Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - OCT 3, 2004
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
This is just a bland pilsener like so many others. Light yellow with a thin disappearing head. Aroma is weak with flowers and cheesy tones. Light flavor, grainy and slightly bitter hoppy. The average for this one on 3.02 is waay too much....!
bark (255) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The colour is clear, pale yellow. The small white foam dissolves quickly into small, small traces of foam on the glass.
The smell is fresh, sourish and quite plain. There are some notes of diacetyl.
The carbon dioxide is medium strong with medium bubbles that vanishes away at once.
The taste develops in a few steps: Firstly, there is a small rush of yeast and diacetyl. Then, a sweet body is replaced into a well-crafted, generous bitterness.
Basically, this is a standard German pils with a little more diacetyl than expected. This special tone is dangerously close to a skunk beer, way beyond the best before date.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Yellow and fizzy...skunky aroma like grass...nothing to shocking here...tasted a little skunky and grassy...finish was much more bitter than normal for the style...like an Urquell, but without the maltiness...
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Plastic bottle. Pilsner colored beer with ample but very fine bubbled carbonation. Has kind of a canned veggie aroma. Slightly sweet light flavored beer that finishes with a long, potent bitter dryness. Easy drinking, washed down my double cheeseburgers well, but not much to remember other than the finish. Oh well, back to work.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
CAN: Light Gold Coloring. Small Skin of Head on Top. Iím Going to Have to Agree with Kujo9 on the Sulphury Yeast Comment.. Grainy. Lightly Bitter. Little Crisp, Dry. Not The Worst Pilsener Iíve Had...Although that Yeast Flavor is a Bit Funky..
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can: Clear golden body w/a lasting pure white head. Grainy malt aroma, light floral hop, & some sulfury yeast; clean otherwilse. Well balanced to just bitter, light yeasty flavor, hop flavor in the finish & aftertaste, overall clean as it should be. HIghly carbonated but smooth w/ a lightly dry m/f. Typical N. Germ. Pils. Very crisp & refreshing, but as also typical with Pils style, it lacks a lot of character & depth. Very good for what itís worth.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - SEP 16, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A good German Pils, very consistant, very thirst quenching, but not a classic. A nice pils. Ilike it when Iím in Germany, with food, but I donít drink it in the states
TerryR (384) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very light golden color. White head disappears. Not much body. Some hops in the nose and a mildly bitter finish. Fairly light beer, but not bad on a warm summer evening.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 7, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2005 (12 oz bottle: Trader Joeís in Pacific Beach, CA) Just because itís imported from Germany, doesnít make it a good beer. This is a subpar German pilsener with an unimpressive, somewhat unpleasant flavor. This tastes pretty much like an American mass-produced lager, perhaps just one step better. Moderate sweetness and "barely there" maltiness. Hops adds a mild amount of bitterness, but doesnít have a tremendous amount of character. The nose smells like a mass produced lager. Lighter body with a fairly strong carbonated mouthfeel. Light yellow color with a smallish head and poor head retention. Iím definitely not buying this crap again, and a big thanks to Trader Joeís for letting us only buy single bottles, because buying a six-pack would have been very unfortunate. While itís better than, say, Budweiser, for a German pilsener, this is pretty crappy stuff. (ratings: 4, 2, 3, 2, 6; total 1.7)
(12 oz bottle: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) So this label says Bitburger Premium Beer rather than Premium Pils, so I bought this thinking it might be a different beer. Nope, I guess not. However, Iím glad I bought this because this time around, I find this to be a significantly better beer, so maybe the bottle I had from Trader Joeís for the last rating wasnít up to par. Iím still rating this below average for imported German pilsners, but itís all right. Sweet, lightly grainy flavor with a very gentle hops contribution. The nose is mostly grainy, and anything else is too light for my less-than-sensitive nose. Medium yellow color. White head fades to a thin rim, plus a faint galaxial swirl of tiny bubbles giving away the fact that I swirled the beer vigorously to stir up the aromas. Not as bad as I once thought, but still not all that great. Ratings are for this session.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 7, 2004
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pale yellow in color. White head that died quickly, no lacing. Skunky aroma even in a brown bottle. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Taste is slightly skunked with some thin malt backing. Hops in the finish with slight bitterness. Iíll pass if offered again.