a leafy, half-pils half-APA in some sense. Pretty enjoyable variation.
kmweaver (3203) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Whole Foods. Pours a bright golden color, high clarity; modest, fine-bubbled white head. Lightly coarse honeyed and Pils malt aroma; touch of minerals. Medium-light body; medium-high carbonation; honeyed maltiness and, again, coarse Pils malt; modest mineral notes; not a particularly dialed in Bohemian Pils, but crisp and refreshing. Light finish of Pils malt and toastiness.
argo0 (11163) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Minimal off-white head, clear apple juice body. Aroma is medium sweet, spicy/straw, light honey, peach. Taste is moderately sweet, bread, some spicy/grass. Watery light-medium body, light resin.
craftycarl21 (2115) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Churchkey. Light spicy hops, a touch of of bready malt and some nice caramel sweetness to add nice balance. Good crisp palate, very refreshing. Pretty solid.
Nickls (1748) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Old BA rate - tap)
Slightly hazy, but mostly clear yellowy color; poured with a very thin white head. Minerally and earthy hoppiness; solid maltiness as well in the aroma. Nicely hoppy and very much within the style range (this is certainly no Prima Pils); balanced well with the malts. Medium MF; very muted carbonation; would have liked a crisper MF. Really nice drinking; sessionable is the key here. Overall, nice tasting Pils and puts a load of others too shame. However, I was looking for something a little crisper.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at 1702, Tucson November 2009
This beer arrives from the tap with a pale gold, almost brilliantly clear color. There is a wisp of white head that rings the glass. The aroma smells of honey-like malt and a light cracker-like grain note. Some light dried grass aromatics and a touch of lemon zest can also be found in the nose. As the beer warms up the malt becomes more noticeable; this actually has a fairly nice grain character to it in the aroma.
As the beer first hits my palate it comes off as crisp with a clean bitterness to it up front. Pale grain notes are noticeable in the middle and there is a touch of grassiness in the finish as well as a lightly firm bitterness. Lemon like hop notes lightly spice this light tasting beer. Really this is nice, light and refreshing; it is quite clean except for a lingering bitterness that can seem a touch sharp.
This actually seems like a good example of a Helles; it is perhaps missing the malt depth that is found in a good German example. I could drink a lot of this in the warmer months.